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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 vfgccp
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light golden color, pure white head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is light to moederate. Perfectly clear.

S - very reminicent of a saison in aroma. Touches of black pepper, and a touch of a bready/yeasty bitterness on back end.

T - light in taste, slight pale bitterness. Hints of a salt water minerallyness.

M - very light. Not watery though, overall a nice light drinkable lager.

O - It's your average lager, light in flavor and very drinkable. It's quite smooth though, so overrall it's one of the better lagers which to me are a very simple basic style. The addition of the slight bitterness is also pleasant.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

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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 smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner style glass.

A real nice solid white head foamy and uniform in character, sits on a classic golden slow rising cola like carbonation bubbles of lager goodness. Real crystal clear.

Slight bready malts, but also a hint of butter. Overall not too bad for the nose.

Spicy and light. Spiced hop profile of sharp dull lemon, with a little fussel and chemical tasting. Sweet bread on the finish slightly giving to a slight sugar. Crispness not so obvious, sort of a little doughy.

Overall not too bad, not crazy about it, but it's working for me and fairly refreshing and tasty.

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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 canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In BC every brewer has a beer like this , a decent lager that treads the waters between pils and domestic lage. In Washington it seems that very few lagers are available year round and so we have a LTD beer from Full Sail. Nice and crisp with decent hops but nothing to rock your world. Put in a can and make it year round rather than issue it as a special edition beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, topped with roughly a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, that stays robust enough I guess, and leaves back a cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and settles into just a light smattering of lacing. The aroma is floral and lightly spicy but the main focus in on the soft fruitiness of the nose. The malts don’t seem to have much of a presence, as most of the sweetness here is coming from that fruit character.

This time in the taste, that gentle fruitiness mixes it up with more of the sweet graininess from the malts, while a firm and more bitter citric presence adds a degree of prickly assertiveness to the profile. This finishes fairly dry feeling, with lingering notes of spice and light rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth overall, with a pretty darn sharp and lively feel to the carbonation that is coming on a little too strong at times. This does start to smooth out a bit though as it sits.

Eh, this was decent enough. I guess the main gripe for me was the heavy emphasis on the fruit flavors, which combined with the malt to give this more of a sweet twang to the taste instead of the crisp snap that I would normally associated with a thirst quenching Pilsener. I finished this glass… but barely.

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Photo of DavidST
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clearish light yellow color with a white head. The smells are pretty light, I get some grassy hop smells with some grainy aromas. The body is light. With the taste is get more grainy malts with a slight hop bite, this is clean and probably good for a summer beer, light and crisp, not over done (although this is normal to me for most full sail products which seem to be less aggressive than some of the others).

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Photo of Chyren
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a sparkling transparent beautiful golden color with 1-2 finger sea-foam white head.

S: Some noble spice and herb, fresh grain and grass, some apple tang

T: Immediately tangy and lip smacking, the apples say hello, more grain and fresh grass, hay, light bread, a bit of herbal hops with some spice, very clean overall, and refreshing.

M: A little more full-bodied / thick than a usual pilsner. Slightly more chewy than crisp, but still refreshing. Very drinkable.

O: I like it. It is an interesting and American take on the classic style. It has more fruit to it, more punch, which isn't bad at all. Only thing I would like is more of that czech saaz spice.

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Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale golden colour with a tiny white head. Poor head retention.

Very light grainy aroma. Pretty damn dull.

Grainy malt with a slightly herbal and floral hop character. Well balanced.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

A fair attempt at a pilsner with a decent hop to malt balance but the whole thing isn't singing for me. I don't love the malt character here.

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Photo of Sky2625
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass (notes from 8/20/11):

A - Poured a clear golden yellow, with 1-finger foam/small bubble head. A dozen carbonation streams provide moderate retention, and spots of lace are left clinging to the glass.

S - Apple and light maltiness up front, with a back end of sunny grains.

