Session Lager | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Session LagerSession Lager

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 5.1% IBU 18

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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 1,172
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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of GeoJ
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light yellow.
Smell is slightly sweet, grassy and malty.
Taste is malty and smooth. There's a faint citrus and a light bitter finish.

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Photo of DonnieHops
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a great quaffable lager that has the slightest sweet finish.... Not reinventing the wheel here, but a simple beer that does ordinary things very well. Cool bottle, fun game on cap, and cheaper than even Crudweiser at my supermarket.... What's not to like?

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Photo of HipCzech
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottled, enjoyed during a haircut at Argyle League. Clean, straightforward but tasty lager with mild cereal malt, grassy hops and just enough balancing hops. Crisply carbonated with just enough body. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very pleasant surprise.
The clarity of a lager, blonde too!
Smelled more like malt than hops (I needed a break from pils' hoppiness.)
Very crisp and semi-dry.
A game-winner that cut through the greasiness of a pizza.
This intentionally was remade as the lager typically made before Prohibition... proving yet again what a mistake that Amendment was for beer and the culinary arts.

Listed in the "1001" beers it deserves to be there... and it deserves more than an 83. Read the Bros review before you write yours.

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Photo of JMD
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear blonde with hints of orange. Active carbonation throughout and frothy white that fades quickly.

S: Light aroma of some bready malt, grass and honey. Not much in the way of hops on the nose.

T: After the lack of aroma, I was surprised by the amount of flavor this beer has. Pale, bready malt and grass. Subtle sweetness and citrus hop finish.

M: Light bodied, crisp carbonation. Appropriate for the style

D: This is a good take on a light, drinkable style. Nothing about this will knock your socks off, but can they go down easy.

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Photo of stephens101
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A perennial on the shelves around here, so kind of crazy I've never tried it.

The white froth scoots quickly from atop this clear, brassy brew. Light fruits and green grass to the nose. Faint vegetal notes are noticed. Tastes crisp and crackery with a nice hop bite in the finish. Light fruits, grain and some gum too. Light and fairly flavorful. For the price point it's hard to beat.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lighter crystalline amber with pure white, delicate, fluffy head of lower medium retention. Aromas of crackers, sweet and grassy grains, light citrusy and floral hops. Very similar on the palate, with floral and grassy flavors more pronounced than citrus and crackers. Still, Pilsner influence is evident. Subtly sweet, nascent peppery finish, excellent balance. Medium-bodied beer, well-carbonated, very sudsy, nearly creamy, crisp, could stand to be cleaner.

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

This is a really solid brew. Nice to the nose, sweet to the tongue, crisp in the finish. I can sum it up by saying it's a cleaner, malt-forward APL. At $15 and some change for a 12-pk, I'll be grabbing this one again.

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Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11oz bottle into a shaker pint. Pours a clear straw color w/ a 1-finger white head that settles to a soft film.

Aroma is light, grassy, floral. Good balanced lager aroma.

Taste follows nose. Clean grassy pale malt, floral Old World hops, bright clean water, and neutral lager yeast. Nice balance of elements converge.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, goes down easy.

Overall a really nice session lager, good lawnmower beer, refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a 4F head in Pilsner glass which resolved in a few minutes.
Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Fruity( possibly berry), malty aroma.

The aroma carries to the taste: fruity, malty, with a lightly bitter dry finish.

Excellent session beer with lots of character and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers and my favorite ''full sail session'' (you can't go wrong with any of them, especially with the cheap price of $9.99 a 12-pack)

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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of grain, light vegetable, light floral. Tastes of floral notes, light grain, touch of honey, sweetness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good classic lager, too bad it comes in bottle only (11oz!) FS go to canning and your market share increase will pay for the conversion trust me.

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