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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Session Fest is a Czech-style strong lager (gotta love the Czechs!) called polotmavé or literally "light dark or semi-dark." Brewed with 2 Row Pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt and Wheat malt, and hopped with a blend of Glaciers and Cascades, Session Fest has a medium-to-full body balancing candy caramel and full malt flavors that are underscored by a spicy hoppiness that provides a nice perfume with citrus and pine overtones and a long clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. When I picked this up, I figured out was a festbier aka a märzen but it’s not. Maybe "fest" for the holidays? Somewhat hazy, burnt orange appearance with a nice, tan head. Toasty caramel, munich malty, hay, grassy, a touch citrusy hoppy aroma. Medium to full bodied. Caramel, Munich malty dominated flavor with a mild grassy, a touch piney/citrusy hoppy, lightly nutty flavor with a note of spiced gingerbread. Very sessionable and overall quite solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
10/26/11. session fest bottle at azwine. red amber with soft ow head. a + f are pine, mild citrus, spicy hops, caramel, faint choco, a little numb-ing hop wise. nice hoppy red, crisp, very quaffable. tasty and again, sessionable. 7/3/7/4/16

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a white colored head. Aroma is dry grains, bitter with some earthy notes. Flavor is light spice, dry flavors, some caramel and roast. Finishes a bit watery with dry notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Clear amber orange, small foamy white head. Aroma of sweet bready malts. Taste is smooth sweet malt again with some light floral hops. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bonus from 5000. Amberish/mahogany, nice off white head. Bready malts, decent hop character, well balanced, easy drink. It sat and warmed for awhile and a slight butter is coming through. Other than that decent overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankGrimes86 (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2011 does not count
Good and drinkable, but occasionally you get a medicinal flavor with the strength of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Serving: Bottle from True Vine. It pours a nice deep amber color with a decent off white head. The nose is malty with notes of bread and caramel. Malt forward on the tongue with some bread but not a whole lot else. In true Session fashion it’s very drinkable. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a medium, bready finish. Pretty good brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2011
12 pack from somewhere. Full Sail does it again with Session Fest. Some nice hopping matches perfectly with the sweet caramel-flavored malt. Not much else to say other than making me love lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
bottle, reddish amber color with soapy white foam, aroma is malty cardboard, flavor is malty with some background hops, finish is a little metallic

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with a strong note of diacetyl (a buttered popcorn explosion!). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Wow, talk about a diacetyl bomb. Holy moly! It’s like buttered popcorn in liquid form. The malt and hops are noticeable underneath of course, but wow, that’s a whole lotta butta! It even conjures up walking into a movie theater it’s so striking. Yow. I realize the Session line is Full Sail’s bargain series, but this is really cutting corners to produce and leave behind this much diacetyl. Luckily it doesn’t affect the aftertaste or flavor balance too much, so I guess it would be drinkable if you hold your nose (or if you really like diacetyl).

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