I am not normally a big drinker, but ever since college I have been known to enjoy a beer on occasion. After traveling a few months, I started to make an explicit goal of trying different beers I came across (rarely did I have one twice, even if I really liked it). Therefore, to honor those who enjoy beer (cough Adam cough among others), I present my Global Beer Rating.
The beers are organized by where I had them, not necessarily country of origin, so any country comparison is more of a “who has better distribution” than “who makes the best beer”. Also, I put the beer in the first country I had it, so there are no duplicates.
Rating Key: ++ = Excellent; + = Good; 0 = Fair
Whatever was on tap at the HK Yacht Club (no rating- wasn’t doing it yet, but I think it was ok)
Le- 0; Singha +; Chang 0; Tiger +
Red Dot- Hefeweizen ++; IPA ++
Mac’s Shady Pale Ale ++ (thanks Les!); Speights 0 (I bought a case and had to work my way through it; this was before I decided that variety is the spice of beer life).
Nepal & Dubai
n/a (just not into beer for these countries)
Don’t remember the names; had one in Almaty, one in Uralsk- they were both nearly undrinkable and definitely unpronounceable. Nepal through Kazakhstan will be known as the thirsty weeks.
The best overall!
Erdinger Weissbier ++; Budweiser Czech +; Weiden Brau Light ++; Weiden Brau Medium ++ (Weiden Brau was a brew pub in Vienna, and it was great)
Lasko 0; Paulener Hell 0; Union Pivo 0; Paulener Hefeweiss ++
Tomislav ++; Ozujsko Limon 0 (not really a beer, but I tried it and regretted it); Staroprmen Selection ++; Hajducko +, Kaltenberg +, Karlovacka Draft +, Staropramen +
Jelen ++; Niksicko +; Lav +
This was an odd country, as Efes must have 95% market share. Hard to find a lot of non-Efes branded stuff, but I had time to seek out other varieties.
Efes +; Efes Dark +; Tuborg Fici +; Leffe (a Belgian beer) ++; Bomonti +; Bomonti Filtresiz +; Tuborg Gold +; Efes Xtra +; Efes Fici 0
Windhoek Premium Draught 0 (couldn’t finish it); Windhoek Lager +; Tafel Lager +; Castle Lager +
St. Louis Lager (Light) +; Hansa Pilsener +
Mosi Lager +
Obviously I tend to prefer the lighter lagers and weiss beers, so take it for what it’s worth. Most beers were fine, some were really good, and a few were bad. Anyway, if someone wanted to sponsor additional research I could be talked into a more detailed study.