World's 8 top selling beers

Wolds best beer brands

As a proud beer drinking nation, we may be surprised to see that some of our favourite SAB brands are not anywhere near the world’s top 8 selling beers. From Brazil to America and China to the Netherlands, the beer that tops the list includes brands like Tsingtao from China, Skol from Brazil, Harbin from China, Budweiser from America and Heineken from the Netherlands. Let’s be honest though, the rest of the world doesn’t know what they’re missing when it comes to our Castle Lite, Black Label or Windhoek draught.

8. Yanjing

Beijing Yanjing Brewery was started in 1980 and has quickly risen to the 8th largest brewery in the world and the 3rd biggest in China. Producing mainly pale Lagers, Yanjing pronounces itself as the State Beer of China.

Positives: Made with mineral water for a crisp clean taste.

7. Tsingtao

The Tsingtao Brewery is China’s second largest brewery and was founded by German settlers in 1903. It is the top selling Chinese beer in the United States and is sold in 62 countries around the world.

Positives: Well-balanced taste

6. Harbin

The Harbin Brewery in China was the country’s first brewery. Started in 1900 by a German citizen, the brewery was originally intended to supply beer to Russian workers who were busy with the Trans-Manchurian railway project, which started in 1898. Today it is China’s 4th largest brewery.

Positives: Mellow and fresh barley flavour

5. Brahma

Brahma is a Brazilian beer, manufactured by Companhia Cervejaria Brahma which was started in 1888. Today the brewery is the fifth largest in the world and is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Positives: Clean and crisp flavour

4. Skol

Skol was originally brewed and intended to be marketed as a global beer brand. However, it has become the most popular beer in Brazil and is widely considered to have originated from there. Skol is manufactured by AB Inbev which is the world’s largest brewing company.

Positives: pleasant hops taste

3. Heineken

With a strong global marketing campaign, Heineken has become a favourite in many countries. Originating in the Netherlands, Heineken has been brewed since 1873 and is available in over 80 countries around the world.

Positives: stronger bitter taste that is refreshing and crisp

2. Budweiser

We’ve all heard of Budweiser and may even have had a taste of this American favourite. Brewed in the States since 1876 it has become an American icon and one of the world’s top selling beers, being sold in 80 markets worldwide. The American brand has been in a Trademark dispute with the Czech beer maker, Budweiser Budvar and in some European Countries is marketed simply as Bud.

Positives: smoother, calmer beer flavour

1. Bud Light

Bud Light is brewed by the same company as Budweiser. The Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing company has 12 breweries across the U.S. and nearly 20 other breweries around the world making it the biggest brewing company on the planet. Bud Light was introduced in 1982 as the flagship light beer for Budweiser.

Positives: Easy on the taste… ‘Buds’ with its lighter flavour

The top brewing companies in the world include Snow Breweries in China, Carlsberg Group in Denmark, Heineken based in Belgium, SABMiller based in the UK, and Anheuser-Busch InBev based in Belgium. Many of the top selling beers across the globe come from these 5 companies, with a few exceptions. I’m sure that we would all agree that our South African favourites should be on this list, but at the same time, we’re happy to keep them as our little secret!