Beer is one of the most-imbibed drinks on Earth, and I think I know why. It’s tasty to most and it comes in a variety of flavors. And it will get you drunk, but a lot more slowly and pleasurably than liquor. It’s basically liquid bread with alcohol in it. What’s not to like? It’s also a very old beverage with centuries of tradition and dedication behind it. Some countries have been brewing up the golden, delicious beverage for five hundred years, so it must be good to last that long. And while everyone has their own taste profile, here are the best ranked beers by country according to RateBeer.com. Hoist up your pitchers!
Cheers for beers!
America – Toppling Goliath Mornin’ Delight
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Being an American who drinks beer, I was very surprised that this was the top ranked beer in the States. But there are so many small local breweries getting beer business right now that our votes are spread far and wide. It’s an American double/imperial stout.
It probably also got a great ranking because Millennials love weird beer, and this one has a slight espresso flavor.
Canada – La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Récolte D’Hiver
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That’s a long name. Let’s just call it La Face. Hailing from Hemmingford, this cider was the first to be commercialized in the world. The apples used to make the cider are picked under very particular circumstances like the temperature and time of year.
Mexico – Insurgente La Lupulosa
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Heading south of the American border, drinking beer in Mexico is enjoying a golden moment. It’s far beyond the Mexican-style beers you drink here. The American IPA uses five kinds of hops.
Brazil – Evil Twin Brazil Metro Man Imperial Stout
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Olympians from around the world may have partaken in this cool brew while they were sporting in Brazil. I love the name. One taster said that the beer has “a bitter flavor followed by a redeeming roastyness.” I’d drink it!
Colombia – 3 Cordilleras Mestiza
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Despite the fact that the words “American Pale Ale” is on the bottle, this beer is described with words like “citrus” and “floral.” That’s a good flavor profile for countries with hot climates.
Chile – Szot Strong Ale
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Szot has a variety of beers, but their strong brew, which has an abv of 12%, is the most popular. Szot describes the Strong Ale as, “It’s matured with toasted oak and dry hopped in two 250 liter fermentation tanks.” Sounds like a yummy treat.
Ireland – Galway Bay Two Hundred Fathoms
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I’ll bet you thought it was Guinness! Well, Guinness isn’t far down the list, but small, localized breweries are growing in Ireland as well. Two Hundred Fathoms by Galway Bay Brewery is an imperial stout that is aged in whiskey barrels which gives the beer a whiskey aroma.
Scotland – BrewDog Black Eyed King Imp Vietnamese Coffee Edition
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Brewdog dominates the best loved beer in Scotland, but the Black Eyed King Vietnamese Coffee edition is the most liked. There’s that young-people-loving-coffee thing again! It’s another imperial stout and the strongest canned beer in the world at 12.7%.
England – Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
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This imperial stout sounds like a proper British beer! It really sounds like the name of a charming pub. Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve is said to have among many other flavors, a lovely toasted oak impression. Sounds like sitting by a warm fire, doesn’t it?
France – Le Paradis Révolution au Paradis
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Everything sounds better in French, doesn’t it? Does beer taste better in France? This one does. This amber starts out sweet, then has a bitter finish, which is the opposite of most beers. So it’s innovative!
Germany – Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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This is a big one. Germany is not only known for beer, but their known for their huge beer culture. They’ve got raucous drinking halls, Oktoberfest, and a plethora of very traditional old beers. But the best loved beer in Germany right now is Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. This beer is aged for half a year to give it a velvety smooth texture.
Denmark – Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
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It almost seems like Mikkeller is the only beer that’s drunk in Denmark based on it’s popularity. And I’ll let the brewers explain how it’s made, “This imperial oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civetcats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.” I thought there would never be a beer I wouldn’t drink, but…
Norway – Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout
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If only this were around when the Vikings were still alive! This dark, brooding beer is surprisingly sweet, and it’s recommended to drink with your dessert. How unexpected!
Finland – Plevnan Siperia Imperial Stout
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This brew’s claim to fame is that it’s the most bitter beer brewed in Finland. I don’t know about that, but I’ve had salt and vinegar flavored beer before.
