Full Sail LTD #2 Pale Lager - Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room
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Reviews by jamiejohnson:
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Full Sail's LTD lager is unique. It's a lager like none other with a special flavor, a higher-than-usual alcohol content and a look all its own. I like it. If you come into this brew pre-conditioned and expecting it to be true to a certain style, you might be disappointed. I think LTD's a delightful creature that's difficult to classify. It is what it is. I'll be buying more of this intriguing beverage, especially if it's priced right as this was.
It ain't this,
It ain't that.
It is what it is,
And dat is dat.
10-01-2008 22:32:34 | More by jamiejohnson
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3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
Yellowish gold in my glass with almost no head retention. A couple bubble streams suggest it has a good amount of carbonation. Smell is weak but balanced, faint citrus hop notes on a thin, pale malt background. Oooo. More than I expected. It is very carbed and starts with a little bite from the bubbles, followed by a complex flavor swirl that lingers a few seconds, but ultimately finishes fairly crisp and clean. Dangerously light and drinkable for 6.4% abv. Paid $6.50 for the sixer, I'd say it was a pretty good value.
05-11-2010 18:23:07 | More by andyfrancis
4.83/5 rDev +32.3%
Poured from a bottle, procured from my local organic grocer. Smell is a sweet maltiness with minimal hops. Taste is great, exactley what one of the big breweries in America should be striving for. Slight hop bitterness with a strong malt backbone, some expected lager yeast flavor and a decent sweetness for a 6.5% lager. Mouthfeel is thick, unlike most lagers, but still very satisfying for a lager. This is my favorite summertime standing out by the grill beer. Drinkability is better then expected. I could put these down one after another at a backyard bbq, despite the high alcohol and sweetness for its style. An excellent lager, and a good example of living the dream.
05-25-2009 03:16:00 | More by nkersten
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a tall white foam cap. The head dissipates rather quickly to leave little lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malts and breadiness. Sweet malty character on the taste as well, with only a hint of bitterness. Not a lot going on here. Light-medium body with lowish carbonation. Fairly unremarkable.
05-16-2009 04:16:03 | More by philipquarles
2.93/5 rDev -19.7%
Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body. Up top, a creamy whitish head that features great retention and lacing. Very pretty.
Aroma: Mildly spicy hops over a bready malt base. Maybe some hints of booze if you go looking for it.
Taste: Biscuity, bready malt leads the charge. Towards the end, the mildly bitter and spicy hops show back up to help dry up the finish. The aftertaste is of biscuity malt and a few hints of bitterness. If I had to guess, I think I'd probably have flagged this as an Ale, rather than Lager.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It dries a bit in the finish.
Drinkability: Rather sessionable I suppose, but I don't really see myself ordering a second.
Verdict: I have to say, this is just a little boring, especially for a limited edition beer. It's inoffensive enough, and might make for a decent gateway beer, but it's just too unremarkable for me.
05-19-2009 17:07:47 | More by BeanBone
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a nice golden amber into the glass, yielding a very thin head that fizzles away to a ring in no time. A touch of lacing here and there follow.
aroma is subdued maltiness. Sweetness and caramel malt abound, with a hint of vanilla and just a touch of spice? grassy? floral? maybe.
Taste is more powerful than anticipated! rich biscut and caramel malting creates a rich and vibrant sweet and bready character. Grassy and grain-ish notes add a touch of depth, while a nice hop zip at the end gives it a bit of legs. Almost reminds me of a euro strong lager at times, verging on a bock at others. Surprising out this unassuming bottle.
mouthfeel is creamy and full. Smooth and drinkable with solid carbonation that carries the flavors nicely.
A solid brew. Nothing outstanding, and nothing that would warrent a regular purchase, although for a well made inoffensive and versatile brew, this one fits the bill. A definite entry brew to the craft world, and a good brew to bring to the bbq. Nothing I could see myself craving, but I'd never turn away a glass.
