LTD Series - 02 | Full Sail Brewing Company

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LTD Series - 02LTD Series - 02

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
"The second recipe in our LTD series, LTD 02 is a light-bodied nonetheless hella good limited edition lager that is golden colored with soft malt undertones and is nicely balanced with a crisp clean finish. It's a gold
medal winner at the North American Beer Awards and three time gold medal winner at the World Beer Championships.

ABV 6.4% IBU 32"

Added by Dubbercody on 04-02-2007

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 146
Reviews by Wasatch:
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malt, with alot of caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, it really surprised me in taste. Recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely unaware of what beer style I am drinking, I pour LTD 2 out of its bottle and I am offered few clues. I get a brief whiff of citrus out of a headless, faded copper beer. Not much to smell or look at really.

Astringent grain hits the palate first but quickly gives the floor to a juicy tangerine character followed by deeply biscuity malt. Really great, full, malt flavor. I get grassy hop in the dry finish. Possibly the only thing keeping this from being a 5 in my mind, now that I see it is an all-malt, is that it is a little hefty on the palate, and lacks the crispness of its brother, Session. Really wonderful taste though. Would be amazing with pretzels. Full-bodies with lively carbonation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

At the risk of stating the obvious, this is the second beer of Full Sail's LTD Series. All we've got to say about this second bottling is that there should be more Lagers brewed in the US.

This beer pours a rich and vibrant clear golden color, with two fingers of frothy lather dropping a skirt of sticky lace on the mug. Fresh biscuity malt aroma; orangey and floral hop nose--very clean with a hint of alcohol. Big, rolling, crisp semi-viscous mouthfee and carbonation, with a lush and creamy feel on the palate. Juicy maltiness right from the get-go, bready and doughy with a sweet roll character. The palate is immaculate: The hop bitterness is at a perfect level to balance the malt and gives an herbal flavor from middle to end. A very long finish yields a smattering of sweet malt and herbal hop flavor.

We'll say it again: The US needs more flavorful Lagers! This one is a prime example of what brewers across the country should be looking at. Cheers to Full Sail for producing this stellar Lager! A bowl of meat-lovers' red sauce over linguini did just fine--even the garlic bread paired well.

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Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date ink jet printed on the bottle.

Decent white lace from a slowly crackling head, clear golden amber color. Sweet biscuit aroma from the malt with a light spicy edge from the hops. Fluffy crisp light to medium body. Clean palate throughout, many layers of malt to deal with ... bready and sweet, biscuity and grainy, hint of caramel and toasted husk in the back. Hops drop a very balancing hop bitterness with a spicy backdrop. Quick breath of a faint alcohol in the semi dry finish, a finish that shows a long linger of malt flavor.

I think I enjoyed the after taste more than everything else, what a great lager. Why is it limited ... we need more lagers like this on a year round basis!!! Very well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of badbeer
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a white head, not much retention. Aromas of biscuit, oranges, and it was a bit floral. Taste was of biscuits, citrus, and bread; pretty good. Medium body and carbonation. An OK lager that I wouldn't mind trying again for another comparison.

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

Pours clear amber with a decent white head. Crisp, bready aroma with straw. Taste comprised of grain, sweeter malt and light hops. Clean finish. There's just only so much than can be said about a pale lager. Its better than a Budweiser, but not by much.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange color for a bock, nice, this one could really fool you into thinking it was a juicy dipa or something. Almost perfect carbonation, good slightly offwhite head over 1" in size.

Bready, yeasty aroma, pleasantly pungent, cleaned up the alcohol and funk from the previous bock edition. Has kind of a honeyed alcohol presence that is much easier to deal with, its smooth. Amazed the fullness of this lager. Substantial body without being hefty or bogged down, just don't like the old buttery aftertaste like from a day old piece of popcorn between the cushions.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly dark golden color, with a thin white head. The heasd fades quickly, leaving no lace.

This beer smells slightly sweet. Some citrus hop aroma is also present. Some grassy hop aroma mixes in also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sweet with some grassy hop flavor.

This beer is carbonated lightly, good for the style. It leaves a sweet caramel aftertaste.

This beer would make a decent session beer. Low alcohol, and a very mild flavor make it an easy drinker.

