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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wedgie9 (2487) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2014
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a capped 12oz bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, big thanks to Drake for sharing. Pours bright copper orange with a thick white head that leaves rocky lace. The nose is caramel malt forward with a touch of spicy hops, and a touch of spicy straw. The flavor is about the same, pretty light with some caramel malt and dusty straw with just a bit of bitterness. The body is light with average carbonation and a medium dusty, lightly spicy hops finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamT (210) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2015
11 fl oz bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA compliments of Zizzybalubba. Dark orange/red hue, good clarity with almost fully diminishing fizzy white head. No lacing. Super sweet light fruit (white grape), dark malt, underlying aroma of cherry. Sweet cranapple fruit taste up front with a sweet grape finish. Slick mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tnkw01 (1247) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Ok, i finally got this style. Found it at Hop City Craft Beer and Wine in Atlanta. Unfortunately, I had to buy a whole 12 pack to get it. I just have one comment. This style is nothing but an Amber Lager or a Marzen beer. Amber in color with hardly any head. Taste is a malty tastes beer. Aroma is malts with very light hints of caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamherbert (1339) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Honey-colored; looks smooth and oily. The head turns into a thin film atop the oily liquid. Aroma is sweet, sugary and with a very minor balancing, bittering hop. The flavor is very sweet caramel malts. not quite cloying, but very sugary. There is a touch of earth. Feels very slick and oily. Slides right down the gullet. It’s fine for $7 for a 12-pack.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4390) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
On tap at Tin Bucket - Pours copper / orange with an off-white head. The aroma has full butterscotch richness (not a flaw), toast, caramel and toffee. It has a medium smooth velvety body with soft carbonation. The flavor has rich malt, toast, lager smoothness, bread and light spicy hops. The finish has more hops, but is still more of a malt forward type of beer. This is quite nice and glad I finally got to try the elusive polotmavy style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1411) - Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Appearance: deep reddish amber; clear, with a frothy, creamy light tan head and good lacing. Aroma: caramel and toast, with surprisingly fragrant floral hops that bring just a bit of spice on board. Taste: toasty and slightly sweet, with bready caramel; the hops come in a bit snappish, with a nice grassy, herbal, floral, spicy zing. Finish: lingering toast, caramel, and light hops. Notes: Looks like a marzen, and smells and tastes like a marzen-pilsner hybrid. This is probably my favorite style of lager, which is a shame since it’s so hard to find in the US. This is clearly going to be my go to if I can ever find it again. Top notch. Bottle from Total Wine in McLean, VA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1084) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2015
On tap at Tin Bucket. I thought I had missed this one, but lo and behold! A: Amber color, white head. N: Toffee, earth, some smoke, toast, nuts, including almonds, and maybe some rounded edges of caramel. T: Solidly sweet, not appreciably bitter. M: Light body, somewhat slick. O: A really nice session ale with good working sweetness. I really like this series, too, so it’s probably not surprise that I would enjoy more of this next year.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle from Fred Meyer. Brownish/red in color. Flavor is malty up front. Some breadiness and sweetness follow. Quite easy drinking.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours clear amber with a large beige head. Smells of caramel and hints of pine. Taste is sweet, caramel, balanced with pine and subtle hop spiciness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Full Sail Session Fest Red Lager finishes with crisp.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3750) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle: Poured a amber color with a off white head. Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is sweet malts, edgy hops, and perfume finish. I know this is the easy way out to get a polomavý rate, but I will take it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigguns22 (718) - Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pour is medium brown to dark amber with a tall tan head. Aroma is ls sweet and malty. A medium body beer with malts,lite hops and touch of bitterness. A good plate that is silky and creamy.


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