2011 World’s Best Beer Awards

Well you know how much we love lists around these parts, like not at all.  But this is a bit different than some of the other lists that have been put out there before.  The World Beer awards have come out for 2011, and these are a bit more unique than some of the other lists out there.  First it goes by the Style Guide for categories, then it is actually judged on three continents.  Then those are again judged to select a winner for each style, and an overall winner.  The website does a much better job of explaining it than I could ever do, so here it is in their words:

Welcome to the winners guide to the World Beer Awards 2011, the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles from around the world.

Judging is blind with regional style heats held in Europe, the USA and Asia under the careful eye of a regional Chairman.

They select the style winner in each region, which is then tasted against the other regional winners to select the World’ss Best Style.

From these world winners judges can then select the World’s Best Ale, Lager, Stout & Porter and Wheat Beer. The pages of this year’s World Beer Awards guide identify winners by style and by category, we hope you enjoy this year’s findings and the fantastic range of beers they represent.

Enjoy exploring this incredible selection of outstanding beers.

What is more is there is a book that they publish that goes through each beer for five major styles, has a picture of each, and tasting and style notes.  This book is in PDF form and available for download for free on their site!    This really is a very comprehensive list, and one like I’ve not seen before, although they have been doing this since 2007, and up at the top of the site there are tabs for previous years winners.  I had fun poking around here, and I think you will too.

Here are some of the results:

World’s Best Wheat Beer, World’s Best Beer Weihenstephaner Vitus 7.7%

World’s Best Category Winners

World’s Best Dark Ale, World’s Best Ale Rodenbach Grand Cru 6%
World’s Best Lager Samuel Adams Double Bock 9.5%
World’s Best Pale Ale Deschutes Hop Henge 9%
World’s Best Stout & Porter Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout 9%
World’s Best Wheat Beer, World’s Best Beer Weihenstephaner Vitus 7.7%

World’s Best Dark Ales

World’s Best Barley Wine Dark Ale Botet Barley Wine 2009 9.1%
World’s Best Brown Dark Ale Kamakura Beer Flower 5.5%
World’s Best Flavoured Dark Ale Thornbridge Bracia 9%
World’s Best Kriek Dark Ale Bockor Kriek Max %
World’s Best Mild Dark Ale Brains Dark 3.5%
World’s Best Old / Vintage Ale / Oud Bruin Dark Ale Rodenbach Grand Cru 6%
World’s Best Speciality Dark Ale Redoak Special Reserve 12%
World’s Best Strong Dark Dark Ale Dark Island Reserve 10%
World’s Best Dark Ale winners booklet

World’s Best Lagers

World’s Best Dark Lager Bernard Dark 5.1%
World’s Best Doppel Bock Lager Samuel Adams Double Bock 9.5%
World’s Best Flavoured Lager Fujizakura Rauch 5.5%
World’s Best Gluten-free Lager SA Damm Estrella Damm Daura 5.4%
World’s Best Low / No Alcohol (inc. ’light’) Lager Claustmaler Classic Radeberger 0.5%
World’s Best Pils / Pils(e)ner Lager Borgio 5.5%
World’s Best Premium Lager SA Damm Keler 18 6.5%
World’s Best Seasonal Lager Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager 6%
World’s Best Standard Lager Egils Gull 5%
World’s Best Strong Lager Australian Max 7.1%
World’s Best Lager winners booklet

World’s Best Pale Ales

World’s Best Abbey / Trappist Pale Ale Les Trois Mousquetaires La Buteuse 10%
World’s Best Altbier Pale Ale Tazawako Beer Alt 5%
World’s Best Amber Pale Ale Mont Blanc La Rousse du Mont Blanc 7.2%
World’s Best Best Bitter Pale Ale Rogue Brutal IPA 6.2%
World’s Best Biere de Garde Pale Ale Samuel Adams Longshot Lemon Pepper Saison 6.4%
World’s Best Bitter Pale Ale Sharp’s Special 5%
World’s Best Blonde / Golden Pale Ale Stewart Brewing Hollyrood 5%
World’s Best Flavoured Pale Ale Sharp’s Chalky’s Bite 10%
World’s Best Harvest Pale Ale Deschutes Hop Trip 5.5%
World’s Best Imperial IPA Pale Ale Deschutes Hop Henge 9%
World’s Best IPA Pale Ale SanktGallen Yokohama XPA 5.8%
World’s Best Kolsch Pale Ale Alltech Kentucky Light 4.32%
World’s Best Lambic & Gueuze Pale Ale Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze 6%
World’s Best Premium Pale Ale St Austell Admiral’s Ale 5%
World’s Best Seasonal Pale Ale Voie Maltee Graincheuse 8%
World’s Best Speciality Pale Ale Petrus Aged Pale 7.3%
World’s Best Standrd Pale Ale Unibroue Blonde De Chambly 5%
World’s Best Strong / Extra Special Pale Ale Deschutes Red Chair NWPA 6.2%
World’s Best Pale Ale winners booklet

