07/13/2012 11:49 am ET Updated May 14, 2013

The Best Summer Beers To Look Out For, 2012 (PHOTOS)

With summer's rising temperatures, sometimes there's nothing better than a cold glass (or can ... or bottle) of beer. But you don't want to be drinking a heavy beer, like a porter or stout, during the dog days of summer. A light, refreshing brew is what you want to be looking for, something with bright flavors of citrus, spices or hops to cleanse the palate and relieve you from the stifling heat. We're here to help you find that perfect summer beer.

Every year, usually in the early spring, beer producers release their summer beers in preparation for a season of eager drinkers. These beers are only around for the one season, so it's easy to miss them if you're not looking for them. But even so, choosing from all the different beers can be daunting, so we've made it easier for you with a shortlist. The tasting notes should help you find the flavors you like to drink on a hot summer day.

What's your favorite Summer Ale? Leave us a comment below.