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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
83
good

107 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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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 vkv822
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, medium yellow with a thick, foamy white head and nice lacing.

Pale, biscuity malt with a floral, lemony, grassy hop profile in both the nose and palate.

Medium+ body with mild foamy carbonation.

A well done pale lager. Easy drinking with an enjoyable malt and hop character. Proves that this style can be flavorful and something worth drinking. (368 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. "Drink by" date of 6-30-13.

Beautiful, clear pale straw/gold color with a puffy white 1" head. Recedes to a thin film. Leaves persistent rings of lacing.

Fresh, green grassy scent with a touch of lemon zest. Nice and clean.

Fresh grassiness on the taste with some bright lemon/grapefruit zest, a little soft graininess with a touch of not unpleasant DMS corn flavor. Nice dry, leafy/herbal finish. Pleasant bitterness but well balanced. Doesn't taste like 7%.

Light, crisp texture, just slightly viscous. Ends clean. Avoids that stickiness I get from high alcohol lagers sometimes.

A tasty, well done lager. Clean, bright, crisp, and balanced. Great spring beer. (716 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, light grassy hops; slightly sour. Flavor is bready malt, grassy hops and hints of light fruit juice and nuts. An odd flavor combination, but kind of grew on me as I drank this. Medium bodied. An interesting malty ale. I have to say the BA style of American pale lager is much more apt than the bottle's label of "pale bock". This is not very close to a bock, but enjoyable. (533 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A stellar beer. Phenomenally good.

Pours a bright clear gold liquid with a white head. Gorgeous.

Decent but uninteresting malt aroma.

Flavor is nice and crisp. Lots of biscuit-like flavors. Very clean tasting with a nice amount of hops. Just a little bit of toastyness. Lots of fresh grain. A fair amount of noticeable alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel with appropriate levels of carbonation.

Overall, I really like this beer for its near perfect simplicity and balance. (467 characters)

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

P:  Clear golden effervescent body with a thick bone colored sudsy dish water head. 

S:  Barley right away with a antibacterial body soap aroma, organic celery, rustic and earthy malts and toasted honey but Cheerios. 

T/M:  Amber malts, fresh sun dried grains, barley, alfalfa, and cereal grains. Toasted malts flood the palate and earthy, honey, spices, rose petels and orange liqueur.  Full rustic malt and just a touch of citrus bitterness and timid herbal hops.  Refreshing feel with a semi dry finish of dried grains. 

O:  Crisp, complex malts, earthy and clean with a gentle punch of alcohol to keep things interesting. Not your typical low ABV lager this has depth but at the same time is not over done. Full Sail seems to do lagers well.  (759 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from slightly above the glass gives this beer a big white lasting head above a clear straw yellow golden colored beer.

Light sour grains, yeast strains, and more sourness in the aroma.

Light sour grains, light bitter hops, and a very light yeast taste.

A sour to almost light bitter aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

A decent enough beer, semi close to a pilsner taste which really isn't in my wheelhouse, but worth a try. (437 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden and spunky, this beer is completely clear and a good pour produces a nice head of foam that leaves lace as you consume. The nose is one of yeast, pilsner, and some floral notes.

Full Sail LTD number 4 offers a flavor that is certainly above that of the typical American lager. The taste of this beer features pale malts, yeast, and some good hop contributions that add floral, spice, and grassiness. I can also detect a touch of wood and some alcohol in the finish. The body is medium and the taste more memorable than the average brew.

Full Sail can always be counted on for some very good sessionable beers but this one is a little different. Most will indeed like it, but the spicy hop character makes the beer a little less refreshing than usual and less agreeable. I can see drinking this with a slice of spicy pizza, but it doesn’t quite have that stand- alone, drink- it- anytime character so common with Full Sail products.

Still, considering all factors, this is an above average beer product. I like the snappy hop character and it easily outperforms most all American- style lagers. It is worth a try if you happen to find a bottle. (1,157 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail LTD 04 pours a pale gold, capped by a thin off-white head that leaves sparse lacing. Floral and grassy hop aromas burst from the glass, with some bready malt hints as well. The bready malt aromas carry over to the pallet, with some toastiness noticeable as well, with other flavors and hints include citrus, hay, and spice. Smooth and medium-full in body, LTD 04 brings a higher level of carbonation then expected. We enjoyed "Living The Dream"!

Cheers! (464 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep gold colour with a tiny head. The smell is a very fragrant sweet, fruity, grain smell. Smells like it's gonna be real good.
Ugh. I was wrong. I hate it when beer scents trick me like that. The beer's not bad, it's just not what it smells like and it's not at all astounding. The bite is quite nice. I like the alcohol level. And I like the grain, but as I often do with American crafts, I think it's too covered by hops. Tastes dry-hopped. The apricot flavour imparted by the hops sounds nice. And I'm glad it's not overly resinous, but I do think it would be better with less of it. As it stands, it's an OK beer. I'm not at all impressed with it. (666 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a light amber with a little head, but has lacing down the glass. Smells heavily of a roasted malt, very nice full aroma. Tastes of lightly roasted grain with a slight fruity taste, a nice surprise. This light bodied beer goes down real smooth and has perfect carbonation. Overall a great beer. (353 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/11/12.

Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some floral hop aromas. Taste is of malt up front with some floral and perfume-like hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but not something I would get again. (565 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, I've had this one in the fridge for a little while so I'm not sure how fresh it is. Anyways this pours a light golden color with a small semi short lived white head. The smells are of crisp grassy hops, a little sweetness and malts. The feel is medium. The taste is more bitter than expected, followed by some strong malts, along with a strong alcohol presence. (407 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Golden/Yellow straw color with a rather haze. Head pours around 1 finger in width and is very fizzy. Not much to speak of in terms of lacing

Smell - I'm getting sweet yeasts, barley and grassy notes. Also I'm getting some light Pilsner-like scents in here as well.

Taste - Light floral hops, sweet yeasts, barley and malts. It does taste a bit boozy upfront but it still tastes okay

Mouthfeel - Pretty light bodied with some rather intense carbonation. It sadly isn't the kind of beer that is crisp or refreshing to drink either.

Overall - It's an average tasting lager that's held back by an unbalanced flavor and an even more unbalanced palate feel. I wouldn't recommend buying this (727 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 lwillitz
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - crystal-clear golden body under a couple fingers of foamy white head; lots of rising carbonation bubbles

S - grass and spice from the hops, not much representation from the malt; bland

T - better than expected; corny grain sweetened with a combination of caramel and honey, complimented nicely by mildly-biting spices and citrus; moderate dryness and alcohol warmth in the finish

M - highly-carbonated chewy medium body

O - neither horrible nor spectacular (501 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 StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

excellent bang for the buck here. 8 dollars for a 6pack at 7% abv. i like that. smells malty but not to the vienna lager levels, more pale malty and crisp in the nose. flavor is nice, definitely malt driven and complex. i taste something a touch sweet, caramel maybe. feel dragged for me in this beer, the body was a bit heavy and rather filling, even though the flavor was good. i was happy to share my 6er because it would have ruined my appetite for dinner. overall another worthy beer from full sale, and at that price i may buy it again, but it wasnt anything particularly memorable. (588 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 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 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 Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 2/16/12

Dated 04/14/12

Radiant, sun-dried golden hue with only a soft haze over the beer. A three finger head rises quickly, backing down just the same leaving very few specks of lace here and there. Much better lace begins to gather about halfway through the glass.

The front of the aroma has a lemongrass, floral and an almost herbal penchant whereas underneath there are notes of toasted grain, bread and hint of dusty yeast. Hints of spices; perhaps white pepper. Seems to smell strangely musty as it warms up; though perhaps muddled is a better choice of words.

The flavor is heavily grainy - simultaneously toasted, plump and bready, all the while suggesting something of a syrupy bent as well. Hops meekly offer an overall earthiness, a faint nip of the bitter and a citric ghost note. Dry and semi-dusty finish.

Feel-wise the beer isn't what I was expecting. I was expecting an all too crisp body with stabbing carbonation. Instead, the feel is a languid lighter medium. In turn, the carbonation has more of calm, puffy manifestation. The finish is rather clean.

This is a nice enough beer to sip on. It's certainly well-constructed. I doubt I'd be inclined to drink it often, but I'd glad to have tried it. (1,249 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a transparent, honey golden color with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is average.

S - Clean barley, light floral hops, pale malt,and honey. Simple, refined an pleasant. The smell renewed my interest.

T - A lightly creamy body and pleasant crystal malt give way to lightly floral and bitter hops. There's a pleasant honey throughout as well. There's not really much else there, but in this case, it's not a bad thing. It's balanced extremely well.

M - Light bodied, a bit crisp, and smooth on the finish.

D - It's built well and is a pleasure to drink, but lacks any character that makes it memorable. I appreciated the simplicity, but I think there are better offerings from Full Sail. (778 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to stange glass:

a - Pours a clear, deep golden honey with a finger of white head. Rather nice lacing and clarity. Simple.

s - Pale malts with a sweeter, subtle hop presence. Slight orange and spice. Thai basil.

t - Really fresh. The higher alcohol plays an interesting part. The bite doesn't feel out of place, it's actually rather complementary of the base flavors. A bit sweet and smooth, like a kolsch almost.

m - Nice medium mouthfeel - a bit cloying, the sweet malt holds on for a while. Not bad.

o - This was the beer of the month at Zipp's which makes it less than 6 bucks a sixer. At that price, this would have a regular spot in my fridge. Otherwise, it's something that I'd get every so often. A nice lager. (740 characters)

Photo of PainkeepBrewing
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served into a snifter...thought any glass will do.

A - a straw yellow, brilliantly clear. A nice head off the pour that diminishes fairly quickly.

S - Nutty, clean otherwise, very small hop aroma

T - Delicious. Clean, crisp, flavor is very nutty, almost similar to a light peanut butter. Light, smooth bitterness.

M - Light but properly carbonated and effervescent enough. Very refreshing.

O - A really nice, simple and well made lager. Nutty in the best way, strong while not tasting like it. Gentle bitterness, and a lot of flavor considering it's SMaSH status. A really great, easy drinking lager that I look forward to every year. (651 characters)

Photo of weerezboy
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice slightly dark golden brew, which poured a nice thick white head that left lacing behind after each sip.

S: Rich in malt flavor, with a hint of hops that follow, wishing their was more of the flavor in the smell.

Taste: There is a strong malt base throughout the taste, which turns into a bitter sourness that is slightly too strong and is unbalanced with the bitter and aroma of the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium on the mouthfull with a carbonation that brings with it the malt flavor.

Overall: Great lager against the likes of the big name adjunct lager/pilsners. I dont drink lagers often but when I do pick one up its nice when it has flavor like this. (663 characters)

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