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

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LTD Series - 04LTD Series - 04

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BA SCORE
82
good

203 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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:
"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

(Beer added by: IntriqKen on 12-14-2010)
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flagmantho

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:20:40 | More by flagmantho
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donovanneb

California

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think people are missing the "beer" here. This is a lager through and through. Not sure what people are looking for, but everything about it says lager. Golden yellow color, rich flavors, sturdy backbone, doesn’t fall apart, creamy finish. Can be a little clunky at times in the middle of the mouthfeel with the alcohol being pronounced.

If you want a solid lager that is going to deliver exactly what is advertised, you should definitely give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 18:19:50 | More by donovanneb
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head.

S: Bready, dash at floral hops, some sweetness

T:A nice floral, light grassiness to it, clean, grains

M: Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and well carbonated. Very tasty.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Thought it was tasty, easy to drink and good presentation of the style. Would try again

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 02:25:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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nandemo1

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light gold with a frothy head that dissipated at an average pace with some decent lacing.

Smells of stale grass clippings. This strong scent is a bit off-putting. Taste is a bit better, but I would put it on par with your BMC offerings. Tastes a bit bready without being sweet, aftertaste tends to linger. Despite it being a 7% with a light flavor profile, I couldn't pick up any alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between Bud and Bud Light.

I'm not impressed with the no. 4. To me it's like a high alcohol Bud.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:23:29 | More by nandemo1
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:36:32 | More by DarthKostrizer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD Series Recipe Number: 04
Coded: 051011 15:25 FL

Appearance: The body is a crystal-clear deep gold. Creamy white head. Retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Hoppy! Floral, woody, grassy, and subtly minty. Some grainy malt makes its way through sometimes appearing bready and sometimes appearing doughy with a bit of sweetness. Overall, bright and fresh.

Taste: The malt and hops combine nicely. The malt displays its grainy/bready character and gives a bit of sweetness; and the hops are enlivened by the sweetness, and anchored by the grainy flavor. A solid bitterness anchors it and keeps the malty sweetness from actually becoming 'sweet'. It starts with a dollop of maltiness; introduces the hops across the middle and through to the finish; and then leaves you with another bit of grainy malt in the aftertaste. A hint of alcohol can be found underneath. It's very clean and lager-like, with just a subtle touch of yeasty sulphur to it. It's nicely balanced and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that delicately bristles the tongue.

Overall: An interesting beer with a lot of drinkability. It's very much like a helles bock; and certainly well made. The floral/woody/minty hops and rich malt are compelling, but it's also very basic. It's easy to just drink it and be satisfied without focusing on any complexity or nuances. A perfect beer for spring. I could get used to this... except that it's limited!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 16:47:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful brassy-lemon coloring with an easy clarity. Marshmellow full head, about a finger high displays a good rate of retention leaving a modest size band for lace. Medium dense shower of macro-bubbles travel quickly upwards. As far as looks go overall per style, this is good in show with a nice clarity, coloring and lasting foam head.

S: A bit of graininess, though not as much as I would like combines with a earthy green leafy hopping. There is a touch of dry celery stalk and herbaceous hops rounding things out.

T: Grainy flavor, a bit dry with a complimentary spicy and earthy herbaceous hopping. Some dry malt and hay sweetness, lightly toasted bread with a slight indication of citrus. Finishes with a nice level of hops.

M: Good feel in the mouth, medium full, not as crisp as one expects, especially from the visual carbonation display. Malty feel, slick and hearty texture.

D: Good drinkability, a 7.0% that drinks more like a 5%. Very easy to down, enjoyable in multiples with much respect per style. A great summertime lager for that backyard gathering. I could go case here for fans of style. Session downer and a reminder this is a pale lager, not an apa or ipa. Good amount of hops per style and easy drinking nature.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:06:35 | More by beerthulhu
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is straw yellow with a medium white head, nice lacing. The aroma is sweet grass. The beer is light and easy drinking, clean finish. The body is light, well carbonated. A very well crafted lager, surprised that it is 7%.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:35:47 | More by bonkers
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MrOH

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw with a finger and a half white head.

Grassy, citrusy, hops, with a bit of licorice. Not bad.

