The Best-Selling Beer in the World Isn’t What You Think

The global beerscape has changed dramatically over the past decade, as growth in China benefited mainland brands

Courtesy: Jason Alden/Oneredeye/SABMiller

Most of these aren’t sold in your local supermarket.

(Rankings based on market share.)

1. Snow (China)

2005 rank: 11
Market share: 5.4%
Sales volume up 573% since 2005

2. Tsingtao (China)

2005 rank: 10
Market share: 2.8%
Yep, the world’s top two are Chinese

3. Bud Light (U.S.)

2005 rank: 1
Market share: 2.5%
Sales volume down 7% since 2009

4. Budweiser (U.S.)

2005 rank: 2
Market share: 2.3%
The dethroned “King of Beers.” Chef David Chang is now a spokesman. 

5. Skol (Brazil)

2005 rank: 3
Market share: 2.2%
InBev’s top beer before the merger with AB

6. Yanjing (China)

2005 rank: 16
Market share: 1.9%
Billed as “the state beer of China”

7. Heineken (Netherlands)

2005 rank: 6
Market share: 1.5%
Oldest brand in the top 10 (142 years)

8. Harbin (China)

2005 rank: 15
Market share: 1.5%
Chinese brand owned by AB InBev

9. Brahma (Brazil)

2005 rank: 5
Market share: 1.5%
Brazilian beer also in AB InBev family

10. Coors Light (U.S.)

2005 rank: 7
Market share: 1.3%
Outsold Coors by almost 13 to 1

Data: EuroMonitor 

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