Beers, ales and lagers come in many types, styles and variations. Please choose from the styles listed to find more of the beers you like.
68A strong Spanish lager with plenty of hop character but a rather harsh finish.
Alhambra Reserva 1925
73The hops in the decent finish go some way towards redeeming this bright golden Spanish beer, but it's still too obviously strong for its own good.
75An unusual offering from a Swiss brewery, with a small proportion of the profits going to support chestnut projects in the Italian-speaking region of the country. Interesting and successful.
75Hemp leaves and flowers are the unusual ingredients in this hazy golden attempt to reflect the old ways of seasoning beer. It's pleasant enough, but seems rather contrived.
73A clean golden lager with decent body, but possibly just a little too dry.
Appenzeller Swiss Mountain
75An enjoyable, but subtle golden lager with a moreish finish.
Archipelago Brewery Anchor Smooth
70Not to be confused with San Francisco's Anchor Brewery, this is a pale golden lager from Singapore. Drinkable but could be more refined.
Athenian Brewery Marathon
75Very acceptable. A sweet Greek lager that's easy to drink but not short of flavour.
68A golden lager with a pleasant aroma and a fair hop character but otherwise not especially appealing.
73An everyday quaffing lager, pleasant without being particularly exciting.
Bennett's Wellington Lager
A well-balanced beer with plenty of flavour. This and the other Bennett's beers reviewed are contract brewed for New Zealand beer marketer Maurice Bennett, who doesn't run a brewery.
Birra Peroni Peroni Nastro Azzurro
74The herbal notes are interesting, but this pale golden lager needs to be cleaner and fresher.
70A pale golden Italian lager that has some character but could be smoother.
Boag's Brewery St George
75A refreshing and intriguing pale golden lager from Tasmania. St George and the Dragon have long featured on the brewery's logo.
Brauerei Beck Beck's
66Not as sweet as other beers sampled but grainy and dull.
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 Special
78A good value, satisfying, pale golden lager with plenty of hop character. The pick of the Pinkus beers tasted this month.
85No shrinking violet, this copper-coloured brew is a hop feast yet very well balanced. All the flavours of an assertive hoppy ale but with the crisp, clean character of a lager.
Bucanero Brewery Cubanero Fuerte
75A golden lager from Cuba. A little thick but with a very pleasant herbal hop character.
Budweiser Stag Brewing Co Budweiser
73A very clean and delicate beer with a smooth, mellow finish but a totally undemanding drink.
Cains Finest Lager
73An impressive British Pilsener that would score much more highly if the oxidation issue was addressed.
Clear pale gold, nice tight head. Pepper aroma, neutral taste with the merest hint of hop. Medium-bodied, dry palate is dominated by faint sweet malt and a slight bitterness.
68Drinkable but very insubstantial, with nothing to praise. The canned version brewed in the EU.
Carlsberg Holsten Pils
68The canned version. It has strength, but lacks finesse.
60This beer is brewed at a number of European breweries and the sample tasted came from the Varese brewery in Italy. Apart from the unusual ring-pull cap, there's not much happening.
Cauhtémoc Moctezuma Bohemia
75An easy-drinking, refreshing and quite tasty Mexican beer. Very pleasant, if firmly middle of the road.
Cerveceria Brahma Brahma
72Overall, a sweet but very subtle beer with a rather feeble finish. Hop lovers will despair but it's at least quaffable.
Cerveceria Mexicana Mexicali Beer
75This Mexican beer may look like many others from Central America and may not be particularly inspiring, but it's far from tasteless, not at all unpleasant and very competently brewed.
66Uninspiring, characterless beer lacking freshness. The canned version.
Corona Cerveceria Modelo Corona Extra
68A pale golden lager with respectable body but which needs to be cleaner and fresher.
68A shallow Peruvian thirst quencher. There's not much to savour, but no doubt it comes into its own under the baking South American sun.
70The distinctive bottle shape reveals that this blonde lager is a close relation to the famous Duvel, but sadly it's nowhere near as good.
Farsons Cisk Lager
75A rather timid but refined and enjoyable Maltese lager with a good hoppy finish.
Farsons Cisk Lager
Brilliant clarity, mineral on the nose, well balanced and drinkable, firm bitterness but not astringent. Lightly toasted malt and gentle hops. Clean and refreshing. Fine balance of flavours in body an...
66The finish is the best feature, but after the taste that's not surprising. The canned version brewed in the EU.
70This is Foster's spiked with lemon and lime juices, which marry with the beer well, but it's not a drink for beer purists.
Gambrinus Svetle Pivo
75It's not a bad session lager but it just lacks a little refinement.
Great Western Light
Palest gold in colour, an inch of loose foam that steadily recedes, neither fast or too slow.... Nose has hints of lemon, malt and vanilla; more echoes of vanilla and lemon on the palate, quick on the...
Green Man Lager
73On the whole a decent organic lager from New Zealand with a good, satisfying finish. The malt base is lush and deep but it's a shame the hops aren't a bit cleaner.
Grolsche Bierbrouwerij Grolsch
60UK-brewed version in a can. Not a pleasant experience.
Guangzhou San Miguel Brewery Zhujiang Beer
55Sadly, very little to praise. A strong Chinese lager with the character of a soft drink. Not as good as when last tasted for this magazine. (The name means Pearl River).
Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Zhujiang Beer
73A mild-mannered, quite chewy lager from China, with unusual flavours. The name means ‘Pearl River'.
Harbin Brewery Harbin Lager
75A clean and pleasant Chinese lager from the Anheuser-Busch stable. Well brewed even if it's not bursting with flavour.
