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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

107 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

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: 218
Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of grassy, spicy hops and bready malt. Finish is long, dry and spicy. Good, balanced brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cristal clear bright golden color with a one-inch white head that has great retention and moderate to high lacing. Lots of fine bubbles coming from the bottom of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Smells is of floral hops, some lemon, some grass and a good deal of grain sweetness.

Taste is very clean and a nice combination of malty sweetness, grainy bread and floral/grassy hops. A delicate amount of bitterness balances well the malt.

Body is medium to light with high carbonation. This has a full lager mouthfeel, you can definitely tell it was well crafted. Good drinkability too, it is hard to believe this is a 7% abv beer.

Overall a well balanced lager, I find it difficult to say if it has more of a malty or more of a hoppy taste. And I guess that is a good thing.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pils glass.

4.0 A: Clear golden yellow color. Three fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and a great deal of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grassiness through and through. Hay, floral and earthy hops, moderate neutral malt sweetness, and that lager yeast smell.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Grass, hay, floral and earthy hops, sticky neutral maltiness. Moderate doughiness and could be a bit cleaner, but good enough.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety viscousness with plenty of creaminess. Very nice here.

3.75 D: Good beer with no real flaws. The mouthfeel is awesome.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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. 

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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).

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Photo of gkunkle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Knowing the dependability of full sail, I bought a 6 pack of this to share with a few friends, some of whom have some interest in beer. This is different than most American style pale lagers I have had, so it is a fun a d different change from a cool local brewery. All I can say is that I wish I had jumped on the LTD train earlier. This pours an amber color with a 1" white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some lacing. Smell is of grain and some hops. Taste is primarily a light sweetish malt followed by those wilamette hops. I am especially impressed that this was made using only one kind of malt and one variety of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. This beer drinks easily enough, but I'd avoid sessioning at 7ish percent ABV.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of silverking
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- deep golden straw with a thick off-white head. Surprisingly nice lacing.

S- honey, floral hops, toasted grain.

T- grain, alcohol, herbal/grassy hops. There is a light bitterness in the finish.

M- light bodied, moderate amounts of carbonation.

O- I wish that more lagers were like this one. Thoroughly enjoyable, very drinkable, excellent aroma, not too filling.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod with a wispy head that leaves a lot of dots behind

Smell: Bread and butterscotch; a hint of grassy hops

Taste: Bready, up front, with the butterscotch building in the middle; the grassy hops make an appearance after the swallow and while they linger into the aftertaste, this is one malty brew''

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although there is some diacetyl and a sweetness that may indicate some corn in the grist, this is a readily drinkable brew

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By: May 3, 2011

Pours a nice clean/clean pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with a slight hop note. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with some hop notes. Medium Body. Drinkable, a very nice brew, this is what the macro's should achieve for.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite possibly the clearest helles lager I ever seen almost light beer in color yellow with just a 1/4 inch of head that recedes to a mild lace ring.
S - Very clean lager smells, some grainy bitterness, and some bready malts.
T - Taste is mildly skunky with taste of grassy hops and bready malts. The finish is mildly dry.
M - Lingering bitterness is a bit heavy, light to medium in body.

Overall its a pretty good helles lager but I would prefer other takes on the style. Not bad though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 1 ½ rich foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a thin filmy creaminess that maintains some richness and leaves back a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing that recedes into some sticky swathes on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grassy and spicy notes that mix in with the earthy and tangy combo of citric hops and sweet toasted grains. This is simple enough but it works.

The taste is pretty much identical, with a grassy and spicy feel and citrus rind bitterness that is balanced by some smooth bready grains across the back of the palate. Green bitterness hangs in the back of the throat a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that keeps things relatively sharp in the mouth while also staying quite smooth and silky in the back as this nears the swallow. No alcohol whatsoever is present here and I honestly would never had guessed that this was 7% (hell, I even double checked their website to be sure!).

Despite the simple and straightforward take here, this was still flavorful, crisp, and ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I don't think that I've had a 7% beer as "sessionable" as this one was in quite some time. Count me in as a fan.

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Photo of sj660
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of garymuchow
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a case from bell beverage on discount.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, color is gold, head is bright white, very thick and pretty dense. Very enticing and delicious looking.

Smell is nice pilsen malt, maybe some biscuit or bread type scents, some nice hops, grassy/earthy scents.

Taste is nicely malty, pilsen mostly, some biscuit or bread flavors, somewhat lingering flavors; hops are similar to the scent, pleasant bitterness, not fruity, more earthy/grass.

Mouthfeel is tilted towards strong flavors on the tongue, pretty crisp carbonation popping the flavors out; some nice pilsen lingering flavors, maybe some vienna type flavors lingering in the mouthfeel on the tongue as well.

Overall, a very good, tasty brew, taste is a little sweet, but some clean hops to balance, moutfeel is also a bit crisp; still a very tasty brew and solid helles/mai-bock. Quick edit - noted the pale malt used instead of pilsnen, could be why the sweeter flavors.

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