Review: LTD 03, Full Sail Brewing Co.

LTD 03
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?

No So Subtle Subliminal Messaging


  1. Actually, I liked this one when I tried it this summer. It's probably better to drink it in the warmer weather. It's a great "after mowing the lawn" beer. I just tried the Bump in the Night and thought that was average.

  2. Mark, so tell me about Bump. I have not tried it yet. What made it average in your opinion? I have not tasted it yet.

  3. As a fan of the Black IPA/CDA style I guess I was expecting a fuller flavor than "Bump" provided. I think Hop in the Dark, Alaskan Dbl Black, and Laughing Dog Dogzilla have been my favorites so far. You should still try it though so I can see what you think.

  4. I bought a 22 oz of Full Sail's Hop Pursuit. Have you tried this one?

  5. No, I haven't tasted Hop Pursuit. I rarely get around to tasting anything in bombers these days. I do have their new LTD 05 amber lager in my fridge. I'll be tasting that in the next week or so.

  6. A couple of others to try: Elevation (Imp. IPA)and Sanctuary (Dubbel). These are two really good brews. I really like the brewer's reserve bombers that FS puts out. Not really a fan of their regular line up.

  7. I've heard good things about Elevation. I thought you didn't like Belgians? Are you a fan of most Dubbels?

  8. I know........but I liked this one. I was suprised. It really didn't have the characteristics of a typical Belgian. More like a pale ale to me.


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