LTD Series - 02 | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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LTD Series - 02LTD Series - 02

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

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"

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Darker than your average bock, this one comes in light orange. Way over 1" of head, good job, not too much, but came in big. Aroma was bready, neutral.

Booze seems prominent for what it is, lots of esters coming out that didn't jump out in the aroma. Mouthfeel says this is a full, thick lager.

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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 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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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 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 mralphabet
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Nice deep orange color, clear with good carbonation, about a fingers worth of head with good retention.

S: Malty sweetness with a slight hint of floral hops. Very nice smelling beer here. The hops does fade with time and the malty sweetness builds.

T: This one leans very much on malty sweetness side, there is some hops here, little floral with a hint of spice and citrus. Good mix of flavors here... As this beer warms up a little the malt really takes over.

M: Med bodied and thickens a little as it warms up Finish is clean and dry.

D: Not a bad little beer from Full Sail. My first thought when drinking this "Are all their beers session beers", because this could be a great session beer. Good flavors, pretty good ABV. Please look into Full Sail... Great beers

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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ya' know overall I'm pretty impressed with Full Sail. They make flavorful, light bodied drinkable beers. I tend to really like the malt character, but they do the hops well to. This beer is no exception.
Bottle cap stated "lose the drama" - not that I'm particularly prone to that, but okay.
This beer tend to like to "air out a bit" with the flavors developing over time. In my mug the off-white tannish head caps a amber and very clear liquid. Attractive.
Aroma is balance malt and hop and very tight.
The flavor shines on this one, especially for a lager. Each sip offers some mystery. The flavors I'm most fond of are the caramel and nuttiness. Very mild bitterness with occasional bit of hops floating in and out help keep the drink interesting.
A little mild on the refreshing factor, but it isn't without it. Lager smooth with a light overall body.
I've done two of these easily and could do another without a problem

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

A - Pours a clear dark gold with amber sparkles. Nice head with average lacing.

S - Heavy mineral/metallic smell, malty nonetheless, some citrus notes, pineapple, some light wheat.

T - Mineral malt, slightly sweet with caramel, mango, steady grain runs through as well as a sweet gentle citrus hoppiness in the finish.

Heavy mineral and mango flavors running through this beer. A strange but fun beer to enjoy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Does LTD really stand for "limited"? Just wonderin'... Anyway, it pours a clear copper topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises grasses, wheat, floral hops, and a touch of citrus rind. The taste holds notes of honey, maple syrup, citrus and floral hops, and a touch of sweet corn. The body is a heavy light/light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that borders on crisp. Overall, a nice bit o' lager, one that I would return to if given the chance.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz brown bottle. Appears to be a best by date(or random numbers printed on bottle). Cool looking bottle. a little plain, but in a good way. also says its a limited edition lager.

A: One finger head that retains well. Light amber color. Well carbonated. Little to no lacing.

S: As soon as you twist the lid off, the smell just jumps at you! Sweet smell. citrus smell, orange.

T: Roasted malt. small hops. sweetness to it.

M: Light body, well carbonated!

D: Easy to drink. lots of flavor for a lager i think. really great!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white big-bubbled head with good retention to a thick skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Hay, grass and wet grains. Light sweet caramel in the backgrouind.

T: Light, sweet caramel. Somewhat bready. Grassy noble hops for an even balancing bitter. Light alcohol taste.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry and well-balanced.

D: Easily drinkable and sessionable. Good flavor, good balance. A really good beer in a pretty average category.

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Photo of BDJake
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden amber, with a well-retaining, well-lacing of an eggshell head

S- sweet and malty, although it's a bit grainy, and a nice touch of hops

T- somewhat grainy, but mainly highlighted by some sweet malts up front, with a bit of sour/spicy notes and just a kiss of the hops

M- crisp and clean, with ample carbonation

D- very sessionable, if not "hella good" like their labeling suggests... this is proof that stoners can make very good beer and have fun in the process

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange color, with some goldenrod edging. Off white head, not much retention, but lacing is quite nice. Not much in the way of visual cues. Nose is earthy malts, some light pale sweetness with a touch of German-style darker sweetness. Hops are out of the way.

Pretty straightforward, good balance. Very light body that hints at the marzen styles, but pulls back with high carbonation and a greater concentration of wheat or pale malts. Hops are mildly citric, but muted. Mouthfeel is full-ish and rewarding - the only real Lager characteristic to this one.

