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When it comes to beer, everyone seems to have their favorite. Some love a deep rich stout, while others prefer a lighter taste. Still, others love a good microbrew, relishing in their unique taste and limited quantities. And still, others prefer mass-market brews – beers that can be purchased in the case or keg form at the local distributor.

But no matter what your personal favorite, there are more objective standards by which all beers are measured. Every year, the best of the best go head to head for bragging rights, brand awareness, and other prizes, and the results are well worth lifting a glass.

If you are ready to take a step outside your comfort zone and seek out some new beers, the 2021 taste winners is always a good place to start. This well-respected list represents the pinnacle of achievement in the craft of beer making, and brewers from all over the world clamor for these highly sought after awards. Whether you are craving a handcrafted wheat beer, a wonderful pale creation, a deep dark stout, or something in between, you can find it on our list. Here are the best beers in the world as named by the taste winners for 2021.

Best Beer Brands in the World 2021

1. Maisel’s Weisse, Original

Maisel’s Weisse, Original

Maisel’s Weisse, Original

The Germans know their beer, so it is no surprise a German entry made the list of best beers in the world since 2021. Named Best Wheat Beer for the 2021 seasons, Maisel’s Weisse Original features crisp, clean taste beer lovers around the world know and love. If you do not yet know Maisel’s, now is the perfect time to get acquainted.

2.Bogota Beer

Bogota Beer

Bogota Beer

Named Best Stout and Porter, and Macondo Coffee Stout is a worthy entry to the list of best beers of 2021. Hailing from Colombia, Bogota has been gaining fans and impressing critics for some time now. If you love a good flavored brew, Bogota Beer and Macondo Coffee Stout are perfect choices for your home bar or local pub.

3.Rügener Insel-Brauerei

Rügener Insel-Brauerei

Rügener Insel-Brauerei

Another entry from Germany and another winner for the year’s best brews, Rügener Insel-Brauerei has a rich bold taste beer snobs love. But you do not have to be a connoisseur to appreciate this fine entry, named Best Specialty Beer for the 2021 brewing season.


Rodenbach Beer

Rodenbach Beer

Fine Belgian brews have become real favorites with beer drinkers and gourmets alike, so it is no surprise one of the best beers of 2021 hails from Belgium. This year the Belgian award winner is Rodenbach, Vintage, and it has the distinction of having been named the Best Sour Beer. If you have a taste for something sour, just ask for Rodenbach at your local brewhouse, pub, or bar – or pick some up and enjoy it in your own home.

5.Unibroue, 25e

Unibroue, 25e

Unibroue, 25e

Our neighbors to the north love their beer, so it is no surprise that there is a Canadian entry on the list of the best beers in the world. For 2021 the Canadian award winner for Best Pale Beer belongs to Unibroue, 25e, a unique creation that is gaining fans on both sides of the border.

6.Schwarzbräu, Schweden Pils

Schwarzbräu Beer

Schwarzbräu Beer

Another German entry, Schwarzbräu, Schweden Pils is a worthy contender and an excellent addition to this list of best beers for 2021. The Schwarzbräu, Schweden Pils was named Best Lager, and it has a rich, full bold flavor even dedicated beer aficionados are sure to love.

7.Hobgoblin, IPA

Hobgoblin Beer

Hobgoblin Beer

Beer from the United Kingdom may not be as well known as brews from Belgium and Germany, but this U.K. entry is truly one of the best. Awarded the title of Best IPA and named one of the best beers of the year, Hobgoblin, IPA is a must-taste for any IPA fan.

8.Sons of Liberty, Bourbon Barrel Aged Uprising Stout Ale

Sons of Liberty

Sons of Liberty Beer

Patriotic Americans will be glad that their countrymen were not shut out of the best beers list. This year, the American entry belongs to Sons of Liberty, and its Bourbon Barrel Aged Uprising Stout Ale was named Best Flavored Beer. If you love your beer flavored, you are sure to love this delicious entry.

