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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

171 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

markdrinksbeer, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

foureyedgeek, Nov 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Chugs13, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

prisdefer, Nov 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SaranacinTexas, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

warpedrevolution, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of WunderLlama
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Reddish brown clear liquid, faint carbonation, pencil thick white foam head floats on top.

Sweet malty aroma. Sweet corn, bread.

Taste of malt,fizz of carbonation quickly subsides, slight bite on the side of the tongue, smooth clean finish.

Medium mouthfeel, chewy.

Didn't know what to expect from this red lager but it reminds me of a Marzen. Good, pleasant beer that if offered I would accept . Not something I would aggressively seek out but a worthy choice.

WunderLlama, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ROGUE16, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Bustersuess, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

alex_hart, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ufmj, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

speedvagen, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

DrewBest, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

DerwinWentworth, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dense head that is slightly red and has good persistence. Sweet malt aroma with a slight spiciness to it. A copper-yellow-brown color. Starts with a nice, mild hop bitterness that is somewhat spicy, with sweet malt supporting it. Builds to a medium-low bitterness, and then the malt just comes in and sits atop the floral, spicy hops.

This is really, really nice. Easily the best lager I've had from the Western United States. It's like an Oktoberfest-light. The smooth malt and medium bitterness are balanced wonderfully (not as well as a Wisconsin lager, but this is not to discredit this brew), with a slight spiciness to it.

TheSSG, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of erogers
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

erogers, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Session beers provide a tasty, highly sessionable beer with a fairly low price point. Of course, their bottles are only 11oz. so you're not getting any particular bargain over a pack of Sam Adams or Sierra Nevada, but their lagers provice a more basic taste tailored for sessions. Our local store had 12 packs of these marked down to $6. Can't help but pick one up. This one is a little more robust than the classic or black lagers. Hops + carbonation have quite a bite. It's a good, if unremarkable taste. To me, it's not quite as sessionable as the others, but it's worth a shot, especially if you get it at the price I did. It'll go well with a lot of food too.

TheRealBigC, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hannaho, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium brownish-red with a slight bit of chill haze. Just a small white head fading to some splotches after a couple of minutes.

A lot of grass in the aroma along with some toast and caramel much like the regular Session lager with a little extra roast.

The aroma translates well into the flavor with grass/hay up front followed by some light toast and caramel. There is a little sweetness and a thicker body than a typical amber lager might have along with some light bitterness.

Overall, a tasty amber lager and one that, as the name would suggest, is quite sessionable. One to pick up if you see it around.

rangerred, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11oz : tulip

Pours a clear copper with a foamy off white head.

Caramel malts, biscuit, spicy hop notes in both the aroma and taste.

Medium body with average carbonation and a crisp finish.

A well done red lager. Enjoyable flavor profile and easy drinking.

vkv822, Dec 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

theleechster, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of jadpsu
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.

jadpsu, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Gatordaddy, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Dec 21, 2012
Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.