LTD Series - 05 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-17-2011

"New in our LTD series, this copper colored lager is refreshingly smooth, with a hint of dark roast and a clean hoppy finish. Brewed with pale, chocolate, caramel malts and hopped with Czech Saaz hops. ABV 5.6% IBU 28"
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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 101
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep amber, 2” off white foam cap with a slight amber tint.
S: Spicy malty nose.
T: Light malts, hint of roast, gentle creaminess, smooth, finish medium crisp. Hops and malt dry it out on the finish with lingering hop and malt flavors persisting for several minutes in the after taste. No caramel flavor, balance is to the malt.
F: Medium light body and carbonation at medium or just above.
O: A well made Vienna lager.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

The label on the bottle states "VIENNA STYLE LAGER", while this site classifies it as an American amber/red lager. So, I'm not sure of the proper classification of this beer (although it tastes like a Vienna lager). The label is slightly different from that depicted here (apparently a 2011 bottle), so we could just be talking marketing here. I suppose the styles are similar enough...

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces a snow white, frothy head that sticks around well. The beer is a pale copper color with low carbonation.

Just a whiff of DMS (cooked corn) in the aroma, but not in the flavor, which is very clean and smooth. Light toasted malt with a touch of sweetness is balanced by a good bit of spicy hop flavor-aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a fairly dry, crisp finish.

This is a tasty and easy drinking lager beer, but with some complexity from toasted malt and hops. Well worth a try.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

8/11...pours deep amber, very light layer of foam that settles out. Reddish. Rich caramel nose with malt. Taste is a higher malt concentration, lightly sweet, bready, and toffee too. Mild carbonation. Very smooth, backed with a tasty malt profile.

Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into tulip glass.
enjoy by 10/14/14

Clear, amber red with a thick, foamy off white head that dissipates to leave a thin coating of foam and light lacing.

Lightly grassy hops with a caramel, bready malt backbone.

A tasty amber lager. Nothing particularly memorable, but a solid beer's beer.

Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is malty with a fairly strong burnt sugar aroma. Herbal hop scent. Faint spicy aroma. Scent of grass.

Starts out mild and malty. Caramel and some scorched sugars. Hop bitterness is about at the knifes edge between low and medium.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad malty lager. Would like a bit more hop bite but this is OK.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz cold bottle into pint glass

Just a quick review here because I'm feeling lazy...

Wonderfully balanced Vienna style lager. Medium body with soft carbonation, lots of bready, toasty malt goodness balanced out with some nice and spicy/floral hops, tinge of sweetness, but finishes nice and dry with those noble hops lingering a bit.

I could definitely session this beer all day - it reminds me a lot of Boston Lager, except I think this Full Sale offering tastes and feels superior, especially on the finish. I'll be seeking out more for sure.

Photo of Bockrules
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle (7/5/12 date) into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep, perfectly transparent amber with a few streams of minuscule bubbles rising to the two finger, tan head. Head stays intact must of the way down the glass. Only leaves behind a few small splotches of lacing at the bottom of the glass.

S - Not much upon opening the bottle - just some clean malt with hints of honey. Things open up a bit more in the glass, but the basic notes remain the same.

T - Here is where things start turning around. Sweet malt upfront. The body is decent blend of honey bourbon and modest earthy hop notes laid on top of a sweet malt backdrop. Splash of earthy hops and aged wood as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to a sweet and malty finish with subtle hints of smoked peat.

M - Medium bodied with not quite enough carbonation to match the flavor profile. This may be partially my fault for letting it age past its prime, so I'll cut it a little slack here.

LTD #5 is a solid beer and has lots of characteristics that remind me of my all-time favorite amber: Full Sail Amber. After the initial let down of a nose no better than you're average middle-of-the-road "craft" (e.g. Dundee) lager, I was pleasantly surprised to find a relatively complex and interesting flavor profile. I would consider adding this (probably as a last option) to a mix-a-six again.

Photo of Gr8-Nate
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into glass mug.

Apperance of a nice deep red orange. Condensed foamy thick head, did not dissipate too quick. Smells of roasted malt some marshmellows. Roasted malt of coffee and dark chocolate off the bat, maybe even marshmellows, smooth lager finish, not even week at 6 percent abv. Barely any hop bitterness, like the malty dominance. Good medium body mouth feel with great carbonation, it does look like a mini aquarium in my mug of bubbles like a good beer should, who likes a flat beer huh? Overall a good brew especially for the red or amber beer color fans.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a one finger just off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a thin film of foam on the top of the brew and almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a bready and caramel aroma. Mixed with these smells are some grainy aromas as well as a little bit of a lemon citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and toasted bready flavor mixed with a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances a little bit of an herbal taste as well as some grassy flavors come to the tongue. The caramel fades during the coming of the grass and herb, but is replaced by a light dark fruit flavor. In the end, with a little bit of citrus and toasted nut coming to the tongue a nice toasted malty and sweeter flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The feel is quite nice for the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew all while maintaining a great easy drinking feel.

