Session Fest | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Session FestSession Fest
BA SCORE
3.68/5
206 Ratings
Session FestSession Fest
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to Full Sail Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson, “Session Fest is a Czech-style strong lager called polotmavé or literally “light dark or semi-dark.”
Brewed with 2 Row Pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt and Wheat malt, and hopped with a blend of Glaciers and Cascades.

6.2% ABV
26 IBU

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,153
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
206
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Md35
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a sweet malty little bottle of winter goodness. I love milky unfiltered wheats, I love (strong/ABV) Stout's. Ironically I can't handle strong hops I.E. IPAs.. I'm a regular guy with a regular mouth. I taste a sweet malt. Medium body. "Chemical" secondary mouth note that finishes with a kiss of hops. I like it but probably won't buy it again.... until next winter. Because I will completely forget that I've had it. Cheers.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The look is a amber brown. The smell is a bit rich for me, not a terrible smell at all but not a smell I want from a beer. The taste is subpar but the feel is quite nice. Full sail tends to do a good job on getting their beers to "pop" in the mouth, but I'm not impressed with the flavor. I can taste the caramel but it doesn't pair with the other flavors as much as I would like. Overall a decent beer that adds a nice variety to a craft pack, but I wouldn't go buy a six pack of just these.

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Photo of akolb
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of B_B
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a rich clear cooper with a large head. The aroma is full of rich malts, with caramel, toffee, musky spice, and earthy and floral hop notes. The flavor offers mild and dry caramel and toffee, with earthy and spicy notes, and a rather dank bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this was a really nice beer with full flavored but not overly sweet malts, and a distinctive and appropriate hop character.

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Photo of karlt
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lavonnq
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BrewAskew
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a rocky white head and copper red color. Not much lace. Aroma is strong Munich malt and not much hops to speak of--what hop there is in the nose is grassy/spicy. Flavor is malty and on the sweet side with peppery hops in the background. Slightly biscuity and nutty. Mouthfeel is light and slightly astringent. Not bad.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red hues, lighter to the edge, good 2/5" white head on it. Aroma had a mix of red malts and grassy hops.

Hops imparted, I'm impressed, usually full sail's new beers are massively geared towards to gateway craft customer, this one wasn't too bad, a little heavy on the alcohol to qualify as a session ale. Mild malt sweetness, its not bad. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very clear tarnished copper, could pass for iced tea. Head is light tan and fluffy, of modest retention. Bread, toffee, light vegetation, faint peppercorn aromas, but all very weak and clean, understandable for a lager. Interesting metallic quality throughout, most prominent up front but arguably increasing, just harder to tease out of the balance as caramel and bread backbone, vegetable broth and strong peppercorn notes enter. Finishes leafy to bean-like and metallic to soapy. Lighter medium-bodied, spritzy and sudsy, very quenching. I think this is the 10th one of these I've had in the last month. Top-tier amber. Especially appreciate its Czech influence, as opposed to being a purely American concoction.

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Photo of WORfan
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RJLarse
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12-pack of Session Fest Red Lager in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale copper/amber color, clear with a thin white head.

Smell is faint, more floral and perfume than anything else.

Taste a bitter grain flavor upfront, mellowing to a bread flavor then a dry bitter floral finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly cloying and wet finish.

Overall a decent lager. Somewhat akin to the Sam Adams Winter Lager, but at around $10 for a 12-pack a much better value.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought on vacation in Seattle, WA, $1.19 in a singles cooler.

Look : A very festive autumn brown/copper colored body, 30% opaque. The popcorn colored head starts off colossal, like a lovely IPA. 3 fingers tall, rocky, and fluffy.

Smell : Lots of baked and caramelized malts, barley, with a faint hint of pumpkin flesh. A little nutmeg, clove, allspice.

Taste : A fantastic balance of caramel malts and hop. It ying yangs quite well in the beer, and it starts sweet, but follows with a punch of rind-y hop, and a strong presence of allspice. The finish leaves a delicate lingering bitterness that is pleasant for several seconds after the swallow.

Feel : Medium bodied, very creamy, and mild carbonation. Ends with a hanging dryness. The feel can't get much better here.

Overall : What a nice beer. These guys in the PNW know how to brew. I'd gladly have it again and will probably go back to it at this price.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11 oz bottle

Pours a fairly clear amber - brown body with a white head. A little retention, specks of lacing

Smell is mainly malts. A hint of sweetness.Not overly prominent.

Taste mostly follows the nose with a crisp slightly bitter finish. Kind of marzen like...Nice !

Even feel

Very enjoyable . Smells and taste reminds me of a marzen... And at 10 bucks a 12 pack a great value.

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Photo of Bp123
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sneth019
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid session ale will def. get again.

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Photo of KWolf
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, malty, wondrous drinkable session beer. Brilliant!

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Photo of Moose90
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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