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Best Selling Beers in the U.S. Quiz

How many of the best-selling beers in the United States can you name?
  • For 2016. According to beerinsights.com
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - May 19, 2018
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Barrels
Brand
35,250,000
17,125,000
14,375,000
13,420,000
9,000,000
6,600,000
6,450,000
Barrels
Brand
6,350,000
6,135,000
4,775,000
3,985,000
3,575,000
3,320,000
2,650,000
Barrels
Brand
2,525,000
2,500,000
2,425,000
2,200,000
2,125,000
1,975,000
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+4
level 34
Jun 4, 2012
I love that Natty Ice is on this list. Tells you how much underage drinking goes on.
+1
level 73
Jun 23, 2013
Why? Never heard of that beer before. Is it marketed to the under 21 crowd?
+2
level 53
Jul 26, 2013
not necessarily, its just really cheap
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level 73
Nov 19, 2014
and what's the explanation for Bud Light Lime Stra-ber-ita making the list?
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level 52
Nov 19, 2014
It's also stronger than most other crappy American beers and I believe it only comes in tall boys (16 oz cans). We used to shotgun 3 of them in a row and we'd be good to go!! (Btw, I'm not saying this beer is good, its crap but it was very affordable on a high school budget.)
+1
level 58
Nov 19, 2014
Bud Light Lime Stra-ber-ita is marketed towards the hispanic population. The same goes for the lime and clamato variants.
+3
level 60
Nov 19, 2014
Tall boys, they're called small cans in Ireland.
+1
level 57
Apr 4, 2015
Natty Ice definitely comes in 12 oz cans.
+1
level 66
Sep 17, 2014
When I was a pup, it was High Life that was the cheapest 30pack.
+1
level 73
Jul 25, 2016
I don't drink, but when I was in high school in the 1960s Falstaff and Schlitz were the cheap brands. Michelob and Miller were for the older, more sophisticated crowd, and everybody liked Budweiser. By the time I was in college people were bootlegging Coors in from the western states, the only area where it was sold at that time. Scarcity made it popular and expensive.
+1
level 49
Jun 4, 2012
Number 1 is a light beer! I just lost my faith to humanity.
+1
level 70
Sep 29, 2016
Yep. There might be 3 beers on this list that are actually any good. The rest are beer-flavored water.
+1
level 54
May 28, 2018
Beer flavored water...you described them perfectly^^
+7
level 48
Jun 11, 2018
Why? It goes down easy and it's cheap to buy. It's not like the most popular wine is some complex burgundy from 40 years ago out of a historic vineyard that top connoisseurs rave about at exclusive tasting events. I like beer. I like all kinds of beer. A Bud Light has its place... as does a Belgian lambic or an Irish Stout or a local craft brew IPA. You can be a beer snob but life is better when you're cup runneth over and you can enjoy it without derision.
+1
level 47
Jun 5, 2012
gah! only put Pabst and stopped there. man!
+2
level 28
Jun 5, 2012
America I weep for your tastebuds.
+6
level 55
May 25, 2016
Don't. We've got thousands of smaller breweries that make lots of great stuff. You'd have to look hard to find a place that only sells the national brands.
+3
level 48
Jun 11, 2018
It's easy to rip on the US for its beer but it's also lazy and wrong. Like our wine, we produce some incredible beer that can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with the world's purported best. We have passionate craft beer makers who are not only thoroughly knowledgeable in old world style brewing but who are also free to experiment and push the envelope. You're missing out.
+1
level 15
Jun 5, 2012
sad to see that carlsberg doesnt come up and there are so many lights on here!! The UK would have completely different top 10..
+1
level 42
Sep 19, 2015
I wrote Carlsberg, carling, Strongbow, Fosters lol Too much time in the UK :)
+1
level 32
Jun 6, 2012
WoozyB, Bud light is the best selling beer in Ireland and in many other countries. Also craft beer sales have been steadily increasing for the past decade now where as macrobeer sales are flat or decreasing. In fact, the US is the best place now for a better variety of craft beer than anywhere else in the world right now, even rivaling Belgium. www.craftbeer.com
+1
level 28
Nov 23, 2013
gtbeam3r, Regular Budweiser is very popular, but Bud Light is definitely NOT the best selling beer in Ireland.
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level 43
Nov 19, 2014
Balls. I've never even seen Bud Lite in Ireland.
+2
level 65
Nov 21, 2014
Right. Is the US also the best place for a good Bordeaux or a delicious sake?
+1
level 65
Jul 25, 2016
Also, according to this page ( http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/08-08/best-selling-beers-around-the-world.html ), the best-selling beer in Ireland is, unsurprisingly, Guinness, and the best-selling lager is Harp. Where do you get your claim from?
