Best Four Seasons Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MikeP64, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (166) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    So after a weekend of big stouts and DIPAs' I was looking for something a little 'lighter' to drink Monday night.
    I grabbed a NB Fat Tire out of the fridge and settled down on the couch to relax and enjoy a beer I used to love but don't really drink anymore but my wife loves. I was struck on how good it was and thought to myself that this is a great beer for all seasons! I could drink it with Thanksgiving turkey-have it on the beach in the hot SC summer-enjoy around a firepit on a cold winter night and it's light enough to qualify [to me] as a spring beer! So if you don't like stouts on the beach or a cold IPA in 20 degree weather what is your favorite Four Seasons Beer?
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  2. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (1,931) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    All season. Hmmmm. Ommegang Rare VOS I think

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (793) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    Any German beer, light to dark, light to heavy, works any time of the year for me. They are so balanced that they're refreshing enough in summer but full-flavored enough for winter. Helles would be my main pick, but a Dunkel or Schwarzbier might be a better choice since they've got a little more heft for those colder times.

    Belgian styles are another that work very well year-round. Tripel, lambic, or saison are my choices here as they are all strong enough (ABV and flavor) to be good for fall and winter but bright and spritzy enough to hit the spot when the heat comes around.

    Lighter English styles like mild (and dark mild), bitter, and IPA all work for the same reasons with the yeast and malts imparting enough character to fortify you on a chilly evening, but they are light enough in ABV to be refreshing in the dead of summer.

    Finally, I think the classic West Coast pale ale (like Sierra Nevada) is the major American style that fits the bill. APAs have tons of character at relatively low ABV, and the older ones had enough malt heft to keep you warm and cozy, yet their light, citrus character and dryness lends them very well to summer crushers as well.
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    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,158) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,884) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    So, Frankie Valli didn't start a brewery? Phew... that was close.

    Well, he was a Newark boy, so maybe...

    (But his singing always hurt my ears. Of course, given typical high frequency hearing loss maybe I can't even hear him at all anymore :astonished:).
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  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,927) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Hard to beat that one. If Anchor Steam was always in town, that would be another.
  7. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (936) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

  8. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,352) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    A well made Pilsner or Helles and I'm very open as to the brand.
  9. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,102) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    a proper porter gets my vote. My localest option is eel river and is plenty solid but any thing that is light but roasty and sits around 5% should work. Also happy with SNPA or Anchor Steam. But I'll also drink a big stout in the summer and a IPA in the snow and just about any other beer I feel like whenever the mood strikes
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  10. Kraz

    Kraz Aspirant (201) Feb 12, 2018 Indiana
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    I am just going to pile on the SNPA train.

    Endlessly drinkable
  11. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,343) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

  12. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (128) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Moose Drool Brown for me
  13. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats Aspirant (220) Mar 27, 2018 Illinois

    Big stouts, barleywines, wee-heavies, quads, porters - all year. Maybe it's because I live in San Diego, but my taste buds don't change beers based on the seasons. I don't think my opinion would change if I was living somewhere else.

    I recognize that there are beer seasons and I stock up during stout season to drink them all year :slight_smile:

    If I had to choose one go-to beer, it would probably be FIS or High West-ified (no longer available, but I stocked up!).
  14. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,635) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Localized it for me! :wink:

    Summit EPA and/or one of the various German-inspired beers from Schell's, Summit, or Utepils are nearly always in my refrigerator.
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  15. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Defender (654) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I could drink a Weihenstephaner Heffeweissbier anywhere, any time. Hot, cold, day night, give me that perfect juice. Another good one would be Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Meaty enough for winter. Light & fresh enough for summer.
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  16. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,102) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    To be fair you all only have one season so you really just need to pick your favorite beer
  17. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Meyvn (1,032) Nov 23, 2017 California
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    Alpenflo or Pivo Pils.
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  18. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (995) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Same here. Three days ago it was 76 degrees and today it has been snowing. There is no beer more serviceable to my taste for all of the fickle weather, whatever time of year.
  19. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats Aspirant (220) Mar 27, 2018 Illinois

