Session Lager | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

1,172 Ratings
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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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 1,172
Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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 -4.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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 metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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 brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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 emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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 +6.3%
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 LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to my cousin-in-law Matt for graciously having some of this in stock when we were visiting.

Pours a moderate golden color with a bit of visible carbonation and a nice white head. The head dies down fairly quickly without leaving too much lace behind. The nose brings some slight grain. Nice and pleasant, but certainly simple. The taste is along the same lines. Good body and carbonation. Drinks well and is definitely a session beer.

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Photo of mothman
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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 nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white head that settles quickly and leaves no lace on the glass. The body is golden and perfectly clear.

S - Musty aroma of pils and weak hops. Slight grainy sourness and a hint of sulphur.

T - Light, sweet malt up front with a little bit of mustiness from the yeast. The finish is clean and grainy, with a hint of hop bitterness and flavor kicking in at the very end.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Light and easy to drink, this is not as flavorless as most American macros, but falls more in the category of a Euro Lager. Not bad for what it is, but it doesn't really shine as an surprisingly good example of its style; there are better light lagers out there.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby a clear light golden with a one finger white head very sprtizy looking,wow nice aromas going on definent lemon rind and grassy hop aromas melding nicely with some toasted grain and maybe a touch of iron.Very sturdy mouthfeel no wimpy yellow fizzy lager here quite grainy in the flavor and mouthfeel department quite clean with very nice herbal finish showing a generous amount of hops thrown in this brew.Now this would be a go to beer for sporting events or get togethers for me,a well built American lager old school and damn good.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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 chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz stubbie bottle stamped "enjoy by" 24 Dec. 2011. Inexpensive.

Pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with a thin bone-white head that fade quickly. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma: similar to a standard American macro-lager, but a bit stronger and more earthy, and without off-notes or off-grains (e.g., corn).

Taste: lightly malty with some spicy hops. The hops surely contribute some bitterness, but the beer is overall fairly evenly balanced on the sweet-bitter continuum.

M: Medium-high carbonation lends crispness; despite appearances, it is not overdone and seems approrpiate for this style. Has a medium-thin body and a semi-dry finish.

O - refreshing; a very good session or summer beer. Very good alternative to the much more widely available American macro-lagers. I assume this (general public) is the target audience.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Wackyfoot for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 foamy fingers of of eggshell white head. Retains with a thin filmy look, leaving some light fizzy lace behind. The aroma has a syrupy texture in the nose, with a strong corn bread smell that definitely leans more towards the corn. There are some lighter hop accents going on with this as well but it has more of a green veggie quality to it.

The taste tightens things up a bit, with the toasty breadiness of the malts coming out more and the corn flavor being kept to a minimum. There is a moderately hoppy bitterness here that retains some of that veggie feel but overall isn't too bad. Finishes with a splash of bready sweetness and then some light dryness. Pretty clean overall. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a decent crispness to it and a silkier feel underneath that lets this flow easily.

This wasn't too bad as far as a lighter Lager goes. After some initial disappointment, this actually rebounded nicely in the taste and feel and I had no problem at all finishing the bottle. I could definitely see how this one might grow on you after a few.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet, with flavors of light malts and a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It’s simple and straight-forward with nothing fancy, but it’s effective and the type of beer that the big boys should be producing.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, it’s a good beer to drink for a long time, but I’d prefer something a little more flavorful.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Classic golden lager color, though perhaps less pale than is common. Very average head and carbonation. Lightly spritzy in the mouth. A slight beery aroma. The flavor is nondescript, but I would call it "gummy." A slight bitterness at the end. A grainy taste of something like corn. Quite drinkable, it just seems to lackluster and not even crisp.

Considering how great the lagers in the Limited series are, this is a bafflement. Even if it was 4.1% instead of 5.1, it would still taste anemic. It's hard to beat the industrial breweries at the game they invented. From the 12 oz stubby bought at Trader Joe's. "Enjoy by" date is 10/08/13.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By: 12/07/08.

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a steady stream of bubbles and a tiny, though tight, white head.

Smell: Light pale malt aroma with floral hints and a slight note of honey.

Taste: Light pale malts, lightly sweet. A drop or two of honey. Floral hops impart a soft, drying bitterness. Small hint of yeast. You get a touch more sweetness and a touch more bitterness before the clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A very competent lil' lager. Nice bottle, too.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest amber with a generous infusion of orange juice. The interior is strangely tranquil, with moments when no bubbles are visible. The eggshell colored cap, despite its inherent softness, hangs around for a bit. A slow collapse eventually results in a thick disk with dimpled, pie crust edges. Very little lace makes it to the glass.

There are no surprises, in either direction, in the nose. I can appreciate fresh, untoasted, slightly sweet barley and very little in the way of hops. Repeated sniffs bring a mild floral quality to bear. The brewery will only say that 'American and European' varieties are used, but there aren't enough of them present to take a stab at further identification.

Full Sail definitely hit the flavor nail on the head. Not only that, but there's plenty of it. I'm glad they didn't interpret 'session beer' to mean thin, poundable, and forgettable. Session Premium Lager is full of graininess (in a good way) with enough sweetness to please those of us who prefer that characteristic in beer of this sort.

There's a little more hoppiness on the palate than there is in the nose. Calling this beer a pilsener (as the brewery does) is a bit of a stretch, although I must admit that the hops play an integral role. They're primarily grassy with a minor grapefruit zestiness that has to have U.S. origins. Even though I'd prefer a reversal of the proportions of German and American varieties, I'm pleased with the outcome.

The finish is fairly long thanks to the generous amount of ingredients. It takes a while for the sweetness of the malt and the tongue nipping bitterness of the hops to fade. The mouthfeel, as a result, is bigger than usual for a so-called session beer. I applaud wholeheartedly. It's firmer than it is smooth or lush, and is entirely in keeping with the beer's mission statement and personality.

Full Sail Session Lager does just about everything right. One minor quibble: knocking back the ABV by a full percent would make it even more sessionable. From the abundance of flavor to its easy drinking nature... from the cool stubbie bottle to the Old Skool graphics... this one is a keeper. Its only real fault is that I can't run out and get a 12-pack whenever the mood strikes me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent golden/honey with 2 fingers of white foam. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Floral & lemon hops, plus some honey

T: Floral hops & honey malt & little lemon hops. I get crackers & cornyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with citirc hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinks alright, a little maybe a little too simple for me, but I did like it better than the special edition#2 & very happy I didn't buy a 12 pack!

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

decent with a straw yellow color. golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile. Very light feel with an almost non existently light feel

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