Favorite beer under 5.5 abv?

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  1. Bearshawks85

    Bearshawks85 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Illinois

    Half Acre Daisy Cutter and Tallgrass 8 Bit
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  2. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    Night Shift Whirlpool
    Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale
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  3. marquis

    marquis Pooh-Bah (2,239) Nov 20, 2005 England

    All my favourite beers are under 5.5% ABV. I've tried, in my over 50 years of beer drinking, pretty well beers of every strength and found nothing in the spectrum with an overall enjoyment factor as great as well brewed low gravity beers.After a while the more modest flavour levels are forgotten and the thought that I can keep on drinking them for a few more hours is a happy one.
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  4. huysmans

    huysmans Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    The two that come to mind are Carton Boat and Evil Twin Sour Bikini.
  5. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Pooh-Bah (1,553) Nov 18, 2008 New York

  6. misternebbie

    misternebbie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Pious Monk Dunkel.
  7. Beardcore

    Beardcore Initiate (0) May 5, 2013 Nevada

    Uinta Baba Black Lager. Also my favorite "diet" beer at around 120 calories I think...
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  8. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Pooh-Bah (1,700) Jan 19, 2013 Canada (NB)

    There are way to many under 5.5% ABV for me to rattle off in one comment but one of my recent favourites is a Session IPA made by Muskoka (Ontrario, Canada) called Detour. It has all of the great characteristics of a West Coast IPA with a 4.3% ABV. How wild is that!
  9. Roser

    Roser Zealot (540) Aug 4, 2012 Virginia

    21st Amendment Bitter American (lots of malty flavor and clocks in at 4.2)
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  10. denver10

    denver10 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Prairie Standard for light, Odell Cutthroat Porter for dark.
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  11. Treyliff

    Treyliff Grand Pooh-Bah (4,654) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Fou' Foune
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I don't even have a favorite style under 5.5%, there are so many to choose from.

    I'll just throw one beer out of left field to give it some love: St. Bernardus Extra 4, an amazing beer at 4.8%.
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  13. MN23

    MN23 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2015 Minnesota

    Surly Bender! 5.1%
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  14. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Firestone's 805 - 4.7
  15. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Grand Pooh-Bah (4,748) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I like even numbers, so going with under 6%.
    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald (5.8). There is no lower ABV I like better anyway
  16. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Pooh-Bah (1,905) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Don't have one. Was thinking of watering down a heady and seeing what that would taste like. Will report back.
  17. Buschyfor3

    Buschyfor3 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2009 Kentucky

    Weihenstephaner Hefe - 5.4%
    Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - 5.0%
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  18. ceeg

    ceeg Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 New York

    Off the top of my head :

    Banhof Berliner Weisse
    Schlenkerla Helles
    Ballast Point Even Keel
    Ritterguts Gose
    Sierra Tumbler
  19. LostHighway

    LostHighway Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2007 Minnesota

    In order of increasing alcohol content
    De La Senne Taras Boulba 4.5%
    Victory Headwaters 5.1%
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier 5.4%
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  20. dnetnil

    dnetnil Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2013 Missouri

    Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale is absolutely fantastic and I recommend it highly
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  21. RichD

    RichD Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    According to my ratings, Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek is my highest rated beer that's under 5.5%. Fou Foune is a close 2nd, tied with Cantillon Iris. As for a non Cantillon beer, and something that's more easily attainable, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Organic Chocolate Stout are my easily attainable beers. Lastly, Weihenstephaner Hefe is also on that list.
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  22. RichD

    RichD Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    Awesome beer. Easily my favorite rauchbier. Love having it with BBQ food.
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  23. BeerFan

    BeerFan Zealot (565) Feb 11, 2003 New Jersey

    Allagash White
    Weihenstephaner Weisse
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  24. _-_-Jason-_-_

    _-_-Jason-_-_ Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2014 New York

    Wait..... they make beers under 5.5% ABV? :grinning:
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  25. darthmiles

    darthmiles Initiate (0) May 14, 2009 Rhode Island

    Currently, (cause I just had one).
    Baxter Ceremony.
  26. BlackNotesIII

    BlackNotesIII Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Alabama

    Westbrook Gose
  27. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut

    A ton....so I go with most recent not necessarily my favorite. ..
    Baxter Ceremony session green tea ipa
  28. SHODriver

    SHODriver Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2010 North Carolina

    something with some sourness.
  29. humuloner22

    humuloner22 Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 North Carolina

    Anderson Valley Gose or Westbrook I would have to say. Although Boat beer was pretty damn good too! I have not been fortunate enough land a Cantillon yet, so I can't make the remark.
  30. Toddwildcat

    Toddwildcat Aspirant (221) May 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    HF Edward
    Night Shift Brewing - Whirlpool (APA)
    Tributary Pale Ale
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  31. smbslt

    smbslt Pooh-Bah (1,854) Dec 26, 2010 Illinois
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    Any of the Aecht Schlenkerla offerings but looking over my list I found a French beer
    Mosaic Black Bitter made by Brasserie Du Mont Saleve that impressed me very much.
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  32. Dirrrty_Kurty

    Dirrrty_Kurty Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2015 Colorado

    Stone Go To IPA
  33. BeerForMuscle

    BeerForMuscle Grand Pooh-Bah (3,327) Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey

    Kulmbacher Monchshof Schwarzbier is way up there for me.
  34. tjmiller718

    tjmiller718 Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2011 Virginia

    a few of my go-to beers that are under 5.5%:

    Deschutes River Ale
    Goose Island Honker's
    Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
    Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
    Port City Optimal Wit
  35. PEIhop

    PEIhop Maven (1,264) Dec 2, 2010 Massachusetts

    Berkshire Gold Spike
    Guineu Riner
    Hill Farmstead Edward
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  36. Tsar_Riga

    Tsar_Riga Pooh-Bah (2,593) Sep 9, 2013 Indiana

    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout tops my ratings for those below 5.5%. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Anderson Valley Gose get honorable mentions.
  37. MN23

    MN23 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2015 Minnesota

    Crazy beer... tastes like beef jerky
  38. JayCheG

    JayCheG Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 Wisconsin

    According to my ratings its a 3 way tie: NG Strawberry Rhubarb, RR Beatification or CW Wine barrel belgian blonde w/peaches.
  39. jeffgott

    jeffgott Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2015 New Jersey

    Founders all Day IPA
  40. atone315

    atone315 Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2008 Wisconsin

    Bells Oarsman during the hottest months of summer is delish!!!
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