7 Picnic-Perfect Canned Beers

From the old classics to the new crafts, great things are brewing this summer. Grab your koozies.

1

Sixpoint The Crisp

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The epitome of a refreshing beer: bright, floral, and, yes, crisp (meaning flavorful but not heavy). It pours with a small head and has a hint of lemongrass.

To buy: $10.50 for six 12-ounce cans.

Photo by sixpoint.com
2

Blue Moon Belgian White

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Here’s a champ that has everything we want in a wheat beer: creamy, tangy, and citrusy, with a bit of spice (from coriander).

To buy: $9 for six 12-ounce cans.

Photo by bluemoonbrewingcompany.com
3

Firestone Walker Pale 31

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Ales are fermented differently than lagers, making them fruitier. This light golden beer is mild yet interesting, with floral hops and toasted malt flavors.

To buy: $10 for six 12-ounce cans.

Photo by firestonebeer.com


4

Heineken Light

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Most options in this category were flavorless, but this 99-calorie pick tasted like citrus and toasted almonds.

To buy: $14 for twelve 12-ounce cans.

Photo by heineken.com
5

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout

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This Frappuccino-like winner is hard not to like, even if stouts aren’t your thing. Nitrogen bubbles (less prickly than CO2 bubbles) make it ultra-creamy.
 

To buy: $9 for four 15-ounce cans.

Photo by samueladams.com
6

Southern Tier 2XIPA

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With two times the hops of normal IPAs, it’s intense—but not overwhelming. You still get a sweet, pineapple flavor.

To buy: $10 for four 16-ounce cans.

Photo by stbcbeer.com


7

Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Full-bodied, fizzy, and pleasantly bitter, this classic trumped its flat, metallic-tasting competitors.

To buy: $13.70 for twelve 12-ounce cans.

Where to buy: All of these beers are sold nationwide. Check the brewers’ websites for the closest store near you.

Photo by pabstblueribbon.com