Best beer by country

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  1. BJasny

    BJasny Disciple (378) Jul 10, 2011 Texas

    Texas: 512 Pecan Porter
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  2. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I see what you did there.
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  3. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Many Germans are strict, fundamentalist, interpreters of their Reinheitsgebot. Too them, a great Belgian kriek lambic would be dismissed as an inferior adjunct(cherrys) beer. I suspect that attitude is the cause of his statement about adjuncts in American craft beer. It's a rigid ideology that excludes many innovative new beers as well as some classic Belgian styles that are considered some of the worlds best beers.
  4. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Well, we've had "top 5 beer countries"... And, again, I'm going to whine looking for "top X" beer without specifying styles/categories is counterproductive. Someone who likes Tripels may not approve of Hefe or someone who prefers stouts may sneer at an IPA. It's bad enough that we all have different tastes--trying to compare across categories is counterproductive.
  5. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (445) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Isn't this this the case with everything on this website - about this being from an USA point of view?
    Samuel Smith is indeed not that impressive - it is unfortunate if that is the best English beer that makes it to the States.

    Below is my 100 % uninformed & thus pointless list. Obviously limited to what I have tried & zero insight.

    Belgium: Orval (common) or Armand Lente (rare)
    USA: Hair of the Dog Adam from the Wood or Bourbon BA Dark Lord
    Netherlands: De Molen Mooi & Machtig (Cognac Barrel)
    Denmark : Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
    England: Thornbridge Hall Courage Russian Imperial Stout
    Italy: Baladin Terre Riserva Teo Musso 2010
    Germany: Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
    Norway: Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood
    Scotland: BrewDog Coffee & Chocolate
    France: Pleine Lune Super Nova Triple
    Sweden : Närke Pannknektarnas Porter
    Canada : Dieu du Ciel Rosée d’Hibiscus (vintage)
    Japan : Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia
    Spain : Agullons Bruno Pale Ale
    Switzerland : BFM Cuvée Alex le Rouge (draft)
  6. SlightlyStoopidG

    SlightlyStoopidG Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2012 Ohio

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  7. marquis

    marquis Crusader (775) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    It's crazy because before Reinheitsgebot (around 1907) was imposed , German brewing was a hotbed of variety.Ron as would be expected has published some information;
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  8. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    I for one would love to see someone from Europe list Flying Dog or Samuel Adams as the best American beer. It gives me some insight as to what they like, what they are drinking, and what is available to them in their part of the world. Hell, I'm from the US, but if you ask me what the best US beers are I'll mainly list off West Coast beers. I don't get to try many beers that aren't distributed to California because I don't travel much to other parts of the country and I don't do much trading. But I love West Coast beers. Does that invalidate my opinion of US beers?

    Here's my ignorant American list :grinning:
    Mexico - Bohemia, Negra Modelo
    Belgium - Rochefort 10, Fantome Hiver, Delerium Nocturnum, Gulden Draak
    Singapore - Tiger Beer
    Hong Kong - Pale Pilsen
    England - J.W. Lees
    Ethiopia - Hakim Stout
  9. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,382) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Maybe. It was a reference to roasted barley in all the stouts. Roasted barley is made from unmelted grain, and is therefore an adjunct.

    A kriek Lambic would be declared infected and unfit for human consumption.
  10. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,382) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    You left out CA and VT, which were also briefly independent Republics. Both make some fine beers.
  11. Herky21

    Herky21 Crusader (719) Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    Belgium: Abt. 12 or maybe Saison du Pont - i prefer the Christmas version.
    Germany: Ayinger's Maibock or Celebrator.
    Canada: Unibroue Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's.
    England: Fuller's Bengal Lancer on Cask, or name your favorite fuller's cask ale.
    United States: I have no idea what to put here, just not Heady Topper or either Pliny since I haven't been able to get a hold of them. haha. For fun, I'll say: Surly Furious or TG PseudoSue.
  12. Ooji

    Ooji Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 Germany

    Germany: Ayinger Celebrator
    Belgium: Westvleteren 12...Rochefort is great, but I prefer the bite of the Westi over the smoother Rochefort. After drinking three cases of westi 12 I prefer the westi:slight_smile:
    USA: New Belgium Abbey Style Ale
    Japan: Fresh Orion beer from the brewery
    Mexico: Fresh Corona from the brewery on the beach in Baja
  13. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    I never see why anyone would care what I like, but wth I will play 1 more time:
    Belgium: Orval, Westvleteren(all 3), Rochefort 8,10, Cantillion, Struise, ST B, etc
    USA: Founders, CCB
    Germany: more of style thing here with me, than brewery
    UK: I take any cask beer they have
    Czech: U fleku Dark lager
    had some good Italian and French beers over year but I forget their names...
  14. TdLJg

    TdLJg Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2011 Connecticut

    Surprised that so many went with Rochefort 10 over Westy 12 or is it just that the Rochefort is that much more accessible?

