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LTD Series - 05LTD Series - 05

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"New in our LTD series, this copper colored lager is refreshingly smooth, with a hint of dark roast and a clean hoppy finish. Brewed with pale, chocolate, caramel malts and hopped with Czech Saaz hops. ABV 5.6% IBU 28"

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-17-2011

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of sweet caramel malts and light biscuit malt breadiness. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth, bready flavor. It goes down easy with a touch of sweetness and a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good amber lager. It's complex, yet highly drinkable.

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Photo of ELN
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this six pack at Safeway on Mill Plain in Vancouver, WA for $6.99. I had LTD 3 and liked it a lot. The package color is really nice yellow.

serving type: bottle
appearance: dunno. drinkin' from the bottle. :)
smell: hops and very light citrus.
taste: nothing pops out. little bit of citrus.
mouthfeel: medium
overall: I like it. Very different from any other beers I've had. Reminds me of a cloudy hefewizen but slightly citrusy. I have a female relative who is very picky about what beers she likes and I think she'd like this very much! Giving it a thumbs up, Good Job FULL SAIL!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a very rich and dark mahogany red. Very clear, big fluffy white head that left splashy lace

S- Rich toffee, caramel, bready, chocolate, and mineral notes. Some cereal notes.

T- Rich toffee, caramel, fruity red malt character, quite bready, big mineral notes, and some chocolate and cereal malt notes.

M- High carbonation, very smooth, mostly dry finish

O- A very complex and rich tasting vienna lager. This is the best of the style that I have ever had, really great beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep amber, 2” off white foam cap with a slight amber tint.
S: Spicy malty nose.
T: Light malts, hint of roast, gentle creaminess, smooth, finish medium crisp. Hops and malt dry it out on the finish with lingering hop and malt flavors persisting for several minutes in the after taste. No caramel flavor, balance is to the malt.
F: Medium light body and carbonation at medium or just above.
O: A well made Vienna lager.

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Photo of Klondike
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- light head that disappears as you finish pouring into a glass. Has a nice crimson color

Smell- I smell sweet malts, with a hint of carmel and nuts. I smell a light hop smell, but not over powering.

Taste- the flavors you smell come out very well in the taste ast you drink it down. Has a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth, not much carbonation

Overall- I loved it! This is my second time trying the LTD series. I tried 4, which I also like. This one is a little different from 4. This is a lager with sort of an ale personality. You still get the lager body and taste. This is a very drinkable beer. I will have my fair share until they stop making this.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz cold bottle into pint glass

Just a quick review here because I'm feeling lazy...

Wonderfully balanced Vienna style lager. Medium body with soft carbonation, lots of bready, toasty malt goodness balanced out with some nice and spicy/floral hops, tinge of sweetness, but finishes nice and dry with those noble hops lingering a bit.

I could definitely session this beer all day - it reminds me a lot of Boston Lager, except I think this Full Sale offering tastes and feels superior, especially on the finish. I'll be seeking out more for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD Series - 05
12 oz. bottle; code: 070811 13:05 FL

Appearance: Surprisingly dark amber that borders on becoming Russet brown... some where around 23 or 24 SRM. Creamy off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Toasty and bready caramel malts that are just slightly sweet. Mild grassy and leafy hops.

Taste: Fairly rich bready and caramelish malt with a gently toasted edge and some nice nuttiness. Grassy, leafy, and spicy hops. Firm bitterness. Well-rounded and polished. Smooth across the palate. Nicely balanced to give a dollop of sweetness at the swallow followed by a drying finish as the malt fades and the spicy hops emerge.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with a medium body and a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: If more brewers would put as much effort into their amber ales and lagers as Full Sail has done, the style wouldn't be waning. Quite pleasant. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with two fingers worth of off-white foam.

Smell: Sweetish bready-scented pale malts, touches of caramel, lightly toasted nuts, and even a tiny hint of chocolate. Secondary scent of slight fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet, lightly nutty, lightly caramelized maltiness on the fore. Slightly fruity, hinting of candied berries. Mild, earthy-toned hops with a low bitterness barely making its presence known, keeping this a malt-forward brew. Very small hint of grains. Sweetish, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'll be honest, it's a skosh reminiscent of Magic Hat's Vinyl, which is certainly fine, as I enjoyed that one as well. A mighty tasty malty red lager.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a moderate cap of off-white head. Retention is ok and lacing fairly good.

