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Session beer suggestions for today (Austin, TX area)

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by forty2kman, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. forty2kman

    forty2kman Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Thanks in advance to all who reply!
    Never thought finding a session beer with an ABV of 4.5% would be such a challenge!
    Can anyone suggest one that would most likely be widely available in Austin, TX?
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  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Member

    Location:
    Wyoming
    If you get Deschutes, River Ale, at 4% abv, is a must try. I've already drank a near river's worth.:D
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  3. nrs207

    nrs207 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I wish I could help, but I have a similar question. Looking for a sessionable stout or porter. I had a Velvet Merlin on tap the other day, and loved how refreshing it was with a slightly lighter mouthfeel, but can't get bottles of it around me apparently. Thinking of trying Edmund Fitzgerald, but not sure what else.
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  4. Nectar

    Nectar Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Not sure about texas but anyone in the nj/pa area should give yards brawler a try today.
  5. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    Left hand nitro milk stout. Its 6%, but by todays standards, thats basically sessionable. And for a stout(ish) beer, its quite fantastic.

    Also heard good things about stone levitation, but havent tried it
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  6. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Member

    Location:
    California
    Velvet Merlin is hands down one of my favorite beers. To me though it has a pretty chewy mouthfeel all things considered.
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  7. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Member

    Location:
    California
    Stone Levitation is awesome. Touch of malt and nice hoppy aroma with slight bitterness. The problem is I can never find it even semi fresh out here.
  8. denver10

    denver10 Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    You get Uinta's Wyld Pale Ale down in Texas? The Deschutes River Ale suggestion should work too.
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  9. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Founders All Day IPA
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  10. nrs207

    nrs207 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I guess it could be because I typically drink imperial stouts, but I remember beers like Founders Porter having a thicker mouthfeel. I enjoyed this because it was lighter, but smooth, and had a nice chocolate and roast balance.
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  11. Siriusfisherman

    Siriusfisherman Member

    Location:
    Montana
    Jester King Brewery just outside of Austin makes a Belgian Table Beer (like a light saison) at 2.9% abv called 'Le Petit Prince'. You should be able to find it at a good beer store around you, and whole foods would probably have it. The big downside is that it is expensive for such a light brew, probably $6-$7 for a 750ml. I suggest grabbing one though, it really is quite nice.
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  12. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Member

    Location:
    Wyoming
    No it isn't.:rolleyes:
  13. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Member

    Location:
    California
  14. nc41

    nc41 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    All Day IPA is pretty close in ABV. For general sitting around watching ball games I usually stick to gasp.... Miller Lite.
  15. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    correction: by my standards.

    Disclosure: I'm a 225lb 6'6 college student and an ex-varsity rower, so you're probly right: maybe it does't qualify as sessionable for everyone haha. Still, its a fantastic easy drinker though.
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  16. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Member

    Location:
    California
    True about All Day. I'm not sure if Texas gets Founders quite yet though.
  17. denver10

    denver10 Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Breckenridge can be a bit of a polarizing brewery but I do like their Oatmeal Stout and that one runs in at 4.95% ABV.
  18. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Slightly higher in abv, 4.9, but I would suggest Anchor Steam. Solid beer, very sessionable.
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  19. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Member

    Location:
    Wyoming
    Oh yeah, there are loads of non session beers that are easy drinking. No doubt aboot that, but the whole concept of what a session beer brings to the table is that it is low in alcohol and you can drink a lot of it and you can get on with the daily business of life without being noticeably "buzzed".
  20. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    But gaddam their avalanche ale blows.

    Single tear :*(
  21. UHCougar12

    UHCougar12 Member

    Location:
    Texas
    I wanna say its Full Sail "Session lager" has a similar container as a redstripe. It says on here that its 5.1abv, but it sure doesn't feel that high of abv.
  22. Buff0910

    Buff0910 Member

    Location:
    Alabama
    Southern Star Bombshell Blonde is decent and at 5% is close to what you're looking for.
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  23. Optifron

    Optifron Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada Kellerweis (4.9 % and 4.8%) are two of my favorite sort-of-session beers you can get anywhere.
    If you're at a bar (my personal favorite is Opal Divine's on South Congress, on the porch, on a sunny day) I would go for Live Oak Hefeweizen or Live Oak Pilz, both ~5%.
    Not quite down to the 4.5% level, but pretty close, and damn refreshing.
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  24. gatornation

    gatornation Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    SA Noble Pils is < 5% and Tasty but a touch higher than 4.5%
  25. Rusel_G

    Rusel_G Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    Someone's trolling for an untappd badge. Try BMC crap or find a cider.
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  26. Just what sort of sessions do you guys have?
    The idea of such brews is that you can drink one after the other for hours on end.I take my hat off to your alcohol tolerance , after only a few Imperial pints I can tell the difference between one at 3.8% and another at 4.5% , and a few more Imperial pints after that I'm anybody's if I drink the stronger one.
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  27. In this country, for the vast majority of drinkers, 5% is considered strong...And most beers are less than this strength.
  28. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Member

    Location:
    California
    If you really want something at 4.5% or lower, my fave in that category is probably Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale (4.4%). Very refreshing, especially on a hot day. I know Kona gets limited distro in Texas, just not sure about your specific area. Good luck!
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  29. mckay9

    mckay9 Member

    Location:
    West Virginia
    Goose Island Honker's Ale

    It's not the best, but it's pretty damn good at 4.3%.
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  30. powz87

    powz87 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Coors light. That will get you your untappd badge.
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  31. davey

    davey Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Call Ding
  32. fx20736

    fx20736 Member

    Location:
    New York
    Goose Island Honker's Ale: 4.2% abv.
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  33. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Member

    Location:
    California
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  34. Ding made his mark all right!
    But it's frustrating that people just haven't a clue about session beer. This is it-you go to the pub, have a pint and a chat, another pint, more people come in, another pint then another, then a pint suddenly appears and you return the favour then another pint and one for the road.Perhaps another one or two after that.And walk home comfortably and watch some TV or read a bit before going to bed. That's what session beer is for and what it's about.
  35. markgugs

    markgugs Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    haha, that's what I came in to write (the untappd part). Victory Swing Session Saison is 4.5% btw
  36. Streaky

    Streaky Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    If I'm looking to hang with a beer all day, and I want it to be tasty too, it's almost always going to be a pilsner.

    If you can get it fresh, Pilsner Urquell is a no-brainer. The first, and the best.

    I'm currently on a zwickl kick. Unfiltered, malty, crisp and refreshing. Bayreuther is my current fave.

    I only had Deschutes River Ale once, but unfortunately it was on a cold, rainy, Pacific Northwest night, so it didn't really work for me. I want to try again now that the weather is better.
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  37. sellaturcica

    sellaturcica Member

    Location:
    Texas
    For Texas, Rahr blonde lager, Shiner 966 farmhouse ale (if you like the style), Full Sail Session black lager, or Konig pilsener. PBR also works if you're strapped for cash.
  38. kingofhop

    kingofhop Member

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Well said. The Brits know what it's all about. Sharin' a pint or two, then gettin' on with life.
  39. kingofhop

    kingofhop Member

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Oklahoma has a nice session beer, called Mustang Session 33, topping out at 3.2% ABW. A cut above the average AAL.
  40. Streaky

    Streaky Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania

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