Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-30-2011

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
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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 187
Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (492 characters)

Photo of alohaspicoli
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Brownish/amber with a nice, off-white head. Good retention.

S: Sweet and malty, with a light roastiness to it. Very nice balance of flavors.

T: Roasted malt with a very slight caramel/brown sugary sweetness.

M: Crisp, clean and smooth. Perfect carbonation. Not much alcohol burn.

O: I will definitely buy this again. Yet another very drinkable and enjoyable lager from Full Sail. (438 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!! (449 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11 oz stubby bottle in 12 packs, enjoy by date clearly marked. Green and blue color scheme.

Appearance: Dark reddish amber color, average sized head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt, just a slight hint of roast.

Taste: Again, definitely malt dominated - but this has a nice combination of malt flavor with a bit of roast, and a slight bitter in the finish.

Overall impression: Another drinkable offering in the Session line .. this is not the most exciting beer out there, but it's a solid amber that I wouldn't mind having a few of. (558 characters)

Photo of diamondc
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: About a fingers worth of head on a really aggressive pour. Dark bronze, filtered, with a steady stream of bubbles.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, cookie dough.

T: Sugary, sticky malts dominate here, almost bordering on cloying. Subtle roasted, nuttiness flavors when warmed up. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Grassy, more bitter than expected hops round out at the end.

M: This beer tastes better warmed up to 50-55 degrees than straight out of the fridge. Surprised by the ABV, but the heat is well hidden.

O: A pretty good amber, nothing too complex. Paired well with a almond butter sandwich. (597 characters)

Photo of Gatch
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-brown with a thick, off-white head.

S - Sweet, lightly roasted malt. Bready with molasses, caramelized sugar, not much else.

T - Malt dominates. A bit of alcohol throughout, especially in the finish. Roasted character of the malt stands out through the finish.

M - Slight carbonation. Enjoyable to drink. Clean and smooth. Just as a lager should be. (364 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (722 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Session Fest pours a clear golden amber with a small whitish head leaving just a bit of oily foam on the glass.

The aroma has a full woodsy character, fresh, balanced and somewhat spicy.

The flavor has a nicely toasted bread bent, lightly caramel in character with the earthy, spicy hops backing things up. Hmm, this beer apparently has Cascade in it as well but the hop profile seems purely Continental, nicely balanced with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with just a bit of bite from carbonation.

Overall a very nice and balanced beer, very drinkable and flavorful. I'd expect a good solid beer from Full Sail and they delivered. (673 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle - at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Enjoy By: 12/25/11.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a small, brief, near white head.

Smell: Smells of bread crusts delightfully toasted up to a golden-brown and topped with sweet, wholesome caramel and a few coarsely chopped nuts backed by a note of spicy hops.

Taste: Toasted, grainy bread with a wash of sweet, sugar-induced caramel. Some nuttiness. Zesty, spicy hops with ample bitterness to balance things out nicely. Drying, malty on the back end with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation with some tingle present (that tells you it's working).

Overall: Now, that's a beer I've not had in a long time... a long time. Maybe it's just me, but this one reminds me of the first installment to the LTD series. (838 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this literally as they were being unloaded on display. I was told this was the first batch arrived.

I have not had many Full Sail brews, so I didnt know what to expect. My initial impression was of high hopes. The grenade-type bottle is pretty darn cool, plus I like it when any brewery has a "series", like the Session series.

The smell was malty, and very similar to many american style fest lagers. It pours a nice autumn brown, little head, but nice carbonation. The carbonation actually made this fall brew pretty refreshing.

