There's nothing wrong with loving beer but not the bitter, aromatic hop flowers that give pale ales their punch. While practically all beers use hops to some degree, many styles merely use the herb to balance the sweet, flavorful sugars of barley. Finding those malt-forward ales and lagers, however, is no easy task when the popularity of IPAs has led to most brewers upping the hops on every style they make. Here, we have 12 delicious beers that rely on barley and yeast, not hops, to please your palate.
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Brewer: Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn
Style: German Weizenbock
It's easy to forget that wheat beers can be as big, complex, and powerful as any all-barley-malt beer. While big brewers flood the American market with hazy wheat beers served with hunks of citrus fruit (to cover bland liquid, no doubt), the Germans are laughing in their steins of classic weizenbock-style beers. The best of this category: Schneider Aventinus, a velvety smooth, ruby colored brew that is rich in clove and banana, with gentle hints of raisins. This malt and wheat monster — with 8.2 percent alcohol to boot — will remind you what a wheat beer once meant, and still can be.