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The 10 Best-Selling Beers in America


Out of all the popular alcoholic beverages, beer is the preferred choice for Americans. According to Zippia, of the 63% of Americans who drink alcohol, 42% preferred beer to other alcoholic drinks. There are many reasons we could infer why beer is the preferred drink. For instance, beer has the lowest alcohol percentage. That means the person could drink as much without becoming intoxicated. Additionally, it is a refreshing drink due to its low shelf life of 6-9 months. Now that we have established why Americans prefer beer, it is time we identified particular beers that sell quickly in America. Though there are general reasons Americans prefer beer, certain beers are preferred to other beers. We are going to highlight those preferred beers together with their latest annual sales. Without further ado, here are the 10 best-selling beers in the United States.

10. Natural Light ($1.44B)

The beer is beloved for its lightness and budget-friendliness at $5. It is no wonder that the beer is popular amongst college students. Some people may be reluctant to taste the beer because they will assume its taste is inferior due to its pocket-friendliness. However, the beer has a consistently clean flavor and a light body, making it a refreshing drink. It is brewed with a blend of premium American and imported hops and combined with malt and corn.

9. Busch ($1.58B)

Busch shares a lot of similarities with Budweiser. The only difference is that Busch does not use rice as an ingredient. Busch chose to make lagers because they were very popular in 1955. The beer is made the German way since it comprises 4 main types: Vienna Lager, Normal Lager, Dark Lager, and Pale Lager. This beer is made by fermenting it slowly at low temperatures. The resulting beer is one with a smooth taste and easy finish. Due to its cool and refreshing taste, you can pair it with your burger or pizza.

8. Samuel Adams ($2B)

This beer is classified as a Vienna lager, which is a style that dates back to the 1840s. Despite being classified as a Vienna lager, the beer is made locally in Boston. It is therefore different from typical Vienna lagers. However, the beer uses Austrian hops to produce the beer. The beer has a rich sweetness from the malt. Its rich sweetness is due to its traditional four-vessel brewing process.

7. Miller Lite ($2.16B)

Miller Lite is an original light lager with a smooth, refreshing, and light taste. It is brewed with high-quality water. The water is fetched from deep lakes and cold springs, which give the beer its consistent great taste. For beer enthusiasts who treasure bitterness, this is another beer you may love. The beer is made from Galena hops that are from the Pacific Northwest. The beer is made from slightly roasted barley malt to tone down the bitterness.

6. Corona ($2.62B)

The lager is brewed by Grupo Modelo in Mexico and exported to over 150 countries. It is usually served with a wedge of lime or lemon to give it an extra flavor. The beer uses a classic recipe of corn, hops, yeast, and malted barley. As a result, the beer is pale to golden in color with a strong flavor of hops. According to Open Library, the beer became America’s best-selling imported beer in 1988.

5. Modelo ($2.66B)

The beer is relatively light in color, but it is neither dull nor watery. When you sip it, you will find it refreshing due to its cleanness and crispness. The beer has malty notes of honey-kissed biscuits on the finish. Its rich and malty flavor sets it apart from many other moderately priced domestic lagers on shelves. Due to its crisp and clean finish, you can pair it with seafood, pizza, or Mexican dishes.

4. Michelob ($2.89B)

Michelob is an ‘American Lager,’ which means it is a pale light lager. The style attempts to replicate the German lager by using domestic American ingredients like corn. As a result, the beer is lightly hopped with a smooth taste. Due to its lightness, you will enjoy it more when serving it at cold temperatures between 2°C and 4°C. Michelob made light beers due to the high demand for diet beer in 1978.

3. Budweiser ($7.07B)

The beer is made of barley malt, yeast, hops, and rice, and each contributes to its tasty flavor. Barley malt and yeast give the beer its typical malty-sweet flavor. For those who do not mind a little bitterness, that is where the hops come in. Its bitterness balances the malty-sweet flavor. Lastly, the rice gives the beer a crisp and clean taste.

2. Coors ($10.3B)

Coors is classified as “Lite American macro lager” by VinePair. According to Black Tail NYC, its classification is due to its manufacturing style, which makes it light, crisp, clean, and mild. The beer is brewed with 100% Rocky Mountain water and Moravian barley from many generations of farmers. This beer is revered for its upfront sweetness which isn’t overpowering. Its fine carbonation makes the beer feel less syrupy.

1. Heineken ($25.958B)

This Dutch beer is made of hops, malted barley, and water. Initially, wheat and rice used to be contained in this beer. Since it is a lager style of beer, it is thicker than other beers. Its thickness is due to the combination of yeast and barley. The role of the yeast and barley mixture is to keep the preservatives in it to last. Some people were not fond of its thickness, so Heineken launched a lighter version in 2005. Currently, Heineken brews all around the world in more than 70 countries.


After reading this listicle, it is easy to see why beer is popular in America. First, it is a diverse beverage. For instance, it is available in sweet and bitter flavors, which means the needs of every target audience are met. Though it should not be used as a water substitute, beer tends to be refreshing. It is therefore ideal for summer parties since you will need to cool off. Let’s also not forget how budget-friendly beers are, compared to other alcoholic drinks.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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