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

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LTD Series - 05LTD Series - 05

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/9/12.

Pours a clear dark amber/copper with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, slight caramel, and an interesting earthy, herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mouthfeel but probably not something I would go after again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 03:09:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-18-2011 00:16:44 | More by nmann08
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-11-2013 22:07:47 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with two fingers worth of off-white foam.

Smell: Sweetish bready-scented pale malts, touches of caramel, lightly toasted nuts, and even a tiny hint of chocolate. Secondary scent of slight fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet, lightly nutty, lightly caramelized maltiness on the fore. Slightly fruity, hinting of candied berries. Mild, earthy-toned hops with a low bitterness barely making its presence known, keeping this a malt-forward brew. Very small hint of grains. Sweetish, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'll be honest, it's a skosh reminiscent of Magic Hat's Vinyl, which is certainly fine, as I enjoyed that one as well. A mighty tasty malty red lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 20:52:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-16-2013 17:05:23 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2014 01:59:10 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a full rich deep bronze color with a well defined sticky 1/2 finger off white head,what great color and clarity.Alot of German malty goodness in the nose with toasty bread and a bit of iron to go with sweetish caramel.Crisp toasty bread on the palate with mild caramel sweetness in the finish,a smattering of leafy hops as well.This is a great amber lager,to me it has a little marzen in it with crisp bready malt,and iron/mineral notes.A great lager,this should be much higher rated in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:18:15 | More by oberon
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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle, procured in Helena, MT.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper hue, with two fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves some swaths of packing popcorn lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of toasted biscuity cereal malts, some musty fruitiness, and earthy hops. The taste is fruity biscuit malt, a bit of toasted caramel, and musty, dusty, floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the malt now less crisp and biscuity, and more caramelized.

I can't say that I really love amber ales, so the entreaty to 'convert to lagerism' kind of falls on deaf ears. However, with the solid biscuit/cracker nature of a good lager, and the colour and bearing of a standard red ale - this is indeed a decent gateway beer - for the rare extant craft drinker who only has had lager up to this point.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:24:42 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD Series - 05
12 oz. bottle; code: 070811 13:05 FL

Appearance: Surprisingly dark amber that borders on becoming Russet brown... some where around 23 or 24 SRM. Creamy off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Toasty and bready caramel malts that are just slightly sweet. Mild grassy and leafy hops.

Taste: Fairly rich bready and caramelish malt with a gently toasted edge and some nice nuttiness. Grassy, leafy, and spicy hops. Firm bitterness. Well-rounded and polished. Smooth across the palate. Nicely balanced to give a dollop of sweetness at the swallow followed by a drying finish as the malt fades and the spicy hops emerge.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with a medium body and a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: If more brewers would put as much effort into their amber ales and lagers as Full Sail has done, the style wouldn't be waning. Quite pleasant. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 20:22:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-05-2012 01:59:45 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a lager yeast and a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 04:16:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Sweet cereal notes & pear juice

T: Follows the nice, some caramel & grainyness up front, plus some metallic & herbal hop notes, plus a touch of canned pears. Dryness, crisp floral hops as this warms along with more pears & a touch of white grape juice mixed with more sweet cereal notes. Finishes fairly crisp & grassy

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty decent balance, but body thins out as this warms

An easy drinker, but nothing special here

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:00:47 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi quickly over crystal clear toasty amber color with lots of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom.

Nose has some light malts, slight lager fruits, a bit of crisp lager aromas, light sweet malts and hint of toasty, the slightest hint of floral hops.

Taste starts semi sweet, some sweet slight toasty malts, a bit of a caramel and reddish malt flavor, then some light sweet lager fruits, fairly crisp tasting but not big, a bit more caramel later on the taste as it finishes, a slight bitterness with the slightest hint of floral hops in there that disappear long before the finish, with a bit of caramel syrup , and hint of unhappy lager yeast like skunk on the finish.

Mouth is medium bodied, decent carbonation, bit sticky on the mouth.

Overall not bad, nothing special, the lager yeast doesn't play as well with the toasted caramel malts, a little syrupy, and seems like the lager yeast was rushed a bit as it didn't add as many great lager flavors as usual, and hints of an off flavor. Also where are the hops?

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 21:29:51 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of sweet caramel malts and light biscuit malt breadiness. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth, bready flavor. It goes down easy with a touch of sweetness and a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good amber lager. It's complex, yet highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 16:24:16 | More by WesWes
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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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mactrail

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Warm, light but malty amber beer.

Lots of malt and roasted flavors in this lager. Richer taste than most ambers. Actually, one of my favorites in the catch-all category. With the malt I'd call it more of a Marzen or Oktoberfest style. Clean, even a little crisp with all the malt. A pilsener hint of hops, and flowery aromas. Body is light but makes a very pleasing gullet-full.

While not my top favorite of the LTD series, I have liked them all. I wonder why Full Sail doesn't jettison their regular and not very interesting beers and make these the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 05:19:46 | More by mactrail
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest one-finger head. The brew is deep amber/light brown color. Nearly clear. The lace doesn't stick to the glass--it just slides down back into the rim bubbles.

Lots of earthiness to this brew, mostly from the crystal malts. No notable hop.

The taste is of a traditional "red"--lots of crystal malt flavors (without much sweetness). There's enough hop to give some balance, but it is really a malt brew. Compared to most Ambers, I'd say the body is on the thinner side.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 01:54:17 | More by smcolw
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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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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-07-2014 00:08:37 | More by GClarkage
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-19-2012 06:34:52 | More by MarkyMOD
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-31-2013 22:40:36 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 05:07:05 | More by Zorro
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LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.