There’s no such thing as a bad beer, it’s just that some taste better than others.Billy Carter
Since the craft beer revolution took the world by storm, lagers, ales, porters and stouts have become the multi-generational drink of choice.
But, if you’re still on the beer fence and you’re not sure if you actually like beer or not, trying to navigate, and find your way around the hop-laden highways and byways of the beer universe can be a little intimidating and daunting.
So, we’ve taken the hipster factor out of the beer equation to make things a little easier, and have compiled a list of ten of the best tasting beers that subvert the beer norm and all of the usual hop-based expectations, so that you can jump straight into the heady, aromatic, and tasty world of beer…
Corona Extra With A Slice Of Lime
Adding a slice of lime to Corona began as a way to keep mosquitoes and flies from taking a sip of your beer, and soon became a way of hop life for a lot of beer fans.
Corona and lime go together like coffee cream, with the latter putting a little extra sweetness and spring in the crisp, light, and refreshing taste of the former.
One of the not-so-secret secrets of the beer-drinking world, it’s an ideal combination to help you to discover your hop legs…
Abita Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix would definitely give this fruit-fueled lager from Abita a double thumbs up.
Taking its name from the purple hue that the raspberries added to the brewing process after filtration imbue this beer with, Abita’s Purple Haze combines vanguard hops and wheat malts with the natural sweetness of raspberries.
The result is a refreshing, different lager that’ll appeal at any and all beer palettes, regardless of how refined or experienced they are.
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
If you want to go light on the hops, but don’t want to sacrifice taste for an overly sweet hit of sugar, then Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy could well be your ideal way into the beer world.
Made with a naturally balanced mix of lemonade and beer, this brew was designed to be sipped and savored at barbecues, get-togethers, and beach parties and to be enjoyed long after the sun has dipped below the horizon.
A traditional Weiss beer that’s been given a lemonade twist, this Summer Shandy is according to Leinenkugel, and we’d probably have to agree with them, a perfect Summer beer.
Bud Light Lime
Budweiser has always referred to their products as the King of Beers, and it’s not hard to see why, as they’ve been brewing America’s Number One beer for nearly one hundred and fifty years.
So how can you make this light, refreshing yet surprisingly hop-laden lager even better than it already is?
If you’re Anheuser-Busch, you take a leaf out of Corona’s book and add a lime kick to your brew that gives it a little extra zing and zest.
Bud Light Lime is an ideal way to refresh your taste buds when the temperature starts to rise and Summer comes knocking on your vacation door.
Shock Top Lemon Shandy
When the sun’s out, the lemon’s out and this incredibly smooth and refreshing wheat beer that’s been boosted to deliver maximum takes and refreshment with Shock Top’s secret lemon recipe will knock you sideways with a smile when you take your first sip.
A Belgian-style wheat beer that’s been brewed the old-fashioned, traditional way and lifted to the next taste level with natural lemonade flavors, this lemon shandy is light sweet and with a tart aftertaste that once tasted, will never be forgotten.
If lemon isn’t your flavor, there are lots of other delicious shandy beers for summer!
Landshark Island Style Lager
For those moments when you want to bring a little bit of the beach into your backyard and add a little surf-inspired fun to your barbecue, there’s Landshark Island Style Lager.
Brewed by Margaritaville Brewing from St Louis, this landlocked lager is made with a complex blend of hops and caramel hops to deliver a refreshingly simple and slightly sweet taste that’ll put the bounce back in your stride and make you daydream about, and long for,idle summer days spent strolling along the shoreline.
Blue Moon Belgian White
Blue Moon, which first rolled off a bottling line in nineteen ninety-five in Colorado was the beer that first brought Belgian beer to the attention of mainstream America.
It might say Blue Moon on the bottle, but it’s actually been brewed by Miller-Coors and was one of their first forays into the world of craft beer.
Using Valencia Orange Peel to give it a hint of sweetness, Blue Moon has a slightly peppery, spice-laden taste that makes it ideal for sipping with friends while you’re waiting for the burgers and hot dogs to cook to perfection on the barbecue.
If you want to keep pace with the hipsters without drowning in a sea of unnecessary hop-heavy information, Blue Moon will give you the key to the beer kingdom.
Abita Strawberry Lager
Raspberries aren’t everyone’s fruit of choice and sometimes they just won’t deliver that sweet fruit hit that you’re looking for.
Abita knows this, and that’s why, as well as brewing Purple Haze, they made their own strawberry lager.
Adding the juice if freshly squeezed and pulped Louisianan strawberry to their lager after filtration, imbues it a natural sugary sweetness, that also adds a little extra color to this incredibly refreshing beer.
It’s unlike any other beer you’ll drink, and it’ll help you make the leap from the world of hard seltzer into beer with a couple of sips. And once you’ve tasted it, you’ll never look back.
Miller High Life
Tradition used to mean everything in the brewing world, and while the rules may have changed, some things have remained the same as they always were.
And Miller High Life, the champagne of beer, is one of the brewing traditions that has remained unchanged for over a century.
High Life earned its nickname the hard way and has consistently been a brew of choice for those in the know for the duration of its long and storied life.
It’s a beer that doesn’t taste like any other and will transform even the most unsure hop newbie into a die-hard craft beer hipster.
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA
The only name that Boston beer hounds really trust, Samuel Adams have a wealth of different beverages under their collective brewing belt, but their Whitewater IPA (which is a fusion of the traditional hop heavy India Pale Ale and light, sweeter White Ale) is the ideal beer to open the doors to the craft beer revolution.
Light, but not too light, and overflowing with taste, it’s a rich and welcoming ale that’ll help you to embrace everything that’s wonderful about beer.
And, unsurprisingly, it’s also our all year round beer of choice.
Beer is an acquired taste and some folks just have a tough time getting into the bitter hoppyness of traditional beers. If this is you, our list of best tasting beers for people who usually don’t drink beer, will help you ease into the world of brews.