Overall: Decent beer, but it is pretty booring. Not much flavor.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sloejams
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this at my local Trader Joe's for $5.99 a 6er, so I figured might as well give it a go - the other Full Sail Ltds did me right.

It poured an orange color - almost as the same color as the label! Nice retained head topped it off. Sweet malts dominated the aroma along with a slight helium smell that I've noticed it heavily malted beers such as Arrogant Bastard. It sounds more off-putting than it really is. The taste is rather sweet as well. It has a creaminess to it that was kind of unexpected but welcome.

I have 5 more left and I'll drink them but it's doubtful I'll be rushing back for more.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: soft copper and gold pretty much sums it up, maybe a few hints of crimson. A couple of shoe strings of lace remained after a rigorous pour, head was cream white in color. I like the orange packaging of the product better, mainly the orange cap

S: mild pale malts with sugary tart fruit edges. Comes across as somewhat clean to the nose and complimented by a light spicy floral presence

T: the first thing that comes to my mind is of sugary granny smith apple acidic flavors and characteristics, slightly bitter at times. Malts come across as toasted and nutty with a slight grainy vibe. Sweetness flies the coop and that bitterness pops through at the end in favor of hops. Spiciness rounds out the finish and leaves the mouth dry with a tanginess

M: very light astringency on the palate. Tongue feels coated with a dryness of apples. Body is relatively nice and mild, finished decent with a crisp touch

D: I believe that I saw a few reviews say they liked the LTD 01 better and I agree. This guy is a alright left me wishing I had not bought a sixer of the stuff

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recent bottle from Whole Foods in Cleveland. Pours light orange with white head. A bit of aroma of hops, some malt.A little fruitiness in there though average its Smooth mouthfeel. Bit of cheesiness in there, but otherwise soid lager. A little funky yeast in finish. Refreshes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So what kind of beer is this? I don't know but I like it. And I guess that really, it isn't any specific style; which I also like, because experimentation is the key to learning, and leads to new beer styles! So...

It's an orange-copper in color beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The aroma is very clean, and expresses just some lightly sweet and toasty caramelish malt that reminds me of Vienna malt. Floral and delicately spicy hops adorn it.

The flavor is malty, but not sweet, and it does have the toasty and bready, slightly sweetish character that the aroma suggests. A solid bitterness anchors it. And again, the hops dress it up nicely. Without them it might seem flabby - just malt.

It's very creamy in the mouth. The body is surprisingly full for a lager, and that makes me think of a bock (or bigger), but the flavor is not there. Nor is it really a festbier / Vienna lager. Oddly, the label reads "light-bodied". Interesting.

The label also reads "courtesy of the mad skills of the full sail crew", and I'd agree with that. It's difficult to balance a beer like this, and they've done it. And it's clean and the alcohol (6.4% abv) never really shows. Superbly done! I could easily drink three of these in a row and enjoy each and every sip of all of them.

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

An interesting lager. Definitely American, but the malt profile reminds me a little of a good maibock. It's a nice amber color, but with no real lacing or retention. The aroma has a touch of alcohol along with the caramel grains and lager funk. The taste is a nice, rich mix of nutty, caramel, and biscuit grains with a little bit of esters and balancing bitterness to round out a nicely balanced lager. A good candidate for grilling and summertime drinking.

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

Pours an effervescent apricot/amber with 3 fingers+ of fluffy eggshell colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight honey malt

T: Grassy hops & honey malts up front. Slight caramel & apple skin notes follow along with grainyness & a little smokeyness as this warms. Warming booze, jammy notes, & apricots in the finish along with dryness, this is all over the map

MF: Light medium-bodied with spritzy carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but this is off style & not really that tasty. Maybe the most disappointing beer I've ever had from this brewery.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden color with decent clarity, not much head retention and some fleeting lacing.

Offers a decent smell, aromas of slightly sweet malts and lager yeasts with a bit of wet earthy musk. Unless agitated, the paleness of the yeast/light vienna malt dominates the nose. Taste is of light malts, not overwhelming, maybe halfway to their Amber as for sweetness. Slightly chewy as for the malt presence but rather simple in that regard.

Feel and drink are average. A decent brew and not TOO sweet, a change of pace for Full Sail....