+1
level 66
Jul 25, 2016
Yeah another calling BS on Bud Light being the best selling beer in Ireland. I've never seen it for sale in any pub.
+1
level 49
Aug 4, 2018
Craft beers are a growing segment of the market, but they are still only 13% of the beer market: https://www.brewersassociation.org/statistics/national-beer-sales-production-data/
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level 66
Jun 23, 2012
Is there anything drinkable on that list?
+1
level 40
Oct 8, 2012
The only beer on that list that I'd even consider is Yuengling.
+5
level 73
Jun 23, 2013
Yeungling? Those are the things that everyone was so upset about Anakin killing in Revenge of the Jedi right? So when he killed a pack of Yeunglings what they really meant was that he blasted through six beers. Natalie Portman and Obi Wan were so upset because he had fallen off the wagon. And when they tried to stage an intervention about his drinking problem it didn't go well. Finally the end of that movie makes sense. I couldn't figure out what a yeungling was for the longest time...
+3
level 65
Jun 1, 2016
I think I like Kal's version of the Anakin story better than the original
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level 75
Jul 25, 2016
Revenge of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars movie.
+1
level 73
Jul 25, 2016
Kal, you must rewrite the entire Star Wars franchise immediately. Then they might be worth watching.
+1
level 42
Sep 19, 2015
Corona without the lime or lemon :)
+1
level 48
Aug 4, 2018
I wouldn't drink most of it, but PBR, Yuengling, Stella, and Blue Moon are all at least drinkable. Not so much for the rest.
+1
level 38
Feb 17, 2013
Not a single beer on this list that isn't a pale lager. There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of styles of beer to choose from, yet all of the top 20 in the US are of the exact same style. The main problem is ignorance; most people just don't know any better.
+1
level 79
Apr 4, 2013
Yuengling is an amber lager.
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level 73
Jun 23, 2013
Isn't ignorance kind of the goal of drinking beer?
+2
level 65
Nov 21, 2014
No, it most certainly isn't. Come to Germany, the Czech Republic... learn what beer really means!
+4
level 73
Jul 25, 2016
okay sure. I'll come and observe how civil and well behaved all the football fans are there when they get a few in them.
+1
level 32
Aug 7, 2018
Have you ever drank blue moon?
+1
level 22
May 22, 2013
America has the BEST taste in beer.
+1
level 44
Jul 25, 2016
You mean WORST?
+1
level 54
Aug 20, 2014
yes these beers are mostly pretty lame
+1
level 43
Sep 14, 2014
These beers suck. Yeungling's good, but the rest are pretty bad.
+1
level 67
Oct 7, 2014
I had no idea Busch still existed. Brands like Busch, Stroh's, Scheaffer (the one beer to have when you're having more than twelve) you just don't hear about any more.
+1
level 70
Oct 8, 2014
With the exception of Yuengling, all of those beers are absolutely disgusting.
+2
level 79
Nov 1, 2014
Heineken out of a can is quite nice. Hell, I've had a Bud, on a hot summer day, and it seemed nothing else on earth could have been better.
+1
level 47
Jan 10, 2017
Agreed, a good cold Bud or even a Coors light at a baseball game on a hot day in July ain't bad. And you don't feel too bad when you dump it on your lap going after a foul ball
+4
level 73
Nov 19, 2014
correction: all beers are absolutely disgusting. Including all those not on this list.
+2
level 67
Nov 19, 2014
you must not have any of the good beer...all but 4 on this list are horrid...and 3 of the 4 that arent are borderline...but there are tons of good beers in the world
+3
level 73
Nov 19, 2014
I've had plenty of beer. I've traveled extensively in Europe and Asia and across North America and tried different local varieties. When I was younger I worked at a restaurant, tavern and brewery that made their own local varieties right on site. They took many of them to prestigious European beer competitions and came away with multiple gold and silver medals. As part of our training we had to sample all of them.

I've never had a a good beer. They're all disgusting. Look like piss. Smell like piss. Taste like piss. Makes you feel bad. Not a good combo, really. There are some fruity non-alcoholic varieties in Saudi Arabia that are okay. And Smirnoff Ice I guess is technically beer and that's at least drinkable. But I don't think those would count to most people.
+3
level 49
Nov 19, 2014
BURN THE WITCH!
+1
level 52
Nov 19, 2014
This is cute.
+1
level 73
Nov 20, 2014
Does not liking beer make you a witch, too?
