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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

215 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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-

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of katan
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kshizzle101
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of MighHighBrewer
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How is this a pale lager? Never mind. The ingredients say it's a pale malt/willamette SMaSH with lager yeast, but the taste says it's a helles bock (although it tastes somewhat similar to my petite saison SMaSH with 3711, lol).

Pours yellow/tan and clear with a white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, grainy, grassy, lightly hoppy.

Flavor is again yeasty, grainy, some biscuit, some citrus (lemons), and a balancing hoppiness.

Body is actually fairly full despite the lager yeast. Carbonation is plentiful.

It's a tasty brew. I would say if you're a helles bock lover, try this one. It's a bit of a shock if you're expecting a pale lager (BMC drinkers probably will be intimidated by the abundant flavor).

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ford
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grainy aroma and some soft yeast character.
Brilliantly clear and smallish white head.
Full malty character and enough body to give it close to a chewy feel. Flavorful and balanced bittering holding onto a long finish.
Seems like it might have some diacetyl, but it's not detracting from my enjoyment.
Definite warming. Full lager carbonation.
My glass is closer to cellar temp and I will put the rest in the fridge as it may do better there. I have a fondness for bigger lagers and this one fits nicely into that category.
Not quite a bock I suppose, but not fully an Am. lager either.

Photo of Kips
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of busternuggz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jmbranum
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of bobbyc3
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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