LTD Series - 03 | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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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 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 notchucknorris
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden color with a white foam head that takes a while to settle. Minimal lacing.

S: Yeast and grain with a slight hint of hops and malt.

T: Bready malts with a slight hop sourness and a little caramel. The finish is on a bit of a sour note. It tastes a little watered down, but overall I enjoyed it more than some of the others I've had from Full Sail.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color, just a shade or two lighter than brilliant; the frothy egg white head sticks nicely and leaves a dancing pattern of lace

Smell: Grainy, with a touch of lemony sweetness and a grassy edge

Taste: Opens with a toasty flavor that has a sweet, lemony undertone in the middle and finishes with a grainy/grassy character; a touch of sulfur in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks crispness

Drinkability: Easy to drink and rather enjoyable - I left this sitting in the fridge too long to capture the flavors as intended so I have been generous with my scores

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

Had this beer in the back of fridge since I bought it, summer time IIRC, the last of a 6 pack. Gold with white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet cereals and overripe herbal hops. This beer has declined quite a bit in this department, it had a really zippy punch of nobles when fresh, and didn't come off nearly as sweet.

Taste pretty much the same, although the bitterness of the hops has stood up to the malt sweetness better in the taste, it's still over the hill, as a heads up for the traders of the world. Not bad, but just not the original character, more cloying, generic sugar pops lager now.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, medium bodied. While not flaccid at this point, it's getting there, certainly compared to the crispness I remember from when it was fresh.

Drinkability is not as good, again, this one is over the hill, making it a bit too sweet and one dimensional for my taste, but it's smooth and the alcohol is hidden. Since I really enjoyed the first 5 (and didn't age this in the fridge on purpose, it just got lost), I'm bumping up all scores 1/2 point from how it's showing today, which is probably conservative.

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

Pours a golden orange. Was expecting straight gold. Interesting. Two inches of white foam.

Smells like toasted earth hops with grainy malt.

Tastes like toasted earth hops with grainy malt. Not unpleasant. Not particularly great. Decent.

Mouthfeel was lively.

Eh. Pretty much the definition of average.

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Photo of tronester
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale light golden, with almost zero head. A hint of sulfur in the aroma, along with some earthyness. Taste is clean citrus flavors up front, with a bready malt middle, and a floral, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is somewhat tart. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation levels arent too high like with many Pils'. Drinkability is good. Lowerish alcohol, and a crisp refreshing flavor make this a fast drinker.

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Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good and almost a lot better. Bottle was on a shelf only inches from fluorescent lites, so I'm a little surprised that it isn't that tainted. Poured with a small, off white head that settled down to a very thin, light cover and no lace. Aroma is very slightly cabbage, malt, grain. Flavor's about the same. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with sweetness at the very end and is on the short side.

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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 theboozecruise
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a darker gold, clear with a bubbly white head.

The aroma is bolder than the look. Hoppy with faint caramel malt hints. Taste is more of the same, nothing too bold but it's an easy drinking well balanced lighter beer.

A little light in the body but I'm a fan. Will look forward to finishing off the 6-pack.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking pour, nice and golden in color and it keeps its head for quite a while. This beer is a bit heavier on the malt than it should be and the hops are not really present. However, it is nicely balanced and quite pleasant.

Smells and tastes mostly like bread and yeast with a hint of sourness and earthiness to it. All around easy drinker; however, it misses the style a bit with the lack of hops.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured This beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color and poured a pretty nice white looking head. I did not like the smell. It was sour like and I do not like that. The taste however was not. It was more of a sweet taste that left an odd burn on my tongue. Okay beer but not going to buy again.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - best by 12/02/10

A - Clear medium gold with a one finger white head; retention settles to a thin layer with sticky lacing. Lot's of visible carbonation.

S - Herbal hop notes mixed with a malty, somewhat grainy aroma.

T&M - Medium bodied with zesty carbonation levels. Biscuity with herbal and floral hop presence. Finishes clean with very well balanced flavor.

D - A good pils with nice flavors; on the maltier side of a pils, but plenty of hops to keep things in perspective. Rather refreshing.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light amber clear with a nice white head of a half inch that retained itself for about half of the drink.

