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

LTD Series - 05LTD Series - 05

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%


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:
"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"

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-17-2011)
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:39:50 | More by Bockrules
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Gr8-Nate

New Mexico

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 05:43:16 | More by Gr8-Nate
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:57:26 | More by Darkmagus82
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 14:02:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
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TheMarkE

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:01:18 | More by TheMarkE
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kojevergas

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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+

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:58:31 | More by kojevergas
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:38:57 | More by Fatehunter
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beertunes

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 17:58:47 | More by beertunes
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wac9

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:01:11 | More by wac9
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Kendo

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:17:47 | More by Kendo
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:55:23 | More by Hoptometrist
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MadScientist

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:27:47 | More by MadScientist
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:31:23 | More by rangerred
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mjurney

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 23:15:10 | More by mjurney
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:13:22 | More by twiggamortis420
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Brenden

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:17:19 | More by Brenden
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 20:30:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:29:40 | More by zeff80
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barczar

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 05:30:12 | More by barczar
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and grass, with not too much else going on. The flavor is similar. The toffee and grain notes really stand out, with some grass from the hops thrown in. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:37:25 | More by Mora2000
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness. Some hints of caramel also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 23:08:26 | More by metter98
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark, clear copper color,moderate off-white head of foam
Aroma-Bread/pilsner malt,floral hop note
Taste-Toasted malt,spiciness, caramel. Smooth, flavorfull, and sessionable. A good "crossover" craft brew. A "pre-prohibition" style lager that would go great with a couple og grilled hot dogs.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 15:42:18 | More by hosehead83
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DavidST

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip / fluted glass. This pours a dark amberish brown with a short lived off white head. The smells are of light crisp malts not any real hop presence. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, not real strong, a little nutty, light hops, didn't convert me to lagers that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:38:36 | More by DavidST
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denver10

Colorado

2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So...a beer to convert amber ale fans towards a lager? Hmm, I tend to have more interest in checking out Ambers than I actually enjoy them and maybe that curiosity got me with this one.

Pours a cola looking brown with an amber hue. Slight brown head as it poured but by the time I put the cup down there was no head to speak of. A very sweet, sugar candy aroma with some brown sugar and a hit of hay that I associate with lager. Flavor starts off sweet with some brown sugar and candy, a little lager yeast comes in mid stream, and it closes out with the sugary sweetness with some herbs. A little too sweet for me in general. Thinnish to medium bodied bodied. Overall, meh.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:01:57 | More by denver10
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TheSixthRing

California

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours amber with a reddish tinge. Head is a good finger with average retention. Resulting lace is sparse.

Smell - Really herbal aroma, can't quite pinpoint it... close to chamomile. Not really liking it. A faint whiff of cocoa.

Taste - Follows the nose. Herbal, chamomile qualities, faint hint of cocoa. Slight bitterness. Finishes as it starts, with a decent fade.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Tingly carbonation.

Overall - Decent beer. Not really digging the herbal qualities presented here. Drinkable, but I probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:34:02 | More by TheSixthRing
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LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.