Session Lager: Full Sail Brewing Company: Pale Lager (American)
Session is a special term for beer drinkers. It’s a subtle combination of drinkability and ABV (or alcohol level). Unfortunately, most IPAs prove too dangerous session beers, as more than one stumble home from The Pony Bar evidences. The session concept was best captured years before the microbrew craze when Schaefer promoted their unique brew as the “one beer to have when you are having more than one.” With all due respect to Lena Horne, the classic rendition can be found here. Check it out…it will bring tears to your eyes. (Note that Schaefer also delivers on the invisible third element of drinkability: price-point.)
The eponymous Session Lager from Full Sail Brewing cuts a large challenge for itself, winning on the ABV at 5.1%. But drinkability? That’s always the tough one. Full Sail wants you to believe that this beer is “easy drinking, but never at the expense of character.” All the character, however, is in the barrel-shaped bottle and stylish simple label. There’s enough apple and grain to rise it above water, but that’s doesn’t make character outside of the farm.
No, instead, hand me another Schaefer.