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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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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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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 seedyone
4/5  rDev +9%

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Aroma & look were not as I expected from a 'lager'...but hey, if life was void of surprises what would we have? Boredom.

This is far from it. Robust flavor & substantial texture makes for an exciting experience. Combined with a palatable price point & a 5.1% ABV adds up to a very pleasant introduction.

I'll be back!

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Photo of FLima
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of bread malt and mild grassy hops.
Flavor of malt sweetness balanced by floral hops. Hints of grains, lager yeast and lemon. Dry aftertaste with a light bitterness.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Well done pils with a superior clean taste. Session lager is definitely a proper name.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: Light straw color with little visible carbonation. Little to no head.

Smell: Nice grain smell and malts. Very simple

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy to drink, light bodied. Little carbonation.

Taste: Great taste. Not to complex but a nice mixture of malts, simple grain flavors and very light hops.

Overall: This beer is very simple but very good. I much better answer to the popular domestic beers.


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Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

From a stubby 11 oz bottle (best by August 10, 2014...so I'm a week overdue) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces no real head; just a bit of white foam that fades quickly to a thin collar. The beer is light, light-golden-orange in color. It is clear with a few bubbles of carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is surprisingly sweet with suggestions of apple juice to go along with the bread and toasty malt flavors. There is also some cereal grain. Hops are very light and slightly leafy and grassy.

T-The taste tracks the smell. It is somewhat bready with a bit of fruity sweetness. There is some toasted grain and very little in the way of hops...just a hint of grass and herbal leafiness on the finish.

M-The feel is light to medium with a well-done carbonation that is smooth and about average in volume. Very drinkable.

O-This is a simple lager, but not boring. My example was a week past its "best by" date, so I'm not surprised that the hops had faded. I can imagine a fresh bottle being a bit more complex and balanced, but even this old bottle made for a nice after-work quaff.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11oz Brown Stubby Bottle with "tools required" cap and a best by date of 10/19/2014 poured into a Saint Arnold 8oz tour glass

Appearance: Pours a clear straw yellow with 1/2 finger of head that develops into a fine lace

Smell: Grainy malt up front with a faint floral hop note

Taste: A lot of simple grain and malt flavor with a slight hop bitter in the finish

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and light with no shortage of flavor

Overall: There is a lot of flavor in here for a pale lager. The all-,alt characteristics really shine through without affecting the mouthfeel. The name speaks the truth, this is a great session lager when you want something full-flavored and unoffensive. I would offer this to even the strongest naysayers of craft beer.

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Photo of wejohnsn
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow! I bought this as something new to try. it was on the bottom shelf and cheap 11 bucks for a 12 pack. the mouthfeel is awesome and maybe a little salty but it was GOOOOD! im not a huge fan of lagers as i prefer IPA or malt liquor but this did ir for me. I could drink this all night long. Taste was crisp and yummy, a little hops a little malt no corn. straw yellow looking poured into a pint glass. just the right amount of bubbles salt and flavor...light tasting but with just enough charachter to grab me and slap me and drink another! this stuff rocks!!!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light straw like complexion the head was practically non existent. The nose is full of straw, and grain but I think I caught a little Apple. The flavors have a grain and barley character with some cereal maltiness. The feel is light but a bit abrasive with a lot of carbonation. Sessionable based on its lightness on the stomach but I probably wont drink a ton of these.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full Sail Session Lager
11 oz brown bottle
Enjoy by 11/16/14
Served in a juice glass

Pours a clear color with a yellow tint, looks like piss. A foamy white head forms on top and then becomes a thin, circular head on top.

Whiffs of grains and freshly cut grass.

Flavors of cereal grains with lemon zest and a mini hop snap on the finish. Extremely clean and crisp with each welcoming sip.

What we have here is a classic session beer with an incredibly high drinkability level. True to the style and one of the better crossover beers I've had in some time.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin white bubbly head and pale gold color. Aroma is sweet, grainy and slightly vinous with grassy, piney, very "American" hoppiness. Flavor exhibits a lot of sweet American lager flavor without the cheap adjunct nastiness. Very clean. Finishes with a slight tinge of hoppiness. A very clean, sessionable beer for summer, or any time really. Think of it as a better tasting "stubby bottle beer".

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

11 oz stubby bottle, best by 12/15/2014

A: Pale gold, 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Grains, pale malt, slight hop bitterness in the nose.

T: This is exactly what I want out of the style. Refreshing, crisp. Nice body to it.

M: Soft, good carbonation.

O: Good price, great beer. Only wish it came in cans.

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Photo of garten
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Comes out of the bottle in a straw-yellow color that is typical of this style of beer. Formed a healthy two-finger head, cream-white, which retained for a good while after it was poured. Laced the glass rather heartily.

Smell: Fairly malty and sweet. Not offensive in any manner. Slightly biscuity and 'toasted' hops aroma lingering in the air somewhat.

Taste: Tastes very malty and is on the sweeter side, which I wasn't expecting. That's not to say that it's bad, but a part of it seems to be lacking. It is as if the beer almost gets the flavor it is going for, but then it falls a tad bit short. Perhaps it's an older bottle I picked up? Still a good one to sip and actually tastes better with every gulp. Slightly bittersweet after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and somewhat watery. A hint of carbonation. An easy-drinking beer that is as refreshing as it is unique. Can you say 'accessible'?

Overall: For a lager, this is perhaps one of the better examples I've seen. It beats the tar out of any of the BMC contenders and its price point keeps it competitive. It's by no means the best out there, however. The stubby 11oz bottle is certainly part of the charm of Session, and it's not a bad brew at all...it just lacks a certain something.

