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Love and light beers: we love 'em for their bubbles and the way they dance in our mouths. We also love 'em for their exceptional freshness. Whatever your reason for loving a light beer, let us here at Beer Hawk show you some of our favourites.
We don't actually love calling these beers "light". What, exactly, does that mean? Light in colour, light in body, light on the wallet? But we'll go with what we think you mean when you say you like something light. It's bubbly, it's pale in colour and it's easy to drink. Well, we like those kinds of beers too--and here are our favourites:
A classic example of the easy-drinking Dortmunder Export style, this beer has an enjoyable malt profile. Barley, grain, biscuits and bread are followed by a spritzy cut grass note. This style is notable for its somewhat sturdier body but its clean, crisp finish is a favourite for those who like simplicity in their beer.
An effervescent carbonation creates a huge, billowing head in this Kristalweizen. Similar to a Hefeweizen but filtered to remove much of its haze, this sparkling clear wheat beer is marked for its subtle fruit notes complemented by a chewy wheat and earthy character. It is exceptionally refreshing!
Brewdog Nanny State
We're not trying to imply that "light" means low ABV but in the case of this .5% low alcohol beer, we'll make an exception. As with anything from Brewdog, they manage to get whole loads of flavour where it's otherwise thought impossible. Chocked full of hops, this beer has a light, refreshing quality alongside notes of citrus and pine.
Deus Brut des Flandres
So remember how we said that light doesn't necessarily mean low ABV? Well, enter Deus. This 11.5% Champagne beer is a bohemoth yet still managed to be effervescent and light thanks to its fermentation process similar to an actual Champagne. It pours a pale gold colour and showcases floral hops and light, biscuity malts. It's truly one for a special occasion.
Originating from around Leipzig, Germany, the gose is a sour wheat beer noted for its tartness due to the addition of lactobacillus bacteria after the boil. The gose stands out thanks to a bit of salt and coriander, which results in a refreshingly salty, herbal character balanced by a tart citrus. While the gose's tartness can be somewhat of a surprise sometimes, it's not so bold that it would turn away those who just love a light, simple beer.
Must try: Omnipollo Magic #3.5 Pineapple Gose
It's pretty much in the name; if you like a light beer, then a Belgian pale ale is the way to go. Some beers of this rather undefined style can get upwards of 7% ABV but they generally have a light to medium body that is easy to drink. Typically these beers have a rather dry finish which is pleasing to those who are looking for something refreshing and crisp. Don't expect the mundane, however, the Belgian pale ale is flavourful with a definite hoppiness and spicy yeast character.
Must try: Orval Trappist Ale
This 400-year-old Belgian style has found modern popularity thanks its flavourful, yet easy-drinking quality. Literally ‘white beer’, this Belgian wheat ale got its name because of its cloudy haze. A smooth mouthfeel and grainy malts meet a dry and spicy Belgian yeast character with notes of coriander and orange. The witbier is exceedingly refreshing.
Must try: Blanche de Bruxelles
Taking a slight left turn here, we love a mead when we're looking for something with delicate flavours that's silky on the palate. Meads use honey as its source of sugar during fermentation which result in a drink that ranges sometimes up to 20% ABV! Made with fruit, spices, grains or hops a mead can take on many flavours but are usually very sweet. Some of the lower ABV meads can have a refreshing, bright finish and we think these are great for those who love a lighter beer.
Must try: Gosnells London Mead
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive. Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood
While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.
Father’s Day, 20th June 2021, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer-loving Dad, then check out our top 7 Father’s Day beer gifts.
Another can spins off the line at Stone Brewing’s new brewery in Berlin. The speed of the whole process is astonishing, a matter of seconds from empty can to filled and sealed. Those amazing hop aromas that Stone Brewing’s IPA is known for are locked in, only to escape as you release the swirling lemon, pine, grapefruit aromas in one of the world’s best IPAs. Cans are the perfect container for this beer. And here’s why.
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