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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

201 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 104
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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paulozanello

Brazil

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:01:01 | More by paulozanello
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 19:02:45 | More by Gavage
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:28:38 | More by Wasatch
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 14:15:11 | More by metter98
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gpogo

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:44:49 | More by gpogo
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 17:55:36 | More by Kegatron
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Rayek

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 05:15:22 | More by Rayek
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:34:16 | More by Spineypanda
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HoppyToad

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 09:05:45 | More by HoppyToad
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 06:52:23 | More by gkunkle
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elniko

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:51:21 | More by elniko
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philbertk

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Full Sail Brewing Company--Full Sail LTD Series--What Do You Get When You Brew An Elegant Limited Edition Lager With One Select Barley? The Single Malt Of Suds-Recipe Number: 04. 2011 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) MaiBock? Thin lace thin white head. Clear thin bright yellow gold color. Sweet mellow floral noble hop malt front. Very smooth subtle sweet mellow butterscotch caramel Hoppy rich Maibock body. Rich smooth refreshing mellow hop balanced sweet clean rich Lager end. WOW! Tasted 1/17/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $5.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 1/14/2011.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:29:24 | More by philbertk
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deadliest

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:42:57 | More by deadliest
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allengarvin

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 17:16:00 | More by allengarvin
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chumba526

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:53:04 | More by chumba526
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours with a great head that holds up well throughout consuming the glass. Outstanding web like lacing is all over the sides. Nice pale golden body.

S: Strong, sharp, grass, floral and bread all over this brew. Some alcohol is there, but not overpowering.

T&M: Very clean, up front with some bread malt sweetness that is quickly met with some sharp hop flavors that range from grass, floral, a little citrus, lemon, and hint of a medal taste in the background. At 7% ABV, alcohol is definitely present, especially in the finish, but not to excess. Even as hoppy as it is, this brew finishes a bit on the sweet side, contributing to a somewhat heavy mouth feel for a pale bodied lager. In my humble opinion, it could actually benefit from a bit more bittering hops to make it a bit more balanced in the finish.

D&Notes: I am a big fan of Full Sail, and this brew is certainly a good one. It's not the best they have every done, but pretty damn good nonetheless. Although I see this classified as a Euro Pale Lager, it tastes more like a Bock version of a German Dortmunder Style Lager (not really sure if there is such a thing, but the flavors remind me of the style.) This brew would be a good choice for pale lager fans who want a brew with a nice kick. At 7% ABV, this one can definitely sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:06:11 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:14:23 | More by beertunes
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Docer

Washington

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

Grabbed a 6-pack... love single malt and hop brews... Willamette are my favorite hops...

- Clear yellow brew.. fluffy quick settling white head down to a thing blanket of creamy white.. bit of lacing..

- Fresh semi-sweet grain and bitter floral hop.... nice hint of alcohol.. seems like a very crisp and fresh lager.

- Lovely grain sweetness.. little touch of corn, biscuit.. sweet layer across the tongue... nice bitter zingy hops really hit the tongue.. super good hop bitterness... and a nice subtle floral finish. Certainly a good drinker. Hops and alcohol work well together.

- Light bodied, slightly syrupy sweet but only slightly.. and drying..

- Overall drinkability is dangerous and good... tastes great, is smooth... and hides the strength well.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 22:25:14 | More by Docer
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, crystal clear. Strong carbonation. A minimal half inch head dies quickly. Doesn't look to exciting$

S: Malty sweet, some graininess and some cereal notes. The hops are ever present for a lager. They provide some herbal, spicy and earthy notes. No sulfur or other nasty aromas.

T: Lovely balance of sweet, grainy malts supplemented by robust hoppiness. The flavors are a testament of how simple ingredients can make a tasty beer. I love the light cereal grain sweet malts. The hops give it some lovely herbal, grassy and earthy flavors. The alcohol is definitely there. Maybe a little too much, but it is tolerable.

M: light bodied. Finishes slightly sticky. Strong carbonation. Numbing alcohol on the tongue in the end.

D: Overall this was a tasty lager. I loved the simplicity of the ingredients as it really made you appreciate the flavors of these components. The higher alcohol content brings down drinkability a little as it leaves a little burn in the back of the throat. Knock the abv down a little and you have an extremely drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:05:08 | More by brewdoc75
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:17:40 | More by ocelot2500
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brenda picked me up a couple of these at the COOP tonight... Thanks Babe. Poured into my small Grolsch goblet.

1 finger white head.... only okay retention atop a polished golden brew.

The aroma screams big pale malts... the hops seem a bit restrained with some earthy/herbal qualities.. but really, the clean malts dominate.

Clean pale malt is out front.. maybe some minor sulfur.. the hop bitterness is very balanced with again some herbal notes showing later on the palate.. a tiny bit of EtOH shows.. but you should expect it on a lager with this pronounced ABV.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are nice.... maybe a bit thick..

"Euro Pale Lager" as a category for this brew is only going to drive the reviews down... No doubt, I would put this in the Maibock realm... Very nice... If you don't like this one, then you don't like well made lagers.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 08:28:40 | More by JohnGalt1
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 04:40:13 | More by Reidrover
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dinner glass at high altitude (above 5,000 feet).

A - Looks like a typical lager: translucent light yellow color with a one-finger white head. Average head retention.

S - Smells quite flowery, but the alcohol comes through in the scent.

T - There's really not a whole lot in the taste of this to counteract the alcohol.

M - Dry all the way through.

D - Although it's on the lighter side, far too alcoholic to drink all night. On the other hand, it's not all that expensive...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 06:59:52 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Domingo

Colorado

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another lager in Full Sail's LTD line. I'm a fan, but I really do wish they'd cut back on the booziness a bit.
This one is nothing but pale malt and Willamette hops. Seems novel enough, a SMaSH beer.
Rich golden color, carbonation is strong, but no real lacing.
Sweet malt, a bit of booziness, and lager yeast on the nose. Hops are lost a bit. Reminds me of the German "spezial hell" beers.
The taste carries the same theme over. Simple, but not terrible. The hops are there in the finish and as it warms they almost seem to take over. Alcohol warmth also starts to creep in. Drink this one cool for sure. The finish just isn't pleasant at all.
Mouthfeel is a bit slick from the big malt.
Not bad when cool, but warmer this beer falls apart. Drinkability is low as a result. If you don't polish one of these off in 5 minutes, look out.
The SMaSH factor is lost a bit. Like LTD 1 and 2, I wish this was scaled back a bit in terms of the strength. Where they're able to overcome that flaw a bit, this one can't...especially when it isn't served very cool.
Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:46:19 | More by Domingo
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HalfFull

California

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. twist off bottle picked up recently at Trader Joe's and poured into a pils glass. Shows a clear and bright golden straw with half an inch of almost white foam. A light boil of CO2 works its way up to reinforce the cap. Moderate retention.

Nose is of sweet bread and a bit of lemon hops. Hop notes expand a bit with some air to offer some woodsy spice. Pleasant albeit a bit thin in variety.

Taste again offers lemon notes along with some orange and a bit of grain. Finishes with a lightly coarse bitterness and a return of sweet and peppery lemon oil. Feel is neutral for me, a bit thin when cold and firming up a bit with warming but never really offering much. As a result it drinks rather easily, sweet enough to mask the alcohol yet not so much to be cloying or mask a light bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:18:52 | More by HalfFull
LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.