In the world of beer, macro-brewed American light lagers still dominate the market, but craft breweries are quickly gobbling up (or chugging down) market share with the bold flavors of hop-heavy IPAs; dark, chewy stouts; complex Belgian ales; and, more recently, sour beers. While these styles all deserve their hype, here are some underrated, too often overlooked varieties every beer drinker should revisit.
1. Black Lager: This style boasts roasted chocolate malt upfront but has a lighter body, a gentle hop bite and the crisp finish of a lager. Try to get your hands on Uinta’s Baba Black Lager.
2. Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale: “Wee” might be a bit of a misnomer, as these Scotch-style ales tend to have higher alcohol contents due to a longer boil. More time in the kettle results in deep, rich, caramel flavors complemented by fig, plum and raisin notes. AleSmith’s Wee Heavy is a perennial classic, but Dark Horse’s Scotty Karate elevates the entire style.