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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

149 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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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jadpsu

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great with its light amber body and abundant tan foamy head that stays around for a while.
Aroma is roasty malts, some sweet chocolate and grassy scents..
Taste: Pick up some roasted malts, some light hop bitterness. Very dry.
Medium to full body. Very nice. Only complaint is the bottle of 11 ounces.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 20:33:56 | More by jadpsu
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-22-2012 00:12:25 | More by Gatordaddy
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mactrail

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handsome dark amber in the wine glass. Abundant cap of foam.

Full bodied with plenty of malt. It tastes stronger than it is. Definitely sweet, and more like a golden bock at first taste, but it has a smooth edgy sensation that is more balanced. Such a warm malty flavor that keeps returning with every sip. Sudsy mouthfeel and a nutty, roasty aftertaste. Spicy but mellow.

Hugely drinkable rich lager. A cut way above so many over hopped Reds and over-strong winter brews. I am never disappointed by the numerous brews in the lager style that Full Sail is making. From the 11 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 05:43:48 | More by mactrail
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:49:05 | More by Fatehunter
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kagent777

Utah

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 05:05:58 | More by kagent777
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shelby415

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-15-2012 06:56:08 | More by shelby415
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marct

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-14-2012 05:05:51 | More by marct
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11oz brown stubby into standard pint glass.

A: sidepour gets no head but leaves a decent sized ring around the glass. A solid amber color.

S: smells of lager yeast and spicy hops. that "funk" is def there. Sweet smell from crystal malts.

T: sweet and malty. A bit of light hop at the end. Quite a bit on the sweet side actually.

M: light and smooth, with a good amount of tingley carbonation.

O: not a huge fan of lagers but this is pretty good. A tad sweet for me but not cloying. All in all it is a good beer. I enjoy red ales and this stands pretty well as a red lager in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 06:13:08 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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Falien02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-09-2012 05:16:48 | More by Falien02
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:12:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Twig2848

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-04-2012 01:57:27 | More by Twig2848
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Lethargy99

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-03-2012 15:48:41 | More by Lethargy99
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mmilyko

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-01-2012 20:13:26 | More by mmilyko
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throwerbri

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-29-2012 04:23:06 | More by throwerbri
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great to see the trend of 1st-tier US craft-brewers taking old German and Czech beer styles seriously and reproducing--or even improving--on them, in the traditional moderate, session-beer styles. Pilsener, Maerzen, Schwarzbier, Vienna lager (which I guess this beer is categorized as...) and even Rauchbier all are wonderful styles, often neglected by the "hop until they drop" young craft-brewers--lovely to see some maturity in the industry now!

Very nice understated beer--which surprised me by its lack of spices, alcohol or other typical "Christmas-beer" elements. Smooth, super high quality, and I would bet, just what Czech "Polotmavé" (light/dark) beer is supposed to be--wonderful quality beer to share with friends. ANY beer drinker can enjoy this--though hop-heads will be discontent that it doesn't slap them in the throat--oh well, let them settle down. As I wrote above though--terrific that America's most serious brewers are finally paying attention to do first quality renditions of the Continent's most serious beers (instead of just following English or 20-something American tastes).

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 16:11:47 | More by AnalogReigns
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mjurney

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Light copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up to the top. Thin head.

Aroma:
Sweet malts, fruity, hint of earthy, crisp.

Taste:
Sweet malts up front, toasted nuts, caramel, bright fruit, herbal hop finish. Body is medium, crisp, slight dry aftertaste, well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:47:24 | More by mjurney
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minneapolitanjim

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

11-15-2012 23:01:30 | More by minneapolitanjim
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-11-2012 02:15:47 | More by slimntubbs
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Seven

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Wheat grain color.
Smells like Grass and Malts, with a hint of carmel.
Smooth, kind of sweet with a presence of Malts. Very unique, alot like Session's Black, with a twist. Its higher ABV, then Black, you can really feel it on an empty stomach.
Its slightly high in carbonation, you can really tell when it goes down.
I like Session's Dark as much as this, Full Sail did a great job in this year's batch. I would reccomend this.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:14:51 | More by Seven
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bifrost17

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-08-2012 21:48:20 | More by bifrost17
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brethartt

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-03-2012 03:27:17 | More by brethartt
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-01-2012 15:30:48 | More by sendbeer
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Bigmatty42


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-29-2012 05:20:41 | More by Bigmatty42
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Uzz

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

10-22-2012 18:54:38 | More by Uzz
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beertunes

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nice coppery-brown color, the beer was clean and clear with no head, retention or lacing.

The beer had nice malts, was a bit sweet and had just a bit of delicate hops. The flavors were the same, nicely even and well balanced.

The body was smooth and even, but a slightly sticky finish was a bit off-putting. Drinkability was very nice, I could easily knock back a few of these. Overall, I think this is my favorite of the Sessions brews (although I do like the Black fairly well). A nice brew that's worth a shot when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 23:10:03 | More by beertunes
Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.