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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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DocLock (11049) - 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.

3.1
alexsdad06 (10805) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma has moderately sweet malt, biscuits, and a faint hint of citrus hops. The flavor is a pretty straight forward lager; clean, toasted bready malts, mild sweetness with lightly spicy hops. Decent for what it is, but not very exciting.

3.7
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. When I picked this up, I figured out was a festbier aka a märzen but it’s not. Maybe "fest" for the holidays? Somewhat hazy, burnt orange appearance with a nice, tan head. Toasty caramel, munich malty, hay, grassy, a touch citrusy hoppy aroma. Medium to full bodied. Caramel, Munich malty dominated flavor with a mild grassy, a touch piney/citrusy hoppy, lightly nutty flavor with a note of spiced gingerbread. Very sessionable and overall quite solid.

3.2
phaleslu (10668) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle shared by Drake at RBWG on Friday night at the roach motel bottle share. Thanks, Drake, for the Polotmavy! My only missing beer style until this moment. Pours a clear deep gold color with a small off-white head that settles into a ring. Lots of malts - caramel, Munich, wheat - with straw, spiced table crackers, and cardboard. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Not bad. Glad I got to try the style finally.

4
onceblind (10562) - 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.

3.1
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Pour out of hand grenade bottle, finally the last of the types rated, at least until its changed again. Clear orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, slight earth, grass, hints of slight yeast in there as well, touch of grain. Taste is a mix of lots of caramel, hints of grass, bready, and doughy notes, slight yeast in there, finishing sweet. Eh.

3.4
blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Lightly sweet malts, light earthy hops, faint bitterness, and hints of toffee in the finish. Decent.

3.5
douglas88 (9629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Stubby 12 ouncer. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. A sweet biscuit and honey nose. Pretty clean and tasty with light honey, leaves, caramel and a bit o’ hop bite. Good. Spicy at times.

2.6
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 bottle. filtered clear medium-dark amber. tinny grain husk nose with light stewed vegetable soup notes. twangy and watery; thin wit husky brown malts; crunchy oat-like toast character late. a bit rough and harsh, pale and peaked flavor with prickly spiced bread finish. not a fan.

2.8
drowland (9057) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
10/26/11. 11oz stubby bottle. Clear red pour with a small khaki head that cuts in half but sticks and laces a bit. Very plain aroma of white bread, cream, a touch of caramel, and even a hint of soapiness. Sweet, malty flavor that lingers grainy with a touch of tart apples. Meh.


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