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Full Sail LTD #2 Pale Lager | Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room

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Full Sail LTD #2 Pale LagerFull Sail LTD #2 Pale Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
*** NOTE: This beer is not brewed at the Pilsner Room location, rather at the main Full Sail brewery in Hood River. Please post reviews here ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/5316/36188 ) until listings can be merged ***

Added by RBorsato on 04-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
39
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 39
Photo of nkersten
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, procured from my local organic grocer. Smell is a sweet maltiness with minimal hops. Taste is great, exactley what one of the big breweries in America should be striving for. Slight hop bitterness with a strong malt backbone, some expected lager yeast flavor and a decent sweetness for a 6.5% lager. Mouthfeel is thick, unlike most lagers, but still very satisfying for a lager. This is my favorite summertime standing out by the grill beer. Drinkability is better then expected. I could put these down one after another at a backyard bbq, despite the high alcohol and sweetness for its style. An excellent lager, and a good example of living the dream.

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Photo of aceman60
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best buys for the money. I tend to judge beer by the abv vs over taste and this one fits the bill. Great balance between hops and malt, one can expect a rich flavor found only in more expensive beers. Give it a try if you are a beer lover and you will be glad that you did.

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Photo of PapaJ
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank in glass poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased in a 6 pack from Capital Market, Salem, OR, a most competent / comprehensive beer depot. LTD 03 was just released, June 2009.

The label references 'Helles' [bright] style pale lager which is reminiscent of maibock. In the Pacific NW, maibock equates to Rogue 'Dead Guy' Ale; a very popular beer.

a: color dark golden / dark orange; nice 1 inch head / dissipated fairly quickly
s: hint of airy citrus and hint of fruit, perhaps, apple
t: rich / multi-layered / pleasant / malty / hint of floral / hint of fruit, perhaps [again], apple
d: very drinkable. I like this beer. But, it is a little rich for multiple pints in a single session.

I am sorry LTD02 is departing / being replaced by LTD03, excepting, LTD 03 is a pilsener, and pilsener is my favorite style beer. I look forward to LTD 02 return in 2010.

Full Sail have a good thing going with their exploratory LTD series. Full Sail, keep up the good work; your are doing Oregon proud.

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Photo of MtVernon
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very, very good beer, made by people who seem to really know what they're doing. It's not world class - just doesn't have that "expensive" taste, but it is outstanding, nonetheless.

Everything is balanced nicely, nothing stands out as offensive or gimmicky, which is a big problem these days - see Sam Adams Summer Ale, Blue Moon "Honeymoon", etc., etc. All rather nasty, unnecessarily altered for yuppie sensibilities.

If you like good beer, if you know beer, if you aren't easily fooled by a blast-o'-hops masking an underdeveloped brewing process, you'll love this. Northwest beers are some of the best in the world, not just this country, and this is right at the top of the heap. Full Sail and Alaskan are both very respectable breweries indeed, and if they keep churning out high-grade, affordable beers like these, they'll be quite successful for the long haul.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD #2 Pale Lager

A - A nicely light copper colored body.

S - A sweet caramel and grainy notes, with some nutty/fruity undertones. Grapes?

T - Taste is very vibrant for a Lager. Lots of depth to the body and the complexity. Great fresh cut herbaceous hops. Along a strong grainy malt body. Crisp grassy waves, and carmalized
roasted almonds. Nice balance, there is a lot of balancing hopping around the palate. From sweet, to sour, to dark, to moderatly hoppy. Very pleasing all around and my favorite Full Sail Beer I've tried. It's really good and has lots of drinkability to it. Shows exactly what a good lager can bring to the table. Bravo.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 06/04/07 at the Full Sail Riverfront Brewpub in Portland, OR.

Nice golden color with a decent white head and decent lace. A nicely balanced malt and hop flavor and aroma with no hint of adjuncts. Medium bodied, smooth, and easy drinking.

If I didn't know this was a lager I defintely would have thought it was an ale...

Per FS website:
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Caramel, Vienna
Hops: Czech Saaz, Styrian Goldings
OG: 1.064
16P
IBUs: 32

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Photo of JBogan
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright golden orange with a very small head which disappears soon after and leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of sweet malts along with some graininess.

Tastes somewhat sweet, with a hint of fruitiness but I couldn't quite put my finger on what kind. No bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium and smooth, but slightly flatter than I'd like for a beer of this style.

I found this beer on sale for about 4 1/2 bucks a six pack, so figured what the heck, it's worth a try. It would make a nice session beer for those looking for a step up from the usual macros, or if you're trying to introduce friends into the world of better beer. It certainly was worth what I paid for it, but once the sixer is finished I'll probably seek out something else. Still, worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of shroompod
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper color. Small head , no lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet malt malt.