Neutral malt flavor with grassy-herbal and slightly spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is very malt-liquor like, if you know what I mean.

This beer is more or less Stroh's without corn, upped to 7% and with more finishing hops. I don't mean it as an insult, because Stroh's is my favorite cheap beer. I bought this at a deep discount, but if I'd have payed full price, I'd be pissed.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:22:36 | More by MrOH
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Mora2000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and a lot of grain. Not really very exciting, but nothing offensive. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of grain and grassy hops, with a little bit of earthy hops also mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but nothing very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:50:46 | More by Mora2000
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colts9016

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has okay retention and is foamy white. The color of the beer is straw color with a darker yellow hue. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubble. The head lft no retention on the glass.

Nose: There is a light malty aroma that has some toasty biscuit note. Other aromas are phenols, yeast, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are a heavy malt that is toasty, bready, and biscuit. The other flavors are yeast, alcohol, and phenols.

The mouth feel is carbonated, heavy, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer reminds me of a lighter version of a malt liquor. It is a good beer, lots of flavor and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:18:26 | More by colts9016
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mactrail

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dangerously drinkable strong lager.

Beautiful blonde in the chalice, very nice long-lasting carbonation, smooth and creamy in the mouth. I don't detect much aroma. Hops are crisp and add the right long note of slight bitterness to what starts out as a slightly sweet rich taste. Warm touch of malt, hint of caramel, a little hoppy resin, and a flowery nose. Just a little astringency. So smooth and well balanced it is hard to pick out any obvious fruity or grainy flavors, which I would call a plus.

I think this is a terrific lager, though as strong as it is I wonder if there is another category for it. I would compare this with a golden bock, like the one from Karl Strauss.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:44:11 | More by mactrail
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patreely12

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:07:41 | More by patreely12
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:12:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $2 at EuroMarket. Poured clear gold with a tall head and lacing. I gotta say, I'm a fan. There's a sharp cracker and crust malt note in the aroma. That same character is met in the taste with smoother caramel and dough. There's a balanced, spicy hops finish that lingers with light hints of fruit. Frankly, this tastes like a fantastic American take on the helles bock style. I'd happily go through a case of this in the spring. It crisp and a touch cleaner than other examples of the style, but it's rich, drinkable and interesting.

UPDATE 3/27/12: Pretty much the same as last year's batch. Toasty in the aroma, big bready caramel in the flavor. Great lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:24:20 | More by tempest
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 02:00:56 | More by theghost3
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:38:23 | More by justintcoons
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 21:59:10 | More by BARFLYB
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sj660

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good light straw color, good quality foam with good laces. Smells faintly of hay and lemons. The taste is of a light malt and grain with a bitter but clean aftertaste, but not too strongly hopped.

This beer is full bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.

You could quaff this for a long time. Very good beer. I wonder if this isn't like what macrolager would be like without the adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 19:53:13 | More by sj660
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SkipWeathers

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:10:22 | More by SkipWeathers
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Halcyondays

California

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale gold with a light white head, poor retention, no lace.

S: Lots of sweet malt, green apples, with some booze.

T: Bready malt with some apples, very much with the nose. Hint of citrus from the hops. Ethanol noticable. Not harsh, just boozy.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp carbonation, nice overall feel, but not a great finish, too bitter.

D: This is really a craft malt liquor, in that Euro Strong Lager category, all malt. For it's ABV it's cheaper than BMC, it's OK, but there's better in the LTD series.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:16:20 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into glass. I don't remember where I was because this review's from notes, but I imagine I was in Colorado.

A: Two finger, thin head. Clear gold colour.

Sm: Clean barley. Nothing exceptional. This beer is boring me.

T: Smooth open changes to well built lager with a crisp finish. Not bold or complex, but certainly good. There's also some malt (you mean it gets better?). Simple, but effective. Plays it safe.

Mf: Crisp. Good balance of coarseness and wetness. The best part of this beer.

Dr: I'd have it again but not at this price. It hides its 7.00& very well, which in fairness is high for an American lager. The alcohol does come through a bit in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 16:45:37 | More by kojevergas
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:20:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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jdense

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:15:57 | More by jdense
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flexabull

California

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 07:00:40 | More by flexabull
LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.