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Awards for World's Best Beers 2013 announced

Following four rounds of judging, eight bottled beers have been crowned ‘World’s Best Beers’ by the international, highly respected judging panel. 

Primator Weizenbier has been named the ‘World’s Best Beer 2013’ and Deschutes The Dissident the ‘World’s Best Label 2013’.

The judges blind-tasted beers from nearly 600 entries and from more than 30 countries, in the annual World Beer Awards.

The category winners and style trophies have also been named and, for the first time this year, new sub-category Bronze and Silver medals were awarded.


World's Best Wheat Beer – Primator Weizenbier – also World's Best Beer

World's Best Dark Beer – Malheur 12

World's Best Flavoured Beer – Tazawako Beer Rauch

World's Best Lager – Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner

World's Best Pale Beer – Maison de Brasseur Thou

World's Best Speciality Beer – Le Trou du Diable La Bretteuse Brassin Special

World's Best Stout & Porter – Minoh Beer Imperial Stout

World’s Best Sour – Lindemans Old Kriek Cuvée René

The Americas Best LabelDeschutes The Dissident – also World's Best Label

Asia’s Best Label – Fujizakura Heights Beer Rauch

Europe's Best Label – Lindemans Old Gueuze Cuvée René


Judges comment

European Chairman, Adrian Tierney-Jones comments: “It’s fabulous to see that the best lager has been won by Sharp’s for their scintillating Cornish Pilsner, proof that the lagers of the UK are no longer a laughing matter. While we’re talking turn-ups for the book, it is also intriguing that the World’s Best Beer goes to Czech brewery Primator, for their Weissbier, a style that had died out in the country while continuing to thrive next door in Germany.”

“Belgium makes a strong showing with two categories deservedly under its belt especially meaty, robust Malheur 12. Congratulations also go to the winners from France and Canada. It’s the presence of two Japanese beers that demonstrates that that country’s craft brewing industry is really starting to contend with the best beers around the world — which is what the World Beer Awards is all about, getting the world’s best beers recognised for the beautiful drinks that they are.”


Dark Beer

World’s Best American Brown Ale – Full Sail – Amber

World's Best Barley Wine – Swan Lake – Barley

World's Best Belgian Style Dubbel – Belgh Brasse – Mons Abbey Dubbel

World's Best Belgian Style Strong – Malheur – 12

World's Best Black IPA – Thornbridge – Wild Raven

World's Best Brown – Jopen – Bokbier

World's Best Oud Bruin – Palm Brewery – Rodenbach Grand Cru

World's Best Strong – Redoak – Wee Heavy

World's Best Vintage – Palm Brewery – Rodenbach Vintage 2010


Flavoured Beer

World's Best Chocolate & Coffee – Brasil Karin – Chocolate

World's Best Experimental – Samuel Adams – Hazel Brown

World's Best Fruit – Unibroue – Éphémère Apple

World's Best Herb & Spice – Robinson's – Old Ginger Tom

World's Best Honey – Samuel Adams – Honey Queen

World's Best Smoked – Tazawako Beer – Rauch

World's Best Wood-Aged – Petrus – Aged Pale



World's Best Alcohol Free – Clausthaler – Classic

World's Best Amber / Vienna – Bierland – Vienna

World's Best Bock – Brasil Karin – Baden Baden Bock

World’s Best Czech Pale – Konrad – 12º

World's Best Dark – Evans – Black

World's Best Doppelbock – Fujizakura Heights Beer – Sakura Bock

World's Best Dortmunder – Hoepfner – Goldkoepfle

World's Best German Pale – Fujizakura Heights Beer – Pils

World's Best Helles/Munchner – Alpirsbacher – Spezial

World's Best Low Carb – Sharp's – Cornish Pilsner

World's Best Seasonal – Feldschlösschen – Maibock

World's Best Strong – Budweiser Budvar – Premier Select

Pale Beer

World's Best Altbier – Bamberg – Alt

World’s Best Amber (inc. Irish Red) – Swan Lake – Amber Swan Ale

World's Best Barley Wine – Samuel Adams – Griffins Bow

World’s Best Belgian Style Ale – Unibroue – Seigneuriale

World's Best Belgian Style Blonde – Unibroue – Quatre Centieme

World's Best Belgian Style Strong – Samuel Adams – Brewlywed Ale

World's Best Belgian Style Tripel – Le Trou du Diable – Buteuse Brassin Special

World's Best Biére De Garde/Saison – Brasserie du Bocq – Saison 1858

World's Best Bitter up to 4% – Deschutes – River Ale

World's Best Bitter up to 5% – Great Newsome – Frothingham Best

World's Best Bitter over 5% – Stewart Brewing – Radical Road

World’s Best Golden – Rogue – Single Malt Ale

World's Best Imperial IPA – Minoh Beer – W-IPA

World's Best IPA – SanktGallen – Yokohama XPA

World's Best Kölsch – Tazawako Beer – Kolsch

World's Best Pale Ale – Samuel Adams – Belgian Session

World's Best Seasonal – Maison de Brasseur – Thou


Sour Beer

World’s Best Gose – Dollnitzer Ritterguts  – Gose

World's Best Gueuze – Lindemans – Old Gueuze Cuvée René

World's Best Kriek – Lindemans – Old Kriek Cuvée René

World’s Best Lambic – Redoak – Blackberry Wheat Beer


Speciality Beer

World's Best Experimental – Le Trou du Diable – La Bretteuse Brassin Special

World’s Best Gluten-free – Brouwerij Huyghe – Mongozo Premium Pilsner

World's Best Rye – Jopen – Jacobus RPA –

Stout & Porter

World's Best Imperial – Minoh Beer – Imperial Stout

World's Best Oatmeal Stout – Rogue – Shakespeare Oatmeal

World's Best Porter – Bogota Beer – Chapinero Porter

World’s Best Stout – Deschutes – Obsidian Stout

World's Best Strong Porter – Les Trois Mousquetaires – Grandee Cuvee Porter Baltique

World's Best Sweet / Milk Stout – Brasseurs du Monde – Exploite


Wheat Beer

World's Best Alcohol Free – Weihenstephaner – Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei

World's Best Bavarian Hefeweiss – Primator – Weizenbier

World's Best Bavarian Kristal – Weihenstephaner – Kristal Weissbier

World's Best Belgian Style Witbier – Mont Blanc – La Blanche

World's Best Dark – Ketterer – Ur-Weisse Dunkel

World's Best Strong  – Brasil Karin – Eisenbahn Wiezenbock


For further information on the World Beer Awards including the Bronze, Silver and Gold regional style winners, images and tasting notes of the all the winning beers go to

Contact: Sophie Donovan, World Beer Awards, Organiser and Editor +44 (0) 1603 633 808

7 October 2013 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor