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LTD Series - 03LTD Series - 03

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Well looky here, a crisp new pilsner-style lager all ready to rock your tastebuds' little world. The latest addition to our LTD series is pale-golden in color, featuring a spicy floral hop aroma, malty medium body, and a smooth, thirst quenching finish.

ABV 5.6% IBU 35"

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-27-2009

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Photo of PapaJ
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a glass poured from a 12 oz bottle. This beer was featured at the 'Summer Solstices Sunny Solar-bration' event at Venti's Cafe, Salem, OR, Saturday night. LTD 03 was just released, June 2009, this was the first tasting. I drank several.

The Full Sail LTD 03 bottle label and 6 pack carton report
- crisp new pilsner style
- pale golden color
- spicy floral aroma
- thirst quenching
- smooth hoppy finish

a: bright pale golden / straw color; 1/4 inch head / dissipated fairly quickly
s: spicy floral aroma; hint of lemon
t: crisp / balanced hops and malt; mild / lingering hop bitterness
d: nice light / smooth mouth feel. Very drinkable. A perfect summertime thirst quencher. An excellent pilsener. Suitable for a multiple pint session.

I like this beer. It may be number 2 on my pilsener leaderboard; I need side-by-side taste comparisons. I know I will purchase / drink many of these beers. I look forward to finding it on tap. Perhaps, a trip to Hood River is in order.

Full Sail have a good thing going with their exploratory LTD series.

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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is excellent, but more of a full-bodied, hoppy take on the traditional American lager rather than a real German Pilsner.

Gold, it has a medium-large white head, steadily shrinking to a lasting thin foam and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is nice, aromatic, pleasant full grain with lemony and lightly herbal hops, hints of apple and mineral. This is a very nice, full American "lager" aroma.

The taste is similar, a full-bodied, hoppier and more cmplex take on the US lager style. It has strong grain, lightly sweet and appley as well, with balancing hopps that are grassy with light herbal and lemon character as well. Light sweetness just dominated by the dominant but restrained bitterness. The crisp, lightly bitter finish fades to a full grain aftertaste with some apple and grassy bitterness. It is excellent and exceeedingly drinkable.

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Photo of BetulaLenta
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer on a very hot summer day, and it was exactly what I was craving. This beer has a wonderful light, crisp, and smooth pilsner taste, and I wanted to have at least one more. Sadly, I had only bought a single bottle. Next time, I'll know better.

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Photo of 19SKHJR57
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

A - Brassy-clear gold, with a one-finger head of foam that settles down to just a coupe of

S - Light skunk, along with a deep floral hoppy aroma - almost bread-like, but not quite. A
little hard to describe. Complex smell.

T - Bitter-sweet and extremely well balanced. A slight, lingering, very faint sweetness in the
aftertaste - more like a cross between an excellent pilsner and a helles/export type lager.

M - Medium body with good, not-over-the-top carbonation.

O - The best domestic pilsner I've ever had! A little higher ABV than I'm used to for even the
best pilsners, but the added attention to quality by the brewer makes this seasonal
lager a must-try! Outstanding!

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Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Full Sail LTD 02 was a gateway craft beer for me, and has been a long time favorite of mine, and a seriously underrated lager, so I'm quite excited about this new bottling.

Pours gold with a slight murkiness. A huge off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves a chunky, broken lace all around. Faint hops, some grass, a bit of sweet malts and a distant citrus note all rise to the nose. Goes down crisp and dry which makes for a very nice contrast to the 02 bottling, which was softer and creamier. Tastes lager-like, which is about all I can say, except that it's near perfection with a perfect balance and a nice amount of substance in the taste department. The Full Sail LTD's are consummate examples of beers whose overall rating suffer due to style.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#120. Found this intriguing bottle in a mix-your-own-six bargain at the more beer-saavy Kroger in town. Date of 102111 at the base of the neck on the bottle. Part of my clearing out summer beers to make room for fall. It's been a while since I had a Full Sail beer and I am anxious for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a shaker pint glass at room temperature.

