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

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of sj660
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of paulozanello
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cristal clear bright golden color with a one-inch white head that has great retention and moderate to high lacing. Lots of fine bubbles coming from the bottom of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Smells is of floral hops, some lemon, some grass and a good deal of grain sweetness.

Taste is very clean and a nice combination of malty sweetness, grainy bread and floral/grassy hops. A delicate amount of bitterness balances well the malt.

Body is medium to light with high carbonation. This has a full lager mouthfeel, you can definitely tell it was well crafted. Good drinkability too, it is hard to believe this is a 7% abv beer.

Overall a well balanced lager, I find it difficult to say if it has more of a malty or more of a hoppy taste. And I guess that is a good thing.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1" head. some spotty lace develops.

Smell: lemon citrus, some malt sweetness, and a bit of hops bitterness is detectable.

Taste: lightly grainy malt profile with lemon zest, a bit of grass, a mild bitterness, and some golden apple sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp througohut. Refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to drink despite the higher alcohol levels for a lager. Nice refreshing flavor - a few can be had in a session.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By: May 3, 2011

Pours a nice clean/clean pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with a slight hop note. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with some hop notes. Medium Body. Drinkable, a very nice brew, this is what the macro's should achieve for.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of gpogo
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 1 ½ rich foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a thin filmy creaminess that maintains some richness and leaves back a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing that recedes into some sticky swathes on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grassy and spicy notes that mix in with the earthy and tangy combo of citric hops and sweet toasted grains. This is simple enough but it works.

The taste is pretty much identical, with a grassy and spicy feel and citrus rind bitterness that is balanced by some smooth bready grains across the back of the palate. Green bitterness hangs in the back of the throat a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that keeps things relatively sharp in the mouth while also staying quite smooth and silky in the back as this nears the swallow. No alcohol whatsoever is present here and I honestly would never had guessed that this was 7% (hell, I even double checked their website to be sure!).

Despite the simple and straightforward take here, this was still flavorful, crisp, and ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I don't think that I've had a 7% beer as "sessionable" as this one was in quite some time. Count me in as a fan.

Photo of Rayek
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strong dark straw color with a long lasting foamy head.
Smells almost abrasive, but then the hops come through and you get a good lager aroma.
Taste is at first like a punch in the face with malts, but then really mellows out. Pretty interesting taste overall.

For a single malt single hop beer, this is a really nice one.

Photo of HoppyToad
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I generally enjoy a cold, Full Sail lager after an afternoon of yard work. But this brew is simply too boozy for a thirst-quencher. So, after my initial disappointment, I found a way to make it more drinkable:

Pour 1/2 bottle LTD #4 into a frosty pub glass, then add 1/2 bottle Full Sail Session Lager. You won't notice the alcohol nearly as much. And the flavors blend perfectly!

Photo of gkunkle
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Knowing the dependability of full sail, I bought a 6 pack of this to share with a few friends, some of whom have some interest in beer. This is different than most American style pale lagers I have had, so it is a fun a d different change from a cool local brewery. All I can say is that I wish I had jumped on the LTD train earlier. This pours an amber color with a 1" white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some lacing. Smell is of grain and some hops. Taste is primarily a light sweetish malt followed by those wilamette hops. I am especially impressed that this was made using only one kind of malt and one variety of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. This beer drinks easily enough, but I'd avoid sessioning at 7ish percent ABV.

Photo of elniko
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pale straw coloring with huge fluffy head and nice lacing. Carbonation quite apparent.

S: Really standard lager nose, got just a bit of skunk.

T & M: Nicely balanced, mouthfeel has a slightly buttery feel. Carbonation apparent as well. As it warms the beer is almost a little sweet.

D: Drinkable despite the high ABV. I enjoyed the prior LTD versions more than this one. Don't think that I will seek out again.

LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.