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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to Full Sail Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson, “Session Fest is a Czech-style strong lager called polotmavé or literally “light dark or semi-dark.”
Brewed with 2 Row Pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt and Wheat malt, and hopped with a blend of Glaciers and Cascades.

6.2% ABV
26 IBU

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-30-2011)
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Reviews by kagent777:
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kagent777

Utah

3.55/5  rDev -3%

Cool stubby 11 oz bottle with an enjoy before date of 2-09-13. Poured into my perfect pint. I am confused by the label, it says lager on the front in two places, but says ale on the side. Maybe to please Texas? I think it tastes like a lager.

Appearance: A very clear red beer with a nice white foamy two fingered head. Left splotchy lacing as I drank it down.

Smell: A bit of winter spice with sweet caramel malts. A bit of floral and earthy hops are mixed in as well.

Taste: A honey like flavor with a mild caramel malty sweetness. A bit or earthy bittering on the back-end.

Mouthfeel: A mid to thin body with lower carbonation.

Overall: Nothing to extraordinary here. The bottle is fun, but is missing an ounce.

12-16-2012 05:05:58 | More by kagent777
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.23/5  rDev -39.1%

11oz bottle, enjoy by 1/29/12. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a small rocky off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted malts with some vegetal notes.

The flavor is sweet toasted malts with some balancing bitterness in the finish. I get some off plasticky notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for it. Some off notes and I don't care for toasted ambers like Fat Tire.

01-19-2012 02:22:33 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

11oz brown stubby with a freshness date.

LOOK: Tawny with a slight chill haze, great looking head.

SMELL: Caramel, toasted bread crust, herbal, clean, faint peppercorn, fresh grass.

TASTE: Fresh maltiness, toasty, rustic bread, grainy, clean palate, smooth, spice, fresh herbs, toasty finish.

A pretty kick ass edition to the Session line-up, I was a fan to begin with but to have an option even if it is seasonal is great. Bring on the lagers!!

11-02-2011 00:40:47 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

11 ounce stubby-twist off cap w/"Naughty/Nice" on it-Best before dating (1-7-12)...

Pours clear auburn amber, medium tan head, showing moderate retentive powers, then leaving a thicker film, collar and respectable slippery lacing.

Dark grain bread in the nose with some nuttyness.

Tasty and straight forward offering. More dark bread notes, malty sweetness, a pinch of all spice, a rye note and light dryness in the finish. Ehh....decent litle sessioner...but doesnt really do much for me.

11-02-2011 23:42:15 | More by Billolick
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ufmj

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-25-2013 21:33:00 | More by ufmj
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-09-2014 18:38:32 | More by HoppySeb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Really pretty reddish hued color to this one, nice thin off white head to it. Aroma was half and half sweet and grassy hopishness. Not bad, a good mix in a red ale.

Smooth taste, with more of the fresh hoppy feel to it, not ipa territory, but substantial enough to make it enjoyable, especially at the price. Easily the best option out of the session beers. But 6.2% = a session beer? I'm ok with that I guess, but its a little close to not being sessionable, but it hides the alcohol. Faint chocolate malt aspect to it. Chalky and nutty sometimes.

If this is an oktoberfest effort, its definitely above average.

Thanks to elrogish & Quinn for breaking these bad boys out during our cabin barleywine trip. Solid beer.

10-25-2011 16:20:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-09-2014 17:39:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-26-2012 17:48:26 | More by ltdantheman
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CloudStrife

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

11oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 01/21/12 date on bottle.

A: Pours a clear orangish red with a 1 finger white head that has slight hints of yellow. The head thins down to a film after a few minutes. Even though the beer is real clear there is no visible carbonation.

S: Grassy hops and malts hit the nose at first. Some bready wheat and yeast. Some citrus hops and hints of alcohol. Mostly malt dominates at this point reminding me of a dunkel.

T: Good lager taste, mostly malt with some hops chiming in at the end. Yeasty malty aftertaste. Remember it having more hops when it was fresher.

M: This beer is a little flat at this point. Light bodied and real easy to kick back. 6.2% is well hidden.

Overall a nice addition to the session lineup. Not as dramatic as the Session black but still pleasant. Great deal when a 12pack was 8bucks.

03-04-2012 01:08:43 | More by CloudStrife
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mudbug

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +6%

From the retro stubby bottle with the entertaining rock paper scissors cap, which by the way has a holiday theme.Into a pilsner glass results in a pretty medium dark amber body with nice clarity a small head forms then settles into a thin cap. Bubbles continuously rise up keeping things lively, very appealing.
Aroma is a subdued huskiness with a ever so slight hop note, just what a lager should be.
Taste is pure lager, grain husk, cracker with a tint of caramel, finish has a nice bitter spiciness to it, refreshing straight forward and uncomplicated. goes down easy and quickly with a nice clean aftertaste.
Just a nice well made lager that hits all the right spots, especially the pocketbook. A real value.
Bravo Full Sail!