Nice sweet malty taste thats extenuated by some good addition of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium , silky smooth.

Overall a nice beer , probably my favorite of this style.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail's LTD lager is unique. It's a lager like none other with a special flavor, a higher-than-usual alcohol content and a look all its own. I like it. If you come into this brew pre-conditioned and expecting it to be true to a certain style, you might be disappointed. I think LTD's a delightful creature that's difficult to classify. It is what it is. I'll be buying more of this intriguing beverage, especially if it's priced right as this was.

It ain't this,
It ain't that.
It is what it is,
And dat is dat.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden color, white head. Good lookin' beer.

Nose is faint, with some suggestions of honey & light baking spices.

Palate is honey malty sweet, but again rather weak and limited in flavors. It's a rather inoffensive beer, but at the same times fails to inspire much on the palate or to the nose.

Very drinkable, great as water substitute with food, but not worth savoring slowly for an evening of reading on BA.

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Photo of OSUCowboy26
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a 2 finger off-white head that diminished rather quickly. The LTD had a nice clean finish with an orangy-brown color. The nose has notes of malt with a hop undertone. The beer has a brighter hop beginning and rolls into the malt-like flavors that you would expect from the smell. There is a good bit of complexity to the beer as the hop and malt flavors overlap at the end. Mouthfeel is so-so, but it has a nice drinkability. Overall I would say it's worth a try.

serving type: poured bottle into a pint glass

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber into the glass, yielding a very thin head that fizzles away to a ring in no time. A touch of lacing here and there follow.

aroma is subdued maltiness. Sweetness and caramel malt abound, with a hint of vanilla and just a touch of spice? grassy? floral? maybe.

Taste is more powerful than anticipated! rich biscut and caramel malting creates a rich and vibrant sweet and bready character. Grassy and grain-ish notes add a touch of depth, while a nice hop zip at the end gives it a bit of legs. Almost reminds me of a euro strong lager at times, verging on a bock at others. Surprising out this unassuming bottle.

mouthfeel is creamy and full. Smooth and drinkable with solid carbonation that carries the flavors nicely.

A solid brew. Nothing outstanding, and nothing that would warrent a regular purchase, although for a well made inoffensive and versatile brew, this one fits the bill. A definite entry brew to the craft world, and a good brew to bring to the bbq. Nothing I could see myself craving, but I'd never turn away a glass.

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Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Floydster poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear, bubbly golden amber with a very small white head that actually hold on for quite a while around the edges. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is fairly heavy on the sweet caramel malts with a bit of toasted grain in the background. There is a minimal citrus hop whiff as it warms. The taste is a bigger version of the smell with a big malt sweetness up front with toasted malts and grains in the middle that leaves a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. I also got a little bit of nuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, but much creamier than most lagers I've had with strong carbonation. This is a really well crafted lager and makes for a great summer brew.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional shaker pint glass. Nice golden amber hue with a decent amount of head. Very little lacing left on the glass.

The nose of this brew is mostly caramel sweetness offset by some piney, mint like hop notes and a fairly assertive touch of alcohol.

Malt taste of caramel sweetness is upfront and is followed up by a nice bitter hop bite and that is somewhat piney. The finish of this beer has a surprisingly strong alcohol hit, which meshes well with the hops, and actually somewhat adds to the refreshing feel of this brew as it does a nice job of cleansing the palate. Even for a "lighter bodied brew", the moutfheel is a tad light for my tastes, especially when taking the relatively high ABV into consideration.

This is an interesting brew which I actually can't decide how much I like. However, for what this beer seems it's trying to be, which is a light bodied lager that is easy to have a few in a session, it almost seems out of whack with such an ABV almost as high as your average IPA and such a light body. This is actually a good tasting brew, but I would prefer a beer with a more reasonable alcohol content for the style.

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Photo of dnichols
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It poured a clear, bright orange body with a one finger white head that fell quickly. There was limited lacing.

S: It had aromas of sweet malts, hints of floral hops and orange aromas.

T: It had muted malt flavors with hints of orange citrus flavors and some lingering bitterness.

M: It was light bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D: It is a decent lager with good potential for a night of spicy pizza. It quenches a thirst but has little bold flavor to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of geographie
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice copper/orange color, brilliantly clear, head is one finger thick, and dissipates rather quickly. aroma is sweet, faintly yeasty, raw grains are present, hops are an afterthought. medium bodied, caramel-sweet flavor. The beer is well balanced and only the slightest hint of a bitter end. Overall impression: beer looks mighty fine and gets off to a good start, but a slightly sour finish leaves more to be desired.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark gold-orange color. Light white head leaving a tiny film.

