Special Report

31 Biggest Beer Brands in America

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11. Heineken
> Parent company: Heineken International
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 3,800,000
> Change from 2013: -5.4%
> 2018 market share: 1.8%

Brewed in the Netherlands for more than 150 years, Heineken is one of the most recognizable and widely distributed beer brands around the globe — and it remains one of the world’s most popular lagers.

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10. Busch
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 4,175,000
> Change from 2013: -21.6%
> 2018 market share: 2.0%

Originally known as Busch Bavarian Beer, this was the first beer introduced by Anheuser-Busch after Prohibition (a long time after Prohibition — 1955, while anti-alcohol legislation was repealed in 1933). The snowy mountains on the can echo the brand’s claim to be “as crisp and cold as a mountain stream.”

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9. Busch Light
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 6,200,000
> Change from 2013: -3.9%
> 2018 market share: 3.0%

This lighter sibling to the original Busch has slightly less alcohol (4.1% versus 4.3%), but earns its “light” designation with 95 calories per 12-ounce can (nine fewer than Busch) and 3.2 grams of carbohydrates, roughly half what its near-namesake has.

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8. Natural Light
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 6,700,000
> Change from 2013: -11.8%
> 2018 market share: 3.3%

“Natty” bills itself as “the official beer of keeping it real and letting things just happen.” A reduced-calorie light pilsner, it has the same calorie and carb count as another Anheuser-Busch light brand, Busch Light — 95 and 3.2, respectively.

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7. Modelo Especial
> Parent company: Grupo Modelo (Constellation Brands)
> Barrels shipped in 2018: 8,180,000
> Change from 2013: 121.4%
> 2018 market share: 4.0%

The second most popular Mexican beer for American drinkers, Modelo Especial is a rich pilsner-style lager. (It has a darker, richer Munich Dunkel-style lager cousin, Negra Modelo, with a following of its own, though its sales are substantially lower.)

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