Top 25 Beers of 2013

The best beers reviewed this year.

This list is not the top 25 beers of all time, but our annual ranking of the best-reviewed selections from the past 12 months. Culled from our monthly Beer Buying Guide, these represent the most dynamic and exciting beers reviewed this year. They exhibit extraordinary craftsmanship, innovation and quality at prices that still represent affordable luxury.

Continuing the previous year’s trend, the majority of beers submitted and reviewed in 2013 were domestic selections (IPAs being the most popular style), with a handful of European samples adding international perspective. But, for this list, we ultimately strive for overall balance—of countries, brands, styles, prices and production sizes. Numeric scores and pricing play a role, but industry buzz, category trends and ingenuity are key considerations as well.

As a result, you’ll find that this is not just a list of top-scoring selections, but a ranking that includes selections from numerous states and countries, of varying styles, with assorted price tags and distribution areas. There are some that are available from coast to coast, while others might not be readily available in your area or are extremely limited in production. They’re all beer treasures worth the hunt. 

It was difficult to narrow the list to such a small number, so be sure to check out our online Buying Guide at buyingguide.winemag.com to see what else was reviewed. But for now, grab your favorite cold one and turn the page to discover the best that this year’s reviews had to offer.

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See the full list of 2013’s Top 25 Beers in the PDF version, or view the list in our Buying Guide.

To see the Top 25 Beers of 2012, click here.

To see Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2013, click here

To see Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buys, click here.

To see Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections, click here

To see 2013’s Top 50 Spirits, click here

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Published on November 25, 2013
Topics: Beer, Top 25 Beers
About the Author
Lauren Buzzeo
Senior Editor and Tasting Director

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director/Senior Editor Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006. Thanks to her father, she developed a strong love for wine at an early age, with an enduring passion and respect for all things vinous. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and reviews wines from Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beer.

Email: lbuzzeo@wineenthusiast.net.



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