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 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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Ratings: 1,192 |  Reviews: 490
Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We called for smore lagers that can be consumed, BWKOA(beer without keeling over after)and this is one. Cheesy aroma, but good head on yellow colour. Medium smooth mouthfeel, with herbal bitterness in finish. Satisfying.Certainly overated but drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a golden and straw colored clear body.

S: subtly sweet with pale malts but overall light on the nose.

T: adjunct lager malts and hop bitterness without the bad aftertaste instead finishes with a semi sweet corn finish and subtle caramel malts.

M:light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation and a semidry finish.

Overall:Too much of the adjunct lager style for my liking but finishes better.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Broken rings and random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of grains and a grassy aroma. Taste is of sweet grain, grass/herbs, and slight hop flavors. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very easy drinking lager that is refreshing and just right for drinking multiples. The overall score is better than the other scores because of this.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly dissipated into delicate lacing.
S: Moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts stand out in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some notes of hop bitterness and malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down quickly.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz stubbie bottle. A buck-twenny in Idaho Falls.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with one finger of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves some spectral reaching swaths of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of grainy, somewhat sour malt, and weedy hops. The taste is fairly sweet malt, a bit biscuity, a bit bready, with a nice offsetting earthy/musky hoppiness. The carbonation is there, but unobtrusive, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, but generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the maltiness holding steady against a waning dry, but not bitter, hoppiness.

Well-named, if but for the unmoved alcohol content, but that may just be a reflection of the American craft beer ethos - 'your beer's strength is our low-ABV strength, and ours still tastes better'.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -22%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, bright, and highly drinkable- this no-frills lager both quenches the thrist and satisfies the stomach with a full flavored American barley blend.

While carrying the stallwart appearance of bright golden with dainty white persistent foam, the aroma and flavor profile deliver the character of fresh baked light bread, yeasty dough, lightly kilned barley, and modest grainy sweetness. Lightly grassy, hay-like, herbal, with a mild estery apple character and peppery spice- this lager proves to be much more than the boring American mass produced variety, and gives a balanced character from both yeast and hops. Medium-full bodied, the seemingly all-malt recipe allows for the heaft of pilsner to develop from an early starchy body and into a minty warm finish with ultimate crispness, and mostly clean flavors throughout.

Session being the opperative word, but at 5.1% many may disagree. I found this beer very enjoyable and with extremely high ease of consumption.

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour was careful, and there was not much foam at all. The second bottle was poured aggressively, and it produced a finger of head with a tiny bit of spotty lace. Color is clear and yellow.

Aroma was a little bready with amber or pale malt, slightly skunky. Not much substance there to make it interesting.

Papery pale malt with some low level bitterness behind it. A little hint of apple at first sip, that fades away after that. Somewhat grainy, and thin-bodied. When quaffed, there's more of an astringency, but not when sipped. It was easy to have several, and I think that's the ultimate goal of this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a pillowy, foamy, white, two-finger head. It left minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled very sweet. A nice aroma of grains that was backed up by a caramel nose.

T - It tasted of some nice caramel malt sweetness. A floral, slight light hopped flavor emerges, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager.

D - This is a really good lager. The stubby 11oz bottle also adds a unique style to this brew.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a fluffy white head that produces an occasional shard of lace

Smell: Cracker malt and a trace of DMS

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor that is joined, mid-palate by both sweet honey elements as well as a subtle hops effect; after the swallow, both of these flavors become more pronounced; the finish is clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkable: Easy to drink and particularly welcome after a hot day

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Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big white head settles to a decent enough lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Traditional American lager aroma with a light floral hops on a dominate grain malt aroma.

Light grain malt tastes with just a hit of the hops giving some balance and crispness to this light bodied lager.

A light dry aftertaste with just a hint of the grains sticking around for later.

A simple American lager taste that seems to have more too it than most of the more popular light American lagers.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a bright golden color with plenty of carbonation. The head is thick and of an average height. Retention is quite nice. The aroma is fairly hoppy for a lager, with a hop smell similar to the noble varieties. A moderately sweet underlying malt body is also detected. As for the flavor, this is the best straight-up American lager I've had. The flavor consists of a notable hop flavor over a malt body that has a moderate level of sweetness. A touch of caramel flavor adds another wrinkle here. Anyway, the name says it all, this is an excellent session beer.

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Photo of mothman
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Bud American Ale Glass

Pours ½ fingers of white head. Fizzles down to a thin layer. However, leaves some really nice lace rings for a beer of this type. Not bad. Color is a clear golden straw yellow. A ton of carbonation bubbles float to the top.

Aroma: A ton of corn and grain. Some mild hop flavor. Not to much going on here, reminds me of a macro lager.

Taste: Huge grain taste, with some corn mixed in as well. Hops are present, but nothing stunning. This beer is fairly bland, but it is titled session lager, so I didn't expect much.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, kind of grainy. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a really sticky grainy aftertaste.

Overall, this is nothing that I would ever want to session. I would rather get a cheap macro lager as they all taste similar. Nothing I am really enjoying.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail's Session lager in the stubbie bottle is a beautiful thing - it fits so nicely in the hand it's almost a shame to pour it into a glass. However, once poured it displays a clear yellow-gold body and creamy bright white head that holds seemingly forever. In fact, even three quarters of the way through the glass it's still a complete covering. The nose is clean, and expresses sweet malt and a touch of yeasty fruitiness (apple, berry). The mouthfeel is a touch fuller than might be expected with a dextrinous, medium body, but it remains fairly crisp across the palate. The flavor is basic, and not much more than might be expected of an American macro-lager except that it's a touch more malty and has some nice yeastiness to it. Hops are relegated to the background, and their gently spicy and floral character is secondary to the sweetish malt. Interestingly, as I'm guessing it's intended, there's a smear of corn-like dimethyl sulfide that clearly pushes it into the American, rather than European, realm. It's an enjoyable and nicely done quaff that seems popular with the younger crowd - probably because of the retro appearance of the bottle and label - but it's nothing spectacular.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly over brilliantly clear straw golden light colored beer

Nose has some sweet toasty malts, sweet and light fruity definite lager yeast, light straw, light grassy hops.

Taste again sweet toasty malts, fruity lager yeast, clean and crisp, some nice mild grassy hops that get spicy and a bit bitter on the finish, clean but bitter finish, lingering sweet lager malts, light straw, dry finish.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, clean and crisp, decent carb.

Overall I'm surprised and impressed, nice hops blended with decent malts, clean and crisp, no off or skunk cheap extract flavors.

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