The judging panel has deliberated and identified the best beers in each of the eight categories of the annual World Beer Awards.

World Beer Awards 2017With over 1,900 beers from more than 40 countries entered into this year’s awards, judges blind tasted and scored the entries over three rounds. The final round was held in London, where 90 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted before the 2017 country and syle winners were announced.

Global chairman, beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones, said: “Once again, the World Beer Awards have produced a fascinating roster of winners. I’m particularly excited by the fact that the world’s best sour comes from Germany, a country that has a long tradition of producing tart and refreshing beers such as Berliner Weiss and Gose.

“I’m also excited for Hook Norton, a great brewery with a wonderful heritage, who show that they can teach the new generation of brewers something about producing different styles of beers.

“All in all, a great list of beers, and I look forward to tasting them again at the World Beer Awards grand tasting in November.”

The winners

World’s best dark beer: Novo Brazil Cookie Muncher
World’s best flavoured beer: Sutur 8.2
World’s best lager: Bauhöfer Ulmer Pilsner
World’s best pale beer: Cameron’s Where the Buffalo Roam
World’s best sour beer: Rügener Insel Brauerei Seepferd
World’s best speciality beer: Hook Norton Red Rye
World’s best stout / porter: Hideji-beer Brewery Kurikuro
World’s best wheat beer: Hirsch Hefe Weisse
World’s best design: Robinsons Old Tom