Tonight my wife and I are out to dinner with Greg and his wife. Yes, the same Greg that I have referenced a few times over the last few weeks. It just so happens that Greg sent me another guest review. So, while we’re enjoying some Mexican food, you can check out Greg’s review of Full Sail Session Fest! Greg….
While Lost and I were perusing the beer selection at Julio’s last week, I asked him if he had any of the Session beers from Full Sail. My jaw dropped when he said he had not had any of their Session beers. Along with their regular beers, Full Sail brews 3 beers for their Session family. A lager (red label), a black lager (black label), and the Fest, a seasonal red lager (green label). Lucky for you, I had one last Session Fest squirreled away in the back of the beer fridge. Full disclosure, I have gone through 2 twelve packs of this beer since it was released a couple months ago and I love it.
First thing is the 11 ounce “stubby” bottle that Full Sail uses for the Session beers. Totally awesome. You may think that you are missing out because you didn’t get that 1 extra ounce that usually comes in a beer bottle, but the stubby bottle fits so good in your hand that it doesn’t matter. Plus you can’t drink just one of these so it’s all good anyway. And to top it off there is rock, paper, scissors under the cap!
Back to the beer. It pours a nice copper color that looks more like an ale than the lagers that I am used to seeing. The beer pours with a small head but I can see nice carbonation in the glass. The head doesn’t last long and there is almost no lacing on the glass. The Session Fest has a nice, malty smell to it. It’s a clean, short smell that doesn’t have too much too it but its enough to get you interested. The taste is very malt forward. It has nutty flavor with some hops in the middle. The hops/malt transition from the middle to the end of the taste moves in a way that makes me want to drink more of this beer. I would say this beer is very reminiscent of most Octoberfest style beers or a nut brown style beers that I have had in the past but in a lighter way. The Full Said website calls it a “Czech-style strong lager.” This beer is very drinkable and at 6.2 % leaves you feeling pretty good after a couple. This beer is very approachable and definitely fits the session title. This is a beer that I have recommended to a few “non-adventurous” beer drinkers and they have all really enjoyed it.