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Favorite session beers?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Indifferent, May 8, 2012.

  1. Darkmagus82

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    I am sure this topic has come up before, but I am here drinking a Stone Levitation, and even though I have had this may a times before and while the body is a bit weak, I am always surprised at the amount of hoppy flavor that is packed into the brew. The only other beer of such a low abv that I have had that may be comparable in overall enjoyably and flavor is 21st amendment bitter american. What are other BA members opinions on "best session beer" (say anything under ~ 4.6 % abv.).
     
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    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

    Cheap, flavorful and easily attainable.

    5.6% isn't too high, either.
     
  3. BeerKangaroo

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    First one that comes to my mind is Founder's All Day IPA, though at 4.7, still at least imo has enough there to cut the edge off.
     
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    also a good one.
     
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    I'll second Levitation as a "cold weather" session brew.

    For the warmer temperatures coming in the not-too-distant future, I'll give a nod to Lancaster Kölsch as a nice "warm weather" session beer, as well.
     
  6. tgchief

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    The only thing I drink under 5% is coffee and water (Unless I am at Peg's!). I like IPAs and hop forward APAs around 6-7% for my session beer........so my biased favorite is ZeeLander, from other breweries it would have to be ZD and Moon Man since I can get those fairly easily.
     
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    Surly Bitter Brewer
     
  8. TongoRad

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    Yards Brawler is definitely a session beer, however you slice it. And it's definitely a delicious beer, however you slice it.
     
  9. Darkmagus82

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    I agree that Sierra Pale is quite nice and affordable and very tasty, but it is on the borderline of a session being at 5.6%. (Overall though it is tasty).
     
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    Jabby Brau at 4.5%abv is delectable, and a can't miss session lager. Everything from Jack's Abby is can't miss.​
     
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    Bell's Oarsman (4%)
    Year-round, cheap, excellent. What else do you need?
     
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    My pick would be SN summerfest. Absolutely perfect for tossing back several cold ones on a hot day.
     
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    I am adamant in my opinion that the best session beers are cask conditioned ales in English pubs. The flavor and drinkability of these beers, some often only 3.4-6%abv just blows me away. On my last trip just last month I consumed 59 pints during a 8 day vacation. Our brewers do not really make session beers. That said as far as domestic craft I would say North Coast Red Seal cask conditioned.
     
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    If we're going to include Pilsners I'll add Troegs Sunshine Pils to the list. It's my fave of domestic version, awesome when fresh, and clocks in at 4.5%.
     
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    Yuengling Lager remains my favorite session beer of choice.

    I just tried Elevation's 8 Second Kolsch and I think if that was cheap and bottled, that could be a great session beer too. Uinta's Wyld Organic Pale Ale is bottled and also a good choice. Crooked Stave's Saison also deserve mention but is waaaaaay too expensive to be treated as a session brew.
     
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    Victory Prima Pils, SA Agent IPL, Anti-Hero, weheinstephaner kristalweiss....

    Also Laughing fox, moon man, serendipity, raspberry tart, wisoncsin belgian red, etc. Ty New Glarus!
     
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    while the difference in ABV is only an increase of one percentage point, this is actually a 22% increase in the overall alcohol content.
     
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    Assuming price isn't an issue, Bam Biere of course!
     
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    +1 on levitation and anything from Jack's Abby fitting the bill (sub 5%, but really closer to 4.5% and under)
    i think it's ridiculous when i see people talking about "session" beers like Stone IPA (6.9%) and the like. you're not impressing anyone. even SNPA, while amazing and easy to polish of a sixer on a Sunday afternoon watching football, is still a little high at 5.6%. IMHO.
     
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    Yards and Surly Bitter are basically the only beers mentioned that I would consider session beers. Original Jester King Commercial Suicide is another, though JK decided to ruin that by making it "farmhouse." Just because they did not want to control their "house yeast," which is pretty crappy if you ask me.

    I can go on forever about great true session beers in the UK. Though a cask Wilson's ESB from Austin's Draught House is probably the best version of a session beer made in the states IMO.
     
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  22. tai4ji2x

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    exactly. people conveniently forget that while a percentage point or two in ABV might seem miniscule, the actual amount of alcohol consumed can be drastically different.
     
  23. maxcoinage

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    Not necessarily the best, but many times the best choice-- Goose Island Honkers--easy to find at any gas station / liquor store / Walgreens in Chicagoland and can put down a 6 pack and be fine to drive. Wonder how it's going to taste out of the AB breweries though....
     
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    Lagunitas DayTime. Lots of flavor.
     
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    My new fave: Jack's Abby Jabby Brau (Session Lager)

    Also, Noble Pils from Sam Adams, Summerfest from Sierra Nevada and Bitburger 16 oz. cans!
     
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    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
     
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    Lots of great choices. 21st amendment bitter American. Great beer for the golf course
     
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  29. maxcoinage

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    I scanned the top 250 (http://beeradvocate.com/lists/top) and there were 4 < 5% . Definitely agree with Gumballhead although I always want to conserve those whenever I can get my hands on a 6 pack.


    79 [​IMG] Wisconsin Belgian Red
    Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.00% ABV
    New Glarus Brewing Company


    88 [​IMG] Raspberry Tart
    Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.00% ABV
    New Glarus Brewing Company


    190 [​IMG] Gumballhead
    American Pale Wheat Ale / 4.50% ABV
    Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub


    235 [​IMG] Serendipity
    Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.00% ABV
    New Glarus Brewing Company
     
  30. maxcoinage

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    I thought something seemed wrong with Gumballhead under 5, just checked http://www.3floyds.com/our-beers-2/ and they list it as 5.6%..... so scratch that.
     
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    Notch Brewing makes great session beers that range as high as 4.5% abv. Their Czech style brews are something I'd never had before, and really good.

    Uinta has a line of 4.0% brews that are pretty solid.

    Honkers is still good, last I checked.

    I'd prefer to be drinking low-gravity cask ale but it rarely presents itself to me.
     
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    It's a four-way tie between Half Acre Gossamer and bomber of Hunahpu's divided 3-ways.
     
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    Agreed
     
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    My personal favorite is Central Waters' Glacial Trail IPA.
     
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    Anchor Steam is pretty close to these ABVs at 4.9%.
     
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    Anchor Steam, for sure. SA brews what I think are solid, honest beers. Noble Pils and the flagship Boston Lager lead the way. When I find Double Agent, it may be added. Victory has two just over 5%: Headwaters and Prima Pils. Old Raspy may be invited over the weekends, but Monday thru Friday, shoot me a Levitation.
     
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    St. Bernardus Abt. I drink 6 every night, so it must be a session beer.
     
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    My personal favorites are Surly Bitter Brewer, Brau Hopsession, and Lagunitas Daytime. Still have yet to try Founders All Day as we don't get it here in Minny.
     
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