Monday, May 27, 2013

Full Sail Session Premium Lager

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (890) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2013
I poured an 11oz bottle into a lager glass. It had an "enjoy by" date of 8/4/13. It cost $2.15 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright gold color, transparent body with plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves trace lacing.

Smell: A surprisingly strong generic lager scent. Nothing off-putting, nothing appealing.

Taste: It cracks me up when craft breweries make standard pale lagers that aren’t any better the macro adjunct variety. I’m not sure I understand the point. Full Sail Session Premium Lager is a good example as it’s an all-malt brew, which is fine, but isn’t genuinely enjoyable.

If you’ve had any all-malt American pale lager you’re already familiar with the palette to this one. The taste is mild, bordering on bland. Pale light malt flavor is present from beginning to end. I was hoping for some sweetness and/or some noticeable hop presence, but neither is to be found here. That’s a shame because this beer could be tweaked easily to make it stand out from the crowd. Thankfully there’s no off-flavors or other flaws, but I’m not going to rate it highly just because it’s "craft."

Drinkability: Given the name of this beer you go into it with an expectation. While Full Sail Session Premium Lager is highly drinkable with its light body, crisp mouthfeel, and smooth finish, I wouldn’t consider it particularly sessionable. It needs to be more than just tolerable tasting, for starters. Also, at 5.1% ABV it’s a bit bigger than what is classically defined as a "session beer" (4% ABV in the UK, 4.5% ABV in the USA). 
Grade: 5/10