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

Credit: Danny Kim

1 Sixpoint The Crisp

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.


2 Blue Moon Belgian White

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.


3 Firestone Walker Pale 31

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.


4 Heineken Light

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.


5 Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout

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.


6 Southern Tier 2XIPA

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.


7 Pabst Blue Ribbon

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.