Czech Republic – Matuška Stout
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This brand of beer must be on the table and bar at every place in Prague. One taster described this full-bodied beer as. “Big, creamy, lacing, brownish head. Finishes roasty, a bit bitter, with coffee, wood, cocoa, liquorice, subtle ash.” Wow, that’s specific.
Sweden – Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Börb’nåhallon
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I won’t pretend that I know how to pronounce this imperial stout. But people who drink it say that it is very sweet with an almost bourbon tasting finish to it. It’s also quite bitter with notes of pretty much everything imaginable.
Italy – Baladin Xyauyù Barrel
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I didn’t expect a beer like this for Italy, especially since it’s an English Barleywine. This brash beer has tastes like tobacco, bread and coffee. It’s incredible rich and not for the faint of heart… or stomach.
Greece – Satyr Brews Menace IPA
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The Greeks are known for once believing in a smorgasbord of colorful gods and goddesses and the fairytale creatures that served them. This Grecian beer takes one of those creatures as the mascot of their special beer, but it is brewed in the style of a Californian IPA.
Nigeria – Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
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Even though we think about Ireland when we think Guinness, Guinness beer is the most popular beer in Africa! There are ten Guinness breweries on the continent and none in America, in fact. And the most popular type of Guinness is the Foreign Extra Stout which is Guinness wort that is mixed with local ingredients like sorghum then brewed.
Egypt – Sakara Weizen
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Egypt’s proximity to Europe gives it some more variety when it comes to beer, but they still prefer the European stuff over anything homebrewed. The Sakara Weizen is a German-style beer that is hoppy, but light in color.
South Africa – Devil’s Peak King’s Blockhouse IPA
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South Africa is in a micro-brewery frenzy right now. This beer uses American hops that are more citrus and piney that European hops to give it a fruity taste. And it has a pretty cool name too.
China – Boxing Cat King Louie Imperial Stout
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For such a large country, it’s pretty unanimous that Boxing Cat brews are the best. The most popular of Boxing Cat beers is the King Louie Imperial Stout. People love the additions of coffee and smoke that add character and depth to the brew.
Japan – Shiga Kogen 10th Anniversary IPA
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This one may not be around forever, but what is? The 10th anniversary edition of this IPA is very highly rated for it’s fruity, orangey flavor and bright, cheery color.
Russia – Victory Art Brew Ivan
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Russia is a pretty serious place, and they’ve got some pretty serious beer to match. This beer was first made for Ekaterina The Great’s reign, and it’s very heavy, dark and full of alcohol.
Australia – Boatrocker Ramjet Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
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We know you’re disappointed that Foster’s isn’t the favorite beer in Australia, but they probably got tired of getting asked that and switched! This beer is brewed in whiskey barrels which is always a great way to go. It also has an 11.4% abv.
South Korea – Wild Waves 설레임 Surleim
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If you can make it all the way to South Korea, you deserve a beer. And you’ll probably see a lot of people drinking Wild Waves Surleim. This sour ale/wild ber is very citrusy with just a touch of sourness which lends well to the spicy cuisine.
India – Windmills Craftworks Stout
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I don’t know how many windmills there are in India, that might be the European influence, but this beer is certainly widespread. This particular beer for the more jetset of the country is rich, full-bodied and reportedly delicious.
Vietnam – Louisiane Dark Lager
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Now this peaked my interest. Louisiane beer is quite popular in Vietnam; all of the varieties are highly rated. But they like the dark lager the most. Interestingly, they use New Zealand Willamette to give this beer a rich, dark flavor that’s dry at the end.
Israel – Dancing Camel Doc’s Green Leaf Party
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This beer sounds super fun and has a cute logo. But how does it taste? Because that’s what it’s all about. Well it’s close to an American style IPA, but Israel date honey is added to it for sweetness.
Hong Kong – Moonzen Yama Sichuan Porter
The brewers at Moonzen claim that this beer will set your senses on fire. They’ve put Sichuan peppercorns into the brewing process, and tasters claim that the beer does have the ability to open up their senses.
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