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

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BA SCORE
82
good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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 philbertk
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Photo of deadliest
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of chumba526
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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...

Photo of Domingo
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Listed as a single malt, single hop (Willamette) European lager on the box.

Pours a beautiful crystal-clear medium gold with a tall (2") white head of very tight bubbles that melts slowly leaving a lovely map in it's wake.

Aroma is slightly diacetyl (buttery) with a very slight soapiness.

Definitely "one malt, one hop". I didn't notice much complexity in the flavor. Still a bit of diacetyl, some chewy malt, then a finish of the willamette hops which adds slight bitterness but doesn't seem to create a balance. A warming alcohol feel follows the swallow all the way down to the tummy.

Mouthfeel is almost too thick...definitely very creamy and the carbonation feels very nice and does try to break up the creaminess a bit.

I'm almost sorry that I didn't pick up only one bottle rather than a 6 pack as I don't find this one overly enjoyable. A bit too much alcohol, a bit too thick in the mouth, and the hops continue to leave a slightly unpleasant taste in my mouth after the drink is gone. Many one hop beers do a wonderful job of showing off the hop character and making for a balanced drink even though only one hop is used.
To me, this one didn't.

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