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

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BA SCORE
83
good

107 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a little bit of haze and lots of apparent effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with somewhat unimpressive retentive qualities. Still, not a bad looking beer; it's got a great deep color that many such lagers lack.

Smell: rich and smooth natural malt flavor. Not a ton of character, but clean and nice. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a touch of some kind of earthy or noble variety.

Taste: malty flavor with a hint of graininess and sourness. Hard to avoid in a clean style like this, but overall the drawbacks aren't too bad. It definitely has a bit of a strong-lager flavor to it, like a Euro strong lager. Hops are noble with a decent bitterness at the end; almost like an imperial Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice roamy silkiness and plenty of carbonated creaminess. Quite good for the style.

Overall: this beer has some flaws, but in general I quite like it. Even though the categories have changed from the old days, I'm giving this a 4 for drinkability. (1,081 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 3.21.13

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a small off-white head with decent retention.

S - Malty, corn, sweet wheat.

T - Malt, sweet wheat, canned corn, pretty mild.

D - Light body and good carbonation.

O - Light and sweet, not very good compared to others in the series. (297 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite possibly the clearest helles lager I ever seen almost light beer in color yellow with just a 1/4 inch of head that recedes to a mild lace ring.
S - Very clean lager smells, some grainy bitterness, and some bready malts.
T - Taste is mildly skunky with taste of grassy hops and bready malts. The finish is mildly dry.
M - Lingering bitterness is a bit heavy, light to medium in body.

Overall its a pretty good helles lager but I would prefer other takes on the style. Not bad though. (494 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 Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This lager is a mostly clear but just slightly hazed brilliant gold-orange that develops a nice, thick and chunky off-white, almost yellowish head that settles to one finger and leaves lacing that, while spotty, is plentiful.
This is a distinctive one, balanced between dry and sweet, a bit of wood on the dry side with something unusual in the sweetness that works for this beer, almost but not quite fruity with something like bubble gum but not quite. Again, unusual. A bit of pepper finishes it out in a sweet finish with just a tinge of alcohol. I was concerned with the screw cap at first, but this is a good lager, packed with flavor for what it is.
The body is crisp and light but doesn't give up smoothness, which comes out filling without being too much. Alcohol tingles and dries up the finish a touch.
The lager-hating community should give this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. (897 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 DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pils glass.

4.0 A: Clear golden yellow color. Three fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and a great deal of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grassiness through and through. Hay, floral and earthy hops, moderate neutral malt sweetness, and that lager yeast smell.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Grass, hay, floral and earthy hops, sticky neutral maltiness. Moderate doughiness and could be a bit cleaner, but good enough.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety viscousness with plenty of creaminess. Very nice here.

3.75 D: Good beer with no real flaws. The mouthfeel is awesome. (635 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz part of a six-pack from Roths Vista Market,Salem. $7.49 Clear golden lager, with a rather thick, creamy off white head. Nice enough doughy, grassy aromas here. Typical lager. The taste is very surprising though..there is indeed an "interplay" with some really nice slightly toasty malts and a nice grassy hoppiness..works well. Because of this nie interplay it maes the palate very pleasurable. Overall a very nice clean lager from Full Sail. (448 characters)

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 050311 on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pleasing honey-gold with 1-finger of white, semi-rocky head with decent retention and ample lacing.

S: Very bready and doughy with a pretty crisp mineral-sulfur note. Hops are lightly herbal.

T: The flavor is straightforward bready but with a much bigger noble hops presence that is lightly grassy and herbal and moderately bitter. The finish has a sharp mineral-metallic note. Alcohol is not apparent until very long into the aftertaste, then some berry comes through there. Altogether a very solid high ABV strong lager.

M: I love the substance of the mouthfeel with a more thick feel. I think a little more prickliness in the carbonation would help liven this up a tad, but I think the feel is very creamy.

O: Too bad this is a one-timer, in fact, too bad the limiter lager series was a one-off -- I like pretty much every one of them, and No. 4 is no exception. A substantial, bready, malty lager with a crips sulfuring, herbal hoppy finish. Great job, Full Sail and keep the lagers coming! (1,166 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a good sized white head that left a sheet of lacing behind.

S - lots of malty sweetness with a hint of hops.

T - well balanced taste, it tastes somewhat similar to a German lager and I like it.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy but it's up there on the abv so enjoy this beer in moderation. (391 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color with almost no head.

S: Mostly just malts. A hint of lemon and honey, but mostly just malts.

