Festivals and patios provide two of the best summer spots to sit back and chill. Also on the championship podium: the porch. Nothing beats rocking back with a glass of beer on that glorious sheltered section attached to the front of your house.

Festivals and patios provide two of the best summer spots to sit back and chill. Also on the championship podium: the porch. Nothing beats rocking back with a glass of beer on that glorious sheltered section attached to the front of your house.

So what makes a perfect summer potable?

First of all, you want something refreshing that provides optimal taste at cooler temperatures. Whatever you're drinking should be relatively low in alcohol content, so you're not smashed by the time your thirst is quenched. Any selection with lighter body shouldn't skimp on taste.

Here are six selections to try this season.

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Beer: Kellerweis

Type: Hefeweizen

ABV: 4.8 percent

Web: sierranevada.com

In short: Those who know the creators in Chico only for hops-heavy ales will find this Bavarian-style hefeweizen refreshing in a completely different way. It's an unfiltered beer with a yeasty haze, delicious banana flavors and a subtle, never syrupy sweetness.

Perfect for: Enjoying chicken, fish or veggies off the grill

Brewery: The Bruery

Beer: Orchard White

Type: Belgian witbier

ABV: 5.7 percent

Web: thebruery.com

In short: Hints of lavender, chamomile, lilac and fresh oregano burst from the nose of this delicate, sublime Belgian ale. In a straw-colored elixir, you get the soothing essence of herbal tea, relaxing properties of beer and the warming effect of exquisite champagne.

Perfect for: A brisk summer evening under the stars with someone special

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company

Beer: Dortmunder Gold

Type: Dortmunder

ABV: 5.8 percent

Web: greatlakesbrewing.com

In short: Fans of smooth, crisp flavor and bready sweetness will enjoy this year-round offering from the Buckeye brewers up north. Every sip hits clean and refreshing - a trademark of the classic German style. It's Ohio's best lager, by far.

Perfect for: That desperate, sweaty moment after moving the lawn

Brewery: North Peak Brewing Company

Beer: Wanderer

Type: India pale ale

ABV: 4.2 percent

Web: northpeakbeer.com

In short: This IPA won't knock you on your butt - but it packs a flavorful punch rarely found in beers of such modest alcohol content. Bitter hops make the tongue tingle from start to finish, producing a robust, earthy flavor.

Perfect for: An IPA craving on a sweltering day

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing

Beer: Wild Raspberry Ale

Type: Fruit ale

ABV: 5.6 percent

Web: greatdivide.com

In short: A strong aroma of red and black raspberries might turn off those who shy away from adult ciders, but this fruit beer definitely drinks like beer. It's a surprisingly dry ale that also boasts some notes of unsweetened iced tea.

Perfect for: Pairing with any dessert with fruit, especially pie.

Brewery: Columbus Brewing Company

Beer: Summer Teeth

Type: Bavarian-style kellerbier

ABV: 5.3 percent

Web: columbusbrewing.com

In short: Hefeweizen fans looking for something with a sharper kick will enjoy one of the city's best seasonals. CBC's refreshing ale has that familiar unfiltered cloudiness, but it's energized by hops that play a more formidable role.

Perfect for: Pretty much anything you do outside this summer