Session Lager | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

1,173 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

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11oz medecine bottle pulled from fridge poured into SA perfect pint glass. best before 2 19 11.

pours out a clear watery straw yellow color with one finger of soapy white head that quickly faded to a thin ring and just a bit of patchy foam. tiny spot or two of lace.

not much of an aroma. some light cirus notes, grains, and a mineral, cooked corn like lager aroma.

taste follows aroma. light flavors all around. light body and mouthfeel. cooked corn and grains balanced by a light lemon citrus hop. a hint of skunk. over carbonated.

overall, good for the style, but way too light and fizzy, too reminiscent of a macro. i wont buy again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$10 a 12pack. Good start, that'll help with drinkability. Pours out a very carbonated yellow beer, minimal head for its carbonation. Aroma was cut wood, vegetable and corn. Maybe a little bit of lemon.

Taste, very carbonated, easy drinking, faint hop presence bolstered by heavy carbonation. Don't really see what separates this from the macros. At least the pricing is nice, this is a good 12 pack to have when you can't get Weinhards for those stuck in purgatory between the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle marked 112810.
A: Golden with constant little bubbles and a white collar and sparse film.
S: Wheat, Italian bread, corn meal, nice leafy green hops, mild but good.
T: Corn biscuits, very leafy green hops, lingering yeasty bread.
M: Creamy, but thin and crisp.
D: Good.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice sweet lager.

this is a pretty nice beer for everyday consumption. the first time i drank it, i was thrilled and exciting in finding an amazing beer and had been seeking it out since then. unfortunately, i feel that my anticipation was overrated. it's a pretty good beer, but overall, i'm not very impressed.

The beer has a nice clear light golden appearance (like most lagers). It has a sweet mildly floral cent. The taste is pretty nice. It's light and smooth. The drinkability is pretty good too.


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Photo of wcintula
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little surprised at this little lager that could. It was lacking in appearance with minimal head that receded quicker than a coca-cola's. The smell brought sweet malts and yeast to the picture which were pleasant tasting in this tasty but quite gassy beer. Hhis beer is simple but nice.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this beer solely due to the bottle.

03/02/11 stamped on the bottle. I assume a freshness date.

A bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation. Fluffy head forms and immediately fades to a thin cap. Nice clarity.

Aroma is sweet and grain like. I think I smell corn. (Not sure if this is in the brew)

I am more convinced we are talking about a corn adjunct beer here. Sweet flavor that isn't quite creamed corn but definitely grain like in the flavor. Doesn't finish crisply, more like gummy sweet.

Looking at the bottle was the highlight here. Light body but too sweet to be considered either crisp or refreshing.

Glad I bought one to try and not a sixer.

Not very good.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.26/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The coolest thing about this beer is the bottle. Beer poured from a cute stubbie into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and clear with a decent head for about 20 seconds then it's gone, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and pilsner-y....there is something off in the aroma.

Beer is thin and tastes like boiled corn. Gross. The finish is fine at least there isn't an aftertaste. I drank the whole bottle but that was because I was watching X-files on netflix, if I wasn't so preoccupied I would have poured it out and moved on for the night. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date is 2/13/11. Pours a clear, golden yellow with two fingers of frothy foam that quickly dissipates. Very little carbonation and lacing. Nose is slightly more complex and pleasing that the macro lagers but still about the same profile. Sweet and yeasty malted barley with dull bitter hop undertones. Light bodied and flat. Not a lot of flavor but super easy to drink. Mildly sweet with roasted malt and just a touch of hop bitterness to make it very clean on the palate. Roasted malt comes through in the finish. This beer tries to be true to style but I feel like they could have made this a lot better. Still, if you want an authentic American lager to session that is still tasty and inexpensive without supporting the giants, well here you go. I'll be keeping this is the car to await me after a long day of snowboarding ^_^

