Top 10 Countries that Make the Best Beer

The Top Ten
1 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Northwestern Europe. The country is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million, making it the 22nd most densely populated country in the... read more

If you're looking for the best dark beer in the world, it's Belgium, the best pilsner, it's Poland/Czech Republic, but the best variety is Germany as a whole. Bavaria has the second best dark beer next to Belgium, and northern Germany has the second best pilsner next to Poland/Czech Republic. I personally enjoy the dark beer more than pilsner, probably because I live in Berlin and I am spoiled with awesome pilsner. Therefore, I conclude, due to bias, that Belgium has the best beer in the world.

Being Belgian, I might be a little bit biased but in my opinion Belgium, by far, produces the best beer in the world. Just to provide you all with some perspective. Belgium is about a 1/3 of the size of the U.S. State of Georgia yet it produces over 800 different varieties of beer. Each village and city in this small country proudly products it's own beer and there is even something a rivalry between different cities over who makes the best. I mean, come on people. Has anyone tried a Trappist! You have not had a beer until you have enjoyed one of these. Get it together. Germany might be a close second but Belgium is without a doubt the number one producer of Beer. They are delicious, and strong their. I'ma go drink my Stella now.

2 Germany 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.

Some territory was lost after World War 1 and a lot more after World War 2, basically started by Hitler's Nazi dictatorship. Then the Soviets kept their zone... read more

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.

Maybe they have the best Germany, maybe in Belgium, it's a close call. If you search you will find a great variety of styles as well contrary to some statements. Smoke beer, bock, eis, dark to name a few.
Admittedly they can be hard to find even in bigger cities.
Around 1500 breweries while Belgium has around 120. Not really a fair comparision though if one takes the size of the countries in account.
The US is a clear number three. Don't get me wrong, pale ale is a great style and some of the American beers ARE smooth and tasty, but in a lot of cases the claimed innovation of a new style is just overhopping an older style. No thanks, that became boring some time ago.

3 Czech Republic The Czech Republic, also called Czechia is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Historically known as Bohemia, it is bordered by Austria to the south, Germany to the west, Poland to the northeast, and Slovakia to the southeast. The Czech Republic has a hilly landscape that covers an area of 78,871 square kilometers (30,452 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental and oceanic climate. The capital... read more

I am from Czech Republic and trust me. Everybody who visit our country and taste the beer just always gonna say that was the best one. Joke is than this page have here Germany and Belgium as second country.. What is joke. Did you ever saw Belgium beer? Taste like pee and Germany one taste like gas. Just visit us, taste and you will see.

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

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

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

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

Frankly the whiskey is better but...

5 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

England can trace its history as far back as the 10th century, but modern England didn't start till the Norman Invasion of 1066. In 1535, England annexed Wales and in 1603 shared a Monarch with Scotland, which eventually led to the Unification of the two... read more

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.

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.

England one of the founding countries of Ale. Ale the best beer in the world. The range of flavours available with ale is limitless compared to lager.. Cask conditioned ale the true and best form of experiencing ale. Sad if Cask conditioned ale travelled better, everyone would know of the magical experience drinking this fresh amazing beer is. I have lived in Prague for 10 years, nej lepsi lager I am certain, but when it comes to British cask conditioned ales, its cerainly the best in the world.

6 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 675,000 km2 (251,000 mi2) and has a total population of 67 million (data from 2017).

Due to its numerous Overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the largest EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) in the world, covering 11,691,000 km2 (4,514,000 mi2) just before the EEZ of the United States as the second largest (11,351,000 km2 / 4,382,000 mi2).

It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban centres include Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier. more.

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.

7 United States The 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 from the British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with... read more

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.

If you truly do your homework the US is the answer. Brewing has come along way in the past 10 to 20 years and US artisan/craft brewers are making amazing beers. There are great beers coming from Europe as well but not much exciting from Germany. Great Lambics and sours from Belgium and some great stouts from Denmark, Netherlands, etc.. but the US has all of the styles covered. Great sours, funky brett beers, imperial stouts, BA imperial stouts, barleywines, old ales, and great hoppy IPA's and pale ales. Not really that close and I try to sample every high end beer I can.

8 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Prince... read more

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 live in germany, and to be honest. German beer is all quite similar and bland. Refreshing of course, but bland.

In Canada the variety is only rivaled by that in the United States. When you visit a pub you don't have 5 different beers to chose from. You have upwards of 50! And it's not 50 Kolsch, or 50 pils, it's 15-25 breweries with every style imaginable.

