You have a lot of options if you’re looking for a refreshing beer on a hot day. You can opt for a classic American pale, a sour and refreshing gose, a session IPA, a crisp pilsner…the summer beer landscape has never been this diverse. But might we recommend an old-school Berliner weisse? This tart wheat beer was born in Germany “back in the day” but adopted in recent years by American brewers. It’s a complicated beer delivering some yeasty funk, some creaminess from the wheat, and some bright tartness—a complex as hell kind of beverage that’s also really light and refreshing. Oh, and the Berliner weisse usually comes in at a surprisingly low ABV. In other words, this is classic summer beer territory. I like to imagine a bunch of historic German brewers, getting together on a hot day a couple hundred years ago, lounging around on their oversized swan floats in the middle of their swimming pool pounding one Berliner weisse after another. Because I love recreating history, I’ve picked a bunch of modern representations of the style for you to throw into your cooler this summer. You’re in charge of blowing up the oversized swan float.