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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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is straw yellow with a medium white head, nice lacing. The aroma is sweet grass. The beer is light and easy drinking, clean finish. The body is light, well carbonated. A very well crafted lager, surprised that it is 7%.

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Photo of MrOH
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw with a finger and a half white head.

Grassy, citrusy, hops, with a bit of licorice. Not bad.

Neutral malt flavor with grassy-herbal and slightly spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is very malt-liquor like, if you know what I mean.

This beer is more or less Stroh's without corn, upped to 7% and with more finishing hops. I don't mean it as an insult, because Stroh's is my favorite cheap beer. I bought this at a deep discount, but if I'd have payed full price, I'd be pissed.

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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 colts9016
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has okay retention and is foamy white. The color of the beer is straw color with a darker yellow hue. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubble. The head lft no retention on the glass.

Nose: There is a light malty aroma that has some toasty biscuit note. Other aromas are phenols, yeast, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are a heavy malt that is toasty, bready, and biscuit. The other flavors are yeast, alcohol, and phenols.

The mouth feel is carbonated, heavy, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer reminds me of a lighter version of a malt liquor. It is a good beer, lots of flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dangerously drinkable strong lager.

Beautiful blonde in the chalice, very nice long-lasting carbonation, smooth and creamy in the mouth. I don't detect much aroma. Hops are crisp and add the right long note of slight bitterness to what starts out as a slightly sweet rich taste. Warm touch of malt, hint of caramel, a little hoppy resin, and a flowery nose. Just a little astringency. So smooth and well balanced it is hard to pick out any obvious fruity or grainy flavors, which I would call a plus.

I think this is a terrific lager, though as strong as it is I wonder if there is another category for it. I would compare this with a golden bock, like the one from Karl Strauss.

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Photo of patreely12
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

twist off? 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - pale yellow with a small fizzy white head. for the style this is spot on but still average. a lot of visible carbonation.

S - pale malts and slightly bitter hops. the hops have a fresh, grassy aroma. again, typical for the style and average.

T/M - very nice balance of the pale malts and grassy hops. the malts have a slightly doughy bread flavor. there's also a little nutty hint. fresh and clean. the finish is mildly dry. you can't taste the 7% ABV at all. light bodied and high in carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer. spot on for the style. this is a little boring for me, but it's very easy to drink. it goes down like 7% ABV is the new 5%.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Another limited-release lager from the PNW; yellow does not have to mean fizzy and flavorless. Bubbly, sticky lacing with a shiny golden-yellow hue. Clean and dry malty nose that leans more toward fresh-baked bread with a spicy, woody hoppiness to round it out. Not lacking in crispness, it refreshes the palate with each sip. Hops run at the palate in a bold manner, yet leave more than enough wiggle room for the malt to plant a thick grainy flavor. Alcohol does not pass by without notice; warmth meshes with the spiciness of the hops. Bitter, dry finish. A tamed monster of sorts--a fun 12 ounces with a bit of attitude.

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

Picked up a bottle for $2 at EuroMarket. Poured clear gold with a tall head and lacing. I gotta say, I'm a fan. There's a sharp cracker and crust malt note in the aroma. That same character is met in the taste with smoother caramel and dough. There's a balanced, spicy hops finish that lingers with light hints of fruit. Frankly, this tastes like a fantastic American take on the helles bock style. I'd happily go through a case of this in the spring. It crisp and a touch cleaner than other examples of the style, but it's rich, drinkable and interesting.

UPDATE 3/27/12: Pretty much the same as last year's batch. Toasty in the aroma, big bready caramel in the flavor. Great lager.

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Photo of theghost3
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden with a 2-finger yellow-white head. Some lacing.

The smell is faint--yeast and biscuity malts. Taste is caramel malts with lemon, slightly astringent; bitter. Somewhat spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, rather carbonated.

This is a drinkable pale lager. Interestingly malty with surprising spicy characteristics.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an ultra-clear straw color with some massive head that fades slowly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Pale malts, grass and lemon.

T: Sweet pale malts with some slight biscuit and caramel notes, lemon grass and some light citrus.

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: Good drinkability. Very light and very clean.

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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 sj660
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good light straw color, good quality foam with good laces. Smells faintly of hay and lemons. The taste is of a light malt and grain with a bitter but clean aftertaste, but not too strongly hopped.

This beer is full bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.

You could quaff this for a long time. Very good beer. I wonder if this isn't like what macrolager would be like without the adjuncts.

