Session Lager | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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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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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 CplSleden
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off I have to give it to the FSBC for a great packaging scheme. The beer comes in a 12 pack cardboard box in the "Hand Grenade" style bottles! A little disappointed with the twist off caps though.

When opened you are greeted with a lightly carbonated hiss and a faint sulfur aroma common with light lager beers. Mild but assertive hop flavors partnered with a crisp clean refreshing swill is the best way to describe this beer. Low ABV lets you enjoy more than a couple without ill effects while still letting you enjoy the moment.

Overall a great picnick or backyard BBQ beer without having to worry about the drive home.

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Photo of shand
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11 ounce stubby into a pint glass.

This beer pours a transparent golden colour with one finger of head that quickly dissapates. Lacing is OK. Smell is bready malts and some subtle citrus, about average for the style. The taste is good. It tastes of very fresh bready malts with just a bit of citrus. Nothing mind-blowing, just a well-composed brew.

The mouthfeel is spot-on, it's substantial enough where it doesn't feel watered down, and not the slightest bit more. The drinkability, of course, is exceptional. If you're calling your brew "session" it had better be! A very drinkable brew from Full Sail ... I probably like this one just a bit better than Yuengling for the "drinkable staple beer" category.

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Photo of scootny
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw gold. Smallish head a touches of lace. Smell is malty, sweet with a floral hops. Taste is really quite nice. Light sweet malt with a healthy breadiness. Clean dry hops with a touch of cracker and biscuits in the finish. An herbal touch with good solid bitternes gives excellent balance. Feel is light and crisp. Quenching and refreshing. Very good drinkability and at 11 bucks for 12 of these this is a great find.

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Photo of corcoranjc
4.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful beer. bright, clear, golden color with a strong white head and impressive lacing.

S - So fresh...Bread, Bread, oh glorious Bread.

T - nice fresh malt taste...more bread. this is my perfect closer beer. after all the DIPAs and RISs, this is how you end a night. very refreshing taste.

M - smooth and thin...just what i want from a lager with a nice little carbonation bite.

D - Incredibly high.

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Photo of beerdepartment
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle up from the cellar, which was getting close to freezing a few nights ago. Very cold.

Appetizing lager gold appearance. Fine foam gets even finer. Little but noticeable lacing.

Smells good and clean and well developed. Like fresh cheesecake straight from the fridge topped with honey.

Tastes like a lager that gets the job done right.

Feels refined but with some bready nutrition in the body.

This lager fits the bill.

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4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden straw with a small white head. Dissipated quickly. some oils floating on top. Some scrawny light lacing. Great looking lager.

Crisp and light lemony citrus and herbal hay.

Crisp lager, slight sweetness. lemon and herbal hay. Crisp light refreshing bitterness.

Light body, but more body than most lagers I've had. Well carb'd. Refreshing and crisp. Slightly drying.

Extremely drinkable. More flavor and body than most lagers out there. This one is great in the warm weather. If I'm ever in a mood for a lager, this is one of the few i'll go for.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a nice cocktail at Drink on Congress St, we still had enough time before our dinner reservations at Sportello for one more quick drink. I decided to grab a beer. Got a bottle and a small juice glass to accompany it. Nice white fizzy head appears with a strong pour. Dark copper colored body with a lot of carbonation. Smell has a bit of grass and hay to it. Taste was very flavorful for a domestic pale lager. A nice balance of hops and malt. Mouthfeel was wonderfully crisp and cleansing. An extremely easy beer to drink, and with flavor to boot. Nice to see FSBC beers finally on the Boston market. I will remember this one next time I am looking for a session beer, pun very intended.

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Photo of tzieser
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11oz stubby bottle.

A: pours a clear golden staw color with a thin white head. Average looking.

S: bland macro like nose yet not unpleasant. malty bread like aroma with notes of grassy hops.

T: somewhat sweet at first with loads of crystal malt and corn like flavor. Noted of grassy hops balance things nicely. pretty clean finish.

M&D: crisp mouthfeel; excellent drinkability. Isn't that the idea?

I don't get some of the negative reviews on this brew. Why does everything need to be a barrel aged hop fueled monster of a brew? Why doesn't anyone make a "normal" beer anymore? Glad to see full sail not give a shit about the popular status quo amongst American craft beer. awesome job.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -12.1%
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 +3%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.6%
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 -25.5%
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 -37.9%
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%
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 -2.7%
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 -35.4%
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 +9.9%
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 +6.6%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -17.6%
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 +5.8%
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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Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,182 ratings
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