Session Lager | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Session LagerSession Lager
BA SCORE
50.7%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 1,176 Ratings
Session LagerSession Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 5.1% IBU 18

Added by mattmaples on 05-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,245
Reviews:
487
Ratings:
1,176
Liked:
596
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
14.25%
Alströms:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
216
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,176 |  Reviews: 487
Photo of AfricanPete14
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good brew which had a lot of flavor along with a refreshing crisp taste. I drank half in the bottle and half in a glass. It has a good healthy yellow color with a good head. Smelt of good hops with an earthy smell as well. Tasted refreshing with a nice flavor of citrus and piney hops with the same earthy sensation from before. Went down really clean and smooth.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $0.84
Purchased: Aug. 10, 2017
Consumed: Aug. 15, 2017
Reviewed as: American Pale Lager
Misc.: Canned on July 6, 2017

Picked this up on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley. Had high hopes going in, despite only having one Full Sail beer before, giving Full Sail Wassail a 3.88. Was in the mood for lagers and pilsners when I purchased this, probably because of the summer season, and hoping this one to finish in the 3.90-to-4.00 range.

Poured a straw-to-pale clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up through the center from the bottom of the glass. Average watery lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled earthy grain, hay, herbal, grass, honey, corn, fresh baked white bread, hints of citrus zest and metallic notes. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted a lot different than I thought it was going to be. Rather watery, clean and crisp. Also grain, clean barley, wheat grass, light apple, pear, hints of herbal and corn. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, clean finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was a good American Pale Lager overall, but nothing I’d want to have again. Well, except for that price of $4.99 a 6-pack. (Overall - 3.50)

3.38 | 77 | B-

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My barber serves these to customers for free. The remind me of parties and summertime by the river. Pale golden color. Bubbly head with streak lacing. Aroma is herbal, yeast, and biscuit malt. Flavor is grain, yeast, some floral hops. Crisp and refreshing. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A good lager, and decent beer overall.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seahawksandbassguitar
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow looking lager.
Bready and a little sweet.
Easy drinking, well made lager beer.

Overall, not bad for a lager.
I purchase this throughout the year every so often.

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Photo of rpcarr17
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of downhillpunk32
4.66/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What an awesome beer! Session has the substantial and complex mouthfeel that all lagers strive for! Great smell, reminds me of a bakery off the nose. Malt is very present in the taste, but hops are there too, balance is quite good. Very smooth and sessionable as the name would suggest! You can also play rock, paper scissors with the bottle caps (printed on the underside). The signature stubby bottle is a nice touch, although I've begun to see cans of Session recently as well. As an IPA guy, this beer has made me pay more attention to the number of great lagers we have on the West Coast. Well done, Full Sail!

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a clear golden beer with a nice thick white head that drops fairly quickly. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation, but it is in there.

Smells slightly sweet, a bit grainy and bread like. Something like unsalted crackers on the smell.

The taste is fairly average. Slightly sweet lager flavor. Nothing really jumping out on the taste.

Mouth feel is wet and mid bodied with a slick finish.

Overall this is a fairly decent beer for the lager fans. A bit better than some adjunct lagers and close to the same flavor of others. Might be a good beer to put in the lineup for a switch up every now and then.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Cute little stub bottle. Brown glass. Iconic red label and red crown cap. Bottled 12/19/16. 11 fl oz.

5.10% ABV.

HEAD: ~1cm in height. Off-white colour. No lacing or legs. ~30 second retention (quite poor, especially at this meagre an ABV).

BODY: Clear copper. Somewhat syrupy looking. Obviously filtered. Carbonation bubbles make it appear overcarbonated. Clean.

Not unique or special looking. Far from a fantastic appearance. Indeed, it's a bit off-putting; certainly below average.

AROMA: Syrupy and somewhat saccharine, with an almost cidery cane sugar aroma. Hop aroma is cheap generic grass. I suspect corn adjunct. Cheap 2 row barley.

It's true to most American pale lagers, which is to say it has that cheap malt aroma and seems syrupy. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Buttery and syrupy, with hints of diacetyl off-flavour. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied (a nice change from the thin watery pale lagers out there), and well-carbonated.

Clean barley malt/2-row, corn adjunct, high sweetness/obvious imbalance, cheap pale malts.

Yeah, it's not great. The cheap grassy hop flavour does little to check the syrupy malt sweetness, and consequently its imbalance issues ruin it for me. Nevertheless, it's drinkable and inoffensive in spite of its off-flavours. and I'm glad it's not watery or metallic like many more troubled attempts at the style.

OVERALL: I've never understood the love for Full Sail and this corner-cutting stab at a pale lager (11oz? Really? That's just petty) doesn't change my mind. Mediocre but drinkable fare, Session Lager is the kind of beer you're only happy to see when it's in the same cooler as Budweiser, Miller, and a past-date Sam Adams IPA at an American backyard grilling event. For the discerning drinker, this is a pass, but in it's defense it's average for the style.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

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Photo of MikeyTomorrow
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreen
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Timtac
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alupin
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jodio
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Satsuma
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FreshYeti
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with tons of fast small bubbles and occasionally big ones. Paper-thin head that doesn’t last.

Not much of a nose, just muddled adjuncts and a mild soapy smell.

The taste is difficult to distinguish. Potato skins, tree bark, and something like the flavor of licking an envelope. Not delicious, but also not strong enough to offend.

The mouthfeel is good. Full and round with a crisp finish. More carbonation than I generally prefer, but right on for the style.

I could see this going well with strongly flavored savory dishes like BBQ or meat pies.

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Photo of BlackMetal
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is straight up corn/cereal. Pours with light foamy head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is cereal, bread, crackers. Not much of a palate, Mouthfeel is slick, but leaning on watery. Flat and unremarkable finish.

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Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Edie
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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