Session Golden Lager | Full Sail Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Session Export

Session Golden Lager is rich and full-bodied, with an elegant, malty finish. And like its name, it’s already started hauling in the gold medals. So put a little bling in your glass.

This 2014 World Beer Championships gold medal winner is brewed in the Dortmunder lager style, Golden pours a deep golden color and imported hop varieties impart noble hop aromas with subtle herbal and hop spice notes. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness are balanced with a firm, smooth, mineral/malt character & clean finish.

28 IBUs

Added by Patches826 on 11-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,716
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
37
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coldshowers
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kylehay2004
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of petersonmatt22
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBoldBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sweeter finish than expected. Not too hoppy, slightly cloying aftertaste.

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Photo of hopley
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh, Grainy, Herbal, Clean

With the first installment of their “Session” seasonal line-up, Full Sail deserves a respectful nod for taking on the Export Lager style. This dry concoction draws on a superb crispness which makes it oh-so-drinkable. A kiss of alcohol, dry grass and spicy herbal hops on the palate. Nearly immaculate, which leaves a lovely lingering aftertaste of fresh grain and herbal hops. Spot on to style, a real treat.

STYLE: Export Lager | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

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Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hartighe
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been a fan of Full Sail Brewery's Session series for some time, but Session Export was a pleasant surprise. There seems to be a gap among american breweries between macro swill and high quality craft ales and porters.

There are times (specially in the summer in Georgia) that there is such thing as too much flavor, but that does not mean you want to drink macro mildly colored water either, I usually fill this gap with German lagers and hefeweissens. Session Export is the beer drinker's lawnmower beer, tasty an easy to drink.

I was disappointed that his is a "spring" seasonal, and I could d not find any more of it in July. By all means if it should be a summer seasonal.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11oz stubby bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Deep golden color with a brassy hue. Fine-bubbled white head holds at a quarter inch in height. Wispy lacing.

S: Sweet grainy malt is central. Hay. Supporting peppery/grassy hops. Grape leaves. Light whiffs of sweet alcohol.

T: That same deep grainy sweetness dominates in flavor. Hay. Grassy, peppery, dried garden herbs. Vague sort of light fruit flavor coming off of the malts too. Hints of alcohol toward the back. Drying finish.

M: Very full medium body. Round, firm, and lush malt character presses gently into the tongue with a weight that eases in. Aggressively crisp and scrubbing carbonation. Kiss of alcohol warmth.

O: Full Sail really shines with its lager brewing skills on full display here. This is simply a great beer, and spot-on stylistically.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breadwinner
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mooseisloose
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looking for session lager for an upcoming pool session and I spy this export lager, touche, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a classic export lager waft plus a dry malt biscuity waft. Pours into a pint with a bright protein piss yellow with a creamy head that recedes without lacing. Taste is sweet for a lager sweeter than the classic session lager, but with enough hops to taper off the sweetness to leave one yearning for another sip or gulp. Sweeter hence export but as usual spot on for a sessioner.

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Photo of bondjedi
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear, golden hued body; foamy white head. Wet grass aroma. Very light grain flavor; sharp hop bitterness at the finish; a bit of metallic aftertaste. Light body; dry finish.

An okay session lager that's drinkable but lacks any real uniqueness or character. There is not much depth to the aroma or flavor. Other FS Session offerings generally offer more taste and satisfaction. Not a bad beer per se, just mundane.

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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by: 6/19/15.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, corn flake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, corn flake, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A dazzling golden hue, extremely clear. A frothy, lingering head leaving perhaps the most lacing I've ever noticed in a paler lager. And all in my new fancy lager glass. On the nose this beer is caramel and crackers and ever so slightly floral from the hops. Couldn't wait to imbibe and when I did, I was not disappointed. My only regret is that this was 11, rather than 12 ounces. Savory and sweet from the caramelization, a tad peppery with a pleasant bitter bite as it settles in mouth and throat. Well carbonated, very drinkable, not too thin for a lighter colored lager. Glad I have a couple more of these.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Session Golden Lager from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 37 ratings