Full Sail Pilsner | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Full Sail PilsnerFull Sail Pilsner
114 Ratings
Full Sail PilsnerFull Sail Pilsner

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of mothmanscott
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle x2

A soft pour yields about one finger of white head into my pilsner glass. Very willowy, looks nice. The body is a crystal clear yellow. Pretty good amount of carbonation coming up. Overall this looks very nice so far.

Nose is fresh cut grass, sharp bitterness. A little bit citrusy, primarily lemon. Says on their website that this beer is brewed in European style, with Cascade hops. I get a little bit of the wetter, northwest hops in here, but the overall feel is noble hops – crisp, simple, sharp. Pretty dry overall. Light maltyness is noticeable. Overall this is a very nice nose, exactly what I want. It’s got a pretty large aroma to it for a pilsner, a good amount of hop character, all while remaining crisp and refreshing to the nose.

The flavor is a little less complex and full as the aroma was. Light bitterness hits from beginning to end, accompanied the entire time by a light lemon flavor. Pretty dry overall. The malts don’t really diminish the dryness either, they only add a slight sweetness in the finish. Not all too grassy on the flavor. The flavor is perfectly fine, there is nothing wrong with it, but it’s missing the umph that the aroma had.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The carbonation is about medium, could use a tiny increase in that area, but it’s fine. The body is also a tiny bit fuller than I want in a pilsner. It’s also shifting towards a slightly sweeter, less crisp mouthfeel; though, this is probably in part due to the rapid increase in temp from the summer weather. Overall it’s alright.

The drinkability is very high here. It’s a good tasting beer, and while it gets a little less refreshing as it warms a tiny bit, it’s still very nice.

The appearance turned out wonderful here. The head retention was quite impressive. I had a small piece of head all the way down the glass. Lacing was super thick from top to bottom. Overall a great looking beer.

Overall this is a perfectly fine beer. It’s got a lot of nice things going on, but it just didn’t quite make it there with the flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, grasses and caramel. Nice piney bitterness, with sweet toasty caramel.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmag0942
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Would try again

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4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear golden, with a small amount of bubbles rising, and a minimum amount of head, which does stick to the glass, a bit. Smells of grass/grain, a lot like salty sunflower seeds, bready, and a minor floral component. Tastes bready and sweet, but balanced, grassy/grainy. The feel is medium, average carbonation, and dry. Decent, but not stand-out.

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Photo of SamQ
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So smooth. Crisp, fresh, and delicious.

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Photo of peachy-tay
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mubeer
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not bad, but taste nothing like a Pilsner. Its way too hoppy for that; more like an ale. I think it's mis-labeled.

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Photo of shigg85
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TwoTrees
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light straw in color with low white head. Nice cascade of carbonation though. The nose is of half dry crab grass with a mineral undertone. The taste is Light and juicy up front with a zesty tangerine zip and finishes herbaceous with green cabbage and d'anjou pear. Medium dryness seems a little strong mismatching the more mellow flavor. Nice beer, but I just didn't dig the finish.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a light golden tan. Subdued, almost rounded aroma. Pleasantly crisp somewhat fruity hop kick. Decently enjoyable, and a real value pick. .

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Equal parts yellow and gold, 1/2" white head. Amazing retention. Solid lace impression on the side of the glass. Aroma had some complexity to it for a pilsner, you got lemon edge hops, pepper, lightly toasted pilsen malt.

Stayed light in taste and mouthfeel. Definitely above average compared to what you normally come across in a pilsner.

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Photo of forrestmoons
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alpha309
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by date on label is blank.

Pours a nice clean golden yellow. About 1 finger of a lace head that is creamy white in color. Quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top of the beer but a layer of head also sticks to the side of the glass.

Nose is of crackers and a light metallic odor. Some very slight hints of pine.

Cracker is the dominant flavor. A little bit of citrus, most notably lemon is on the swallow with a slight metallic flavor as well.

Very light and airy body. A little bit dry.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours yellow, with a nice creamy white head that lingers. That yellow looks remarkably, and unfortunately, like another yellow I see relatively often.

S: there's something floral here, and an almost candied fruit sweetness. Very nice.

T: nice, sweet and crisp. Hard to identify specific tastes in here.

F: full bodied, nicely carbed. Spot on.

O: not a particularly easy drinker, with a hefty amount of bitterness. Sweet as gets a little overpowering. But flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Damn, that's a tasty pils. It doesn't have the zippy crisp edge of German import, but there's also a ton more hop character with a big floral and grapefruit character. The malts still pop with a toasted, almost popcorn-like flavor. Very drinkable, I'd have another.

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Photo of Aqualad
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Acforster2
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tzieser
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/26/16; poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

L- golden in color, crystal clear with a thick white head that sticks for quite a long time. lots of carbonation. a great looking lager.

S- hop-forward aroma with notes of lemon peel and pine. bready malts are there as well.

T- sweet malted barley quickly drowned out by pine and citrus hop bitterness. abv is slightly noticible. i like a good hoppy pilsner but this could use a bit more herbal/Noble hop bitterness. it's tasty but not as tasty as it could be.

F- crisp, dry mouthfeel.

O- a very good American-brewed hoppy pilsner that is absolutely worth the $5.99 (on sale price) I paid at Sprout's in Tucson, AZ.

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