World Beer Award Winners listed by Style

Following four rounds of judging, eight bottled beers have been crowned ‘World’s Best Beers’ by the international, highly respected judging panel. Judges have now blind-tasted beers from nearly 600 entries and from more than 30 countries, in the annual World Beer Awards. Category winners and style trophies have also been named. For the first time this year, new sub-category Bronze and Silver medals have been awarded. Judges have named Primator Weizenbier ‘World’s Best Beer 2013’ and Deschutes The Dissident ‘World’s Best Label 2013’.

World’s Best Wheat Beer Primator Weizenbier (World’s overall 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 Label Deschutes The Dissident  (World’s overall best label)
Asia’s Best Label Fujizakura Heights Beer Rauch
Europe’s Best Label Lindemans Old Gueuze Cuvée René


Note from the European Chairman, Adrian Tierney-Jones

“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.”

Adrian Tierney-Jones, European Chairman.


World’s Best Styles

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% Stewart Brewing Radical Road
World’s Best Bitter up to 5% Deschutes River Ale
World’s Best Bitter over 5% Great Newsome Frothingham Best
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 and 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