Saturday, October 8

Beer Review: Full Sail Brewing Session Fest Lager


“Session Fest is a Czech-style strong lager (gotta love the Czechs!) 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, Session Fest has a medium-to-full body balancing candy caramel and full malt flavors that are underscored by a spicy hoppiness that provides a nice perfume with citrus and pine overtones and a long clean finish.” 6.2% ABV 26 IBU

Finally got my hands on a couple of these. Full Sail seems to be trying to bend the envelope a little.. but I am curious on the plans with the session beers. Are they trying to bland out the beers, or will they continue to develop even more Brewmaster Reserve Series.. what will be next? Guess time will tell!

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a clear dark copper brew.. quickly dissipating white foamy head.. leaves some light dust and a small ring in the glass. Overall a simple look.

Smell: (3.5)
- First thing that hits the nose is Full Sails traditional yeast aroma.. a grainy, bready, earthy dry malt. A touch of light caramel sweetness, spice, and molasses. Earthy grassy hops, and a light pine flare.

Taste: (4.0)
- Wonderful Full Sail character.. they do brew a one-of-a-kind character-filled beer. Great grainy and bready malt, big meaty yeast, light spice to balance.. perhaps some sweet caramel, molasses, and allspice.. but light enough to only balance the beer, and create a solid flavor. Light bitter grassy hops, and not too much at all in the aroma department. Very solid flavor.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied brew which is bubbly, and typical of Full Sails brewing yeast. Not overly creamy, though there is a slight thickness to this session beer. It's a touch dry which I like, and rather chewy which is a standard for them.

Overall: (3.0)
- It's a solid drinker. A sessionable beer? Perhaps for the cool holiday's yes, but I can see this recipe as more of a marketing ploy. If it were bottled in 6-packs and sold for more, I doubt it would do as well as it is as a new session series. The flavor is very good, but the rest falls short. I am more keen to the likes of their latest imperial IPA, because that beer didn't taste like the rest of theirs. This one does.

B / 3.6

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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