9.Collesi, Rossa

Collesi, Rossa

Collesi, Rossa Beer

Italy is also home to a thriving brewing industry, and its beers are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Now the Collesi, Rossa has been named the Best Dark Beer, and this deep dark creation is smooth, flavorful, and sure to please even the most demanding palate.

Whether you want to relax with a cold beer after a hot day at work or kick back with a brew at the local pub, you cannot go wrong with the entries on the above list. Beer is big business, and breweries around the world compete for these prestigious awards. So pour yourself a glass of the best and get ready to enjoy your favorite adult beverage.

World Beer Awards Winners

List For International Brewing Awards

Maisel’s Weisse, OriginalBest Wheat BeerMaisel’s Weisse, Original5.20%GermanyBavarian Style HefeweissBrauerei Geb. Maisel KG
Maisel’s Weisse, Kristall-BeerBest Wheat BeerMaisel’s Weisse, Kristall5.10%GermanyKristalBrauerei Geb. Maisel KG
Bogota Beer, Macondo Coffee StoutBest Stout & PorterBogota Beer, Macondo Coffee Stout5.80%ColombiaFlavoured Stout/PorterBogota Beer Company
Rügener Insel-Brauerei, QuadrigaBest Speciality BeerRügener Insel-Brauerei, Quadriga10.50%GermanyBrut BeersRügener Insel-Brauerei GmbH
Rodenbach, VintageBest Sour BeerRodenbach, Vintage7.00%BelgiumFlanders Red AlePalm Belgian Craft Brewers
Unibroue, 25e Blonde de l'EnferBest Pale BeerUnibroue, 25e Blonde de l'Enfer10.50%CanadaBelgian Style AleUnibroue
Schwarzbräu, Schweden PilsBest LagerSchwarzbräu, Schweden Pils5.00%GermanyCzech-style PaleSchwarzbräu GmbH
Maisel & Friends-BeerBest Pale BeerMaisel & Friends, Pale Ale5.20%GermanyAmerican-style Pale AleBrauerei Geb. Maisel KG
Hobgoblin, IPABest IpaHobgoblin, IPA5.30%United KingdomEnglish StyleWychwood Brewery
Sons of Liberty, Bourbon Barrel Aged Uprising Stout AleBest Flavoured BeerSons of Liberty, Bourbon Barrel Aged Uprising Stout Ale10.00%United StatesWood AgedSons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co.
Collesi, RossaBest Dark BeerCollesi, Rossa8.00%ItalyBelgian Style DubbelFabbrica Della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl
BUNK!, Edinburgh Brown-BeerBest Dark BeerBUNK!, Edinburgh Brown6.00%United KingdomAmerican Style Brown AleEdinburgh Beer Factory