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz. stubby with clearly marked inkjet freshness date. Pours a crystal-clear bright golden, with holy-shit levels of turbulent carbonation that makes the head climb out of the glass. It maintains a tight, bone-white head throughout and leaves decent lacing as I go. Pale malts, nutty lager yeast and a touch of fruitiness in the nose. Similar on the palate, with apple and grape esters, mild bitterness, perhaps some finishing hops and a curiously increasing sweetness that tastes almost corny and leads to a quick finish. Mildly dextrinous body leans toward medium, but is lightened by the tingly carbonation. This is a tasty all-malt lager that is very easy to drink, although a bit of adjuncts would serve this brew well in order to lighten its body and increase its drinkability. A solid brew nonetheless, and it makes me wish there were more tasty craft-brewed light lagers like this one out there.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$1.79 single from Oak Tree. Neat retro bottle.

Crystal clear yellow gold body. Big billowy white head decays almost instantly.

Big hay and grass aroma, with maybe a hint of skunk.

Very sweet hit in the center of the tongue. Somewhat harsh bitter hop bite at the swallow. Both sensations carry through the aftertaste. Overall tastes like a macro lager minus the adjuncts.

Light mouthfeel, slighty bubbly. If I was looking to drink a beer like this, I would not have switched to craft beers.

Slighty above American Macro Lager. Proceed at your own risk.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at 45 degrees poured into a glass.
Bright, golden, effervescent look.
Mild smelling. I detect a faint smell of pine.
Mild tasting. The taste builds sip after sip. Nice and clean with no bitter after taste.
These go down very easily. This is a top notch lager, especially for the dollar.

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Photo of Ego
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to dan the man for this sample...

your typical straw pale yellow, the head fizzles audibly and then is gone, carbonation is active though so a quick swirl and you have head again, pretty much everything is right on par here.

dry gritty bread, sawdust, mild herbal aroma, like the look this is a typical pale lager

taste etc...
perfect consistency for the style, it has enough substance to not be watery or light but it is lighter and smooth drinking than most beers that grace this pallet, unoffensive malt with a hint of honey and hop bitterness in the back, the carbonation is well suited to the brew.

this is a good beer. it isn't looking to expand horizons or make new ground. does every beer have to do that? If this were at the party I would not turn it down. I may prefer other beers (stronger/stranger) but that preference does not render this beer as crap.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden color with a 1" head.

Smell: grass and a hint of hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: lightly grainy malt base with some lemon zest, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is relatively clean.

Drinkability: light and mildly refreshing, this beer is very easy to drink if you are interested in the style. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow with a short lived white head that did leave a few spots of lacing.

S - grainy and grassy.

T - nothing spectacular just a decent balance of hops and malts.

F - lighter bodied with a clean feel.

D - easy to drink.

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Photo of vdread
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Session Premium Lager pours a golden yellow color with a little head.

smells like a lager! some hops and slight breadiness are apparent.

taste is like a pils, floral noble hops on a biscuity malt background. somewhat grainy. actually, i can't taste anything special about this beer- it's an easy drinking sessionable lager which, by the name, i assume is what they were going for.

mouthfeel light/medium for the style.

drinkability decent. i got a free stubby from a friend thinking it was the schwarzbier. i wouldn't make the purchase, though.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see this as the featured bottle beer at my local beer bar. I'd been hearing about it for years and really wanted to try it. Overall I thought it was great and suggested it to numerous people as a more interesting alternative to Stella, Heineken, etc.

The overall characteristics are similar to an American Adjunct but with a lot more interesting things going on. Aroma was not too present but the flavor was similar to a less hoppy german pils.

The best thing about it was I was able to enjoy it the way the name intends it to be enjoyed, drinking many of them and not getting too trashed. It's rare that I feel full from beer before I feel drunk but in this case it was a good thing.

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

Appearance: Clear pale straw yellow with a white head that is gone in a N.Y. minute but doew leave some decent lacing.
Smell: grassy aroma for malts with some subtle hops. Neither is particulaly strong but balance is good.
Taste: Provides a crisp and clean start leading to a dry bitterness at the finish.
Very drinkable, as a session beer should be.

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Photo of tchenery
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw in color, no head, very light and carbonated.

Smells slightly sweet and smooth. Pale malt aromas come across as well giving it a slight biscuit smell.

