Session Lager | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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83
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1,173 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
Ratings:
1,173
Reviews:
485
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
211
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seahawksandbassguitar
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 tgf17
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of downhillpunk32
4.66/5  rDev +27%
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 +3.3%
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 -22.6%
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 +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreen
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Timtac
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alupin
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jodio
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Satsuma
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FreshYeti
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
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 -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Edie
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CarmineJoseph26
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall good beer

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Photo of descobar
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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