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LTD Series - 04 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
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107 Reviews
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IntriqKen on 12-14-2010

"What do you get when you brew an elegant limited edition lager with one select barley? LTD 04, the single malt of beers! This brand new edition to our LTD Series is a finely balanced single malt, single hop, beer that is pale-golden in color and brewed with just pale malt and pleasantly hopped with just Willamette hops."

ABV 7% IBU 45
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Reviews: 107 | Hads: 217
Photo of ocelot2500
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue with a solid, white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells of pale malts mostly. Some earthy notes can found if you breath deep enough.

Tastes of pale malt domination. Again, big pale malts that have a bready character with a hint of toast and some sweetness. Hops are slight, but present and offer a grassy, herbal taste. Not much bitterness makes it lean towards sticky sweet. As it warms, alcohol becomes more prevalent and I find the sweetness to become a little cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation. I would definitely prefer more pronounced carbonation. (618 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep gold colour with a tiny head. The smell is a very fragrant sweet, fruity, grain smell. Smells like it's gonna be real good.
Ugh. I was wrong. I hate it when beer scents trick me like that. The beer's not bad, it's just not what it smells like and it's not at all astounding. The bite is quite nice. I like the alcohol level. And I like the grain, but as I often do with American crafts, I think it's too covered by hops. Tastes dry-hopped. The apricot flavour imparted by the hops sounds nice. And I'm glad it's not overly resinous, but I do think it would be better with less of it. As it stands, it's an OK beer. I'm not at all impressed with it. (666 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail LTD 04 pours a pale gold, capped by a thin off-white head that leaves sparse lacing. Floral and grassy hop aromas burst from the glass, with some bready malt hints as well. The bready malt aromas carry over to the pallet, with some toastiness noticeable as well, with other flavors and hints include citrus, hay, and spice. Smooth and medium-full in body, LTD 04 brings a higher level of carbonation then expected. We enjoyed "Living The Dream"!

Cheers! (464 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium amber color with a one finger pure white head. The head fades quite fast leaving very little lace on the sides of the glass and a thin persistent white film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grainy smell but has lighter bready smells as well and a decent level of caramel sweetness. A little bit of a grassy and earthy aroma are there as well rounding out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a big bready flavor as well as a quite sweet caramel flavor. The caramel fades toward the middle but is joined by some lighter fruit flavors of grape and pear flavor and some grainy flavors. Some bitter/sour flavors come to the tongue being a bit of lemon and grapefruit. A moderate level of grassy hop comes to the tongue more at the end of the taste along with an increase in the grainy flavors of the brew, to leave a malty and slightly grassy hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly above average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation that is slightly higher than average. For the bitter and grassy hop flavors the higher carbonation is rather nice, while the medium body is still able to hold the maltier flavors of the brew, so… overall the mouthfeel of the beer is quite appropriate.

Overall – A decent malty brew with a fair level of bitter and sour flavors. Not bad, and well worth a try but nothing super exceptional. (1,520 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Another limited-release lager from the PNW; yellow does not have to mean fizzy and flavorless. Bubbly, sticky lacing with a shiny golden-yellow hue. Clean and dry malty nose that leans more toward fresh-baked bread with a spicy, woody hoppiness to round it out. Not lacking in crispness, it refreshes the palate with each sip. Hops run at the palate in a bold manner, yet leave more than enough wiggle room for the malt to plant a thick grainy flavor. Alcohol does not pass by without notice; warmth meshes with the spiciness of the hops. Bitter, dry finish. A tamed monster of sorts--a fun 12 ounces with a bit of attitude. (682 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/11/12.

Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some floral hop aromas. Taste is of malt up front with some floral and perfume-like hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but not something I would get again. (565 characters)

Photo of patreely12
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

twist off? 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - pale yellow with a small fizzy white head. for the style this is spot on but still average. a lot of visible carbonation.

S - pale malts and slightly bitter hops. the hops have a fresh, grassy aroma. again, typical for the style and average.

T/M - very nice balance of the pale malts and grassy hops. the malts have a slightly doughy bread flavor. there's also a little nutty hint. fresh and clean. the finish is mildly dry. you can't taste the 7% ABV at all. light bodied and high in carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer. spot on for the style. this is a little boring for me, but it's very easy to drink. it goes down like 7% ABV is the new 5%. (730 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at local grocery store, consumed in Full Sail shaker pint glass 2.26.11.

Finger and a half frothy white head, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Light gold clear body, multiple trails of carbonation rising up from bottom of glass. Dry bready malts dominate the front of the aroma, some sweetish malt in the middle packed up by floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, a bit sweet but not an adjunct corn taste ala BMCs, a surprising amount of bitterness on the back end which got more aggressive as it warmed. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, decent effervescence. A bit hoppy for the style, which is good. Not something I'd drink a bunch of given relatively high ABV, but worth a try. (722 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with an average cap of white foam that rings well.

