Lagers Lead with Beer Drinkers, According to New Survey from Anheuser-Busch

 Lagers Lead with Beer Drinkers, According to New Survey from Anheuser-Busch

Leading Brewer Celebrates America's Favorite Style of Beer in Honor of
National Lager Day

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 6, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This National Lager Day, Dec. 10,
Anheuser-Busch will raise a toast to America's most preferred style of beer,
and for good reason. With ever-increasing interest in beers and brewing,
adults still say that lager is their favorite type of beer, according to a new
survey conducted by the brewer and KRC Research.

The findings show a preference for lager by a wide margin over ales with the
majority citing lager's crisp flavor as the reason.

Beer drinkers have long loved lagers, and the style still reigns supreme.
American lagers make up the large majority (75%) of today's overall beer
category, according to IRI data^i, with Anheuser-Busch leading the way in the
United States, representing nearly two-thirds (63%) of the category.^ii Two of
the company's flagship lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, are consistently among
the world's leading brands.

The National Lager Day survey of more than 600 beer-drinking Americans age 21
and older affirms a prevailing preference for lagers and reveals more about
how they are enjoyed. Key findings include:

  oBeer drinkers prefer lagers 2-to-1 over pale ales and 3-to-1 over IPAs and
  oTwo-thirds of beer drinkers like the crisp flavor of lager more than beers
    with bitter, sweet or fruity flavors.
  oWhen it comes to serving style, respondents say enjoying beer in a glass
    bottle is best (38%), followed closely by beer on draught (32%).

"It's great to see excitement for lagers reaffirmed through the survey
results," said Pete Kraemer, head brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch. "They are the
most challenging beers to brew, but also the most rewarding. There is nothing
I enjoy more than the light, refined flavor complexity of an American lager.
And I encourage everyone to raise a toast to America's favorite beer style on
National Lager Day."

Whether seeking the clean flavor of Bud Light or the crisp, distinct taste of
Budweiser, beer drinkers have confirmed lagers are their favorite by making
the two Anheuser-Busch beers among the top-selling in the country.^iii

"Lagers have a crisper, cleaner taste than traditional ales and require an
immense amount of attention during the brewing process," said Kraemer. "For
our brewmasters, the ultimate measure of quality is taste, which is why we
taste every batch of beer at every step in the process. The consistent quality
of Budweiser and Bud Light are a testament to the talent and training of our

Anheuser-Busch is bringing brewing to life in New York City on the eve of
National Lager Day, Dec. 9, with a stop for the mobile Budweiser Brewmaster
Tour at Pier 86 at the IntrepidSea,Air&Space Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eastern Time. Launched this fall, the Budweiser Brewmaster Tour brings
brewmasters behind every bottle, can and keg of great American lagers to
cities across the country. The mobile brewing experience provides consumers
their own taste of the art, science and passion that goes into making

For more information on National Lager Day, visit

About the Survey
Anheuser-Busch commissioned KRC Research to conduct an online survey of 984
Americans age 21 or older, of which 601 indicated they are beer drinkers. The
survey was designed to determine respondents' preferences for various styles
and flavors of beer, as well as the times and ways they enjoyed drinking beer.
Research was conducted between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, 2013. The margin of
sampling error at the 95 percent level of confidence is +/- 3.12 for the

About Anheuser-Busch
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have
carried on a legacy of brewing America's most-popular beers. Starting with the
finest, all-natural ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of
growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and
time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud
Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine
American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead
numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.6 percent share of the U.S. beer
market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 12
local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging
facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more
than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is
among the global company's largest and most technologically capable breweries.
Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four
other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit

^i IRI date: rankings year to date through 11/10/13; IRI data: lager segment
data 52 weeks ending 11/10/13
^ii IRI date: rankings year to date through 11/10/13; IRI data: lager segment
data 52 weeks ending 11/10/13
^iii IRI date: rankings year to date through 11/10/13; IRI data: lager segment
data 52 weeks ending 11/10/13

SOURCE Anheuser-Busch

Contact: Media, Beth Kerley, Anheuser-Busch, 314-765-2329,
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