Top Summer Beers

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Summer has arrived.  What is a beer lover supposed to do without having stouts or heavy porters to enjoy?  Below are 10 refreshing summer brews for you to try.  They still pack enough flavor for even the most discerning beer snobs to pay attention to.  The list is ordered based on the beers “beeriness.”  It begins with Pilsner and then moves to brews that are increasingly less typical.  The fruit beers are at the bottom of the list.


1. Bitburger Premium Pils

Bitburger Premium Pils

A Pisner, for many people, is the only summer brew that is acceptable.  The Premium Pils from Bitburger is a great German Pils.  It is fully loaded with hops.  It also a nice lager snap, making this beer ideal for a hot summer day when you want something totally refreshing.

2.  Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager

Some people find Pilsners to be too thin.  If this describes you and you want your mouth to have something to do as you are drinking your beer, then this brew is ideal for you.  It has a light hops presence and is sweeter than a Pils brew.  There is a lingering sweetness that feels kind of like an Oatmeal Stout in your mouth.  This is the ideal lager for sipping at the end of a hot summer day out on your deck.

3.  Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale

Flying Dog Classic Pale ale

There are many fans of this “Doggie Style” brew.  This pale ale is dry hopped using Cascade hops.  It provides an American twist to this English style brew.

4. Goose Island India Pale Ale

Goose Island IPA

What a fantastic beer.  IPA fans will really enjoy all the fresh hops in the nose of this beer along with its flavor.  This is like a bottle of sunshine for the beer lover.

5. Paulaner Hefe-Weizen

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen


This perennial summer favorite is a classic style wheat Bavarian beer.  Add a slice of lemon to the glass to completely complement your barbecue or picnic.

6. Berliner Kindl Weisse

Berliner Kindl Weisse

German brewer ingenuity is on display with this beer.  It is incredible that these flavors are coaxed from yeast, hops, barley and water.  Souring is the secret.  The grains are left to sour.  This produces a unique tang to this highly effervescent and refreshing beer.  To take some of the sour edge off, many people who enjoy this style add woodruff or raspberry syrup.

7. Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Samuel Adams Summer Ale

This is also a wheat beer.  When it comes to summer brews, wheat beer are very popular because they are a blank palate in many ways.  Wheat doesn’t contribute very much flavor.  It also has a soft mouth feel.  This makes it an ideal medium for the spice and fruit flavors that are popular with many summer beers.

Samual Adams, in this case, uses lemon zest in addition to “grains of paradise,” which is described as being a peppery African spice.  This beer still retains a pleasant malty character, despite all that, and is a very enjoyable beer.

8. Pyramid Apricot Weizen Ale

This beer is one of my favorites.  However, I also have to say that I wasn’t coerced into including it in my list.

The Apricot Weizen is also a wheat beer.  This ale’s subtle apricot flavor offers a nice blend.  The fruit also provides an incredible mouth feel.  This brew is great to pair with spicy barbecue.  You can also throw some of this beer in when making your own BBQ sauce to add an interesting twist to your creation.

9. Boulevard Brewing Company Zon

Boulevard Zon

This Kansas City creation interprets the classic style of the Belgian witbier.  This is a very flavorful beer with orange peel and coriander making some interesting contributions.  It has unmalted wheat in it, which provides this beer with a smooth mouth feel and cloudy white appearance.

10. Buffalo Bill Orange Blossom Cream Ale

Orange Blossom Cream Ale


The first time I tried this beer, it was like deja vu for me.  I knew this taste was very familiar, but I wasn’t able to place it at first.  It took me tow days and two beers to finally figure it out.  The beer tastes like Orange Crush soda pop.  A soft orange flavor dominates this beer.  Try pairing it with a cold picnic or light summer salad.