The flavour was great. Slightly hoppy and nutty...a really unique characteristic. The higher than normal alcohol was noticeable, but enjoyable. This is probably up there as one of my favorite fest beers and I would buy this again. (772 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (540 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 oz stubby from a 12 pack. Winco, S.Salem. $9.98 Dark red amber colured ale with a goodly sized, frothy off white head. Fine malty,hay,bready aromas slight hint of lemony hop Malty taste..hint of chocolate and spices..not sure were i get it from but there is a definate peppery spiceiness. OK on the palate..has a rather evident alcohol graininess right at the end..but its not that bad. Nice beer at a good price. Another fine "Session" offering (448 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite series' of beers - this one is clearly shooting for the Oktoberfest market based upon the name...or so I'd be left to assume.
Pours a an amber color and like the others, has a great head and just the right amount of carbonation.
Smells like amber malts, lager yeast, with hops being perceptible, but fairly mild.
Sweetness up front, leading into a little bit of a caramel gingerbready malt character. The middle is where the Czech roots come up as there's just a kiss of creaminess and (mostly acceptable) diacetyl. The hops show up slightly as well, but the final tastes are those malts again.
Easy drinking, but a hair potent for the name "Session" at 6.2%. It's probably a bit closer to their LTD series of beers, although that's not to say I wouldn't happily have a few of these in a row. In some ways I'd say the beer defies how strong it actually is.
If it weren't for that slight Czech creaminess, they probably could've just called this a Marzen. It does give it a bit of character, though.
Not bad. (1,027 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first off i will say that i am not a lager man, give me a pils or a weizen first... as far as lighter beers go. and i am not a big fan of the regular pale lager, nor the black -- though the black was pretty decent, for a lager. BUT I LIKE THIS!

pours a nice rusty auburn red into a tall pilsner glass, with an exuberant head as promised on the box.

the aroma is.... lager, malty and yeasty with no real hop presence.

the taste is great though -- deep rich malty beer with an excellent burn and bitterness going down and a "(oktober)festy" spiciness that really rounds this beer out. (it is their winter/fest? seasonal afterall.) it is dry but sweet, and true the 6.2 abv is technically on the high end for a Session Beer, but this thing is very QUAFFABLE.

the mouth feel is Lager, but sweet and rich too.

i have only had a couple so i might change my tune, but this winter could be one of cases of Celebration and 12s of this... great beer. (948 characters)

Photo of 2xHops
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was sort of surprised, but not really, to see this offered at a local Central Market. They had few other good stuff I will be reviewing soon.

I poured this red lager into a pint glass...

The taste's great for a red lager. The alcohol did not come on strong, and it certainly tasted somewhat malty. It reminded me of Killian's Irish Red but with couple notable differences. First, this beer taste better, and it does not have a peculiar aftertaste like Killian's does.

Is this a session beer? Probably not because it has 6.2% ABV, but it is definitely a welcome change to their regular lineup.

Overall, you can't go wrong with this beer. I think it's a great beer to have at parties. I love the bottles and they're so easy to put in the coolers to lug around. (767 characters)

Photo of aaron12
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G R E A T !
this sessions' is awesome, totally dig it. nice mix of a german strong lager, and a dry irish red ale. this is new, interesting, affordable, and best of all tastes really good. well done i'd say... thanks full sail, i'm starting to like your session series more than your regular one. (296 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (773 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A two finger white head with good retention forms. Sticky, spiderweb looking lace all the way down the glass.
S: Lager yeast with a big bread/biscuit malt aroma. Dry crackers and some very light grassy hops finishes everything off.
T: Again, big bread/biscuit/cracker like flavor. Very dry up front. Some hops in the middle, and finishes just a tad sweet with some toffee.
M/D: A light to medium body. Maybe just a bit under carbonated for my tastes. Clean and dry though. Certainly to much alcohol to be considered a session (hopefully with anybodys definition) though very easy to drink.

A nice lager. I am a big fan of the other Full Sail "sessions" and this one is enjoyable. Though I think I like the other better. Still, no worries with putting these back. A very nice everyday drinker. (833 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,482 characters)

Photo of tkone
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a glass poured from their awesome "grenade" bottle.

Nice malty backbone with a touch of a hop finish, but nothing to be all sierra Nevada or arrogant bastard about.

Smooth and to the point, bit of a sweet aftertaste in the sweet sticky beer way.

Would drink again. In fact I've had several already. But only won once at paper rock scissors. (357 characters)

Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.