World’s Best Stouts & Porters

World’s Best Porter Stout & Porter Fuller’s London Porter 5.4%
World’s Best Porter – Baltic Stout & Porter Baltika No6 Porter 7%
World’s Best Porter – Flavoured Stout & Porter Rogue Mocha Porter 5.3%
World’s Best Stout – Dry Stout & Porter Deschutes Obsidian Stout 6.4%
World’s Best Stout – Export Style Stout & Porter Preston Ale Stout (Irish Ale) 6%
World’s Best Stout – Flavoured Stout & Porter Rogue Chocolate Stout 6%
World’s Best Stout – Strong Stout & Porter Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout 9%
World’s Best Stout & Porter winners booklet

World’s Best Wheat Beers

World’s Best Dark Wheat Beer Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel 5.3%
World’s Best Fruit Wheat Beer Unibroue Ephemere Cassis (Black Currant) 5.5%
World’s Best Grain-only Wheat Beer Daisen G Beer Weizen 5%
World’s Best Low / No Alcohol Wheat Beer Eder Bavaria Weizenbier Alcoholfrei 0%
World’s Best Spiced Wheat Beer Unibroue Blanche De Chambly 5%
World’s Best Strong Wheat Beer Weihenstephaner Vitus 7.7%
World’s Best Wheat Beer winners booklet

Asia’s Best

Best Altbier Pale Ale Tazawako Beer Alt 5%
Best Barley Wine Dark Ale Shonan Barley Wine 8.8%
Best Bitter Pale Ale Redoak Bitter 3.4%
Best Brown Dark Ale Kamakura Beer Flower 5.5%
Best Dark Lager Shonan Liebe 5%
Best Dark Wheat Beer Fujizakura Chocolate Wheat 6%
Best Flavoured Lager Fujizakura Rauch 5.5%
Best Flavoured Pale Ale Shonan Gold 4.5%
Best Fruit Wheat Beer Redoak Framboise Frament 4.5%
Best Grain-only Wheat Beer Daisen G Beer Weizen 5%
Best Imperial IPA Pale Ale Minoh W-IPA 9%
Best IPA Pale Ale Yokohama XPA 5.8%
Best Pils / Pils(e)ner Lager Borgio 5.5%
Best Porter Stout & Porter Brown Porter 5.5%
Best Premium Lager Chang Beer 5%
Best Speciality Dark Ale Redoak Special Reserve 12%
Best Speciality Pale Ale Daisen G Beer Yagou 7%
Best Stout – Export Style Stout & Porter Preston Ale Irish Ale 6%
Best Stout & Porter Stout Strong Minoh Imperial Stout 8%
Best Strong Lager Australian Max 7.1%
Best Strong Wheat Beer Daisen G Beer Wheat Wine 9%

Europe’s Best

Best Abbey / Trappist Dark Ale Petrus Dubbel 6.5%
Best Abbey / Trappist Pale Ale Prior Tongerlo 9%
Best Amber Pale Ale Mont Blanc La Rousse du Mont Blanc 7.2%
Best Barley Wine Dark Ale Botet Barley Wine 2009 9.1%
Best Best Bitter Pale Ale Fuller’s Gales HSB 4.8%
Best Bitter Pale Ale Sharp’s Special 5%
Best Blonde / Golden Pale Ale Stewart Brewing Hollyrood 5%
Best Brown Dark Ale Petras Bruin 8.1%
Best Dark Lager Bernard Dark 5.1%
Best Dark Wheat Beer Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel 5.3%
Best Doppel Bock Lager Flotzinger Josefi Bock 7.5%
Best Flavoured Dark Ale Thornbridge Bracia 9%
Best Flavoured Lager Melville’s Raspberry Beer 4.1%
Best Flavoured Pale Ale Sharp’s Chalky’s Bite 6.8%
Best Fruit Wheat Beer Bavik Wittekerke Rose 4.3%
Best Gluten-free Lager SA Damm Estrella Damm Daura 5.4%
Best Grain-only Wheat Beer Primator Weizenbier 5%
Best IPA Pale Ale St Austell Proper Job 5.5%
Best Kirek Dark Ale Bockor Kriek Max 3.2%
Best Lambic & Gueuze Pale Ale Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze 6%
Best Low / No Alcohol (inc. ’light’) Lager Claustmaler Classic Radeberger 0.5%
Best Low / No Alcohol Wheat Beer Eder Bavaria Weizenbier Alcoholfrei 0.5%
Best Mild Dark Ale Brains Dark 3.5%
Best Old / Vintage Ale / Oud Bruin Dark Ale Rodenbach Grand Cru 6%
Best Pils / Pils(e)ner Lager San Miguel 1516 4.2%
Best Porter – Baltic Stout & Porter Baltika No6 Porter 7%
Best Porter – Flavoured Stout & Porter Okell’s Aile 4.7%
Best Porter Stout & Porter Fuller’s London Porter 5.4%
Best Premium Lager SA Damm Keler 18 6.5%
Best Premium Pale Ale St Austell Admiral’s Ale 5%
Best Seasonal Lager Loncium Austrian Amber Lager 5.5%
Best Seasonal Pale Ale Harvey’s Tom Paine 5.5%
Best Speciality Dark Ale Palm Brewery Rodenbach Vintage 7%
Best Speciality Pale Ale Petrus Aged Pale 7.3%
Best Spiced Wheat Beer Steenbrugge Wit 5%
Best Standard Lager Egils Gull 5%
Best Stout – Dry Stout & Porter Hook Norton Double Stout 4.8%
Best Stout – Export Style Stout & Porter Sotholmen Extra Stout 7%
Best Stout – Flavoured Stout & Porter Saltaire Triple Chocoholic 4.8%
Best Stout – Strong Stout & Porter Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout 9%
Best Strong / Extra Special Pale Ale Fuller’s ESB 5.9%
Best Strong Dark Dark Ale Dark Island Reserve 10%
Best Strong Lager Ketterer Maibock 7.1%
Best Strong Wheat Beer Weihenstephaner Vitus 7.7%

