Name: Session Lager
Brewery: Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Hood River, Oregon
Style: American Pale Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.10%
First Brewed: 2005
Hints of sweet malt and a touch of citrus wafts slightly to the nose. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink, Session Lager pairs well with shellfish and salads as well as spicy foods.
I have had this beer before, and have tried the Black Lager and the Fest offering. That is their seasonal beer, and they all taste pretty much the same. I didn’t realize the caps had rock, paper, scissors on them… so I am learning! This is a beer that sells well here in Arizona because this is light, crisp, and easy to drink on a hot summer day. The days here get hot… REALLY hot. But this was in the fridge, and we wanted to review a second beer today. So let’s drink!
In the Glass: It looks pretty boring, highly carbonated, and almost like any other domestic beer I’ve ever had. Imagine pouring a Bud Light into a glass. Yep. That is what this looks like. A light white head does hover on top, but there is little lace. I don’t expect this to be great. This would be a beer that would be great with food. There is pizza in the kitchen. Maybe I will grab a slice.
Nose: It smells like liquid yeast. There is a subtle sweetness there, but pretty much just smells like yeast. This is a low ABV beer, and something I feel I could chug all day long. It’s a session beer, after all. Hence the name!
Flavor: It is better than I expected it to be. There is a bunch of sweetness toward the end, and the finish is really nice. It is easy to drink, and VERY chuggable… but I do not remember this having so much flavor. There are a lot of bubbles, but it is not overly carbonated. My favorite part is the finish/aftertaste. But we will get to that!
Mouthfeel: There are a bunch of bubbles on the middle of the palate, but they balance out well toward the finish. It is very easy to drink, and I can seriously see myself chugging 5 or 6 of these during a round of golf. I am playing golf tomorrow, so maybe I will pack a cooler! For a buck a bottle, I am shocked more golf courses don’t serve this. Now that I think about it, I am not sure any bars or restaurants serve this. Glad Total Wine & More has it!
Aftertaste: This is my favorite part of the beer. It finishes sweet, the bubbles become balanced, and the burp is delightful. The sweetness is what I like. I do like sweets, from wine to beer, even cocktails… It’s not overly sweet, but a hint toward the finish. Every time I swallow, the aftertaste lingers, but the sweetness is still obvious and somewhat drying.
I haven’t bought this beer in a while… but I might have to get some the next time I am at Total Wine. I am serious about taking this to the golf course! If you want a good replacement for a domestic (and yes, you DO), give this a try. Grab a single bottle of this and the Black Lager so you can compare these two stubbies. Ha. That sounds dirty!
Beer Name – The bottle says: “NA”
I highly doubt that this beer is going to be anywhere near as good as the last one. From what I’ve heard of it, it’s a pretty basic lager. It looks like a basic lager… yellow, average head, pretty transparent, a few little bubbles, and a pretty basic beer smell. Not much to it, really. Maybe that’s why it’s called Session – it’s just a basic session beer. Let’s find out.
Well, it has a little more taste to it than I expected. I guess I kind of expected sort of a European lager, even though it’s not a European beer. It’s got a bit of honey taste to it. Honey with just a small touch of sour fruit. But the taste quickly goes away, and the beer itself is very thin. This is the kind of beer to drink on a hot day out in the sun, but it’s one that you could chug. It does taste better than I expected, and better than most basic lagers. I’m not sure how much this beer is, but if it was cheap, I might buy it again as a summer beer to take to a party or something like that. But it’s pretty low on flavor, and not my usual style, so it wouldn’t be the first thing I’d pick up for myself. Not bad, though.