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On National Beer Day and beyond, few things top the simple joy of cracking open a cold beer on a hot day.

Unless you don’t really like beer.

I am one of these people. I think most beers are gross. They taste old and stale and I don’t know how anyone can actually enjoy them.

But there are occasions when spirits don’t feel appropriate, a nice cordial doesn’t hit the spot, and a beer really is the only option.

In those moments, I am grateful for the existence of flavoured beers, which give you all the same highlights of the beer experience (easy drinking, not too boozy, cold and refreshing) without the normal beer taste.

Below we’ve rounded up some genuinely tasty beers, nearly all tested and approved by a noted beer-hater (yes, that is me).

Jubel Beer Cut With Peach

Super refreshing and clean with a nice hit of peachy sweetness that steers clear of sickly. Have ice cold from the fridge when the sun is shining.

Jubel also does beers cut with elderflower or grapefruit, both of which are lovely – but peach reigns supreme in my heart.

Passion Tang by Lervig

The makers of this brew describe it as ‘a beer deliberately made not to taste like beer’… which is pretty much exactly what this list is about, so it’s a perfect fit.

A sour made with passion fruit and a subtle, peppery spice.

BrewDog Barnard Castle Eye Test IPA

A limited run, so move fast
Unfortunately this is a limited run brew, so you won’t be able to get your hands on it forever. We’re hoping that by bigging it up here, BrewDog might extend the run or at least bring out a similar beer, as it’s such a great one.

You’ve got flavours of pineapple, mango and lime making this super fresh, zesty, and easy to drink.

Dugges 15 Sour

Made with 15 types of fruit
This doesn’t even taste like beer, it’s more like a nice fruit punch.

That’s thanks to Dugges using 15 different types of fruit to get in loads of flavour: pineapples, oranges, blueberries, lemons, elderberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, mandarins, mangoes, passion fruits, peaches, plums, pears, and apples.

Yes, it’s sour, as the name suggests, so if you’re not a fan of sour sweets like Tangfastics, this isn’t the drink for you.

Garage x Brewski Apricots Fruit DIPA

A delightful can design
As well as promising a sweet hit of apricot, this beer has a great can featuring a unicorn. What more could you want?

Mongozo Mango

You can pick this one up at Sainsbury’s
Sweet, light, refreshing. An easy drink for a sunny day out and about.

Westbrook Key Lime Pie Gose
This one’s not out yet, but you can sign up to the waitlist. According to actual beer-drinking people I have spoken to, it’ll be very tasty as it’s a gose, which tends to have a pleasant citrus taste.

Rhubarb Kiss Magic Rock Brewing

Rhubarb, apple, vanilla, and fresh lemon
We’re talking tastes of rhubarb (as the name gives away), apple, vanilla, and fresh lemon.

Get a can for your next BBQ – although the makers say this pairs best with fish.

Track – Lipari Lemon Sour
Like lemonade, but a beer. Super citrus-y – so much so that some beer fans don’t like this can, as it doesn’t taste enough like beer… more like ‘lemon sherbert’.

Of course, if you’re reading this, that likely sounds like exactly what you’re after.

Escape Brewing Peach, Orange & Cherry Sour
Another sour, this time with flavours of peach (yes, I’m a peach fan. Can you tell?), orange, and cherry.

North Brewing Co – Triple Fruited Gose Mango Mango Mango

So tasty
Personally, I think mango is the best flavour for beer. When it’s done right, it pretty much feels like a smoothie or freshly pressed juice.

This one is done right. They say mango three times because it’s that mango-y.