Smell: Clean, grassy malts. Nice, nothing special.

Taste: Nice taste with surprising orange blossom malt flavor. Slightly sweet but not too much. Slight bitterness at the end with, unfortunately, a tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Generally a drinkable beer, but marred slightly by the bit of alcohol in the taste. Relatively strong in alcohol for this style of beer, but that does not affect the drinkability.

Overall a nice & affordable micro-brewed lager. Tastes very fresh and something I'd like to get again.

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Photo of maskednegator
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden, almost no head from an aggressive pour.
Smell: Crackers, some sweet malts.
Taste: Orange juice, biscuits, almost no hop bitterness to speak of. Surprising amount of alcohol sweetness and bite due to 6.4% abv, high for this style.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, obvious carbonation. Finishes dry.
Drinkability: Excellent. Would make a fantastic session beer if you don't mind getting a little more crunked than usual.

Verdict: This is a great beer for hanging out and watching a game, and I didn't think twice about picking up a second 6 pack, but it's not something for a special occasion.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowish gold in my glass with almost no head retention. A couple bubble streams suggest it has a good amount of carbonation. Smell is weak but balanced, faint citrus hop notes on a thin, pale malt background. Oooo. More than I expected. It is very carbed and starts with a little bite from the bubbles, followed by a complex flavor swirl that lingers a few seconds, but ultimately finishes fairly crisp and clean. Dangerously light and drinkable for 6.4% abv. Paid $6.50 for the sixer, I'd say it was a pretty good value.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into my LSU Tigers pub glass.

Appearance is cloudy burnt orange color. Head dissipated rather quickly after pour.

Smell has a mixture of malt and breadiness to it with a little bit of spice at the end

Taste - you really get that malt taste that follows the smell just more noticeable. The malt outweighs the hops. Slight bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel is medium body, creamy, clean and crisp, not much carbonation to notice.

Drinkability is nice, and could put down a couple. I'm glad I bought this beer

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Photo of sprucetip
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Excellent clarity, active, minimal head recedes rapidly. Very light amber color.

Not much going on here. Kidna grainy with hints of grassy hops.

Grainy, malty sweet, faint hop flavor and bitterness. Smooth and clean.

Plenty carbonated, light/medium body, clean finish.

Not as interesting, to me, as the LTD 01. Plenty easy to drink, but not as good as I remember it (or the LTD 01). But, I enjoy it, and I'm not much of a lager fan as a rule. So that I'm even drinking it, and bothering to review it, means that it has some things going for it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. had a yellow-brown color and a clear texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled mostly of malt, with a little hops.

T: Tasted of malt, more than anything, with hops and a little citrus thrown in. This style doesn't lend itself to complexity, but still an OK flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a kind of slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: Mostly drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, Wasatch!

Pours a clear golden amber. Moderate head, no much retention, light lacing.

Sweet caramel malts and toasted grains in the nose. Light hops. Not a very inspiring aroma.

Flavor follows the nose, although each component is richer and more noticeable. The sweet malts outshine the hops. Slight bitterness. Dry finish.

Clean, crisp, refreshing. Pretty easy to drink. Body is light, smooth drinker.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

112308 Bottle date; Sampled August 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an initially four-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a clear, rich amber hue that shows a perfectly clear, brilliant copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy hops and grassy / cracker like malt. It is quite clean overall, with the malt playing perhaps the more prominent role.

Soft, buttery malt flavors & textures are offset a bit by a light carbonation and a spicy hop character that couples with a light bitterness. This has quite a bit more body and malt sweetness than I might have guessed from the fairly muted aroma. The flavors that are here though are not much of a departure from the aromas, they just have the volume turned up a bit more. This is definitely still pretty easy drinking; quite clean, with out a whole lot to contemplate so it is quite easy to quaff. The hops contribute a light spiciness as well as a touch of lemon zest flavors and a bit of grassiness in about that order of intensity too (first being the most).

I am not too sure about this one, it is clearly a well made, very clean Lager, but it just doesn't quite seem able to hold my interest.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Bockrules
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a one finger head. Orange-copper with very good clarity. Head thins and starts deteriorating about half way down the glass. Lacing doesn't really stick and just leaves splotches around the glass.

S - malty with a strong orange fragrance

T - a bit of alcohol on the nose, followed by a relatively bland and malty body. All of this beer's flavor is in the finish with a strong malty-orange taste. A lingering bitter-orange taste is left in the mouth which doesn't seem to fit this beer.

M - light-bodied with more than moderate carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D - I was expecting a little more from this brew. It lacks much flavor until a brief finish and leaves an awkward aftertaste. At under a buck a bottle in Oregon it's not a horrible deal, but I don't think I'll be coming back to this one.

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3.64 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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