Your favorite beers 4% or under

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

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  1. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (618) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    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. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Zealot (509) Aug 18, 2011 Indiana
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  3. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

  4. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,635) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    NG Raspberry Tart, NG Belgian Red, Bell's Oarsman, and a local Iron Hill Berliner is really good.
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  5. Brew33

    Brew33 Champion (846) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    Lawsons Spring Fever.

    I love that stuff!
  6. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Bolt Cutter, but it might technically be a tad over 4%.
  7. DougOLis

    DougOLis Initiate (185) Aug 15, 2008 California

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

    gory4d Defender (662) Apr 14, 2007 New York
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    One I've had recently is Westbrook Gose. Good stuff.
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  9. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (511) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Right at 4%


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

    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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  10. Momar42

    Momar42 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Maryland

    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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  11. od_sf

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

  12. zid

    zid Crusader (789) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Truly awesome!
    Pops up on tap here in NYC quite a bit.
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  13. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (511) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

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

    steve8robin Savant (969) Nov 7, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Wisconsin Belgian Red. Yummo!
  15. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,523) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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  16. RummyRedbeard

    RummyRedbeard Devotee (465) Mar 8, 2013 Colorado

    Notch cerne pivo
  17. Momar42

    Momar42 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Maryland

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

    MLeicht Aspirant (252) Jul 9, 2012 New Jersey
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    Monkey Chased the Weasel from Carton Brewing at 3.9%
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  19. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    None. I've never had one.
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  20. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

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

    vurt Crusader (737) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    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%.)
  22. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

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

    vurt Crusader (737) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

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

    Corkpuller Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Uncle Teddy's. Amazing brew.
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  25. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    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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  26. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Michigan

    O'Douls :wink:
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  27. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Uinta Wyld is admirable.
  28. Torontoblue

    Torontoblue Disciple (371) Jun 12, 2005 Alberta (Canada)

  29. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,277) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Hill Farmstead Walden - so much delicious, hoppy flavor for a 4% blonde ale.
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  30. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    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.
  31. maltdevil

    maltdevil Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    Wachusett Light IPA.....lots of flavor of malts & hops. I prefer it over their regular IPA.
  32. marquis

    marquis Crusader (717) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    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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  33. Torontoblue

    Torontoblue Disciple (371) Jun 12, 2005 Alberta (Canada)

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

    SadMachine Meyvn (1,266) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    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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  35. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    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!
  36. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,272) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Anderson Valley Wee Geech
  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (618) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    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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  38. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Schweppes Orange Seltzer, well chilled... Oh, wait!:grimacing:

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