Harbin Brewery Harbin Lager
75A more-than-acceptable German pils-style lager from China. The brewery is now part of the Anheuser- Busch group.
Hawkshead Lakeland Lager
75There's not much to criticise or praise here. It's just an okay British lager, but at least with a good finish.
Heineken Brouwerijen BV Heineken
75Light-bodied for the strength, but well balanced with no off flavours.
Hepworth Hakhamanesh Organic
78Regally-wrapped in black and gold tissue paper, this is described as a ‘boutique beer' and, despite the emphasis on style, has some substance, too. It's a very mellow beer overall.
HIte Brewery Prime Max
78A clean and refreshing beer from Korea, flavoured by Cascade hops. It's beautifully balanced, with no faults, but absolutely no depth either. An all-malt brew, and it shows. On the whole, a really wel...
Inbev Luton Stella Artois
75Well balanced and reasonably tasty with a good, crisp bitterness. The UK-brewed version.
Klasik Svetle Pivo
63A very light lager with notable hop character but little else to offer.
Kozel 11 Medium
68Plenty of hop character, but too dry. Needs a fuller malt base.
78A very good, nicely balanced beer that – if there is a down side – unfortunately tastes just a bit tired. Would love to try a fresher sample (even better if unpasteurised).
Lao Brewery BeerLao
60A bright golden beer from Laos. Surprisingly empty for the strength, leaving very little to recommend.
73It may lack depth and character, but this is still a pleasant enough drink.
72A crisp and tasty, organic lager that is only brewed on nights with a full moon.
Namibian Brewery Windhoek Lager
70The finish of this Namibian lager is a bit lightweight, but this would be an enjoyable, refreshing beer if it wasn't for the oxidation.
Nils Oscar GOD
75A fresh-tasting, well balanced Swedish lager with a good finish. The name means ‘good' rather than suggesting a divine presence.
78A Russian lager with unusual flavours that don't quite come together.
68A golden Polish lager that seems a bit too thick and lacks a little subtlety.
73A tasty ruby beer from Poland that needs more balancing bitterness.
75A crisp and competent Italian lager that could perhaps use a touch more body.
Pivovar Bud?jovický Budvar Budweiser Budvar
77Not so promising to start, but eventually the soft, smoothness of the taste comes through, underlining its class.
Primus Svetle Pivo
63Plenty of taste but unfortunately not much class.
70An adequate light lager with plenty of flavour. Could do with a bit more zing.
Regent Bohemia Regent
78An enjoyable premium lager, medium bodied and well balanced with fine, tangy, herbal flavours.
70Somewhat disappointing, lacking smoothness and ending rather feebly for a beer of this ABV.
Russell BC Lions Lager
59A straw-coloured, canned lager, ‘the official beer of the BC Lions', a American football team in Vancouver. Unfortunately, it's all a bit clumsy and dominated by butterscotch (diacetyl) from the fer...
Saku Brewery Kuld
75A classily presented pale golden lager from Estonia's oldest brewery, but it has to be one of the strangest beers I've tasted for a while. Was my sample typical? It's not unpleasant, just very odd.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
83Refreshing, tasty lager in the darker Vienna style. One of the pioneering beers in the US craft brewing revolution, now a national brand.
Sapporo Breweries Sapporo
73A big-tasting beer presented in a striking silver can. Brewed in Canada, which may explain the distinct North American accent that runs through the beer.
Scottish & Newcastle Kronenbourg
73Unusual citrus notes bring character to an acceptable mainstream brand. The canned version, brewed in the UK.
Shepherd Neame San Miguel Sun Lik Beer
75Another Shepherd Neame licensed brew. The name means San Miguel in Cantonese and this is one of Hong Kong's best selling beers. The aroma is not very promising but overall it's a pleasing, tasty beer ...
Shepherd Neame Super Dry
73The pride of Japan, brewed under licence by Shepherd Neame. The taste is clean, but underwhelming, although the finish is reasonably bold. There's nothing here to dislike.
78An enjoyable, clean-tasting, hoppy lager. The brewery – the oldest in Lithuania – is part of the Baltic Beverages group.
The Cayman Islands Brewery Caybrew
68This may be pleasant under the baking Cayman Islands sun, especially as it does have an enjoyable herbal hop note, but the lack of real character means it doesn't quite work this far from home in the ...
The Eagle Brewery Red Stripe
68The canned version brewed by Wells & Young's in the UK. Definitely a beer to serve very cold.
Thwaites Bombay Pilsner
55A curry beer with plenty of taste but without much to commend it otherwise.
75This well-known offering from Singapore is clearly one of the best Asian lagers. Clean, fresh and perfectly balanced.
73It could be a touch cleaner, perhaps, but this golden lager certainly has character. An interesting beer to work with for food pairing, considering the lemon accent. The label boasts that the brewery ...
Vielkopopovieky Kozel Svetly
78A decent, quaffing lager with good hop character. Some might describe it as delicate; others may suggest it lacks flavour. I side with the first view.
Wells & Youngs Iciban
75A dry and bitter Japanese beer, with plenty of hop character. Brewed under licence by Wells & Young's. Not a bad option with Asian cuisine, or even on its own.
Williams Brothers Ceilidh
80Tasty, if rather nutty, straw-coloured Scottish lager, thankfully resisting the urge to go citrus.
63A Russian lager with unusual flavours, but lacking finesse. Unless they come up with Western-style labels, you're going to have a heck of a job finding this beer on the shelf. Even the name is in Cyri...
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