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Top 10 Global Beers

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Written by Jordan Ruimy Let’s say a toast to these fine brews. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 beers. For this list, we’ve scoured the globe and have narrowed it down to one beer per country that we thought tasted best, sold best and has had longevity. We’ve excluded microbrews and craft beers because we’ve gotta draw the line somewhere. Now grab your biggest stein and settle in for a drink. Special thanks to our users jkellis, Jasper Mampaey, zendaddy621, abeltio, Simon Meeding, Dalton Burchett, Aaron Preston, Chance Justice and Philip Folta for submitting the idea through our Suggest Tool at http:www.WatchMojo.comSuggest

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Written by Jordan Ruimy

Top 10 Beers

Let’s say a toast to these fine ales. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 beers.

For this list, we’ve scoured the globe and have narrowed it down to one beer per country that we thought tasted best, sold best and has had longevity. We’ve excluded microbrews and craft beers because we’ve gotta draw the line somewhere. Now grab your biggest stein and settle in for a drink.

#10: Dos Equis (1897)

Corona may be the favorite of Americans looking to grab a Mexican brew, but our pick goes to Dos Equis. First brewed in Mexico in 1897 by German expat Wilhelm Hasse, this versatile blend finally found its way to U.S. beer drinkers in 1973. The brand is known mainly for its Special Lager, which is a light golden beer that goes with just about any meal. Sometimes sweet, sometimes malty, it’s the thirst quenching drink of choice of the Most Interesting Man in the World – you can’t go wrong!

#9: Samuel Adams (1984)
United States

Though this recipe was first invented in the late-nineteenth century, it didn’t hit mainstream U.S. markets for nearly a century – and it’s a good thing it did, because at the time, there were basically no other craft beers brewed at home. The full-bodied Sam Adams Boston Lager – named for a Boston Tea Party figure and apparent brewer – was first brewed by Jim Koch in 1984, spurring a revolution in the American beer industry. With a complex taste that’s as balanced as it is bold, it’s arguably the best mass-market lager in America.

#8: Sapporo (1876)

Though Asahi Draft is another popular Japanese brew, we’re going with the country’s oldest beer. Named for a large Japanese city, Sapporo was first made in 1876 by German-trained brewer Seibei Nakagawa using mainly locally sourced ingredients. With a mild flavor reminiscent of bread and grain, some say the American-made counterpart of this Japanese invention is not huge on taste, but the clear yellow-hued brew is refreshing on a hot day. And, this Japanese Rice Lager is sure to pair well with your next sushi meal!

#7: Beck’s (1873)

The best-selling and one of the best-known beers out of Deutschland, this clear yellow lager can trace its origins back to 1873, when it was brewed following the Reinheitsgebot (rine-height-sge-boat), or German Purity Law. That means it was made with only a select few ingredients, and even today the company largely adherers to these rules – though yeast has been added to the process. Fairly carbonated and pleasantly crisp, Beck’s has a faintly fruity flavor that’ll have you ordering a second pint in no time.

#6: Carlsberg (1904)

This pilsner beer is the jewel in this Danish brand’s crown. First brewed in 1904 after the company was founded almost 60 years previously, Carlsberg was developed by the son of company founder JC Jacobsen, Carl. With a perfect blend of bitter and sweet, this beer features notes of apple and honey. A big part of Danish culture, its logo is even world-famous, as designed by Danish architect Thorvald Bindesbøll. With its light color and light body, this beer helped make Carlsberg a prominent Danish brand on the world stage.

#5: Stella Artois (1926)

Brewed for the first time in Leuven, Belgium in 1926 as a seasonal Christmas brew, Stella is one of the best-selling beers anywhere. And, coming from a country known for its amazing beer making, this is the one that stands out as it’s known around the world. Whether on tap or from the bottle, this clear and sweet lager is said to be made using superior techniques. Coming from a brewery that may have existed as far back as 1366, this is one beer that knows what it does and does it well.

#4: Pilsner Urquell (1842)
Czech Republic

Famous as the world’s first pilsner, this is the benchmark by which all others are measured. And, while many have tried to copy the original, none has come close to this perfect blend whose recipe originated in 1842. Coming to us from the Czech Republic, this brew was distinguished by its clarity and golden hue, as well as its consistent quality. Though heavier and hoppier than other beers of this style, Pilsner Urquell changed the beer world forever by originating the golden lager.

#3: Newcastle Brown Ale (1927)
United Kingdom

Making its debut in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1927, this brown ale is considered the beer of the working man in its native UK. And, though it had some competition from Double Diamond, we’ve stuck with Newcastle. Concocted by Colonel Jim Porter after three years of experimentation, this is a light beer with sweet smells of caramel that are balanced by average bitterness. Whether you’re finishing a long day of work or you see it as a more trendy drink, this brew is a pour you won’t forget.

#2: Heineken Lager Beer (1873)

Immensely popular all over the world, this pale Dutch pilsner was an show stopper almost from day one, taking home various awards the company still boasts on its labels. By using purified water in addition to other quality ingredients such as the specially developed Heineken A-yeast, Heineken is able to produce consummate clarity. With relatively high carbonation and a clear yellow color, it’s also one of the most popular beers in Europe – with amateurs and aficionados alike.

Before we pop the top on our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Tsingtao (1903)
- Paulaner (1634)
- Kronenbourg (1664)
- Super Bock (1927)
- Chang (1995)

#1: Guinness (1759)

Ireland is home to Kilkenny and Harp, but nothing beats the famous Irish dry stout, Guinness. Its distinctive flavor is marked by an almost burnt taste, which comes from roasted unmalted barley. Nearly black in color and thick in consistency, Guinness is able to offer drinkers a creamy white head by way of nitrogen which blends with the beer as it’s poured. A classic brew and one of the most famous beer brands on the planet, this stout just cannot be topped. The luck o’ the Irish strikes again.

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