Served at the recommended 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A rather vicious pour yields a frothy 2-finger depth head that subsides at a labored pace, probably a good sign of nice head retention. Color is a very slightly golden yellow, crystal clear with medium carbonation. Plenty of droopy lacing on the glass. This is a very appealing appearance for this beer, very few weak points. 4

(Smell) Certainly smells like a Pilsner. Some slight caramel and pale malts give the grain bill the dominant character, a slightly sweet but not sickly aroma. Possibly some sweet floral or fruity hop aroma lies in the background and thee are hints of honey in the mix. Quite nicely balanced. Potency isn't bad either. I'm rather impressed with the aroma of this beer. 4

(Taste) Gorgeously balanced light malt flavor and grassy hop gives this beer full flavor and a crisp energetic spirit. A tiny nip of fruit rounds out the finish, and some cider tones peek in from time to time and work real well at diversifying the flavor. This beer encompasses the summer and is a very nice lager. Mildly sweet yet fully enjoyable. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Subtly crisp with some tingly spots on the tongue work fine for this beer. Body is a light side of medium and the alcohol is tucked away well. Good compliment to the taste. It all works well. 4

(Overall) Just a really good lager, mild as it should be and slightly sweet but flavorful and balanced. It's a great beer, especially for the summer months. It's definitely worth a shot next year. 4

Full Sail Brewery's
LTD Series 03

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Photo of Reidrover
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear,lovelly golden in colour. Large pure white head. Lashings of lace. Great spicy/grassy hop aromas waft up.Some malts show. Very malt centered beginning to the taste, then washed away by very livelly refreshing hops. Gives a kind of balance to the thing. Thicker than usual mouthfeel for the style. Great summer drinker. I am not sure this could be called a "Classic German Pils"..but it is certainlly a great PNW one!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Oregon Brewers Brunch

A - Poured a strawish-yellow with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipated fast, but left great lacing.

S - Pilsener malts and honey.

T - Pilsener malts, honey and some banana esters. Hop bitterness a bit low for style.

M - Full bodied, malt dominated, smooth and lightly dry.

D - Great beer. Some minor adjustments such as heavier hop schedule and better head retention would put this beer near perfect.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up at the COOP yesterday.. the bro and I had a few of these last night.. and were somewhat impressed... poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger rocky white head.. the brew is a polished golden yellow.. pretty.

nice nose that meshes a pronounced pale maltiness well with a bigger than average spicy hoppiness.. very clean.

good bitterness out of the gate ... nice husky pale malt element with again a little bigger than average spicy hoppiness ... the body is pretty much spot-on for the style and the carbonation is spritzy yet again pretty much perfect... very drinkable... and very clean.. this is a great choice for a summer quaffer.

Well made German style lagers are a weakness for me and this is very well made.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then a hops presence that is strong for the style but not over-powering comes in. There’s some mild malt sweetness in the background and a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Full Sail pint glass. Decent head retention and lacing left on the glass as it's consumed.

This brew reminds me of a more bitter and hop forward version of their outstanding Session Lager. The nose of it is loaded with bread malt and bright citrus hop notes. Ditto for the taste, as the hop character gets more complex with grass, lemon, herbal, and citrus notes. Aftertaste of all these hops stay with you for a while. Touch of alcohol is also present in the finish.

This is a very good pale lager for the summer, or really any time of the year. It is fairly straightforward, but at the same time has a complex hop character that will keep you on your toes a bit. Only complaint is that at 5.6%ABV, it's just a tad too strong to be a session beer. That said, what the heck, having a few of these will satisfy your thirst for a good pilsener brewed fresh here in the U.S. and at the same time make you feel good inside.


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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a sixpack found at the enigmatic Pappy's beer store near Cumberland Gap National Park near Ewing, Virginia. Pours a clear goldenrod body topped by a small white head. Some attractive spiderweb lacing adorns the glass.

Aroma is fresh baked bread, enlivened by floral hop notes, some lemon zest, and fresh cut hay.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, light medium in body with a zippy carbonation.

Taste has a prevailing dry bitterness that is marked by floral and grassy hops edged by hints of black pepper and lemon zest. Maltiness is bready with a hint of honey. Finishes clean with a lemon zest aftertaste.

