Top 10 Beers of The World

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There’s a famous joke that goes –

“If beer is proof that God loves us, then He must love us very much indeed”

It couldn’t be truer ever before than it is now. There are more breweries around the world today than at any other time since 1930. In fact, the global beer market is expected to touch USD 688.4 billion by 2020, growing at a robust CAGR of 6% from 2015-2020. In recent years, the beer-scape has changed dramatically with China taking a fancy to the alcoholic beverage with a gusto – four of the world’s top 10 beers now are from China. With the global annual beer gala, The Oktoberfest around, let’s take a look at the world’s top 10 beer brands and what makes them hit it off with punters.

#1 Snow
Snow Beer

Surprised that the top spot on the list of world’s top 10 beers is a Chinese brand, and more importantly one that you may have never even heard of? You are not alone – so are we! Well, as it turns out, this watery lager is the world’s top- selling beer for its unmatched price point – it is sold at just USD 1 a litre, and that too only in China, which also happens to be the world’s largest beer market in consumption. Well that’s certainly something to drink to!

#2 Bud Light
Bud Light

Produced in over 32 breweries across the USA and some 20 odd other countries, Bud Light, the American style lager is the world’s favorite in the ‘light beers’ category. Its flavours abound – from Bud Light Lime, Bud Light Apple, to Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas and Platinum, there’s no dearth of choices for beer lovers seeking a clean and crispy Bud lager.

#3 Heineken
Heineken Beer

Manufactured by the Dutch brewery, Heineken-International, a leading producer of beer and cider brands, this premium class beer is loved worldwide as much for its distinct European taste as for its iconic, signature red star and green bottle. Balancing bitterness and fruity notes beautifully, Heineken beer comprises just 3 pure ingredients – water, malted barley, and hops.

#4 Budweiser
Budweiser Beer

Undisputedly, the most well known beer brand across the world, Budweiser is a filtered American beer that comes to the market in packaged and draught forms. Known as the ‘King of Beers’ for its popularity in more than 70 countries across the world, this Great American Lager actually has German roots for its founder Adophus Busch hailed from Germany. He created Budweiser in the U.S. after he shifted there, using brewing techniques he learnt back home.

#5 Brahma
Brahma Beer

Originally produced by the world’s fifth largest beer manufacturing company, the Companhia Cervejaria Brahma, this iconic beer brad today comes under the Anheuser-Busch family of liquor brands – the same one that owns Budweiser. Brahma comes in various varieties – Brahma Light, Brahma Ice, Brahma Chopp (Brazil’s top-selling draft beer) and even an alcohol-free variety for non-alcohol drinkers.

#6 Tsingtao
Tsingtao Beer

A Chinese brand, this one holds 2.8% of the global beer market share. The hoppy-tasting Pilsner beer is often served with a glass of ice and makes for the highest selling Chinese beer in the United States. It is interesting to note that the history of Tsingtao beer may be paralleled to the formation of modern-day China. Established by German and British entrepreneurs who moved to China in early 1930s, Tsingtao brewery was seized by the Japanese troops when they took control over all of China during the First World War. After the Second World War when China declared independence, the Tsingtao brewery was finally established as a privatized enterprise in the early 1990s.

#7 Skol
Skol Beer

Brazil’s most popular beer, Skol is low on alcoholic content, just 2.8%, as the company aims to focus on the younger generation of drinkers. Now owned by the Anheuser-Busch brand, Skol was originally a combined product of British, Canadian, Swedish, and Belgium breweries when it launched back in 1964. Skol is also one of the most popular beers across Africa. However, Skol’s infamous foray into the British market, was what gave it the moniker of ‘murder beer’. High on alcohol content (approximately the same as an entire bottle of wine), Skol’s Super Beer variety was priced at just a pound per can, as opposed to other premium beers. The result? It quickly garnered popularity with the homeless lot and slum dwellers who began drinking themselves to death.

#8 Yanjing
Yanjing Beer

Owned by the Beijing Yanjng Brewery Company, this bittersweet tasting lager has the distinction of being the official beer of China which is the reason why it is also known as the ‘real taste of China’.  The phenomenal success of the Beijing Yanjng Brewery Company in the last three decades can be attributed to its adoption of innovative beer brewing technology that has enabled excellence in business and quality.

#9 Coors Light
Coors Light Beer

This American cold filtered light beer is nearly 150 years old and is best known for its extremely refreshing light gold hue and clean taste. The MillerCoors Golden Brewer is till date the single-largest beer brewing site in the whole world, having a production capacity of 22 million barrels of beer, which makes up for 30% of the U.S. beer sales.

#10 Harbin
Harbin Beer

Manufactured by China’s fourth-largest and the oldest brewery, Harbin beer is a pale lager known for its crisp, refreshing, light taste. It holds 1.5% of the global beer market share and like Qingdao, the other beer brewing city in China, Harbin also hosts an annual beer festival every year – a huge hit across the country.

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  1. Erydiam Wolfsmoon said on September 13, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Absolutely Wrong!!!

    Pils: Härke Pils

    The name “Pils” has a little history. It is a derivation of the name of a city in the Czech Republic, Plze. When that country was called Bohemia, the city was called Pilsen. All beer of any type from that city is called “Pilsner.” The shortened term Pils has been in use so long that my brother-in-law was surprised to learn it came from Pilsen. Pils beers account for two thirds of all beer consumed in Germany. All Pils beers are bottom fermented beers. More on top and bottom fermentation later.

    The story goes that the good citizens of Pilsen (Pilzn or Plzeň – you choose) wanted a better beer after the beer they brewed in 1838 had to be poured onto the street because it had become undrinkable. That beer was a top fermented ale type of beer that did not age well. So to get a better beer, they hired Josef Groll, a famous Bavarian brew master from Vilshofen on the Danube in Bavaria to move to Pilsen and improve their beer. He did. By combining the lightly roasted malt that Pilsen citizens had perfected with the local hops and local soft water, he used bottom fermenting yeast from Bavaria to make a better beer. Using the bottom fermenting yeast the beer would store longer in the cool caves in the vicinity. While nearly all the beer produced in Europe at that time were ale style beers that used top fermentation. Josef already knew a lot about lagering (storing) beer. Bavarians had been brewing lager ales for decades. The beer Josef made came to be called Pilsner Urquell and has since become world famous. What does the word Urquell mean? In German, a spring where water bubbles up from the ground is a “Quell.” And something that is very old is prefixed with an “Ur.” The two terms smashed together make Urquell; a very old spring. Get it? Germans do that kind of word smashing a lot.

    Our favorite form of energyJosef Groll released the first batch of Pilsner Urquell on a holiday called Martinstag in 1842. The citizens loved the taste. They sold their excess to surrounding communities and the business prospered. Soon, other breweries were copying the brewing method and producing their own Pils style beers. The practice spread and many of the beers, even the nasty ones in America like Miller Lite and Bud Lite, are of the pils type (bottom fermented lagers).

    Pils is marked by a foamy head, a clear yellow color, and a slight taste of hops. It is normally served at about 8ºC or 46ºF, which is a little cooler than cellar temperature.Schloss Brau St. Annen Rhoeder Some purists say that it takes 7 minutes to pour a good Pils beer, but the Germany Beer Institute debates that and says that if poured in 3 minutes, it maintains its freshness, carbonations and will not lose any taste for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink fast brothers and sisters. The beer industry and your local pub depend on you.

    Here the Top Best
    Czech Pils
    Netherlands Heineken
    Irish Guinness
    Mexican Modelo
    Ecuadorian Pilsener/Club* (Club Best)
    Then you can put whatever beer you find

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