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When we ignore Tea and Coffee, beer is the most consumed drink and most popular alcoholic beverage in India. Thus, beer brands in India are highly focused on capturing the market by volume by providing varieties of beer.
As per the latest stats by Statista, in 2022 the total market for Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beer is expected to be INR 1,205,513m in India with a CAGR of 12.09%.
The Food and Beverage sector is in a boom in India. Thus, increased alcohol consumption supports the food and hotel industry in India as you need something to eat along with an alcoholic beverage. You can check out these food bloggers in India for your Chakana Recipes. 😀
Most Trending and Top Beer Brands in India
Now your hunt to find out the best beer is over. We have shortlisted the top beer brands in India and their top-rated products along with alcohol content and flavor. Bookmark your favorite beer from this list for your next refreshing taste.
Note: Prices of Beer Variants mentioned in this post are as per the Delhi Government Rates. It will change as per the State Policies and Rate Changes.
When it comes to India, Kingfisher is the most sellable beer brand due to its wider market dominance and popularity. Brewed by United Breweries, it is made up of the finest malted barley and hops.
With a presence in more than 60 countries, the company claims that every second beer sold in India is of the Kingfisher brand. What is next?
- Kingfisher Premium – 5% ABV
- Kingfisher Strong – 8% ABV
- Kingfisher Ultra – 5% ABV
- Kingfisher Ultra Max – 8% ABV
- Kingfisher Ultra Witbier – 5% ABV
- Kingfisher Storm – 8% ABV
- Kingfisher Blue – 8% ABV
Premium and Strong are the most-sold beer available at a low price that is less than INR 150/- for 650ML. Ultra and Ultra Max is a premium segment available for around INR 210/- for 650ML. Other products have less demand so it is available in larger alcohol stores.
Tuborg is the direct competitor of Kingfisher Premium and Strong variants as all are from the medium-rich beer segment. Carlsberg is the producer of Tuborg in India and is preferred by those who don’t like the taste of Kingfisher.
It has mild sweetness in the middle as compared to the strong taste of Kingfisher. That may be the reason Tuborg is preferred equally.
- Tuborg Green – 4.8% ABV
- Tubirg Classic Gold – 6% ABV
- Tuborg Strong – 7-8% ABV
All the 3 variants are available for less than INR 150/- for 650ML.
Budweiser is a premium beer brand that is the most-served beer in Bars and Pubs. After the common brand Kingfisher and Tuborg, Indian Beer Lovers prefer to consume any Budweiser variant for premium taste and experience.
The company started in America, and this is not only the largest-selling beer brand in the US but also, has captured the larger market in India today.
- Budweiser Premium – 5% ABV
- Budweiser Magnum – 6.5% ABV
Premium is available for INR 235/- and Magnum is available for INR 280/- for 650ML respectively. My favorite beer among beer brands in India.
Made in European Barley, Carlsberg is a well-known beer brand in India for its bitterness and rich taste. This beer offers a premium drinking experience to people who prefer smoother and premium beer.
Carlsberg’s Tagline “Probably the best beer in the World” makes it a trendy brand in India.
- Carlsberg Elephant – 7% ABV
- Carlsberg Smooth – 5% ABV
- Carlsberg Malt Premium – 5% ABV
All the 3 beer variant of Carlsberg is available in the range of INR 180/- to INR 200/- for a 650ml Bottle/Can.
Produced in Mexico, Corona 330ML Pint is one of the most-selling variants of beer in India. It is a crispy summer beer, mostly consumed in beach cities of India like Goa.
Due to COVID, there is a decline in the sales of this beer as the name depicts the global pandemic of the Corona Virus. Now, the market is recovered and the company has seen sales more than pre-covid numbers.
- Corona Extra – 4.6% ABV
- Corona Light – 4.1% ABV
Talking about the pricing, 330ML Pint is available for INR 220/- which is just double the price of the above-mentioned brands. 330ML is the only available size.
Heineken is a Dutch beer production company and in India, United Breweries is manufacturing this beer. It is an individual brand that comes up with only 2 variants i.e. Heineken Premium and Heineken Draught. But, Heineken Premium Beer is the only trusted variant in the Indian market.
Learn Desk: 42.4% of the equity in United Breweries is owned by Heineken Group.
A segment in India use to prefer Heineken Premium Beer as a go-through beer when it comes to regular consumption. Thus, if you never tried this, I recommend you to try this at least once for a subtle fruity and crisp sip.
- Heineken Premium – 5% ABV
- Heineken Draught – 7.5% ABV
Premium is available for a price of around INR 250/- and Draught is available for INR 280/- for 650ML respectively.
Foster’s is Australia’s largest-selling beer brand that was established by Willian & Ralph Foster in 1887. This beer is best to go with ice for better ice-cold beer in Indian warm temperatures.