Overall – A rather pleasant and easy drinking amber ale.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Full Sail LTD Series 05 has a medium, cream-colored head, a clear, deep amber appearance, with some bubble streams and practically no lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but the taster can detect some bread crust, sweetness, barley malt, and just the slightest caramel. Taste is also low profile, but sweet, mild, brown bread crust, light bitterness, and malt are present. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Full Sail LTD Series 05 finishes wet, refreshing, easy drinking, and rather dull. Overall, it is good, but unexciting.

RJT

Photo of TheMarkE
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Attractive amber with a good head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel and grain, muted herbal and citrus hops.

Taste: Grains and caramel, muted herbal and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, and just a hint of bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Fairly well balanced, it does a decent job of trying to convert you to lagerism as the label suggests. Not the best example, but I'll take it over a Samuel Adams.

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at the Trader Joe's on Pico Blvd in Santa Monica, CA earlier this week. The label clearly identifies it as a "Vienna Style Lager" - not an American Amber as currently listed. I'm reviewing as a vienna lager. 5.6% ABV confirmed. Uninspired but understated label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pry-off pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are low; Full Sail constantly disappoints. I'm in the mood for the style, though.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige/light khaki colour head. Nice cream. Nice thickness. Above average (~3 minute) retention. No lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich vibrant auburn; transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Right on the money for the style; looking good.

Overall, I'm surprised at how good it looks considering the brewery. Maybe this'll change my mind about Full Sail.

Sm: Grainy malts, caramel, sweet wort, residual unrefined sugars, some toasted malt character, amber malts, and biscuit malt. Hop character could be called herbal but is really just muted and floral to my tastes. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Hints of candi sugar. Comes off just a biteen too sweet for the style, but otherwise it's pretty respectable. Average to above average in strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Not too shabby at all. Nice grainy malts (all those mentioned in the aroma above), with some decent toasty character. Hop character is indeed muted and floral. Yes, it's a bit too sweet - but it's not cloying. It's tolerable. Maybe a vague hint of buried cherry fruit. Quite simple, but well put together and decently balanced for a Vienna lager. No subtlety at all. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I'm surprised at how pleasant this is coming from Full Sail. Good body. Nice flavour intensity for the style, though the depth and duration of flavour are lacking.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly full body. A bit too thick. Decent presence on the palate. Overcarbonation. Not as soft or crisp as it should be, but decent. Approachable. Supports the flavour profile generally, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it's enjoyable.

Dr: A drinkable little Vienna lager from Full Sail. I expected far worse; this surprised me. I'd get it again if I was in the mood for the style; the price point is solid. Wouldn't recommend it to friends or pay a premium for it on-draught. Hides its ABV well. Opens my mind a bit to Full Sail.

Low C+

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
It has a great aroma of grain with a bit of barnyard in the background.
The taste is wonderful. Full of grains with a nice malt background for a lager. Well balanced.
It is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A pretty good lager.

Photo of beertunes
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in Nonic. Poured an attractive golden honey blonde color, with about 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and thick lacing. But, the brewery lists this as a "copper" lager, this beer has no coppery coloring at all.

The aroma was nicely grainy, with some gentle hops, and a hint of yeast. Sadly there was a slightly funky "off" scent in the background that became stronger as the beer warmed. On the tongue, that funk dominated, much to the detriment of the beer. The base grain and hop flavors were hidden underneath, and the beer was a bit murky tasting.

The body was nicely smooth and full, a bit creamy and had a medium finish. Drinkability was OK, but that odd taste was a bit off-putting. Overall, not a terrible beer, but one not up to the standards of the rest of the LTD series. Probably worth a shot if you see it, but not worth hunting down at all.

Photo of wac9
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this taste more of a fall beer then summer frist smell frist taste is crispy a smooth beer going down but enjoy this beer but their other out that dont remind you of fall roastly dont taste it i mostly drink dark beer they say what they put in it i dont taste it

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is coppery/orangey-amber with a half-finger off-white head. Lots of large, rising bubbles creates a nice presentation - and fortifies the head once it settles to a thinner film on top.

S: Toasted bread and a good deal of nuttiness, along with a touch of fruit sweetness, which surprised me for a Vienna Style Lager. Still, overall a pleasant nose.

