Special Report

The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

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5. Michelob Ultra
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 10.2 million
> Shipment change from 2018: 15.9%
> Market share: 4.97%

This is a good light beer for those on a low-carb diet: It measures only 2.6 grams of carbohydrates per 12-ounce bottle, making it the beer with fifth lowest carbs on the market and the only one of the five that qualifies for this list. It’s low in calories, too, with a mere 95.

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4. Budweiser
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 10.6 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -6.6%
> Market share: 5.14%

Bud is America’s best-selling full-strength beer (as opposed to light offerings). It’s brewed in a process called kraeusening, meaning it is carbonated with actively fermenting beer, which is said to shorten the carbonation process and help remove off-flavors. During this process, brewers add treated beechwood strips to attract yeast. This is the source of Bud’s famous “beechwood aging” slogan.

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3. Miller Lite
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 12.4 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -1.6%
> Market share: 6.02%

The folks at Molson Coors call this “the original light beer.” Well, sort of. Reduced-calorie beer was first developed in 1967 by the Rheingold Brewing Company. The once dominant brand in the New York market was bought by Miller in 1972. The company reformulated the beer and released it as Miller Lite in 1975. The brand’s iconic “Tastes great! / Less filling!” TV campaign, featuring retired sports figures and other celebrities, is credited with helping popularize the beer.

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2. Coors Light
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 14.0 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -5.9%
> Market share: 6.82%

Beer reviewers don’t tend to think much of the low-cal, low-carb lager, but a good many drinkers — obviously — enjoy it, probably for its light, clean flavor and the ease with which it goes down. It’s hardly the best beer for the truly diet-conscious, however. There are at least a dozen other beers with fewer carbs, and at least 14 others with fewer calories.

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1. Bud Light
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 27.2 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -7.3%
> Market share: 13.24%

This light lager has an “Awful” rating and an overall score of 45/100 from BeerAdvocate. That hasn’t stopped fans from making it America’s best-selling beer by a margin of almost two-to-one compared to its next closest competitor. Its market dominance is slipping though: Sales were down 20.7% between 2013 and 2018, and they dropped another 7.3% in 2019. The brand stirred controversy when it introduced its “no corn syrup” campaign in its 2019 Super Bowl ads, which insinuated that rivals Miller Lite and Coors Light contained the sweetener. Last fall, a federal judge issued an injunction barring Anheuser-Busch from making its corn syrup claims.