The Americas Best

Best Abbey / Trappist Pale Ale Les Trois Mousquetaires La Buteuse 10%
Best Altbier Pale Ale Samuel Adams Boston Ale 5.1%
Best Amber Pale Ale Unibroue Maudite 8%
Best Barley Wine Dark Ale Deschutes Mirror Mirror 11%
Best Best Bitter Pale Ale Rogue Brutal IPA 6.2%
Best Biere de Garde Pale Ale Samuel Adams Longshot Lemon Pepper Saison 6.4%
Best Blonde / Golden Pale Ale Unibroue La Fin Du Monde 9%
Best Brown Dark Ale Samuel Adams Brown Ale 5.3%
Best Dark Lager Samuel Adams Black Lager 5%
Best Dark Wheat Beer Samuel Adams Dunkel Weizen 5.06%
Best Doppel Bock Lager Samuel Adams Double Bock 9.5%
Best Flavoured Dark Ale Unibroue Quelque Chose 8%
Best Flavoured Lager Eisenbahn Rauchbier 6.5%
Best Fruit Wheat Beer Unibroue Ephemere Cassis (Black Currant) 5.5%
Best Grain-only Wheat Beer Eisenbahn Weizenbier 4.8%
Best Harvest Pale Ale Deschutes Hop Trip 5.5%
Best Imperial IPA Pale Ale Deschutes Hop Henge 9%
Best IPA Pale Ale Deschutes Inversion IPA 6.8%
Best Kolsch Pale Ale Alltech Kentucky Light 4.32%
Best Low / No Alcohol (inc. ’light’) Lager Samuel Adams Sam Light 4.07%
Best Old / Vintage Ale / Oud Bruin Dark Ale Samuel Adams Longshot Old Ben Ale 8.98%
Best Pils / Pils(e)ner Lager Club Premium 4.4%
Best Porter – Flavoured Stout & Porter Rogue Mocha Porter 5.3%
Best Porter Stout & Porter Samuel Adams Holiday Porter 5.8%
Best Premium Lager Moosehead Lager 5%
Best Premium Pale Ale Eisenbahn Pale Ale 4.8%
Best Seasonal Lager Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager 6%
Best Seasonal Pale Ale Graincheuse 8%
Best Speciality Dark Ale Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red 9%
Best Speciality Pale Ale Samuel Adams Utopias 2011 27%
Best Spiced Wheat Beer Unibroue Blanche De Chambly 5%
Best Standard Lager Hop City Barking Squirrel Lager 5%
Best Standard Pale Ale Unibroue Blonde De Chambly 5%
Best Stout – Dry Stout & Porter Deschutes Obsidian Stout 6.4%
Best Stout – Flavoured Stout & Porter Rogue Chocolate Stout 6%
Best Stout – Strong Stout & Porter Deschutes The Abyss 11%
Best Strong / Extra Special Pale Ale Deschutes Red Chair NWPA 6.2%
Best Strong Dark Dark Ale Le Trou Du Diable La Grivoise de Noel 7.5%
Best Strong Lager Baden Baden Bock 6.5%
Best Strong Wheat Beer Unibroue Don De Dieu 9%

-Don

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30 Comments on “2011 World’s Best Beer Awards”

  1. October 27, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    At least give us the category winners in the post, dude!

