Here is America's favorite beer

The list of the top 10 brews in the country has changed from last year, a new study reports.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 17, 2014 3:19PM
Image: Men drinking beer © Radius Images, CorbisBy Alyson Penn, Business Insider

Which beers are most beloved by American drinkers? According to a new ranking from YouGov BrandIndex, Sam Adams (SAM) makes our nation's favorite suds. 

The brand perception tracker asked 5,500 adults across the country if they'd heard anything positive or negative in the last two weeks "through advertising, news or word of mouth" about specific beer brands.

Their answers were scored on a range from 100 (positive) to -100 (negative). YouGov then calculated the final score by subtracting negative feedback from positive. So, a zero score means equal positive and negative feedback.

They found some notable differences from last year's list. Nationwide, Bud Light, Dos Equis, and Heineken rose in the rankings, while Corona and Stella Artois went down.

On YouGov's local list for New York City, Budweiser (BUD) came in at No. 10 compared to No. 2 nationally, Yuengling rated much higher, and Coors and Blue Moon both showed up in the top 10. For more on last year's rankings, click here.

Here are the top beer brands for 2014:


1. Sam Adams (16.3)
2. Budweiser (12.6)
3. Bud Light (8.9)
4. Dos Equis (8.4)
5. Heineken (8.1)
6. Corona (7.9)
7. Guinness (7.0)
8. Yuengling (6.4)
9. Stella Artois (6.2)
10. Miller Lite (5.9)

New York City:

1. Sam Adams (16.4)
2. Yuengling (11.4)
3. Heineken (11.0)
4. Guinness (11.0)
5. Corona (9.6)
6. Stella Artois (7.5)
7. Dos Equis (6.7)
8. Blue Moon (6.2) 
9. Coors (5.2)
10. Budweiser (5.0)

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Mar 17, 2014 4:53PM
In order to get an accurate survey one would think that you would need to ask more like 5.5 million adults not 5,500. BS survey holds no merit.
Mar 17, 2014 7:12PM
This is a stupid article! The headline reads "HERE'S AMERICAS FAVORITE BEER" then it states ...


"The brand perception tracker asked 5,500 adults across the country if they'd heard anything positive or negative in the last two weeks "through advertising, news or word of mouth" about specific beer brands."


It says nothing about beer ranking by sales consumption. Just whether you have heard about it in the last two weeks via advertising or in the news! So if a Schlitz factory had burned down and made the news nationwide it would be on the list of Americas favorite beers?


It just goes to show you that what passes for journalism ... isnt.

Mar 17, 2014 7:09PM
budweiser on this list?  that stuff is swill. come on people life is to short to drink crap beer.
Mar 17, 2014 4:21PM
I hate those beer commercials that show some yuppy snots drinking beer at some beach or the one of the old mexican geezer telling you that he often doesn't get laid but when he does he drinks that crap.. and stays thirsty... I gotta get another PBR...
Mar 17, 2014 4:41PM
as a irish american i am so disappointed in guinness for pulling out of the new york st.pats. day parade for the sake of the gays, they can toast with your queer beer,american micros and german beer are 100 times better anyway. Hope your stock tumbles for getting involved with a political statement.
Mar 17, 2014 4:53PM
When all the brewers met for lunch after a stint in the conference room , the ceo of Sam Adams  ordered a Sam Adams, the ceo of Budweiser got a bud light , when the ceo of Michelob was asked what he wanted he said bring me a Coke, So the other guys asked why he didn't order a beer , he simply said " Well you guys didn't, So I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings"
     Lager or Amberbock !11
Mar 17, 2014 8:10PM
ANOTHER stupid and worthless article by msn.
Mar 17, 2014 5:32PM
I don't drink beers that are involved in social politics. Whisky is better anyhow
Mar 17, 2014 5:00PM
Three Floyds, Stone, Great Lakes, Dark Horse, Saugatauk Brewing Co, New Glarus, Flying Dog, and Left Hand. You really don't need to go too far to find a good craft beer.
Mar 17, 2014 7:17PM
Budweiser is a foreign beer now..isn't it?  I think it was sold a few years ago.
Mar 17, 2014 5:24PM
With the exception of Sam Adams, Guinness and Dos Equis, none of the beers listed would even make my top 100 list. We simply have too many great choices from local craft breweries to waste time and money on these beer-like products.
Mar 17, 2014 5:05PM
since when was reg bud ahead of Bud light?
Mar 17, 2014 5:08PM
Where's Pabst Blue Ribbon? Great tasting beer at a good price.....
Mar 17, 2014 4:23PM
That's usually how it is, 4-5 that are good and 4-5 that taste like crap.  I agree and disagree with uncle nutsy, any beer that needs a piece of fruit in it is not a beer in my book (blue moon & corona) but I do like Dos Equis minus the fruit of course.
Well, I like those BIG horses.   They keep their feet on the ground.
Mar 17, 2014 4:57PM

Uncle Nuts, The guy is not Mexican, "The World's most Interesting Man," or something like that.

He advertises Dos Equis beer and lives a quiet life in Vermont or New Hampshire as an American.

Pretty sure he's not even Latino anything ?? 

Mar 17, 2014 6:16PM

MSN at it again, promoting a product because they pulled out of a parade. The progressive, liberal news network that loves to cause division and controversy. Lack of facts, half stories, agenda feed network. What did they only poll NYers?

By the way Sam Adams sucks! like most micro brewed beer. Rice brewed beer like BUD is even worse.  If you know anything about beer then the top beers would be German or Canadian, FACT!

Mar 17, 2014 5:45PM
Budweiser is swill.  
Bud Light is less than swill.  
People who drink either have defective taste buds... or they just don't get out enough.
Mar 17, 2014 5:45PM
i WILL have a BUSCH BEER my favorite YALL have a good one !!!!!!!!!!! 
Mar 17, 2014 6:52PM
if they'd heard anything positive or negative in the last two weeks "through advertising, news or word of mouth" about specific beer brands.  That's what the rating was based on was what advertising have you heard.  That doesn't make for the best beer, it makes for the most advertised brand.  As my Uncle used to say, the only kind of beer I like is cold beer.
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