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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 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 DrMullet
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium yellow.
Smell is light bready malt and grain with floral hops.
Taste is earthy/grassy with a slightly bitter finish.
Light and crisp.

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

The label says this is a pilsener and it sure fits the style. Dark yellow but not orange. fizzy, short head. Smells like malt and honey. The flavor is a crisp lager, very easy to drink, good stuff. I also like the fact that Full Sail has very reasonable pricing, this was $7 for a sixer.

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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 Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a glass mug. not sure about the style since the number matches, but the label clearly has "Czech pilsner" on it.

The color is golden with crystal clarity and 2 finger white cap which falls to a thin band of very fine beads. The carbonation is visible rising moderately fast to the surface with a stringy lace pattern on the glass. The smell is very hoppy with some floral and spicy hop aromas. The malt is there in the nose but mostly adds sweetness to the aroma. The feel is pretty full with the malt body and resinous hop textures coming off a little less beefy with the semi-full carbonation with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very pleasant with a decent amount of hops in the taste which are both floral and spicy with a decent amount of pilsner malt contributing a mildly sweet nutty flavor profile with a gentle toast note and yeast is relatively creamy. The flavor of alcohol comes through near the end without any harshness, but it adds to the full taste this pils has, somehow I agree with the Czech pils label even though it is listed as a German Pils here. Overall a pretty decent amount of hops and is very drinkable, not the ideal example of the style, but a tasty lager just the same.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is pleasantly floral with some honey.
The taste starts off with a bite of bitterness, gives way to some mild honey sweetness, and finishes with a dry moderate bitterness. Great balance and profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pils glass.

4.75 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is pretty good and a thick ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Dank grassiness abounds. Grainy and quite floral, I could easily be smelling a flower. Clean with a mild sweetness. Very nice.

3.5 T: Again quite grassy. I can almost feel like I'm chewing grass. Sweeter than the nose suggested, but within good limits. Floral with herbal and earthy hop notes. Something along the lines of lemongrass, but slightly different. A bit doughy as well.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This has a viscous chewiness to it that I rather like. Also good amount of creaminess.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer. I've never thought much of Full Sail and a great pils is just the way to start changing my mind.

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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 rowew
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Blue label, fits the format of the other LTD series. Number 3, ABV is listed, 091909 date.

Appearance: Clear golden, average sized frothy head fades quickly.

Smell: Bready malt, nice noble hop aroma.

Taste: Lots of mineral flavors, but not in a bad way. Decent hop flavors.

Overall impression: Nice pilsner - nothing outstanding but this is a good beer and plenty drinkable, nice offering for the price.

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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 Genghis22
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 9-19-09

A - Pours a bright and clear golden yellow. Nice white head that subsided quickly.

S - Sublte malt smells. Very non-offensive. Slightly sweet, but not overpowering.

T - Crisp crunchy apple, with bright malt character. Just enough hops to dry the finish, but not affect the taste. Very refreshing.

M - Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry.

D - This is the best lawnmower beer I've had in a while. A good candidate for a swimming trip to the river. Not my favorite style, but good on the right occassion.

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

Pours a clear golden straw from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass. A soapy white head settles slowly into the glass and offers some decent lacing for the style.

Smell has a citrus malt note to it as well as a notable hop presence. Taste is rich and full for the style yet not bready or thick. Offers a nice full feel without a scouring sweetness, and a drinkability to match.

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

Out of a bottle this German styled Pilsner beer was a crystal clear golden color with one finger of eggshell white head. The retention of the cap was good and it left streaks of lacing as I drank it. The aroma was of nice balance of bready malt and fresh, crisp hops as well as a little citrus. The flavors were at first all classic pilsner malt but I then tasted a little toasted malt and some bread in the middle. Slightly earthy and pleasantly rich. Still, the finish wasn’t quite what I would want it t o be. Perhaps it was the addition of Sterling hops instead of Saaz? The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate. Nothing amazing but definitely enjoyable.

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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 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 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 metter98
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral hops and bready malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty with lots of flavors of bready malts and some hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness and some hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced between the malt and hops and is also quite sessionable.

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

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden with some orange-ish hues and a fizzy straight white head that quickly dissolves into a thin layer atop the glass. The nose is filled with mostly grain, mellow yeast and some slight citrus hop notes. The flavor is sweet malt and hop bitterness upfront and ends with an earthy bitterness that is short-lived. Its light bodied and seems almost a little under carbonated which I actually find nice. This is my kind of lager for sure. Its not bitter, mostly sweet, and is very sessionable. Great summer beer.

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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 Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the pour pushed out a nice display of swirling golden bubbles. The head sprung quickly with a very thin and coarse bone white fizz. Hardly any lacing exists, just a countable number with a few long strands. The body is light gold with a favorable blonde look at the edges, looks nice against the blue cloudless sky

S: smells like a Pilsner with a spicy edge and with an addition of toasted malts 'n' grains and citrus. To be honest, the overall scent is rather clean
It is far from a traditional Pilsner as typical noble hops, and even the hops in general, are not sending much signal in the nasal cavity. More of sweet toasted malt perfume exists

T: this is almost more like a light pale ale in some ways. I like it. A nice hop citrusy (oranges) flavor wiggles its way in amongst the dominant leafy herbaceous hops. A delicate spiciness is present within every sip and at finish, very soft. The grain and malt tones have not become weary and supply a slab of toasted goodness. The sweetness reminds me of a piece of honeycomb at times. I find a faint, and I mean faint, crushed aspirin aftertaste, it is doable though

M: the body has light to mild written all over it, very nice. The carbonation fits right for the style and keeps things interesting on the tongue. Pretty balanced in taste and mouthfeel

D: drifts away from being a traditional Pilsner and this drifting has led to a nice result. I find this very drinkable and have 5 more in the fridge and am mildly happy about it

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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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LTD Series - 03 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.62 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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