Full Sail is slowly becoming one of my favorite West Coast breweries.Â Conveniently, too, since my local beer stores have been getting in some really decent stuff from them. I recently came across their session beers - a lager and black lager which were both drinkable tasty brews.
I have been drinking a lot of dark beers lately. Anything I hear that has black in it, I buy it. I was at the local Gary's Wine Market a few weeks ago and saw this tiny bottle sitting on the shelf. Now I have had some scwarzbier's before but this was one for the records. The Session Black Lager pours black with a nice tan head that fades quickly and leaves a little lacing. The nose of this brew is roasty and suggests molasses. It is very bold, with hints of coffee and roasted malt which give it an over-all sweet taste and a very crisp finish.
A lager is not exactly my favorite style of beer but I do find it to be refreshing and drinkable. Â Having had the Session Black before this one,Â I harbored high expectations going into the Session Lager. Â It poured golden with a nice head but it faded away quickly with vertical lines of bubbles floating to the top. Â It smells very clean with light hints of hops and malt, and that's really it; after all, it is a lager. Â It tastes just like it smells - malt up front with slight hops, an unassuming easy drinking beer.Â A good lager but I don't think I will be buying more of this. The Session Black is where I will be spending my money.