The 15 Best Beers Built for the Summer

Besides water, beer is the most important beverage of the summer.

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Besides water, the most important summer beverage is beer. After all, cold ones keep your core temperature down and lower ABV brews are at least slightly hydrating. To get through the sweaty days of summer, these 15 amazing beers come packed with subtle flavors to satisfy any beer nerd.

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For fans of the funky and weird, the table-strength <a href="https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/9897/28176/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Bam Bière</a> offers the depth of a knock-out brew in a lighter bodied farmhouse ale.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
Bam Bière, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

For fans of the funky and weird, the table-strength offers the depth of a knock-out brew in a lighter bodied farmhouse ale.

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Creature Comforts is another brewery that excels as easy-drinking, but satisfying beers. The Bibo pilsner is ideal for sweaty hop heads, and the new Tritonia gose is a salty wonder, but <a href="http://www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com/athena/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Athena Berliner</a> weisse—a bright, tart wheat beer—is the first one we'd pull from a cooler.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
Athena, Creature Comforts Brewing

Creature Comforts is another brewery that excels as easy-drinking, but satisfying beers. The Bibo pilsner is ideal for sweaty hop heads, and the new Tritonia gose is a salty wonder, but weisse—a bright, tart wheat beer—is the first one we'd pull from a cooler.

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Thanks to the Texas heat, Austin Beerworks has developed a talent for hot-weather ales and lagers. The&nbsp;<a href="http://austinbeerworks.com/beer" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">cocoa-tinged Black Thunder</a> is proof that dark beer can refresh with the best, but also try the 3 percent ABV Einhorn summer seasonal if you can.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
Black Thunder, Austin Beerworks

Thanks to the Texas heat, Austin Beerworks has developed a talent for hot-weather ales and lagers. The  is proof that dark beer can refresh with the best, but also try the 3 percent ABV Einhorn summer seasonal if you can.

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<p><a href="http://cartonbrewing.com/beers/boat-beer/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">This dry session IPA</a> is, yes, meant to be enjoyed for your boat deck. After thorough testing, we can confirm that the bright, hoppy brew works just as well on land.</p>
Boat Beer, Carton Brewing

is, yes, meant to be enjoyed for your boat deck. After thorough testing, we can confirm that the bright, hoppy brew works just as well on land.

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After making a name with the brewery's Furious IPA, Surly owner Omar Ansari, <a href="http://surlybrewing.com/beer/hell/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">designed Hell</a> as a beer for his German grandma. The pale lager is modeled after the German Helles (which just translates to "light") style, making it a crisp, barley-focused brew with a hint of spicy hops.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
Hell, Surly Brewing

After making a name with the brewery's Furious IPA, Surly owner Omar Ansari, as a beer for his German grandma. The pale lager is modeled after the German Helles (which just translates to "light") style, making it a crisp, barley-focused brew with a hint of spicy hops.

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<p>This pale lager is <a href="https://jacksabby.com/beers/house-lager/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">a favorite all-purpose beer</a>. Its lightly sweet body and fresh finish make it perfect for backyards and beaches, but the Massachusetts brewery also follows traditional, time-intensive German brewing practices to layer on subtle flavors for beer geeks to savor.</p>
House Lager, Jack's Abby

This pale lager is . Its lightly sweet body and fresh finish make it perfect for backyards and beaches, but the Massachusetts brewery also follows traditional, time-intensive German brewing practices to layer on subtle flavors for beer geeks to savor.

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<p>This <a href="http://greatdivide.com/beers/roadie-grapefruit-radler/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">grapefruit ale from the bike-loving Denver brewery</a> brings a mild tartness to the fruit and barley backbone for perfect post-ride beer.<span data-redactor-tag="span"></span></p>
Roadie, Great Divide Brewing

This brings a mild tartness to the fruit and barley backbone for perfect post-ride beer.

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<p>Wheat beers are a classic summer refresher but most often, sorely lack hops. <a href="http://moderntimesbeer.com/beer/year-round" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Fortunate Islands</a> does not. The San Diego brewery dumped loads of floral hops into its tanks for a tropical beer for a light-bodied beer with a tasty bite.</p>
Fortunate Islands, Modern Times Beer

Wheat beers are a classic summer refresher but most often, sorely lack hops. does not. The San Diego brewery dumped loads of floral hops into its tanks for a tropical beer for a light-bodied beer with a tasty bite.

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<p>Infused with orange zest, this <a href="http://brooklynbrewery.com/brooklyn-beers/perennial-brews/naranjito" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">relatively low strength (4.5 percent ABV) pale ale</a> is a favorite for pairing with food, thanks to the crisp kick of citrus on top of the hoppy ale.<span data-redactor-tag="span"></span></p>
Naranjito, Brooklyn Brewery

Infused with orange zest, this is a favorite for pairing with food, thanks to the crisp kick of citrus on top of the hoppy ale.

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<p>More than an awesome name,<a href="https://untappd.com/b/aeronaut-brewing-company-robot-crush/1824815" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Robot Crush</a> was the top American pilsner at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival thanks to the toasty barley and kiss of American hops.</p>
Robot Crush, Aeronaut Brewing

More than an awesome name, was the top American pilsner at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival thanks to the toasty barley and kiss of American hops.

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<p>The Belgian-style wheat beer, or wit, <a href="http://www.portcitybrewing.com/the-beer/optimal-wit/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">is a beer built for summer</a>. The soft, toasty barley is complemented by spice and orange peel with a hint of vanilla—consider it an evolved beer creamsicle.</p>
Optimal Wit, Port City Brewing

The Belgian-style wheat beer, or wit, . The soft, toasty barley is complemented by spice and orange peel with a hint of vanilla—consider it an evolved beer creamsicle.

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<p><a href="https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/beer/seaquench-ale" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">SeaQuench</a> is an impressively built beer. The coastal Delaware operation brews three independently refreshing beers, a kolsch, gose, and Berliner weisse, then blends them together with sea salt, coriander, and black limes.</p>
SeaQuench Ale, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

is an impressively built beer. The coastal Delaware operation brews three independently refreshing beers, a kolsch, gose, and Berliner weisse, then blends them together with sea salt, coriander, and black limes.

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<p><span>This toasty amber lager honors the brewery's Milwaukee home. Easy-drinking with a mild sweetness, upgrade to <a href="http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com/beer/year-round/riverwest-stein" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Riverwest</a> if you're a fan of Negra Modelo.</span><span></span></p>
Riverwest Stein, Lakefront Brewery

This toasty amber lager honors the brewery's Milwaukee home. Easy-drinking with a mild sweetness, upgrade to if you're a fan of Negra Modelo.

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<p><span>Not to be confused with Session, <a href="https://fullsailbrewing.com/session_beers/sesi%E1%BD%B9n-cerveza/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">this Mexican-style lager</a> is crisp with a cleaner flavor than most of its south-of-the-border competitors. That means there are no odd or off-putting tastes, just pure delicious beer.</span></p>
Sesión, Full Sail Brewing

Not to be confused with Session, is crisp with a cleaner flavor than most of its south-of-the-border competitors. That means there are no odd or off-putting tastes, just pure delicious beer.

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<p><span>Designed for the hot, humid summers of Indiana—Sun King's home—<a href="http://www.sunkingbrewing.com/sunlight-cream-ale.html" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Sunlight</a> uses a touch of corn with its barley bill to lighten and dry out the body without dumbing the beer down.</span></p>
Sunlight Cream Ale, Sun King Brewing

Designed for the hot, humid summers of Indiana—Sun King's home— uses a touch of corn with its barley bill to lighten and dry out the body without dumbing the beer down.

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