Countries that Make the Best Beer

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1Belgium

Belgium and Germany are the only 2 countries that can claim to best beer country. They both have a very long and rich tradition of making beer and are the most innovative ones. If you count the top ranked beers of those countries together, they leave the rest of the world FAR behind.
Their might be an exception for the pilses. But you can't compare that type with others.

The best beer doesn't mean the best selling beer. Heineken is a good example: sells great, but tastes like piss.

Actually, there are well over 1000 different beers in Belgium; combine this with about 20 different types of beer and a history of brewing that easily dates back to the middle ages, you've got yourself a beer capital of the world.

Excuse me? Germany and Canada are better beer brewers than Belgium? B*tch please, there is a Belgian Beer Bible on my book shelf: 1568 pages, only containing Belgian beers and their information. And that's only for the officially known beers in Belgium...

Along with the Czech Republic it's one of the two best beer countries in Europe. And, no limitations like in Germany.

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2Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

Highest density of breweries in the world, high quality. How can you even think of America as beernation? Most produced beer there is more like water than anything else (except the pacific coast they have some nice microbreweries) and where is the czech republic?

Hmm I'm pretty sure that Belgium has higher density of breweries, Belgium has over 1000 individual brands, that's more than Germany even though Belgium is way smaller

These people make beer that tastes like beer. Who wants steak that tastes like everything else besides steak? Don't get me wrong Belgium beer is a close second & the U.S. makes all kinds of beer with 101000of different micro breweries.

Yes, centuries of the Reinheitsgebot (purity law limiting ingredients in German beer to the bare minimum of malted barley, hops, water and eventually yeast) means you won't find the same unapproachable variety of beers in Germany that you will in today's microbrewery heavy US beer market. But breweries here have been making excellent beers for hundreds of years longer than the US has even existed, and getting a good beer here doesn't mean spending a lot of money. "Low-end" German beers are better than mid- to high-end American beers. Half a liter for 79 euro cents, and you can get money back for returning crates and bottles? Not to mention great beers on tap in many restaurants and the infamous 1 Liter "Maß". There's no better place to drink beer than Germany.

Best beer every, great selection of them too

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3United StatesThe United States of America, or the U.S.A for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states. 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence in 1776 with ...read more.

Thanks to the craft brewing boom the USA is turning out some of the best beers in the world in a huge variety of styles. The Belgian styles are the only thing I have not seen perfected but when it comes to everything else you will be hard pressed to find something to match the quality of the best brews in the US.

With a nod to Belgium, the variety of excellent (craft) beer sets the U.S. apart from the rest of the world. You simply can't find more great breweries brewing all kinds of beer any place in the world.

American creativity in the last 25 years has moved it from really bad, to really awesome. The other highly ranked countries do truly have some great beer, BUT the US has excellent German beer, excellent English ales, and excellent Belgium beers, plus countless unique beers you just aren't finding elsewhere.

The BEST beer I've ever tasted

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4CanadaCanada is a country in North America that is next to the United States. Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world.

Since the beginning of the craft beer boom, Canada and the United States are the easy 1-2 for anyone who actually knows anything. The "Three Sisters" of the Pacific Northwest - Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver are the epicenter of beer innovation in today's world, while some fantastic things are also coming out of places like Quebec and New York, Ontario and Chicago.

No question, a beer on the dock during summer does not get any better or more Canadian than this. Excellent craft beers but unlike USA or other countries, the cheap beers here are still really good. Blue, JR, Carling, all good cheap Canadian beers.

I don't really drink but, as a proud Canadian, I cannot stand to see the States rise above us in this competition. If you've seen the movie 'Canadian Bacon' you've seen what Canadians will do if you insult their beer. - BKAllmighty

Canada has the best beer ya Canada

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5IrelandFormed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Frankly the whiskey is better but...

Guiness Extra Stout is the best beer, er, ale, actually, in the world! - Dave0the0Suave

Have you ever heard of Smittig Beer? I was told that my ancestors developed that beer.

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6Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

I am from Czech Republic, and we truly do have the BEST beer. Most people do think that Germany has the 'best' beer. Hah! What a joke. It is honestly nothing compared to our Czech's beer. Most people do think that Germany has the best beer only because they never had Czech beer.
For example Pilsner Urquel, Gambrinus, Staropramen, Kozel. All these are good.
Stop believing that Germany has the best beer until you try the Czech one. It is insult for Czech Republic.

Czech Republic (Bohemia) is the best. Hops grown there are the best, the climate is ideal for

Growing outstanding hops. Pilsner beer was created there. Taste it and you will see for yourself.

Czech pils are the best beers in the world. Smooth and effervescent they can be enjoyed during any season. Add a bit of lemon aide on a warm day and you have a tasty Radler. Belgian beers are a failed attempt at imitating wine that began during the period in which wines were banned from the country. Crisp, clean, simple, elegant pils are the standard of quality.

Also commented the same in German vote... I'm English. I love German beer and Czech beer. Those 2 stand above all else. Sure other countries can lay claim to decent beer, but these 2 countries are the powerhouses of beer brilliance.

I think most beer on tap is pish. Don't get me wrong, on a hot day, with friends in an idyllic pub by the river, if all they had was fosters, I'd drink it and have a great day. But if ever there is a choice German and Czech are it.