T: Clean nuttiness and sweet malt (caramel malt, some toffee) underneath. Finishes fairly clean with some residual sweetness up front and modest bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M: Lightish in heft, but not thin or watery. Appropriate for the style, heft-wise. Carbonation is active but not harsh.

O: This is a good version of the style. Maybe a touch too sweet to earn higher scores, but a good, flavorful (and colorful) lager.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a very rich and dark mahogany red. Very clear, big fluffy white head that left splashy lace

S- Rich toffee, caramel, bready, chocolate, and mineral notes. Some cereal notes.

T- Rich toffee, caramel, fruity red malt character, quite bready, big mineral notes, and some chocolate and cereal malt notes.

M- High carbonation, very smooth, mostly dry finish

O- A very complex and rich tasting vienna lager. This is the best of the style that I have ever had, really great beer.

Photo of MadScientist
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a medium-light copper beer with excellent clarity. An agressive pour gives about a finger of creamy, off-white with a decent retention time.

S: Rich malt aroma that has a some bready character and a moderate spicy, Saaz hops aroma. A clean lager without fruitiness, diacetyl or DMS.

T: A very flavorful lager with a balanced, moderate malt and hops flavors. The hops are spicy and the bitterness is at a moderatly light level. The balance is even. The finish is dry with a hops flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit crisp.

O: A very flavorful lager with the flavor of malt, spicy hops and hops bitterness all balanced.

Photo of rangerred
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a one finger tan head that fades rather quickly leaving very little in the way of lacing.

Aroma of toffee and caramel along with noble hops. There is also some toast and nuttiness.

Flavor has caramel and nuts up front nicely complimented by spicy hops. Toffee and caramel in the background along with a little bit of toast. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Clean finish with just the smallest amount of stickyness.

Overall, a tasty lager but not one that really stands out from the pack. Really reminded me of SA Boston Lager. I would pick it up again if I saw it.

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look:
Deep amber color, clear. Lots of fine carbonation rising to the top. Thick frothy head that disappear slowly. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Smell:
Malty, caramel, crisp, hint of earthy.

Taste:
Malty up front. I'm getting caramel and toasted malts mostly. Slight bitterness along with earthy-herbal hops. Crisp finish. Medium-light bodied, carbonation is nice.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a moderate cap of off-white head. Retention is ok and lacing fairly good.

Nose is nice, nutty chocolate with a little bit of toast. Malts are offset by a clean floral hop aroma. I like this one already.

I like the malt profile on this one quite a bit...just enough sweetness on a cocoa, hazelnut, caramel flavor. Kiss of leafy hops add the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is decent with an appropriate carbonation. This is my favorite in the LTD series since the very first one. It is kind of somewhere in between a dunkel and an amber lager. I wish I would have found this one earlier in the summer, I would’ve bought it on more than one occasion, that’s for sure.

Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a rich, clear brown with a deep red-orange hue with a light tan head that struggles to grow, fizzles to a respectable foam then disappears, leaving just enough spotty lacing for an average appearance.
This beer has what seems to approach a doppelbock profile, sweetness leaning toward molasses without quite the same flavor as well as something almost like anise or licorice. Otherwise it's a mix of toasty and fruity with a bit of barley, making me imagine even a bit of meatiness in the flavor. The caramel malts are evident as well as something a touch dry, and there's an underlying nuttiness the whole way.
I expect this beer to be light and crisp, but this beer is too spritzy and lacks smoothness. It's not bad, per se, and the smoothness does come in with the carbonation after the bite of the fizziness backs off a little, but it's still too much.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll step outside of the great Utah Brew Hunt for this one. Have no fear, I'll be back on track very soon. Most likely within a few hours.

This beer strikes me as muddled and uninteresting. It's kind of just "there." Nothing really inspiring or, sorry to say, interesting going on here. It's a beer. Amber lager, yeah great. Blah blah. Snoozer.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S -It smelled malty with some caramel and toffee. Slightly floral notes.

T - It tasted malty and toasty with some sweet caramel. Slight bitter hopping.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This was an okay red lager. Nothing too exciting but it is very sessionable.

Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep amber color with a frothy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly from one inch to a small pool of foam.

Citrus hop, a bit of earthiness, and pine resin lead the aroma, with substantial caramel malt, slightly toasted/nutty accompanying.

Flavor is very cola-like, with caramel, a bit of clove, and pepper forming the backbone. Slight hints of grapefruit are overtaken by floral hops. There's a bit of medicinal phenols at the finish. The aftertaste is almost fruity, and slightly bitter.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation, a touch of astringency, and significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, the aroma promised more than the flavor delivered. A bit cloyingly sweet and lacking hop presence in the flavor.

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LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.