01-24-2009 17:11:31 | More by djeucalyptus
2.88/5 rDev -21.1%
Apperance: light, burnt orange in color ... poured a great head into my pint that lessened while drinking
Smell: smells lightly of vomit and crackers
Taste: sweet malt, not alot of hop ... slight spice
MouthFeel: creamy on palate, with a tingly finish
Drinkablitliy: egh ... better than some
My opinion: i am not going to buy everything of the shelf, but i will buy it for friends that don't know better
04-30-2009 05:17:09 | More by kaydeKat
4.28/5 rDev +17.3%
Full Sail LTD #2 Pale Lager
A - A nicely light copper colored body.
S - A sweet caramel and grainy notes, with some nutty/fruity undertones. Grapes?
T - Taste is very vibrant for a Lager. Lots of depth to the body and the complexity. Great fresh cut herbaceous hops. Along a strong grainy malt body. Crisp grassy waves, and carmalized
roasted almonds. Nice balance, there is a lot of balancing hopping around the palate. From sweet, to sour, to dark, to moderatly hoppy. Very pleasing all around and my favorite Full Sail Beer I've tried. It's really good and has lots of drinkability to it. Shows exactly what a good lager can bring to the table. Bravo.
08-10-2008 23:25:40 | More by HoustonTX
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured 12oz. bottle into my LSU Tigers pub glass.
Appearance is cloudy burnt orange color. Head dissipated rather quickly after pour.
Smell has a mixture of malt and breadiness to it with a little bit of spice at the end
Taste - you really get that malt taste that follows the smell just more noticeable. The malt outweighs the hops. Slight bitterness at the end
Mouthfeel is medium body, creamy, clean and crisp, not much carbonation to notice.
Drinkability is nice, and could put down a couple. I'm glad I bought this beer
05-17-2009 21:38:33 | More by BayouBengal1537
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
nice copper/orange color, brilliantly clear, head is one finger thick, and dissipates rather quickly. aroma is sweet, faintly yeasty, raw grains are present, hops are an afterthought. medium bodied, caramel-sweet flavor. The beer is well balanced and only the slightest hint of a bitter end. Overall impression: beer looks mighty fine and gets off to a good start, but a slightly sour finish leaves more to be desired.
02-07-2009 14:01:09 | More by geographie
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a deep clear copper color. Small head , no lacing.
Aroma is slightly sweet malt malt.
Nice sweet malty taste thats extenuated by some good addition of bittering hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium , silky smooth.
Overall a nice beer , probably my favorite of this style.
07-15-2008 23:32:17 | More by shroompod
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
Tasted on-tap 06/04/07 at the Full Sail Riverfront Brewpub in Portland, OR.
Nice golden color with a decent white head and decent lace. A nicely balanced malt and hop flavor and aroma with no hint of adjuncts. Medium bodied, smooth, and easy drinking.
If I didn't know this was a lager I defintely would have thought it was an ale...
Per FS website:
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Caramel, Vienna
Hops: Czech Saaz, Styrian Goldings
04-18-2008 17:29:00 | More by RBorsato
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional shaker pint glass. Nice golden amber hue with a decent amount of head. Very little lacing left on the glass.
The nose of this brew is mostly caramel sweetness offset by some piney, mint like hop notes and a fairly assertive touch of alcohol.
Malt taste of caramel sweetness is upfront and is followed up by a nice bitter hop bite and that is somewhat piney. The finish of this beer has a surprisingly strong alcohol hit, which meshes well with the hops, and actually somewhat adds to the refreshing feel of this brew as it does a nice job of cleansing the palate. Even for a "lighter bodied brew", the moutfheel is a tad light for my tastes, especially when taking the relatively high ABV into consideration.
This is an interesting brew which I actually can't decide how much I like. However, for what this beer seems it's trying to be, which is a light bodied lager that is easy to have a few in a session, it almost seems out of whack with such an ABV almost as high as your average IPA and such a light body. This is actually a good tasting brew, but I would prefer a beer with a more reasonable alcohol content for the style.
07-24-2008 00:47:51 | More by AustinBeerLvr
2.58/5 rDev -29.3%
Served in cognac snifter
Appearance: Light foamy head, diminishes quickly with little lacing. Solid amber color, much richer than I'm used to in Pale Lagers.
Smell: Strong malty tones, hint of citrus on the back end.
Taste: Also tastes quiet malty, especially when it hits the back of pallet. The hops, and any other flavors in the beer get overwhelmed by the malty taste.
