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Session beer suggestions for today (Austin, TX area)

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

  1. forty2kman

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    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

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

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    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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    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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    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.
     
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    You get Uinta's Wyld Pale Ale down in Texas? The Deschutes River Ale suggestion should work too.
     
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    Founders All Day IPA
     
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    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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    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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    No it isn't.:rolleyes:
     
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    All Day IPA is pretty close in ABV. For general sitting around watching ball games I usually stick to gasp.... Miller Lite.
     
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    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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    True about All Day. I'm not sure if Texas gets Founders quite yet though.
     
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    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.
     
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    Slightly higher in abv, 4.9, but I would suggest Anchor Steam. Solid beer, very sessionable.
     
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    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".
     
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    But gaddam their avalanche ale blows.

    Single tear :*(
     
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    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.
     
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    Southern Star Bombshell Blonde is decent and at 5% is close to what you're looking for.
     
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    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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    SA Noble Pils is < 5% and Tasty but a touch higher than 4.5%
     
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    Someone's trolling for an untappd badge. Try BMC crap or find a cider.
     
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    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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    In this country, for the vast majority of drinkers, 5% is considered strong...And most beers are less than this strength.
     
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    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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    Goose Island Honker's Ale

    It's not the best, but it's pretty damn good at 4.3%.
     
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    Coors light. That will get you your untappd badge.
     
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    Call Ding
     
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    Goose Island Honker's Ale: 4.2% abv.
     
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    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.
     
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    haha, that's what I came in to write (the untappd part). Victory Swing Session Saison is 4.5% btw
     
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    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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    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.
     
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    Well said. The Brits know what it's all about. Sharin' a pint or two, then gettin' on with life.
     
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    Oklahoma has a nice session beer, called Mustang Session 33, topping out at 3.2% ABW. A cut above the average AAL.
     
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