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Does anyone know if a "session beer" has to be below a specific ABV to qualify as a session beer?

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Like many beer terms, "session beer" is not rigorously defined. Several groups have tried, though:

Really, though, if you call something a session beer, most people will understand that to mean something you could easily drink several of in a session (ie, lighter and more mild than a "big" beer).

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5%? If I attempt a session on Courage Directors, (4.9%), it gets auto-terminated after 5-6 pints. I would go with the Brewewrs Association figure - I can drink Doombar, (4.0%), all day, (mostly, anyway:). – Martin James Feb 5 '14 at 11:13

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