Session Lager
Full Sail Brewing Company

Session LagerSession Lager
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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #158
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,322
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
496
Ratings:
1,221
From:
Full Sail Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  82
Gots
  238
SCORE
83
Good
Session LagerSession Lager
Notes: The original Session that started it all is a classic, all-malt lager that’s crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Winner of multiple gold medals at the top national and international competitions, Session Premium Lager is a beer that truly crosses boundaries, from blue collar to white, red state to blue, cocktail bar to bar-be-que.
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Semi-clear deep yellow in color with a good head quickly forming and retreating just as fast
Aroma: Freshly baked bread, malted barley, some damp straw, and more grainy notes
Taste: Follows nose well but more pronounced. Lots of malt/grain notes through and through and honestly, though I know they are there, the hops are squarely in the background and only felt in the lack of any unbalanced malt sweetness
Mouthfeel: Solid. Medium carbonation, full-bodied, not at all thin or watery, and very crisp and clean on the finish
Overall: A tasty no-nonsense American lager here. This has been a warm weather or sessionable beer for me for over a decade and honestly, I usually don’t have a fresh palate when cracking one open so very interesting that to me, this is very malt-forward. Well priced, easy to find, and tasty – can’t beat it

Aug 28, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A regular offering at summer bbqs up here in the PacNW.

If poured in to a glass, honey colored, modest off-white head, light lacing. Active carbonation as it sits.

Smell is grainy/bready malts, light fruity notes and a bit of grassy hops.

Taste is much of the same, really light though.

Watery and pretty crisp, carbonation is on the heavier end.

Not bad, not great. If you opt not to have this you're not missing out on anything. Fairly priced though.

Feb 28, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, packaged 07/09/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, pale yellow-amber liquid; tall head on pour, breaks down quick... lousy, spitty collar left for a sec; bubbles all but disappear after a bit

S: pale malt with a kiss of toasty caramel-y grain; subtle essence of floral, soapy hop fragrance; overall intensity low-moderate

T: bit more semi-sweetish, burly maltiness on the palate compared to degree suggested in aroma; golden bread roll crust aftertaste, along with a very subtle spicy-grassy hop bitterness; semi-dry finish... it actually creeps into malt liquor territory, with the wheat giving it that extra little doughy umph missing from an adjunct brew

F: bit of a slow plush roll to its flow; delicate back-end sizzle, latent gas... faint sense of residual viscosity preventing this from feeling thin

O: maybe only had this once or twice almost a decade ago; was surprised to still see it around here in NJ... all branding - not bad, not great... no need to put this in a glass, tailor-made for bottle (or can) swillin' (1540)

Oct 04, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden colour with a thick head that dissolves into the beer within a minute.

Taste is definitely malt forward, some carbonation, no discernible hops.

Bottle says "Pkg 9/13/18", so not sure if the age has anything to do with it.

Jul 27, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

There is a canned on date on the bottom of the can which let's me know that the beer is very old. It pours dark yellow with very little carbonation. The aroma is sort of yucky, not very appealing on the nose. The taste is a little better with some bready malts, slight cracker, slight hop flavor, very malty & it tastes sort of like Kirin Ichiban which is another all malt lager. Cheers! B-

May 10, 2019
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look : One finger white head, yellow body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : grains, pilsner malts, mild noble hops.

Feel : Medium body and carbonation, balanced upfront and finish.

Apr 13, 2019
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elNopalero from California

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Found this in a can so I took the plunge. I can feel tomorrow's headache with every sip. Corn, grain, sweetish finish. Surprised by how fresh it is--canned less than two weeks ago--but I don't think it made much of a difference.

Oct 25, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a throwback: a ninety nine cent can, particularly in pricey MoCo. Pours a nice white head above golden but it does not last. Nose is grainy but not great.

Solid butter and biscuit note and goes down super easy. Texture is a little thin and watery but here that might be more feature than bug.

Far tastier then the corporate macrononsense, this is eminently crushable, and well named.

May 21, 2018
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moodenba from New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a half case of Full Sail Session Lager a while ago when it was available in New York State. I found the beer to be fairly unremarkable, but details of my impression have faded. I'm reviewing this to explain the significance of the 11 oz. bottle. Once upon a time the Northwest beers (Lucky, Oly, Heidelberg, Blitz, Rainier) were available in 11 oz returnable stubby bottles. For a brief time after Oregon passed the bottle return bill, designating the stubby as the industry standard, even brands like Pabst and Miller showed up in the stubby. This Session stubby is a nod to history. Does anybody remember the Pennsylvania steinie?