    US: KBS
    Belgium: Westy 12
    Canada: Trois Pistoles
    UK: SS Oatmeal Stout / Old Engine Oil
    Germany: Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss
    Ireland: Guinness Foreign Extra
    Denmark: Mikkeller Black Hole (Red Wine)
    Holland: La Trappe Quad
    South Africa: Carling Black Label (cough, cough)
  15. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    It's mostly about what's readily available. I see Flying Dog beers all the time here in Amsterdam.You can only list a beer you've tried.

    I usually avoid American beer here in Europe, because you've no guarantee what shape it's going to be in. Much like German beer in the US. It's always better to drink beer close to where it was brewed and it's fresh.

    I can only pick:

    Belgium: St Bernardus Abt
    Belgium again: Westvleteren 8 and 12
    Franconia: Mahr's Hellerbock/Klosterbrau Maibock
    Munich: Augustiner Helles
    Düsseldorf: Uerige Alt
    Franconia agian: Schlenkerla Fastenbier
    Oberpfalz: all that Zoigly stuff

    Most of the iconic British beers have disappeared or been or been buggered up. Union-breed draught Bass was a thing of beauty, if looked after. Bottle-conditioned Guinnes Extra Stout was a complex, slightly lactic delight. A world away from frozen, bland draught Guinness.

    I remember what I should pick for England: Harvey's Imperial Stout. The perfect breakfast beer.
  16. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    Ya same reason why I mostly avoid European beers here. If I was traveling in Europe I'm sure I'd avoid American beers as well.
  17. marquis

    marquis Crusader (775) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Bass is still a drinkable pint on cask though not as it used to be. I had some today in the Staunton Arms (which you should know) , it went very nicely with my beef sandwiches :slight_smile:
    The sandwiches make the glass look like a half pint but it's an Imperial Pint.
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  18. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    You've dropped a tenner !!!
  19. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Bottles are no longer drinkable in the US. Bought at 12er months ago before reading that it's brewed in the US. In fact, I would not have even noticed it had I not been puzzled by the complete loss of hop character and other flavor. It almost tasted like ... Heineken. I started looking for any dates and, instead, found that it was brewed here. Never mind that iconic label is gone. Nothing but the trademark left... When I saw the rebates last month, all I needed to know was that the same rebate applied to Bass, Beck's and St Pauli Girl... Ugh...
  20. joshbhs04

    joshbhs04 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Germany- Weltenburger Dunkel
    USA- Pliny
    Belgium- Cantillon Kriek
    England- My fav was london pride... prob not the best though
  21. jzlyo

    jzlyo Poo-Bah (1,696) Mar 4, 2012 Iowa

    England-Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout
    Germany-Cliche but Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
    Belgium-Orval, lots of imitators and tributes, nothing quite as good
    Canada-Unibroue La Terrible
    United States-Founders KBS
  22. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Really??? Like anywhere but the US is even in the running.
  23. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (3,003) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    Good thread (and I love the humor). Tough as nails to pick a US brew, although since I have a PtE AND a HT at home waiting for a potential side-by-side, maybe I'll have an opinion soon. Right now, I'd have to agree that maybe a Bourbon Barrel Aged brew might be best.

    Belgium: Can't very well argue with Roche 10, although Westmalle Tripel is one of my all-time favorites.
    Germany: "Best" beer? I'd have to try some local craft options. Perfect, most identifiably German, for me? Franziskaner, or Spaten lager (now I sound like a company shill, but whatever). Those are the kind of beers, along with a good Koelsch, that I think of when I think of German beer.
    France: Dunno. They've got pretty damn good wine, though.
    Canada: Something with maple syrup.

    Darn...looks like I really only drink German beers, Belgian abbey/trappist ales, and American craft.
  24. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    Can't tell if serious :confused:
  25. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    An adjunct is a second grain, i.e. corn or rice, added to the mash or another substance like fruit or sugar.
    I don't consider roasted barley an adjunct and don't see what malting, or the lack of it, has to do with it at all. Barley traditionally belongs in beer and therefore should not be considered an adjunct.
  26. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,382) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Flaked barley is also an adjunct. So is raw barley.

    Edit - a reference for you.
  27. marquis

    marquis Crusader (775) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Don't worry, I've got another one somewhere :slight_smile:
  28. marquis

    marquis Crusader (775) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Adjunct strictly speaking is an unmalted grain which is mashed alongside the malt , using the spare enzymes to do the work. It is more loosely used to cover any unmalted fermentable substance and roasted barley does contain a small quantity of fermentable matter.
    Referring to the Reinheitsgebot, Guinness would have been legal in the 1516 version but not in the most recent one.
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  29. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    OK. Let's look at your claim that the Top 250 beers are mostly American. Have you considered the fact that the vast majority of BAs are Americans who have access primarily to American beer? As many people have pointed out in this thread, most of the best English and German beers never leave their native country; the only way to try them is to travel to England and Germany. I would venture to guess that most BAs who rate and review beers have not done that; therefore, I'd argue that the Top 250 list is inherently biased toward where the highest concentration of BAs live—namely, the eastern 1/2 or 1/3 of the United States.