The bottom line here is if you're willing to sacrifice the 1oz for a refreshing and admittedly tasty lager in a fun package for your next gathering, look no further. It tastes great even being drunk straight out of the bottle! I'd certainly suggest it to someone looking to get into higher-quality beers or someone who wants to try something a bit different, esp. those who drink only one kind of beer.

Notes: Poured into a clean U.S. Style tumbler glass, served chilled.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.67/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

11 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, seemingly creamier in texture than other pale lagers. Retention isn't fantastic. Minor streaks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: I doubt this is the freshest bottle - still well within the best-by date, though - but there's a subtle twinge of grassy hops that I'm enjoying. Touches of cereal grain hide beneath the hops, but are just that - touches. Exactly the way they should be in a pale lager. It becomes slightly nutty as it warms up. Hits the basic parameters of what a pale lager should be, no more, no less.

T: The front end is very sweet, like sugar cookies in a way. I'm actually really surprised how sweet it is - it doesn't have the sickly corn flavors of typical macro lager crap, rather this seems to have more defined notes of caramel, cotton candy and...well, sugar. I'm missing some of the hops I got from the nose, too (only a *mild* bitterness on the back end exists). All in all, too friggen' sweet.

M: I did mention it was sweet before, didn't I? A slight hop bitterness, a crisp bite, and high carbonation just aren't enough to counteract the thick, sugary body.

O: I think a pale lager is one of nature's simple treats, a beer you can enjoy while completely shutting your brain off...this one, though, is almost Southern Tier levels of cloying. With a bit more hoppiness (or a fresher bottle - hell, maybe both), this could have been genuinely good. BMC fans will enjoy this, at least.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A--Really light yellow/straw colour. Medium head dissolves quickly. Little to no lacing.

S--Not overly aromatic. A little grassy/wheat smell, slight malt, and a hint of floral hops.

T--Very good. Crisp with a hint of sweet malt and just a little, tiny hop kick. Not bitter in the slightest.

M--Very light feel, Good amount of carbonation makes it very crisp and refreshing. Easy drinking sessionable beer.

O--I really like lagers, especially in the summer when you're sitting around the grill or maybe up at the lake fishing. I could easily down 4 or 5 of these and feel like I had just had a lot of quality beer without getting hammered. Not the best best lager I've had, but definitely in the top 10. Well done, Full Sail.

11oz stubby bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass. Bottle has a best by date of 8/17/14.

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Photo of bigdog4782
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Its smooth but 1/2 way to tasteless....for light beer drinkers its perfect and priced right. they short change u an ounce, has a light floral smell....very faint...
not sure why they are trucking it from Oregon to Florida. as my garage fridge is full of "Real beers" i will keep a 6 of these for those "light beer drinkers"
The aromatics are a bit strange but quickly forgotten once it hits ur t-buds.

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Photo of marzenfannm
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden hue. Thin head. Appearance not impressive. No real aroma. Clean taste and clean to the palate, but unremarkable. Pretty neutral all in all.

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

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Photo of jimmah120
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11oz stubby bottle with a date.

clear golden look, average head/retention for the style. smell is light wheat, malt, hops. crispy and malty, dry/clean yeast and malt. i don't pick up any hops in the taste, save for a little bitterness.

good everyday drinker

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Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale it is, bright and shining like polished (light) gold. The head starts strong and, while some of it is just show, it does keep a nice creamy cap that leaves equally creamy lacing pretty well.
The aroma's a little hard to draw out and takes some effort. What it shows is a good hops and malts balance, and a good profile for a light beer. Some more strength would be appropriate even for the style. There's a bit of leaf and grass with a mildly herbal edge into the end balanced by toast, cracker and a bit of creamy sweetness.
The taste is a bit more on the dry side, shy of aspirin but very toasty in the malts, starting bready and immediately heading that direction. The leaf remaining adds dryness and a bit of pale fruits add balance.
Nice, light-bodied and crisp with some volume to it that doesn't detract from its nature or add too much, the feel fits the style best. Crispness really is key, keeping up well and never waning, and continuing over a good smoothness even into a dry finish.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For years, Session Lager was one of those beers which would stare at me at beer stores yet I would not bite at it. But when I saw a six-pack at Trader Joe's at $5.99, I knew that its time had come. Comes in a stubby 11 ounce bottle, which means for every 12-pack you buy, there's one 12 ounce bottle missing. On to the beer:

It's a light golden colored beer topped with a big soapy head. A few strings and spots of lace cling around the glass. It has a strong grassy aroma, underlined with a cooked corn note and vague grainy sweetness. Smells like an adjunct lager with extra hops. The taste, which has the character of said style, does have a vibrant grassy flavor which buries some of those less appealing flavors. Helping it are crisp bubbles, albeit with a slick base. For the money, Session Lager may be one of the better buys out there.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Session Red is sweet. You can smell and taste floral hops. It is not bitter. Session Red is a light enjoyable lager beer. The quality is good. It is all malt. This is a very nice easy drinking beer. It is good for when you want something light. I wish this was 12 ounces. I would pay $1 more for a twelve pack of 12 ounce bottles. There's something about the malt flavor of this beer that I don't like too much as it lingers on my palate that detracts from the overall quality of this beer.

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Photo of CoachLip
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing fancy and that makes it great!

." This is what beer should taste like."
--My 70 year old father

Smooth, balanced, great finish...this is what an american pale lager should taste like. You can drink it with anything, any time, any place.

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Photo of drofbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clean session lager. Easy drinking and has flavor. Nice when cold. Like the stubby bottles. Light golden color and good carbonation. White head. Goes down smoothly with a malty aftertaste. Not bitter at all. Heads and tails above the macro light beers in my humble opinion.

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Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,152 ratings.
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