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Photo of beveritt
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to wasatch for this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is orange without a picture, just words describing the beer. Stamp on next of 062509

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete coating of foam and a thick ring around the glass. Very nice lacing as I drink. The beer itself is honey amber and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very slightly sweet malt with grassy and herbaceous undertones.

Taste: Sweet malt upfront with hints of citrus and honey. Sugary sweetness in the middle, like maple syrup. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to a little lower than average carbonation. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking beer. Being as this is such a hodge podge style, I can't really judge it based upon its conformity to style guideline, but I would buy it again.

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Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on board a plane home from California. It was orange in colour, witha thick beige head, and left some lacing on the plastic glass it was poured into.

The aroma was relatively light, but balanced between malt and hops.

The taste leaned towards malty, with a late flash of citrus hops at the finish. Malts were bready and semi-sweet.

There was some stickiness to the body, and it had medium carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking, light but fairly flavourful.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a short and brief pure white head.

Nose is a medium salty carmel; salty yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy with light carbonation but elegant and nice balance. Flavors are carmel yeast and medium burnt toast/biscuit. Flavors are appealing but short in the mouth.

Finish is good and medium in length with a citric malt yeast character; a "light" amber ale finish quality. Nice and drinkable and appealing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best buy 12/14/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden amber color with a 1/2 inch white head which goes away pretty quick. It smells like grain, toasted malt and a little bit of hops. Tastes like sweet malt, sugar, grapes and grain. It's a sweet tasting beer, but I can't taste any hops at all. Mouthfeel is medium, it's smooth, has a decent body to it and a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but it seems a little too un-naturally sweet. Overall I think it's average, but I can't say I'm impressed at all. I'll have to revisit this in the future.

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Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lady Love bought me a 6'er of this... Not a lager drinker by any means... but I love Full Sail w/ a passion.. and this is marked as a 6.4% Alc. Lager... to me a must try as I haven't yet had anything like it in my life.

- Nice clear new copper penny color.. little to no head as I did a mild pour at a 45 deg. angle into a tumbler glass so I can get a better smell.

- Caramel malt scent... bitter hop tingle... grain.

- Reminds me much of their Amber ale... but a well rounded and balanced lager... really? This isn't an ale? Caramel malt... smooth and sweet.. with a nice grab of grain and bitter hop...

- Not dry, not bitter... watery and sweet aftertaste... not at all chewy but maybe a bit oily.. grain..

- Very drinkable... carb is just right.. a very good lager from a brewery that continues to astonish after many many years. Not a lager man here... but this must top most of the lagers in the market place... right?

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 6/25/09 lasered onto the neck. It was an orange color with a couple carb streams and no lacing. It had a small off-white head that quickly dissipated into a very thin and incomplete collar.

The aroma was grainy and malty. Standard boring lager aroma. The taste followed the aroma. Grainy, malty but not as sweet as other reds I'd had recently - liked that. Kinda boring, mild of the road but I find all in this style to be that way. Better than a BMC for taste but not a session beer as the sweetness would add up after a couple.

Overall, a decent beer. Only recommend if fan of the style. For me, one and done as better beers out there. It's not bad but just doesn't really have much flavor to it to make you want more.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle bearing a "best before" date of 09/30/07 stamped on the label. Copper colored with a modest white head that only produced marginal amounts of lace.
Nose was sweet and malty with a lot of toasty grains and orchard fruits. Just a hint of hops carried along on a current of bready malts.
Initially this brew had the taste of whole-grain bread before morphing into a substantial fruitiness. Consistantly sweet with only a passing nod towards any hops presence. The feel was surprisingly full, creamy and smooth.
Very drinkable brew here; goes down smooth and has no rough patches to keep one from going back for more. A worthy beer from Full Sail.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber, golden in color with a light bit of haze to it. Off white head, maybe an inch and a half creeps up the sides and sits down on top for a while.

Light caramel, bready notes are highlighted here. Sweet with a light undertone of some herbal hops peeking though. A light touch of dark fruit perhaps? Possibly but a sweet, caramel malty lager type aroma is what is predominant here. Caramel, and toffee, hints of buttery like notes persisting now as it comes up in temperature. Fades smoothly, leaving a creamy and sweet flavor on the tongue that snaps back with a nice hop bite at the finish.

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LTD Series - 02 from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 167 ratings