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

LTD Series - 02LTD Series - 02
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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"

Added by Dubbercody on 04-02-2007

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of yelterdow
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Enjoy by 101207. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass. Purchased at Dean & Deluca in Napa, CA for $1.99. "Live The Dream" is written underneath the cap.

Appearance- Pours a loud, impressively deep burnished gold with a full, crackling 3 finger head. Steady carbonation streams continuously rise, replenishing the crown for several minutes.

Smell- Leaning more towards the hops, this is relatively boring and faceless. I wish there was more to say.

Taste- Malty with just a touch of cloying... not that it tastes artificial, it's just a bit syrupy and sweet. I think that the 6.4% ABV bumps up the sugars and to me it doesn't work to the beer's benefit.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and tingly in the mouth, with a slight aggression that feels appropriate for this beers sharp teeth.

Drinkability- I wouldn't revisit this offering from Full Sail again. I found it to be out of balance in aroma and taste, and an overall bear of an experience.

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Photo of OHLRangers
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received as part of the 2008 Summer Beer BIF from thethrone. Thanks Adam!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Three fingers-plus of off-white foamy head, which slowly dissipates to form a bit of cool lacing on the glass. Lots of bubbly carbonation, and it took three pours to get the entire bottle into the glass.

Orange/gold color with aromas of sweet caramel, some spiciness and grassiness are also there.

Not a whole lot there in the taste profile, especially up-front. Pretty dry as far as mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of a bitter hop finish on the back of the tongue.

I wanted to like this one, but I just can't get too excited about it.

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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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Photo of errantnight
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, for a beer that advertises:

"Light-Bodied" "Crisp Clean Finish" "Soft Malt Undertones" and "Pale (on a Malt-O-Meter ranging from pale to Dark)"

This is an abject failure.

If they had included: "A whopping heap of sticky caramel malt" then I'd have known what to expect.

Which isn't to say this beer is BAD. It's certainly not that.

It has a pretty, rich golden hue with a frothy couple fingers of head which lasts. No real lacing, but that could be the glass.

It has a caramelly malt-forward aroma that is a little lacking in bready/toasted complexity, the sweetness is a bit too forward. A hint of hoppy, earthy spice is present.

The taste is a burst of rich, sticky caramel. It's a bit much. The sweetness has a cloyingness to it that is unappealing, and subtle malt undertones are lost. Despite the distinctly medium body, there is a nice hoppy bitter finish... but it's not enough to clear the palate. The sweetness sticks around.

The carbonation is on the light side, and with the slightly heavy body and sweetness it drinks heavy, and full. It goes fine with something spicy, but sessioning this beer would be painful.

Really, I'm probably being a bit kind on the review. It's too straight-forward sweet to be a great food companion, yet it needs the food to be easily drinkable. What do we need a slightly-too-strong slightly-too-heavy lager that lacks complexity for?

Despite this, it's never offensive, looks pretty, and is fine. Meh.

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Photo of m1ked
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into my Pizza Port pint glass. Displayed a proud white foamy head that slowly slowly receded to thin cover. Its a clear orangey golden color with mutiple streamers.

S- Not much here for me. Slightly sweet maltiness. Smells somewhat like a macro.

T- Sweet malts with a touch of honey. Ends with an astrigent bitterness and some etoh.

M- Surprisingly has a thickness or creaminess that I was not expecting. This highlights the slight honey notes well. The carbonation does not work well with the astrigency.

D- Not my favorite style, but for this style I like it. I would not turn it down (like I didn't with this one) but would not seek it out.

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Photo of Floydster
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle part of a six pack purchased from Cooke's for about seven dollars, looked interesting enough to try for that price poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Golden orange with some red, 1 1/4 inch white pillowy head, some retention, no lacing, did not look too appealing
S-Some skunkiness, sweet maltiness, lemons, hint of spice somehow, and grassy aromas
T-Little too thick for me, got lots of flavors I did not get from the aroma, some cream and caramel, also a little chewy with some bready tastes, got sweeter as it warmed and less enjoyable to drink, needs a dry bitter finish to balance out
M-Light and not much to it, somewhat sweet, not very crisp like you would expect, needed more carbonation, taste did not last
D-Could drink a few more bottles of this but why, taste would get old, light on the stomach, ABV is pretty high for its style

Not Full Sail's best by any means but not horrible, these type of lagers are not really my thing and this was no exception, will skip this one in the future, recommendation goes either way

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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 stephendr
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of honey, with a small white head - nose of detergent, some sweetness, slight yeast, and mild hops – taste of slight bitterness, mild hops, some malt, and light fruit- body is light to medium, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of some malt, and slightly bitter

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Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ReebShorts
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a decent head that faded to thin layer rather quickly. Orange colored brew, pleanty of carb bubbles.

Aroma of grain, wheat bread, malts, citrus, and a hint of honey.

