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RATINGS: 226   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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SPDickerman (1315) - 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.

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onceblind (10897) - 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.

4
Braudog (6907) - 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)

4
nealblind (2022) - 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.

4
JDBaker11058 (2427) - 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.


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