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Top 50 Beers of 2022

Top 50 Beers of 2022
Photos by Joel Goldberg / Styling by Charlotte Havelange / Animation by Eric DeFreitas Photography by Joel Goldberg and Prop Styling by Charlotte Havelange

What does it take to stand out in the crowded beer industry these days? A commitment to quality, a desire for innovation and an understanding and appreciation for ingredient nuance. There are more than 9,000 breweries in the United States and many thousands more around the world. These breweries are standing on the shoulders of committed professionals, scientists and farmers who have built a base of knowledge that creates a dynamic and engaging drinking experience. This list represents the very best submitted to Wine Enthusiast, tasted throughout 2022. Hazy appearance is in fashion this year. But from the banana- and clove-forward Hefeweizens to the tropical and citrus hazy pale ales and international India pale ales, the selections here go well beyond looks. Smoky rauchbier joins ales and lagers with creative fruit-infused brews that span the colors of the rainbow and evoke an experience akin to walking through an orchard. Lagers continue to grow in the craft beer space, and from clear and bright helles to brooding Schwarzbiere, there are familiar flavors once reserved for larger brewers now available at a corner taproom. Humble and workhorse styles like brown ale and cream ale serve as reminders that not every beer needs to be chasing trends. American IPA was the most submitted category this year and what you’ll find on this list is a combination of familiar national brands and relative newcomers—including two that scored 100 points. While some beers are suited for cellaring, remember, the best taste experience usually comes from drinking as close to the package date as possible. John Holl

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What Is Blind Tasting?

All tastings reported in the Buying Guide are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of from 5-8 samples. Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.

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About The Scores

*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.


The Pinnacle of quality


A great achievement


Highly recommended


Very Good
Often good value; well recommended


Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value


Can be employed