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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
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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Photo of brotherloco


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle x2. Best by 01/29/12. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a clear copper with a very small head of beige foam which mostly disappears. No real lacing.

Aroma of toasted, bready, and slightly caramel malt. A little bit of fruit (apples) and hints of marshmallow. Some spiciness. Some noticeable yeast.

Flavor is a blend of toasted malt and a sweet apple-juice type fruitiness. Hints of marshmallow and peppery spiciness. Mild hop bitterness Very balanced malt sweetness to hop bitterness. No real flavor of alcohol but some warming in the finish.

Medium bodied with above medium semi-sharp carbonation. A refreshing mouthfeel and very drinkable. This is one of those beers that you will probably drink faster than you should given the 6.2% ABV. But hey, it's the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:16:59 | More by brotherloco
Photo of ironklad


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-18-2011 19:11:22 | More by ironklad
Photo of bubseymour


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - very lager like appearance golden and small head but good retention and lacing

smell - malty and bready very nice lager smell

taste - very easy to drink with mild flavors slightly crisp in the finish. Can't believe this is 6.2%...seems more like 5%

Mouthfeel - very full bodied

Overall - another good offering from session

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:04:30 | More by bubseymour
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:00:02 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Flounder57


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head. Lots of carbonation is visible from all points of the glass. An orange red is the color of the beer with clarity seen through the other side. Ahh, holy carbonation and the head of beer has quickly reduced to a thin layer and has left some spotty lacing on the side of the glass too.

Smell: Sweet bready and biscuity malts.

Taste: There are more to the flavor in the mouth that I am trying to figure out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, high carbonation, silky smooth, and a little chewy.

Overall: This is another beer from Full Sail that I have enjoyed in the past week. Will have to upgrade my selection and try some of their other stuff in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:50:14 | More by Flounder57
Photo of beergoot


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, it's a holiday session beer!

Some nice spice and floral notes. Decent balance of bitterness and malt flavors overall and goes down nicely.

I can see knocking back a few over a period of time. Another fine addition to Full Sail's Session beer family.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 00:56:48 | More by beergoot
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-08-2011 17:05:36 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of Anew


4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-07-2011 23:22:57 | More by Anew
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-05-2011 21:47:56 | More by dangelop
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Copper colored brew with high clarity and medium carbonation. About a 1-finger head that dissipated pretty fast. It left a few spots on my glass.

S - Nice, bright citrus and rind hop characters upfront, with a mellow caramel malt note underneath. Mild bread and musky Lager yeast is also present.

T - Oily hop characters like rind, lemon, grapefruit and a touch of pine mingle with a beefy caramel, bread, nut, and toffee malt characters. It finishes with musty lager yeast that lingers a bit, and mild bitterness that balanced out the flavor profile.

M - Lite-Medium bodied with soft crispness and a slightly oily feel.

O - Hmm, well there ain't much to this brew. It's an affordable/sessionable Lager that would probably go great with some pulled pork sandwiches. I liked the flavor profile, and it smelled clean and inviting to me. Overall though I thought this beer was just alright. I'd probably buy it again because it tastes good and it's on the cheaper side.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 00:50:26 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

glass: Pint

Copper appearance, very clear. Spotty lacing. Smells like crackery malt, grape juice and gym socks. Taste has a bitterness of upfront that seems like its coming from the hops. Falls into that apple/grape juice flavor finishes with a slight doughy malt, hop bitterness and gym sock yeast.

Light, but not too light, low-medium carbonation. An alright beer at best.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 00:44:20 | More by JosiahS
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-25-2011 02:32:56 | More by splendidsplinter
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the Session pill-bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an almost crystal-clear, brown-copper coloring with a slow, steady flow of bubbling and a filmy coating of head. Aromas are rich and malty, with a sweet caramel tang to the normal roasted cereal scents of a lager. Flavors are nutty and spicy, with a caramel backbone and a slight hopping at the end to clean everything from the palate. Tasty brew on a round, smooth, yet crisp body. The aftertaste is a bit resiny and bitter, with a roasted character. The finish dries nicely, leaving the palate clear for more. Very easy brew to drink, and the flavors are spiced and smooth enough to make a very sessionable holiday ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 21:31:07 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a burnt sienna color. Malty molasses aromas, lightly hopped. Light, bitter, but not really all that enjoyable. Thin finish. The malt profile is out of alignment. It doesn’t hold up to warming—the spices/flavoring goes out of balance and comes off harshly. At least the stubby bottle is cute.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 08:53:47 | More by elNopalero
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by 12/25/11.