When I met my missus, she only drank champagne. If you tried passing her prosecco she knew. But, she never drank beer. Now she is happy to drink staropramen, budweiser (the budvar one, not USA dogs wee one) and various pilsners. She won't touch fosters or carling even if there was nothing else. Then it's herbal tea or water lol.

Belgium would rank higher for me but Stella let's the side down

Czech invented the most popular kind of beer in the world. Hands down czech beer is the most exceptional. Otherwise we wouldn't have 2/3 of the beer existing today that the top countries on this list produce.

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7ScotlandScotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

I am Scottish and live in scotland and the beer you get from fyfe is apparently amazing I personally have never had it but I am under 18 so fat chancw

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8EnglandEngland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west.

England for it's vast selection of Ales. Beers that actually TASTE of something not fizzy piss that is 90% of commercial lager. Its obvious what people have really voted for on this list (just see the list of best beer brands - it's a joke). The only two countries that can hold their own against the beers of England (or Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for that matter) are Germany and Belgium.

Are you having a laugh if English beer is so great how come you hardly ever see it anywhere outside England, and its not that you want to keep it all for yourselves

What the? Fizzy, chemical, mass produced lager brewing nations higher on this list than England. Really. Unfortunately most counties in the world do not have the right facilities to cellar store real ale at the correct temperature and to pull it through to create the ideal body for proper ale. No disrespect to other countries on this list, but you simply can't recreate a real pulled pint of real ale from a bottle. You need to experience it in a British pub.

As others have said, Britain as a whole must be in the top 3 - along with Belgium and Germany. The fact that other fine ale-brewing nations aren't high on this list (France, Sweden and Norway for instance) shows that this league table reflects a lack of knowledge about beer more than anything else.

It seems there are a lot of people who do not understand what good beer is.

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9FranceFrance (French: [fʁɑ̃s]), officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. ...read more.

I am about to die when I eat French food it is so good

France is not known for its beer, better for its wine. But there, they are also drinking lots of beer and have lots of small breweries, really nice.
The problem it's the price of beers in the bars and pubs.

France it's more than 400 official breweries.
For instance the famous Kronenbourg producing beer from 1664.

10Netherlands

There is more than Heineken in the Netherlands

Try the Heineken Oud Bruin (old brown) or herfst & winter bok (autumn & winter bock). The cherry beers are also quite nice, although I believe not many of the mentioned beers are being exported. You should really come to Holland and try all the different delicious beer flavors! - naughtygizzi

Heineken tastes like piss, Belgian beer is so much better!

Yes I love bock beers!

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11WalesWales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.
12ChinaChina, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.381 billion.

China have very good beer. We copy america, Belgium, Germany and others. We steal secret recipe and make knock off. China knock off better, higher quality than cheap American pee water. Our beer number one in world, super fun time yummy beer!

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13Mexico

Why is Mexico ranked lower than Canada, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria? Mexico should always be ranked in the top 5 for sure. Who has heard of Italian, Greek or Bulgarian beer?

Love this countries verity, look out for Cerveza Indio it is an up and coming star that has been around for a while but is starting to go mainstream with it's amazing taste, especially for a dark beer.

You can't go wrong with an ice cold Mexican beer, especially the XX

Best in the world

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14ThailandThailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Singha & Chang beer brands are known to me when I traveled to Thailand.

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15AustriaAustria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often ...read more.

Can't believe that Austria is only twelve on the list, the beer in Austria is second to none especially the wheat beer

In my opinion Austria should be top 5 at least. In Austria you can drink thousands of different beer from thousand different brewerys and every beer tastes unique!

Never forget Germanys little friend with really good ingredients.

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16GreeceGreece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

They start producing really good beers in Greece and during the summer they serve it in an enjoyable way.. Frozen glass, it's amazing! Every time I visit the country I can't wait to drink a cold beer in a frozen glass. fix and alfa are my favorites.

Mythos Kicks ass. If you haven't tasted it you don't know what you're missing. Dare to DISCOVER! Take a trip to Greece and discover the beauty of its beaches, lifestyle, beers...Live a little!

Nissos is amazing! Produced in a microbrewery at Tinos, one of the most beautiful island of Cyclades is a really good tasty pilsner!

17AustraliaAustralia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands.

Australia has best climate for drinking cold beer. - ssmith88

"A hard earned thirst needs a big cold beer and the best cold beer is Vic"
VB - the most popular beer in the country that loves beer the most. - see8red

Try the tasmanian beers. The water is extremely pure down that way hence the beers are so good.
The Moo Brew Pale Ale is sensational.

Also, Feral Hop Hog IPA from Western Australia is probably Australia's best IPA.

Beer is very good

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18DenmarkDenmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

"Fur" is not only the best special beer in Denmark, but also among the best in the world.

In Denmark we have two major beer production companies, Tuborg and Carlsberg both of wich are great and world renowned, we should be higher on the list.

So I guess people voting here don't enjoy Heineken or Carlsberg.

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19New Zealand

Steinlager anyone? We also have the best craft beer scene in the world.

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20Japan

With Japan being one of Germany's Allies, it received a lot of influence and help throughout the 20th century in creating palatable and crisp beers without sacrificing flavor. I put them above Italy on your list. Even after living in Siena and Florence I still think their beer is overrated.

Not trendy to like it but reliable and perfectly composed. - Kotomitsuki

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