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

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3.59/5
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221 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#37,460
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
221
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of JustinQ
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 2/16/12

Dated 04/14/12

Radiant, sun-dried golden hue with only a soft haze over the beer. A three finger head rises quickly, backing down just the same leaving very few specks of lace here and there. Much better lace begins to gather about halfway through the glass.

The front of the aroma has a lemongrass, floral and an almost herbal penchant whereas underneath there are notes of toasted grain, bread and hint of dusty yeast. Hints of spices; perhaps white pepper. Seems to smell strangely musty as it warms up; though perhaps muddled is a better choice of words.

The flavor is heavily grainy - simultaneously toasted, plump and bready, all the while suggesting something of a syrupy bent as well. Hops meekly offer an overall earthiness, a faint nip of the bitter and a citric ghost note. Dry and semi-dusty finish.

Feel-wise the beer isn't what I was expecting. I was expecting an all too crisp body with stabbing carbonation. Instead, the feel is a languid lighter medium. In turn, the carbonation has more of calm, puffy manifestation. The finish is rather clean.

This is a nice enough beer to sip on. It's certainly well-constructed. I doubt I'd be inclined to drink it often, but I'd glad to have tried it.

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Photo of omegaman
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of blakelive784
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a transparent, honey golden color with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is average.

S - Clean barley, light floral hops, pale malt,and honey. Simple, refined an pleasant. The smell renewed my interest.

T - A lightly creamy body and pleasant crystal malt give way to lightly floral and bitter hops. There's a pleasant honey throughout as well. There's not really much else there, but in this case, it's not a bad thing. It's balanced extremely well.

M - Light bodied, a bit crisp, and smooth on the finish.

D - It's built well and is a pleasure to drink, but lacks any character that makes it memorable. I appreciated the simplicity, but I think there are better offerings from Full Sail.

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Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to stange glass:

a - Pours a clear, deep golden honey with a finger of white head. Rather nice lacing and clarity. Simple.

s - Pale malts with a sweeter, subtle hop presence. Slight orange and spice. Thai basil.

t - Really fresh. The higher alcohol plays an interesting part. The bite doesn't feel out of place, it's actually rather complementary of the base flavors. A bit sweet and smooth, like a kolsch almost.

m - Nice medium mouthfeel - a bit cloying, the sweet malt holds on for a while. Not bad.

o - This was the beer of the month at Zipp's which makes it less than 6 bucks a sixer. At that price, this would have a regular spot in my fridge. Otherwise, it's something that I'd get every so often. A nice lager.

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Photo of rcatalano
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of PainkeepBrewing
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served into a snifter...thought any glass will do.

A - a straw yellow, brilliantly clear. A nice head off the pour that diminishes fairly quickly.

S - Nutty, clean otherwise, very small hop aroma

T - Delicious. Clean, crisp, flavor is very nutty, almost similar to a light peanut butter. Light, smooth bitterness.

M - Light but properly carbonated and effervescent enough. Very refreshing.

O - A really nice, simple and well made lager. Nutty in the best way, strong while not tasting like it. Gentle bitterness, and a lot of flavor considering it's SMaSH status. A really great, easy drinking lager that I look forward to every year.

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Photo of weerezboy
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice slightly dark golden brew, which poured a nice thick white head that left lacing behind after each sip.

S: Rich in malt flavor, with a hint of hops that follow, wishing their was more of the flavor in the smell.

Taste: There is a strong malt base throughout the taste, which turns into a bitter sourness that is slightly too strong and is unbalanced with the bitter and aroma of the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium on the mouthfull with a carbonation that brings with it the malt flavor.

Overall: Great lager against the likes of the big name adjunct lager/pilsners. I dont drink lagers often but when I do pick one up its nice when it has flavor like this.

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Photo of rogerthegill
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of likeemdark
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a a clear golden color with a fluffy white head reaching two fingers at first. Head retains well, keeping thick blanket of foam on the top of the lager with lacing.

The aroma is dominate by that grassy hops smell you tend to get from pale lagers. very European. Sweet malt helps bring a balance to the aroma.

The flavor is a great balance of sweet malt blended with a pine like aftertaste from the hop.

Light in body and highly carbonated makes for easy drinking.

For the style this is a winner. Balanced with a semi-dry hopped finish.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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 oberon
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I actually poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a clear light to medium golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop.Toasted grain and a sweetish pizza dough quality in the nose,a tinge of iron and sweet alcohol round out the aromas.Bready/doughy malt is the main player on the palate with the mouthfeel almost to the chewey point for me wich is pretty cool,there is a peppery hop presence felt in the finish.Hey this is a kick ass lager,in some ways it has a pale bock quality to it but it's not a pale bock it's just a well made "big" American lager beer.Well done Full Sail on this one.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden yellow color; thick, white head that leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass

Smell: bright and slightly malty; some spicy hop notes

Taste: pleasing lightly toasted malt with slight bitterness; well-balanced with a subtle hint of alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, smooth and light carbonation

Overall: a very good 'single malt' beer that nicely blends its unique single malt base without overpowering one with hop aroma and bitterness nor overbearing alcohol warmth (despite its 7.0% ABV).

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jacobbocce72
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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 donovanneb
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think people are missing the "beer" here. This is a lager through and through. Not sure what people are looking for, but everything about it says lager. Golden yellow color, rich flavors, sturdy backbone, doesn’t fall apart, creamy finish. Can be a little clunky at times in the middle of the mouthfeel with the alcohol being pronounced.

If you want a solid lager that is going to deliver exactly what is advertised, you should definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 nandemo1
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light gold with a frothy head that dissipated at an average pace with some decent lacing.

Smells of stale grass clippings. This strong scent is a bit off-putting. Taste is a bit better, but I would put it on par with your BMC offerings. Tastes a bit bready without being sweet, aftertaste tends to linger. Despite it being a 7% with a light flavor profile, I couldn't pick up any alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between Bud and Bud Light.

I'm not impressed with the no. 4. To me it's like a high alcohol Bud.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/8 head and no retention

Smell: There are some citrus notes some grassy notes and some bready yeast

Taste: Boring maltyness upfronts kind of taste stale a bit of bitter hops and kind of a flat finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a tingly almost champagne feel

Overall: Not very impressed with this beer. It has a interesting front to it that is a bit off putting. The backend is ok but not good enough to want to drink it again

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD Series Recipe Number: 04
Coded: 051011 15:25 FL

Appearance: The body is a crystal-clear deep gold. Creamy white head. Retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Hoppy! Floral, woody, grassy, and subtly minty. Some grainy malt makes its way through sometimes appearing bready and sometimes appearing doughy with a bit of sweetness. Overall, bright and fresh.

Taste: The malt and hops combine nicely. The malt displays its grainy/bready character and gives a bit of sweetness; and the hops are enlivened by the sweetness, and anchored by the grainy flavor. A solid bitterness anchors it and keeps the malty sweetness from actually becoming 'sweet'. It starts with a dollop of maltiness; introduces the hops across the middle and through to the finish; and then leaves you with another bit of grainy malt in the aftertaste. A hint of alcohol can be found underneath. It's very clean and lager-like, with just a subtle touch of yeasty sulphur to it. It's nicely balanced and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that delicately bristles the tongue.

Overall: An interesting beer with a lot of drinkability. It's very much like a helles bock; and certainly well made. The floral/woody/minty hops and rich malt are compelling, but it's also very basic. It's easy to just drink it and be satisfied without focusing on any complexity or nuances. A perfect beer for spring. I could get used to this... except that it's limited!!!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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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LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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