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

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Full Sail PilsnerFull Sail Pilsner

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 29
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 drpimento
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer. Hops didn't come out too much in aroma. They were present in a pleasing way in flavor though and balanced nicely with the other ingredient. Extremely drinkable. Yum!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6.0% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear honey gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grass, grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good with citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven't met a pilsner I love yet, and this is no exception. Pours a clear golden with thin white top. Aroma is promising with a nice bready malt. Pleasingly the hop is mild and herbal. Flavor is okay with some of the malt lending a smooth balance of slight sweet. Finish is semi-dry, peppery and otherwise boring. Perhaps the common element of peppery spice to common pilsners hops is just not for me.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like I get to be the tenth review.

Clear straw-gold with streaming bubbles and fluffy off-white head of lower medium retention. Decent lacing, cap gone about half-way through. Smells of grain, pasta, crackers, herbs. Very rindy palate with excellent black pepper retro-olfaction, a none-too-shabby pale malt backdrop, and lingering iced-tea aftertaste. Not as overtly lemony as certain American Czech Pilsners (which I thought this was at first), giving the rind/peel note an almost dank quality, which in turn makes this a better tasting beer than many a German Pilsner, which, in fairness, comes often in a green bottle. Medium body, inordinately smooth, softer carbonation, just as watery as it needs to be, crisp and refreshing even if the flavor profile makes it a bit overwhelming if you're just looking to cool off or get buzzed. If you like IPAs, you'll probably like this. If you don't, you probably won't. Thanks, Cascade hops!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ummm, this beer is NOT retired, at least not in Charlotte, North Carolina, summer of 2015....which is a long way from Oregon.

WHAT a terrific beer! A true Pilsner, with an American twist--that is Cascade hops--yet at a real pilsner hopping ibu rate.

Beautiful fluffy white, long lasting head, with a crystal clear straw gold body.

Aroma is of cascade hops and pilsner malt (surprise!) which really is an unusual combination. The delicate side of cascade--when not used at excessive ibus really comes out. Delightful!

Taste is really the kicker. Hops give a slight kick, but with a smooth malty backbone. What a lovely, delicious beer. This is one (even) Germans would appreciate.

Mouthfeel is just right. Not heavy, not watery. Just like a good pilsner is supposed to be.

Overall, a really outstanding Pilsner.....creative, which isn't easy in this classic, narrowly defined style. I hope more brewers will mess with some of the newer IPA-type hops, making delicate, drinkable pilsners. Such beers put primitive "session IPAs" to shame.....

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Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, clean and refreshing. A top notch pils!
7/10/15 - Build your own 6 pack, from State Line. REVISION 8/14/15 Not as wonderful as we recall; front deck Pils tasting.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looking for a straight forward pilsner to quench your thirst, watered down fizzy concoction you can pound back one after the other. This is not it. Higher abv than most pilsners and hopped very well. This is a great beer for the summer when you want something with a bite.

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Photo of 303beer
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty blond girl stopped me in the store and asked me if I'd tryed beer from their brewery. I hadn't and I love cascade hops so I'm about to give this a shot. Pours a nice bright clean yellow. Little head in a pint glass. Ah I do like that cascade hop. Lots of hop up front then turns a little bitter. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rec'd in WFM craft pack, which with the case discount works out to $1 a bottle. Who cares if you throw out St John's Mango when you get to find gems like this!
JUST UPGRADED in taste off vs Smuttynose Wunderbar.

This beer is not retired.

A. Full lace sails over a golden body.
S. Chardonnay like. Big aroma of malt with grapey, sun warmed hay, grass, veggy, and peppery hop nose.
T. Follows the smell the most white-wine like beer ever. Builds with a tingling hop pepper and spice bitterness to delivery crisp bite.
F. Light to medium in body that shows off the textured feel. Long lemony, crisp finish.

Wonderful, find it, try it!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the ol' pilsner review, kid you not, Full Sail used to be awesome.

Standard relatively clear golden pour, fluffy head that just chilled and kicked it for quite some time and left a good lacing job.

Aroma and taste, quiet, pepper, lemon and crackers with the faintest floral Saaz hop feel. Very light on the palate, didn't weigh down the tongue, always felt refreshed to take the next sip.

This beer was never easy to find, saw it a few times at Bevmo, but seemed a lot more prevalent when I'd make my Eugene and Portland trips.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold color, medium foamy head. Aroma is grainy and slightly sweet. Mildly hopped, lightly malted pilsner. Nice flavor, good mild hop signature. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth, clean. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy, very little bitterness.

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Photo of packetknife
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember having this with some students of the Full Sail CGI school in Florida. It was crystal clear with hints of gold. Very very smooth, malty, light on the nose. Hints of bread and slightly sweet.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Very bright, clear and bubbly with a pale orange hue ... an attractive lace hangs around long enough to finish the brew off.

Smell: Big whiff of malt sweetness with a peppery, veggie, and spicy hop nose and some cracker like grain also.

Taste: A growing tingling hop bitterness flows with the carbonation to form a spicy crisp bite. Light to medium in body that shows off an elegantly textured mouth feel. Wonderful dryish biscuit malt character has enough backbone to hold up against the lingering hop. Both grain and lemony spicy Saaz hop barely faded into the everlasting finish.

Notes: Subtle though one of the most impressive American brewed pilsners I have had to date ... unhappily this is not a year-round brew.

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