Special Report

The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

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11. Heineken
> Parent company: Heineken International
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.0 million
> Change from 2016: -0.9%
> Market share: 1.8%

This 154-year-old Dutch brewery has been ranked for the past two years as the world’s third most valuable beer brand — after Bud Light and Budweiser — by Brand Finance. Though it’s sometimes described as having a skunky aroma, it remains one of the world’s most popular lagers, and it has been hailed for its consistency.

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10. Busch
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.7 million
> Change from 2016: -2.6%
> Market share: 2.2%

Busch is one of six beers from Anheuser-Busch InBev that rank among the top 10 beers in terms of U.S. shipments. Though there is a Busch Light, Busch is also relatively low in calories compared to other similar brews. It has just 114 calories and 4.3% alcohol by volume.

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9. Busch Light
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 6.4 million
> Change from 2016: 0.4%
> Market share: 3.0%

The light version of Busch, this beer has 95 calories, fewer than all but a handful of other light beers. Reviews describe it as watery, flavorless, and boring, but its sales figures suggest that it has a good following.

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8. Natural Light
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 6.5 million
> Change from 2016: -1.9%
> Market share: 3.0%

Natural Light — commonly referred to as Natty Light — is one of the lightest beers on the market. One Natural Light contains just 95 calories and 3.2 grams of carbs. Many drinkers will also tell you that Natural Light is also light on taste.

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7. Modelo Especial
> Parent company: Constellation Brands
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 7.2 million
> Change from 2016: 17.4%
> Market share: 3.3%

Modelo Especial is the second fastest growing major beer brand over the past decade. In 2007, Constellation Brands shipped 1.6 million barrels of the Mexican pilsner-style lager in the U.S. Ten years later, the company shipped 7.2 million barrels. First brewed in 1966, the brand is available in both bottles and cans. It’s the most popular canned beer in Mexico today.

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