T - Light malt sweetness with hints of apple, and sweet corn/grain earthiness. Finishes with graininess, mild bitterness, and a hint of cider.

M - Light medium body, fizzly carbonation at the front of the tongue. Crisp and brisk, finishing dry, with some warmth in the throat.

D - Very drinkable, nice and easy session beer. Decent flavor, though moderate sweetness doesn't quite find it's match in the mild bitterness. Great for a summer day activity.

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Photo of zander4dawin
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

** Performed Blind Tasting **

Appearance - Deep golden color with a pillowy head.
Smell - Floral and citrus
Taste - Orange, grapefruit but not bitter, simple, taste a little watery
Mouthfeel - crisp and sharp

Overall - A nice lager with a simple taste but could use more snappiness and dryness to be a good pils.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass a clear light golden with a thinner but well retained white head,alot of tiny bubbles.Bready malt really stands out in the nose,a light shot of herbal hops,and iron as well.A realy bready malt profile on the palate wich is really nice,light lemony and herbal hops round out the flavor profile nicely.Another well made American pilsner,I have had a few over the summer,this is nice for the warm weather.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single purchased @ Trader Joe's in San Clemente, California and presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle. #3 in a series of LTD brews.

Pours a light-golden straw color with a dense white head with decent retention and lacing. Well-hopped nose with spicy herbal and floral aromas.

Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Taste mirrors the nose with suggestions of Noble hops and floral notes, followed by a flash of lemon citrus. Finishes coarse on the palate with a moderately lingering bitterness. Worthy marks of a classic German Pilsener.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden straw color. Nice head with decent retention. Very nice lacing all the way down.

S: Grain. Lemon. A bit herbal. Yeasty.

T: Citrus is on the front. Very nice yeasty flavor as well. Nice sweetness on the very end.

M: Light and crisp. Medium carbonation.

O: Very nice crisp lager. Well priced. Will pick it up again.

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Photo of codfeast
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold color, thick foamy 1/2" head, lots of raising carbination, and sticky lacing.

S: Malt(bread, grains), hops(hints of citrus).

T: follows the smell, bready semi sweet malt, with a slightly bitter end.

M: Smoooth and creamy, medium carbination and a slight dry finish.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing, may be lacking some cripsness, and a dry finish for the style, but overall a good beer. Picked it up for $6.49 and worth it.

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

I do really like Pilsner beers, so I had to pick this one up. Let's see if Full Sail knows how to brew a lager.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color as it should be with a very lasting white head that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising. Actually a little over-carbonated looking for a Pilsner, but I can't fault them for that. There is a pretty decent amount of lacing left on the glass after drinking. Even after I've drank most of the beer, there is still a solid head across the top. This is a very well presented beer.

Aroma: It actually smells like a Pilsner with some toasty notes and some light caramel. The hops are very evident, and are European, far so good. As the beer warms up, the sweetness is getting stronger, which is a little unusual as you would expect the hops to come out, but they are softening up.

Taste: The taste is a little full for the style. Especially with this much carbonation, I would expect it to be really crisp, but instead it is bubbly and ends a tad syrupy a while after the sip. Though there is a pretty decent amount of aroma hops in this beer, there is light bittering. I am not wanting a Pale Ale or anything, but most authentic German Pilsners end a bit more bitter than this one, but I am nit-picking. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation which brings it back into the Pilsner realm.

Opinion: Overall I think that this is a pretty good beer and I don't regret the fact that I bought a whole six-pack. It is a pretty good attempt at the style, and a very good Lager for an American brewer. That said, there are a few nuances that I mentioned that this beer could use to make it a bit more "authentic". I would start with a more attenuating yeast to dry out the finish a bit and hopefully bring the hops out. Still, a good beer and I would recommend it if you are a fan of German Pilsners as it is close enough to make you recognize the style almost instantly.

