Beer is brewed in almost every country of the world, and if we have tasted it then it will appear under its country of production.
Bitburger Premium Beer
73A slightly disappointing performance from a usually reliable pilsner producer in the Eifel region, near the Luxembourg border. Very good finish, though.
Brauerei Beck Beck's
66Not as sweet as other beers sampled but grainy and dull.
Brauerei Bischofshof Pils Premium
80A characterful pilsner from Regensburg, with good, clean flavours. Very drinkable.
Brauerei Bischofshof Weltenburger Pils
80A well-brewed, clean pilsner with oodles of character. Produced for the monks at Weltenburger by the Bischofshof brewery in Regensburg.
Brauerei Pinkus Hefe Weizen
75Quite a thin, dry German wheat beer, but there's nothing here to dislike. Slightly tart and sour – which is welcome in a beer like this.
Brauerei Pinkus Müller's Lagerbier
75A light-drinking, pale yellow beer that makes a pleasant enough refresher without ever setting the world on fire. From Germany's leader in organic beer production.
Brauerei Pinkus Original
78A truly strange golden beer. The taste is one that may have to be acquired – there's a dosing of lactic acid during the lagering period – but it certainly earns marks for being different.
Brauerei Pinkus Pils
78Ultra crisp and sharp to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is not the most appealing, but that assertive dryness in the finish would make this a fine aperitif.
Brauerei Pinkus Special
78A good value, satisfying, pale golden lager with plenty of hop character. The pick of the Pinkus beers tasted this month.
Distelhäuser Premium Pils
78A pilsner from a brewery based near Würzburg. Not quite as subtle as others featured here but nicely balanced, with clean flavours.
Eichbaum Brauereien Ureich Premium Pils
73A rather chunky, functional pilsner from a large brewery in Mannheim.
90Delicious, easy to drink and perfectly balanced. Teasingly understated in the finish, which makes it very moreish.
Erdinger Hefe Weiss
83Not very full bodied but otherwise faultless. Conveys class while not being overly flavoursome.
70The hops do just enough to make this beer from northern Germany quaffable, but the estery pear drops and graininess detract from the enjoyment.
75Easy-drinking, pleasant but uneventful.
75Everything that should be is in this hazy yellow beer, although rather subdued. Big, lively foam.
75This beer comes from a brewery not far from Hannover. It'll be too sweet for some palates, but it's not bad.
75It's a bit of a one-trick pony, with that resoundingly dry, hoppy finish the key to its success, but this is always a worthwhile option among German pilsners.
Kaiser Bräu Veldensteiner Premium Pils
75There's nothing to dislike here, but this Bavarian pilsner is not as crisp as others in this tasting.
78Quite a challenging dunkel with lots of character, brewed at Prince Luitpold of Bavaria's fairy tale castle.
Kaltenberg Special Hell
Faint flowery, honeyish, grassy nose. Medium-bodied palate with sweet malt and faint vanilla. Interesting tropical fruit notes. Faultless – magnificent. Puts other lagers in the shade.
Konig Ludwig Weissbier Hell
Phenolic banana and clove in the nose, reflected on the smooth palate. Spicy, peppery, good grain notes. Prototype Bavarian Weizen, refreshing, tasty and quite complex.
75Not as crisp or refreshing as the other beers tasted but this Rhineland beer is unusual and grows on you.
78A traditional ‘black beer' with character from the old East Germany, now in the care of Bitburger.
75Disappoints a little, lacking the flavour its cloudy amber colour and strength promise.
Oettinger Oettinger Weizen & Grapefruit
69There's not much sign of beer in this cloudy orange confection but it's clean, fresh and better than spirit based alcopops. Perhaps there's a market among Pimms drinkers but it's not going to be of mu...
83A great example of how to offer bags of flavour without sacrificing delicacy, cleanness or balance. From a Bavarian brewery with outposts in other parts of Germany.
75A pleasant enough weissbier despite the lack of body and flavour for its strength and the rather disappointing finish.
Paulaner Premium Pils
78A pleasant, easy-drinking pilsner from Munich that could be marginally fresher.
Reidenburger Weizen Premium
65An organic offering that delivers more than its nose promises.
Riegele Aechtes Dunkel
70A rust-coloured, German dark lager with a pleasant nutty character. It doesn't quite come off in the bottle, however, but would be well worth trying fresh, on draught.
83Flavour-packed and a revelation for anyone who thinks all beers taste much the same. Possibly just too complex for some palates, but perfect for sipping with a piece of fruit cake.
Schneider Weizen Hell
80A sharply refreshing, muddy-yellow-coloured beer.
Schneider Weizen Original
80A murky brown beer that, unless presented in the proper glassware, lacks visual appeal. The underplay of the main features makes it dangerously quaffable and moreish.
73Mellow and easy drinking. No great character but pleasant.
73A clean and quaffable bright beer, but perhaps a touch harsh in the finish.
