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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 82
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DrewBest
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheSSG
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of erogers
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of hannaho
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of theleechster
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jadpsu
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of kagent777
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of AnalogReigns
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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).

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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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