Every brewery also makes 5-6 styles of beer that are NOT SIMILAR.

In Germany most brewers make one type. Most bars will server 1 type of pils, 1 weiss, and 1 something else. It's scant choosings in europe.

9 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coast-line to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United... read more

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!

We all know Heineken is a plain horrible beer with a great marketing machine. In La Trappe however, the Netherlands do have my favourite trappist. Alsof, smaller breweries like Het IJ, Jopen and De Molen are (internationally) growing at a rapid pace for a reason.

Well known for its beers! Best beer in the world.

10 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.
The Contenders
11 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). more.

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.

12 Austria Austria 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 in German, and referred to Vienna, showing its influence well before the Austrian Empire. After the... read more

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.

Austria makes better beer than the USA. Bud Light literally tastes like mineral water compared to an Ottakringer from Vienna or a Baumgartner Märzen.

Austria has so many breweries. Literally every town has one. I personally love to drink a radler, which is a beer mixed with the Austrian soft drink Almdudler. It's probably one of the best things if you plan on driving home later because you won't get too drunk since the beer is so good.

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!

13 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

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.

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?

Mexican beer is outstanding...many German and Austrian immigrants brought there great beer drinking recipes to Mexico.

14 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and... read more

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!

15 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, lying southwest of Sweden, south of Norway, and north of Germany. more.

"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.

16 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area of approximately 9.6 million square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the world's third or fourth largest country. The country consists of 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipalities, and two Special Administrative Regions (Hong Kong and Macau). The national capital is Beijing, and the most populous city and financial center is Shanghai. Chinese (Mandarin) is the only official language and major languages. Cantonese is a common dialect used in Hong Kong and Macau (but the people there don't think it is a dialect). Ancient China invented paper, silk, gunpowder, and many things we rely on today.

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!

17 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent,... read more

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

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.

"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.

18 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is situated 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

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

19 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union... read more

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!

If you will try polish beer brewed by PINTA, Kormoran, Artezan, Cornelius, etc..., then you will know why you should vote for Poland and no other country...

20 Thailand Thailand, historically known as Siam and officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia, located at the centre of Mainland Southeast Asia, spanning 513,120 square kilometres (198,120 sq mi), with a population of almost 70 million. The country is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the extremity of Myanmar. Thailand also shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the southeast, and Indonesia and India to the southwest. Thailand has experienced multiple coups and military dictatorships. Since 2019, it has been nominally a parliamentary constitutional monarchy; in practice, however, structural advantages in the constitution have ensured the military's hold on power. Bangkok is the nation's capital and largest city.

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

21 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 square kilometres (130,678 sq mi) with a population of 5.5 million. Helsinki is the capital and largest city, forming a larger metropolitan area with the neighbouring cities of Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa. The vast majority of the population are ethnic Finns; Finnish, alongside Swedish, are the official languages. Finland's climate varies from humid continental in the south to the boreal more.

Finland is the best

22 Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth-largest city in the... read more

We like also their white wine 1000 times better than Italian wine.

So we drunk a lot of beer how do You know? Did You see one of us?

Because they are drinking a lot of beer...

23 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho.

Forget castle and the whole SAB! There are brilliant craft beers such as Mitchell's!

Craft beer in South Africa has gotten HUGE, with incredible beers making it's way into the market

Best and cheapest beer in the world without a doubt. wine is great too

24 Bulgaria Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, was established in 681 ad. and since then it never changed it's name, which makes it one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located in the Balkan Peninsula between Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and Black Sea. The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia, found long before founding of Bulgaria, it has a lot of historical places to visit. Major Cities of Bulgaria are: Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas, Pleven, Stara Zagora, Veliko Turnovo, Ruse. Every one of those cities has it's own unique history and culture. Official language is Bulgarian, but elders can speak Russian and younger population can speak English. Bulgaria is known by creating Cyrillic Script and share it with rest of the world, the oldest gold treasure in the world was found in Bulgaria (in 294 graves were found 3000 gold objects dating back more than 6000 years), Bulgarians shake their heads to mean yes and nod for no, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, the bacterium that is responsible for giving more.

Beers for everyone. Ariana is 2% alcohol and is perfect for beginners.

Yes Bulgarian beer is great!

25 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. Oslo is the capital of Norway. Norwegian is the official language of Norway.

Norway makes delicious mouthwatering beer.

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