Special Report

The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

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15. Bud Ice
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 2.4 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -3.0%
> Market share: 1.18%

This smooth, ice-brewed beer was on a roll for a while, with shipments growing more than 17% between 2013 and 2018, but last year shipments declined. It has an ABV of 5.5% and only 123 calories per 12-ounce bottle, slightly lower than the usual. Reviews describe it as “inoffensive cheap ice lager” and “a beer you can drink with buddies while watching a football game on TV.”

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14. Stella Artois
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 2.7 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -0.9%
> Market share: 1.29%

Praised for its consistency and considered to be of high quality for mass-produced beer, this classic Belgian lager was the third-fastest growing major beer brand in America in the 2010s, recording an increase in sales of more than 90.8% between 2012 and 2017. In 2019, however, shipments slightly declined.

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13. Miller High Life
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 3.0 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -11.8%
> Market share: 1.46%

This pilsner-style beer, created in 1903, was one of the first widely distributed bottled beers in America (though it’s now sold in cans as well). Brewer Frederick Miller called it “High Life,” it is said, because he believed that good living should be available even to those who could only afford beer. He dubbed it “The Champagne of Beers” as a reference to its supposed luxurious quality.

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12. Keystone Light
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 3.3 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -7.1%
> Market share: 1.60%

This triple-filtered light lager, brewed by Coors in Colorado, comes in at 104 calories per 12-ounce bottles — six fewer than industry sales leader Bud Light (see No. 1). First brewed in 1989, Keystone Light has been dismissed as “beer-flavored water.”

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11. Heineken
> Parent company: Heineken International
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 3.7 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -3.9%
> Market share: 1.78%

Brewed in the Netherlands for more than 150 years, Heineken is one of the world’s most recognizable and widely distributed beer brands — and one of the most popular lagers in the beer universe. It is also America’s third-most popular imported beer and the most popular European brew.