RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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.

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after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2015
12-oz stubby. Thanks, M! Really appreciate the tick. Pours a crystal clear and very dark amber with almost no head or lace. Stale aluminum, caramel, toast, and artichoke nose. Creamy light body with very little carb. Toast, caramel, artichokes, and sesame oil on the mid palate. Long earthy, slightly acrid finish.

DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy copper pour with nose of caramel malt, hops, florals. Tastes caramel malty, with vinous fruit, hops, and bready finish.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle gift from SJ. Aroma was a nice candy sugar. The rest fell a little short for me. Body seemed thin, but some nice notes of citrus, caramel malt and honey. Finish was citrus, spice and Earth.

maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Thank god I finally found this so that I can mark it off my list. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose has some grains in there as well as a bit of bread, but doesn’t seem all that inviting. Taste is much the same, as it seems like a spice lager with few desirable qualities. Meh. Totally forgettable.

AdamT (268) - 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.

tnkw01 (1788) - 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.

williamherbert (1546) - 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.

vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, 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.

JDBaker11058 (2336) - 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.

Sarlacc83 (2287) - 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.

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