7 Picnic-Perfect Canned Beers

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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