Session Black Lager
Full Sail Brewing Company

Session Black LagerSession Black Lager
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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #121
Ranked #38,117
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Session Black LagerSession Black Lager
Notes: ABV 5.4% IBU 18
Reviews: 372 | Ratings: 926 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is alright. Out of the bottle, looks kind of weak. No head, thin color. But good malty-like molasses flavor. Almost no smell. Thin mouthfeel but feels "wet"...refreshing!

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Photo of Philousa
2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sits black with one finger white head. Bubbles are visibly large, both on top and floating to the surface from below. Caramel & roasted malt aroma. I get some yeast and bready characteristics too. Taste starts with roasted malt, caramel, burnt toast, and fades to metallic, thin taste that stays on the tongue. There is some american ale yeast in there too. This beer feels very thin and watery with a wet finish.

Three words: thin and metallic. A beer should never taste metallic, imo. To be blunt, this tastes like the first beer I brewed, when I didn't know what I was doing. I kinda feel the same way about it too: it's not bad, because it's beer, but it could be so much better. Add a little hops and switch up the yeast (or baby it a little to make sure it does its magic properly next time) and you will have a good beer. I'm still going to try their lager, but with much lower expectations than I had going into this one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown coloured beer, small tan head, that dissapears fast yet leaves good lace behind. Roasty,toast like aromas..some toffeeish aspects. Flavour is the same as the nose toasty maltiness, some slight hints of coffee and a touch of hop. Nice mouthfeel to this, silky with an abrubt dry finish. Good drinkable cheap beer what more can one ask for. Hope this sticks around as it would be ideal for Super Bowl and the likes

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Miles better than the regular Session lager at the same low price. I picked up a 12 case for $10.50 in Oak Harbour. This is great value for the money .

The beer pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The nose is dark malts and some chocolate. The drinkability is great especially for the style as some Schwarzbiers are very dry on the finish. Unlike the regular lager this beer has lots of nuances in the finish. Could drink a bunch of these and it is very food friendly

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep glowing maroon mixing with a darker rusty brown. Small light tanned capping developes quickly and fades thusly as it squirts a few strings of lace across the glass.

Aroma is mild of a very nicely sweetened black malt roastyness. Touches a firm, yet light and milding roastyness with a tint of cocoa. Amongst bigger wiffs there is light sensations of plum and vanilla in its sweet tone.

Taste is a simple toned sweetness thats mildly malty with a nice subtlety of very light roastyness, a smidge more dark fruity tangyness of raisin and plum take the mid range, and finishes with sweetness kissed with vanilla and cocoa dryness. Tiny grainyness lays a bit well underneath. Nice and mild with a sublte tone and character.

Lightly medium bodied with an airy smoothness in front backied with a nice little crispness. Malts then create a slight stick and chewy aspect as it then drfits ever so lightly dry with cocoa, ghostly roasted grains, and pale hops.

As Schwarzbiers goes this is pretty solid and definately takes on its namesake of 'Session', ad it truly takes that on with ease. Very drinkable and mildly subtle with a nice craft about it.

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Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh session, the original is a summer favorite of mine.

The color is a dark brown with a single finger head. It smells like roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and crisp hops. It's quite the bubbly beer. Tastes like a lightly hopped lager with some chocolate, and dark malts. Taste a bit like a black and tan, with a much lighter body. Very drinkable as the name may imply. This so easy to drink, some ex-girlfriends may be getting texts at 2 in the morning.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a fizzy cola brown with minimal beige head foaming up and fading rapidly to an edge layer and some surface islands. The color does allow some light to pass through and shows some ruby highlights.
Aroma is some clean roasted malt hits and some grainy malt, maybe a bit of light cocoa powder. No real hop presence that my nose can detect.
First sip reveals an average body with fine spacious carbonation and a smooth textured body. This beer is very drinkable and goes down easy with each mouthful.
Flavor is rich roasted malt and some general sweetness mixed in. The flavor isnt overly complex which only adds to the drinkability of this beer living up to the Session part of the label.
a decent enough beer that is easy to drink and wont leave you pondering too much in your brain as you tip it back. Worth trying and good to have around to quaff and not think too much.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark bronze color with a thin 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: light roasted malt tones with some hints of fruit sweetness.

Taste: mild roasted malt, apple sweetness, some grass, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a short aftertaste.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this beer. It has a bit of a refreshing quality to it too.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11oz stubby into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark brown with a finger of frothy tan head. Not too bad looking, but I would like it a little bit darker and would like a bit more head retention.

Smell: light roasted malt aroma with a little bit of grain. It reminds me a bit of a dark mild ale, in fact. I rather like it.

Taste: sweet roasted malt; a good flavor though not a dense one. There's a little bit of tart astringency paired with graininess that fades into the sweeter malt toward the end. It's not too bad, but it's not my favorite schwarzbier.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good level of carbonation. The overall feel isn't too bad.

Drinkability: I find this to be a nicely refreshing and flavorful beer. It proved at hit at my band practice last week, so what else can a guy ask?

