Review: Session Lager, Full Sail Brewing

Session Lager
Full Sail Brewing Co. — Hood River, OR

  • Style: Pre-Prohibition style lager
  • Bitterness: 18 IBU
  • ABV: 5.1%
  • Malts: Not specified
  • Hops: Not specified
  • Sampled: 11 oz. bottle

Description: Original Session, with the bright red label, is a classic all-malt pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us of what American lagers used to taste like. It's flavorful, refreshing, and has a touch of that import-style taste. (Which, once upon a time, you didn't have to buy an "import" to get.) Oh, and it comes in a stubby, 11-oz bottle like your grandpa used to buy. So after your next session (surf, jam, gab, whatever), crack open a Session and drink to the good old new days. Named World's Best Premium Lager at the World Beer Awards and winner of a slew of other shiny trophies, Session has truly earned itself a place at the bar. Not to mention the barbeque.  — Full Sail Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Perfectly timed with summer, Full Sail recently started distribution of Session Lager in 6-packs. I'm drinking this as part of my series on lagers. In addition to the Session line (which includes Session Black and Session Fest), Full Sail also releases a line of rotating lagers as part of the LTD Series.  I recently wrote about thier LTD 05: Vienna-Style Lager.

The tasting:  Bottle stamped with an enjoy by September 22, 2013 date. Gold in color, crystal clear, with a white head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma of grain, bread and hay. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Alcohol is not noticeable in flavor or aroma and overall hop bitterness is very low. Session is light bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes with toasted grain and light hop bitterness.

Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives this to me.  While big hoppy beers are a lot of fun, it's nice to get back to basics and enjoy a simple, but refreshing beer. Now that summer is here, this is one to consider as your new "lawnmower" beer.

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1 comment:

  1. The light taste to me and the lack of a good head indicates not a full barley beer, just sayin'.


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