21 Essential Summer Beers You Must Try – Eat This Not That
Every season has its perfect food and drink list, and that’s always true in the beer category. Fall has its sweet Oktoberfest lagers, malty amber ales, and, of course, all those pumpkin beers (some of which taste great, so be nice). Winter has its rich ales, deep stouts and party ales. Spring calls for dark ales and seasons, as well as wheat ales suitable for warmer days and cooler evenings.
Then we have daylight saving time. The best beers for summer have to be refreshing, now is not the time for a glass of barley wine or imperial stout. A good summer beer doesn’t have to be a light, almost tasteless pilsner, despite the fact that all too often it’s the only type of beer people get attached to in the summer.
We’ve rounded up 20 great beers for summer that cover a wide variety of styles and are sure to satisfy your thirst while tickling your taste buds. Check out the full list that follows, and then don’t miss 9 beers that use the highest quality ingredients.
SeaQuench Ale is a perfect summer beer for three reasons. First, its flavor profile is a perfect match for warm weather with a slightly sour, tart, and bitter balance. Second, at just under 5% alcohol, it’s a safe session beer for those long hot days, and third, because it’s literally brewed with salt, it replenishes some of the precious electrolytes you sweat out in the weather. hot.
Arguably the best of the main Mexican lagers/pilsners (remember that pilsner is technically a sub-style of lagers) – including Corona Extra, Modelo Especial, Tecate, etc. – Pacifico is an undeniably refreshing choice. And hey, go ahead and add a lime, if that’s your thing, but take a sip first, because the flavor of this German-style beer (the brewery was started by Germans, actually) is excellent in itself.
This light but cloudy wheat beer is brewed with a large amount of blood orange juice. Hefeweizen Blood Orange is also made with two types of wheat, plus rice husks, and only rates 15 IBU (that’s low bitterness). It is refreshing and soft and perfect for the beach or the garden.
The “biggest” beer on our list in terms of ABV punch (at 8%), this beer proves that plenty of flavor doesn’t preclude refreshing, rather the two can work in tandem. Desert Mirage is a full-bodied, hazy-style IPA in which you’ll find tropical flavors of pineapple and tangerine, plus lots of pine hops. You will also detect a decidedly unique note created by the portion of desert cactus water used to brew this beer.
There are a number of naysayers of this stalwart summer beer, but even more supporters, which is why it’s been back on shelves every year since 1995. Smooth enough to drink in session but tasty enough to be treated with wheat malt, noble hops, and real lemon zest, Summer Ale is an excellent summer afternoon beer.
Ironic name aside, Societe Brewing’s light beer is indeed exactly what you hope to find in a light beer because it tastes pretty good. Crisp, lightly malty, lightly hopped and at just 4.5% alcohol, this is an “anytime beer” if ever there was one.
Victory is known for their big, bold beers (like the Golden Monkey, a Belgian-style tripel), but this moderate, easy-sipping beer proves they can take it easy and still make a great beer. It has the malt profile of an ale with the refreshing taste of a lager and just enough hops for balance.
This beer bursts with a lemony citrus flavor, pairing perfectly with savory foods (like a pulled pork sandwich), and yet it’s so light and refreshing that you could down an entire can before you know it. That’s no problem at all, considering Lemon Quest is a non-alcoholic beer with less than 0.5% ABV and only 90 calories per can.
Daytime drinking is rarely a good idea, fun as it may seem on the first rounds. But, when you drink a Daytime IPA, you can walk into the party with no regrets…and with a whole lot of appreciation for this hoppy yet crisp, low-ABV beer.
Close your eyes and imagine a beer and that’s probably the beer you’ll see. A pale amber/yellow color, an equal balance of malt and hops, effervescent and refreshing, and modest on the ABV, Mountain Time is a classic American lager.
This flavorful, subdued IPA ABV has been around for years now, and as its branding of a canoe atop a “woodland” suggests, it’s a perfect beer to sip outside on hot summer days. ‘summer. Balanced yet still flavorful, it’s meant to be drunk slowly rather than in session, hence the name All Day IPA.
An American beer with the complexity and nuance to rival any Belgian beer brewed in the same style, this wheat beer gets its complexity because Allagash White is actually brewed with two kinds of wheat and oats with orange zest and coriander. It’s light on the palate but huge in flavor.
This beer has more flavor than you’d expect from a brew just over 4% ABV, but take a sip and you’ll feel it’s sweet, malty, and slightly bitter. Purple Haze is a perfect summer BBQ beer that pairs great with a burger, pasta salad, and plate of beans.
What goes better with a slice of pizza than a light, refreshing beer? A light and refreshing farmhouse style beer with a bit of bite at the end, which is exactly what Slice Sipper has thanks to dried chillies and “hot honey” added during the brewing process.
Another “salty beer” (or a “Gose” beer, more accurately, as that’s the style name from the German) that is both refreshing and physiologically beneficial when consumed (in moderation) after having sweated, El Gose is tart and salty and incredibly rich in flavor for a beer at just 4.5% ABV.
The lowest ABV beer on our list (barring a few non-alcoholic options), this 3.8% ABV beer is refreshing yet bold in flavor. Rec. League is a juicy, almost tropical-tasting beer that’s truly perfect after a game of volleyball on the beach or softball in the park.
A bohemian-style pilsner, Summerfest is a triumph of balance. It’s hoppier than some 28 IBU pilsners, but the malt still shines. Its 5% ABV is a sweet spot, and its golden color and luminous effervescence are perfect for styling.
No wonder a brewery specializing in lagers makes great lager, is it? Shipping Out of Boston is maltier than many of the beers on our list, but still a perfect summer drink for someone who wants lots of flavor with a refresh.
This is another non-alcoholic beer that tastes just like a standard beer brewed in the same style (a light, crisp pilsner, a la Miller Lite). Athletic Lite has a very light flavor, but it still tastes like beer, not beer water. With less than 0.5% ABV and only 25 calories per 12-ounce serving, you can eat them all day – and on a hot summer day, you probably will!
This is a lager that drinks with the sweetness of a lager, but has a lot of the malt of a beer. If there was ever a beer that was easy to drink and easy to pair, it’s 805, a beer that accompanies everything from beach volleyball to an evening barbecue to relaxing on the couch.
Almost as potent as Shiner’s Desert Mirage, this 7.7% ABV IPA is further proof that a heavier, more flavorful beer can be a great choice for summer. The Delicious IPA is a citrusy, decidedly “lemony”, sweet and spicy beer that pairs well with everything from steak to street corn. It’s also a “reduced gluten” beer, in case you’re concerned.
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