Clean, light, pleasant fruitiness and earth of Willamette with a gentle, soft graininess and nice dryness.

Unique and great for getting a feel for the Willamette hop, which is widely used, but rarely on its own. The clean malt canvass lets the hop shine.

Still, for such a basic beer I'd rather not have the hit of 7% ABV. Tone it down to around 5% and I'd go back for several. (448 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with am ivory one finger head that dissipates slowly.

Aroma is grain, sweet bready malt, a hint of citrus and floral hop.

Flavor is moderately citrusy, with grapefruit pith and lemon at the bottom of the mouth balancing a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone, leading to a dry, slightly bitter floral hop finish. Alcohol is present but not offensive.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency and alcohol warmth.

More character than your standard American lager, but nothing to write home about. Fairly easy drinking. (581 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 2/16/12

Dated 04/14/12

Radiant, sun-dried golden hue with only a soft haze over the beer. A three finger head rises quickly, backing down just the same leaving very few specks of lace here and there. Much better lace begins to gather about halfway through the glass.

The front of the aroma has a lemongrass, floral and an almost herbal penchant whereas underneath there are notes of toasted grain, bread and hint of dusty yeast. Hints of spices; perhaps white pepper. Seems to smell strangely musty as it warms up; though perhaps muddled is a better choice of words.

The flavor is heavily grainy - simultaneously toasted, plump and bready, all the while suggesting something of a syrupy bent as well. Hops meekly offer an overall earthiness, a faint nip of the bitter and a citric ghost note. Dry and semi-dusty finish.

Feel-wise the beer isn't what I was expecting. I was expecting an all too crisp body with stabbing carbonation. Instead, the feel is a languid lighter medium. In turn, the carbonation has more of calm, puffy manifestation. The finish is rather clean.

This is a nice enough beer to sip on. It's certainly well-constructed. I doubt I'd be inclined to drink it often, but I'd glad to have tried it. (1,249 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a fair amount of foam which is almost pure white with the slightest hints of yellow. The body is a weak straw color with some cloudiness. There is a minimal amount of laciness left behind and the head dissipates rather quickly.

Nose- This has a very typical lager nose to it. Even the bottle says lager on it in addition to referring to it as a pale bock. Some banana and metal sourness. Fairly uninteresting as the aroma of most lagers. Slight breadiness from the malt.

Taste- Despite its characteristic lager smell, this is rather bitter. It's in no way overpowering but it does give structure to an initially unassuming beer. This is back up by some malt, some bread and “classic” “beer” tastes. Nothing special but this is a solid beer. Perfect for a spring or summer day. Plus it has a little more alcohol and more complexity than your commercial crap beer. A slight sweetness makes itself known as this progresses.

Mouthfeel- This is clean and crisp. Light body with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability- As I mentioned before, this is a light and easy beer. There is no indication of its 7 percent. It's also cheap so while this may not wow, it is a solid session beer. I've bought it before and I will be buying it again.

Overall- Nothing spectacular, just a solid brew. I give it a straight up B- (1,341 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always glad to give another Full Sail beer a go, but they are becomig boring to me.

A- Number four looks like a pale lager alright, it's bright yellow with a hint of gold in there and clear as a whistle, a nice bright white head leaves some nice marks.

S- And this one is a malt bomb in scent, just picking up some trace whiffs of lemon but all in all [pale malt out the wahzoo. A biscuit presence comes up with some caramel towards the end.

T- Very straight forward and to the point. Most that will try this will just write it off as BMC tasting because it is rather light, but it's a step up from that stuff i swear. Pale biscuit malt, the lightest of fruits juice squeezed, but you cant hide from the malt it's there, no extract though, that's the rub!

M,D- A light bodied and crisp light lager that is not offensive and not showy. It does it's job and for that, it's worthy. Just drink it up quick, these LTD's fall off quick, especially off a warm shelf in Jersey. (973 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden and spunky, this beer is completely clear and a good pour produces a nice head of foam that leaves lace as you consume. The nose is one of yeast, pilsner, and some floral notes.

Full Sail LTD number 4 offers a flavor that is certainly above that of the typical American lager. The taste of this beer features pale malts, yeast, and some good hop contributions that add floral, spice, and grassiness. I can also detect a touch of wood and some alcohol in the finish. The body is medium and the taste more memorable than the average brew.

Full Sail can always be counted on for some very good sessionable beers but this one is a little different. Most will indeed like it, but the spicy hop character makes the beer a little less refreshing than usual and less agreeable. I can see drinking this with a slice of spicy pizza, but it doesn’t quite have that stand- alone, drink- it- anytime character so common with Full Sail products.

