Session Black Lager | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Session Black LagerSession Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 5.4% IBU 18

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
914
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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28
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119
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Ratings: 914 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of Edie
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of dragonx2099
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of newbeeraday
1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

Photo of JodyBeeress
1.44/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I am a LOVER of dark beer. When I saw "Full-on Blackalishiousness" on the top of the box, I thought I had a real winner!!! This is not dark beer:( It's just light beer in a dark bottle. Why not put it in a goblet an call it wine? It's better than Old Milwaukee and Natural Light.
UPDATE: My wife likes this beer. She likes thinner tasting beers, however.

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Photo of DrMindbender
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Photo of phishbone23
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Photo of Peder
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of GMB
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Philousa
2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
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 SamN
2.19/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stubby bottle into a dimpled stein.

A- Ahhhh, schwarzbier! Black from far away, a dead-leaf colored brown up close or to light. Not much of a head, some gritty desert tan billows that fade to spotted wisping. Looks nice in the glass, could use better color.

S- Decent metallic coffee notes. Lite porter aromas, earthiness. Flat, far away and somewhat tinny odors.

T-Ergh, not what I expected. Hollow tastes, no depth whatsoever. Starts watery, moves to faint watered-down gas station coffee tastes, ends on a dead stop of sour bitterness. Damn, I am seriously underwhelmed with this beer. This tastes pretty bad.

M- Super thin and watery, a few notches above Miller in mouthfeel. Needs more carbonation, for sure.

Mostly, this is a boring beer. And when it's not boring you with it's looks or smells, it's actively grossing your out with it's poor tastes. A bad example of a great style.

What a disappointment. I bought a twelve pack of this stuff, too.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of corby112
2.26/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden mahogany edges when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, roasted malt aroma with hints of floral hops, toast, smoke and cocoa. There's also a subtle grassy straw character that compliments the piny hops.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of earthy bitter hops and roasted chocolate malt. Hop forward with dry pine flavor that provides some bitterness that lingers throughout into a dry finish. Slightly smokey with hints of cocoa, hazelnut and coffee bean. There's also an odd chalky character which is off-putting and hurts the overall flavor and drinkability.

This beer has a good balance of hops and malt but it just doesn't taste very good and I had a hard time getting through the 11 ounces.

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Photo of SpartyJoe
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of taospowder
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of SamuelMiller
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bobhits
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black lager is black, pours a huge head but it fades and it isn't leaving much lacing.

The aromas are of a dark lager, dark rich caramel without the bitter coffee like elements often seen. Good solid nose.

Opens sweet with a hint of coco and caramel. The beer then goes quickly to the bready and almost sour elements from I assume lager yeast. It is tasting like a dark version of some of the fizzy yellow beers we all know and "love" so much.

Very light and good carbonation. There is nothing thick or "full" about this one.

OK 5.4% is NOT a session beer. It doesn't meet the BA rules which are already very "American" in their 1% bump on the english rules. Ding would not approve. This beer also is fairly heavy for what it is trying to be, yet it lacks the extra sweetness feel that are needed to really make a dark lager work. See Sam Adams Black Lager for an example of how to do this style right.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stubby 11oz twist-off bottle

COLOR: Dark brown color remeniscent of coffee. Pours with a nice 1/2 inch cream color head, which leaves behind light lacing.

SMELL: Malts. No presence of hops or any other spices or flavors. Light scent of coffee/cocoa.

TASTE: No taste of hops. Notes of roasted coffee/chocolate. Mostly, it tastes like watered down malts. Not very impressed with this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Light carbonation. Smooth texture. The beer has a well balanced medium body.

DRINKABILITY: I don't like malty beers, so this is not very drinkable for me. For those who like malty beers, they will find that it's very enjoyable. It's not for me.

OVERALL GRADE: C-/C

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - dark brown with a beige head that left a few trails of lacing.

S - not too much of a Schwarzbier aroma it smells more like a lager.

T - some roasted malt upfront but it finishes like a lager.

F - light/medium body.

D - meh

Note: I would have upped some of the ratings if this were listed as a "American Lager".

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: darker brown color, clear, poured with a thin head that dissipated
S: mild, slight toffeeish quality,
T: light roasted/toffeish malt taste, thin, bordering on mild cloying taste
M: thinner body, nothing offensive or off-taste but just light in body

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Photo of Gmann
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a small tight bubbled head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is a tad grainy with subtle hints of roasted malt, light char and a buttery caramel.

The taste is also quite grainy which leads to a bit of an astringent feel. Almost has an adjunct type flavor to it. There is some light roasted malt flavor but it is quite subtle. Not much going on.

The feel is light and the carbontion is spritzy so it initially drinks easy. But the beer is quite astrigent as it sucks the life out of your mouth. There is also a bit of an odd bitter aftertaste.

A real 'meh' schwarzbier as there isn't nearly enough roasted flavor and it tastes more corny and grainy then anything else.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This far too much like a cereal lager, and not enough of the roast grain bitterness which the style should have. Sweet grains dominate the aroma and taste, almost no bitterness or bite at all. Disappointed...

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