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

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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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Photo of Cyberkedi


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong but still malty and slightly fruity, just a little appealing. It pours a dark brownish amber with a thick, fluffy white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor is malty with a fruity undertone, mainly pear, and just a touch of hops. Texture is fairly smooth, just a little fizzy. I’m not a big fan of lagers, but this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 04:05:53 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of allengarvin


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, this beer is a pleasant dark walnut color, with a small but persistent head. The nose is very nice: solid caramel with a hint of nuttiness, and some grassy hops lurking under the edge. Flavor offers some very good malt character, plenty of caramel, and mm... maybe a tad more cocoa than nuttiness. Bitterness is sufficient but not high, so it ends slightly sweet. Clean yeast character.

Drinkability is very high. This is a quaffable beer, a solid session offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 15:37:10 | More by allengarvin
Photo of trappistlover


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

(12oz bottle). Pours clear amber with off-whtie head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma has florals, sweet caramel and fresh cut grass. Taste is sweet with more caramel malts and some light bittering hops. Medium bodied with a slick/oily texture. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter. A pretty good beer although its a little maltier than I prefer. Still, I could drink a couple of these. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 03:25:03 | More by trappistlover
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty burgundy in the glass with a good sense of clarity. Strong and fast paced effervesce fills the greater portion of the glass with a good show of density. The head is frothy, a finger plus in height but fails and lapses quickly before the eyes to a sparse spongy covering. The lacing is weak. A longer lasting head and visual window dressing is lacking for good consideration.

S: Dry apple skins and whole crystal malts first fill the nose with a slight cold steel scent. Light overall in delivery and doesn’t do much to entice.

T: Sweet crystal malt with a touch of dry munich grains balances out with a bit of toasted character. Hops show up, soft spicy flowers with a bit of light-orange citrus hints. Flashes of caramel sweetness shows up in the end balanced by a moderate level of hoppiness.

M: Nice mouthful, probably one of the better aspects of the drink. Heavy, lush malts add weight and body with a carbonation that starts out feisty enough but diminishes quickly to a quiet presence. The tongue is left with a bit of spicy flowery, apple and alcohol as a calling card.

D: Decent drinkability, one or two, but doesn’t come off as session style or one that defines a style. Overall a limited beer that is limited in spectrum and comes off a bit ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:03:28 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 03:40:14 | More by CHickman
Photo of codfeast


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/11 frshness date poured into a pint glass

A: dark amber, thin head, little lacing.

S: Malt, bready yeast.

T: sweet malt, with a slightly bitter hop finish.

M: nice balance, medium carbinaton.

O: A little sweet for my personal taste, but a very good example of the style. This is the third of the LTD's I have had and believe they offer high quaility for value.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 17:54:43 | More by codfeast
Photo of StaveHooks


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber/brown with a 1.5 finger off-white head the forms a solid ceiling. Leaves behind average lacing.

S - Toasted bread, woody yeast, faint earthy/floral hops, hint of alcohol.

T - Clean grain, sweet/toasty caramel malt, some mild raspberry around the edges. Hops come out toward the end and add a little spicy bitterness and stick on the tongue on the aftertaste.

M - Medium firm body, moderate carbonation.

Pretty flavorful Red Lager. This holds it's own in the style. Good malt presence. This is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 22:42:03 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of JoeAmerican77


2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:20:48 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of notchucknorris


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/amber color with a pretty nice tan head that sticks around pretty nicely.

S: There's not really much to detect here. I'm getting a bit of light citrus and some maltiness.

T: Lagers of any kind aren't really my thing, but this one isn't terrible. Probably my favorite of the three LTDs I've tried. The taste is much sweeter than I expected with a lot of caramel malt and a hint of something that almost tastes like cotton candy. The finish has some grassy and slightly metallic tasting hops and a bit of bready malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:23:54 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in wide rings.

S: Sweet, bready malt; caramel. Earth and hay/grass hops. Rather odd mix of floral and bittering.

T: Like the nose with caramel more pronounced up front; rich and malty. Some floral hops in the middle transition quickly to a mild, but building, bitter of spicy hops; grass and earth.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and balanced with sweet/bitter and body/carbonation.

O: Good flavor. Good balance. Sessionable beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 21:49:10 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of ArrogantB


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always find Full Sail to be a good value even if they aren't the best in their style. I think I've probably had three sixers if this already since it's only $6. Amber in colo of course with a smell like lager, sort of earthy too. Taste is decent, a little bready and easily distinguished as a Full Sail beer, maybe it's the malt? Overall, an easy sipper and a good value.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:36:08 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of RJLarse


2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:43:38 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, and sweet. The taste is malty/sweet. Medium Body. This is a pretty tasty Amber Lager, nice job FS.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 18:23:40 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mactrail


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
Photo of HattedClassic


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear copper red with very little head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Slight hint of caramel but mainly bready tones and malt.

Taste: Bready and yeasty malts. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a slightly watery feel but still feels crisp.

Overall: A decent beer but nothing I'm going to miss.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:54:01 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear red amber with some lacing around the top

S-sweet caramel, rich malts, bit of raisin

T-similar to the smell but also includes some hops to add balance

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, a bit of a metallic aftertaste

Overall a nice beer, incredibly drinkable, great smell, and pretty decent taste

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 22:02:34 | More by ksimons
Photo of ocelot2500


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

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of bready, toasted malts with a small earthy hops.

