PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- There are few things worse than the rambling, pompous, judgmental beer snob, but mention "fruit" and "beer" in the same breath and you'll encounter perhaps the two people in the beer-drinking world who are undisputedly more annoying: The beer purist and the anti-snob.
The first is just incredibly frustrating to deal with. He or she is a variant of beer snob who will think nothing of calling their Imperial India Pale Ale "citrusy" or claim their Russian Imperial Stout tastes like "dark fruits," but turn away from a beer like a vampire from garlic if there's even a hint of apricot, tangerine or (heaven forfend) berry in the recipe.
The second is likely someone close to you whose palate has been weathered by time and countless battles with beer snobs. They insist that "beer should taste like beer" and are the loudest voice in the room when someone disparages a light lager made by Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), SABMiller, MolsonCoors (TAP), Yuengling or otherwise. They'd have the 16th century Reinheitsgebot German beer purity law limiting ingredients to water, barley and hops tattooed on their backs if they didn't think spouting some obscure European beer law would make them sound like a geek. They'd just as soon throw a wedge of lime at you for handing them a Corona as they would break a bottle of blueberry lager over your head just for suggesting a sip.
These two breeds of beer drinker can make life miserable for those who just want to enjoy a beer in peace and can ruin an otherwise wonderful beer experience by suggesting the presence of fruit in beer indicates there's something wrong with the drinker. The one universal truth about these two folks is that they're both best ignored around this time of year.As the weather warms, a little bit of citrus in a wheat beer or a touch of peach in a Berliner Weisse can prove even more refreshing than a tall, cold glass of pale suds. With some help from the raters at BeerAdvocate and RateBeer and some sampling of our own, we've come up with 10 fruit beers that should help silence the naysayers: