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28th September 2012


Following four rounds of judging, seven bottled beers have been crowned ‘World’s Best Beers’ by the international, highly respected judging panel.  Judges have now blind-tasted beers, from nearly 600 entries in *32 countries, in the annual World Beer Awards.  Category winners and style trophies have also been named.  For the first time this year, a new category has been introduced, ‘World’s Best Label’.  The Judges have named Deschutes, Red Chair NWPA ‘2012 World’s Best Beer’ and Le Trou Du Diable, Schieve Tabarnak ‘2012 World’s Best Label’.




*World’s Best Beer – Deschutes, Red Chair NWPA


Category Beer
World’s Best Dark Beer Het Anker, Gouden Carolus Classic 
World’s Best Flavoured Beer TSA Co., Double Espresso 
World’s Best Lager Waldhaus, Spezial Gold 
World’s Best Pale Beer *Deschutes, Red Chair NWPA 
World’s Best Speciality Beer Fujizakura, Rauch
World’s Best Stout & Porter Deschutes, The Abyss 
World’s Best Wheat Beer Weihenstephaner, Vitus 


New category for 2012*


*World’s Best Label – Le Trou Du Diable, Schieve Tabarnak


Asia’s Best Label Fujizakura Heights Beer Pils
Europe’s Best Label Loncium, Gailtaler Weisse
*The Americas Best Label Le Trou Du Diable, Schieve Tabarnak 


The judging panel is made up of renowned beer experts, the World Chairman of judges is Roger Protz, European Chairman, Adrian-Tierney Jones, Asian Chairman Bryan Harrell, The Americas Chairman, Stan Hieronymus. The Chairmen are supported by their panel of judges, for a full list of the judging panel go to:


The Award stages were as follows:

World’s Best Regional Style Trophies:Each beer is tasted by style in the region in which it is entered to select the best beer style in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
World’s Best Style Trophies:The winning beers from each style in region are then tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Styles.
The World’s Best Categories:The world’s best styles are tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Beers by Category.


The World’s Best Beers:The world’s best categories are then tasted against each other to select the World Best Beers.  The winners are announced on Friday 28th September 2012 via The World Beer Awards website


Notes to Editors:


*Countries include: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, U.S.A., Wales.


World’s Best Styles

Dark Beer


World’s Best Barley Wine Harvey’s Christmas Ale
World’s Best Belgian Style Dubbel Het Anker Gouden Carolus Classic
World’s Best Belgian Style Strong Le Trou de Diable La Grivoise de Noel
World’s Best Black IPA Thornbridge Raven
World’s Best Brown Arran Brewery Dark
World’s Best Mild Thwaites Nutty Black
World’s Best Oud Bruin Deschutes The Dissident
World’s Best Strong Brakspear Triple
World’s Best Vintage Rodenbach Vintage 2009


Flavoured Beer


World’s Best Chocolate & Coffee TSA Brewing Co. Double Espresso
World’s Best Experimental Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour
World’s Best Fruit Innis & Gunn Melville’s Strawberry Beer
World’s Best Herb & Spice Midtfyns Bryghus Chili Tripel
World’s Best Honey Bogota Cajica Miel
World’s Best Smoked Sam Adams Bonfire Rauchbier
World’s Best Wood-Aged Petrus Aged Pale




World’s Best Alcohol Free Radegast Birell
World’s Best Amber / Vienna Bierland Vienna
World’s Best Bock Flotzinger Josefi Bock
World’s Best Dark Bamberg Schwarzbier
World’s Best Doppelbock Master Tmavy
World’s Best Dortmunder Waldhaus Spezial Gold
World’s Best Gluten-free Brouwerij Huyghe Mongozo Premium Pilsner
World’s Best Helles/Munchner Flotzinger Hell
World’s Best Low Carb Waldhaus Classic 2.9
World’s Best Pilsner Borg Brio
World’s Best Seasonal Waldhaus Ohne Filter
World’s Best Strong Primator Exklusiv 16%


Pale Beer


World’s Best Altbier Tazawako Beer Alt
World’s Best Barley Wine Fish Brewing 10 Squared
World’s Best Belgian Style Blonde Brouwerij De Halve Maan Brugse Zot Blond
World’s Best Belgian Style Strong Unibroue Don De Dieu
World’s Best Belgian Style Tripel Het Anker Gouden Carolus Tripel
World’s Best Biere De Garde Le Trou de Diable Saison Du Tracteur
World’s Best Bitter over 5% Beartown Wojtek
World’s Best Bitter up to 5% Sambrook’s Wandle
World’s Best Imperial IPA Midtfyns Bryghus Double IPA
World’s Best IPA Rogue Brutal IPA
World’s Best Kolsch Bogota Candelaria Classica
World’s Best Low-strength Greene King Tolly English Ale
World’s Best Pale Ale Deschutes Red Chair NWPA
World’s Best Seasonal Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale


Sour Beer


World’s Best Gueuze Mort Subite Oude Gueuze
World’s Best Kriek Mort Subite Original Kriek


Speciality Beer


World’s Best Experimental Nasu Kohgen Beer Nine Tailed Fox 2011
World’s Best Rye Baltika Royal Rye Wine
World’s Best Smoked Fujizakura Rauch
World’s Best Steam Burgdorfer Dampfbier


Stout & Porter


World’s Best Dry Stout Deschutes Obsidian Sout
World’s Best Imperial Deschutes The Abyss
World’s Best Oatmeal Stout Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
World’s Best Oyster Stout Marston’s Oyster Stout
World’s Best Porter Brasserie du Monde Big Ben Porter
World’s Best Strong Porter Saku Porter
World’s Best Sweet / Milk Stout Rogue Chocolate Stout


Wheat Beer


World’s Best Alcohol Free Alpirsbacher Weizen Alkoholfrei
World’s Best Bavarian Hefeweiss Fujizakura Weizen
World’s Best Bavarian Kristal Weihenstephaner Kristal Weissbier
World’s Best Belgian Style Witbier Unibroue Blanche De Chambly
World’s Best Dark Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
World’s Best Strong (inc Weizenboch) Weihenstephaner Vitus


For further information on the awards, regional style winners or images of the winning beers go to

or contact:

Sophie Donovan

World Beer Awards

Organiser and Editor

(00 44 (0) 1603 633 808.  *


For further press information contact:

Gill Shaffer

Mint Communications

Mobile 00 44 (0)7958 989124 (00 44 (0)1799 218353



Date of issue: 28th September 2012