Mouthfeel: All the malt in this beer makes it feel a bit chewy on the back end. It has a medium body to it which is always nice in a lager.
Drinkability: I'd have to say this beer has average drinkability. Its easy to drink, but not particularly outstanding in any way. Because of all the maltiness it wouldn't be particularly refreshing on a summer day.
All-and-all my impression of this beer can be summed up in one word, malty. It feels like the malt really overpowers everything else in this beer. At 6.4% ABV it'll get you to where you're going, but I probably wouldn't pick up a pack of this at the store if I had the option.
10-02-2009 21:40:16 | More by iD9
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. had a yellow-brown color and a clear texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.
S: Smelled mostly of malt, with a little hops.
T: Tasted of malt, more than anything, with hops and a little citrus thrown in. This style doesn't lend itself to complexity, but still an OK flavor.
M: A fair amount of carbonation with a kind of slick finish. Light-bodied.
D: Mostly drinkable, but nothing to write home about.
04-06-2010 12:13:43 | More by avalon07
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
Appearance: Pours golden, almost no head from an aggressive pour.
Smell: Crackers, some sweet malts.
Taste: Orange juice, biscuits, almost no hop bitterness to speak of. Surprising amount of alcohol sweetness and bite due to 6.4% abv, high for this style.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, obvious carbonation. Finishes dry.
Drinkability: Excellent. Would make a fantastic session beer if you don't mind getting a little more crunked than usual.
Verdict: This is a great beer for hanging out and watching a game, and I didn't think twice about picking up a second 6 pack, but it's not something for a special occasion.
03-20-2009 18:31:57 | More by maskednegator
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
From notes. Excellent clarity, active, minimal head recedes rapidly. Very light amber color.
Not much going on here. Kidna grainy with hints of grassy hops.
Grainy, malty sweet, faint hop flavor and bitterness. Smooth and clean.
Plenty carbonated, light/medium body, clean finish.
Not as interesting, to me, as the LTD 01. Plenty easy to drink, but not as good as I remember it (or the LTD 01). But, I enjoy it, and I'm not much of a lager fan as a rule. So that I'm even drinking it, and bothering to review it, means that it has some things going for it.
02-01-2011 15:49:01 | More by sprucetip
3/5 rDev -17.8%
Almost stark orange and the head is a very thin white. The body is lighter than I expected, I drank one from the bottle and expected something closer to a cloudy brown.
Smells all kinds of malty right up front. There are hints of coriander, assorted spices.
To me, this is very much a fall beer. It's malty over hoppy, whatever edge it might have has been dulled in favor of fuller flavors. There are some citric hints, a pumpkin undertone and a touch of honey.
The brew, the carbonation, it's all light and quite drinkable. Feels a bit oily and would benefit from stronger carbonation.
05-26-2010 06:44:16 | More by pants678
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
Bottle courtesy of Floydster poured into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear, bubbly golden amber with a very small white head that actually hold on for quite a while around the edges. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is fairly heavy on the sweet caramel malts with a bit of toasted grain in the background. There is a minimal citrus hop whiff as it warms. The taste is a bigger version of the smell with a big malt sweetness up front with toasted malts and grains in the middle that leaves a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. I also got a little bit of nuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, but much creamier than most lagers I've had with strong carbonation. This is a really well crafted lager and makes for a great summer brew.
07-11-2008 01:02:28 | More by gford217
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a nice bright golden orange with a very small head which disappears soon after and leaves almost no lacing.
Smells of sweet malts along with some graininess.
Tastes somewhat sweet, with a hint of fruitiness but I couldn't quite put my finger on what kind. No bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is completely hidden.
Mouthfeel was medium and smooth, but slightly flatter than I'd like for a beer of this style.
I found this beer on sale for about 4 1/2 bucks a six pack, so figured what the heck, it's worth a try. It would make a nice session beer for those looking for a step up from the usual macros, or if you're trying to introduce friends into the world of better beer. It certainly was worth what I paid for it, but once the sixer is finished I'll probably seek out something else. Still, worth a try if you see it.
02-06-2009 23:12:07 | More by JBogan
Full Sail LTD #2 Pale Lager from Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.