LTD Series - 04 | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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LTD Series - 04LTD Series - 04
BEER INFO

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"What do you get when you brew an elegant limited edition lager with one select barley? LTD 04, the single malt of beers! This brand new edition to our LTD Series is a finely balanced single malt, single hop, beer that is pale-golden in color and brewed with just pale malt and pleasantly hopped with just Willamette hops."

ABV 7% IBU 45

Added by IntriqKen on 12-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
221
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and a lot of grain. Not really very exciting, but nothing offensive. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of grain and grassy hops, with a little bit of earthy hops also mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but nothing very exciting.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a little bit of haze and lots of apparent effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with somewhat unimpressive retentive qualities. Still, not a bad looking beer; it's got a great deep color that many such lagers lack.

Smell: rich and smooth natural malt flavor. Not a ton of character, but clean and nice. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a touch of some kind of earthy or noble variety.

Taste: malty flavor with a hint of graininess and sourness. Hard to avoid in a clean style like this, but overall the drawbacks aren't too bad. It definitely has a bit of a strong-lager flavor to it, like a Euro strong lager. Hops are noble with a decent bitterness at the end; almost like an imperial Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice roamy silkiness and plenty of carbonated creaminess. Quite good for the style.

Overall: this beer has some flaws, but in general I quite like it. Even though the categories have changed from the old days, I'm giving this a 4 for drinkability.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always glad to give another Full Sail beer a go, but they are becomig boring to me.

A- Number four looks like a pale lager alright, it's bright yellow with a hint of gold in there and clear as a whistle, a nice bright white head leaves some nice marks.

S- And this one is a malt bomb in scent, just picking up some trace whiffs of lemon but all in all [pale malt out the wahzoo. A biscuit presence comes up with some caramel towards the end.

T- Very straight forward and to the point. Most that will try this will just write it off as BMC tasting because it is rather light, but it's a step up from that stuff i swear. Pale biscuit malt, the lightest of fruits juice squeezed, but you cant hide from the malt it's there, no extract though, that's the rub!

M,D- A light bodied and crisp light lager that is not offensive and not showy. It does it's job and for that, it's worthy. Just drink it up quick, these LTD's fall off quick, especially off a warm shelf in Jersey.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brenda picked me up a couple of these at the COOP tonight... Thanks Babe. Poured into my small Grolsch goblet.

1 finger white head.... only okay retention atop a polished golden brew.

The aroma screams big pale malts... the hops seem a bit restrained with some earthy/herbal qualities.. but really, the clean malts dominate.

Clean pale malt is out front.. maybe some minor sulfur.. the hop bitterness is very balanced with again some herbal notes showing later on the palate.. a tiny bit of EtOH shows.. but you should expect it on a lager with this pronounced ABV.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are nice.... maybe a bit thick..

"Euro Pale Lager" as a category for this brew is only going to drive the reviews down... No doubt, I would put this in the Maibock realm... Very nice... If you don't like this one, then you don't like well made lagers.

3.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells sweet and slightly nutty with a bitter herbs hop scent. Not really very aromatic.

Starts out mildly sweet with a stronger than expected herbal bitterness. Nutty and herbal with a strong but short live blast of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK Helles Bock.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale gold with a light white head, poor retention, no lace.

S: Lots of sweet malt, green apples, with some booze.

T: Bready malt with some apples, very much with the nose. Hint of citrus from the hops. Ethanol noticable. Not harsh, just boozy.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp carbonation, nice overall feel, but not a great finish, too bitter.

D: This is really a craft malt liquor, in that Euro Strong Lager category, all malt. For it's ABV it's cheaper than BMC, it's OK, but there's better in the LTD series.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful brassy-lemon coloring with an easy clarity. Marshmellow full head, about a finger high displays a good rate of retention leaving a modest size band for lace. Medium dense shower of macro-bubbles travel quickly upwards. As far as looks go overall per style, this is good in show with a nice clarity, coloring and lasting foam head.

S: A bit of graininess, though not as much as I would like combines with a earthy green leafy hopping. There is a touch of dry celery stalk and herbaceous hops rounding things out.

T: Grainy flavor, a bit dry with a complimentary spicy and earthy herbaceous hopping. Some dry malt and hay sweetness, lightly toasted bread with a slight indication of citrus. Finishes with a nice level of hops.

M: Good feel in the mouth, medium full, not as crisp as one expects, especially from the visual carbonation display. Malty feel, slick and hearty texture.

D: Good drinkability, a 7.0% that drinks more like a 5%. Very easy to down, enjoyable in multiples with much respect per style. A great summertime lager for that backyard gathering. I could go case here for fans of style. Session downer and a reminder this is a pale lager, not an apa or ipa. Good amount of hops per style and easy drinking nature.

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Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head.

S: Bready, dash at floral hops, some sweetness

T:A nice floral, light grassiness to it, clean, grains

M: Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and well carbonated. Very tasty.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Thought it was tasty, easy to drink and good presentation of the style. Would try again

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had moderate retention and low lacing.

