The 20 most popular beers of 2021 in America

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While the general perception of beer’s popularity leans more toward the craft brew scene these days, the hoppy libations and creative can art still don’t present the reality of what people crack (or twist) open the most.

From the taverns to the tailgates to the fridge in the garage and parties beyond, these are the 20 most popular beers of 2021 in the United States.

(Note: Popularity is measured by the amount of positive opinions about a specific beer. It is the average score of all adults: Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials.)

Miller Genuine Draft

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We’re kicking things off with a brew that went with simple science back in the 1980s. MGD—which was almost lost to brewery obscurity in the new decade—originated with a perfect idea. A “cold-filtered four times” brewing process that gave drinkers a straight-from-the-tap beer experience… in a can!

And it still works today. MGD was spared being dropped in File 13 and has a popularity of 35%.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

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It’s been 41 years (and growing) since the Pabst brewery got its 15 minutes of Hollywood shine in the movie “Midnight Madness,” and the beer has continued to flourish in a hip renaissance. Popularity: 36%.

Corona Extra

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Our second beer in the logjam of 36-percenters also comes with a name “gray area” that we’ll touch on in a bit. For now, let’s just note that Corona Extra has a popularity of 36%.

(I’m wondering: If this is going to be your go-to brew, do you say “Corona Extra” when ordering?)

Michelob Ultra

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One of the pioneers in the low-calorie game—you know, the one people drink in the parking lot after gym sessions—also has a popularity of 36%.

Coors Light

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Two of the most common “football-watching beers” are surprisingly in the 36% popularity group, beginning with Coors Light.

Miller Lite

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Perhaps fans have grown tired of Miller Lite’s nostalgic throwback can (that so many wanted to make a reappearance)? Time—even if it’s Miller time—moves quickly. Popularity: 36%.

Busch

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Busch has enjoyed a steady resurgence in the beer world (possibly fueled by NASCAR’s popularity) and takes a spot as one of a few AB-InBev brands on this list.

Modelo

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There are a few styles under the Modelo umbrella, but each boasts the mantra that the experience is the model of what beer should be. Popularity: 37%.

Dos Equis

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While the “Most Interesting Man in the World” days are gone, the ol’ two horses remains in the top 20 with a popularity of 39%.

Corona Light

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Corona’s lighter option checks in next to Dos Equis with a popularity of 39%. (Remember: more on this brand in a few…)

Bud Light

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It’s the biggest showdown every year. And so far in 2021, Bud Light has topped Miller Lite in popularity, getting a 40% nod from the beer crowd.

Coors

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Popularity: 41%.

And now you can spend the next few moments saying “Coors” in your best Sam Elliott voice. (Kooerzzz.)

Miller

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Another brand-name anomaly. I think this could be Miller High Life, mixed with a little bit of “Miller is ‘Lite’ or ‘Genuine Draft’ or anything that starts with ‘Miller.'” Popularity: 41%.

Stella Artois

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Leuven, Belgium’s iconic pilsner is part of the Anheuser–Busch InBev umbrella in the States, and continues to be a solid choice. Stella is tied with Miller at a 41% popularity.

Budweiser

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The King of Beers still holds rank over its lighter brethren, checking in at No. 6 on the list with a popularity of 42%.

Samuel Adams

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It’s a true “Bahstun Lahgah!” with a 45% popularity.

Heineken

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Heineken is one of the most popular beers globally, so it’s not surprising the green bottle lands near the top in America. It is tied with Sam Adams at a 45% popularity.

For the Baby Boomers out there, your age range has Heineken rated as the most popular at 49%.

Blue Moon

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The penultimate spot presents another tie. First is the orange-peel-garnished witbier Blue Moon. Popularity: 46%.

Interesting note: The popular Belgian-style brew has caught on with Millennials, where it is the top dog (or doggo): 55%.

Corona

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Sharing space at the No. 2 spot is Corona, which also has a popularity of 46%.

And this brings us to the summation of the “Corona” discussion: Sort of an adjacent phenomenon to saying you want a Coke in Texas while pointing at a Sprite, I’m assuming that “Corona” in peoples’ minds is simply whatever iteration the bar or party or tailgate has, and the one they get handed—no matter if it is Light, Extra, Premier, with a lime or not.

All of it is simply a Corona.

Guinness

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At the top of the 2021 Beer Mountain (so far) is Guinness. And the creamy-smooth dry stout maintains a steady adult-population hold beyond St. Patrick’s Day, Jason Momoa and people who think that drinking Guinness will make them resemble Jason Momoa. Nope, this Irish nectar gets a favorable thumbs up for both adult men and women—tops for each—with a popularity of 49%.

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