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level 72
Nov 20, 2014
One of the few kalbahamut rants I feel compelled to respond to...I can understand never having a good beer because some people just don't or won't ever like beer...but they certainly do not all smell and taste like piss. Most of the beers on this list probably do to folks who don't normally drink beer, but there are many that most likely never would smell/taste that way even to the most unrefined beer pallet. E.g. Chocolate stouts, vanilla porters, raspberry lambics, pretty much all IPAs...at least I certainly hope no one's piss smells like that. And of course beer doesn't have to make you feel bad. Everything in moderation. Finally, yes, only witches hate beer.
+2
level 52
Nov 20, 2014
Every rant of yours I have read, Kalbahamut, I can now understand a little bit better knowing that you prefer a Smirnoff Ice over a nice cold beer.
+2
level 73
Nov 22, 2014
Oh no, I've been judged harshly by people who like drinking beer so much that they form negative opinions about others' unrelated comments based on their lack of beer consumption. Whatever will I do? I live for the approval of alcoholics and beer snobs.
+3
level 79
Feb 6, 2015
I dislike beer too. The only ones that are still called beer and that I actually ever liked was Lindeman's Kriek. Also Lindeman's apple beer. Possibly/probably other fruity lambics. But not all kriek. - I've discovered it's the hops flavour that I just do NOT like. I don't like food that has beer added to it either.
+1
level 64
Jul 25, 2016
Trolling is even worse. Pathetic...
+3
level 73
Jul 25, 2016
The only good beer is root beer.
+2
level 73
Jul 25, 2016
Spot on, Kal. 'Good beer' is an oxymoron. Just because it's popular doesn't make it good. And to me coffee is equally awful. If I lived where the only available beverages were beer and coffee I'd die of thirst.
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level 73
Jul 30, 2016
I've started to enjoy coffee the last several years. Maybe my taste buds are dying from old age.
+1
level 65
Jun 11, 2018
if there was a place that only drank beer and coffee, I think everyone would die... or at the least be very very unhealthy. I think alcohol and caffeine both dehydrate you.
+4
level 70
Nov 19, 2014
The intro to this quiz is hysterical! Once more with feeling... Hint: Think of the world's crappiest beers, and then guess those.
+1
level 2
Nov 19, 2014
Win! Got 100%
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level 46
Nov 19, 2014
Beer snobs everywhere!
+1
level 44
Nov 19, 2014
100 agrees!
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level 58
Nov 19, 2014
Maybe specify you mean the American (rip-off) Budweiser? The original comes from the Czech Republic, and tastes fine, just isn't as (in)famous.
+1
level 44
Nov 19, 2014
My favorite beer is the one in front of me.
+1
level 44
Nov 19, 2014
People confuse "best selling" with "best" all the time. The best beer I've ever had was made in my best friends garage.
+1
level 62
Nov 19, 2014
I would drink maybe 4 of those. I've only bought one of them in the last 20 years. The top 4 are dishwater.
+1
level 38
Nov 20, 2014
Living in the UK, I didn't know half these beers. I kept guessing Stella Artois, Becks, Fosters etc...
+1
level 44
Nov 20, 2014
None of these are considered beer in Europe.
+1
level 59
Nov 20, 2014
Sorry to say but American generic beer is very watery and far below par relative to other beers around the world. Not prejudiced just been round the block. I'm surprised they topped your list but there again there are a lot of surprises in some of these quizzes and comments!
+2
level 44
Nov 21, 2014
"Bud Light Lime Straw-ber-ita"... why is this a thing?!?
+1
level 35
Nov 21, 2014
I was confused that when it said USA best selling beers it only pertained to beers manufactured in the US...
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level 48
Nov 21, 2014
Yuengling is okay. Sadly, PBR is the second-best beer on this list, in my opinion. This is disappointing in a country that also produces Dogfish Head, Russian River, Anchor, Bell's, Ommegang, Allagash, etc...
+1
level 65
Jan 7, 2015
Misleading quiz title.
+1
level 49
Jan 17, 2015
no coors or mgd? seriously in the US people drink crappy beer. lol btw Yuengling was what I drank in PA lol
+1
level 76
Feb 10, 2015
Good Lord, the US has terrible taste in beer.
+3
level ∞
May 31, 2016
It really doesn't. This is more about market fragmentation than anything else. There are thousands of craft breweries that make excellent beer. But craft breweries make many different varieties and don't always sell nationwide, therefore its impossible for any one craft beer to enter the list.
+1
level 40
May 29, 2015
This is the worst collection of swill. The only thing worth drinking is the Yuengling. The rest is varying shades of alcoholic water.
+1
level 32
Jun 18, 2015
Just for everyone on here saying there countries beer is better. Just because you like it doesn't mean it is better. I have traveled around and tasted a lot of beer but i still would rather drink a blue moon then your countries beer.