Aroma was mostly biscuit malt with very little hop in the nose.

The taste was smooth and light but slightly too malty for the style. Hops almost indiscernible and definitely unidentifiable to me.

Mouthfill was creamy with light carbonation...possibly too light for the style.

Aftertaste was a little sweet with not enough bite or drying which I would expect from a pilsner.

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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 augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my pilsner glass.

Brilliant icterine liquid, clear with a mad rush of bubbles running to the surface as if being dispersed from an aquarium filter. Two solid fingers of splashed white merengue leaves a solid puck plugging the glass. Thick dense lacing as well.

Clean biscuity malt, tart apples, and lightly grassy/flowery (noble?) hops in the nose.

Lovely soft spring water on the palate - low winter fruit notes add sweetness balanced by pale malt and light clean bitterness from the hops. Quite crisp, and reminds me something of a cross between a Czech and a German example of the style, despite claiming inspiration from the latter.

Medium-light, well carbonated, slightly pillowy, but extremely refreshing mouthfeel.

A great lager, not as flavorful as Prima Pils for instance, but a very brisk fresh take on a classic style, quite suitable for waning Summer days.

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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 popery
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite good pilsner. This beer pours a perfectly clear yellow gold with a sudsy white head, which is managing to stick around for quite awhile. The aroma is a bit weak but quite clean. There's some nice doughy malt in there, but a touch more hops would be appreciated. Some grassy/floral aromas are definitely present, though. The taste is clean, refreshing and very good. It's fairly malty until the finish, which has a crisp, smooth hop bite. It's a nice combination of fresh malt and crisp hops. Feel is light, and it's quite easy to drink. (rated to style)

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Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear texture. There was a quarter inch of creamy head that didn't last especially long. Average lacing.

S: A sweet smell of citrus, bitter hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, and malt up front, but the finish was a little on the thin side. An uneven flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer has its drinkable qualities, and it is easy to drink, it's not exactly something you remember.

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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An average yellow colored beer, amazing clarity, very little else going on. Faint flowery sweetness in the nose.

Taste, definitely grainy, which was surprising given just how clear this beer was. Everything is very slight about it, with the exception of the carbonation. Otherwise, a little hop, a little lemon, a little honey.

Its a girlfriend beer, but at least they kinda cut you a break relatively speaking in the craft beer world.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy white head, which leaves a ring around the collar of the glass after it recedes, leading to some subsequent splotches. It smells of grainy malt, some faint lemon bitterness, and some mild grassy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a sour yeastiness, some mild lemon peel, and earthy, grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, quite smooth, and pleasingly creamy. It finishes clean and off-dry - biscuity, bready malt, and citrusy floral hops.

A nice pils, but lacking enough crisp hop offset to the decent savoury malt, making this less than an ideal multi-rounder.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, with a fairly thin white head.
Smells pretty unassuming. Slightly soapy with a bit of toasty pils malt and grass. Nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary for a continental lager.
Given the aroma, the flavor is quite a surprise. Fuller flavor than I expected, with more body than anticipated. Good pils malt, toasty and crisp, with an unsalted oyster cracker flavor. Clean overall, with some grassy flavors and weak apple. Balanced, noble hop finish, with assertive carbonation. Finishes clean and dry. Pretty good!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 092510. Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a large and creamy cap of white head. Good retention and laces up nicely.

Nose defines graininess. Freshly crushed, light malted barley is very much dominant. Not much else really and disappointingly low on the hops.

Taste follows along with a dominant grain presence. Has a lightly toasted biscuit as well. Little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, not much for flavoring cones...maybe a little floral. Fairly sweet brew up front but finishes clean and dry. Not bad, wont have much trouble finishing off the sixer, but probably will not buy again. I liked the LTD 02 much better.

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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 RobAlsbury1
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden pilsner blonde. To be expected clarity with regard to brewing water full sail uses. Nice smooth mouth feel, somewhat similar to their session line. Overall, beer dances nicely off the palate and I strongly recommend it.

light bodied
poured a nice 2 finger cloudy white head
carbonation adequate and just the right hoppy bite.

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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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