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 josiahschlender
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer isn't quite the home run that the green LTD 01 is, but a solid lager that I'm finally getting around to review.

The beer pours clear, rich golden-orange in color with good size orange-tinged head that leaves a little bit of lace. Definitely more hearty looking than most American Lagers.

Sweet malts on the nose. Maybe even some banana-like yeast aroma, too. Pretty good smells at pretty good intensity.

More of the toasted characteristics of the malts are what I notice in the taste, slightly less sweet than it smells. However, something strikes me as off on the flavors. Not sure what it is, but it isn't something that begs me to drink more of it. Medium body has good oomph to go with the bigger than average flavors. I want to like this beer, but for some reason I'm just not getting into it a whole lot.

I love that Full Sail is brewing quality lagers and making them available at a pretty affordable price. In my mind, their Session lager and LTD 01 are better beers, but this one might have a bigger flavor than either other ones. It's still quite drinkable, goes with food well. I'll probably pick this up again sometime in the future.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this in Texas. Finally getting around to drinking it.

A: A fairly deep copper color with a half finger of white head. Really nice lacing especially for a lager.

S: The malt is very much up front and clear. The yeast is actually present and pleasant which is also nice for a lager.

T: Nothing really to make this stand out but it is good. Quite a bit of flavor. The nice thing is the sweetness does not dominate like most examples of the style. A touch of roast in there as well.

M: A touch on the thick side which hurts the drinkability a little bit for me.

D: I like the idea of this beer. A brewery showing people what a lager can be. This is a good beer all around. Not world class for sure but enjoyable after a long day of work.

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

Good amber lager with a nice mix of malt and spicy hops. The beer pours a light orange-amber color, a shade lighter than other Amber Lagers that I've come across. The head is white and dissipates fairly rapidly with a moderate amount of lacing. There's a pretty good malt presence, although it isn't terribly interesting, light caramel and a bit of biscuit. The hops are mildly spicy and also not incredible. However, the balance is good, and the aftertaste is also quite pleasant. There is some alcohol presence; it's stronger than your average lager. At any rate, it's a good beer, and hopefully, other American breweries will take note and release more different lagers.

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

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1 finger creamy white head. A lot of carbonation bubbles. Decent retention. The lace was like bridges almost. Color is a clear golden sunset.

Aroma: Caramel malts. Very sweet malts. Hinted with earthy hops. Very malts. Reminds me a lot of a bock.

Taste: Caramel malts, sweet earthy hops. Very malty. A very flavorful lager.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp. A little creamy. Pretty light bodied. Medium to high carbonation. Ends with a very sticky malty aftertaste.

Overall, this is an amazingly easy drinking beer. I am really liking what full sail is doing with the LTD lager series. I can easily drink more of this. Looking forward to trying LTD #3.

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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 PintOHops
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a slightly hazy copper, an almost Ale like appearance. Produces a soapy thin head that dissipates quickly, has pretty high carbonation and it holds well throughout entire consumption. Leaves no lacing but appears very inviting & fresh! Smells of lots of sweet malty, grainy, corny notes, some fruity grape & dates, and subtle molasses notes, not much else to detect. Some slight pine notes, but overall sweet & grainy.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of a strong & sweet malty, grainy flavor, very cake like with lite earthy, spicy, citrus hop bitterness. Some decent pine flavor and hop bitterness but overall, it has a malty, grainy, cake like flavor profile. Rich & hardy. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin, slightly silky with a fair bite of carbonation on the tongue, and lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Overall this beer was very enjoyable, lots of rich malty, cake like flavors, which I did enjoy. Not a strong hop presence in this one, but just enough to make a decent balance and leave you wanting more. Not much to say, but I think this is a solid beer, and better yet it's priced very cheap, 6.99$ a 6pack in CA. For the price & quality Id say seek this one out. Cheers!

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this on "close-out" at my local liquor store. The best by date says 6/29/09, so its still got plenty of time.

A: Doesn't really look like an amber/red ale. Its more like an all-malt lager. This is what I will review it as. Good carbonation. Nice orange color with amber hues. Crisp white head sits atop.

S: Maltiness is present! Very nice malt profile with a faint sweetness and no harsh undertones. I do get some floral hops as well...intriguing.

T: Beautiful malty sweetness. Not overly sweet, but enough to tell you its there. A hint of carapils in the flavor. Very nice for any malt lover. Now for the hop head, there are definitely hops here as well. The hops lean more towards the floral, spicy, noble side, but I do get a hint of citrus. A very flavorful lager.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean on the tongue. Finishes dry.

D: This was an exceptional lager from an ale brewery. I really liked Session, so I was excited for this beer. I was not let down. Plenty of flavors and even a bit of hops. This is the way a lager should taste. It is right up there in the same category as Brooklyn Lager and other greats. I will buy this again and again if I can find it.

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Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: An amber color with some copper hues. There is a solid one finger head that is ivory in color and creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. There is a hint of floral in the beer.