78An enjoyable golden German beer with plenty of taste. Clean and refreshing.
85A perfect illustration of how to balance rather delicate malt with lots of tangy hops and create an eminently drinkable beer. From a village brewery south-east of Dortmund.
Waldhaus Diplom Pils
Straw to light golden in colour, very brightly filtrated... Perfect condition... Nice white head... Lovely fresh maltiness, crisp hops, slight sweetness followed by crisp bitterness... Very good... Gr...
75This is the nearest thing to a national brand in Germany, coming from a village between Dortmund and Kassel. It lacks some freshness but it certainly has character.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
75Well-constructed and reliable beer from the world's oldest brewery (AD 1040).
Weizenland Weissbier Dunkel
73Unusual and adventurous but just fails to set the palate alight.
Weizenland Weissbier Hefetrub
65Marred by a touch of papery, oxidation character.
Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock
80A full-on, sweet bock that at first seems to lack subtlety. In time, however, the pruney fruitiness brings everything back into balance.
Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock
83A nourishing, ruby coloured beer, loaded with smooth,complementary flavours.
Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
78A clean and suppable, very nutty beer. This and the Asam Bock bear the ‘Weltenburger Kloster' name, which means they are still produced at the Weltenburg monastery in the world's second oldest brewe...
Weltenburger Kloster brewed by Bischofshof Barock Hell
85A treat. A high-quality German hell lager, as clean as a whistle and packed with character. One of the best bottled lagers I've tasted for some time. Unlike the other two Weltenburger beers tasted in ...
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Capital combinations (London)
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Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.
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Beer nirvana of the Midwest
Chicago is a beer lover's paradise. Mark Peters gives us a whistle stop tour of some of the city's best bars.
Everything you need to know about... hops
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Everything you need to know about... fruit
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Czech Republic: It's Czech, mate
The beers of the Czech Republic have long been revered but in recent years they have become widely available, too. Are they still as good? Ben McFarland reports
Germany - All around the world
Planning a trip to the World Cup? Richard Jones provides a guide as to what to drink and eat
Japan - Land of the rising sun
Although the big brewers still dominate, new regional brewers are springing up all the time, reports Andrew Burnyeat
The Netherlands - Dutch courage
The Netherlands has had a rough ride from beer aficionados but is it really that bad? Dominic Roskrow reports
Thailand - Ice Cold in Asia
Andrew Catchpole visits the Boon Rawd brewery in Bangkok, birthplace of the successful Thai lager – Singha
Germany - Read Alt about it (Altbiers)
Altbiers are the dark, top-fermented ales popular in Düsseldorf and the Rhineland, as Adrian Tierney-Jones reports
Mexico - One upon a time in Mexico
The Aztecs claim to have invented beer, and Mexico's modern brewing scene is thriving. Gary Monterosso reports
Germany - I'll have a bitter, bitte
Alright , so it might not be a German beer but we just love puns. Sally Toms gets to grips with some of the true beer styles of Germany
USA: American Beauties
During the last few decades the USA has experienced a beer revolution. Gary Monterosso reports
The Netherlands - Refreshing the parts other beers cannot reach
Roger Protz goes behind the scenes at the gigantic Heineken brewery in Amsterdam
Western Europe - Beer from wine country
Although better associated with grape than grain, the nations of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal still have much to offer the beer lover. Richard Jones reports
New Zealand's true brew (White Cliffs)
Julie Ihle visits White Cliffs, an organic brewer whipping up a storm Down Under.
Canada - The great white north
Don Tse takes us on a journey to discover the beers and breweries of Canada.
The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken
Czech Republic - Thank you for the pilsner
The Czech Republic gave the world its most popular beer style. Alastair Gilmour sends his thanks
Germany - A very stately brewery
Roger Protz visits German brewery Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world.
Germany - Bier culture
Andy Neil reveals all about the beer styles and culture of one of the world's greatest brewing nations.
Czech Republic - Innovation, not imitation
Jeff Evans visits the home of Primátor beer in the Czech Republic and discovers an established brewery throwing out some very exciting new beers
USA: The American revolution
What the heck is going on with craft beer in the USA and who is responsible? George Lenker gives us the low-down.
Italy & Spain: A brave new world
Italy and Spain might be best known for wine, or for cold lagers suitable for quenching a Mediterranean thirst, but there's a lot more going on. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports.
Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.
Czech Republic: World famous
Local man Lubomir Sedlak gives us the lowdown on beer drinking and beer culture in the Czech Republic.
South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide
God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.
Fresh and exciting (Veltins)
Our man takes a tour round one of Germany's great pilsener success stories
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The Badger set
Dorset brewer Hall & Woodhouse uses the most advanced retailing and marketing techniques to stay competitive. But it hasn't forgotten its roots either. Dominic Roskrow reports
No ordinary Smith
Zak Avery goes behind the scenes at Samuel Smith's, Britain's most clandestine brewery.