The Top 10 Light Beers to Drink This Summer

Summer is perfect for drinking cold ones due to its long days and warm nights. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, alcohol consumption peaks, and beer is popular for Fourth of July and summer picnics. 

Oberon embodies summer flavors. This zesty ale with a thick, creamy head and a mid-range ABV of 5.8% is a refreshing way to cool off in a tall glass. (Optional orange slice garnish)

1 .  Oberon by Bell’s Brewery

Athletic is the largest non-alcoholic brewery in the nation since 2017. This limited-release triple-hopped IPA made with tropical fruit and hops is full-bodied and thirst-quenching, leaving you buzzed but not hungover.

2 . Vacation Reminder by Athletic Brewing Company

Maine residents are used to hard winters, therefore they love summer more. Allagash's summer lager excels. Low ABV? Check. Balanced hops? Check. Made by a green company? Check. It tastes wonderful and helps the environment—I'll drink to that.

3 . Beach Report by Allagash Brewing Company

A gose? A Margarita? The Milton, Delaware summer sipper has 4.9% ABV. Since 2016, Dogfish Head has sold SeaQuench, a gently salty and sour ale that's easy to drink and hard to define. Lime overtones atop a crisp, bubbly base make it delicious, distinctive, and crushable. 

4 . SeaQuench Ale by Dogfish Head

Munich-made radlers are low-alcohol lager-citrus soda mixtures. Many American craft brewers adore this easy-drinking style, but few have adopted it. Jack's Abby specializes on German beer, thus their delicious 4% ABV radler is one of the best. 

5 . Blood Orange Wheat by Jack’s Abby Craft Lager

This mellow blonde ale has just under 5% ABV, creating the perfect balance between relaxation and buzz. 805 may be for adventurers, but this easygoing beer has a clean taste and lots of bubbles.

6 . 805 Blonde Ale by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

On a sweltering day, nothing beats a light Mexican lager with lime. Burgeon Beer Company of San Diego won a silver medal for Invita in the 2022 World Beer Cup for the delicate, tasty beer. At 4% ABV, one can be enjoyed and another opened.

7 . Invita Mexican Lager by Burgeon Beer Company

its Chicago icon's IPA is available year-round, but its 5.2% ABV pale ale is great year-round. Since 2009, Half Acre has developed Daisy Cutter, a complex beer with resinous pine and tropical fruit aromas that finishes dank, dry, and hops. 

8 . Daisy Cutter Pale Ale by Half Acre Beer Company

Since starting in 1996, Brooklyn Brewery has been a craft beer powerhouse in New York. Summer Ale is their ode to summer, available from March to August. This 5% ABV pale ale's light body and robust flavor balanced between hops and malt make it suitable for both dinner parties and beachside barbecues.

9 . Summer Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

Is it a kölsch, radler, or both? Fort Point Beer Company in San Francisco keeps things simple to enjoy each drink's core. Yuzu KSA Radler (KSA stands for Kölsch-Style Ale) is a departure from their usual style, but the dry-finishing, citrus-heavy blend works well.

10 . Yuzu KSA Radler by Fort Point Beer Company

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