Taste is pretty straightforward, especially for a beer of this style. Malty notes with slight bittering at the end that all in all is incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost too smooth and silky. Very drinkable and in fact pretty chuggable. A nice alternative to the big brews.

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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 epicness
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like your everyday adjunct lager with absolutely no head at all. Also no lacing to speak of. Body is very pale straw and crystal clear with no bubbles at all. It looks like colored water. It does surprisingly leave lacing on the glass during consumption somehow.

S - Lots of grain up front with the initial smell. A small dose of hops is present. Not much going on here.

T - A small hop bite up front that is fruity and earthy, followed by a very grainy malt taste. It's pretty simple and straightforward. Very minimal aftertaste. Although it's not complex at all, I feel myself wanting more of the taste instantly.

M -Full enough to not be watery, but not a heavy beer by any standards. Light to medium bodied, and it sways towards the light side of things. Heavier carbonation than I originally thought it would be which allowed it to have a lively characteristic.

D - I don't know if I'm just buying into the hype of the name, but the drinkability is high. It's highly refreshing and thirst quenching. Totally living up to the name. Session Lager is a session beer.

Grade - One thumb up. It's not a great beer, but it's certainly not bad. After seeing the beer and smelling it I feared the worst. It bounced back with a decent taste which after all, is the most important thing. I was pleasantly surprised. I'd have Session Lager again.

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Photo of JHoots
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a good, simple session brew. I'm not concerned about head retention, lacing or appearance because I drink this one right out of the cool stubby bottle. Aroma and flavor is mild and refreshing with slight grainy sweetness and noble type hop character. This lager finishes crisp and clean with a nice carbonation bite. Session is a great beer for drinking in large quantities while camping or fishing. My favorite session brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Session Lager is transparent and yellow in color. The head is pretty insignificant and fades to nothing after a few moments, leaving only a touch of lacing on the glass. The aroma is subtle, with herbal notes, grass, and a mild hop character. The taste follows suit, with a refreshing and smooth feel. Alcohol presence is very muted, making this a good session lager indeed. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Session Lager pours a very pale yellow with less than a finger of white head that disappears pretty quickly.

The aroma has some pale malt, a slight plastic tinge to it, maybe a bit of corn and just a hint of hops.

The taste is much more pleasant than the aroma. A small hop bite up front is fruity and earthy, and it is followed by a sweetness and a very grainy malt bill. Pretty simple and straightforward, but not bad at all, especially for this style.

I feel like this could use a bit more carbonation; the body is heavier than I would expect.

Session is a good name for this beer because it is light and easy to throw back, even if the ABV is over five percent. Good for the style, and honestly better than I expected.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours exactly like a macro adjunct lager, but with even less head retention than some! No lacing to speak of. Body is very pale straw and beautifully clear with little streams of bubbles rising to the quickly fading head. Interesting short bottle... and only 11 ounces :(

The nose is similar to a pilsner with slightly less noble hop bite and a slightly sweeter malt character. A touch of sulfur is present. Well done.

The flavor is subtle throughout, and never smacks and crackles like some lagers do. What is present is a few mellow hop varieties that balance but don't bitter and a fair portion of malts that lend good flavor without unbalancing this interesting beer. Light biscuit, sweet dried grass/hay and slightly toasted malts.

The mouthfeel is quite nice, full enough to not be watery but not too full. Lively carbonation. Drinkability is very good, this beer is well... session-able!

Conclusion: This is a good beer, and drinks better in comparison to most adjunct lagers. It is not outstanding however, and doesn't shine beyond the level of something like Miller High Life enough to justify the price (in my opinion). Good work on the part of Full Sale though.

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

Stubby 11 ounce bottle, pours clear very light/golden amber, quickly departing near white head, leaves nothing behind on the glass. Just a faint wiff of adjunct on the nose, corn?

Best I can say is, its light and easy drinking...not a lot going on here. Just a thin layer of malt, just barely a hint of hops to dry the finish. Hot summer day, ice get the idea. Not worth driving cross town for.

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Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,173 ratings.
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