The Specifics on Session Beers

When I first started working for KegWorks, I was essentially oblivious to the world of craft beer. More than two years later I’m pretty very passionate about the beer that I drink and I think that at this point, I’m pretty knowledgeable about it too.

One of the beer geek terms I quickly picked up on was "session beers." I heard it used quite often I had no idea what it actually meant. Fortunately, I have an entire office full of beer experts to ask.

Just the other day, one of my good friends asked me to define the term for him. Seeing as he’s already pretty into beer and didn’t know the exact definition, I thought I’d take a stab at defining the term for everyone right here on the blog.

Here goes:

Session beer – a beer that embraces drinkability, such that you can consume several within a single drinking session (say, a Friday night) without becoming inebriated or overwhelmed by intense flavors
This being said, session beers have a few distinguishable characteristics:

  • An ABV that does not exceed 5% (I don’t care if you’re Superman, any higher and you’re bound to be loaded after a few)
  • Flavor balance – where neither the hops or the malt comes off as noticeably overpowering
  • A clean finish that leaves you thirsty for more.

There you have it. If there’s anything I missed or anything you wish to add (like a list of your favorite session beers) please leave a comment below.


1 Comment

  • M April 1, 2010 @ 3:09pm

    Do I hear a Genny Cream Ale in the house? haha! I think I would be scared if somebody voted for that. hahaha.
    I’m such a dork!

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