Light beers are like certain people you meet at bars—fun at first, but ultimately shallow and unfulfilling. Dark, heavy beers, on the other hand, are more like everybody’s favorite party guy in college. They are full of personality, but easy to get your fill of fast.vFortunately, there’s a happy middle ground: session beers, with their moderate alcohol but still satisfying flavor. They are like your longtime best buddy.
Sessions are typically a little higher-calorie than light beers—160 to 200 calories per serving—but they have an alcohol-by-volume (ABV) that’s generally under 5%, says Devaraj Southworth, CEO of alcohol-delivery app Thirstie.
“They can be young or old, bitter or sweet, fruity or crisp,” he says, “but the thing that makes a session a session is its ability to keep you from getting too drunk too quickly.”
Here’s 14 of our favorites to give you a start on session beers.
1. Pilsner Urquell
Born in the Czech Republic in 1842, Urquell is the world’s very first pilsner. In the more than century and a half since its inception, little changes has come to this beer. However, the advent of refrigeration means the fermenting beer no longer needs to age in caves. “With its deep golden color, rich, velvety body, and thick, creamy head, it’s still considered a luxury in its home country,” says Jeff Alworth, author of The Beer Bible.
4.4% ABV, pilsnerurquell.com
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