Countries that Make the Best Beer
The Top Ten
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.
Belgians are just masters at their craft, almost each city has their own beer with so much differentiation between all of them. And don't get me started on the taste. This is the only place in the world were you step in a bar drink 3 beers (if you're belgian +/- 6) and come out drunk.
I rest my case!
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...
With thousands of different beers, Germany doesn't just have variety but also the best taste.
To be honest I really don't understand why so many people know germany as the country of beer. I mean don't get me wrong your beer is insanely good but still. If you' ve been to Belgium and tried the beer over there, they are in my opinion just better in general. And by "the beer of belgium" I don't mean the popular piss everyone drinks at parties, I'm talking about the local beer. If you have been to both countries and tried the beer there, I would like to know why you think germany has better beer than Belgium. I just see Belgium as a goldmine of beer because I live here but I ve been a lot to Germany and never thought I was drinking better been then I've had before.
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.
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
Yes I am to from Czech Rupublic and yes no question about it, Czech is the number beer! Because we have the best quality hops. My favorite is Radegast! And nobody will ever outdo czechs in beer or out drink it!
Frankly the whiskey is better but...
Irish Pride! Super good
Ireland all the way for beer
Best beer and best pubs to drink it!
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.
I am about to die when I eat French food it is so good
France it's more than 400 official breweries.
For instance the famous Kronenbourg producing beer from 1664.
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
I think if the question is which countries have contributed the most to the variety of different beer styles in the world, then England, Germany and Belgium lead this. Certainly the rise of micro brewing in the US and Canada has provided innovation and a new boost to beer quality and variety - but much of this has been based heavily on styles that originated in those three countries and particularly English Pale Ale and IPA styles.
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.
I have tried beers when I was abroad in other countries in Europe. I've tried German beer, Czech beer, Dutch Beer and Belgian beer and it is all pretty good but it all taste the same. Honestly you can get a similar taste and better in the U.S. and the reason is because we have so much more selection. Brewing has become an artistry here. Some of the craft beers blow these European ones out of the water with taste, smoothness and flavor and contrary to what anyone thinks about this particular beer, I have yet to taste something as good and refreshing as a Blue Moon in Europe.
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.
Craft Beer is amazing. Even those who historically disliked beer are now finding something to their taste.
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.
There is more than Heineken in the Netherlands
The Dutch beer is much better than American, Canadian and German beer, its much stronger and tastes better, Belgium beer is pretty good as well
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!
Well known for its beers! Best beer in the world.
I am from Scotland and we do not have the best beer - some nice ale I suppose. Whisky on the other hand we are number 1!
Try Brewdog, such a good beer
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
Top 5 at least
Innes and gunn
Isle of seil
The list is endless.
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.
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.
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.
It's nonsense to have the U.S ahead of Canada in this list. Yes there are some very good U.S craft beers but there are also many many hectoliters of crap that come out of the U.S. Sure Canada has it's share of lame ones too but with robust, quality offerings from Quebec, because, Ontario and exactly every other region in the country, it is a no brainer between these two neighbours.
Quebec in particular is one of the most (sadly) underrated beer regions in the world. My personal favorite Unibroue produces some of the finest beers you will find and their presence alone should be enough to tip the scales.
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.
Disgusting food and drinks, that's all.
Kiran ichiban beer is really good! Sapporo is good too!
Can't believe that Austria is only twelve on the list, the beer in Austria is second to none especially the wheat beer
Austrian beer is sadly always overlooked, I'm guessing because it's such a tiny country. But let me tell you, for its size it has an amazing selection of beer.
I've been to many countries and there are quite a few good beers but I always love me some Austrian beer.
We have some of the best beers, why are we tenth place?
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.
Mexican beer is outstanding...many German and Austrian immigrants brought there great beer drinking recipes to Mexico.
Mexico is ranked low, because usa are racist and hate mexico, how come canada, peru, czech republic are above
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!
They get beer from olives!
Nissos is amazing! Produced in a microbrewery at Tinos, one of the most beautiful island of Cyclades is a really good tasty pilsner!
"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.
You have to taste Mikkeler
So I guess people voting here don't enjoy Heineken or Carlsberg.
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!
Chin chaw li nin uno jen aao
Qingdao makes the best beer!
This is ridiculous, Australia has the best craft beer in the world! Although, I understand these aren't exported internationally and Fosters is rubbish. So maybe it can be forgiven. Come here and try some beer and then you'll understand
Australia has best climate for drinking cold beer.
What have none of you heard of West End, easily the best tasting beer in the world from the best beer making nation
Every hour in AUS is beer hour
Steinlager anyone? We also have the best craft beer scene in the world.
Steinlager pure that's all I have to say
Steinlager, tui, speights, db... we should be in the top 5.
Singha & Chang beer brands are known to me when I traveled to Thailand.
We have Singha, Chang and Leo
If you haven't tried polish beer, then you have no idea what good beer is like. HAHA
In my opinion Poland should be at the top, Polish beers are both tasty and strong. I can't believe Belgium is so high on the list. Stella Artois tastes like a really bad fizzy water and you can't even get drunk of it.
Poland is the third largest beer producer in Europe who produces more than 1,000 different beers. Variety and choice are so massive that everyone can find their favourite one!
Poland has the best beer ever, its strong, its nice and you know what you pay for, it should be the number 1
Finland is the best
The wine is much better but some romanian beers also deserve some praise
Because they are drinking a lot of beer...
So we drunk a lot of beer how do You know? Did You see one of us?
We like also their white wine 1000 times better than Italian wine.
Yes Bulgarian beer is great!
Amazing beer wow its great
Beers for everyone. Ariana is 2% alcohol and is perfect for beginners.
The Best beer!
Best and cheapest beer in the world without a doubt. wine is great too
Craft beer in South Africa has gotten HUGE, with incredible beers making it's way into the market
Forget castle and the whole SAB! There are brilliant craft beers such as Mitchell's!
South African beer is the best with brands like Castle Lager
Windhoek the best beer I ve ever taste
I feel we have some pretty amazing beers, Tafel lite, Tafel lager, Windhoek draught, Windhoek lager, Camelthorn etc. People should just give it chance. They will love it!