Tastes of a big toasted malt character with a bit of hops. Malts have notes of toasted bread with some light caramel sweetness. Toffee comes through as well. Hops add an earthy, leafy bitterness with some spice.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, not much to look at, but is fairly well done. Doesn't have a large amount of hops, but I still find it to be good.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:36:57 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of ELN


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this six pack at Safeway on Mill Plain in Vancouver, WA for $6.99. I had LTD 3 and liked it a lot. The package color is really nice yellow.

serving type: bottle
appearance: dunno. drinkin' from the bottle. :)
smell: hops and very light citrus.
taste: nothing pops out. little bit of citrus.
mouthfeel: medium
overall: I like it. Very different from any other beers I've had. Reminds me of a cloudy hefewizen but slightly citrusy. I have a female relative who is very picky about what beers she likes and I think she'd like this very much! Giving it a thumbs up, Good Job FULL SAIL!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 06:02:41 | More by ELN
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich jurrasic park-like amber, crystal clear, with a foamy one-finger eggshell head that fizzles away to a thin collar that only leaves a small dab of lacing.

aroma is earthy, spicy, and rich sweet malt. caramel, oregano, saaz hops, a hint of dark malt. a smidgen of fig and raisin... smells solid.

taste is surprisingly rich and malty. spicy hops, touch of earth and grassyness. pleasant.

mouth is medium body with pretty ample carbonation that works perfectly with the somewhat sweet flavors.

All in all, this is a pretty impressive offering from the LTD series... and my favorite one in a few years. I can easily see picking up a sixer of this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:23:34 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of HalfFull


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

12 oz. brown twist off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a thin off white cap, which lingers only briefly before settling to a light surface cap.

Nose is a tad metallic initially, soon offering some roasted malt and citric notes, along with some wet dough and a touch of sour yeast. Odd for a moment but in the end nutty toast with a bit of spice character rules the day. Distracting to a degree yet intriguing on the nose.

Pleasant amber flavors on the initial sip imply that the subtle aromas are minor distractions. Light caramel and some hop spice are evident yet without the fuller body of an ale, as implied. Finishes with a bit of light chocolate and dry hazelnut. Still relatively full in body for an Amber Lager and with a firm and dry spicy finish. Stands up to warming fairly well given its relatively coarse structure.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 04:12:55 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Rayek


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a fizzy copper tinged head. The head quickly falls to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves no lace.

The beer is quite light in the mouth and has vigorous carbonation. Toffee and caramel do most of the flavor and aroma work. Bitterness is light and lemony. The toffee lingers into the finish.

Overall, not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 00:45:45 | More by Rayek
Photo of bump8628


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprise find at a small store down the street. Love the price point on Full Sail and almost all of their stuff is of the highest quality.

Clear, vibrant amber with a somewhat fizzly head that didn't persist as long as I'd like.

Bread crust and caramel are prominent with a nice hit of black and white pepper from the Saaz and a pleasant grassiness that balances well the warm malt. Clean and quite full for the style.

I'm really liking this lager. Great value and quality. Easy drinking but rich. With all the fantastic, bold ales coming out of the US, it's nice to see that these guys can still put together an impressive lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:19:40 | More by bump8628
Photo of Dunkelhund


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

I'll be drinking more of this lager in the weeks to come, especially at this price point 5.99 - 6.99/6pk.

This is a solid, good tasting lager that pours a rich dark gold with a good head of off-white foam that left a few light traces. It smells like it would be perfect with a home-style breakfast (which is one of the ways I have enjoyed it so far on a day off): solid, biscuity, a little roasty, with a hint of sweetness.

I enjoy the medium-biscuity malt flavor with the caramelized notes and slight cocoa-like undertones. The hops are clean and fresh tasting and in my opinion nicely balanced... a good, solid overall beer-drinking experience.

This is one of the better lagers I have tried in a while and I think I'll be a little disappointed when its gone.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 19:02:55 | More by Dunkelhund
Photo of philbertk


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Brewing Company--Full Sail LTD Series--For Those Who Love Amber Ales, Here's A LIMITED EDITION LAGER So Crazy Good, You Might Convert To Lagerism--Recipe Number: 05--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 28 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) No sediment. Big foamy thin mild lace rapidly dissapating billowy white head. Clear fizzy rich thin dark amber color. Toasted biscuit caramel mild Saaz hop hint front. Smooth toasted caramel mild sweet cocoa hint rustic bread crisp tasty malt body. Slightly cloying creamy chocolate hint mild hop clean crisp rich end. Nice well made Amber Lager. Tasty & smooth but not exceptional for a Full Sail. Sampled 3/12/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 2 Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/12/2011.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:33:50 | More by philbertk
Photo of justintcoons


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/red with 1 finger of foamy head that leaves some good lacing.

N: Sweet breadiness and lemon.

T: Wheat bread, some caramel, grapefruit and lemon grass.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

D: Very good drinkability. Simple flavors with a sweet malty flair. Very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:42:19 | More by justintcoons
LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.