Session Fest | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

BA SCORE
83
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205 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
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.96%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BrewAskew
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -7.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RJLarse
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +11.5%
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 +4.4%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sneth019
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +31.2%
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 -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EdwardK77
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MKrauss
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of animal69
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film surrounded by a medium thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with a lighter presence of biscuit malts. Hints of spicy hops are present as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and biscuit malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy + spicy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which lingers lightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with enough flavor + aroma that I could easily have a couple of these during a single afternoon. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of IreRican
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chefpaul08
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Tbone2131
3.76/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.65 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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