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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
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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 Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a a clear golden color with a fluffy white head reaching two fingers at first. Head retains well, keeping thick blanket of foam on the top of the lager with lacing.

The aroma is dominate by that grassy hops smell you tend to get from pale lagers. very European. Sweet malt helps bring a balance to the aroma.

The flavor is a great balance of sweet malt blended with a pine like aftertaste from the hop.

Light in body and highly carbonated makes for easy drinking.

For the style this is a winner. Balanced with a semi-dry hopped finish. (553 characters)

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 050311 on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pleasing honey-gold with 1-finger of white, semi-rocky head with decent retention and ample lacing.

S: Very bready and doughy with a pretty crisp mineral-sulfur note. Hops are lightly herbal.

T: The flavor is straightforward bready but with a much bigger noble hops presence that is lightly grassy and herbal and moderately bitter. The finish has a sharp mineral-metallic note. Alcohol is not apparent until very long into the aftertaste, then some berry comes through there. Altogether a very solid high ABV strong lager.

M: I love the substance of the mouthfeel with a more thick feel. I think a little more prickliness in the carbonation would help liven this up a tad, but I think the feel is very creamy.

O: Too bad this is a one-timer, in fact, too bad the limiter lager series was a one-off -- I like pretty much every one of them, and No. 4 is no exception. A substantial, bready, malty lager with a crips sulfuring, herbal hoppy finish. Great job, Full Sail and keep the lagers coming! (1,166 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I actually poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a clear light to medium golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop.Toasted grain and a sweetish pizza dough quality in the nose,a tinge of iron and sweet alcohol round out the aromas.Bready/doughy malt is the main player on the palate with the mouthfeel almost to the chewey point for me wich is pretty cool,there is a peppery hop presence felt in the finish.Hey this is a kick ass lager,in some ways it has a pale bock quality to it but it's not a pale bock it's just a well made "big" American lager beer.Well done Full Sail on this one. (604 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden yellow color; thick, white head that leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass

Smell: bright and slightly malty; some spicy hop notes

Taste: pleasing lightly toasted malt with slight bitterness; well-balanced with a subtle hint of alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, smooth and light carbonation

Overall: a very good 'single malt' beer that nicely blends its unique single malt base without overpowering one with hop aroma and bitterness nor overbearing alcohol warmth (despite its 7.0% ABV). (535 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a little bit of haze and lots of apparent effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with somewhat unimpressive retentive qualities. Still, not a bad looking beer; it's got a great deep color that many such lagers lack.

Smell: rich and smooth natural malt flavor. Not a ton of character, but clean and nice. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a touch of some kind of earthy or noble variety.

Taste: malty flavor with a hint of graininess and sourness. Hard to avoid in a clean style like this, but overall the drawbacks aren't too bad. It definitely has a bit of a strong-lager flavor to it, like a Euro strong lager. Hops are noble with a decent bitterness at the end; almost like an imperial Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice roamy silkiness and plenty of carbonated creaminess. Quite good for the style.

Overall: this beer has some flaws, but in general I quite like it. Even though the categories have changed from the old days, I'm giving this a 4 for drinkability. (1,081 characters)

Photo of donovanneb
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think people are missing the "beer" here. This is a lager through and through. Not sure what people are looking for, but everything about it says lager. Golden yellow color, rich flavors, sturdy backbone, doesn’t fall apart, creamy finish. Can be a little clunky at times in the middle of the mouthfeel with the alcohol being pronounced.

If you want a solid lager that is going to deliver exactly what is advertised, you should definitely give this one a try. (465 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head.

S: Bready, dash at floral hops, some sweetness

T:A nice floral, light grassiness to it, clean, grains

M: Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and well carbonated. Very tasty.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Thought it was tasty, easy to drink and good presentation of the style. Would try again (352 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
2.49/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light gold with a frothy head that dissipated at an average pace with some decent lacing.

Smells of stale grass clippings. This strong scent is a bit off-putting. Taste is a bit better, but I would put it on par with your BMC offerings. Tastes a bit bready without being sweet, aftertaste tends to linger. Despite it being a 7% with a light flavor profile, I couldn't pick up any alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between Bud and Bud Light.

I'm not impressed with the no. 4. To me it's like a high alcohol Bud. (538 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/8 head and no retention

Smell: There are some citrus notes some grassy notes and some bready yeast

Taste: Boring maltyness upfronts kind of taste stale a bit of bitter hops and kind of a flat finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a tingly almost champagne feel

Overall: Not very impressed with this beer. It has a interesting front to it that is a bit off putting. The backend is ok but not good enough to want to drink it again (482 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD Series Recipe Number: 04
Coded: 051011 15:25 FL

Appearance: The body is a crystal-clear deep gold. Creamy white head. Retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Hoppy! Floral, woody, grassy, and subtly minty. Some grainy malt makes its way through sometimes appearing bready and sometimes appearing doughy with a bit of sweetness. Overall, bright and fresh.

