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World Beer Awards 2008

The World’s Best Beers have been crowned by Beers of the World, the international consumer beer magazine. Four bottled beers scooped the title of ‘World’s Best’ in the final round of the annual World Beer Awards.

An international panel of judges tasted their way through hundreds of entries from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia and beyond to find the winners of each style. These style winners then went head to head at a blind tasting event, where the UK’s top brewers selected the best beers in each category: World’s Best Standard Lager, World’s Best Premium Lager etc.

The beers that made it through were sent back to the judges for the final round, and Beers of the World is delighted to reveal the World’s Best Beers:

World's Best

Primator Exkluziv, 16%

World's Best

Tripel Karmeliet

World's Best

Rogue Shakespeare Stout

World's Best
Wheat Beer

Kaltenberg Konig Ludwig Weissbier

Roger Protz, chairman of judges, said: “ This is an exciting time for beer drinkers. More and more craft brewers throughout the world are making beers bursting with distinctive and exciting aromas and flavours. The judges have been overwhelmed by the quality of the beers entered for the competition and it has been an immensely difficult task choosing the winners. I hope that not only the winners but all the beers in the competition will gain greater awareness and will delight drinkers, especially those new to beer. ”

Category Winners

World's Best
Pale Ale

Tripel Karmeliet

World's Best
Dark Ale

Oakham Hawse Buckler

Sub-category Winners

World’s Best
Standard Lager

Carling, C2

World’s Best
Premium Lager

Kaltenberg Spezial
Highly commended DAB Original & AK Damm

World’s Best
Dark Lager

Primator Premium Dark
Highly commended Sam Adams Dark Black Lager

World’s Best
Strong Lager

Primator Exkluziv 16%

World’s Best
Standard Pale Ale

Deschutes Bachelor ESB
Highly commended Fuller’s London Pride

World’s Best
Strong Pale Ale

Tripel Karmeliet
Highly commended Adnam’s Innovation

World’s Best
Standard Dark Ale

Harvey’s Lewes Castle Brown Ale

World’s Best
Strong Dark Ale

Oakham Hawse Buckler

World’s Best

Rogue Shakespeare
Highly commended Deschutes Abyss

World’s Best

Sam Adams Holiday Porter

World’s Best
Grain-Only Wheat Beer

Konig Ludwig Weissbier
Highly commended Primator Weizenbier

World’s Best
Flavoured Wheat Beer

Sam Adams White Ale
Highly commended Blue Moon

Style Trophies


2.5% & under Carling C2
2.6%-4.5% Great Western Light
Vienna Red Eisenbahn Sanos
Marzen/Octoberfest Sam Adams Octoberfest
Standard premium Velkopopvicky Kozel Medium
Pilsner Harviestoun Schiehallion
Helles Kaltenberg Spezial
Dortmunder DAB Original
Bock Primator Exkluziv, 16%
Dopplebock Konig Ludwig Kaltenberg Ritterbock


Standard pale ale
Bitter Deschutes Bachelor ESB
Best Bitter Fuller’s London Pride
Blonde/golden Fyne Ales Avalanche
Kolsch Eisenbahn Kolsch
Summer Brains 45
Rye Duchy Select
Strong pale ale
Abbey Tripel Karmeliet
Amber Adnams Innovation
Harvest Hook Norton Haymaker
IPA Goose Island IPA
Imperial IPA Rogue I2PA
ESB Young’s Special London
Trappist La Trappe Dubbel
Bier de Garde La Goudale
Export Greene King IPA Export
Vintage Fuller’s Vintage 2006


Standard dark ale
Brown Harvey’s Lewes Castle Brown
Mild Harvey’s Old Ale
Strong dark ale
Barley wine Robinson’s Old Tom
Standard strong dark Oakham Hawse Buckler


Imperial stout Deschutes Abyss Imp
Standard stout Hook Norton Double Stout
Sweet/milk stout Sam Adams Cream Stout
Porter Sam Adams Holiday Porter
Oatmeal Rogue Shakespeare Stout


Coffee Meantime Coffee Porter
Experimental BrewDog Paradox
Fruit Cains Raisin Beer
Gluten Free SA Damm Ed Apta Para Celiacos
Honey Tie – Fuller’s Honey Dew and Refresh Beewyched
Smoked Okell's Aile
Gueuze/Lambic Sam Adams Cherry Lambic
Wood Aged Goose Island Bourbon Cream Stout
Herb/spice Chalky's Bite

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