The beer had a very nice grainy scent with just the right amount of gentle hopping in the background. The flavor was fairly similar, nicely balanced grains and hops.

The body was crisp and sharp with a clean finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have several of these. Overall, a very nice brew, as I've found the LTD series to be overall, certainly worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite possibly the clearest helles lager I ever seen almost light beer in color yellow with just a 1/4 inch of head that recedes to a mild lace ring.
S - Very clean lager smells, some grainy bitterness, and some bready malts.
T - Taste is mildly skunky with taste of grassy hops and bready malts. The finish is mildly dry.
M - Lingering bitterness is a bit heavy, light to medium in body.

Overall its a pretty good helles lager but I would prefer other takes on the style. Not bad though.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with am ivory one finger head that dissipates slowly.

Aroma is grain, sweet bready malt, a hint of citrus and floral hop.

Flavor is moderately citrusy, with grapefruit pith and lemon at the bottom of the mouth balancing a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone, leading to a dry, slightly bitter floral hop finish. Alcohol is present but not offensive.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency and alcohol warmth.

More character than your standard American lager, but nothing to write home about. Fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium amber color with a one finger pure white head. The head fades quite fast leaving very little lace on the sides of the glass and a thin persistent white film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grainy smell but has lighter bready smells as well and a decent level of caramel sweetness. A little bit of a grassy and earthy aroma are there as well rounding out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a big bready flavor as well as a quite sweet caramel flavor. The caramel fades toward the middle but is joined by some lighter fruit flavors of grape and pear flavor and some grainy flavors. Some bitter/sour flavors come to the tongue being a bit of lemon and grapefruit. A moderate level of grassy hop comes to the tongue more at the end of the taste along with an increase in the grainy flavors of the brew, to leave a malty and slightly grassy hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly above average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation that is slightly higher than average. For the bitter and grassy hop flavors the higher carbonation is rather nice, while the medium body is still able to hold the maltier flavors of the brew, so… overall the mouthfeel of the beer is quite appropriate.

Overall – A decent malty brew with a fair level of bitter and sour flavors. Not bad, and well worth a try but nothing super exceptional.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 3.21.13

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a small off-white head with decent retention.

S - Malty, corn, sweet wheat.

T - Malt, sweet wheat, canned corn, pretty mild.

D - Light body and good carbonation.

O - Light and sweet, not very good compared to others in the series.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This lager is a mostly clear but just slightly hazed brilliant gold-orange that develops a nice, thick and chunky off-white, almost yellowish head that settles to one finger and leaves lacing that, while spotty, is plentiful.
This is a distinctive one, balanced between dry and sweet, a bit of wood on the dry side with something unusual in the sweetness that works for this beer, almost but not quite fruity with something like bubble gum but not quite. Again, unusual. A bit of pepper finishes it out in a sweet finish with just a tinge of alcohol. I was concerned with the screw cap at first, but this is a good lager, packed with flavor for what it is.
The body is crisp and light but doesn't give up smoothness, which comes out filling without being too much. Alcohol tingles and dries up the finish a touch.
The lager-hating community should give this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of pkalix
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased on the heels of the bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout... just to see what these guys are about...
pours a light colored, low-head, pils-type-of-looking brew into a bruery-type tulip glass.... mostly clear, but hazy gold...
smells like fruity lager. like a regular adjuct type of commercial beer....
tastes like a fruity lager, but with some extra SOMETHING... not sure what-maybe it's the alcohol?
overall, it's okay. nothing special. but if you're using this 7%er as a session beer, you're doing very well.... it's easy to drink, although a bit 'twang-y', and not bad I imagine if you've purchased a 6'er and heading home... just don't get too buzzed and beat the girlfriend.... but it is a very decent brew. not my favorite style, but still a very decent brew... aside from the stout, I think I need to see what else this brewery has to offer...

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 050311 on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pleasing honey-gold with 1-finger of white, semi-rocky head with decent retention and ample lacing.

S: Very bready and doughy with a pretty crisp mineral-sulfur note. Hops are lightly herbal.

T: The flavor is straightforward bready but with a much bigger noble hops presence that is lightly grassy and herbal and moderately bitter. The finish has a sharp mineral-metallic note. Alcohol is not apparent until very long into the aftertaste, then some berry comes through there. Altogether a very solid high ABV strong lager.

M: I love the substance of the mouthfeel with a more thick feel. I think a little more prickliness in the carbonation would help liven this up a tad, but I think the feel is very creamy.

O: Too bad this is a one-timer, in fact, too bad the limiter lager series was a one-off -- I like pretty much every one of them, and No. 4 is no exception. A substantial, bready, malty lager with a crips sulfuring, herbal hoppy finish. Great job, Full Sail and keep the lagers coming!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with only a few bubbles coming up.
The aroma is rich caramel and lemon.
The taste is smooth caramel and honey sweet with a mild bitterness. Great balance.
Soft texture with low carbonation.
It has the lighter and better parts of a bock; great if you aren't keen on the heavy sweetness of a traditional bock.

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LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.62 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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