5 May 2014 - Best Beer HQ

The best beers in the world: World Beer Awards 2013

Best beer awards 2013

It’s official: wheat beer Primator Weizenbier from the Czech Republic is the best beer in the world.

That’s according to the World Beer Awards 2013, a prestigious annual competition that selects the very best internationally recognised beer styles – including lagers, stouts and specialty beers – from across Asia, America and Europe.

The judging is blind and each beer is ranked by flavour, aroma, its appearance and how it feels in the mouth. The panel of judges, made up of experts from around the world, look for beer with balance, complexity, character and quality.

It’ll come as no surprise to beer lovers that Belgian beers were well represented at the World Beer Awards for 2013, with Belgium’s Lindemans Old Kriek Cuvee Rene and Malheur 12 named the best sour and dark beers respectively.

However, the Czech Republic’s Primator Weizenbier was named the best beer in the world and the best wheat beer. The judges described it as “clean, very refreshing and well carbonated. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness with [a] spicy lingering finish”.

World Beer Awards 2013 award winners

Best dark: Malheur 12, Belgium

Best flavoured: Tazawako Beer Rauch, Japan

Best lager: Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner, England

Best pale beer: Maison de Brasseur Thou, France

Best sour beer: Lindemans Old Kriek Cuvee Rene, Belgium

Best specialty beer: Le Trou du Diable La Bretteuse Brassin Special, Canada

Best stout and porter: Minch Beer Imperial Stout, Japan

Best label: Deschutes The Dissident, USA

Category winners:

Best American brown ale: Full Sail Amber, USA

Best Belgian-style dubbel: Mons Abbey Dubbel, Canada

Best Belgian-style strong: Malheur 12, Belgium

Best black IPA: Thornbridge Wild Raven, England

Best brown: Jopen Bokbier, The Netherlands

Best dark barley wine: Swan Lake Barley, Japan

Best oud bruin: Rodenbach Grand Cru, Belgium

Best strong dark: Redoak Wee Heavy, Australia

Best vintage dark beer: Rodenbach Vintage 2010, Belgium

Flavoured beers:

Best chocolate and coffee: Baden Baden Chocolate, Brazil

Best experimental: Samuel Adams Hazel Brown, USA

Best fruit: Unibroue Ephémère Apple, Canada

Best honey: Samuel Adams Honey Queen, USA

Best smoked: Tazawako Beer Rauch, Japan

World’s Best Wood-Aged: Petrus Aged Pale


Best alcohol free: Clausthaler Classic, Germany

Best amber/vienna: BIerland Vienna, Brazil

Best bock: Baden Baden Bock, Brazil

Best dark lager: Evans Black, USA

Best doppelbock: Fujizakura Heights Beer Sakura Bock, Japan

Best dortmunder: Hoepfner Goldkoepfle, Germany

Best German pale: Fujizakura Heights Beer Pils, Japan

Best Helles/Münchner: Alpirsbacher Spezial, Germany

Best low carb: Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner, England

Best Czech Pale: Konrad 12º, Czech Republic

Best seasonal: Feldschlösschen Maibock, Germany

Pale Beers:

Best altbier: Bamberg Altbier, Germany

Best amber: Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale, Japan

Best Belgian-style ale: Unibroue Seigneuriale, Canada

Best Belgian-style golden: Rogue Single Malt Ale, USA

Best Belgian-style blonde: Unibroue Quatre – Centième, Canada

Best Belgian-style strong: Samuel Adams Brewlywed, USA

Best Belgian-style tripel: Le Trou du Diable Buteuse Brassin Special, Canada

Best bière de garde/saison: Brasserie du Bocq Saison 1858, Belgium

Best bitter more than 5%: Stewart Radical Road, Scotland

Best bitter up to 4%: Deschutes River Ale, USA

Best bitter up to 5%: Great Newsome Frothingham Best, England

Best imperial IPA: Minoh W-IPA, Japan

Best IPA: SanktGallen Yokohama XPA, Japan

Best pale barley wine: Samuel Adams Griffins Bow, USA

Best pale ale: Samuel Adams Belgian Session, USA

Best seasonal: Maison de Brasseur Thou, France

Sour Beers:

Best gueuze: Lindemans Old Gueuze Cuvée René, Belgium

Best kriek: Lindemans Old Kriek Cuvée René, Belgium

Best gose: Dollnitzer Ritterguts Gose, Germany

Best lambic: Redoak Blackberry Wheat Beer, Australia

Speciality Beers:

Best experimental: Le Trou du Diable La Bretteuse Brassin Spécial, Canada

Best rye: Jopen Jacobus RPA, The Netherlands

Best gluten-free: Huyghe Mongozo Premium Pilsner, Belgium

Stouts & Porters:

Best stout: Deschutes Obsidian Stout, USA

Best imperial stout: Minoh Beer Imperial Stout, Japan

Best oatmeal stout: Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, USA

Best porter: Bogota Beer Chapinero Porter, Colombia

Best strong porter: Les Trois Mousquetaires Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique, Canada

Best sweet/milk stout: Brasseurs du Monde Exploite, Canada

Wheat Beers:

Best alcohol free: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei, Germany

Best Bavarian hefeweiss: Primátor Weizenbier, Czech Republic

Best Bavarian kristal: Weihenstephaner Kristal Weissbier, Germany

Best Belgian-style witbier: Mont Blanc La Blanche, France

Best dark wheat beer: Ketterer Ur-Weisse Dunkel, Germany

Best strong wheat beer: Eisenbahn Weizenbock, Brazil


Asia’s best beer label: Fujizakura Heights Beer Rauch, Japan

Europe’s best beer label: Lindemans Old Gueuze Cuvée René, Belgium

The Americas’ best label: Deschutes The Dissident, USA

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