Ranking the best beers is difficult because of many factors, one of which is patriotism. Of course one would have an acquired taste of the beer that is readily available to him. This article is an attempt to create a list using metrics, whether total number of sales, high reviews, or simply by having a unique aspect that separates it from the rest.
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company – Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
The Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout has been consistently rated as the best beer by different beer review sites. This brew with a 12% ABV is brewed with coffee and has a strong maple aroma followed by hints of chocolate and hazelnut. However, it is difficult to acquire as only 300-400 bottles are released every year.
Brasserie de Rochefort – Trappistes Rochefort 10
Another high performer based on multiple review sites, this traditional Trappist beer from Rochefort, Belgium has an 11.3% ABV. It is malty, dark, and hints of plum and apricot that changes notes from colder temperatures up to its cellar temperature.
Szałpiw – Buba Extreme Whiskey Barrel Aged
Another consistent high scorer, this beer made in Poznań, Poland has a 16% ABV. It is aged in whiskey barrels – Jack Daniels barrels, to be exact. Full bodied and full flavored, this smooth beer hints of whiskey, toasted caramel, dates, and dark sugars.
China Resources Breweries Limited – Snow Beer
This brew has the highest sales, contributing 5.4% of the total of all the beers sold in the world. The amount of sales is driven by a booming population and its middle class which is the primary consumer of this product. Ten billion liters of this Chinese lager is produced every year to match the need of its population. Rarely found outside China, this beer is good for downing down food and according to some, tastes like Bud Light.
Anheuser-Busch InBev – Bud Light
Speaking of Bud Light, this famous American brand accounts for 2.5% of all the beer sold in the world and is the fastest growing major beer brand by being up by 34%. This 4.3% ABV beer will suit those looking for fewer calories while still wanting a crisp flavor.
Anheuser-Busch InBev – Budweiser
Budweiser, another famous American beer from the same company as Bud Light, accounts for 2.3% of all the beer sold in the world. A 5% ABV with a predominantly corn flavor and sweet taste, this inexpensive beer has more kick than a Bud Light and is a common drink in parties or gatherings and is favored by sports fans during the weekend.
Carlsberg Group – Skol
Brazil’s favorite beer, Skol makes up 2.2% of all the beer sold in the world, and can be found everywhere in Brazil from beaches to street bars. This 4.7% ABV crystal clear and crisp pilsner with an aroma of sweet corn, grains, and hay does not have a bite or a kick and goes down easily.
Staropramen Brewery – Staropramen
From the highest selling beers, let us move on the beer of choice by the world’s heaviest beer drinkers. Czechs drink 142.4 liters per person per year, making their country the top-ranked beer drinker in the world. This hometown favorite, a 5% ABV pilsner that has a light fruity flavor with flowery aromas, is brewed in the Smichov district.
Big Sky Brewing – Moose Drool
If you are looking for a different flavor, you may want to try Moose Drool. An American brown ale with a 5.1% ABV, this beer is brewed with coffee and chocolate. Even though this beer is not manufactured by a major brewer, it is more available and cheaper compared to other craft beers on this list.
Pine Brewing – Ghost Face Killah
Yet another brew with a very unique flavor, this beer manufactured in Boulder, Colorado is brewed with six kinds of chilies: Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeno, serrano, habanero and the exceptionally hot ghost chili with over 1 million Scoville heat units.
There are thousands of beers available in the world, with one site listing almost 300,000 beers that have been reviewed. The problem is that not all of them are available in a convenience store near you. One of the ways that you can enjoy other brews is by joining a beer club and selecting a brew that you would like to taste. You can follow a buying guide by Brewing Bro to make the most of your subscription. You may not be able to taste all the available brews available in the world but you can at least ensure that the few that you are able to experience are the finest.