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The Winningest Beer of Every World Cup Country

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is underway in Russia and everybody who’s anybody knows that soccer fans are some of the loudest and proudest supporters in the world. From full-body paint to bears blowing vuvuzelas and the taste of tears running down your face, nothing compares to the thrill of a professional soccer match.

Until the final match is played July 15, fans will celebrate the victories and mourn the losses of their favorite teams — perhaps with a cold one (or two) in hand. So we compiled a list of the top-rated beers brewed in every country that qualified for this year’s tournament.

How did we do that? We scoured thousands of ratings on RateBeer, BeerAdvocate, and Untappd to find out which beers are most beloved by imbibers around the globe.

So whether you’re waving a flag proudly in the stands or cheering from a recliner in front of the television at home, fans near and far can toast to the top dog, underdog, home team, and rivals with the winningest beers of every World Cup country. 

Belgium
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Belgium

Brasserie Cantillon Fou' Foune

ABV: 5 percent

Fou’ Foune is a Lambic fruit beer brewed in the Pajottenland region and also in Brussels at Brasserie Cantillon only. This specific variety has citrus, barnyard, and apricot aromas followed by a funky yet refreshing sour taste.

Croatia
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Croatia

Zmajska Pivovara RIS Barrel Aged

ABV: 10.1 percent

In addition to the ever-soothing scent of rich chocolate, this boozy Russian Imperial Stout wafts toasted coconut, espresso, and vanilla. This brew is aged in oak barrels for six months. Expect whiskey, wood, and roasted coffee on the tongue.

Denmark
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Denmark

Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition)

ABV: 13 percent

If the perfect old timey diner milkshake existed in an 11-ounce bottle, this would be it. Vanilla Shake — a part of Mikkeller’s famous beer geek breakfast series — is an oily Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels for eight months. Whiskey, leather, fudge, and caramel will take over both your nostrils and palate.

England

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England

Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve

ABV: 11 percent

Good King Henry, whoever he may be, inspired this Imperial Stout from Old Chimneys. This black brew smells like dried fruits, coffee, and cocoa, and has bitter tastes of banana, chocolate, dark fruits, and malt. 

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France

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France

Brasserie Au Baron Cuvée Des Jonquilles

ABV: 7 percent

Cuvée Des Jonquilles is a Bière de Garde-style brew; beers of this type are traditionally produced in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in Northern France. This strong pale ale has bread, melon, and pear aromas and a Champagne mouthfeel and tastes of malt, fruit, honey, and crackers.

Germany
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Germany

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier

ABV: 5.4 percent

This full-bodied beer will fill your nose with clove and banana aromas. Expect the same on the palate, in addition to a pleasant bready aftertaste. It’s creamy, it’s smooth, and it’s even been called the best hefeweizen in the world.

Iceland
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Iceland

Borg Brugghús Surtur Nr. 38

ABV: 10.8 percent

Surtur Nr. 38 is an Imperial Stout named after a Jötunn, an Earth-scorching giant in Norse mythology. This winter seasonal has a trifecta of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel aromas. The same flavors are prevalent to the taste in addition to fire-roasted corn, coffee, burnt sugar, and licorice.

Poland
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Poland

Browar Kormoran Imperium Prunum

ABV: 11 percent

Imperium Prunum is a pretty big deal. It’s rated as the world’s best Baltic Porter by reviewers at RateBeer. This smoked brew smells of coffee, chocolate, pralines, and plum. Drinkers can expect the same sweet and smoky tastes, and a warm finish.

Portugal
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Portugal

Mean Sardine Brewery Voragem

ABV: 7 percent

There’s nothing mean about this Black IPA. Voragem has nice, slightly intense aromas of roasted malt, pine, and tropical fruit. The taste is herbal, floral, malty, and hoppy with a semi-bitter finish.

Russia

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Russia

AF Brew Melankholiya

ABV: 10.3 percent

Melankholiya means “Winter Melancholy” in Russian — a fitting name since you can only find this Baltic Porter during colder months. It has heavy smells and flavors of coffee beans, bourbon, and vanilla. You’d never expect this silky-smooth drink has a high alcohol content, but it will surely keep you warm all winter long.

Serbia
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Serbia

Kabinet Brewery 02 Kolaboracija

ABV: 10 percent

This Caramel Stout is aged for about six months in oak barrels that once contained apple brandy. The end result is chestnut and vanilla on the nose, and caramel apples with a nice alcohol kick on the tongue. You may also find notes of dark fruit, licorice, and pear. RateBeer named 02 one of the top 50 stouts in the world.

Spain
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Spain

Nómada Brewing Petrolaco

ABV: 10.2 percent

Petrolaco is slightly sticky yet milky smooth. On the nose is cold brew and cocoa, which also appears on the palate alongside vanilla and malt. This Imperial Stout is applauded for its creaminess, and will leave a cake-like taste lingering in your throat. 

Sweden
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Sweden

Omnipollo Siren/David Strachen Lorelei – Barrel Aged Extra Maple

ABV: 10.5 percent

In a blind taste test, you might confuse this beer for liquid dessert. As the name suggests, you’ll find an abundance of maple in addition to toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate aromas and tastes. Ratebeer lists this sweet brew as a top 50 contender for the best Imperial Porter.

Switzerland

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Switzerland

Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes Abbaye de St Bon-Chien

ABV: 11 percent

If you like your beer sour and funky, Abbaye de St Bon-Chien is your guy. This wild ale is aged in oak wine barrels for a year. It’s fragrant with red wine, vinegar, oak, berries, and citrus. Similar tart tastes twinkle on the palate, as well as cherries. In French, Bon-Chien means “good dog,” but funny enough, it was the name of the brewer’s late cat.

