Your favorite beers 4% or under

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by AlcahueteJ, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Advocate (645) Massachusetts Dec 4, 2004 Verified

    I did not use the word "session" because that starts a shit storm of people arguing what they think a "session" beer is. I put numbers around it though, so it doesn't get out of hand in terms of people mentioning double IPAs.

    I think we're at the point in American craft brewing where we can actually name a decent amount of beers 4% or under. And please no "Well, Goose Island Honker's Ale is 4.2% abv, so it's not TECHNICALLY 4% or under."
  2. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,060) New York Mar 12, 2009 Verified

  3. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Advocate (600) Indiana Aug 18, 2011 Verified

  4. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

  5. ShanePB

    ShanePB Champion (990) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Verified

    NG Raspberry Tart, NG Belgian Red, Bell's Oarsman, and a local Iron Hill Berliner is really good.
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  6. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (680) Ohio Oct 24, 2007 Verified

    Lawsons Spring Fever.

    I love that stuff!
  7. Bolt Cutter, but it might technically be a tad over 4%.
  8. DougOLis

    DougOLis Savant (275) California Aug 15, 2008

    The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
    Fuller's Chiswick Bitter
    Alpine Tuatara (4.2 but close)
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  9. gory4d

    gory4d Advocate (565) New York Apr 14, 2007

    One I've had recently is Westbrook Gose. Good stuff.
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  10. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Advocate (720) Pennsylvania Mar 28, 2009 Verified

    Right at 4%


    Awesome beer, but only available at the brewery on cask. :(

    I wish I didn't live an hour away from Victory. It isn't exactly convenient to stop by for a few pints when the mood strikes me.
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  11. Momar42

    Momar42 Savant (360) Maryland Sep 19, 2010

    In addition to the ones listed above:
    Jester King Le Petite Prince
    Westbrook Weisse Weisse Baby (and a +1 for the name too. Word to your mother.)
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  12. od_sf

    od_sf Savant (430) California Nov 2, 2010

  13. zid

    zid Advocate (525) New York Feb 15, 2010

    Truly awesome!
    Pops up on tap here in NYC quite a bit.
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  14. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Advocate (720) Pennsylvania Mar 28, 2009 Verified

    I didn't realize they distributed it at all. Interesting. I've never seen it in any bars here.
  15. steve8robin

    steve8robin Savant (465) Massachusetts Nov 7, 2009 Verified

    Wisconsin Belgian Red. Yummo!
  16. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,120) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Verified

    Root beer.
  17. Notch cerne pivo
  18. Momar42

    Momar42 Savant (360) Maryland Sep 19, 2010

    This is a beer I really can't get enough of.
  19. MLeicht

    MLeicht Aficionado (205) New Jersey Jul 9, 2012 Subscriber

    Monkey Chased the Weasel from Carton Brewing at 3.9%
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  20. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (570) New York Dec 9, 2011 Verified

    None. I've never had one.
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  21. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    I've only had one. It's a new-ish session IPA from Rip Current at 3.8%. It tasted quite good.
  22. vurt

    vurt Advocate (655) Oregon Apr 11, 2004 Verified

    Another vote for Fuller's Chiswick Bitter. So tasty and satisfying, and only 3.8%.

    Beachwood BBQ Alpha Waves packs a ton of hoppy goodness, and also weighs in at 3.8%.

    (Barely missing the cut: the amazing Red Swingline sour IPA from Trinity, at 4.1%.)
  23. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (665) California Dec 29, 2008

    Bear Republic Tartare and Drakes Alpha & Omega Sessions.
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  24. vurt

    vurt Advocate (655) Oregon Apr 11, 2004 Verified

    Also: de Garde's Bu Weisse and Cranberry Bu Weisse are both under 3%, and are terrific.
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  25. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

  26. Uncle Teddy's. Amazing brew.
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  27. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (725) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Verified Subscriber

    I'd definitely say Surly Bitter Brewer and Schell's Star of the North too. Jester King's Le Petit Prince Table Beer is also pretty solid.
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  28. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Aficionado (245) Michigan Dec 2, 2012

    O'Douls ;)
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  29. jmw

    jmw Savant (440) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Uinta Wyld is admirable.
  30. Torontoblue

    Torontoblue Savant (440) Alberta (Canada) Jun 12, 2005 Subscriber

  31. Resuin

    Resuin Poobah (1,085) Massachusetts Jun 18, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    Hill Farmstead Walden - so much delicious, hoppy flavor for a 4% blonde ale.
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  32. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Advocate (710) Minnesota Jan 11, 2011 Verified Subscriber

    This. And quite a few Berliner Weisse varieties, naturally.

    Does 4.01% count? Because Ruby Redbird is a surprisingly tasty and refreshing hot weather beer.
  33. Wachusett Light IPA.....lots of flavor of malts & hops. I prefer it over their regular IPA.
  34. Too many to decide on a favourite but here's a couple which I can never resist when I see them on cask; here's Belvoir brewery's Dark Horse which is simply amazing for a 3.4% ABV beer. I'd already had a decent couple of swigs from the glass before they topped it up.

    And from the same stable, Belvoir Star , a traditional bitter which goes down singing hymns at 3.9% ABV
    Notice the lacing; impressive as this was about the last pint from the cask.
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  35. Torontoblue

    Torontoblue Savant (440) Alberta (Canada) Jun 12, 2005 Subscriber

    Used to always enjoy Banks's Dark Mild & their original. I truly do miss UK ales :(
  36. SadMachine

    SadMachine Advocate (705) New Jersey Mar 14, 2011 Verified

    Monkey Chased the Weasel
    Westbrook Gose
    Spring Fever

    All of these are outstanding beers with very little kick (4.0% being the highest). I just had Monkey Chased the Weasel for the first time last night and freaking loved it!
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  37. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Savant (340) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Dupont Avril
    HotD Little Dogs
    DeGarde Bu Weiss
    Deschutes River Ale

    All awesome and super flavorful while being at or under 4%. I'm always stoked to see these threads, and am stoked that the list of beers I can respond with keeps growing!
  38. 57md

    57md Advocate (595) Pennsylvania Aug 22, 2011

    Anderson Valley Wee Geech
  39. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Advocate (645) Massachusetts Dec 4, 2004 Verified

    Great input so far!

    And because I started it, here's a few I haven't seen mentioned off the top of my head...(unfortunately all local, I would have mentioned others that aren't local, but they've been posted already)

    Pretty Things Magnifico (3.4%)
    Notch Saison (3.8%)
    Notch Cerne Pivo (4%)
    Notch Session Pils (4.%)
    Notch Tafelbier (2.8%)
    Mayflower Summer Rye (3.8%)
    The Tap Intergalactic Acid (3%)
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  40. Schweppes Orange Seltzer, well chilled... Oh, wait!:eek:

    Actually, I would like to try the Westbrook Gose, but I don't see it around here...