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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1192) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (7496) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle. Red, indeed. Nicely active, with a huge rocky head. This drinks with a nice full body, rich with well-rounded caramel, and just a bit of an appley finish. This is one of the better, well-balanced fest beers I’ve had in a long time. (#4483, 2/23/2012)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nealblind (1681) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Slight red -root beery looking brew. Smells mostly yeasty and wheaty. Tastes strongly of complex roasted wheat. Spicy rye notes come through as well. Somewhat sweet, but not plying, it has a great moderate palate with moderate carb. This beer is great and highly sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5683) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2011
11 oz bottle. Pours almost clear copper with a small white dissipating head. Aroma is bready, SweeTarts. Taste is lightly sweet, turns faintly bitter and tart before turning sweet again. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, carbonation is average. I’m impressed with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Poured a pretty red colour, darker then most Viennas in my experience. Nice white head. Iquite enjoyed this, though at 6.2%, I don’t know how sessionable it would be.

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