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

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LTD Series - 05LTD Series - 05

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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:
"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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Photo of forestkcary
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A dark cloudy crimson with some soapy off white head, only about a half finger of the stuff...

Some malt and sweet waters in the nose, when I give it a huge sniff I feel some hops in there but the smell is truly weak

Sweet malts, wet dark grains and no hops. Basic, boring. Mind as well buy a negro modelo or a dos equis

Mouthfeel lets a light body and creamy carbonation lead as the best feature

Overall I would not recommend this beer. It must have been a boring accident because this beer is not exciting nor would I session it

Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of OhNo789
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of RJLarse
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six pack of LTD 05 in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a red copper color and is clear. Modest bubbly frothy white head is not very resilient and dissipates quickly. The beer looks mildly carbonated with very few bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is faint, but floral and perfume like.

Taste is also floral, with a sweet maple and honey flavor. Malt dominates the taste, with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth but so lightly carbonated it almost tastes flat.

Drinkable I guess if you like the style. I am more of an ale drinker, and this one won't get me to switch.

Photo of beerme411
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of CHickman
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in NYC: pours dark amber color with a massive foamy 2 tan head that lasted forever and stayed on top like a malted; a really great looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, grains, some light yeast and very light hops; very malty overall, but very basic and really just a boring nose.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, caramel, grains, light yeast, light hops, syrup and light cinnamon; basic malty taste that was on the dull side with no real excitement.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a watery feel and a very light body. Decent beer, boring overall, but still only decent at best.

Photo of Beatnik4913
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a six pack of this beer last week. It wasn't a bad beer but it wasn't a good beer either. It smelled mostly of sweet malts and grain. I felt the mouth and taste was rather watery and bland and it reminded me more of an amber ale with no hop bite. I know they were going for a larger that amber ale drinkers would like, but I feel they missed the fulled body malt flavor that lagers a supposed to have and then forgot to add the hops for that little bite in the finish.

Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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 denver10
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Copper in color, rather dark. Whtie pillowy head it thin and recedes quickly. Sticky lacing throughout

S - Roasted malts, very bread like. Smoked peat is unique and prevalent. Smells similar to burnt rye bread

T - Dark malts are very upfront. A bit to much smoke for me as it leaves a sticky aftertaste that I am not a fan of. Some of the lighter notes like vanilla and caraway seeds round out the finish

M - Rather smooth, surprising for the smokiness of it

O - Not my beer, the smokey peat is just to much for me. May be something others would like though

I'm a big fan of Full Sail, but this one misses the mark for me

Photo of rhino54
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DavidST
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of wac9
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 6/7/11 served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear red-brown (dark amber) color with a large head of light beige foam. Head dies down to a lasting thin coat and leaves a little lacing.

A - Not much aroma except for a not particularly attractive aroma of mixed grains.

T: Killian's

MF: Light/medium body; good medium carbonation

O - Sacrilegious to say this, perhaps, but this is very similar to, and certainly no better than, Killiians Red.

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LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.