The Mtbr Best Beer Guide

Buyer's Guides

Newbie craft beer drinkers like variety, because they’re not quite sure which style they like best. Below is a diverse list of beers that represent their respective styles well.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

The “standard” for German wheat beers, Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier is available year-round in the US and clocks in at 5.4% ABV. It’s brewed at the Weihenstephan Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria, Germany. This beer showcases sweet wheat malt, mild citrus from the hops and strong flavors of banana and clove from the yeast esters. It’s an iconic beer enjoyed by new craft beer drinkers and seasoned veterans alike. weihenstephaner.de

Victory Prima Pils

Brewed in Downington, PA, Victory Prima Pils is a great example of an American take on a classic European style. At 5.3% ABV, Prima features a clean toasted malt backbone and a floral, herbal hop presence. A hoppy German pils that is refreshing and drinkable, Prima is a nice gateway between adjunct lagers and IPAs. www.victorybeer.com

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

A tremendous American Porter. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, brewed in Cleveland, OH, comes in at 5.8% ABV and tastes of bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee, and a rich malt backbone. Mildly hopped, this is a great dark beer for those who have traditionally enjoyed beers like Guinness. www.greatlakesbrewing.com

Petrus Pale Ale

A widely-available sour beer from northern Belgium. Appealing to wine and beer drinkers alike, Petrus is a traditional Belgian sour beer aged in oak barrels. At 7.3% and featuring bright citrus, tart green apples, white wine and a dry vinegar finish, this beer is a solid welcome to the quickly-growing world of sours. www.globalbeer.com

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Even at 9% ABV, La Fin Du Monde is a surprisingly drinkable Belgian Tripel produced by Unibroue in Quebec, Canada. Powerful flavors of spicy fruit, candied malt and Belgian esters (banana, clove, spice) all work in tandem to make a fantastic beer to enjoy after dinner. www.unibroue.com

Next: Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Hardcore Enthusiast Fan »
About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Mike says:

    I like the Stone Enjoy by and the Ninkasi Tricera Hop. Cute pick of all the boys in the tub.

  • HEMIjer says:

    Devils Backbone brewery in VA is a great bike supporter and has an eight point IPA worth trying ood stuff. Always can go to the old reliable which you have to keep stocked in the garage for post ride clean up, Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

  • JB says:

    The AA comment in one of the photo captions is probably wrong. That said, I’m not offended.

  • klurejr says:

    Why is this Josh’s list and the about the author is says Francois???

    • Mtbr says:

      klurejr,

      Francis is the one who the entire compilation article is “published by” so it automatically shows his bio at the bottom on every page. There’s an “Editor’s Note” at the beginning of Josh’s guide and an intro on the first page about who our other beer reviewers are for this article. This article has guides written by Francis, Josh and Peter. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Kevin Woodward says:

    Hop Venom FTW! Nice to see 831 on the radar, too.

  • Thomas says:

    I’m from belgium if you like belgian beer you should most def try
    My top 5
    - Grimbergen (Optimo Bruno)
    - Sint Bernardus (abt 12)
    - Kasteelbier (tripple)
    - Westmalle (tripple)
    - Samaranth Urtel

    • Alex says:

      I loved Grimbergen Optimo Bruno when I had it in Amsterdam, but sadly I don’t think it makes it over to the States.

      I would add to that list Chimay White and Tripel Karmeliet – my top 3 Tripels along with Westmalle – and La Trappe Quad.

  • Bearcat Sandor says:

    For those of us who must go gluten-free because of celiac disease or other reasons, i heartily recommend Green’s “Endeavor” beer. They don’t replace the hops with rice flour or some other thing they just filter the hell out of it so it’s safe for us. It’s picey but it tastes like a Guinness and enables me to enjoy a beer once in a while. They also have a blond variety too. Check ‘em out:

    http://glutenfreebeers.co.uk/en/page/index.html

  • roger says:

    You don’t know jack about beers! Lagunitas is undrikable, Pliny is over rated! Good thing not everyone has your taste buds!

  • DMFT says:

    What!!?? No mention (until now) of…………..
    Lost Coast – Indica IPA
    Green Flash Brewing – Green Bullet or Palate Wrecker
    Deschutes – Hop Henge Experimental IPA
    Drakes – Hopocalypse or Aromacoma

    Or possibly the most underated brewery & true OG’s
    Mendocino Brewing Co. – Talon

    Ok. The list is now more-complete. Rant-Over!

    Happy Holiday’s Ya’ll!!

  • M. Meteer says:

    I live and ride in South Korea. I find that the best beers are those that you brew yourself! My ‘brew club’ of five brew 5 gallons per week of tastie ales, porters, and stouts.

  • Wilks says:

    I just stumbled on this I think DHF 90 and Southern Tier 2X IPA’s are much better than Sculpin. Not sure why there are so many sculpin fans.

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