Nose is nice, nutty chocolate with a little bit of toast. Malts are offset by a clean floral hop aroma. I like this one already.

I like the malt profile on this one quite a bit...just enough sweetness on a cocoa, hazelnut, caramel flavor. Kiss of leafy hops add the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is decent with an appropriate carbonation. This is my favorite in the LTD series since the very first one. It is kind of somewhere in between a dunkel and an amber lager. I wish I would have found this one earlier in the summer, I would’ve bought it on more than one occasion, that’s for sure.

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. Best by 080511 on bottleneck. 6-pack purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Clear as day amber with hefty 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and several rings of lace down the glass.

S: Superb toasted and biscuity malty notes up front supplement the substantial caramel, and mild herbal, grassy, floral hops come through in the back end. Not too sweet, but a little more noble hops character in the nose would be okay with me.

T: LTD #5 is an excellent amber lager. It drinks with a malt-forward flavor and some residual sweetness, which I think fits this style very well. The toast and biscuit qualities of the nose are present in the flavor, with more of a nod toward the biscuit flavors. Caramel drapes over all the flavor and the hops provide accent with noble notes of grass and herbal sharpness.

M: A very creamy feel for a lager with relatively low carbonation for the style to give it a softer feel and better drinkability/sessionability.

O: I thought this was one of the better LTDs to come through, although I have liked most of them pretty well. This amber lager really slams the malt aroma and flavor and provides it in a highly creamy, drinkable brew.

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Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear red amber with some lacing around the top

S-sweet caramel, rich malts, bit of raisin

T-similar to the smell but also includes some hops to add balance

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, a bit of a metallic aftertaste

Overall a nice beer, incredibly drinkable, great smell, and pretty decent taste

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a full rich deep bronze color with a well defined sticky 1/2 finger off white head,what great color and clarity.Alot of German malty goodness in the nose with toasty bread and a bit of iron to go with sweetish caramel.Crisp toasty bread on the palate with mild caramel sweetness in the finish,a smattering of leafy hops as well.This is a great amber lager,to me it has a little marzen in it with crisp bready malt,and iron/mineral notes.A great lager,this should be much higher rated in my humble opinion.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dubbed this one "Vienna Lager" instead of "American Amber Lager" because that is what the brewery was shooting for based on their press release.... a change can be made if somebody asks for it.

Poured into my small Schneider Weisse glass. Nice lite tan head with good retention... very clear copper amber brew... pretty.

Nose shows a nice lite toastiness... a bit of noble hop presence.. clean, but not as clean as I was hoping for.

Soft maltiness is punctuated by some dry toast... hoppiness seems pretty earthy and helps accentuate the toasty malts.

Medium-lite body is about perfect... so is the carbonation... smooth small bubble... almost creamy.

Very tight brew... I like it and will buy more as long as they are available and fresh... this one I believe was bottled on 12-21-10. I really wish more American breweries would do German lagers... Full Sail has been a big hit in my house with the LTD series.


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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber, almost brown with a three finger foamy off white head. Head lasts about five minutes and leaves good lacing. Smell is grainy malts. Taste is sweet caramel malts and just barely enough hops. Easy drinking, with just enough carbonation for proper mouthfeel. A bit of spicy leathery hops on the back of the tongue. Medium bitter/ sweet finish. Overall a very fine amber. Good job Full Sail.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is coppery/orangey-amber with a half-finger off-white head. Lots of large, rising bubbles creates a nice presentation - and fortifies the head once it settles to a thinner film on top.

S: Toasted bread and a good deal of nuttiness, along with a touch of fruit sweetness, which surprised me for a Vienna Style Lager. Still, overall a pleasant nose.

T: Clean nuttiness and sweet malt (caramel malt, some toffee) underneath. Finishes fairly clean with some residual sweetness up front and modest bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M: Lightish in heft, but not thin or watery. Appropriate for the style, heft-wise. Carbonation is active but not harsh.

O: This is a good version of the style. Maybe a touch too sweet to earn higher scores, but a good, flavorful (and colorful) lager.

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, this beer is a pleasant dark walnut color, with a small but persistent head. The nose is very nice: solid caramel with a hint of nuttiness, and some grassy hops lurking under the edge. Flavor offers some very good malt character, plenty of caramel, and mm... maybe a tad more cocoa than nuttiness. Bitterness is sufficient but not high, so it ends slightly sweet. Clean yeast character.

