Full Sail Brewing Co. — Hood River, Oregon
• Style: Pilsner (Lager)
• Bitterness: 35 IBU
• ABV: 5.6%
• OG: Not provided
• Grains: Not provided
• Hops: Not provided
• Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Description: “Well looky here, a crisp new pilsner-style lager all ready to rock your tastebuds’ little world. The latest addition to our LTD series is pale-golden in color, featuring a spicy floral hop aroma, malty medium body, and a smooth, thirst quenching finish.”— Full Sail Website
Random thoughts: LTD 03, one of Full Sail’s three limited-edition lagers, is available from June – September. As part of my homebrew “research”, I only recently learned about the differences between ales and lagers--expect a post on that topic in the near future. To add a bit of quirkiness, Full Sail prints messages on the underside of each bottle cap (which reminds me of the messages on Taco Bell hot sauce packets). You can see Full Sail’s not-so-subliminal message in the picture below.
The tasting: It’s lighter bodied with a golden color. Latha sampled this with me and tasted a crisp citrus flavor, which fell flat at the end. Overall, she said it “wasn’t bad”. I, on the other hand, had a very difficult time describing the aroma and flavor. The only think that came to mind was “stronger version of Budweiser”. I like very bitter beers (IPAs), but this had a bitterness and aftertaste that I just didn’t like. Bud, also a lager, isn’t one of my favorites--so this wasn’t exactly enjoyable for me.
Rating: 2 star. Drinkable--but not sure I really want to. Although the bottle cap may indicate otherwise, I wasn’t “thrilled” by LTD 03. Maybe I just don’t like lagers in general. I guess I’ll need to sample a few more to be sure. But in the meantime, I’d pass on this one.
What do you think? I’m I being too harsh on LTD 03? Have any recommendations for a good lager that I can review?
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