We are sure that we all have our favorite beer. That one beer that tastes to us has the best balance of sweetness and bitterness that we find so refreshing. One of the things which makes beer so popular is the fact that they are not that heavy in alcohol. We like it because it’s refreshing and rich in taste and aroma.
But what if we tell you that there are beers out there that have more alcohol by volume than a bottle of vodka? And when compared to the alcohol content of regular beers sometimes the amount is double or triple? In this article, we will bring you the top 5 of the strongest beers out there. We hope that you are brave enough to try them and that you will be drinking responsibly.
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5. Schorschbrau Schorschbock 57% ABV
This German beer is not that subtle on the way down. Most people will agree that the makers mostly concentrated their efforts on producing a high alcohol content beer than trying the beer taste more interesting.
Still, this is something new and strong to try if you want to discover first hand how a 57 % abv beer tastes like. Just make sure to take it slow and have a designated driver to tuck you in for the night.
4. BrewDog & Schorschbrau Strenght in Numbers 57.8 ABV
The first beer to be a collaboration. Strength in Numbers comes as a combined effort from Scotland’s BrewDog and Germany’s Schorschbräu. Working together to create the 57.8% beer, the two breweries made use of the traditional Eisbock method. Which means freezing the beer, removing ice, and then re-blending. Add to the mix a combination of Belgian golden ale that’s been aging in whisky casks for 10 years and you’ve got a recipe for the strongest beer in town.
When first released in the UK the beer sold out in just one day. That tells us that it has a taste and market for beer lovers these days.
3. Koelschip Start the Future 60 % ABV
The Dutch decided to join in on the race of making the strongest beer in the world. This is their reaction. The beer is made from all the essential ingredients to make any other beer. Water, malt, yeast, and hops.
It’s meant to be enjoyed from a small glass but not a beer glass. We are sure it has some interesting tastes and aromas. Feel free to try it if you can get your hands on a bottle or two.
2. Brewmeister Armaggedon 65% ABV
Crafted from crystal malt, wheat, flaked oats, and 100% Scottish spring water, Armageddon is a more pure example of brewing skill without as much innovative technology as other strong beers.
The new potent potion is created using the same method as the previous contenders: freeze distillation. When you take it down below 0°C, the water in beer begins to freeze, coming out of the solution and forming ice crystals. Ethanol, the part of the beer that gets you tipsy has a freezing point of −114.3 °C, and so does not crystallize. Then you simply remove the ice, leaving behind the strongly concentrated liquid.
1. Brewmeister Snake Venom 67.5% ABV
At 67.5% ABV, the brew is not only the highest ABV beer in the world, it’s also one of the most worrisome. The hoppy, malty, carbonated beast is best sipped like a relatively mild spirit and it has the flavor profile to match. Brewmeister created Snake Venom using everything from smoked peat malt to two types of yeast during production to achieve that high alcohol volume. Such an astounding ABV was also reached by freezing the brew multiple times during fermentation
It’s a beer that comes together with a warning and a manual on how it’s supposed to drink. So be extremely careful if you ever find yourself next to a bottle of Snake Venom. While it’s not poisonous it’s powerful.
To compare how strong all these beers are your regular beer usually has around 5% ABV. So drink responsibly and let us know if you ever tried some of the beer on our list. Cheers.