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 11:42 am #

      Too much effort! They can go to the web site and see. *Lazy Poster*

      • October 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

        Just cut and pasted them. Took about 30 seconds…

        • Don
          October 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

          Yeah, but now it is all long and bulky, and they can’t click on each beer to get more info like they could on the site. I was forcing them to be interested! 😉

  2. October 27, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Was Sam Adams the only US Brewery to enter a ton of beers?

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      It looks that way. Based on the site it seems as if you can enter your own beers for judging, but they probably don’t solicit entries, looks like they leave that up to the individual breweries.

  3. October 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    It seems pretty obvious to me that a number of breweries aren’t playing in this game. I didn’t see any of my favorite breweries–much less brews–listed. It’d be interesting to see just who entered (and by extension, who didn’t.) For instance, its hard to believe that brews from say, New Belgium or DFH, wouldn’t have placed in the American beers at least.

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

      Agreed. Since this looks like it requires breweries to self submit, it could be a stretch for those that don’t have a full time administrative staff or at least someone monitoring social media. I figure it will probably be more robust as more and more breweries enter the fray.

  4. October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I was hoping to see a little more parity for the Americas. Moosehead won premium lager? I’ll take this list with a grain of salt, however the comprehensiveness of the lists, breakdowns and styles was really nice.

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      Agreed. I think all lists should be taken that way, but this one did a bit better job on the judging side I thought. However looks like they need a more comprehensive list of beers to begin with.

  5. October 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I’m starting the Don drinking game this afternoon. Every time Don begins a comment with “Agreed.” I’ll take a drink.

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      Agreed, you should begin now!

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      Agreed. You are going to be drunk by the time you have to leave.

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      Agreed. Let’s get this buzz going!

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      Agreed. I hope you don’t get sick!

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Agreed. The bed will be spinning tonight.

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Agreed. You aren’t going to want any more beer this week!

  6. October 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    The one call I do like is the repetition of the Deschutes Hop Henge up there, that really is a great beer

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

      Agreed. Hop Henge is a great beer. This is fun, I can agree with you, and get Tanmre drunk at the same time!

  7. October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Wow. That’s a lot of beers I’ve never tried!

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

      Agreed! I haven’t tried the majority of them either, and in your case, that is really saying something! I’m pretty sure Tamre is about ready to pass out right now!

  8. October 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I have to question a list that has Sam Adams on it that many times and nothing from Stone….????

    • Don
      October 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

      It seems that many breweries elected not to participate, so if they don’t throw in they don’t get evaluated. It is an obvious flaw in their system.

      • October 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

        Maybe they require free beer for their tastings. Just think of it. You guys could start an Awards program of your own and get loads of free beer. (Course, I’d expect a cut for suggesting it. LOL)

        • Don
          October 28, 2011 at 10:45 am #

          Great Minds think alike Wayne!

  9. October 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Hey Don and Jim, just came across the site the other day and absolutely love it, keep up the good work!

    Indeed, there seem to be a lot of breweries missing, especially American ones, but this list is long and diverse enough for a brewing novice like to me learn from.

    As I currently live in Korea, a land nearly void of quality brew, most of the beers here will have to be filled away till I get stateside….sigh.

    • October 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

      Hey James; surely you can get some of the new Japanese beers–they’re really starting into get into the craft-beer game (beers such as Hitachino Nest & Green Tea IPA.) And there are always the old Asian standbys, Sapporo, San Miguel (or as we used to call it on Okinawa, Sam McGoo), and such.

      Don, don’t you agree?

  10. October 28, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Massagu, I don’t live in Seoul so that’s another hindrance of beer availability. A typical store here in my town will carry Asahi, Guiness, Carlsberg, Budweiser, Sapporo and Hoegaarden in addition to the crap Korean beer.

    One department store used to carry Cooper’s Stout (Austrailia) which was pretty good. Another has been carrying some lower end German and Beligian beers, which seem great compared to the Korean stuff.

    One bar in town has a pale ale on draft from Alley Kat (Edmonton, CAN), which is really random.

    Overall, the situation is improving, I’ve been here about 3 years now. but it’s a long way from I’m used to at home.

    • October 28, 2011 at 9:11 am #

      Hopefully it’ll improve. When I was in Russia back in ’93, the only decent beers around were Belgian brews and they were quite inexpensive. The Russian beer at the time was pure dreck! I understand that that situation is changing for the good as many young Russians switch from vodka to beer.

  11. Greg
    October 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    So, what the coments tell me is the awards should be called World’s Best Beers That Were Submitted Awards. Sam Adams and Unibroue are not usually the first to come to mind.

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