Best Craft Beer Awards Winners

Gold medalists 2021

BrandBreweryBeer NameAward CategoryEntry CategoryCityState
10 Barrel Brewing10 Barrel Brewing Co.Rough TerrainDouble Hoppy Red Ale or Imperial Red AleImperial Red AleBendOR
10 Barrel Brewing10 Barrel Brewing Co.Passionate EnvyFruit Wheat BeerFruit Wheat BeerBendOR
10 Barrel Brewing10 Barrel Brewing Co.WeebleweizenSouth German-Style Wheat BeersSouth German-Style Dunkel WeizenBendOR
Alesong BrewingAlesong Brewing and BlendingTerroir Pinot NoirExperimental Beer or Other Strong Ale Or LagerExperimental BeerEugeneOR
Alesong BrewingAlesong Brewing and BlendingPecheMixed-Culture Brett BeerMixed-Culture Brett BeerEugeneOR
Allegory BrewingAllegory BrewingDad HatBohemian-Style PilsenerBohemian-Style PilsenerMcMinnvilleOR
Ancestry BrewingAncestry Brewing CompanyIrish RedIrish-Style Red AleIrish-Style Red AleTualatinOR
Aslan BrewingAslan Brewing CoFrances FarmerSpecialty SaisonSpecialty SaisonBellinghamWA
Baerlic BeerBaerlic Brewing Co.Dark ThoughtsAmerican-Style Black AleAmerican-Style Black AlePortlandOR
Barbarian BrewingBarbarian BrewingOdin's Table BeerAmerican-Belgo-Style Ale or Belgian-Style Table Beer or Other Belgian-Style AleBelgian-Style Table BeerGarden CityID
Bend BrewingBend Brewing Co,Trade WarExport-Style StoutExport-Style StoutBendOR
Black Raven BrewingBlack Raven Brewing CompanyFestivusHerb and Spice BeerHerb and Spice BeerRedmondWA
Breakside BreweryBreakside BreweryBreakside Black LagerGerman-Style SchwarzbierGerman-Style SchwarzbierMilwaukieOR
Breakside BreweryBreakside BreweryLunch Break ISAInternational-Style Pale Ale or Australian-Style Pale AleInternational-Style Pale AleMilwaukieOR
Breakside BreweryBreakside Brewery (Dekum Brewpub)DomesticoAmerican-Style Lager or Amber LagerAmerican-Style LagerPortlandOR
Breakside BreweryBreakside Brewery (Dekum Brewpub)GoseContemporary-Style Gose or Leipzig-Style GoseLeipzig-Style GosePortlandOR
Bron Yr Aur BrewingBron Yr Aur Brewing Co.Beaver Deceiver Cream AleAmerican-Style Cream AleAmerican-Style Cream AleNachesWA
Bron Yr Aur BrewingBron Yr Aur Brewing Co.Vienna LagerVienna-Style LagerVienna-Style LagerNachesWA
Combustion BreweryCombustion Brewery & TaproomBraskyScotch AleScotch AlePickeringtonOH
Discretion BrewingDiscretion Brewing6th ConversationBelgian-Style Pale Strong Ale or TripelBelgian-Style TripelSoquelCA
Discretion BrewingDiscretion BrewingTrip Trap Trip TrapGerman Bock BeerTraditional German-Style BockSoquelCA
Drake Mollberg BrewingDrake MollbergDusseldorf AltbierGerman-Style AltbierGerman-Style AltbierArcataCA
Drake Mollberg BrewingDrake Mollberg BrewingBelgian Pale AleBelgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale AleBelgian-Style Pale AleArcataCA
Firestone Walker BrewingFirestone Walker Brewing Co.DBABritish BittersSpecial Bitter or Best BitterPaso RoblesCA
Flix BrewhouseFlix Brewhouse - CarmelGarde Your GrillClassic French & Belgian-Style Saison or French-Style Bière de GardeFrench-Style Bière de GardeCarmelIN
Flix BrewhouseFlix Brewhouse - CarmelAquabockGerman-Style DoppelbockGerman-Style DoppelbockCarmelIN
Flix BrewhouseFlix Brewhouse AlbuquerqueDarth MaltBaltic-Style PorterBaltic-Style PorterAlbuquerqueNM
Flix BrewhouseFlix Brewhouse AlbuquerqueLuna RosaBelgian-Style WitbierBelgian-Style WitbierAlbuquerqueNM
Free Will BrewingFree Will Brewing Co.OllyBelgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red AleBelgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red AlePerkasiePA
Geartooth AlewerksGeartooth AlewerksFather CogAmerican-Style Imperial StoutAmerican-Style Imperial StoutCaminoCA
