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The 12 Most Popular Beers In The World!

What is the most popular beer globally, and why? Here are some facts about the 12 most recognizable brands of beer that you should know.

April 07, 2022

Beer: everyone loves it. Okay, maybe not everyone, but you can’t deny the staying power of the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world.

This ancient beverage has been with humanity for millennia. Beer has accompanied us through the rise and fall of empires and the regular ups and downs of day-to-day life. In the present era, its popularity holds strong. If you’re curious about the most popular beer in the world, here are some top-selling options with fun facts and drink info like alcohol by volume (ABV) and calorie count.

1. Budweiser

Budweiser, sometimes known as “the king of beers,” has been the number one beer in the world for a long while. It now shares its royal title with Bud Light, even though they’re made by the same company. 

Some interesting facts about this popular brand of beer: It was initially created in 1876 before a ban during the prohibition era stalled it. It suffered a market crunch during World War II. Then in 2008, InBev, a Belgian brewing company, bought Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch. 

Their shared company name, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is usually shortened to AB InBev. Since then, the famous beer brand has succeeded with AB InBev’s guidance. The latest reports put the company’s profits at a 5% rise in 2021.

Budweiser’s malty, delicate taste has stood the test of time and continues to be a favorite American beer around the country and worldwide. This beer has an ABV of 5.0% and a calorie count of 145.

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2. Bud Light

Budweiser’s profits remain steady, especially in the domestic beer market. Launched in 1982 by the Anheuser-Busch company, Bud Light is a lighter version of Budweiser lager with a distinctly American flair. Its beer alcohol content sits at 4.2%, with only 110 calories per can. 

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3. Corona

Although we know the coincidental naming is unfortunate, this popular beer brand shouldn’t be confused with the coronavirus. Instead, Corona is one of several well-known Mexican beer brands, and it’s trendy, too. 

This light golden pilsner has an ABV of 4.5% and a calorie count of 148. It tastes great with a fresh lime wedge, which is extra refreshing while sitting under the hot sun on a patio.

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4. Heineken

Heineken is one of the best-selling beers in the world and has been in production for over a century originating in the Netherlands.

Although its popularity can rise and fall depending on where you are in the world, it has consistently remained in the top spot overall for beer drinkers, Dutch or not. This alcoholic beverage has an ABV of 5.0%, and its calorie count is 148 per bottle. It’s considered a premium lager style of beer.

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5. Coors Light

Coors Light comes from top-selling beer company Molson Coors (formerly MillerCoors, before its acquisition). This brew is a worldwide favorite and one of the most popular beers in America. Colorado, Georgia, Virginia, and Wisconsin have production facilities, so you can find Coors Light stocking shelves all over the United States. 

You’ll recognize its bright silver packaging, pale golden color, and casual drinking qualities. Classified as a lighter beer, its ABV is 4.2%, and its calorie count is 102.

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6. Tsingtao

Tsingtao is a Chinese beer brand that takes up a whopping 22.9% of the beer market in China. Because of China’s population size, the strength of its domestic sales immediately ranks it as one of the top-selling alcohol brands worldwide.

The history of this best-selling beer brand is complex. It’s closely tied to Germany’s short-lived occupation of Qingdao, which is this pale lager’s home city. These days, the beer is sold in multiple countries, and it’s noted for its unique green bottle and fruity aroma. The ABV is 4.5%, and the calorie count is 157.

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7. Modelo

Looking for another type of beer from Mexico? Well, you’re in luck.

Modelo hails from south of the border, giving Corona a bit of competition. It has a light, malty taste and works well with a fresh lime wedge. If you pour it into a glass, its golden hue will sparkle in the sunlight. Each bottle has an ABV of 4.4% and a calorie count of 143.

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8. Keystone Light

Keystone Light is another famous beer brand produced by mega-brewers Molson Coors. Its sales are strong in both the worldwide and the American domestic market, raking in net profits that increased by 6.5% in 2021.

This beer is produced in Colorado, noted for its mild, hoppy flavor and bright blue packaging. It's an easy-drinking beer at 4.1% ABV and 104 calories per can. 

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9. Miller Lite

Miller Lite is an American pilsner first introduced to the domestic beer market in 1975 before it went global. With a reputation as one of the first light beers, it has just 96 calories per can and 4.2% ABV. It’s the perfect beer to take on a fishing trip or sit down with and relax after a long day. 

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10. Guinness

Guinness is a beer brand that most of us know by name, either through direct experience or media exposure. It’s an iconic Irish stout with a velvety texture, a dark brown color, and a malty, toasted, coffee-like taste. Guinness was first introduced to the market in 1759 in Ireland, and it continues to draw in profits.

This beer has an ABV of 4.2% and a calorie count of 125 per can.

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11. Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Blue Ribbon is not always a beer you’d expect to see on the “world’s most popular” list. After all, its strength tends to rely on the domestic market. However, this light, malty lager makes sizeable headway in the international field as an example of American brewing techniques. It’s available in several countries. The ABV sits at 4.6%, while its calorie count is 144 per can. 

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12. Sapporo 

We have to include Sapporo Premium, a Japanese lager with over a century of history, a reputation for excellence, and some of the most engaging commercials we’ve ever seen.

This drink is bright gold in color with a crisp, slightly bitter taste. Its 4.9% ABV is higher than other lagers, and its calorie count is 140 per serving.

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