LTD Series - 04 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 106 | Display Reviews Only:
3.31/5 rDev -8.3%
Thanks to BA slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew pours as advertised, a pale golden color with a rich finger of silky head that fades to a thin film across the top and paints an entire webbing of lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained froth fairly effortlessly.
The aroma smells like any old adjunct lager. A hint of almost corn-like sweetness blends into a bit of fresh cereal grain to wheaty character which was a bit unexpected for a bock I might say. A mild kiss of alcohol and buttery diacetyl bring this back into the lager spectrum with a pleasant contrast. When the glass is swirled, some sulfur notes evolve along with an unexpected amount of herbal hops. Overall, not a bad smelling brew.
The taste of this brew is a bit more focused with some fruity alcohol esters coming forward overtop a pale malt base that provides some mild sweet grainy appeal. However, I get a mild touch of adjunct almost like corn also in the flavor but that might be an exaggeration based off of the notes of diacetyl and mild sulfur that also emit from this brew. The hops present themselves with an herbal flavor and modest bitterness a bit atypical of a bock.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall I think it wasnt bad but there were a lot of strange things going on in this that hinted towards bock but with a strange twist. A bit over-hopped, a bit more alcohol driven and lacking in the overall body one might expect. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try this one Matt, thanks again.
04-27-2013 03:44:47 | More by stakem
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
I picked this case up at Breski, enjoyed several bottles so figured why not jot some notes and give a review, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.
The color is tarnished golden with good clarity and visible carbonation rising to an off white head with avg bead. The smell is lightly mineral with slight spiciness and gentle malt essence with slight alcohol ester. The feel is good with full body almost filling with slightly high bitterness and noticeable alcohol in the texture with semi-dry finish and moderate carbonation.
The flavor is pretty layered considering this is a commercial equivalent of a SMaSH -single malt and single hop maibock -pale malt and willamette hops. The hops are a bit forward in the flavor and the yeast adds some flavor with spiciness accentuated by the moderately high alcohol in the taste. The malt is toasty and slightly thick with low sweetness and generally grainy when combined with the yeast drying alcohol and hops. Overal this is decent but there are better examples of this style from East Coast brewers or Midwest breweries, but for the price it is a better than average pale bock.
04-16-2013 14:10:42 | More by Slatetank
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured a half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with only a few bubbles coming up.
The aroma is rich caramel and lemon.
The taste is smooth caramel and honey sweet with a mild bitterness. Great balance.
Soft texture with low carbonation.
It has the lighter and better parts of a bock; great if you aren't keen on the heavy sweetness of a traditional bock.
04-08-2013 00:20:42 | More by Fatehunter
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
Appearance: Clear amber with nice foamy head and good lacing.
Smell: Biscuity malts and lemon grass hops.
Taste: More of the buscuits and grass, with hints of chocolate. Tastes fresh, good balance.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied, and refreshing. Very slight bitter aftertaste, in a good way.
The Verdict: Good stuff. A tasty, well-balanced pale bock that I managed to snag the last couple of bottles of. The LTD series is hit or miss like many seasonals, though it’s usually a hit. This one is definitely a hit.
04-05-2013 01:54:35 | More by TheMarkE
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Appearance- Pours a fair amount of foam which is almost pure white with the slightest hints of yellow. The body is a weak straw color with some cloudiness. There is a minimal amount of laciness left behind and the head dissipates rather quickly.
Nose- This has a very typical lager nose to it. Even the bottle says lager on it in addition to referring to it as a pale bock. Some banana and metal sourness. Fairly uninteresting as the aroma of most lagers. Slight breadiness from the malt.
Taste- Despite its characteristic lager smell, this is rather bitter. It's in no way overpowering but it does give structure to an initially unassuming beer. This is back up by some malt, some bread and “classic” “beer” tastes. Nothing special but this is a solid beer. Perfect for a spring or summer day. Plus it has a little more alcohol and more complexity than your commercial crap beer. A slight sweetness makes itself known as this progresses.
Mouthfeel- This is clean and crisp. Light body with just enough carbonation.
Drinkability- As I mentioned before, this is a light and easy beer. There is no indication of its 7 percent. It's also cheap so while this may not wow, it is a solid session beer. I've bought it before and I will be buying it again.