11-12-2011 21:55:44 | More by mudbug
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-02-2013 14:33:10 | More by DrewBest
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seavercm

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-17-2013 14:04:11 | More by seavercm
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brokentee

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-26-2011 23:52:43 | More by brokentee
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Full Sail Session Fest
11 oz. "stubby" bottle; clearly marked freshness date.
$1.27 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Appearance: Clear, dark copper colored body. Frothy one-finger thick head of off-white. Good retention; decent lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly limited, offering only a bit of maltiness touched by minor, non-descript hops.

Taste: Rich, caramel and toasty maltiness infused with spicy and grassy hops. It's balanced by a solid bitterness, and only a touch of sweetness comes through. Short lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.

Overall: Remarkably drinkable.

12-14-2011 23:00:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Thin head, dark amber colored body, clear.
Smells like licorice, barnyard hay and strawberry. A weird combination, but it's nice.
Taste has a solid malt bill with a balance of medium bitterness. Roasted malt stands out with a barnyard straw flavor.
Crisp and lighter bodied, but the high carbonation takes away a bit.
An excellent red lager.

12-21-2012 01:49:05 | More by Fatehunter
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-26-2014 02:30:46 | More by DerekP
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Kinsman

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a nice shiny copper color with just a bit of haze. Little bit of eggshell colored head makes a brief appearance.

Toasted grain and slight caramel sweetness provide a nice malty aroma. Hint of floral hop character in the background.

Biscuits and toast alongside some caramel malty goodness make for a nice refreshing brew. Hops add just a bit to balance things out. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, not a bad easy drinking beer. Flavors don't exactly 'wow' you with anything but it's still got enough going on to keep things interesting.

11-06-2011 22:36:23 | More by Kinsman
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Docer

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a clear dark copper brew.. quickly dissipating white foamy head.. leaves some light dust and a small ring in the glass. Overall a simple look.

Smell: (3.5)
- First thing that hits the nose is Full Sails traditional yeast aroma.. a grainy, bready, earthy dry malt. A touch of light caramel sweetness, spice, and molasses. Earthy grassy hops, and a light pine flare.

Taste: (4.0)
- Wonderful Full Sail character.. they do brew a one-of-a-kind character-filled beer. Great grainy and bready malt, big meaty yeast, light spice to balance.. perhaps some sweet caramel, molasses, and allspice.. but light enough to only balance the beer, and creat a solid flavor. Light bitter grassy hops, and not too much at all in the aroma department. Very solid flavor.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied brew which is bubbly, and typical of Full Sails brewing yeast. Not overly creamy, though there is a slight thickness to this session beer. It's a touch dry which I like, and rather chewy which is a standard for them.

Overall: (3.0)
- It's a solid drinker. A sessionable beer? Perhaps for the cool holiday's yes, but I can see this recipe as more of a marketing ploy. If it were bottled in 6-packs and sold for more, I doubt it would do as well as it is as a new session series. The flavor is very good, but the rest falls short. I am more keen to the likes of their latest imperial IPA, because that beer didn't taste like the rest of theirs. This one does.

10-09-2011 04:03:30 | More by Docer
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wingman14

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a nice reddish brown with a frothy off white head that sticks around. Smell is mostly malt with some yeast and subtle spice notes. The taste starts with the malt and moves into the yeast, and has a nice subtle spice finish. The aftertaste has some of the malty notes with a subtle sweetness. A nice medium mouthfeel adds the the depth of the beer, giving a thicker style. Nice carbonation and an easy drinker. These session beers are solid beers, all with subtle nuances and great flavor. Nothing huge and over the top but done right.

10-17-2011 03:14:50 | More by wingman14
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hannaho

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-04-2013 15:50:06 | More by hannaho
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dangelop

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-05-2011 21:47:56 | More by dangelop
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Little grenade bottle poured into my HotD goblet... okay 1/2 inch white head drops very quickly.. but the brew is very pretty deep orange amber/copper... nice... only okay lacing.. but the retention is pretty proper.

Nose shows great toasty malt.. heavy for a "festbier" grassy hops.. but are very pleasant on the West Coast..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a substantial biscuit quality that is hard to walk away from... bready without ever verging on "sweet", instead the malts are pretty dry and have some lite caramel essence... big dry toast....

Very nice from front to back... it is easy to see the folks at Full Sail put some time into this one... nicely done for sure...

Glad I had the chance to try this one early in the release... Thanks Matt!!!

3.5/3.5/4/4/4

10-12-2011 05:14:13 | More by JohnGalt1
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ironklad

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-18-2011 19:11:22 | More by ironklad
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josiahschlender

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

Original Session and Session Black are definite repeaters in my beer rotation, so it was natural to pick up this mini case when I saw it this holiday season.

Session Fest pours a semi-cloudy dark amber color with some golden highlights. Not much of a head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

A lot of malts to smell. A mix of sweet malts, bready and even some roast. Bready maybe the most. I'm also noticing some pilsner-like grassy hops.

Flavors are well blended diversity of malts that have enough oomph to keep up with the color and medium body of this beer. Not as full flavored as a lot of amber ales, but good and adequate for a red lager. Just a twinge of bitterness on the otherwise fairly short and clean finish.

Not sure yet if I'll repeat this next holiday season. The other Session brethren knocked it out of the park in my opinion, but this one fell a little short of the high standard set.

02-18-2012 22:09:27 | More by josiahschlender
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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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