LTD Series - 05 | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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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 notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/amber color with a pretty nice tan head that sticks around pretty nicely.

S: There's not really much to detect here. I'm getting a bit of light citrus and some maltiness.

T: Lagers of any kind aren't really my thing, but this one isn't terrible. Probably my favorite of the three LTDs I've tried. The taste is much sweeter than I expected with a lot of caramel malt and a hint of something that almost tastes like cotton candy. The finish has some grassy and slightly metallic tasting hops and a bit of bready malt.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in wide rings.

S: Sweet, bready malt; caramel. Earth and hay/grass hops. Rather odd mix of floral and bittering.

T: Like the nose with caramel more pronounced up front; rich and malty. Some floral hops in the middle transition quickly to a mild, but building, bitter of spicy hops; grass and earth.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and balanced with sweet/bitter and body/carbonation.

O: Good flavor. Good balance. Sessionable beer for sure.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always find Full Sail to be a good value even if they aren't the best in their style. I think I've probably had three sixers if this already since it's only $6. Amber in colo of course with a smell like lager, sort of earthy too. Taste is decent, a little bready and easily distinguished as a Full Sail beer, maybe it's the malt? Overall, an easy sipper and a good value.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six pack of LTD 05 in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a red copper color and is clear. Modest bubbly frothy white head is not very resilient and dissipates quickly. The beer looks mildly carbonated with very few bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is faint, but floral and perfume like.

Taste is also floral, with a sweet maple and honey flavor. Malt dominates the taste, with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth but so lightly carbonated it almost tastes flat.

Drinkable I guess if you like the style. I am more of an ale drinker, and this one won't get me to switch.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, and sweet. The taste is malty/sweet. Medium Body. This is a pretty tasty Amber Lager, nice job FS.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Warm, light but malty amber beer.

Lots of malt and roasted flavors in this lager. Richer taste than most ambers. Actually, one of my favorites in the catch-all category. With the malt I'd call it more of a Marzen or Oktoberfest style. Clean, even a little crisp with all the malt. A pilsener hint of hops, and flowery aromas. Body is light but makes a very pleasing gullet-full.

While not my top favorite of the LTD series, I have liked them all. I wonder why Full Sail doesn't jettison their regular and not very interesting beers and make these the lineup.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear copper red with very little head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Slight hint of caramel but mainly bready tones and malt.

Taste: Bready and yeasty malts. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a slightly watery feel but still feels crisp.

Overall: A decent beer but nothing I'm going to miss.

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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 ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of bready, toasted malts with a small earthy hops.

Tastes of a big toasted malt character with a bit of hops. Malts have notes of toasted bread with some light caramel sweetness. Toffee comes through as well. Hops add an earthy, leafy bitterness with some spice.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, not much to look at, but is fairly well done. Doesn't have a large amount of hops, but I still find it to be good.

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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 djeucalyptus
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich jurrasic park-like amber, crystal clear, with a foamy one-finger eggshell head that fizzles away to a thin collar that only leaves a small dab of lacing.

aroma is earthy, spicy, and rich sweet malt. caramel, oregano, saaz hops, a hint of dark malt. a smidgen of fig and raisin... smells solid.

taste is surprisingly rich and malty. spicy hops, touch of earth and grassyness. pleasant.

mouth is medium body with pretty ample carbonation that works perfectly with the somewhat sweet flavors.

All in all, this is a pretty impressive offering from the LTD series... and my favorite one in a few years. I can easily see picking up a sixer of this one again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown twist off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a thin off white cap, which lingers only briefly before settling to a light surface cap.

Nose is a tad metallic initially, soon offering some roasted malt and citric notes, along with some wet dough and a touch of sour yeast. Odd for a moment but in the end nutty toast with a bit of spice character rules the day. Distracting to a degree yet intriguing on the nose.

Pleasant amber flavors on the initial sip imply that the subtle aromas are minor distractions. Light caramel and some hop spice are evident yet without the fuller body of an ale, as implied. Finishes with a bit of light chocolate and dry hazelnut. Still relatively full in body for an Amber Lager and with a firm and dry spicy finish. Stands up to warming fairly well given its relatively coarse structure.

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Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a fizzy copper tinged head. The head quickly falls to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves no lace.

The beer is quite light in the mouth and has vigorous carbonation. Toffee and caramel do most of the flavor and aroma work. Bitterness is light and lemony. The toffee lingers into the finish.

Overall, not bad, but not great.