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark chestnut color. The head billows with a creamy, two-finger pale yellow shade. Some lacing is left behind when the head recedes.

S: I notice a decent amount of dry chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, hazelnut, and lager yeast. Pretty damn solid for a basic dark lager.

T: I like the initial chocolate flavors here. Everything after that (the transition to more caramel and lager yeast flavors on the back end) isn't as interesting, unfortunately.

M: It finishes a bit too sweetly for me. However, it does feature good crispness and carbonation (i.e. not too overdone or limp). Decent drinkability.

O: A simple dark lager that gets the job done, but not in an interesting or flashy manner. Not bad, just simplistic to a fault.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black color with a thin tan head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy roasted malt scent along with a tangy zing that I can't put my finger on. The taste is decent. It has a grainy, dry roasted flavor with a hint of caramel malts. It does down easy and finishes bone dry with some black malt bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an easy drinking, "sessionable" beer, but not the greatest black lager.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grenade style stubby brown bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks go to pmsawyer for hooking me up with a couple of these. The brew appears a dark brown with a finger of lightly tanned froth composed of rather large bubbles. It doesn't take long for the cap to collapse to a thin film atop with a few bubbles rising to the surface and collecting around the rim of the glass. You can see some ruby clarity around the edges of this and when held to the light, it really displays more of a mahogany clarity that is polished.

The aroma is mildly roasty with a scent almost like molasses. A bit of citrus and mild fruity hops are present with the most faint hint of alcohol ester. Very mild roasted elements come across like chocolate and vaguely like coffee. The nose here is quite mild but balanced and enjoyable without flaw.

The flavor has a hint of the expected dark grain inclusion. Instead of being dark and roasty, it has a bit of prune, plum or raisin-like fruity dark sugary quality. Faintly reminiscent of dates and molasses but with a mild alcohol ester and some hints of citrus to floral hops. At times, it seems like a very mild chocolate to roasted grain flavor wants to emerge but it never quite gets there. Once the brew warms up, it displays almost a cola-like quality about it with more residual sweetness than I originally picked up on.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light, refreshing and easy drinking. The name session is fitting here to the fullest extent. You could effortlessly crush several of these in a sitting. This would be an interesting introductory brew for people who are scared of flavor or dark beers. Think premium lager but with a visual identity crisis and the faintest amount of dark grain flavor that is quite soft and squishy.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 01/29/12; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan creamy head; Very dark brown in color with a ruby hue when held to the light; Moderate lacing left behind

S - Not a very strong aroma; Notes of leafy/earthy hops and light roasted coffee and chocolate

T - Immediate leafy/earthy hops up front that soon give way to caramel, chocolate, and subtle roasted coffee flavors; Light chocolate and caramel linger in the aftertaste

M - Light to medium bodied; Above moderate carbonation; A bit wet and thin for the mouthfeel

O - Overall, I enjoyed getting to try this beer from Full Sail. The strongest point is its nice balance of leafy, caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors, as well as its nice drinkability. I could easily put a few of these away in one sitting and plan on trying this one again in the future for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz stubbie bottle, with rock-paper-scissors info on the inside of the bottlecap. This particular example, from a 12-pk picked up on sale at a nearby Rosauer's for $9.99, was rock. According to the stamp on the neck, this is good until Christmas day of this year.

Poured a dark brown color, almost black. When held up to the light, it takes on a dark amber hue. There was an inch or so of tan head that dropped rather quickly, leaving a foam collar and spotty lace.

Sweet like mollasses in the nose, along with a vaguely coffee-ish roasty scent in the background.

Mostly sweet in the taste, but the slightly bitter, roasty flavors in the background keep it from being too sweet. Rather well-balanced, really.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly and coating mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Lives up to it's name. Looking for something in bulk, find this on sale, its a no-brainer.

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Photo of wertperch
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm often surprised by life's little quirks, and this beer threw me just such a one. Not generally being a lager drinker, I nonetheless accepted the offer of this drink, largely I have to say because of the colour.

Black lagers are outside of my experience, so this was a first for me. I was quite delighted by this brew, from the first pour to the last drop, and I dare say that I could have enjoyed another one or two of them on the night.

Of course it pours a dark brown-black, with a feathery head, and a malty nose is apparent almost immediately. When I stuck my nose in the glass I was delighted to get a sweet and faintly chocolatey and toffee whiff.

The flavour is mild, the body understandably light and refreshing, but there's a slight fruitiness that again came as something of a surprise. I really wanted to quaff it and go back for a second helping, but I failed in that regard, although I see a future in which a few of these will sit in the fridge for those easy session-beer evenings with a few friends.

I'd be curious what would happen if I let it warm up a little as it was served at fridge temperature. Next time I'll pour a pint so it can slowly approach room temperature.

It's an easy beer to drink, not challenging or complex, but yummy enough that I would stock up a little so that I can have a cold one when I fancy it.

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Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 926 ratings