Pours a clear brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt/grains, bread/biscuit, and some caramel notes. Taste is of toasted malt, bread, caramel, and some spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good red lager and a good alternative to spiced Winter beers. This is probably my favorite Session beer from Full Sail to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:00:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper-red, nearly a tawny brown. Thin, short-lasting bubbles show head retention just a tad more impressive than a soft drink. Polotmavé - never had, nor heard of the style. I'm guessing amber lager is a good enough descriptor. Some caramel, baking bread, and shortbread balance out a pleasant grassy and earthy hoppiness. Nicely brewed and clean, dryness is appreciated since this was meant to be an easy drinker. Surprisingly, Full Sail managed to capture some holiday elements in this seemingly basic red lager. It's nice to see a brewery go outside of the winter warmer/stout box for a winter seasonal. This definitely a beer that would please both craft drinkers and generic beer guzzlers alike. I think a box of 12 bottles will be making the trip to Thanksgiving dinner with me this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 22:24:25 | More by bump8628
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper/amber. Not much for head but a good amount of foam clings around the sides of the glass. Every time I sip some more forms on the sides. Light German malty sweetness. Some hop spice as well. Biscuity malt flavor and just like the nose it finishes with some hoppy spice. Thinner side of a body but still a decent malt character.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 17:30:13 | More by DrinkingDrake
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-20-2011 09:13:10 | More by avaldivia
Photo of 2dogbrew


3/5  rDev -18%

11-20-2011 02:35:31 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of Rayek


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Session Fest pours a red tinged amber with a fluffy cream cap. The foam slowly falls to a patchy quilt and leaves just a bit of lace.

Some pretty standard Red Lager stuff is going on here. Bittersweet toffee rides on top of a bed of straw. Bitterness is lemony, peppery and mild. The beer is very dry and a touch metallic in the finish.

Of the three Session beers, this is my least favorite. It has a certain generic quality to it that left me a bit flat. However, it is a decent beer. It's just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 20:23:56 | More by Rayek
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3/5  rDev -18%

11-19-2011 00:20:31 | More by RedHunter
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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz stubbie into a pint glass while watching a dismal Buffalo Bills performance against the vile Cowboys.

A: Reddish bronze with one finger of off white head that fades more quickly than the Bills' playoff hopes.

S: Caramel and pale malts with piney hops.

T: This is a pretty hop-forward brew. The pine-flavored hops mingle with the miscellanous malts and leave a mild to moderate bitterness on the tongue. Not bad.

M: Medium and kind of creamy.

O: Decent, accessible beers seems to be the notion that the Session series is built upon, and that's continued here. All in all I like their standard lager better and their black lager best. A nice, crisp lager without a whole lot to make it stand out. Seems like it'd be good to keep around in the fridge if company comes by. Not offensive or overly powerful flavorwise, but a world better than the Bills... I mean, Buds, of the world.

(Seriously, all I want is to see the Cowboys lose. I don't care to who. Is that too much to ask?)

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:26:03 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of litheum94


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 oz stubby. Reviewed on 11/7/11.

Vigorous pour produces a big, slightly tan head, with large bubbles that fizzle out. Clear, amber-leaning-red body.

Clean, grainy lager aromas. Some spice with earthy hops.

Crisp and dry. Cracker malts with an earthiness. Some burnt caramel and spices. Some bitterness, woody and floral in nature. Slight boiled vegetable lager flavor, but not bad.

This is just like the other FS Session beers; nothing spectacular, just clean, good drinking beers. And at a great price too.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 16:49:41 | More by litheum94
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Not much to look at with its pale amberness and lack-o-foamy-head. Smells like malt liquor with a spicy cinnamon poke in the sniffer. Smells like flowers too. Tastes tingly and bock-like: surely a dichotomy. Mouth feel belies the light color.... a bit. Weightier than expected, but by no means a tongue carpet. I picked up a single in this instance, but I'll get the 12er next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 23:13:45 | More by specksnreds
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3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark copper amber having a stable head and nice lace. Smell is light thats a little grainy, roasted malt and hops. taste of grainy roasted malt with a bitter hop lasting through the aftertaste. Can't taste much of the alchohol either. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. No wow factor hear, but not to bad for a red.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:52:50 | More by Bookseeb
Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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