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).