This is a topnotch American pilsner. Very sessionable. I'm tempted to buy the other two sixers I saw at the little country beer store.

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Photo of lysistrata
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear blonde. two fingers of head. Smells of clean bready malt, mowed grass, some indistinguishable flowers. It bounces off the palate and finishes like most Pilsners should....with a bite. Some more noticeable hops could be nice, but all in all, a very nice Pilsner. Could easily knock back 4 four or so of these on a Saturday afternoon watching football. Highly recommeded

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Photo of Clamwacker
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't a fan of this brew's second bottling, I found it to have a bit of a stale flavor or perhaps something astringent in it. On the other hand, I always have to give Full Sail a try when they come up with something new.

This one poured a very clear golden color, like every other lager I have poured. It has a decent, finger-thick head that lasted a few minutes. Surprising was the droopy lace that stuck to the glass. Not something I got out of the last bottling.

It has a certain smell to it that I can't quite identify, which carries over into the flavor as well. It must be the Sterling hops, which I have used in a brew once before, but that was an IPA with 4 other styles of hops. It seems like that aroma attached itself to my memory and brings out some kind of pleasant nostalgia.

The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops, neither ever overpowering the other. Considering it only uses regular pale 2 row malt, the hops have to be the cause of this unique flavor. However, they do not lend any significant bittering effect, they merely balance the malt almost perfectly.

The mouthfeel is pretty average, there's a nice level of carbonation here, which gives a light tingling. The slightly higher than usual alcohol level is undetectable.

For drinkability, I would rank this as a great session beer. Nothing about it dominates any other part, and the result is a great all-around lager, perfect for a warm, sunny day.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear medium amber with an almost non existent very brief partial white head that really goes away fast!

Light yeast lager nose that is brief and weak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice balance and medium creamy full mouth.

Flavors are appealing burnt toast and yeasty biscuit - simple but clean, flavorful and appealing and inviting. Short yeast bitter toast finish.

This is a classic example of the whole being better than the sum of it's parts. Nothing stands out here - yet, the overall beer is very inviting and extremely appealable to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elegant, flavorful light lager. I think it's a great example of the Pilsener style, whichever country you think it's inspired by. Nice aroma with a touch of fruit in the mouthful. Just the right bitterness, it proves you don't have to over-hop to get a crisp, Euro flavor. Malt mellowness anchors the main theme, with that biscuity flavor giving a nice grainy edge. This one, like 04, seems to have a pale bock flavor to it.

The usual Full Sail lineup is such average stuff, but these LTD beers have always impressed me, and I'm not a big fan of lagers normally.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright golden yellow in the glass with a thick head lingering for a few minutes and then fading to a ring that lingers. Slight lacing present.

S: Malt dominates the aroma, almost like opening a bag of base malt and taking a whiff. Hops are faint in the background.

T: Crisp and clean is the first thing that comes to mind. The malt is nicely balanced with bitterness from the hops. Bitterness lingers momentarily and then fades into obscurity.

M: Light bodied beer with prickly carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and easy to have more than one. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of kels
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to colts9016 for shipping this extra. I always like to try this style since it doesn't get as much hype.

Pours into my pint glass a really nice bright straw-yellow shade. It is slightly hazy with little carbonation bubbles running throughout. The initial 3 finger white fluffy, foamy head fades and retains really well at a nice skim. Slippery spots of lace slide down the walls of the glass throughout the drink.

Impressively large aroma for a lager. Light, powdery, biscuity malts couple with a subtle citrus. It isn't exactly toasted - more dry smelling.

What's most notable about this beer is the brightness and how refreshing it is and then how quickly it disappears from the palate. It finishes so incredibly crisply and cleanly that it's almost hard to taste it long enough to describe. The dry, unassuming grains provide a tasty backdrop to a nicely citrusy, slightly tart hop note. There's no hint of stickiness or sweetness here. The feel is well-carbonated, keeping things light. While I prefer heavy carbonation, this one is almost too much in that it rushes the beer so quickly through my mouth that I struggle to really taste the beer. As the beer warms and the carbonation dissipates a little, I get a nice, distinct pineapple juice aftertaste that is very pleasant and complements the crispness of the beer nicely.

