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RATINGS: 188   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
First off, I find it odd that at 6.2%, Full Sail still put this beer in their "Session" family. I wonder how many Englishmen that pisses off, and also, only west-coasters would find 6.2 "session strength". Clear dark amber in color, with zero lasting head no matter how hard I poured. Floral bready caramel aroma with a whiff of citrus. Taste is nice and full, with a medium-full body. Nice and malty with big tones of caramel, bread, wheat, some sweet lager yeast, with a restrained spicy citrus hop. Honestly, it tastes more like a Oktoberfestbier, but americanized with some slight fruity citrus. Yet, I love it. This is a tasty, smooth sweet lager. And I love it! I want this every september with pretzels and sausages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Reddish amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice malt and light hops aroma and flavor. This is a great easy drinking red lager. Great job Full Sail.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2011
A deep red amber with a solid head. A slightly stale aroma of metallic malt character and a light soapiness. In the mouth it’s got it all, fruitiness, full-bodied but crisp, malty but with a good hit of satisfying dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1772) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Pours orange-amber with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is peppery and nutty. Flavor is similar but a little sweeter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5656) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Superior, Co. - Superior Liquors - 12 oz stubby bottle. Dark copper pour, slightly off-white colored head. Aroma has a bit of a sweet caramel essence to it. Flavor is decidedly sweet with some dates, raisins, caramel and some ripening vegetable notes. Turns a bit boozy in the finish. Thick enough mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4250) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Stubby 11 oz bottle from Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe on OCT 20, 2011. Enjoy By: 12/25/11
Cap has <- NICE -> on one side and <-NAUGHTY-> on the other. Under the cap is the same Rock/Paper/ Scissors as the Original and Black Session Lagers. This one had Carving Knife (Scissors). Who’s got paper?
Pours red hued, tall white head. Herbal aroma ends with a peppery spice. Thin bodied, sessionable indeed. Tastes very spicy. A bit of pepper tingle coats the palate. Light toast, some sweet malt, herbal hops in the finish are very light. Hops add so much spice, malt has a nutty character. Very Sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4162) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle... Poured clear, deep red with a frothy white head. Nice retention. Some malt sweetness, jello-like candied fruit flavors, almondy sweetness, faint hops, and a biscuity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Some light hops in the aroma and amber malts. A quite meringue-looking head. This is pretty smooth, not overly malty. certainly not as sweet as a normal dunkel. Definitely sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4400) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2011
11 ounce bottle - at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Enjoy By: 12/25/11.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a small, brief, near white head.

Smell: Smells of bread crusts delightfully toasted up to a golden-brown and topped with sweet, wholesome caramel and a few coarsely chopped nuts backed by a note of spicy hops.

Taste: Toasted, grainy bread with a wash of sweet, sugar-induced caramel. Some nuttiness. Zesty, spicy hops with ample bitterness to balance things out nicely. Drying, malty on the back end with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation with some tingle present (that tells you it’s working).

Overall: Now, that’s a beer I’ve not had in a long time... a long time. Maybe it’s just me, but this one reminds me of the first installment to the LTD series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5037) - 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.

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