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The Best-Selling Beer in the World

The Best-Selling Beer in the World

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

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