Australia

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Australia

Feral Brewing Co. Hop Hog

ABV: 5.8 percent

Crack open a bottle of this American-style IPA and you’ll feel as if you’re face-first in a pine tree. Intense citrus aromas also exist in this brew. You can expect the same tastes and an overwhelmingly bitter and dry finish.

Iran
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Iran

Arpanoosh/Khorshid Zareewar Istak Mango

ABV: 0 percent

Alcohol distribution is prohibited by Islamic law in Iran, but brewers around the country still produce non-alcoholic varieties. Istak’s Mango fruit beer basically speaks for itself. It smells and tastes like fresh mango, but also has a note of sweet malt.

Japan
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Japan

Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest White Ale

ABV: 5.5 percent

This mildly-hopped Belgian-style beer has bread and orange zest aromas. It encompasses the delicious flavors of coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg. This witbier has won 32 awards around the globe since 1997.  

Korea Republic
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Korea Republic

The Booth Brewing Co. Kukmin IPA

ABV: 7 percent

Kukmin is a bitter and hazy IPA with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. The tropical, fruity, herbal, and malty beer was awarded Best Craft Beer at the Wine and Spirits Awards in South Korea in 2017.

Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia

Arrow Beverage Factory Moussy Pomegranate

ABV: 0 percent

There is a complete ban on boozy beverages in Saudi Arabia, but residents still enjoy non-alcoholic malt beverages. An aroma of pomegranate is present on the nose as well as on the palate, where you’ll also find hints of strawberry. This drink is more of a juicy soda than a beer.

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Egypt

Al Ahram Sakara Weizen

ABV: 4 percent

Sakara Weizen is a German-style beer that exhibits aromas of banana, butterscotch, clove, and other spices. Similar flavors show up in taste, as well as wheat, corn, and lemon.

Morocco

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Morocco

Société des Brasseries du Maroc Beaufort Lager

ABV: 4.8 percent

This beer isn’t all that impressive, but it’s goes down the hatch like water and is readily available in several African countries. This is a very basic brew with a minimalistic flavor profile, but you could experience flavors of malt, grain, caramel, and salt.

Nigeria

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Nigeria

Guinness Nigeria Foreign Extra Stout

ABV: 7.5 percent

Americans are very familiar with Guinness. While the O.G. brew mainly exhibits coffee and malt, the Foreign Extra Stout has strong smells of fruit, caramel, and smoke. Expect chocolate, rye, tobacco, and prunes in the taste.

Senegal
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Senegal

Société des Brasseries de l'Ouest Africain Bière La Gazelle

ABV: 4.2 percent

Gazelle may not be the most complex beer in Africa, but it’s much cheaper than most beers on the market and you can find it anywhere. Think of this bready beer as the PBR of Senegal.

Tunisia
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Tunisia

Golfbrau Dunkel

ABV: 5 percent

This brown beer has no head and very little carbonation. It’s slightly sweet, a little bitter, and mostly smells like toast. The flavor is wood, roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate.

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

Treintaycinco Mamacandela

ABV: 7.8 percent

Mamacandela is an American porter with nice coffee, molasses, milk chocolate, and malt aromas. You’ll experience the same flavors in each sip, in addition to sweet notes of honey, dark fruits, and caramel.

Mexico
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Mexico

Cerveceria Insurgente La Lupulosa

ABV: 7.3 percent

La Lupulosa is an IPA brewed with tons of American hops that make this beloved beer fierce with citrus and floral aromas. On both the nose and palate, drinkers can expect pine, honey, mild spice, malt, and tropical fruit zest.

Panama

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Panama

Casa Bruja Brewing Co. Tulivieja Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.4 percent

Legend has it a ghost named Tulivieja — who is half woman and half bird — haunts the streets of Panama and Costa Rica punishing lustful men and scaring children. Casa Bruja’s version of the story has Tulivieja wandering the country in search of a “strong and tasty beer” — same difference. This IPA has nice citrus and vanilla smells with malt, peach, and resin tastes.

Argentina

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Argentina

Araucana Cerveza Artesanal Rojiza Fuerte

ABV: 9.2 percent

This dopplebock brew has aromatic notes of toffee, apple purée, berries, malt, and caramel. Caramel, honey, hay, toasted malt, and raspberry jam are present in the taste. Some also find pine, pineapple, and orange on the palate.

Brazil

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Brazil

Cervejaria Colorado Ithaca/Guanabara

ABV: 10.5 percent

This jet-black Russian imperial stout is known as Ithaca in Brazil and Guanabara in the U.S. It smells like brown sugar, grain, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like malt, fig, plum, vanilla, and chocolate with honorable mentions of light coffee and black licorice.

Colombia

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Colombia

3 Cordilleras Mestiza

ABV: 4.8 percent

Mestiza is an American pale ale with vibrant fruity, herbal, and floral aromas. It has a creamy mouthfeel with lots of orange zest and minty hops. It’s fresh, perfectly carbonated, and finishes nice and tart.

Peru

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Peru

Sierra Andina Pachacutec Imperial Ale

ABV: 10.5 percent

Pachacutec was the ninth ruler of the Kingdom of Cusco, which he evolved into the Inca Empire in the 1400s. This inspired Sierra Andina to create a bold and sophisticated beer that they claim is the strongest in Peru. Aromas are earthy and bready with hints of caramel and molasses. Same goes for the taste, plus fruit and malt.

Uruguay

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Uruguay

Cervecería Del Sur Davok American IPA

ABV: 6.2 percent

This American-style IPA smells and tastes like apricot, citrus pulp, tropical fruits, and pine. You’ll also find citrus on the palate, a little grapefruit, and biscuit. For more top-notch international brews, read on to discover the world's 50 best beers for 2018.

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