    So we here in the U.S. have a somewhat skewed view of the best beer the rest of the world has to offer (which, I'd add, is also true of other countries' perception of American beer). Yes, we have something like 2,400 breweries in the U.S. now. This pales in comparison to the number of breweries per capita in Belgium, England, and Germany (based on numbers here on BA, Belgium has 213 breweries for 11 million, UK has 625 breweries for 63 million, and Germany has 1,230 breweries for 82 million). To suggest that America has overtaken all other beer-producing countries simply ignores reality.
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  30. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Sadly, your post will live on for eternity for the amusement of countless future generations.
  31. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    Sweeping generalizations about the opinions, experience and sophistication of a population are at best naïve and from there, disintegrate into thoughts that are provocative, condescending, and blatantly insulting. If you are as worldy as you claim, I expect a more open-minded attitude towards the life experiences others bring to the table.

    Old world is not better than new world. It's just different. You can look at it two different ways. Old world techniques brought beer to where it is today, and should be appreciated for its rich variety. But if restricting oneself to old world techniques in brewing, you're essentially cutting off the progress you are celebrating and basically saying "there! we're done. Nothing new can be produced anymore"

    Just because a new brewing idea didn't originate in the fatherland doesn't mean it's junk :slight_smile:
    signed- a well-traveled kraut-American bier advocate
  32. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,192) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I had no idea Flying Dog was popular/known in Europe. Seems like a pretty smart market to get involved with early.
    With German beers, we do luckily get many great ones here in the US (Ayinger, Mahr's, Spezial, Weishenstephaner, Augustiner, etc.) although they're often pretty rough by the time they make it here. When fresh they're terrific, though.
    While fairly nondescript over there, I still think Augustiner Helles and the (much less common) Kloster Andechs Doppelbock might be my favorites.
  33. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    UK actually went over the 1,000 brewery mark towards the end of last year.

    Massive growth in beer at the moment this side of the pond.

    Take London for example, some may find it hard to believe that London only had 4 or 5 breweries just 4 years ago.
    I often come across folks from the US who have been to London (2 or more years ago) who weren't particularly impressed with the beer scene in London, good cask beer aside, the choice was never that great.

    There are now in excess of 50 London brewers and growing - ditto the number of good venues.
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  34. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Yeah, I know the BA numbers for the UK are low; probably likewise for Germany and Belgium. I used those only because they were handy.
  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,545) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    When I win the lottery I will visit Prague.:slight_smile:

    Two beer places that are on my bucket list:

    · U Fleků to drink their dark lagers

    · A Tankova Pub to drink unfiltered/unpasteurized Pilsners

    A list of some Tankova Pubs:

    1. U Rudolfina (Pilsner Urquell Tank),

    2. U Cerneho Vola (Kozel Tank)

    3. Beograd pub (Krušovice Tank)

    4. U Jindrisska Veze (Gambrinus Tank)

    5. Pivovar U Tri Ruzi (Brewpub)

    6. Plzeňský Anděl (Pilsner Urquell Tank)

    7. U Medvidku (Brewpub and unpasteurized Budvar)

  36. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Should imagine Germany and Belgium are pretty accurate. They just haven't witnessed the growth of the UK and if anything I'd suspect a slight decline in Germany?

    Italy is the country in Europe that has witnessed the biggest growth in brewing number in recent years.
  37. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    The only 2 I buy from, so...

    US - HF Abner (probably, tough to decide)
    Belgium - Fou Foune (far easier decision)
  38. texasalec

    texasalec Initiate (62) Jul 18, 2013 Texas
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    US: Fresh Zombie Dust or Supplication
    Qatar= water
  39. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,545) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    To chime in on what Ruds posted: “Italy is the country in Europe that has witnessed the biggest growth in brewing number in recent years.”

    Italy has a dynamic craft brewery movement which is growing quickly.

    I have only had a few imported Italian craft beers but I have really enjoyed them.

    It is my understanding that there is essentially zero history as regards kegging for these new craft breweries so the principle package for their beers are bottles. These bottles seem to make it to the US in fine shape (or maybe I was just lucky).

    I look forward to the burgeoning Italian craft beer movement.

  40. Rohkey

    Rohkey Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Michigan

    Unfortunately, even though tradition is changing here in the U.S., I'd have to say the beer that most epitomizes our nation is essentially any adjunct lager, potentially a lite one. While I'd like it to be something like Pliny/Heady or KBS/FBS, I am still willing to bet a very large portion of the beer drinkers in this country have never heard of those beers. A lot of my non-craft beer drinking friends don't even know what Founders is (and I live in Michigan).
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