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RATINGS: 179   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma is lightly nutty with some hints of caramel and fruit. It pours a transparent copper with a two finger cream colored head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There’s some spotty webbing left behind for lacing. The flavor starts with light caramel and grains. The finish is lightly nutty with a touch of fruit. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, there’s nothing that really all that exciting about this beer, but I guess I can say it works for me. A very easy drinking and sessionable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle from a trade with 5000. Pours clear amber color with cream colored head. Toasted malt and bready aroma with some nuttiness. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors. A bit nutty. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Andre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours light brown. Thin white head. Nose/taste of bready sweet malt, caramel and light grains. Smooth and well marketed as a "session" beer. medium body. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (1878) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2011
11 oz stubby from a 12 pack. Winco, S.Salem. $9.98 Dark red amber colured ale with a goodly sized, frothy off white head. Fine malty,hay,bready aromas slight hint of lemony hop Malty taste..hint of chocolate and spices..not sure were i get it from but there is a definate peppery spiceiness. OK on the palate..has a rather evident alcohol graininess right at the end..but its not that bad. Nice beer at a good price. Another fine "Session" offering

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle:   Amber, thin to moderate foamy white head, spotty lacing.   Malty nose, a little bready, soft nutty aroma.   Nutty start on the tongue, malty, slightly astringent, a little dry.   This one really needs more sweetness.   Oddly enough, its pretty sticky without being all that sweet.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Rich maltiness on the finish, but also a little astringent with a slight metallic tinge.   When I think Winter seasonal, I dont think Vienna.   Doesn’t hold a candle to Eliot Ness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1104) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark, glowing red-brown with a long-lasting cream head -- very festive. Nose is rich and spicy, with a toast edge. Very rich for a Vienna, with dark fruit and bready notes. Finishes long and bitter. Very, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4364) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Pours deep gold-tinged amber into a sam glass. Off-white conglomerate head with medium retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Sweet caramel aromas. Dry and sweet upfront turning quickly to bitter leaves and earth before the lasting vegetal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3755) - - SEP 30, 2011
bottle. color of ginger ale with a small white head. nose is quite hoppy for the style and of the orangy. flavor is more malty but still a potent hop addition. light with a crisp carbonation. not what i was expecting, but it’s a tasty brew anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
11 ounce bottle from a 12 pack that was purchased yesterday at the Davis Beer Shoppe. I find it hilarious that this beer is considered a "Session" at 6.2% ABV. I also find it hilarious that this beer was on shelves more than 3 months before the holidays. There is a sweet, malty, almost buttery aromatic character with a little metallic lager character. Fairly herbal, not much else happening here. Transparent copper-amber body with a creamy white head that leaves good lacing. Attractive. Starts a little sweet and sugary with some hints of caramel malts, before this becomes a little toasted with some cereal hints towards the middle. Light metallic yeastiness later on, with a persistent underlying sweetness. Slightly cloying.

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