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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
232
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5.6% ABV, 122409 printed on the neck.

A - A very light haze forms in the golden yellow beer after it's pour. The fluffy white head rises up like a sail and lowers slowly leaving sticky lace all over.

S - Smooth and soft malty pilsner and pale aroma with a touch of minerals to the background. A gently kiss of mild hops adds a pinch of grass and pine.

T - Sweet pale and pilsner malts with a small hint of honey splash on the tongue but is slowly eroded away but waves of soft pine and grass hops. A small mineral deposit on the finish brings the flavor full-circle to the aroma.

M - A small dry, light bitterness follows the initial sweet malty profile of this light-medium-bodied pilsner beer. It's soft and smooth going down but lacks a bit of carbonation.

D - This limited lager is an easy-drinking beer with a soft profile and nice flavor. A good first Full Sail beer to try I'd say.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium yellow hue; clear body with plenty of effervescence. One finger of frothy white head which quickly dissipated.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little citrusy hops. Just a hint of grain and a little tartness.

Taste: Flavor profile tracks pretty solidly with the aroma. Hops are slightly earthy here; the citrus has subsided but the tartness remains. It's alright.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. It works well enough.

Drinkability: a pretty drinkable and refreshing brew. It's not perfect, but it kind of hits the spot on a warm day.

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Photo of beersands
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, but the hop flavors, aroma, and grainy aftertaste are more in line with something i'd search for and find in an american ale - never an import pilsner.

Appearance is clear, 4mm head after pour, and good lacing. Golden color

Aroma, getting dank fruity spicy ale-like hop aroma. Smells more like an english ale then an import pilsner profile

taste clean but with a grainy aftertaste and a ale-like hop finish. Lightly grainy and fruity, not the spicy clean flavor I would expect in an import pilsner style.

mouthfeel was fine.

If this were touted as an american ale, I would score it very highly except its color is lighter than that.

A good beer but I feel like I'm being hustled with the fancy shmancy marketing hype label and classification.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head, clarity is excellent. Served very cold, slight aroma of malts and honey. Taste is clean, slightly grainy with spice and ample bitterness. Good carbonation and mouthfeel is appropriately light, crisp, but not watery. This is a session beer except for the relatively high ABV for the style. Ultimately, it's a pretty good technical brew but somehow the taste is just a bit off for me, keep at it Full Sail, one of my favorites breweries, you can get this "pilsner" style right--just not this time.

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Photo of squaremile
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, this is a bit disappointing. I love pilsners, but this just isn't delivering. Pours a darker straw yellow, head retention left something to be desired. Nose is wet hay, sugars, lemon, and yeast. Taste is a bit hollow with some sugar cookie, yeast, and grass flavors present but not doing it for me. Mouthfeel is a tad heavy for the style.

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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 wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Pours with a typical golden-straw hue that sports a transparently clear body. Tracer bullet streams of fat, carbonated bubbles rise upwards, but the eggshell-creme head nearly vanishes in a matter of minutes. Some cooked veggies in the nose, mainly squash and corn. Hints of tropical fruit and floralness from those German hops, but not much else to write home about...fairly mild stuff.

The flavor initially echoes the aroma's lack of presence, as all that graces the front of the tongue is a grainy pilsner malt note and mineral traces. Just in time, though, the hops kick in with a healthy, grassy bitterness to keep things interesting. A bit of sourness lingers into the finish. Body is light and bubbly, über-crisp and drinkable to boot (or is it "das boot"?). Anyway, #3 is not my favorite in the Full Sail Ltd Series...the previous bottling was much better.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a small pils glass.

See-thru golden body with a smallish, but dense white head. A decent amount of lacing is left.

Nice fresh and spicy nose, lightly sweet grains, perhaps a squeeze of lemon. Seems like it will taste too sweet at first, but soon enough a grassy bitterness creeps in, accompanied by some tingly spice. A crisp finish, and a pretty refreshing brew here.

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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 tempest
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love it. The aroma is a bit weak, but smells of earthy Euro hops. There's a fluffy white head and lacing. The flavor has a mix of creamy and dry toasted barley followed by spicy and (unusually citrusy) hops. Very drinkable and very tasty. Check this beer out.

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Photo of colts9016
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass at 37 Degrees.

Appearance: A one finger,creamy, foamy, white head that has some retention to it. The color of the beer is a light amber with yellow orange hues.The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is effervescence in the beer and the head leaves some lacing.

Nose: A light fragrant, malty aroma with floral esters. There are some light citrus and pine with a toasty note.

Taste: A lightly toasted malt with floral and pine notes. There is a light citrus and phenol characters in the back ground of the beer.

Mouth feel: is carbonated, crisp, and clean.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium. This is a good pilsner, except for a little bit of an odd funky flavor towards the end. Although the flavor of the pilsner draws attention to the overall characteristics of the beer it is still drinkable.

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Photo of armock
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Doesn't do much for me its slightly sweet malt

T - Is pretty decent some malt sweetness with a touch of spicey hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good beer its not blowing me away but it has a pretty good taste thats easy to drink its worth a try sometime

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright tangerine with a superfine yeasty haze. Although pale malt is the only malt 'checked off' on the Full Sail website, there has to be something slightly darker or the beer would be more amber than orange. An good looking chunk of manila colored foam lasts and lasts, eventually decorating the glass with loads of sticky lace.

Nothing darker than pale malt is appreciated on the sniff test. Recipe number 03 smells lagery clean, with the grassy-earthy-spicy quality of Sterling hops (which were derived from Saaz) being dominant. More pungency would be great. To be fair, I'm pretty sure things were different immediately following the summertime release.