Good Times BrewingGood Times Brewing Co.Ominous at Best PorterAmerican-Style Imperial PorterAmerican-Style Imperial PorterGreenwoodSC
Great Basin BrewingGreat Basin Brewing CoOutlaw Milk StoutSweet Stout or Cream StoutSweet Stout or Cream StoutSparksNV
Great Notion BrewingGreat Notion BrewingJuice InvaderJuicy or Hazy India Pale AleJuicy or Hazy India Pale AlePortlandOR
Green Man BreweryGreen Man BreweryGreen Man LagerAmerican-Style Light LagerAmerican-Style Light LagerAshevilleNC
Green Man BreweryGreen Man BreweryGreen Man PorterRobust PorterRobust PorterAshevilleNC
High Hops BreweryHigh Hops BreweryPuckerberryGluten-Free BeerGluten-Free BeerWindsorCO
House 6 BrewingHouse 6 Brewing Co.El BomberoGerman-Style KoelschGerman-Style KoelschAshburnVA
IMBĪB Custom BrewsIMBĪB Custom BrewsTriadBelgian-Style Lambic or Fruit Lambic or Gueuze LambicBelgian-Style Gueuze LambicRenoNV
Immersion BrewingImmersion BrewingWestward Expansion California CommonOther Historical Beer StylesCalifornia Common BeerBendOR
Indeed BrewingIndeed Brewing CompanyWooden Soul: In The ThicketWood- and Barrel-Aged Sour BeerWood- and Barrel-Aged Sour BeerMinneapolisMN
Infamous BrewingInfamous Brewing CompanyResurrectionBerliner-Style WeisseBerliner-Style WeisseAustinTX
Island Brewing CompanyIsland Brewing CompanyScotch Barrel Aged JubileeSmoked BeerSmoke BeerCarpinteriaCA
Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby BrewingHouse LagerMunich-Style HellesMunich-Style HellesFraminghamMA
Last Name BrewingLast Name BrewingNom De FamilleWood- and Barrel-Aged Beer (Moderate ABV)Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark BeerUplandCA
Launch Pad BreweryLaunch Pad BreweryLaw's Secale Barrel Aged Magnificent DesolationWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong BeerWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong BeerAuroraCO
Liquid Mechanics BrewingLiquid Mechanics BrewingHopacityAmerican-Style Pale AleAmerican-Style Pale AleLafayetteCO
Liquid Mechanics BrewingLiquid Mechanics BrewingHumulanovaJuicy or Hazy Pale AleJuicy or Hazy Pale AleLafayetteCO
Logboat BrewingLogboat Brewing CompanyBobber LagerDortmunder/European-Style ExportDortmunder/European-Style ExportColumbiaMO
Logboat BrewingLogboat Brewing CompanyMamoot Mild AleEnglish-Style Mild Ale or Brown AleEnglish-Style Dark Mild AleColumbiaMO
Mazama BrewingMazama BrewingDubbelBelgian-Style DubbelBelgian-Style DubbelCorvallisOR
Migration BrewingMigration BrewingInfinite RiffAmerican-Style Strong Pale AleAmerican-Style Strong Pale AlePortlandOR
Moonraker BrewingMoonraker Brewing CompanyCabana HammockJuicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale AleJuicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale AleAuburnCA
Morgan Territory BrewingMorgan Territory BrewingSilo RiderAmerican-Style Amber / Red AleAmerican-Style Amber / Red AleTracyCA
Neologic BreweryNeologic BrewingParknocker WitSession Beer or Non-Alcoholic Malt BeverageNon-Alcoholic Malt BeverageWheat RidgeCO
NoCoast BeerNoCoast Beer Co.To Peach Their OwnBerliner-Style Weisse with Fruit or Flavor AddedBerliner-Style Weisse with Fruit or Flavor AddedOskaloosaIA
NOLA BrewingNOLA Brewing CompanyHoppyright InfringementAmerican-Style Imperial or Double India Pale AleAmerican-Style Imperial or Double India Pale AleNew OrleansLA
O.H.S.O. BreweryO.H.S.O. BreweryBoom DynamiteAmerican-Style Fruit BeerAmerican-Style Fruit BeerPhoenixAZ
Old Schoolhouse BreweryOld Schoolhouse BreweryBig Valley BrownBrown PorterBrown PorterWinthropWA
Omission BrewingOmission BrewingOmission Pale AleEnglish-Style Summer Ale, or Pale Ale or India Pale AleClassic English-Style Pale AlePortlandOR
