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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2011
12 oz. bottle. It has a unique light brown hue to it. It doesn’t have that quasi ruby color, as pictured. The head faded away rather quickly. Light caramel and wheat aroma. A touch of grass in there, as well. There’s not much else I can smell, quite honestly. Sharp grassy bite, with a soft, lingering bitterness. Falls very flat, flavor wise. Bits of caramel and wheat hit my taste buds. Rather prickly on the tongue. I session 14% beers, so I don’t know what all of these other poltroons are talking about. I’m getting touches of an amalgam of grapefruit and orange. There’s this odd roasted grassy flavor at the end. Not that I’ve actually tasted roasted grass, but I can imagine that’s what it would taste like. Decent, but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a clear amber to orange hued body with a large, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Aromas are malty, caramel, tea, bready, marmalade. Pretty clean. A touch nutty (like a victory malt or something similar). Flavors are clean, malty, toasty, nutty (american munich or victory?). Bitter to balance with a dry finish. Clean. Lively bubbles, and dry in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
On tap at Barcade Jersey City. Some chocolate and a stouty characteristic to it. Not a bad one. Cross-style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a clean copper amber with two fingers of creamy offwhite head. Nose is lightly sweet with notes of bread and toast, very light herbal hop character and grassy notes. Balanced flavor, equal showing of grassy/herbal hops and spicy bitterness with a bready malt sweetness. Soft round body with a low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Love the bottle and festive colors. Pours a dark orange/red. Big thick head. Aroma is sweet with a touch of bitter. Getting some pine notes amongst the sweet malt flavors. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Aroma - heavy pine, faint fruit; Appearance - light brown, slight reddish hue, fluffy head, laces well; Taste - balanced front, complex hop flavor develops throughout the back, finish is long and spicy; Palate - smooth, nice body for the style; Overall - not your typical winter beer though still quite tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours copper with a foamy beige head. Aroma of cooked caramel with a little pepper. Near med body. Flavor is light roast caramel with some pretty good hop. Still get a bit of pepper, but there also seems to be a bit of resin. Drinks pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2011
11oz, stubby bottle. Twist off cap. Deeper golden, amberish, color with a smaller sized head. Grains, toast, and some grassiness in the aromas. Tastes of grains, caramel, with a trace of pine and some citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Dark copper - fizzy, short-lived head - nose of toasted bread, light caramel maltiness, very light esters - moderately creamy carbonation - flavor is medium sweet, with light bitterness and toasty grain character to balance - however, there is a slight huskiness and the malts are a little rough/harsh on the tail end - the light nature of the beer makes these flaws hard to ignore - I want to enjoy this a lot more than I actually do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sway (10) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Aroma: Piny, not much too it. Appearance: Great golden/orange hue with a pinky fingertip head that slowly dissipates to a thin wispy cloud above the beer. Taste: Excellent. Finely crafted, the carbonation is just right. Dry malty taste gives way to piny, but not overwhelming hops. Finally, it finishes off with the bready malt after taste that leaves my palate feeling refreshed. Overall, a great sessionable lager! Best part is its 6.2% and you wouldn’t even notice.

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