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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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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3.7
Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Little stub bottle pours with a clear copper body that supports an off white head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet bready notes, caramel malts, a touch of creamed corn and then a bit of nuttiness. The taste comes across as similar with caramel drizzled slices of Roman Meal bread mix with a slight corn flakes note and the nuttiness riding around in the background. Overall this works pretty well.

3.5
BuckeyeBoy (8659) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Fun little stubby bottle pours out a redish amber topped with a small sand head. Nose is toast malts some toffee sweetness and a spice. Taste is more of the spice toasted bread malts and some earth tones.

3.5
SudsMcDuff (8523) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Interesting to see this, but in 12pks- pass! but in a single, sign me up! .. . tawny amber .. light foam .. . caramel and what not .. . a pretty damn good vienna, how bout that! .. . . Wow! How very, very relevant.

3
jackl (8453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Amber pour with a small head. Toasty caramel malt on the nose. Some cherry meat. Toasted biscuit and trail mix flavor. A bit grassy. Light, moderate carbonation.

3.2
PorterPounder (8316) - 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.

3.2
FROTHINGSLOSH (8201) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark toffee-amber color with a large foamy orange-white head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sour caramel, a bit of dark fruits and bread. The flavor was sweet and tangy with notes of toasted caramel, sugar and dark fruits. Medium length finish. Moderately full bodied. Pleasant.

2.3
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.

3.3
Sledutah (7948) - Utah, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Stubby 11oz bottle picked up at The Grapevine

Appearance: Pours clear golden/brown with a small off-white head, no lacing

Aroma: Toasted malts, toffee, wheat with some mild smokiness

Taste: Malty, sweet caramel, nutty with a mild bitterness

Decent, sweet but it has a bitterness to offset it.

3.4
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a clear amber to orange hued body with a large, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Aromas are malty, caramel, tea, bready, marmalade. Pretty clean. A touch nutty (like a victory malt or something similar). Flavors are clean, malty, toasty, nutty (american munich or victory?). Bitter to balance with a dry finish. Clean. Lively bubbles, and dry in the finish. Medium bodied.

2.4
Ernest (7864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle.

Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.

Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with a strong note of diacetyl (a buttered popcorn explosion!).

Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.

Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.

Wow, talk about a diacetyl bomb. Holy moly! It’s like buttered popcorn in liquid form. The malt and hops are noticeable underneath of course, but wow, that’s a whole lotta butta! It even conjures up walking into a movie theater it’s so striking. Yow. I realize the Session line is Full Sail’s bargain series, but this is really cutting corners to produce and leave behind this much diacetyl. Luckily it doesn’t affect the aftertaste or flavor balance too much, so I guess it would be drinkable if you hold your nose (or if you really like diacetyl).


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