Still, considering all factors, this is an above average beer product. I like the snappy hop character and it easily outperforms most all American- style lagers. It is worth a try if you happen to find a bottle. (1,157 characters)

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty basic crisp pale lager, with some depth, with straw color, and some pine and lemon notes, leaving a residual bitter mouthfeel. No aroma of any significance, good or bad. Much higher quality than a Bud or Coors, but of the same family. You don't have that corn aftertaste though. I'd like to have a few more of these in the summer. (337 characters)

Photo of deadliest
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow/gold, 1 finger of white foam, fair retention.
S: Sweet grain, light floral hops.
T: Same as the smell, but aftertaste is very doughy.
M: Clean finish, smooth.
D: For a lager with fairly light flavors the 7% is well hidden, but the aftertaste starts to wear on me too much to want too much of this without a break. Still quite good though. (355 characters)

Photo of chumba526
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears hazy gold/yellow with a small layer of white foam.

It smells of mild citrus: I smell lemon and orange. I get a bit of a bubblegum fruity smell as well.

It tastes initially of grains, lemons, oranges, and a grass hops. It has a nice fruity flavor as well. It ends with a mild bitter flavor.

It has a moderate high carbonation and has a crisp texture.

The drinkability is pretty good. It is light and refreshing: I could drink a few of these beers easy.

Overall it is not an amazing beer but it is pleasant to drink. A good drinkable beer. (552 characters)

Photo of katan
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a hazy golden color. Apparently some yeast suspended. White head formation.

S - An unremarkable nose. Some light malts.

T - Starts off lightly malty, not much of anything going on. Starts to show some pilsner style malts, and then some citrus hops. A bit fruity in the finish.

M - Very much lager in the carbonation feel on the tongue. The alcohol doesn't quite sneak through. Some carbonation bite on the finish.

O/D - A beer that doesn't have that much identity between a lager and a ale. Seems to have the malts and hops of an ale and the yeast / carbonation finish of a lager. (615 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is rather malty but also has some notes of lemon citrus and hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grainy malts dominate the taste, which has a slight amount of bitterness and notes of lemons. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer packs in a surprisingly good amount of flavor considering it's made with just a single malt and a single hop, yet there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a sitting. (869 characters)

Photo of theghost3
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden with a 2-finger yellow-white head. Some lacing.

The smell is faint--yeast and biscuity malts. Taste is caramel malts with lemon, slightly astringent; bitter. Somewhat spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, rather carbonated.

This is a drinkable pale lager. Interestingly malty with surprising spicy characteristics. (352 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, medium yellow with a thick, foamy white head and nice lacing.

Pale, biscuity malt with a floral, lemony, grassy hop profile in both the nose and palate.

Medium+ body with mild foamy carbonation.

A well done pale lager. Easy drinking with an enjoyable malt and hop character. Proves that this style can be flavorful and something worth drinking. (368 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How is this a pale lager? Never mind. The ingredients say it's a pale malt/willamette SMaSH with lager yeast, but the taste says it's a helles bock (although it tastes somewhat similar to my petite saison SMaSH with 3711, lol).

Pours yellow/tan and clear with a white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, grainy, grassy, lightly hoppy.

Flavor is again yeasty, grainy, some biscuit, some citrus (lemons), and a balancing hoppiness.

Body is actually fairly full despite the lager yeast. Carbonation is plentiful.

It's a tasty brew. I would say if you're a helles bock lover, try this one. It's a bit of a shock if you're expecting a pale lager (BMC drinkers probably will be intimidated by the abundant flavor). (720 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, light grassy hops; slightly sour. Flavor is bready malt, grassy hops and hints of light fruit juice and nuts. An odd flavor combination, but kind of grew on me as I drank this. Medium bodied. An interesting malty ale. I have to say the BA style of American pale lager is much more apt than the bottle's label of "pale bock". This is not very close to a bock, but enjoyable. (533 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Large white head that dissipated into a solid foamy cap. Head left a nice lacing. Golden yellow body with loads of bubbly carbonation.

A- Quite a sweet malty aroma. Very light lemony citrus with some alcohol bite.

T- Reminds me a lot of the lemon-pepper saison from Sam Adams. Very clean light lemon flavor with a slight spice. Lightly sweet malt flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.

M- Medium body, loads of carbonation.

D- Pretty tasty brew. I was really excited about a commercial SMaSH beer. (496 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had moderate retention and low lacing.

The beer had a very nice grainy scent with just the right amount of gentle hopping in the background. The flavor was fairly similar, nicely balanced grains and hops.

The body was crisp and sharp with a clean finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have several of these. Overall, a very nice brew, as I've found the LTD series to be overall, certainly worth trying when you see it. (536 characters)

LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.