Taste: The malt and hops combine nicely. The malt displays its grainy/bready character and gives a bit of sweetness; and the hops are enlivened by the sweetness, and anchored by the grainy flavor. A solid bitterness anchors it and keeps the malty sweetness from actually becoming 'sweet'. It starts with a dollop of maltiness; introduces the hops across the middle and through to the finish; and then leaves you with another bit of grainy malt in the aftertaste. A hint of alcohol can be found underneath. It's very clean and lager-like, with just a subtle touch of yeasty sulphur to it. It's nicely balanced and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that delicately bristles the tongue.

Overall: An interesting beer with a lot of drinkability. It's very much like a helles bock; and certainly well made. The floral/woody/minty hops and rich malt are compelling, but it's also very basic. It's easy to just drink it and be satisfied without focusing on any complexity or nuances. A perfect beer for spring. I could get used to this... except that it's limited!!! (1,516 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful brassy-lemon coloring with an easy clarity. Marshmellow full head, about a finger high displays a good rate of retention leaving a modest size band for lace. Medium dense shower of macro-bubbles travel quickly upwards. As far as looks go overall per style, this is good in show with a nice clarity, coloring and lasting foam head.

S: A bit of graininess, though not as much as I would like combines with a earthy green leafy hopping. There is a touch of dry celery stalk and herbaceous hops rounding things out.

T: Grainy flavor, a bit dry with a complimentary spicy and earthy herbaceous hopping. Some dry malt and hay sweetness, lightly toasted bread with a slight indication of citrus. Finishes with a nice level of hops.

M: Good feel in the mouth, medium full, not as crisp as one expects, especially from the visual carbonation display. Malty feel, slick and hearty texture.

D: Good drinkability, a 7.0% that drinks more like a 5%. Very easy to down, enjoyable in multiples with much respect per style. A great summertime lager for that backyard gathering. I could go case here for fans of style. Session downer and a reminder this is a pale lager, not an apa or ipa. Good amount of hops per style and easy drinking nature. (1,248 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is straw yellow with a medium white head, nice lacing. The aroma is sweet grass. The beer is light and easy drinking, clean finish. The body is light, well carbonated. A very well crafted lager, surprised that it is 7%. (290 characters)

Photo of MrOH
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw with a finger and a half white head.

Grassy, citrusy, hops, with a bit of licorice. Not bad.

Neutral malt flavor with grassy-herbal and slightly spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is very malt-liquor like, if you know what I mean.

This beer is more or less Stroh's without corn, upped to 7% and with more finishing hops. I don't mean it as an insult, because Stroh's is my favorite cheap beer. I bought this at a deep discount, but if I'd have payed full price, I'd be pissed. (483 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and a lot of grain. Not really very exciting, but nothing offensive. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of grain and grassy hops, with a little bit of earthy hops also mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but nothing very exciting. (348 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has okay retention and is foamy white. The color of the beer is straw color with a darker yellow hue. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubble. The head lft no retention on the glass.

Nose: There is a light malty aroma that has some toasty biscuit note. Other aromas are phenols, yeast, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are a heavy malt that is toasty, bready, and biscuit. The other flavors are yeast, alcohol, and phenols.

The mouth feel is carbonated, heavy, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer reminds me of a lighter version of a malt liquor. It is a good beer, lots of flavor and easy to drink. (745 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dangerously drinkable strong lager.

Beautiful blonde in the chalice, very nice long-lasting carbonation, smooth and creamy in the mouth. I don't detect much aroma. Hops are crisp and add the right long note of slight bitterness to what starts out as a slightly sweet rich taste. Warm touch of malt, hint of caramel, a little hoppy resin, and a flowery nose. Just a little astringency. So smooth and well balanced it is hard to pick out any obvious fruity or grainy flavors, which I would call a plus.

I think this is a terrific lager, though as strong as it is I wonder if there is another category for it. I would compare this with a golden bock, like the one from Karl Strauss. (681 characters)

Photo of patreely12
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

twist off? 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - pale yellow with a small fizzy white head. for the style this is spot on but still average. a lot of visible carbonation.

S - pale malts and slightly bitter hops. the hops have a fresh, grassy aroma. again, typical for the style and average.

T/M - very nice balance of the pale malts and grassy hops. the malts have a slightly doughy bread flavor. there's also a little nutty hint. fresh and clean. the finish is mildly dry. you can't taste the 7% ABV at all. light bodied and high in carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer. spot on for the style. this is a little boring for me, but it's very easy to drink. it goes down like 7% ABV is the new 5%. (730 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of theghost3
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of sj660
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (542 characters)

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