The Five Most Popular Beers in America

The dedicated beer drinker will probably first narrow down their preference to one of the many varieties available, such as lager, pilsener, pale ale, porter, stout, and many more. This discernment could be one of the reasons why sales of craft beer are increasing, while those of commercial, branded beer are in decline.

This may be a matter of taste, but we like to think it’s also something to do with people who want to support smaller businesses. Still, it’s the big commercial brands that remain the top-sellers.

What came as a surprise to us was the big swing in popularity to light beer, although this could be due to people adopting a healthier lifestyle. With more people making healthy lifestyle choices, we wonder how long it will be before a non-alcohol beer makes it onto this list.

When that happens, it seems likely that it will be a craft beer as only a few of the big commercial breweries have no- alcohol offerings at the moment.

When looking at the most popular beers in the US, we will have to use some popularity measure or, preferably, a more objective measure like sales volume. Based on this, according to USA Today, the most popular beers by sales volume in 2020 were:

Bud Light

Bud Light is a light lager beer known for its clean, crisp taste.

Coors Light

It seems that this is a beer you either love or hate. Being a light beer, it’s low in both carbs and alcohol, which is why people love it. On the negative side, there are complaints about the watery taste. Despite this, it still made it to number two on the list.

Miller Lite

Billed as the original light beer, this is a Pilsener low in alcohol but high in flavor. Brewed with pure, high-quality water and malted barley to enhance both color and flavor, it’s no wonder this one is so popular. The brewmasters at Miller also keep a fine control over the hopping stage of the brewing process for maximum flavor with minimum alcohol.


This has to be a brand almost as well-known worldwide as Coca-Cola, partly because it’s been around since 1876. Budweiser is an American-style lager brewed with the best barley malt and a blend of the best hop varieties available. It doesn’t hurt that the company is committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2025 either.

Michelob Ultra

Particularly suitable for anyone on a low-carb diet, as it’s very low in carbohydrates.

Whether one of these is your favorite, or you prefer one of the many craft beers available these days, take a beer and think about forex.

27 May 2021