Feb 18, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance was a clear yellow color with some orange tint. The head was white and medium sized. The aroma is grass and mild hops. The taste is crisp and malt driven

Dec 19, 2017
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Sep 19, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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-

Sep 01, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

May 12, 2017
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seahawksandbassguitar from Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Mar 28, 2017
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downhillpunk32 from Oregon

4.66/5  rDev +27.3%
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!

Mar 18, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Mar 15, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
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

Feb 28, 2017
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FreshYeti from Washington

2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Jan 06, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Nov 03, 2016
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.88 Foodland
Light golden color
Light mouthfeel
Light carbonation
Light malt taste
Overall not much taste. Bud Light is better than this and you get 12oz instead of only 11oz with this. They shortchanged on volume and taste. Would not drink again.

Sep 22, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very clear pale gold with a large head. The aroma if of light crackery malts, bready sweetnesss, with some grass earthy hop notes also present. The flavor leads with semi-sweet wholegrain cracker flavors, with a little bitter and astringent pop from the hops The mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle fizzy, creaminess. Overall this is a solid beer - balanced and tasty. There is nothing really special here, but it is not trying to be.

Sep 07, 2016
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Whiteweasel from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass, poured from the a stubby little 11oz bottle.

A: An aggressive pour yields a moderate head with large bubbles. Really not a thick, protein-y beer with foamy head and lacing, which matches the norm for the style. What head does remain after a quick dissipation is frothy and concentrated. The body itself is golden yellow and crystal clear.

S: Crisp clear grassy malt, actually smells like freshly ground barley if you were smelling it in your hand. Mild, lemony hop, which doesn't overwhelm and rather matches the crisp cleanness of the lager style.

T: Surprisingly estery with a splash of meyer lemon. The yeast is oddly prominent, which is very unexpected for a top fermenter, but a tasty surprise. The body is clean and pure, like straight grain. A hint of toastiness, but somehow none of the metallic "sourness" that often pervades even some nicer lagers. A bit of caramel as it warms up. Very well balanced.

M: Crisp and clean mouthfeel with no real coppery aftertaste. Surprisingly a little thick in the mouth, which leads to a syrupy finish. Leaves somewhat of a mildly citrusy, mediocre effect later on.

Overall: Surprisingly good lager. Balanced, crisp, refreshing, and uniquely complex. Very enjoyable, though not something to necessarily seek out unless a lager fan.

Sep 02, 2016
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J_T_Arlington from New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pretty non-impactful. Looks like beer. Smells like beer. Feels like beer. The taste is just a little more complex than Bud Light, with grassy-type hops. I wouldn't mind more of this, but I wouldn't seek it out.

It is what it says it is: a session beer. It didn't set out to be a world-changer or even to push the boundaries. That is why I rate it overall much higher than the individual characteristics.

Jul 13, 2016
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GeoJ from Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Nostalgia Batman!

After seeing this this beer on the shelves for a long time, and dismissing it as possible crap just because 1) It's a lager, (I'm an IPA guy, dude ...) . 2) The bottle 3) I'm a dope.

Stuck one in my mix-a -six as a lark from the local grocery. Drank it straight from the bottle ... and ...

Holy hell... I'm transported back to the halcyon days of really good (if not great) American lagers. Maybe it's the bottle, but old-school Schmidts comes to mind immediately.

An honest, refreshing, tasty lager without the adjunct bullshite you get from the beers that are now shadows of their former selves.

This beer has single handedly restored my faith in and enjoyment of lagers. I just want to grab a six-pack and some pretzels, kick back and watch the ball game ...

Awesome. Real. Beer.

Jun 30, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like usual BMC colored lager, yellow, white head 1/2". Aroma hit those midwest farmland corn and grain vibes.

Taste had a very mild hop amount to it, light, super light toasted pale malt body. Carbonation is all jacked up like Budweiser levels. Nothing bad, nothing good going on here. Cheap, available for less than $1 a bottle. Decent filler and palate cleansing going on here.

Apr 17, 2016
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