T: Like the smell, a lot of malts. This beer is nice and simple and I like that. Easy to drink, but not a ton going on here. To me, this one is about the same quality as the rest of this series. Good, but not great. (333 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with only a few bubbles coming up.
The aroma is rich caramel and lemon.
The taste is smooth caramel and honey sweet with a mild bitterness. Great balance.
Soft texture with low carbonation.
It has the lighter and better parts of a bock; great if you aren't keen on the heavy sweetness of a traditional bock. (368 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grainy aroma and some soft yeast character.
Brilliantly clear and smallish white head.
Full malty character and enough body to give it close to a chewy feel. Flavorful and balanced bittering holding onto a long finish.
Seems like it might have some diacetyl, but it's not detracting from my enjoyment.
Definite warming. Full lager carbonation.
My glass is closer to cellar temp and I will put the rest in the fridge as it may do better there. I have a fondness for bigger lagers and this one fits nicely into that category.
Not quite a bock I suppose, but not fully an Am. lager either. (589 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 04MAY12
Pours a yellow lager with little head production and anticipated clarity - excellent. (3) Smells of earthy hops with a hint of skunkiness. Not much going on the nose here, not impressed. (2) Flavor is interestingly grainy - theres a hint of what I can only describe as clam juice aftertaste mixed with a little wood. I’m not necessarily put off by this, alas, I keep taking another sip to see if I can’t dissect. Interesting. (3.5). Thin with moderate carb and a mouthwatering finish. (3). An interesting tasting beer, but not something I would recommend, but something I would certainly pair with a good cioppino or Manhatten clam chowder. (3) (665 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail LTD 04 has a thin, slightly off-white head and a rich, clear, golden appearance, with some lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is slight, but, with effort, one can detect some sweetness and a bit of citrus. Taste is stronger, with grape fruit, bread, sugar, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Full Sail LTD 04 finishes crisp and dry. Overall, for the alcohol level, it is quite drinkable. Good stuff.

RJT (434 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a crystal clear, very bright gold with a substantial head, thick and lasting. The nose offers a nice clean maltiness and some very floral hops. Quite yummy taste as well--loads of hop flavor show more of a pils type beer than a standard pale lager. Not much malt complexity, but it's clean and doesn't add much sweetness. Finish is neutral, on the dry side. Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer, and deceptively strong. (472 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head. This beer looks quite good in the glass.

Aromas are dry, bready, doughy, and with some nice earthy resin hops.

Taste is pretty complex, doughy, kind of dry, with some light creamy sweetness. Finish has some more dryness and hints of mineral and light lemon hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Drinability is good. This is a very nice lager. A little on the heavy side when it comes to flavor and ABV, but it's still a pleasure to drink. (533 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/8 head and no retention

Smell: There are some citrus notes some grassy notes and some bready yeast

Taste: Boring maltyness upfronts kind of taste stale a bit of bitter hops and kind of a flat finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a tingly almost champagne feel

Overall: Not very impressed with this beer. It has a interesting front to it that is a bit off putting. The backend is ok but not good enough to want to drink it again (482 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden yellow color; thick, white head that leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass

Smell: bright and slightly malty; some spicy hop notes

Taste: pleasing lightly toasted malt with slight bitterness; well-balanced with a subtle hint of alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, smooth and light carbonation

Overall: a very good 'single malt' beer that nicely blends its unique single malt base without overpowering one with hop aroma and bitterness nor overbearing alcohol warmth (despite its 7.0% ABV). (535 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an ultra-clear straw color with some massive head that fades slowly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Pale malts, grass and lemon.

T: Sweet pale malts with some slight biscuit and caramel notes, lemon grass and some light citrus.

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: Good drinkability. Very light and very clean. (317 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased on the heels of the bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout... just to see what these guys are about...
pours a light colored, low-head, pils-type-of-looking brew into a bruery-type tulip glass.... mostly clear, but hazy gold...
smells like fruity lager. like a regular adjuct type of commercial beer....
tastes like a fruity lager, but with some extra SOMETHING... not sure what-maybe it's the alcohol?
overall, it's okay. nothing special. but if you're using this 7%er as a session beer, you're doing very well.... it's easy to drink, although a bit 'twang-y', and not bad I imagine if you've purchased a 6'er and heading home... just don't get too buzzed and beat the girlfriend.... but it is a very decent brew. not my favorite style, but still a very decent brew... aside from the stout, I think I need to see what else this brewery has to offer... (858 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 hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a decent-sized head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, canned corn
Taste-Grain, sweet toasted malt, warming alchohol finish. A little more character than your average American pale lager, but still nothing exceptional here. (317 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep gold with nice clarity, a mild bead and a rocky bone head. The head quickly falls to a patchwork film of foam and leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Slightly musty, with a strong dose of fresh cut grass. A bit of lemon adds extra floral interest. Some honey sweetness is in the back. A light alcohol tingle rounds things out.

T: A lemon-pepper bitterness hits right away. It's not IPA bitter, but quite pronounced. There's a bit of sweet maltiness in the background. A subtle alcohol warmth finishes the picture. The bitterness lingers into the finish.

M: The medium body has a bit too much fizz going on.

D: This came across as a nice halfway point between a Pils and in Imperial Pils. It was a nice compliment to a cool winter evening. (789 characters)

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