Ordnance BrewingOrdnance BrewingEODAmerican-Style India Pale AleAmerican-Style India Pale AleBoardmanOR
Pelican Brewing CompanyPelican Brewing CompanyKiwanda Cream AleGolden or Blonde AleGolden or Blonde AleTillamookOR
pFriem Family BrewerspFriem Family BrewersPilsnerGerman-Style PilsenerGerman-Style PilsenerHood RiverOR
Poseidon Brewing Poseidon Brewing CompanyChocolate StarfishAmerican-Style StoutAmerican-Style StoutVenturaCA
Poseidon Brewing Poseidon Brewing CompanyBowlineSpecialty BeerSpecialty BeerVenturaCA
Red Horn Coffee House and BrewingRed Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co.Todo el Dia Mexican LagerAustralasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light LagerAustralasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light LagerCedar ParkTX
Reuben's BrewsReuben's BrewsDry StoutClassic Irish-Style Dry StoutClassic Irish-Style Dry StoutSeattleWA
Reuben's BrewsReuben's BrewsRoggenbierRye Beer or German-Style Rye AleGerman-Style Rye AleSeattleWA
Rogue Ales & SpiritsRogue Ales & SpiritsHoney KolschSpecialty Honey BeerSpecialty Honey BeerNewportOR
Sierra Blanca BrewingSierra Blanca Brewing Co.Green Chile CervezaChili Pepper BeerChili Pepper BeerMoriartyNM
Silver Moon BrewingSilver Moon BrewingContrariumBrett BeerBrett BeerBendOR
Spider Bite BeerSpider Bite Beer Co.Boris the SpiderBritish-Style Imperial StoutBritish-Style Imperial StoutHolbrookNY
Spilled Grain BrewhouseSpilled Grain BrewhouseFalse HopeAmerican-Style Barley Wine or Wheat Wine or British-Style Barley WineAmerican-Style Wheat Wine AleAnnandaleMN
Spilled Grain BrewhouseSpilled Grain Brewhouse2017 False HopeWood- and Barrel-Aged Beer or Aged BeerAged BeerAnnandaleMN
StormBreaker BrewingStormBreaker BrewingWinter CoatAmerican-Style Brown AleAmerican-Style Brown AlePortlandOR
Stoup BrewingStoup BrewingStoup Dunkel LagerMunich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark LagerMunich-Style DunkelSeattleWA
Sun King BrewerySun King BreweryCherry BuseyBelgian-Style Fruit BeerBelgian-Style Fruit BeerIndianapolisIN
Sun King BrewerySun King BreweryPachangaOther LagerInternational-Style PilsenerIndianapolisIN
Sunriver Brewing CompanySunriver Brewing CompanyFuzztailLight American Wheat BeerLight American Wheat Beer with YeastSunriverOR
Taxman Brewing CompanyTaxman Brewing CompanyQualifiedBelgian-Style Dark Strong Ale or QuadrupelBelgian-Style QuadrupelBargersvilleIN
Ten Pin BrewingTen Pin BrewingSnake Eye StoutOatmeal StoutOatmeal StoutMoses LakeWA
The Unknown BrewingThe Unknown Brewing Company4.5ishAmerican-Style Sour AleAmerican-Style Sour AleCharlotteNC
Three Mugs BrewingThree Mugs Brewing CompanyBIGGie D's Strong Scotch AleStrong Ale or Old AleStrong AleHillsboroOR
Tighthead BrewingTighthead Brewing CompanyChilly Water Pale AleSession India Pale AleSession India Pale AleMundeleinIL
Waconia Brewing Waconia Brewing CompanyOktoberfestGerman-Style Maerzen or Oktoberfest/WiesnGerman-Style MaerzenWaconiaMN
Wicked Barley BrewingWicked Barley Brewing CoNightmare on EverGreen TerracePumpkin Spice Beer or Pumpkin/Squash BeerPumpkin Spice BeerJacksonvilleFL
Widmer Brothers BrewingWidmer Brothers BrewingCrème de la CaféCoffee BeerCoffee BeerPortlandOR
Wild Ride BrewingWild Ride BrewingNut Crusher Peanut Butter PorterField BeerField BeerRedmondOR
Worthy BrewingWorthy BrewingPeace Pipe PorterChocolate or Cocoa BeerChocolate or Cocoa BeerBendOR
Wren House BrewingWren House Brewing CoBig Spill PilsAmerican-Style Pilsner or Contemporary American-Style PilsnerContemporary American-Style PilsenerPhoenixAZ