It is available in 2 variants if you are looking for dark and strong flavors, Foster’s Strong beer is the best.
- Foster’s Lager Beer – 5% ABV
- Foster’s Strong Premium Beer – 5.5% ABV
Prices for both variants are somewhere around INR 180/- for 650 ML.
8. Bira 91
Recently launched brand, Bira 91 is the biggest disruptive player in the Indian Beer Market. Launched in 2015 by B9 Beverages, Bira 91 is the only Beer Brand in India that has risen to fame among the biggest players in India.
Bira Blonde and Bira White is the most popular product among the total of 7 products under the umbrella of Bira 91.
- Bira Blonde – 5% ABV
- Bira White Ale – 5% ABV
- Bira Light – 4% ABV
- Bira Pale AI – 7% ABV
- Bira Strong Ale – 7% ABV
- Bira Boom Stronge – 6% to 8% ABV
- Bira Boom Classic – 4% to 5% ABV
Bira 330ML is starting from INR 220/-.
9. Bro Code
A highly Fizzy Drink, Bro Code Beer has the highest alcohol content in this list with 15% ABV. If you consume beer for relaxing purposes, then this beer is surely not for you.
If you are looking for a beer that is boozing, then this is the right choice. Hard drinkers use to prefer this and became huge fans of Bro Code. Beer is available in these 3 flavors.
- Bro Code 10
- Bro Code 15
- Witty Bro
The price for Bro Code is starting from INR 200/- for 330ML pint.
Simba Beer is an Indian Finely Crafted Beer company that is available in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa, and Assam only.
The company is focused on sourcing the finest malts and hops from Germany. This makes it a perfect smooth alcoholic drink for people who don’t like sweetness.
- Simba Wit – 4.5% ABV
- Simba Stout – 4.5% ABV
- Simba Light – 5% ABV
- Simba Strong – 8% ABV
People also use to consume this brand’s beer due to its roar packaging and branding done by the company. It feels very premium when you hold the bottle and drink it.
Simba Beer pricing is starting from INR 100 for 330ML Pint.
11. Haywards 5000
Known for its premium product Haywards 5000 soda, Haywards 5000 beer is also a highly consumable beer in North Indian States like Rajasthan, Haryana, and MP with 10 million-plus units sold every year.
Haywards 5000 parent company SABMiller is one of the top 5 global brewing companies.
Only one variant i.e. Haywards 5000 Ultra Strong is available in 350 ML and 500ML packaging. It contains 7% ABV and is strongly flavored.
You will get this at the price of INR 130/- only for 500 ML.
Hoegaarden is a white beer brand from Belgium and now serves in more than 70 countries. It is the oldest crafted beer brand and is available in only Metros and some Tier-2 cities of India.
Bananas and Cloves are the major ingredients of this beer. Thus, sugar and fizzy flavor make it a differentiator. If you want to taste a rich beer, you must try this for sure.
Hoegaarden Beer is the only variant available in India and has 4.9% alcohol content. You will get 330ML for around INR 280/-.
13. Royal Challenge
“Brewed Stronger Brewed Better” is the tagline of Royal Challenge beer. It signifies that beer manufactured by Royal Challenge is brewed for a longer time as compared to other beer.
Just like Haywards 5000, it is mostly available in North India and North-East India. For a crisp and vibrant taste, you can try this beer.
It is also a pocket-friendly beer as you will get it for just INR 100/- for a 650ml bottle. Royal Challenge Premium Lager has a 5% alcohol content.
Available in 3 variants, Godfather is a North Indian brand that is focused on long-brewing hours and full-bodied stable head flavor.
Normal brewing time is 12 to 15 days, but Godfather brews for 25 days. This makes it a different brand when we compare it with other Beer brands in India.
- Godfather Light – 4.5% ABV
- Godfather Strong – 7.5% ABV
- Godfather Lager – 5% ABV
The price of Godfather Beer is starting from INR 180/- for a 650ml bottle.
American Brewery – Miller Brewing Company produces a clear golden color beer with medium to high carbonation. This makes it a cool and refreshing drink with the advantage of alcohol content.
High Life is a variant that is the top-selling product and the company is promoting this product with the phrase “high life” which signifies a wealthy social life.
- Miller High Life – 4.6% ABV
- Miller Ace Strong – 7% to 8% ABV
Both beers are available for around INR 200/- for 650ml of Cans/Bottles.
Final Words on Best Beers in India
Now, I am going to recommend to you the best beers in India. If you are not a harsh drinker, I recommend you go with Light and Lager variants of Corona, Hoegaarden, Miller, and Simba. For a strong and boozy drinking experience, I recommend Bro Code, Godfather, Bira 91, Haywards 5000, and Royal Challenge.
Kingfisher, Tuborg, Budweiser, and Carlsberg are beer brands in India that are fit for everyone.