Not bad, but don't go out of your way. A bit sticky for a hot day and not quite full enough for an indoor quaff.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a belgian stemmed glass out of a fine bottle.

appearance - transparent gold/amber with light bubbles clinging to the glass, 1 finger head with good retention, some lacing

smell - wheat, hops, grain, a bit sweet

taste - malt, yeast, slight hops, caramel, grassy, sweet

mouthfeel - light-medium body with medium carbonation

drinkability - crisp and refreshing, not too dominating

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Photo of Japerrault
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice clear golden amber, with a thick white head.

S: Malty, toasted grain.

T: Pleasenty sweet and malty. Biscuit and tosted grain. Very light hops character; just enough to balance the malt.

M: Medium body with a smooth feel. Medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, sweet and malty. Overall clean and easy drinking.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.49.

A: Thick amber with 1-2 finger off-white big-bubbled head with good retention and lacing down the glass.

S: Crisp malty sweetness with blend of noble and grassy hops.

T: Superb flavor of light caramel and mostly pale grain compounded delicately with a focused hopbill of noble and grassy, floral hops. Clean finish is a bonus.

M: The body is exceptional with firm medium body that layers on the tongue with lower-than-usual carbonation to give a creamy, soft feel that works well with the full flavor.

D: An excellent lager that I will make a point of buying more of. The combination of grassy, noble hops and light caramel but mostly pale malts leaves a perfect blend of graininess and hoppiness. A top-notch lager.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have a LTD series from the brewers at Full Sail. I read here it is an amber. It pours a full-golden/light-amber color with a slight and slightly off white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells are nice and clean for an amber. The beer doesn't have an over malty smell or overt sweetness or burnt smell, all of which I associate with ambers in general. It does smell of clean malts and just a hint of floral hops.

The taste is also a welcome surprise. With its malty overtones and full body it is most definitely an amber, but it is also refreshingly crisp and clean, not like most ambers I have tried. I like the little bit of caramel sweetness and the hoppy floral tastes.

Drinkability for an amber is high in that I would drink another.

I think this is the best amber I have had in a great while. It stays true to the style without dumbing down the hop content or being too malty. It is well balanced and a joy to drink.


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

Pours a nice amber color, with a decent collar of off-white foam, which dissipates somewhat quickly. Nice aroma of malt, grains and slightly spicy hops. Flavors of sweet malt and some light caramel. Good carbonation, clean and refreshing and very quaffable. A nice simple beer from Full Sail.

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

12oz. botle into DFH specialty glass on 1/11/10.

A - Hard pour revealed a clear amber/orange body with a sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles and about half an inch of bubbly off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin patchy veil, leaving virtually no lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee syrupy sweetness paired with a faint floral hop character and a touch of honey. Some mild perfumy notes also emerged as it reached room temperature.

T - Initial flavor is quite sweet and syrupy with hints of caramel candy, toffee and honey. While the sweetness dominates the flavor, a mild floral and perfumy hop character emerges midway, providing a hint of bitterness in the midst of all the malt sweetness. Hop bitterness becomes a bit more prominent as the liquid warmed up, which ultimately made this more enjoyable.

M - Light bodied but quite syrupy and moderately carbonated, resulting in a pretty thin mouthfeel overall with a bit of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with a faint bitterness on the palate, but with a lot of residual sweetness.

D - Not bad, but this lager lacks a crispness than I've come to expect and enjoy with the style. Still, this one grew on me as I drank it, becoming more enjoyable as it warmed up and the hops began to emerge.

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

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, bright copper colored body. The foam settles quickly leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Very malty with notes of both toffee and caramel. Lots of biscuit aroma towards the back end.

T - Malty, with some grainy notes and light caramel. Lemony hops in the middle with a bit of fruity yeast. Mild sweetness and moderate hop bitterness come together for a balanced finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this is a nice amber lager, though not worth getting too excite about. The aroma promises more malt complexity than the flavor delivers and there isn't much in the way of hop character to make up for it. It is nice to seem more American breweries attempting flavorful lagers; and while this is a good one, it has a little further to go before it catches up to the great, classic lagers of the world.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Mild prickle with no head to speak of after I pour this into a pint glass. Neutral nose that has barely detectable grain and malt presentations. The attack is fresh and clean with an almost sweet presentation and flavor. The finish is pretty clean with a mild malty aftertaste. A seemingly simple beer, but it is very well put together. All the components seem to be in harmony with a little of this and a little of that.

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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 jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/30/2009 (Bottle dated 062909):

Pours a clear pale brown colored body, with an average size off-white colored head, diminishing. Has a burnt malty aroma, very nutty. Lager smell. Lager taste, some nuttiness. Light and refreshing. Dark tasting. Eh.

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LTD Series - 02 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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