+2
level 80
May 31, 2016
Must I draw your attention to the fact that Blue Moon (made by Coors, btw) is not on this list? LOL, just kidding. In fact, there are a ton of great beers made in the USA, but the biggest-selling beers just happen to be the worst. Similarly, the biggest-selling restaurants are places like McDonald's and Taco Bell. I think this has nothing to do with the quality of the product and everything to do with mass availability, low price, and gigantic advertising budgets.
+1
level 67
Jun 7, 2016
i thought the quiz was asking for usa's best selling beers...meaning beers from usa...had you given the directons of "best selling beers in the usa" would have been a bit easier to understand exactly what you wanted...would have got all but stella artois
+1
level 64
Jul 25, 2016
Quiz could be easily renamed: "List of beers you would have to pay me to put in my mouth. An I would still have to think about it..."
+1
level 68
Jul 25, 2016
This makes me depressed more than any other quiz. So much flavorless crap is consumed here. Good quiz idea though.
+1
level 58
Jul 25, 2016
Amen brother!! That's why they are all served and promoted as 'ice cold'. If they start to warm even a little they are undrinkable. If you open a beer and the flavor gets stronger and better while you are drinking it, that's beer!
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level 58
Aug 4, 2018
Sturgeon's law: 90% of everything is crap. Also keep in mind that these are the *best selling*, and it doesn't give market share. If only 10% of the market was buying these beers but the other 90% was split between thousands of craft breweries (many with only small scale and/or local distribution) this quiz would look the same.
+1
level 65
Jul 25, 2016
Sloppin Foam
+1
level 49
Jul 25, 2016
Beer snobs are the most boring people on earth.
+1
level 65
May 19, 2018
Nah.
+1
level 40
Jul 25, 2016
There's a time and place for all beer. Working in the snow all day, its Imperial stout time. Sat on the river in Bruges, maybe its time for a raspberry sour, pub in Dublin its Guinness time. Had a tree come down in your back yard and you gotta chop it up in sweltering heat, the above list makes perfect sense.
+1
level 68
Jul 26, 2016
Whenever I'm in the good ol USA I drink Sam Adams. Nice caramel flavour. I'm told they have been bought out so I may have to retest it next time I'm there.
+1
level 45
Jul 27, 2016
Well if you haven't tried a CASTLE (a true South African beer) then you're skipping one of the great beers of the world
+1
level 32
Aug 2, 2016
why wasnt carlsberg or fosters up there?
+1
level 70
Sep 29, 2016
Yuengling would be higher if it had wider distribution. Sooooo good!
+1
level 67
Dec 15, 2017
If it hasn't expanded out of the East coast yet, I don't think it ever will. It's America's oldest Brewery and has had almost 200 years to expand out and distribute itself
+2
level 73
Oct 17, 2016
Beer Snobs of the World...ASSEMBLE!
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level 65
May 19, 2018
Hi! We're here!
+1
level 49
Jan 3, 2018
Stella Artois and Yuengling are both good, the rest just plain suck.
+2
level 23
Mar 20, 2018
Americans have very bad taste in beer.
+1
level 65
May 19, 2018
I can see where you would think that if you're going strictly off of this list. The mindless masses will always buy the same old piss water. However, we have much better options available now with the rise of craft brewing, but most of those businesses are local or regional. They can not sell enough units nationwide to crack the top twenty.
+5
level 80
May 19, 2018
Why do you have to type "Natural Light" and "Natural Ice" separately, but typing "Bud" give you "Bud Light", "Budweiser", and "Bud Ice"?
+1
level 68
Aug 4, 2018
Well you can call me ray or you can call me jay... but ya doesn’t have to call it anaheiser busch natural light
+1
level 72
Aug 6, 2018
+1 for the Natural thing!
+2
level 76
Jun 29, 2018
Are that many people drinking Blue Moon? Wouldn't have guessed that in a million years.
+1
level 67
Aug 4, 2018
I think I've only ever tried it once like 5 years back, but I remember it being pretty good actually. Better than any of the other beers on this list that I've tried at least.
+1
level 59
Aug 4, 2018
wow, is this list a pathetic comment on peoples taste of beer
+1
level 57
Aug 4, 2018
The last four years of college have prepared me well for this quiz, which is essentially a list of the cheapest, most widely available beers on my college campus lmao. PS you should accept "Natty" for Natural Lite and Natural Ice
+1
level 69
Aug 4, 2018
Why does Bud get you all the versions of Bud and Miller get you all the versions of Miller, but Natural doesn't get you all the versions of Natural?
+1
level 66
Aug 6, 2018
G'day Bruce. Monty Python summed it up perfectly......American beer is like making love in a canoe........f**king close to water.
+1
level 39
Aug 6, 2018
LOL why is the picture from Finnish Lapin Kulta beers...
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