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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"

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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 231
Photo of RobAlsbury1
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, bready, with some lemon notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice lemon note. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice little brew, recommended.

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Photo of JBogan
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one fills the glass with a bright clear golden hue along with a small white head. Minimal lacing is left in it's wake. Decent looking but nothing to get excited about.

Smells of bread and grain, along with a slight citrus accent.

Tastes a bit malty, along with the citrus in there as well. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make this very crisp and smooth.

Overall, a very respectable and enjoyable summer beer. Nothing to make you say "Wow!", yet a beer I will certainly pick up again when I want a refreshing beverage on a hot Vegas afternoon.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with good retention. Decanted continually. Minimal lacing.

S: Hay, wet grain and bitter noble hops.

T: Big biscuity malt up front with muted flavoring hops; lemon and spice. Finishes crisp with slightly sweet bready flavor lingering to sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium body (for a pils). Ample carbonation. Crisp, clean and bitter.

D: Very easy to drink, very balanced.

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Photo of flexabull
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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 theboozecruise
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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 tempest
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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 argock
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of Domingo
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like how Full Sail is continuing to brew lagers and round out their LTD line.
Pours a golden color that's dark enough to be heading in the amber direction. Head's fluffy just like normal pils would have.
Clean and hoppy while being true to the style. They haven't gone overboard with the hops or malt either. Clover honey, flowery hops that provide a slightly bitter edge, but nothing too crazy. Bready malt rounds things out, but the noble hops are still the intentional front-runner. They offer up a little grape skin into the mix. Finishes clean with a hint of liquorice.
Goes down really easy, and unlike the other nearly bock-strength LTD options is definitely intended to be consumed in 2's and 3's.
This is a good straightforward German pils done right. It's not a 100% clone of the style, but a clear FS take on it. The malt profile definitely reminds me of LTD 1 & 2, but tweaked for a paler offering.
It's nothing that'll blow your mind, but it's not intended to. It accomplishes the goal of a flavorful but drinkable lager very well.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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 popery
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a modest white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is grassy and slight citrus. Taste is light lemony, grassy, light sweet malts and a fine bitter hop note. Not a perfect Pils by any means but meets the style well and is very affordable. Very nice summer beer for session enjoyment. Mouthfeel was fine a just a touch of the Full Sail yeast character. Limited time so give a go.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale yellow, great clarity, thick layer of cream-colored dense foam with great head retention

Aroma: very subtle touches of malt, grain husk, and herbal hops

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a smooth balancing hop bitterness; hints of honey, lemongrass, and citrus rind; finishes semi-dry with a fairly clean aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, crisp

Other comments: When I first poured this, the aroma reminded me of Session, but upon tasting it, I see that it's a bit more fleshed out.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow-orange body with a modest amount of bubbly white suds on top.

Smell: Light pilsener malt character with a bit of fresh grain and a near-imperceptible honey undertone. Hops drop off a few coarsely shredded leaves and a fruity note of lemons.

Taste: Starts with light pale and pilsener malts with delicate touches (only touches, mind you) of thinly buttered bread and sweet honey. The Saaz-alternative Sterling hops used provide a leafy character as well as a hint of lemon citrus. Fairly restrained bitterness. Finishes dry and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice, thirst-quenching American-born pilsner that delivered some late-August refreshment just in the nick of time. Where to next, Limited Ed. Lager Series?

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Photo of ryanmac06
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Very typical pale yellow color (straw) from this pilsner. Poured with a half finger of head. I would like to see a bit more froth on this one. Carbonation streaming from start to finish.

S - For me this beer's weakest category is it's smell. It really takes a backseat and isn't very prominent at all. It does nothing to compliment its taste. There is a slight hint of hops.

T - There is a slight hoppy bitterness on the backend but overall the beer is dominated by malts. It has a bright taste similar to many other pilsners but is clean all the way through. It has a great balance that runs from start to finish. There's no part of this beer's taste that turns me off.

M - Lightly coats the mouth and finishes clean and dry. Carbonation helps to crisp this up.

D - This is a very drinkable pilsner. It's truly a session beer that can easily be drank. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again.

Notes: This is one of the better pilsners I've had. It's a "lake beer" that can be drank in the sun or in a pub alike.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been on a lager and pils kick lately so i figured i'd try a single of this despite my usual distain for full sails regular offerings (except session black, suprisingly good schwarz).

Pours an unusually dark color (all relative, keep in mind) for the style. Sort of a very dark yellow/light orange, totally clear with a stark white head that retains ok, but quickly reduces to a skim with a ring, but does leave pretty good lacing.

Nose is a little off for the style. Smells alot more like an american made kolsch than a german pilsner. Lots of cereal grain like notes in the malt profile and some grassy hops.

Taste follows. Pretty kolsch-like in nature with ale-like consistency and slightly fruity malt profile and some nice grassy, almost lemony hop profile. Crisp finish with lingering euro hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit viscous for the style, but the carbonation is nearly perfect. Nice crisp finish.

Drinkability is pretty solid. Not quite as good as is expected in the holy order of great pilsners, but still quite slammable.

Overall this seems a little more like a kolsch to me, but its somewhere in there. Not gonna be in the same class as your prima pils, bitburger, etc, but a good lawnmower beer that is satisfying for what it is.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 woemad
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.29. According to the label, this is best by November 11, 2014.

Poured into a Jever pilsener glass, this was a slightly hazy amber-gold color, with a decent sized bone-white head.

Smelled like a Pacific Northwest-hopped version of a pilsener, with a piney and citrusy hop scent dominant. It’s a little stronger of a hop aroma than normal for the style, but not to the point of it being unsettling.

The ratio of hops to malts is kept pretty close to the standard for the style, though it’s still a little more hoppy than the norm, and, like in the scent, the hop flavor is more akin to what grows in the Yakima Valley than, say, in the Czech Republic.

The body is somewhere between light and medium, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. It finishes cleanly, just as a pilsener should.

This works pretty well as an Americanized pilsener – pretty close to, but not exactly the real thing. Where it shines is that you are more likely to get a hold of a fresh example of this than one of the outstanding European pilseners, and it’s often cheaper than those imported beers. Definitely one I’ll go back to.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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 russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at ranch Acres liquor in Tulsa

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1 finger+ of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Grainyness & sulphur, weird tasted just fine

T: Biscuitty malt mixes with herbal & lemony hops up front. Husky grainyness mixes with lemony & floral hops as this warms, plus a touch of honey malt. Finishes crisp, slightly bready & sweet with lemony & herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, could be a bit softer for me.

Drinks very easy, almost gave this a 5.0, but the sulphur is a little off-putting, maybe the perfect head cold beer for me?? I could happily work this into my weekend football rotation to be sure!

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head, reinforced by many bubbles rising from the etch at teh bottom, bit of lacing, over brilliantly clear pilsner tan colored beer.

Nose is typical pils, light toasty pilsner malt, little hay, hint of straw, touch of soft lager, just a bit of grassy hops.

Taste has a bit more than the nose, more in the toasty pilsner malt, some straw and light hay, light soft layered lager malt flavors and a crisp lager flavor, touch of sweetness. Light bitterness with some grassy and slightly earthy hops. Finish is dry and crisp, more light grassy and slight herbal hops, bit more lager flavors with light hay.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

overall not bad, decent pilsner flavors, lighter on the hops but tasty and drinkable, although overall a bit lighter than I expected.

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LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.63 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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