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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 Dunkelhund
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll be drinking more of this lager in the weeks to come, especially at this price point 5.99 - 6.99/6pk.

This is a solid, good tasting lager that pours a rich dark gold with a good head of off-white foam that left a few light traces. It smells like it would be perfect with a home-style breakfast (which is one of the ways I have enjoyed it so far on a day off): solid, biscuity, a little roasty, with a hint of sweetness.

I enjoy the medium-biscuity malt flavor with the caramelized notes and slight cocoa-like undertones. The hops are clean and fresh tasting and in my opinion nicely balanced... a good, solid overall beer-drinking experience.

This is one of the better lagers I have tried in a while and I think I'll be a little disappointed when its gone.

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Photo of philbertk
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Brewing Company--Full Sail LTD Series--For Those Who Love Amber Ales, Here's A LIMITED EDITION LAGER So Crazy Good, You Might Convert To Lagerism--Recipe Number: 05--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 28 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) No sediment. Big foamy thin mild lace rapidly dissapating billowy white head. Clear fizzy rich thin dark amber color. Toasted biscuit caramel mild Saaz hop hint front. Smooth toasted caramel mild sweet cocoa hint rustic bread crisp tasty malt body. Slightly cloying creamy chocolate hint mild hop clean crisp rich end. Nice well made Amber Lager. Tasty & smooth but not exceptional for a Full Sail. Sampled 3/12/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 2 Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/12/2011.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/red with 1 finger of foamy head that leaves some good lacing.

N: Sweet breadiness and lemon.

T: Wheat bread, some caramel, grapefruit and lemon grass.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

D: Very good drinkability. Simple flavors with a sweet malty flair. Very balanced.

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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 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 Domingo
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Full Sail went the exact route I was hoping after the fairly disappointing (to me) LTD 4.
Pours a copper color with a thin white head. Pretty low on the carbonation oddly enough. Not a whole lot of lacing or foam.
However in the flavor department, this one's right up my alley. Caramel malts hit up front, but you get more flavor than sweetness. A little bit of earthy bitterness from the hops creeps into the flavor in the middle, and the finish is about as clean as they come.
Simple, but not in a bad way. It invites you to come back for more. Drinkability is a huge strength here.
Think of this like you would a better version of something like Yeungling.
Easy drinking, not complex, but still tasty. That wins with me.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an dark amber color with a 1/2 in off white head. Retention is not great. Smell has a malty sweetness to it, sort of bready. There is also some hoppiness in the nose, but the sweet malts stand out more. The taste didn't knock my socks off, but it was certainly not bad. The taste gives you more of that easygoing maltiness, I am getting bread, grains, maybe a little caramel. The gps are less pronounced in the taste, but the different malts give some complexity that makes up for it some. Mouthfeel was on par for this style, but might have lacked just a touch of carbonation. Overall a great addition to the LTD line from full sail. I got on the LTD train a little late and I am regretting it now, they are making some really cool German style lagers.

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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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Photo of Beatnik4913
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a six pack of this beer last week. It wasn't a bad beer but it wasn't a good beer either. It smelled mostly of sweet malts and grain. I felt the mouth and taste was rather watery and bland and it reminded me more of an amber ale with no hop bite. I know they were going for a larger that amber ale drinkers would like, but I feel they missed the fulled body malt flavor that lagers a supposed to have and then forgot to add the hops for that little bite in the finish.

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Photo of Elimination
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

These LTD lager series have really surprised me. Definate craft lagers that can be used to introduce people to good beer.

Pours a dull but inviting red, brown hues, with light shining through. Small white head, crisp looking.

Smell of toasted grain, dark berries, bread, a bit of toffee, almost candy syrup like.

Taste is a nutty, bready, whole grain cereal, tad of brown sugar. Really surprising taste, raisins, a bit of a smoke, and a tad of light cocoa.

Mouthfeel is a nice thick, hearty, and a bit chewy. Despite the abv it presents itself as more stronger beer.

Very drinkable, only picked up one bottle in a mixed six pack at safeway in Bend for 5.99

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

The LTDs are coming faster now! 12 oz from a 6-pack . Winco store S.Salem. $5.88 Handsome deep amber beer with a largish light tan head. Very malty aromas..toasted oat cereal comes to mind..a little nuttiness also. Taste is semi sweet toffee,again a dose of nutiness, Sweet honey finish..and perhaps the fainest hint of hop in the end. Nice enough on the tongue..good feel to it. Overall a nice tasty lager

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LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.61 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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