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

Added by mattmaples on 05-17-2005

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Photo of hdog09
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down the best lager made in the U.S. Golden in color and has a nice head, smells delicious and the taste s unmatched compared to other lagers. Great design on the bottles and easily one of the most economic beer out there. Thumbs up to Full Sail Brewing out in Oregon, great prices and great beer.

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Photo of startreker
4.99/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this beer by mere chance. I was at my local grocery store, and the name of the beer begged me to give it a try!! I`m so glad I did!!

A .. Very nice golden color, pours up beautifully, nice lacing throughout the beer

S.. Not a whole lot of aroma, but nonetheless, it is pleasing, and reminds me of fresh made bread.

T.. Very nice and quenching, not overly bitter, nor sweet. Very pleasant, and finishes dry, wich is delightful.

M.. A very satisfying mouth feel going on here. Not to heavy, not watered down, but just right!

O.. Overall .. I love this beer!! Its not overly complicated, and really hits it spot on!! Price is very affordable!! This is my new go to beer hands down!!

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Photo of RedHunter
4.89/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today, You are lucky. Witness the FIRST O!Red's Brew Tube!

Beer Numero Uno is...

Session Lager brewed by Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub! #INDAHOUSE!!!

Poured from/ 11 oz. Stubby Bottle (like RED STRIPE ;) /into/ Widmer Bros. Pub Pint Glass

Bottom of Twist-Off bottle cap has a picture of a rock labeled "ROCK." WTF?

First Look shows Crystal Clear Golden with dos dedos head. For you punks who are too lazy to look up a spanish dictionary that means "2 Fingers." Yeah, You best thank me :) Head becomes thin, but remains prominent through every sip.

The Nostril view gets sweet malt, plus an enticing never previously encountered hop note. Sweet fruitness almost like a freshly chomped strawberry. Husky, but definitely clean like the sight behind the pint.

Light Carbonation bubbles up on the lips and tongue. Malt is superior in the Mouthfeel as the bubbles tingle off the walls. Hops aren't sitting on the bench, they're just as awesome as the scent. The light tart bitter at the end reminds me of fruit again. Warmth from alcohol makes me want to take another swig. Wish I had some bacon to eat with this. :(

Most American Lagers lack any real body. You know what it is! But damn, I thank G.O.D. for the makers of this fine USA Lager! Only a buck fiddy @CraftBeerCellar. OH YES! Snag a bunch for your BBQ and get your pisswasser drinking friends to sip on a Session Lager!

Welcome to the Brew Tube! I hope you enjoyed your first Session! O!Red says, Raise your Glass, I'd Tap That!

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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 heavyblanket
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This lager has huge flavor but still be light enough for an afternoon on the porch with friends. I've had it in a pint glass and straight from the bottle. What better way to drink a "session" beer. Not an over complicated beer, but not simplistic either.

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Photo of corcoranjc
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful beer. bright, clear, golden color with a strong white head and impressive lacing.

S - So fresh...Bread, Bread, oh glorious Bread.

T - nice fresh malt taste...more bread. this is my perfect closer beer. after all the DIPAs and RISs, this is how you end a night. very refreshing taste.

M - smooth and thin...just what i want from a lager with a nice little carbonation bite.

D - Incredibly high.

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Photo of alankwak
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden clear beer with medium carbonation. Medium head retention and lacing.

S: Wonderful hoppy smell. Not too strong but perfect for a lager.

T: Awesome full flavor, quality 2 row barley and a nice FULL hop flavor.
I also taste a clean substrate if you will(the water) and it's very clean and clear.
The yeast is "world class" as it leaves a clean and clear flavor profile from the quality ingredients(barley, water, hops).
Again the water carries the beer, enhances it at the same time leaves nothing except pure beer flavor from the great ingredients and brewing process.

M: Medium/light mouthfeel. Nice for the style.

O: I have traveled around North America and Europe(Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, etc) and have tasted the best beer. I've longed to have a "true" high quality beer brewed properly and unpasteurized here in the good old USA for many years. Sam Adams is good beer but not quite this good. This is the finest example of a high quality lager without concern for cost or any other factor except beer quality. I now have that beer. NO BUD.

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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 redneckchugger
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a pilsner glass, its pale its fizzy, its what i expected. This is the fisrt time i have had this beer in a glass, i usually just have it from the bottle.
Tastes great,grainy, some grassy hops hidden way back there. This beer is a perfet example of what budweiser mgd etc try so hard to be: jsut a good easy drinking beer. I love it. If it weren't for the price difference it would replace high life as my go to sixer in the fridge, drink after mowing the grass beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pale gold color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Small frothy, bright white head.