Drinkability is very high. This is a quaffable beer, a solid session offering.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a nice coppery color, clear, with a good size pale tan head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is lagery yeast with some nice caramel malts.

Taste is a pleasant round maltiness with a little roasty bitterness and a mild lagery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. Overall, not bad at all.

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Photo of bump8628
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprise find at a small store down the street. Love the price point on Full Sail and almost all of their stuff is of the highest quality.

Clear, vibrant amber with a somewhat fizzly head that didn't persist as long as I'd like.

Bread crust and caramel are prominent with a nice hit of black and white pepper from the Saaz and a pleasant grassiness that balances well the warm malt. Clean and quite full for the style.

I'm really liking this lager. Great value and quality. Easy drinking but rich. With all the fantastic, bold ales coming out of the US, it's nice to see that these guys can still put together an impressive lager.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber/brown with a 1.5 finger off-white head the forms a solid ceiling. Leaves behind average lacing.

S - Toasted bread, woody yeast, faint earthy/floral hops, hint of alcohol.

T - Clean grain, sweet/toasty caramel malt, some mild raspberry around the edges. Hops come out toward the end and add a little spicy bitterness and stick on the tongue on the aftertaste.

M - Medium firm body, moderate carbonation.

Pretty flavorful Red Lager. This holds it's own in the style. Good malt presence. This is a keeper.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a medium-light copper beer with excellent clarity. An agressive pour gives about a finger of creamy, off-white with a decent retention time.

S: Rich malt aroma that has a some bready character and a moderate spicy, Saaz hops aroma. A clean lager without fruitiness, diacetyl or DMS.

T: A very flavorful lager with a balanced, moderate malt and hops flavors. The hops are spicy and the bitterness is at a moderatly light level. The balance is even. The finish is dry with a hops flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit crisp.

O: A very flavorful lager with the flavor of malt, spicy hops and hops bitterness all balanced.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

8/11...pours deep amber, very light layer of foam that settles out. Reddish. Rich caramel nose with malt. Taste is a higher malt concentration, lightly sweet, bready, and toffee too. Mild carbonation. Very smooth, backed with a tasty malt profile.

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Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, clear. Lots of fine carbonation rising to the top. Thick frothy head that disappear slowly. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Malty, caramel, crisp, hint of earthy.

Malty up front. I'm getting caramel and toasted malts mostly. Slight bitterness along with earthy-herbal hops. Crisp finish. Medium-light bodied, carbonation is nice.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped 052411-15:41-FL. Sampled on March 26, 2011. The pour is a deep and clean amber tone with orange hues. A quick fizzy head emerges then disappears. The aroma is vibrant with rich, toasted malts and a little bit of a yeasty chaser. The body runs in the medium range. I very much enjoyed its sweet, malty taste, which seemed to capture what I like best about Amber Ales. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Luigi
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep copper/light ruby color with a two finger bubbly. The head settles down to a decent blanket on top of the lager, yet retains through out the life of the beer.

The aroma is grassy with spicy hops and and gives off hints of caramel, and toasted malt.

The taste is a great balance between the spicy hop and soft bread malt. Hints of caramel are present, but no flavor is in your face.

Medium/light bodied and moderately carbonated. Has slightly dry finish with a mild bitterness.

This is amber lager is very easy to drink. And is one of the few dark beers that is great for the summer time. Very refreshing, crisp, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this stuff finally by me today, picked up a 6'er and let it warm up a bit in my car after work.. still nice and cool.. perfect drinking temp.

- Very dark amber/brown and crystal clear brew. Eggshell head left about a finger and a half, and settled at a nice 1/8th inch with some lace. The color is quit intriguing.

- Nice zesty floral hop smell.. some northwest zing, fresh herbs, light caramel and a roasty subtle grain. Little bready.. smells smooth.

- Nice light touch of that character full sail malt.. but not overwhelming like some may think that are not used to a full flavored lager. Very balanced, bready, oats.. zesty bright hops, touch of zesty bitterness.. quite good.

- Medium bodied, well carbonated.. has a thin creamy-like texture to it which is nice and ads to its smoothness.

- Overall a damn fine lager, like all of Full Sails. Nice to see them experimenting w/ so many lagers. So far my order of favorite LTD's is as follows: 03,04,05,02,01

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