    Agreed! I'm from the Midwest, though. Only been in SD for a handful of years and I did not have different beers per season then other than Marzens in Sept/Oct since that's the main time those are coming out. I have a large stout collection and, if I moved back, would continue to drink them all year round.
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  20. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (157) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    I think this is Boston Lager's niche.
    I wholeheartedly agree with Alpenflo. Super drinkable, but with enough body to work through colder months. A sensational all around beer.
  21. SpruceFish

    SpruceFish Aspirant (210) Jan 18, 2009 Washington

    Gueuze...If I could afford it
  22. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,927) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I hear ya. There's a large variety of Hanssens beers in Casper but the prices make them an occasional option only.
  23. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,301) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I think a grisette would do just about any time of year with just about any meal of the day. Now if only I could find some...
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  24. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,102) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    This is a new style to me but in the last year two locals have put out versions of it. Super nice all the time beer, would definitely love to see more of it
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  25. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (232) Feb 4, 2014 Texas

    I like a Rochefort 10 any time any where.
  26. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Zealot (583) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Has to be something balanced and not too big/heavy. I'd go with Fuller's ESB, Pilsner Urquel or maybe Brooklyn Lager
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  27. sjjn

    sjjn Zealot (559) Jun 4, 2004 New York

    Orval. Any season, any month, any week, any day, any hour, any minute, any second.
  28. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (188) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    I am also a big fan of the style but alas, you have to look around in New England as well to find any. I am assuming that is because grisettes don't sell well?
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  29. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (188) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Very Green by Tree House is the beer I wish I could drink to my contentment every day of the year, but House Lager by Jack's Abby is the year round staple in my fridge.
  30. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,555) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    I pretty much can drink any style any time of the year and enjoy a well made one. Hmmm well I guess count me out as I won't be "that guy" bringing a teku glass and a corked and caged BA 14% pastry stout to the beach holding it up to the sun to look at the appearance (can you imagine anything mour douchey than that image...has anyone witness anything like this?) I'll stick with a Corona with a lime, or DFH Seaquench, or a Pils Urquell etc.
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  31. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,555) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    I need to give Orval another try. I've had 2-3 times, but always seems to be too bretty dry and lacking in flavor. Missing some of the fruit/sweet Belgian yeast balance I prefer. Maybe its just me.
  32. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,301) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I don't know much about brewing, but it seems to me that this might be a rather costly style to brew (although it is open to some interpretation). Thoughts?

  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,258) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    There is no reason for a Grisette to be costly to produce. They are fairly simple both from an ingredient and brewing process perspective.

    A brewery local to me of Sly Fox produces a spring seasonal of Sly Fox Grisette (it is available now). I can purchase a 6-pack of 12 ounce cans for less than 10 bucks.

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  34. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,154) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    I'll play...

    Another La Fin du Monde vote here... if I could find it locally my fridge would be mostly it with a few stragglers...
  35. puck1225

    puck1225 Poo-Bah (2,458) Aug 14, 2015 Texas

  36. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,631) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    I'd have to say a rauchbier, if only because those Scherlenka canned offerings have been so incredibly tasty! Could I do a few 7% IPAs in 90 degree heat? Sure, probably, but wouldn't a flavorful smoked 4% lager go perfectly with an afternoon of grilling out? And for a winter sipper, too? Or to contemplate the changing of the seasons?
  37. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Disciple (342) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

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  38. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,995) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Find a nice Pils, it’s always appropriate. If you can’t find anything fresh a simple crisp aal works too.
  39. LifesAnesthesia

    LifesAnesthesia Champion (880) Dec 17, 2014 Virginia

    I think Belgians or German brews kind of fit the bill for year round beers
  40. Bruinsfan87

    Bruinsfan87 Disciple (311) Aug 25, 2014 New Hampshire

    Personally I really enjoyed the Breakaway Rise DIPA that came out. Had it on warmer days and cold days and enjoyed it quite a bit.