Grassy, bready, crisp, clean.

Malty, bready, grassy, grainy, just a touch of caramel. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-floral. Finish is very crisp, clean, a little dry. Body is very crisp and clean, refreshing, semi-dry, well carbonated.

It's an outstanding beer. Probably the best basic lager I ever had.

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Photo of ChiTownHustler
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a 12 pack with my bro this summer while in Seattle on vacation.Great taste went down smooth.We drank this on a clear day sitting on his deck looking at Mt.Ranier.I wonder if it would be the same sitting in my basement watching the Bears?If they ever sell this in IL. I will find out.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light golden appearance with a white fizzy head having a light floral hop and malt aroma that is clean, crisp and simple which says the same for the taste as well. Mouthfeel is light - med. with good carbonation making for an excellent session beer that goes down light and smooth with no lack of flavor. Probably my new favorite American lager.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was looking for some brews at the now well stocked local beer store and happened upon this brew. I first got pulled in by the classic bottle shape then the name: "Session". With a name like that it must be good. And the price, very reasonable. Well I wasn't disappointed. The smell of this beer is a nicely balanced malted grain and sweeter hop smell. The color (it pains me to pour it out of the cool bottle) is golden yellow. The carbonation is perfect, there is a sublime fog that exits the bottle when you open it. The flavor is exquisite, sweet yet ever so slightly hopped to balance and give a sweet dry finish. This is the beer everybody else drinks, but this one has premium flavor and is robust. A true pleasure to drink. I will be buying this in quantity. Drinkability is off the scale. For the style of beer, we may need to give out a new "Blue Ribbon."

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Session Premium Lager has a medium, white head and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with minimal lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is mild, but one gets sweet, bready malt and a touch of hops. One will notice a similar flavor, which even has a fruity aspect to it. Mouthfeel is mostly watery, and Session Premium Lager finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and delicious. Overall, I really enjoyed it and think it's really good! RJT

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Photo of Beelzebier
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: medium slightly hazy yellow, the head dissipates within a few seconds leaving a thin rim of foam around the beer.

Smell: it smells how I would expect most lagers to smell, some mild notes of hops and barley, it smells clean and refreshing without offending the nostrils.

Taste: I was actually surprised by this lager, it has a subtlety sweet taste that is not overpowering. After the sweet taste subsides a standard, yet still appreciated, lager taste takes over.

Mouthfeel: slightly dry without being too dry. The level of carbonation is quite exceptional in this lager.

Overall Impression: I have to say I was impressed by this beer from the first time I tried it about a year or two ago. While the taste is not revolutionary as far as beers go, it is easily one of the most drinkable lagers I have encountered. I would also say I am a fan of the stubby bottles as they make for a more transportable glass bottle brew.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw in color with an egg white head, Sessions displays admirable lacing and clarity. The head could use a touch more retention though.

S: Bouquet is a touch shy, but boasts sulfur and citrus.

T: Dry, with notes of toasted cereal, orange marmalade, and just a touch of sulphur.

M: Light body with heavy carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This is an amazing find, being both refreshing and flavorful. There is an alarming number of BAs out there who would dismiss this brew as flavorless and dull. These, my friends, are BAs who have not discovered the great brews of Germany. They are those who have not a clue as to the value of delicacy and balance in a beer. Sessions Lager is delicate, it is flavorful, and it is balanced, and that is why you should drink Sessions Lager.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Great times with this great session beer. More full bodied than almost anyother session ive drank overall a winner, be sure to try fest and black lager

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Session a DBGB Kitchen and Bar in Manhattan, NYC.

Appearance-pours a solid gold color with a large white head, the head has a lot of carbonation and settles down very nicely. Attractive beer.

Smell-aroma of light hops and loads of grains, very aromatic, a nice scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, nice light flavor with the hops making an appearance and mixing nicely with the grains, almost spicy flavor, finishes somewhat clean but with a somewhat sweet finish.

Drinkability-light mouthfeel, strong flavors, style that is good for easy drinking.

Overall-As the name states, this is a great session beer, nice flavors, a little more complex and powerful than most beers of the same style. A very nice beer.

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Photo of BarleyMine
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pilsner glass. I actually preferred it out of the bottle.

