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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"

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

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a lager yeast and a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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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 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 hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark, clear copper color,moderate off-white head of foam
Aroma-Bread/pilsner malt,floral hop note
Taste-Toasted malt,spiciness, caramel. Smooth, flavorfull, and sessionable. A good "crossover" craft brew. A "pre-prohibition" style lager that would go great with a couple og grilled hot dogs.

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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 stephens101
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a finger of resilient off-white head. Sweet malt, a little red hot candy and some apples to the nose. Sweet and a bit grainy to the tongue with a slight hop edge at the end. Light to medium bodied, well balanced and smooth going down. Great summertime brew right here from a series that always satisfies this Full Sail fan.

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

7/11 frshness date poured into a pint glass

A: dark amber, thin head, little lacing.

S: Malt, bready yeast.

T: sweet malt, with a slightly bitter hop finish.

M: nice balance, medium carbinaton.

O: A little sweet for my personal taste, but a very good example of the style. This is the third of the LTD's I have had and believe they offer high quaility for value.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours clear amber with off-whtie head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma has florals, sweet caramel and fresh cut grass. Taste is sweet with more caramel malts and some light bittering hops. Medium bodied with a slick/oily texture. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter. A pretty good beer although its a little maltier than I prefer. Still, I could drink a couple of these. Nice job.

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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 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 TheMarkE
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Attractive amber with a good head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel and grain, muted herbal and citrus hops.

Taste: Grains and caramel, muted herbal and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, and just a hint of bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Fairly well balanced, it does a decent job of trying to convert you to lagerism as the label suggests. Not the best example, but I'll take it over a Samuel Adams.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
It has a great aroma of grain with a bit of barnyard in the background.
The taste is wonderful. Full of grains with a nice malt background for a lager. Well balanced.
It is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A pretty good lager.

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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 Brenden
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a rich, clear brown with a deep red-orange hue with a light tan head that struggles to grow, fizzles to a respectable foam then disappears, leaving just enough spotty lacing for an average appearance.
This beer has what seems to approach a doppelbock profile, sweetness leaning toward molasses without quite the same flavor as well as something almost like anise or licorice. Otherwise it's a mix of toasty and fruity with a bit of barley, making me imagine even a bit of meatiness in the flavor. The caramel malts are evident as well as something a touch dry, and there's an underlying nuttiness the whole way.
I expect this beer to be light and crisp, but this beer is too spritzy and lacks smoothness. It's not bad, per se, and the smoothness does come in with the carbonation after the bite of the fizziness backs off a little, but it's still too much.

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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 Bockrules
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle (7/5/12 date) into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep, perfectly transparent amber with a few streams of minuscule bubbles rising to the two finger, tan head. Head stays intact must of the way down the glass. Only leaves behind a few small splotches of lacing at the bottom of the glass.

S - Not much upon opening the bottle - just some clean malt with hints of honey. Things open up a bit more in the glass, but the basic notes remain the same.

T - Here is where things start turning around. Sweet malt upfront. The body is decent blend of honey bourbon and modest earthy hop notes laid on top of a sweet malt backdrop. Splash of earthy hops and aged wood as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to a sweet and malty finish with subtle hints of smoked peat.

M - Medium bodied with not quite enough carbonation to match the flavor profile. This may be partially my fault for letting it age past its prime, so I'll cut it a little slack here.

LTD #5 is a solid beer and has lots of characteristics that remind me of my all-time favorite amber: Full Sail Amber. After the initial let down of a nose no better than you're average middle-of-the-road "craft" (e.g. Dundee) lager, I was pleasantly surprised to find a relatively complex and interesting flavor profile. I would consider adding this (probably as a last option) to a mix-a-six again.

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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 rangerred
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a one finger tan head that fades rather quickly leaving very little in the way of lacing.

Aroma of toffee and caramel along with noble hops. There is also some toast and nuttiness.

Flavor has caramel and nuts up front nicely complimented by spicy hops. Toffee and caramel in the background along with a little bit of toast. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Clean finish with just the smallest amount of stickyness.

Overall, a tasty lager but not one that really stands out from the pack. Really reminded me of SA Boston Lager. I would pick it up again if I saw it.

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Photo of u2carew
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck twist off.
A) Pours with a two finger head that slowly settles. Clear copper colored body. Active carbonation. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle hints of honey. Bready. Tree fruit.
T) Grainy. Toasty caramel notes. Quite malty throughout with some typical dry and slight sour tones in the finish.
M) Fizzy up front. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
O) A decent brew. Nice flavor profile. I'd definitely drink another.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper color that had some amber highlights that could be seen when held up to the light. The off-white head retained itself rather well and it left bands of lacing. The aroma was of caramel malt, bready malt, yeast, hints of nuts and some green/grassy hops. The flavors were similar with the sweet malt coming first followed by notes of bread and biscuits as well as yeast and then at the end the pleasant bitterness of floral hops. As it warmed up I detected some notes of citrus in the hop finish as well but they were still delicate enough to compliment the malt elements. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation good.

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Photo of seand
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark bubbly amber, relatively clear, with a small layer of off white head. A thin layer retains on the surface and around the edge of the glass, leaving nice walls of lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a light grainy note.

T: Mild sweetness, with a touch of a slightly vinous fruity note on the finish. Pleasant, if not too exciting.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall it's pretty decent, but not outstanding. I'd probably try it on tap if I saw it somewhere, but I doubt I'll buy a six-pack again.

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Photo of intensify
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper colored body. Head didnt hold up for too long and lacing was poor.

S- biscuit, caramel, honey and a hint of hops and malts.
T- bready and malty. Reminds me of fresh rye bread. Also, caramel makes a strong presence with hops balancing everything out and to add to the character.
M- medium bodied and a slight oily finish. The carbonation is on the easy side making this beer very drinkable.

A solid brew for Full Sail. One of there better ones.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa even though I've had a ton of beers of this style as of late. This poured quite dark and at first, it seemed like more of a Brown or a Scotch ale because of the hue and alcohol content. As it warmed up, I still wasn't sure how to take this beer, but it was quite enjoyable and went down pretty easily.

Not much of a head and minimal lacing could be seen. Ditto for the aroma, which was faint and had a roasted tone to it. Lots of malt here with a bit of caramel too. The mouthfeel was a bit like a Scotch Ale without the stickiness and the carbonation was good enough to lead to a crisp aftertaste. This felt full without weighing me down but was just a bit too sticky to completely enjoy.

This isn't the best Amber I've had and because it tasted and felt strong, I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting. It's a good effort on Full Sail's behalf but it's just a bit dark and not hoppy enough to fit the bill. By itself, this is a good beer to kick back with after a long day.

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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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