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Photo of SkipWeathers
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty basic crisp pale lager, with some depth, with straw color, and some pine and lemon notes, leaving a residual bitter mouthfeel. No aroma of any significance, good or bad. Much higher quality than a Bud or Coors, but of the same family. You don't have that corn aftertaste though. I'd like to have a few more of these in the summer.

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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 kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into glass. I don't remember where I was because this review's from notes, but I imagine I was in Colorado.

A: Two finger, thin head. Clear gold colour.

Sm: Clean barley. Nothing exceptional. This beer is boring me.

T: Smooth open changes to well built lager with a crisp finish. Not bold or complex, but certainly good. There's also some malt (you mean it gets better?). Simple, but effective. Plays it safe.

Mf: Crisp. Good balance of coarseness and wetness. The best part of this beer.

Dr: I'd have it again but not at this price. It hides its 7.00& very well, which in fairness is high for an American lager. The alcohol does come through a bit in the finish.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a good sized white head that left a sheet of lacing behind.

S - lots of malty sweetness with a hint of hops.

T - well balanced taste, it tastes somewhat similar to a German lager and I like it.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy but it's up there on the abv so enjoy this beer in moderation.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at local grocery store, consumed in Full Sail shaker pint glass 2.26.11.

Finger and a half frothy white head, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Light gold clear body, multiple trails of carbonation rising up from bottom of glass. Dry bready malts dominate the front of the aroma, some sweetish malt in the middle packed up by floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, a bit sweet but not an adjunct corn taste ala BMCs, a surprising amount of bitterness on the back end which got more aggressive as it warmed. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, decent effervescence. A bit hoppy for the style, which is good. Not something I'd drink a bunch of given relatively high ABV, but worth a try.

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

Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head. This beer looks quite good in the glass.

Aromas are dry, bready, doughy, and with some nice earthy resin hops.

Taste is pretty complex, doughy, kind of dry, with some light creamy sweetness. Finish has some more dryness and hints of mineral and light lemon hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Drinability is good. This is a very nice lager. A little on the heavy side when it comes to flavor and ABV, but it's still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color with almost no head.

S: Mostly just malts. A hint of lemon and honey, but mostly just malts.

T: Like the smell, a lot of malts. This beer is nice and simple and I like that. Easy to drink, but not a ton going on here. To me, this one is about the same quality as the rest of this series. Good, but not great.

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Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with an average cap of white foam that rings well.

Clean, light, pleasant fruitiness and earth of Willamette with a gentle, soft graininess and nice dryness.

Unique and great for getting a feel for the Willamette hop, which is widely used, but rarely on its own. The clean malt canvass lets the hop shine.

Still, for such a basic beer I'd rather not have the hit of 7% ABV. Tone it down to around 5% and I'd go back for several.

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

Pours a cristal clear bright golden color with a one-inch white head that has great retention and moderate to high lacing. Lots of fine bubbles coming from the bottom of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Smells is of floral hops, some lemon, some grass and a good deal of grain sweetness.

Taste is very clean and a nice combination of malty sweetness, grainy bread and floral/grassy hops. A delicate amount of bitterness balances well the malt.

Body is medium to light with high carbonation. This has a full lager mouthfeel, you can definitely tell it was well crafted. Good drinkability too, it is hard to believe this is a 7% abv beer.

Overall a well balanced lager, I find it difficult to say if it has more of a malty or more of a hoppy taste. And I guess that is a good thing.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1" head. some spotty lace develops.

Smell: lemon citrus, some malt sweetness, and a bit of hops bitterness is detectable.

Taste: lightly grainy malt profile with lemon zest, a bit of grass, a mild bitterness, and some golden apple sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp througohut. Refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to drink despite the higher alcohol levels for a lager. Nice refreshing flavor - a few can be had in a session.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By: May 3, 2011

Pours a nice clean/clean pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with a slight hop note. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with some hop notes. Medium Body. Drinkable, a very nice brew, this is what the macro's should achieve for.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is rather malty but also has some notes of lemon citrus and hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grainy malts dominate the taste, which has a slight amount of bitterness and notes of lemons. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer packs in a surprisingly good amount of flavor considering it's made with just a single malt and a single hop, yet there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

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

A- Large white head that dissipated into a solid foamy cap. Head left a nice lacing. Golden yellow body with loads of bubbly carbonation.

A- Quite a sweet malty aroma. Very light lemony citrus with some alcohol bite.

T- Reminds me a lot of the lemon-pepper saison from Sam Adams. Very clean light lemon flavor with a slight spice. Lightly sweet malt flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.

M- Medium body, loads of carbonation.

D- Pretty tasty brew. I was really excited about a commercial SMaSH beer.

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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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