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

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 7.73%
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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 196
Photo of emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack just the other day. Poured a dark amber color with a good sized white head. Slightly metallic aroma, along with sweet malt and some hops. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and drinkable, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and hops. (288 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (536 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper-red color; thin white head.

Caramel malt notes mixed in with a fairly floral hop smell. Light, roasted grains.

Pretty mundane taste. Not much malt character, but the hop bitterness is there, along with a slightly astringent aftertaste.

Light body, smooth and crisp.

A so-so lager offering. Not bad, but really wound up lacking with any distinctive malt flavors. Sure, I'd drink it again, but wouldn't hesitate to pass it up for a more flavorful alternative. (473 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium red-orange amber. Light off white head and a bit of lacing. Looks nice. Mild, slightly sour sweet malt and wheat aroma, hint of grain. Light spicy hop finish. Light bodied and very subdued flavor. Light malt, nuts, light fruit. Tastes like a decent lager that has been somewhat watered down. The taste that is there is pleasant, but faded. Might do in a pinch. (380 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 4.12.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours and amber-orange color with a one finger tan head that is gone quickly. Some lacing.

S - Nutty and malty.

T - Tast is similar, but more spices come through.

D - Pretty mild, slighy malty after taste. (280 characters)

Photo of lisomiso
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six-pack. It's ok. I don't really like it that much, but my other beer isn't cold yet, so it's better than no beer at all. It smells clean, and the lightly bitter finish is refreshing, but there's something in the malt profile I don't like and can't quite put my finger on. I suppose it goes down just fine as long as I'm not thinking about it. (382 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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+ (2,705 characters)

Photo of wac9
3.07/5  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 (262 characters)

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. (324 characters)

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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 (669 characters)

Photo of denver10
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Beatnik4913
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of CHickman
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (629 characters)

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. (604 characters)

LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.