Overall- Nothing spectacular, just a solid brew. I give it a straight up B-
03-30-2013 02:19:41 | More by artoolemomo
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
Bottle opened on 3.21.13
A - Pours a clear, light orange with a small off-white head with decent retention.
S - Malty, corn, sweet wheat.
T - Malt, sweet wheat, canned corn, pretty mild.
D - Light body and good carbonation.
O - Light and sweet, not very good compared to others in the series.
03-24-2013 05:53:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.09/5 rDev +13.3%
I am fully sailing tonight as I watch collegiate hockey championship games. I am unable to fully convey how happy I am to not only have Hood River, OR's finest beer in my state but in my hometown. Life is good.
From the bottle: "What do you get when you brew an elegant Pale Bock with one select barley? The single malt of suds."
What do you get when you nearly invert the bottle when decanting into a shaker glass? A massive three fingers of dense, eggnog-colored head with great retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity and suddenly King Midas and Croesus appeared in my kitchen, both licking their chops. The lacing that formed as the head dropped made my jaw drop. My my my. Nose had an unexpected earthiness accompanied by a caramel maltiness. Curiouser and curiouser. "Drink Me!" it cried to me. What sort of host would I be not to comply with the wishes of an invited guest? Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, and I got a bit of heat from it as I swirled it on my tongue. The taste was very earthy with a flavor that I imagine standing in a field of barley in central Canada in the summer would be like. I have been getting smarter about distillation and I would bet that this recipe in a still would create a great single malt whiskey. The inherent heat on the finish made me gasp for breath but overall, it was semi-dry.
03-23-2013 23:46:08 | More by woodychandler
3.56/5 rDev -1.4%
12oz into a pint
A - Pours a hazy golden color. Apparently some yeast suspended. White head formation.
S - An unremarkable nose. Some light malts.
T - Starts off lightly malty, not much of anything going on. Starts to show some pilsner style malts, and then some citrus hops. A bit fruity in the finish.
M - Very much lager in the carbonation feel on the tongue. The alcohol doesn't quite sneak through. Some carbonation bite on the finish.
O/D - A beer that doesn't have that much identity between a lager and a ale. Seems to have the malts and hops of an ale and the yeast / carbonation finish of a lager.
03-23-2013 20:27:54 | More by katan
4.04/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - Clear golden in color, not a lot of head which dissapates quickly
S - grassy/straw/earthy scents come through along with light hops. A little sweet scent as well
T - Sweet hops, with straw/grassy flavor coming through.
M - great feel, a little sticky, with good carb, goes down smooth
O - very good beer, easy drinking, not too strong. GREAT session beer.
03-17-2013 21:40:04 | More by kshizzle101
2.88/5 rDev -20.2%
I think the description of of this beer is wrong. It's not an American Pale Lager. Full Sail describes it as a Pale Bock. Definitely tastes like a Helles to me. In any case...
Drank a 12-ounce bottle poured into a tulip on 3/10/2013. Best buy date on the bottle is June 9th, 2013.
A: Extremely clear - what you would expect from a lager. Straw colored with a hint of amber. It's definitely a shade darker than a Pilsener. Head pours large, but dissipates rather quickly. Little to no head appears after 5 minutes.
S: Relatively mild aroma overall. Mild notes of grapefruit and lemon. I dont detect any grassiness as other reviewers noted, but I do detect some floral notes. Also detect the faintest hint of butter/diacetyl.
T: Wow - tastes bigger than it looks. Pronounced hoppiness with grassy and floral notes. Solid biscuit/malt base to support the IBUs. Also detect some unexpected honey notes. Unfortunately, I also get pronounced diacetyl flavors....butter mostly. The diacetyl lingers on the tongue.
M: Surprisingly big body. Low carbonation. Just based on mouthfeel, it's an easy-drinker.
O: Unfortunately, I dont think I'll be purchasing this beer again. It has a great appearance and an easy-drinking mouthfeel, but its taste leaves something to be desired. For one, it's too hoppy for a Pale Bock. Full Sail lists this beer as having 45 IBUs, which is just too high for the Bock style (which should be around 20-30 IBUs). If youre a hop-head, you'll like this rendition of the Bock style, but it's just too hoppy for me. Secondly, I get pronounced hits of butter/diacetyl flavors that just dont belong in this beer. The butter notes mixed with the hops isn't pleasing after the first few sips.
03-11-2013 01:42:03 | More by MighHighBrewer
LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.