The world of fruit beer has changed dramatically in recent years. Many are examples of brewing craftsmanship that offer a delightful beverage. Citrus fruits are really popular and you will find a few sweet brews, while others stretch the normal perceptions of beer without actually losing the hoppy taste you love.
Brewers take different approaches to add fruity flavors to their brews. Some infuse fresh fruits or juices during fermentation while others blend the beer with juice or another fruit-flavored beer. Each is unique and all are fun to explore. Next time you're in the mood for a fruity brew, these refreshing beers will not disappoint.
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Wheat beers are a fantastic base for a little fruity flavor and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen is one of the easiest drinking brews you'll find. This is an interesting year-round option because it's a 50-50 mix of the brewery's German Weizen beer and carbonated grapefruit juice. It's bright, refreshing, and—at just 2.5 percent ABV—it's light enough to be enjoyed with brunch or at picnics.
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A staple in the fruit beer scene, Founders Brewing Co.'s Rubaeus is like liquid raspberry sorbet with an ale twist. It's a little sweet, but has that tart taste of fresh raspberries. The refreshing raspberry ale has a ruby color with a perfect balance of malt and fruit, so you know you're drinking beer (the 5.7 percent ABV helps, too). It's a great option if you're not a big fruit beer fan who wants to give one a try anyway. As an extra bonus, Rubaeus is available year-round.
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If mixing up a shandy or two defines your summer, then you need to taste Exile Brewing Company's Lemon Trail (4.5 percent ABV). Not your average lemon beer and definitely not a bottled shandy, this ale is crisp, not sweet, and offers a fresh lemon flavor that's a really nice surprise. Lemons, Indian coriander, and Lemon Drop hops are the secrets to this magical seasonal ale.
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The ultimate summer fruit is watermelon and this wheat ale from Shipyard Brewing captures that taste perfectly. It's a clearer, brighter ale than most wheats. Dominated by the sweet scent and flavor of melon, it's backed by a nice wheat flavor that makes it really interesting. At just 4.4 percent ABV, the Melon Wheat Ale is as light as it is refreshing and an excellent alternative to homemade watermelon beer.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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For a taste of fruit beer blending tradition, Ommegang's Rosetta is elegance in a glass. Sweet cherry beer (Cuvee Brut) and a tart Flemish brown ale (Oud Bruin) have been masterfully blended to create a sour ale that tantalizes the tastebuds. You really need to enjoy this sweet-tart taste with food. It's hard to argue with the brewery's recommendation of chocolate cheesecake!
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New Holland Brewing Co. has a line of beers under the Dragon's Milk label to showcase their stouts, all of which have been aged in used bourbon barrels. Within the Reserve series, you'll discover an entirely new beer experience in their Raspberry Hibiscus. It's deep and dark, holding hints of sweet chocolate, florals, and whiskey. Kissed with sweet raspberries, to describe it as delicious is an understatement.
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Produced in collaboration with the band, Dogfish Head's Dragons and YumYums is as fun as a Flaming Lips show. The rosé-colored seasonal is truly unique and a creative exercise in brewing. It has an intense tropical flavor of dragon fruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear, and black carrot backed by hints of pine. If you go into the first drink thinking it will taste like a fruity IPA (it's 25 IBU and 6.5 percent ABV) you'll be disappointed. Instead, be ready for an adventure when you open this bottle and just go with it. You may just be pleasantly surprised!
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Fans of hoppy IPAs are going to enjoy this year-round offering from Potosi. The brewery's Tangerine IPA (6.5 percent ABV) infuses their hopped up West Coast-style IPA with fresh tangerine juice to create a very enjoyable tasting experience. The citrus brings in a sweetness that balances out the bitter hops, making it seem lower than its 55 IBUs. Add in the lively carbonation and a very refreshing, yet creamy, beer is yours to enjoy.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Neither pear nor the pawpaw is common in beer, but they come together beautifully in the Pearpawsterous. Though it carries the Cascade Brewing label (well-known for innovative fruit beers), it's a project completed with the help of Upland Brewing Co. This beer with an unforgettable name is a sour wheat ale that's barrel aged for one year. It is one of the highest rated fruit sours and offers a tart taste that is not puckery, but absolutely perfect.
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If you've heard anyone talk about banana bread beer, it was likely this bottle. Until very recently, this old hat in the fruit beer scene fell under the Wells & Young label, but now you'll find a redesigned bottle under the Eagle Brewery name. It's the same British beer, though. There's nothing you won't love about Banana Bread Beer (5.2 percent ABV) and it tastes just like it sounds. It's a dark golden ale with a light body and the sweet aroma of bananas (a little of that carries through in the taste). It's a beer that's fun and unique, and perfect as a liquid dessert.