LTD Series 03 is a better than average German-style pilsner that is definitely not short on maltiness. The hops are still going fairly strong as well. I'm guessing that least 2/3 of the original 35 IBUs are still present. Trouble is, an off-flavor sneaks in on the back end that isn't immediately identifiable.

The malt tastes slightly toasted-earthy, which corresponds to the color (if not the aroma). The Sterling hops aren't quite as grassy as Saaz, at least in this particular beer. There are no fruit esters, which makes sense given the use of a lager yeast. The off-flavor is slightly plastic-like and solvent-like, although it's easily tolerated during these 12 ounces.

The ABV would suggest that this is a slightly bigger than usual pils. The mouthfeel confirms it. There's more barley than average and the carbonation is very well done. Creamy and zippy is a good combination in some styles. Like this one.

Of the three LTD beers that have been released to date, 01 is my favorite, even though bock is one of my least favorite styles. It looks like Full Sail is sticking with lagers for this series. How about a doppelbock or a rauchbier next?

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Photo of willmc
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Sight: Pours a nice golden color into a pilsner style glass, with a ¼ inch white head that is gone in the blink of an eye, and no lacing what-so-ever. Sad to say.
Aromas: Floral and earthy notes at first followed by some citrus, still not too impressed.
Tastes: A citrus lemon grass, dry, clean and crisp, very earthy with hints of hops added to it. Over all not too bad of a beer, I expected a little more from Full Sail, but hey everyone has their own flavor, this is just not quite mine.

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Photo of koopa
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra from a generous BA trader thanks!

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden with a one finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace. I think the head would have held a little better in a traditional pilsner glass.

Smell: A touch of lager yeast and pilsner malt with a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Not much lemon zing, but some herbal hops and a faint touch of honey sweetness from the malt. Pretty straight forward which is a nicer description than one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly crisp, but a touch thicker than I was expecting.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable. I'd score it a 5.0 if the flavor was better.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade from Wasatch. 12oz bottle.

A: Clear gold in color, stark white head, excellent clarity, and a ton of bubbles moving through it. Nice looking beer.

S: Pilsener malts, a hint of honey, and some notes of clean soapy hops. Pretty standard, nothing extraordinary, but not offensive.

T: Mild and malty up front with a big kick of resiny, spicy verging on citrus hops as well. Fairly sweet, but has a nice balancing bitterness with it as well. Bitterness really lingers on the palate. Pretty tasty. Very crisp and clean.

M: Spot on here, light body, lingering bitterness, crisp, almost sharp carbonation. Excellent.

D: Easy to drink. This would be a great gateway beer for the more adventurous BMC drinker. Easy to put back, and I would love to find this on tap somewhere. Recommended.

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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 taxguyjase
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this bad boy at BevMo for like $5 a six pack.

The Full Sail Ltd Series #3 is a pretty standard pilsner style beer. The beer is pretty lightly golden, bubbly (lots of carbonation) and clear, with a mild, crisp malt smell with a hint of sourness. The flavor was malty and clean, with a bit of sourness in it. Thanks to the low IBUs (only 35), you don't get much bitterness on this beer. Aftertaste is nill, and the flavor comes and goes pretty quickly. That said, the beer goes down easy and was pretty refreshing. I'd consider this one again, especially if the price was $5 a six pack. It's got a nice 5.6% ABV too, so you can have a number of these without getting blitzed.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 nice light golden color, clear
Smell- 3.0/5.0 - light crispy malt smell, light sour
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - cold sour malt, clean body, no aftertaste, flavor quick
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - went down easy, no aftertaste
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - sure, the price was right, good standard pilsner

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. The colour was golden straw with little head. The aroma was somewhat hoppy and grain-like. On the palate, there was some mild hop character as well as citrus zest and pith, plus a rather grain-like cereal aspect to the finish. I can certainly think of better IPA's.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly nice pilsner here, but a bit on the softer side for a German style one. Pours golden with a fairly light head but a constant stream of bubbles. Light earthy biterrness in the aroma as well a a dose of lager yeast a bit of slightly sour graininess. A little bit bready tasting and with more of that sam earthy bitterness and slight grainy sourness. Fairly smooth, but on the softer, heavier side for a pilsner. Pretty decent, but it could use a bit more snap.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had back-to-back with a PBR, which really highlighted how much better this is than a crappy macro. Pours golden and clear with a decent white head. Aroma is grainy with no adjuncts and a whisper of floral hoppiness. Grassy grainy flavor with some crackery malt and a little sweetness. Refreshing mouthfeel, very drinkable.

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Photo of cvfish
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a yellow golden color that produced a wispy white head that had little retention and left no lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a grainy characteristic coupled with a honey and lemon undertones

T - The taste of this beer falls completely in line with the nose, grains, honey and lemon

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer was very high, I don't know what people expect out of a Pilsener, but this was it, tasty and refreshing

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer in early August from Total Wine and More for $4.99.

Beer poured golden with a two finger white head. Nose has hints of hop flower. Taste is balanced, malts with a hint of cereal blend nicely into a crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is good, this is a crisp refreshing pils that makes for a good tailgate beer!

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $1.59. Review from notes.

A: Stunning clear honey-gold with 1-finger off-white foamy head with decent retention and a single choppy ring of lace.

S: Underwhelming with mainly sweet, crackery malt with very light herbal hops

T: Malty with herbal and light citruss hops presence. Malts are pleasantly biscuity and lightly sweet with mineral and cracker flavors with mild herbal hops in the finish.

M: Light-to-medium body with active carbonation and lightly dry, mineral, aspirin aftertaste.

D: A good malty German-type pilsner which could pushes malt to great effect but could use a slightly bigger hops presence to add another dimension to the aroma and flavor. As a session beer, this is a top pick for its easy-drinking nature but solid crafting with a big malt presence.

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LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.62 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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