Drinkability is super-high. The flavor is really nice, even if you have to work a little to get it to be patient enough to taste, and the feel is so crisp and refreshing that it drinks all day. I only wish I could get this regularly during the summer - Full Sail hasn't quite made it to VA yet.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this one for awhile, and now that Full Sail distributes to NC, I got that chance. Picked up a 6-pack at my local grocery. Poured the final one into a pint glass for review.

Pours a pale gold with a thin white head on top. Faint lacy rings cling to the glass. The nose is fresh and peppy, with floral hops and a big citrus aroma. Great crisp feel with a moderately high carbonation zip. Light buttery flavors meld with lemon zest and a flavorful hoppy finish. Faint peppery bite lings just a bit at each sip. This beer delivered. I dig it, and I'm glad I can get it locally now.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent pilsener style beer. Absolutely gorgeous in my pilsener glass. 1/2 inch head, with good lacing.

Crisp, light and refreshing, this beer offers everything you'd expect to see in a quality lager. The flavor has more hops character than in many other beers of this variety.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of citrus, grass and pilsener malt. The flavor is grassy hops with some malt and lemon characteristics. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty basic German-style pilsener that is easy to drink and has no noticeable flaws.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/24/09- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, assuming a '09 ecition. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden colored pour. Nice 3/4 inch white fluffy head. Some nice light patches left behind.

Smell- Fresh grainy nose, pretty intense hop nose as well as a very light toasted malty note.

Taste- Tasted quite fresh as well. Tasted more like a traditional pils than most that I have had that were brewed here in the US. Grainy background, nice hardcore german hop flavor and a light malty backing.

Mouthfeel-Sort of creamy with a medium and almost dead on carbonation level with a nice lightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Wonderful US version of a traditional German style. Will probably pick up a sixer of this. Good job Full Sail!

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Photo of Auraan
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear yellow with very little white head. Looks pretty good for a pilsner. Scents of lager yeast and crystal malt. Smells excellent. Flavor is crystal malt, fruity hops with a lot of stone fruit, apricot mostly, some citrus, moderate malt sweetness and a moderate level of hop bitterness, and a nice cracker aftertaste. A very good taste, a bit dry, and a nice malt backbone to the beer. Very much a Czech pilsner. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall a pretty good pilsner, nice easy drinking on a summer day, recommended.

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Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had on tap at their Hood River tasting pub... took the tour, and loved how they bottled this for flights in 22 oz. bottles.

- Nice clear straw yellow pilsner... bubbly thick white head... down to a slim layer.

- Crisp floral, bitter, and citrus notes with a touch of the Full Sail grain but more a light sweetness and standard malt backing.

- Super smooth and crisp beer without being thick, or sweet... or overly robust. Nice pale balance of light sweet bready malt, citrus and bitter hops with a light zing.

- Light bodied, smooth, balanced... lightly dry. Overall very pleasant feel.

- Full pint went right on down the hatch.... super smooth, light, and balanced.... and nothing short of a fantastic Full Sail brew... my favorite of the LTD series.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Full Sail guys seem to do a good job and I like this style quite a lot so Here goes.

From a 12oz bottle into a belled glass pours a clear yellow beer. White head adorns the lager and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Very clean smell (especially at the cold temperature I choose to serve this beer) I know more will show as it warms so I will resist the urge to down this one. I do like the subtle nose. Time has passed and now...Tangy green apple smells, it smells like a chardonnay somehow, not the cat pee side of things but the fruit palate parts.

Taste is crispy clean like the nose, again I know how cold affects things so I will save a bit for further review as it warms. For the now I will relish the bite and tartness. Tastes after time are really just as clean but more pronounced with a similar bent as the nose toward chardonnay.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a high carbonation and a dry finish.

I think this is greatly drinkable and a tasty addition to the German Pil;s lineup. I will get more when I can and enjoy a few as I believe this is how this style is best enjoyed.

Happy Labor Day and,


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