It poured a honey golden color with a seemingly dense half-inch head that dissipated very fast leaving an ever so thin white line.

Smelled of sweet malt.

The taste is awesome. I'm not normally a big lager fan but this one is exceptional. A lot going on in this beer for it's style. Flavor starts with sweet malts and mild hay-like flavors and finishes with a very light floralness from the hops but no bitterness.

The mouth feel is smooth and light, bordering on a medium palate. Great, lively carbonation.

A definite summertime must.

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Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a good, tasty, traditional lager and one of my favourite US micro-brewery pale lagers.

It's deep gold with a fairly large, somewhat dense white head steadily diminishing to a lasting small foamy top with a hint of lace.

The aroma is a nice pale lager aroma of grain, hints of pine and honey, slightly flowery, and without a strong "cracker" quality that to me is common in a lot of West Coast pale lagers and ales and to me gets tiresome quickly.

The taste is also a nice, tasty, basic lager: light but full and persisitent in flavour with grain, persistent light grassiness, hints of lemon and green apple peel, grain sweetness mixed with light grassy bitterness. It's nicely balanced with a good feel and it's very drinkable. The flavour persists and holds up very well.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite lagers. I have had this many times, but just now getting around to reviewing it.

A: Pours a clear straw/yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to a small ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is grassy, floral, and herbal hops. Lagerish yeast. Also some bread/biscuit malt that I love. Simple, but excellent.
T: Again, very simple, but excellent. Grassy and floral hops. Very earthy with a great bread/biscuit malt balance. Love it.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated. So crisp, clean, and dry. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this one.

It has been a long time coming for my review with this. One of my favorites. Just an excellent lager, and something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, the first thing you notice is the sweet fruity aroma as you pour it out of the bottle; this looks like your typical macro beer (just a bit darker in color), it’s a golden color that’s crystal clear with plenty of carbonation, it’s topped off with a light off white head that tapers into a thin layer with some mild lacing. It has a very appetizing aroma that reminds me of apples and grapes; it has very sweet and mildly citrusy perfume that’s clean and tempting. It has a smooth slightly crisp and tart taste when it first hits your tongue, and is followed by a sweet semi-dry aftertaste. This ale is actually kind of dry through out its entire flavor and does a good job in hiding that alcohol flavor, but it’s definitely a good beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My bro told me about this beer a few weeks ago. He said he finally found a real nice session beer thats called "session". (appropriate) I couldn't find this anywhere until today when BevMo in Hollywood had a stack of half racks in the corner that caught my eye.

hints of some sweet malts, touch of an earthy grain. Very crisp, smooth and amazingly for the style its interesting enough to keep my attention beer after beer after well....beeer. Gotta add a half a point in appearance for going retro with the stubie and the rock paper scissors game under the bottle cap...If your naming your beer session then be a session brew...twist caps, silly beer game, and amazing drinkability....this delivers.

good size froth with decent lacing that fades to an island effect. Nice color, a slight orange color to offset the typical yellow of its brother beers. Really refreshing. Hops come through at the end to make it interesting. For the most part though its light on the palate and malted. VERY REFRESHING!...I was told to not rank this beer until I'd had at least 3 or 4 and I can see why...this is #4 for the night and its truly refreshing and I'm not bored with it at all. Gotta thank Reebshorts for the insight on this quality brew. Full Sail brewing is on to something here and even the price is right for the macro swilling mongrels to at least pay attention to it. peanuts, hotdogs, hamburgers, good ol' american type ballgame food would be a perfect combo with this. A great Lager.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

God, I love this beer. I poured it into a frosty, fluted pilsner after it had been in the freezer just long enough for ice crystals to start forming around the neck. I know it's, like, improper, but this is a great beer served icy cold.

Depending on the temperature of both the beer and the glass, it'll pour anywhere from about a one to three inch head. It's simple enough to be refreshing, but there are enough complexities for it to be genuinely satisfying. There's some light hop flavors in there, and some standard grains. Maybe some minerals too. Whatever the case may be, they sure named it right. This is one basic lager that is impossible not to love. This is the only beer that my wife will ask for. At only a dollar a bottle, this is one of the greatest values in the beer world.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11oz bottle from mhewes via trade extra. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Sam Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the clear burnished gold brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with good lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malts. Taste is sweet upfront, smooth in the middle, and crisp hoppiness on the close. Mouthfeel is amazingly soft over the tongue, and drinkability is superb. Glad I got this one and a twin as an extra, this stuff is great!

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