red stripe is fucking horrible, it's the jamaican carling. i love bavarian wheat beers - i think erdinger is the biggest selling, but one of the supermarkets over here stocks weihenstephaner kristall ( http://www.brauerei-weihenstephan.de...page=home_2_1&
) - it's currently my favourite tipple.
a different supermarket over here was stocking a bit of this - http://www.etalon-beer.com.ua/ger/etalon/product
- a ukrainian beer repro beer of the bavarian heffeweissbier (simmila in theory to japanese 501 repro's i suppose) - i bought one bottle and it was v. v. nice.
i'd stay away from the stronger belgian beers for the summer, not quenchign enough for me when the sun is beating down. i used to work in a bar that sold leffe, antoon and hoegarden (leffe is 6.6%abv) draught, and we did kwak and duvel in bottles (7-8%abv) - i still get flashbacks to the mind splitting hangovers of those days.
if you're after a fuller flavoured, but less alcoholic lager then the daddy of them all has to be pilsner urquell from czech - http://www.pilsnerurquell.com/
- allegedly the first ever amber 'lager'. it is very hoppy so you can chill it right down to near freezing and still taste it, and if i remember correctly it is about 4.7%abv - a perfect summer beer.