Special Report

31 Biggest Beer Brands in America

Source: Courtesy of MillerCoors

31. Milwaukee’s Best Light
> Parent company: MillerCoors
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 535,000
> Change from 2013: -47.0%
> 2018 market share: 0.3%

Though this light beer was introduced only in 1986, the original Milwaukee’s Best dates from 1895 — though for decades it was available only around its namesake city. Though light brews are not typically favored by serious beer drinkers, this one took home a silver medal in the American-Style Light Lager category at the Great American Beer Festival in 2006.

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30. Miller Genuine Draft
> Parent company: MillerCoors
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 550,000
> Change from 2013: -52.6%
> 2018 market share: 0.3%

The original brewing facility for this beer, which has been fading in popularity in recent years as shipments tumbled over 50% since 2013, closed down in 2015. This cold-filtered lager is still produced, however, leaving alive the question of how a “draft” beer can be sold in bottles and cans.

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29. Tecate
> Parent company: Heineken International
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 680,000
> Change from 2013: -34.6%
> 2018 market share: 0.3%

This popular Mexican beer, a pale lager in style, is brewed by the Heineken-owned Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma. It is commonly served with a wedge of lime, to be squeezed into the pull-tab opening. Despite the near 35% decline in shipments since 2013, the beer remains one of American’s best sellers.

28. Bud Light Lime
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 700,000
> Change from 2013: -42.9%
> 2018 market share: 0.3%

While beers like Tecate might be consumed with a squeeze of lime juice, this America light lager comes with the lime flavoring already added. At least one reviewer, on RateBeer, finds the lime synthetic-tasting “like they added Mountain Dew…” This might explain the beer’s over 40% volume decline since 2013.

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27. Bud Light Platinum
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 725,000
> Change from 2013: -49.1%
> 2018 market share: 0.4%

With its distinctive cobalt-blue bottle, this potent (6% ABV) malt liquor is triple-filtered for smoothness. Reviewers tend to find it easily drinkable, though its shipments have fallen almost 50% since 2013.