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 | website

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 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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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very solid beer perfect to drink with some buddies whenever and whereever. Will definitely be buying again, get a case or two this is a very solid beer.

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Photo of horshack7
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and golden with only about a fingers worth of head that dissipates rather quick.

Aroma: Grainy, grassy, slight notes of lemon zest. Floral hops with a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Very crisp up front with a floral hop bite. Lemon zest, biscuity and buttery notes. Grassy with some graininess to round it out.

Notes: A very good example of the style and will definitely pick this one up again. Cheers.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice, long lasting lacing;

S: somewhat skunky; corn; no hop character;

T: grainy; moderate malt sweetness; very light bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O; no complexity; not very interesting;

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Photo of Moose90
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11 oz stubby bottle

A — A lemony pale clear yellow, nice white head, subtle lacing.

S — Grainy and slightly sweet, some lemon, some corn, some malt, not bad.

T — Smooth, refreshing, clean, subtle notes of grain and malt.

M — Refreshing, crisp, clean, tasty.

O — Nice and tasty, a classic in my book.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this right out of the bottle at Just Jakes in Montclair. Nice and crisp but nothing totally stood out. Probably my mistake by drinking this directly after a stronger IPA, I may not have gotten the full effect. Overall, enjoyable enough though.

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

A solid session lager pouring a light clear yellow gold in the pint glass with a decent solid head and light lacing. Nose of grains, light sweet malts, light bread, and herbal hops. Flavors are exceptional for a standard lager with mild grains and light sweet malts offset by light herbal bittering hops. Very nice indeed. Finishes crisp and clean. An excellent session lager.


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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass and consumed 4 December 2014. Enjoy by date of 8 February 2015.

Look: Pours a bright, clear, bubbly gold. Huge head eventually settles down to about an eighth of an inch and stays there. Bubbles pleasingly up the glass the whole time.

Smell: Like a decent lager.

Taste: Like a good lager. Did not notice the bitter finish that at least one other reviewer did.

Feel: More substance to it than most lagers. You don't immediately think "water substitute" when you drink it.

Overall: Would be a fine party or tailgating beer.

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Photo of HuskyDude
1.9/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A. Looks like an average lager.
S. Smells like an average lager.
T. Tastes like decent clean lager ... and then an evil bitter aftertaste that just keeps going.
F. Right carbonation for a lager.
O. Still looking for the salsa to get rid of the wrong type of bitter that's still hanging around.

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Photo of GabeBoise
4/5  rDev +9%

Tasty, refreshingly hopped pale lager. I love that this lager is commonly available and well priced. I knocked a few points off for the 11 oz bottle, which I think is a cheesy move.

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