19 Beers Every Beer-Lover Has to Try Right Now

If you're thirsty for something more than a mug of suds, here's a quick tutorial on several major types and brands of beer that ought to elevate your brew.

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Bass, Pale Ale

LunaseeStudios/ShutterstockOne can find many bitter beers in English breweries. Premium Bitters are stronger in alcohol—above 4.8 percent. Bass is a classic example of this variety. Bass is amber with a toasty flavor and light enough to sip all evening (responsibly). Here is how you can open a beer when you don't have a bottle opener.

New Glarus Brewing Company, Spotted Cow

Keith-Homan/ShutterstockNew Glarus Brewing Co. is a small brewery located in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Their Spotted Cow brew is produced year round and is a favorite for many Wisconsin natives. “Expect this ale to be fun, fruity, and satisfying. You know you're in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow,” they say. Don't worry if you can't get enough, beer has a lot of health benefits.

Sierra Nevada, Pale Ale

via sierranevada.comLight and at the same time complex, this beer is considered by many to exemplify this variety of beer. It showcases a balanced combination of subtly sweet malt and mildly bitter hops.


Courtesy merchantduvin.comBeers that qualify as this style rarely fit neatly into beer categories. Color can range as can acidity, malt levels, hoppiness, and yeastiness. Though the alcohol is generally under 7 percent. Orval, unlike other Trappist breweries, only makes one ale available to the public. Between the first and second fermentation the beer also undergoes additional dry-hopping process resulting in a extra-dry, hoppy beer. Here is why you should grab a beer instead of an aspirin the next time you have a headache.

St. Bernardus, Abt. 12

Courtesy sierranevada.comAbt, or quadrupel, is the name given to ultra-strong Trappist and abbey ales. Alcohol is very high commonly for both. This brew is the highest in alcohol content, 10.5 percent, so St. Patrick's day imbibers beware. Most wines are between 13-15 percent. This is a dark, fruity, and smooth beer.

Stella Artois, Pale Lager

DenisMArt/ShutterstockPale Lagers are probably one of the best known types of beer, including the drinkable but predictable Budweisers, Heinekens, and Coronas. Stella Artois has a nice yeasty aroma and a clean flavor; get it from a freshly tapped keg for the best taste. These are creative things you can do with beer besides drink it.


Courtesy merchantduvin.comGerman Pilsners come in two varieties, northern and southern. The golden pilsner was developed in Pilsen, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), in the mid-19th century. Pinkus describes their organic Ur Pils as golden in color, well balanced, bright hops, and fresh malt.

Sam Adams, Boston Lager

Courtesy samueladams.comPremium Lagers fall between mainstream Pale Lager and Pilsner and are deep gold to bronze in color. Sam Adams is created by "decoction mash, a time consuming, traditional four vessel brewing process" which is no longer used in many breweries, says samueladams.com. This beer is a perennial favorite and can be found just about anywhere.

Hoegaarden, Belgian White

Courtesy hoegaarden.comBelgian Whites are pale and cloudy with distinctive coriander and orange flavors; Hoegaarden is a classic example of the type. Drinkers pronounce it as refreshing. This is what you want from a beer that won't weigh you down. As easy to drink as Bud but bursting with flavor.

Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier

via bevmo.comA fruit beer is any beer brewed with the addition of fruit. In this case, blackberries are married with the citrus style of the witbier. Great wild-blackberry flavors dominate with the first sip of this beer, which then mellows out on the finish.
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