When you think of beer with high alcohol content, you may think of IPA’s that have 7-10% alcohol by volume. Well, those beers look like Coors Light in comparison to some of the ones on our list. The 5 highest alcohol content beers are more reminiscent of whiskey than beer in terms of ABV. In addition to these beers, we’ll discuss the highest ABV domestic beers and light beers. So whatever the reason you are looking for high alcohol content beer, we’ve got you covered.
5 Beers with the Highest Alcohol Content
5. Sam Adams Utopias
Sam Adams Utopias comes in at #5 (or #7) on our list, but it is the strongest American made beer. Utopias comes in at 29% ABV, and one 12 ounce bottle will cost over $200. It is limited edition, so you may struggle finding a bottle, or paying over retail price if you do.
4. Baladin Espirit de Noel
Espirit de Noel is a distilled beer that is aged in oak barrels. At 40% ABV, the oaky and chocolate notes are reminiscent of whiskey. While this beer comes to us out of Italy, I would compare it to some Irish whiskey such as Jameson. This distilled beer comes in a 500 ml wine bottle and costs about $65.
3. BrewDog Sink The Bismark
At 41%, this imperial IPA comes with all the hoppy flavors you want from an IPA with a lot more alcohol. Founded in Scotland, BrewDog was created to introduce stronger, more exciting beers. They do have a stronger option, BrewDog End of History, but it comes in at about $20,000 per bottle. Sink The Bismark retails for just over $100.
2. SchorschBrau Schorschbock 57% / 43%
SchorschBrau has 2 of the highest alcohol content beers in the world at 57 and 43% ABV. These beers come to us out of Germany and are sold in mini 40ml bottles. While it seems weird to drink beer in such small amounts, 57% alcohol by volume is no easy sip.
1. Brewmeister Snake Venom / Brewmeister Armageddon
Brewmeister produces the 2 strongest beers in the world. The Snake Venom and Armageddon come in at 67.5% and 65% respectively. The Armageddon has been discontinued, so you’ll have more luck finding Brewmeister Snake Venom. As you can imagine, at 67.5% ABV this is no easy beer to drink. It also lacks any carbonation due to the high alcohol content.
A 12 ounce bottle of Snake Venom costs about $50.
Domestic Beers with the Highest Alcohol Content
All but one of the beers on our highest ABV beers list are international beers. So, we figured we should give you a secondary list. One with beers that are more readily available to you.
While the Sam Adams Utopias is the strongest option, we’re not including it in this list since it was featured in the previous one. Feel free to check out our post on other high ABV beers!
3. DuClaw Brewing Colossus
This 20% ABV barrel-aged beer tastes like a cross of malt liquor and whiskey. Notes of oak and apple sit over a sweet and nutty flavor. DuClaw Brewing is a craft brewery out of Maryland and is sold in 21 states – mostly on the east coast. With the exception of a couple states, if you live east of Illinois you should be able to find a 16oz can of a DuClaw Brewing Colossus.
2. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery brews a 60, 90, and 120 Minute IPA. They clock in at 6%, 9%, and 15-20% respectively. If you’re looking for a hoppy IPA with some resin characters, the 120 Minute IPA might be for you. 15-20% ABV a little too hefty for you? Their 60 and 90 Minute IPA’s are great options that can be a bit easier to throw back.
1. The Bruery Black Tuesday
Every year The Bruery releases a version of their Black Tuesday beer. It usually comes in right around the 20% ABV mark. This year it is a rye barrel-aged imperial stout. It clocks in at 20.2% alcohol by volume and is sold in a 750ml bottle.
As an imperial stout, it is meant to have strong chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit notes. After spending 24 months in rye whiskey barrels, there are sure to be notes of wood and peppery spice. 2022’s Black Tuesday is available to be shipped on 04/14/2022.
Light Beers with the Highest Alcohol Content
Okay, you want to drink light beer but don’t want to drink 10 to get a buzz. The 4.2% ABV beers just aren’t cutting it for you, but you don’t want a 200+ calorie craft beer. Well, we’ve got you covered. This list covers three of the best high(er) ABV beers with low a low calorie count.
3. Bud Light Platinum
Bud Light Platinum is the high ABV, low-calorie Budweiser option. It clocks in at 6% ABV, has 139 calories, and 5g of carbs. In my opinion, Bud Light Platinum is the best option out there when it comes to high ABV light beers. First, you can find a 6 or 12-pack at pretty much any liquor store or gas station. And most importantly, it has more alcohol and less calories than your average beer.
2. King Cobra Malt Liquor
King Cobra is a premium Malt Liquor produced by Anheuser-Busch. Since it’s a premium malt liquor, you are likely to find it sold as a ‘forty’ or a forty ounce glass. However, they are also sold in 16 oz cans. It comes in at 6% ABV, 133 calories, and 4.3g carbs. We are much more likely to drink Bud Light Platinum, but King Cobra is a good budget option.
1. Natty Daddy and Natty Ice
Anheuser-Busch goes 3-for-3 on our list with a Natty Daddy and Natural ‘Natty’ Ice taking spot number one. I know many people may shutter at the idea of drinking a Natty, but they’re at the top spot for good reason. College students are Natural Light’s largest market, so much of what they do is tailored to that demographic. Well, few people can get drunk on a budget like a college kid. These beers are cheap, have high alcohol content, and are low in calories.
Natty Daddy is a 8% ABV malt liquor. It shares the number one sport with Natural Ice because it has 183 calories and 5g carbs. While it may not be as low calorie as you’d like, under 200 calories for an 8% beer is pretty good.
Natty Ice is right on par with Bud Light Platinum. It comes in at 5.9% ABV with 135 calories and 4.2g carbs. While I prefer Bud Light Platinum, Natty Ice is a great option for you.
Highest Alcohol Content Beers Summary
As we promised, our list contains all the reasons you may be searching for beers with the highest alcohol content. You’re curious what the strongest beers are in the world? Looking for the highest abv beers you can find in the States? Trying to get intoxicated on light, low-calorie beer? There’s a beer for all of these.
The highest alcohol content beers in the world are really more reminiscent of whiskey than beer. Furthermore, they should be treated as such. You’re not going to want to drink a 67.5% beer the same way you enjoy a nice craft beer.
When it comes to high ABV beer produced in America, most of the strongest options are right around the 20% alcohol by volume mark. You can certainly drink one (maybe two) of these more like your typical beer. However, with such high alcohol content it may not taste the way you want.
Lastly, our light beer options are very standard and popular beers. Especially amongst college students. Regardless of how some of you feel about drinking Bud, Natty, or malt liquor, these are great low-calorie options that’ll get you buzzed. So, put away you’re 4% Michelob and grab something a little stronger.
Below are frequently asked questions regarding the highest alcohol content beers. Many of these are answered in the article above.
What Beer Has the Highest Alcohol Content?
Brewmeister Snake Venom is the strongest beer in the world. It comes in at 67.5% ABV, so don’t expect it to be reminiscent of the beer you know and love.
What American Beer Has the Highest Alcohol Content?
Sam Adams Utopias is the strongest beer brewed in America. It’s 29% alcohol by volume, but it costs about $200 for a 12 ounce bottle.
Which Light Beer Has the Highest Alcohol Content?
It really depends on what you classify as light beer. Bud Light Platinum is one of the highest abv light beers. It has 6% ABV and 139 calories.