Not bad, a bit too much malt for my taste in a lager. Seems a bit out of balance, would have preferred a less sweet, crisper finish (like I have come to expect from a lager). Not really sessionable, but worth picking up a sixer to try it. It's not bad.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper/ yellow color with a white head.In the aroma, a small light malt. In the taste, a small maltiness with a small sweetness. A smooth, decent bodied mouthfeel and a small dryness and quite clean aftertaste. A small sweetness and light taste with a bigger bodied mouthfeel, nice lager.

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Photo of Uranus
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little head with just a bit of lacing after pouring. Burnt amber in color - clean. Not much of aroma, citrusy and a faint candy. The fruitiness (citrus), bitterness and sweetness kinda meld altogether and very soft in the palate. Pretty drinkable stuff. Will drink it again.

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Photo of cerveza5150
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a reddish yellow; darker than a traditional lager. Lots of carbonation finishes with a nice, thick foamy head.

S: Smells like a lager - crisp and malty.

T: Surprisingly tasty! The malt is the dominant flavor, but the hops round it out and even combine with the alcohol to leave the palate a little dry. Makes me want more!!

M: Lots of carbonation makes me want a hot dog and some peanuts. It's not great, but it fits the overall theme of the beer.

D: I think this beer suffers from an identity crisis. It doesn't know what it wants to be. Looks like a lager, smells like a lager - yet drinks like a bock or even an esb. The malt is tasty, but the alcohol seems too high for this to be a good session beer. Overall - 'B'

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Photo of SaintsFan
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color, with a very small head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Certainly doesn't look like any other lager I've had to date.

Sweet aroma, almost candy-like. No noticeable hops or alcohol. Flavor follows the smell --fruity, and a bit sugary. Pleasant enough, though not all that complex. By the end of my first one, however, I'm starting to find the sweetness a bit much. The 6.4 alcohol is hidden well.

This one is light bodied, but it is a lager, so that is expected. Could use a bit more carbonation. Drinkability is average, with the well masked alcohol and light mouthfeel helping, but the sweetness nevertheless detracts.

All in all, I've never had a lager like it, as it is vaguely hefe-like. It is a solid beer, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Talisker for the extra! Poured a crisp pale orange with almost no head. The aroma is somewhat weak with pale malts and some very subdued citrus hops lingering in the background. The taste is remarkably average, malts with highly subdued hops, nothing worthy of a special release. The beer is medium bodied and not all that refreshing for a lager. Overall, this is an extremely average beer.

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Photo of mentor
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 091407. Pours a thin layer of very light tan head over a crystal clear rust gold liquid. Smells floral hoppy. Dried hay, hallertauer and somewhat metallic (iron and tin).

Tastes wet sweet with prominent hop flavor and mild hop bitter mixing with a gentle carb acrid sting. Hop flavor is oranges and metal (steel) with strong aromatics rising retro-nasal. The hops make this a light bright fruity, which isn't what I'd expect from a lager. Quite thick mouthfeel, that leaves a hanging sweet. Not a summer simmer, that's for sure. Modest carb of fine bubbles that is more aggressive acrid than I would expect.

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Photo of Lothore
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with a thick head that does not fade quickly.

S- Sweet malts come through heavy in the nose. Smells very similar to a red ale.

T- Tastes of grain, very earthy. Not very obtrusive but balanced well enough that I dig the flavor for a lighter beer.

M- Mouthfeel is fairly viscous with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is where I feel the beer dominates. I could drink this at a BBQ with ease.

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

Pours a weak head even with an agressive pour with an orange color and little retention.

Smell is of german malts that remind me of the malts that go into vienna lagers and oktoberfest.

Sort of a vienna style malt backbone with a little bit of cooked corn and a citrusy hop bitterness to balance.

Sort of dry and slightly astringent mouthfeel without adequate carbonation. It's not overly bad, though. It's alright.

This is just an average beer at best.
Sort of a weird astringency and an odd malt profile.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a disappointingly small 1/4" bubbly white head is there and gone above a bubbly, clear amber lager

S- dried fruit, toasted malts, caramel

T- toasted malts, dried fruit, brown sugar, graham cracker

M- smooth medium body with a crisp finish

D- abv% is too high to session, but a tasty lager none the less, worth a try

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Plain orange label, in a 12 oz. brown . The beer pours out a similar hue to the label, a translucent golden amber, capped by a tall foamy off-white head that slowly settles.

Aroma is a robust bready malt, along with some sweet boozy grain, the alcohol is apparent. Reminiscent of malt liquor.

The flavour is also akin to high test, although of a higher quality. Intense bready malt up front immediately joined by some biting alcohol warmth, some sour grain near the finish, while the finish is a spicy alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth for the flavour profile, the upper tier of the light-bodied spectrum, which balances out the heavy and abrasive texture from the alcohol content.

When all is said an done this leaves me with the impression of high end malt liquor, which would be decent for warming up in cool months, and only really palatable in small doses, a bottle a sitting. If they'd be willing to tweak this into more of a maibock they'd have a winner, as everything else is in place for that.

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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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LTD Series - 02 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 42.5% out of 100 with 167 ratings
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