Taste: A very nice malty aroma with a touch of sweetness. There is some floral esters and a hint of citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and slightly dry. The body of the beer is medium, and finish is light and crisp. There is a very nicely balanced beer with a good flavor. The head has some retention and left lacing on the glass.

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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 elniko
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Reddish golden coloring with half finger head and heavy lacing. Moderate carbonation. Good looking lager.

S: Burnt toasty qualities coming from nose, solid.

T & M: Well balanced, malt backbone is definitely there with crisp not overly hoppy finish. I get some flowery tones as well that one doesn't usually pick up in a lager.

D: Highly drinkable, I really enjoyed this brew. Full Sail definitely knows how to make an awesome lager. This and Session are tough to beat.

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Photo of westsideblaze
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

l This beer has a beautiful auburn color and a fantastic starting head for a bottled lager.

s Smell is yeasty with hints of toasted hickory.

t Taste is well structured with nice malt and barley undertones.

m This lager starts out fantastic with a light body but the higher alcohol and over-maltiness make it somehwhat too rich towards the end.

d I initially fell in love with this beer but the date ended quickly.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review 650! 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours an attractive, burnt amber-gold body with a hellacious amount of carbonation rising to supply a well-retained, creamy cap of light khaki bubbles. Some nice speckles of lacing adhere to the inside of the glass. Aroma is somewhat of a letdown, with notes of corn, cereal & Vienna malt, flaked wheat, but not much of a hop presence.

Good flavor on this lager, with an amber malt profile that suggests caramel, biscuit, and a toasted nuttiness. Thankfully the hops are much more evident in the flavor than they were in the aroma, as a spicy punch of Saaz gets delivered the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated, with a refreshing and crisp finish. Overall, Ltd#2 is a solid, sessionable lager of which I'm glad I purchased a sixer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel. Clear light copper color with a small but dense cap of beige foam. Aroma is tangy and malty, toasty and orangey. Flavor is bready with some mild citrus and an almost milky texture. A touch of earthy hops and even a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. A little light on flavor for the abv. Soft smooth mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This beer is having an identity crisis. Does it want to be a strong lager? It has the abv but not the flavor. Does it want to be a refreshing, lighter lager? It has the body but too much abv. Decent, but LTD 01 was better.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with no head. Malty and a bit tangy with yeast with the barest bit of earthy hops on the finish. The taste is somewhat grassy and with some malt sweetness, but with none of the yeasty tanginess I like in the style. Fairly one dimensional and simple, and with just enough hops to balance. Smooth, and relatively drinkable, but lacks interest.

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Photo of tbeck
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light orange-red with a thin white head that dissappears quickly into a good collar. Nice aroma of malt and hops. Taste is well balanced but simple. Some malt and cereal grains with some hops. A slight bitterness develops in the aftertaste. Beer is thin and light on the tongue. I enjoyed the flavor and since it is light I recommend it as a session beer.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden brown color with a light, whispy white head and some decent lacing action on the glass. Slight caramelly aroma. Mighty smooth flavor of caramel malt and a slight grassy, herbal hops that hides in the background, and sort of sneaks up at you right on the end. This is one of those beers that certainly isn't a flavor explosion, but really well crafted, very smooth, well balanced, goes well with a lot of food. A real pleasure to drink.

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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 BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured into a glass was medium yellow, with no foam and no lace. The smell was of a mild hoppy aroma along with a touch of spice and a hint of citrus. The flavor was like the aroma except for a mild bitter bite on the palate. The flavor overal was good, not outstanding or near outstanding, but, a nice mild pale ale.

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

Appearance: amber-gold, great clarity, thinnish layer of white suds that slackens to a crown

Aroma: toffee malt, almond paste, floral/fruity hops

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a bready/biscuity malt; hints of light brown sugar and wheat grass; finishes semi-dry with a slight bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, slight warmth

Other comments: A fairly sound lager with enough complexity to give it some character.

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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 htomsirveaux
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle.

Head is small, tan, medium carbonation. Clear dark orange-red in color. Smells lightly malty, mineraly. Fairly bready sweet throughout, cinnamon. Finish is somewhat salty and pecan nutty. Medium body. Not bad but expected something a little better for a limited edition.

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Photo of biggmike
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/amber color that even with an aggressive pour yielded little head that dissipated almost immediately and left a very thin film along the top. Aroma was very hard to discern. Flavor was a bit fruity and biscuity. Medium body and carbonation. Decent beer with good drinkability.

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Photo of cvfish
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crisp amber color that produced a decent, foamy head that retained ok and left a decent amount of lacing

S - Malts with a little hops, and some orange zest

T - Grainy malts, some hops, grapefruits, green grapes, and some earthy tastes

M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation

T - Good beer, but as a special it just doesn't connect. Like I said, it's a good beer, but not a good special

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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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LTD Series - 02 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.67 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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