Best Summer Beer?

Best Summer Beer?If you are like us, you might be putting aside the barley wines and imperial stouts, in favor of pale lagers, saisons, wheat ales and what some breweries call Summer Ale or Summer Beer.  We would like to know your opinion, what is hands down The Best Summer Beer for Summer 2010?  Below are many choices that we have come up with, however WE KNOW WE MISSED A FEW, SO PLEASE WRITE IN A VOTE in the comments section below. Poll Ends June 9th, 2010 at 5PM PDT!

Here are some tips for participating in this poll:

  • As mentioned, we know there are beers missing. This is not intentional. You can WRITE IN A VOTE in the comments section below.
  • Contact Us via Our Contact Page if you are having trouble selecting a beer from our list.
  • If you feel a deserving beer is falling behind, spread the word on your Facebook or Twitter.
  • Voice your support or disapproval for beers in the lead or beers trailing behind. Be nice, it’s beer we are dealing with here.

Best Summer Beer?

  • Ninkasi Radiant Summer Ale (25%, 357 Votes)
  • New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat (20%, 290 Votes)
  • Kona Brewing Wailua Wheat (12%, 179 Votes)
  • Victory Sunrise Weissbier (9%, 126 Votes)
  • Saint Arnold Summer Pils (6%, 84 Votes)
  • Deschutes Twilight Ale (4%, 58 Votes)
  • Saison Dupont (3%, 41 Votes)
  • SweetWater Sch'Wheat (3%, 39 Votes)
  • Karl Strauss Pin Tale Pale Ale (2%, 34 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest (2%, 31 Votes)
  • Full Sail LTD 03 (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Southern Tier Hop Sun (2%, 25 Votes)
  • New Belgium Skinny Dip (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Troegs Sunshine Pils (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Alesmith Summer Yulesmith (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Goose Island Summertime (1%, 19 Votes)
  • The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Boulevard ZŌN (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker Solace (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Anchor Summer Beer (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Elysian Loser (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Wachusett Summer Ale (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Brooklyn Summer Ale (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Harpoon Sumer Beer (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,441

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  1. Capt says

    The bells Oberon is exceptional but since they released hopslam last spring I’m totally sold. If u like IPAs this one of the best I’ve ever had. Go Bells!

  2. randy says

    Lazy Magnolia has what they call a Deep South Kolsch, named Ship Island Ale… summer beer indeed

  3. mike says

    Ok, Hasn’t anyone tried Sierra Nevada’s Kellerweiss? OMG, it does not get any better.. American made hefeweisse.. Dont miss this one!

  4. Bob says

    Karl Strauss Pintail would have killed it if they distributed outside Southern California.

  5. margaux says

    Yeah, put down the barley wine and pick up a Fort Collins Brewery Wheat Wine! It’s big and feisty in a decidedly summery way.

  6. Tracy says

    Kona Brewing Wailua Wheat – discovered on the Island of Kauai & well worth the seasonal wait! Soooo yummy. I’ve introduced it to beer lovers as well as those “I don’t like beer” people and have yet to get a negative response. Everyone loves it! And passionfruit? What else do you need for the perfect summer beer!?!

  7. Justin says

    Well it’s not totally clear where you can write in a vote…..

    but Bell’s Oberon is my vote

  8. says

    I’d like to throw Brewery Ommegang’s Hennepin saison into the mix. It’s refreshing and yet complex — the perfect summer beer.

  9. JVector says

    Where is the Bell’s Oberon on this list??? I’ll have to go Ninkasi until Bell’s shows up!

  10. Joe says

    I certainly will not be pushing aside b-wines or imp stouts just because it is summer time.

    I hate the thought of seasonal drinking. Any style of beer is a year round drink.

  11. SUNDEVILPEG says

    The New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red Ale is the best beer I have EVER imbibed. Even if you don’t like fruit-flavored beer, do yourself a BIG FAT FAVOR and find this stuff (and it will be tough – we get it at the source in New Glarus). Skol!

  12. Don says

    Got to throw my vote to Lagunitas and their Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. Nice filtered wheat beer with a huge hop punch!

  13. markskar says

    Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss (much better for summer drinking that their actual summer seasonal, imho)

  14. Michelle says

    Victory Sunrise is the best! I’ve been waiting all winter for it to come back on tap. Nothing like a cold Sunrise after a long hot day!

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