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

Very nice clarity with a nice golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste. The finish was quick, crisp, and very clean

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a nice yellow with a touch of orange... very clean looking nice bobbles.. about a fingers worth of head... very nice lacing.

S: Little malt and floral hops... very fresh smelling, little earthy.

T: Very pilsner like.... clean, crisp, little malt and floral hops... maybe a little grassy... Very little aftertaste... Good on a hot summer day.

M: Pretty light, crisp lively carbonation from start to finish... very clean and maybe a little on the dry side.

D: Very drinkable pilsner. Everything is a good match to the style... Not a bad little beer from Full Sail.

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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 Nixon
2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As a fan of Full Sail products I really wanted to like this one but I didn't.
It looks great...very clear golden color topped with a snow white head that lasts.
It claims to be in the league of imported pilsners...Stella, Heineken, Peroni, Becks, etc. But against any of these I think it falls flat.
And that's because to me this beer tasted kinda like soda water with a squirt of 'bitter juice' in it. I didn't get any sweet, biscuity or bready malt flavor and the hops were pure bitterness, no detectable flavor.
I remember reading that when Full Sail formed an alliance with Miller so they could brew Henry Weinhard's, they gained a lot of brewing knowledge by meeting with the Miller chemists and brewers. And I guess that's what this LTD 03 tastes like to me...Miller beer.
I like the Full Sail Pale Ale, Amber Ale and IPA. But this one? No dice.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of several leftovers from recent 'softball night' pickups; I've had several of these over the last three weeks and finally had some time to sit and review one. 12 ounces and twist-capped, laser printed '091611' as a 'best by' date; poured to a pint glass

Beneath the cap: 'LIVE THE DREAM' (though I've seen others that were much more interesting...). Was it 'Learn To Disco' on the last one? or something similar...

A: A paler shade of 'golden', with plenty of ringing carbonation, rising in unison. Starts with a fairly impressive finger of nearly snow-white head, one that fades gradually to a blotchy film and undulating lace.

S: Sweeter rolls and honey in the nose, pilsner malt and some fleeting 'green grass' hops but very little to elevate this from an everyday macro-lager.

T: Bready and full-on biscuit/honey-sweetened maltiness. A little bit on the 'corny' side, although I'm pretty sure no such adjuncts were used. Brief spicy notes, a little of that wet grass/hay flavor, then maltiness and sugariness. Reasonable balance, I suppose.

M: Crisp feel but weak body, creamy smoothness but not a lingering bite or dryness. Fades into oblivion without much on retainer, something the better pilsners tend to do. Not bad, just cautiously hedging its bets.

O: The parts may not add up to the whole here, but LTD 03 is a perfectly drinkable/sessionable summer lager. It's been worthy of buying at leats 4 six-packs of, and chances are good that more will follow. A bit banal: yeah. But quite quaffable all the same. A terrific (local) macro-lager substitute!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, the Full Sail rep (not the distributor guy) told me this is a Czech Pilsener, but on here it's listed as German. Who's right? Well...we're waiting...

Pours a light golden color, clear and clean. Minimal white head that leaves a bit of lacing, but fades and seems syrupy.

Soft biscuit dough aroma up front, then some butteriness and spice. Earthiness and grass. Tingly

It seems the taste is lighter than the aroma. The biscuit is a quick burst, taken over by some earthiness and hops. The feel really adds some zip and pop. I like that. Some buttery sensation comes and goes. Seems the alcohol comes into play, or maybe that's medicinal. Weird....

In the end I'd say this is a German/Czech mixed offspring of Pilzn

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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 flexabull
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9-9-11.

Pours a bright and crystal clear gold color with a small white head that faded away.

Aromas are bready, doughy, floral and spicy.

Taste is crisp and clean, but with plenty of flavor. Starts out spicy, with bread dough, and soft creamy sweetness. Finish has a floral and grassy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good, full and quite smooth.

All in all, a very solid lager. Nice flavors and good body. But what happened to the head?

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