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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 151
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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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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly good amber ale. The carbonation seems a bit too high, in my opinion. Kind of too frothy in the mouth. But the flavor tone is nice enough. Seems to be some spices on there (maybe it's just the mix of malts and hops?), but it's too muddled for me to be able to pick something out precisely. Either way, a pleasant enough ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:27:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours chestnut brown with dark orange edges and a 1.5 finger off white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of spicy, earthy hops. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit countered by grassy, spiky hops. Not bad smelling, just kind of bland.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of sweet malt and earthy hop notes. Hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut followed by grassy, spilt hops. There's also a lactic diaceytl presence which is off-putting and slightly sour. Just really odd tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:10:44 | More by corby112
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rjpetrizzo


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-29-2012 03:43:07 | More by rjpetrizzo
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

03-29-2012 00:58:56 | More by gleemonger
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CloudStrife

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look – dark brown in color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – light malty smell, but other than that the aroma is very illusive!

Taste – much like the smell, the taste is a bit illusive. In the middle of the taste it does appear more sweeter and malty, and then finishes with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans just a touch more on the watery side. Just barely.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, once you get to the taste. But it seems to evade one a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:31:05 | More by Nerudamann
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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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gaugebozo

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous clear amber red. Very little suds on top.
S - Sweet malt.
T - Almost nutty, with some caramel, graininess, and minimal roast the predominate flavors. Hops enough to notice, but not pick out what types. Not much yeast character, but fits with the style.
M - Thick and foamy for a lager.
O - I enjoyed this. Once again, Full Sail does a good job of giving you session beers that are drinkable but not boring.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:21:09 | More by gaugebozo
Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.