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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 Kemmerlin
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light head with a darker gold appearance than usual pilsners and very few carbonation bubbles
S: the aromas are a conglomerant of light smells combining citrus, sweet floral charactered hops and a slightly musty yeast smell.
T: the taste that stands out to me is the mix between the hops and the dank yeast. Light flavored malts come into play in the aftertaste leaving a sweet flavor like honey mixed with citrus.
M/D: the feel is light with a slight bite on the tongue and minor dryin from the hops. The drinkability is good and refreshing I recommend but not over true German pilsners.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 PDXHops
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Winston3737
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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 LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Mild aroma of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Flavor is biscuit, crackery malt with hints of toasted malt, quite dry pilsner style hops. The grassy hops are to style, but are not balanced with lighter floral notes. Light bodied. A reasonable, but somewhat pedestrian pilsner that would appeal to those who like the the dry end of the pilsner spectrum.

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Photo of codfeast
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Sky2625
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/12/12.

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a mild herbal hop aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very drinkable but somewhat unexciting.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay pils. That is the first thing that hit my mind when I tried it. A bit too bright and somewhat tangy. Seems like the edges need rounded out. It's a decent beer, but it doesn't really do much for me. I tried it, ticked it, and now I'm moving on.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 nerow
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lovely clear gold with minimal lacing. It has a good two finger head though.

S-Hoppy, with some slight citrus. Also a touch of yeast.

T-Very Crisp, some citrus a bit spicy at the end. The flavors mesh well, but the citrus overbalances the rest. There is a nice mineral aftertaste which contrasts the other flavors well.

M-Creamy. Not overly carbonated.

D-Very easy to drink.

Overall this is not a spectacular beer, but it is one that is quite drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of Fnord
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely effervescent, transparent blonde with a large white head.

Smell - Small amounts of straw, honey, alcohol, and citrus. Not a strong nose.

Taste - Starts sweet and malty, with a crisp bitter finish. The aftertaste is pretty balanced between the two.

Mouthfeel - Thin body and very high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very good. The best part of this beer.

Notes - I can't help comparing this to Shiner 101, and Full Sail falls short. It's not a bad beer, it's just not complex. If you want a beer to drink while watching a game, or a beer you and your non-BA buddy can both enjoy, this is a good choice. It's also good in hot weather. There's better pilsners out there, though.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just showed up in Casper and yet, the bottling date I found, after I bought it, is stamped 09 09 11. Hmmm.

Big head of foam on this straw gold coloured brew.

It has a good hoppy aroma, very Pils like, with some graininess. Basic.

Pretty nice crisp hoppy flavour here, light malt sweetness, and a touch of grain. Easy drinking and surprisingly good after the big disappointment with how old this is. A fresh bottle would have been pretty impressive, me thinks.

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Photo of tronester
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Icehalo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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