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16 of the Strongest, High ABV Craft Beers in the World

Make sure you imbibe these high booze beers with the utmost respect for their potency. Be warned, drinking any of these beers may cause serious personal damage, and, may even be fatal.

A 4-pack of Dogfish Head's 20th Anniversary beer, Higher Math
17% abv comes at you REAL fast!

Repeat, be cautious when drinking these high abv beers. And, though it seems self explanatory, never, ever, ever chug these strong beers. Ever.

Ok good, that's out of the way. The beer styles most common amongst strong, boozy beers are Braggots, Old Ales, Belgian Tripels and Quads, Wheatwines, Imperial Stouts, and Barleywines. In general, the strongest beers are crafted in Europe, where ultra high abv beers come in between 30-60% alcohol by volume. In the United States, that number is a bit more muted, where beers tend to top out around 30%.

But how do brewers pull this off? Some funky brewing processes is how. Also, using different types of yeast, including champagne yeast.

5 Highest ABV Beers in the World

  1. 67.5% | Snake Venom Ale | Brewmeister
  2. 65% | Armageddon | Brewmeister
  3. 60% | Start the Future | Koelschip
  4. 57.8% | Strength in Numbers | BrewDog & Schorschbrau
  5. 57% | Schorschbock 57 | Schorschbrau

5 Highest ABV Beers in the United States of America

  1. 28% | Utopias | Samuel Adams Brewery
  2. 18.53% | Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company
  3. 18% | Chocolate Rain | The Bruery
  4. 17% | Higher Math (20th Anniv.) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  5. 15-20% | 120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  6. 15% | The Reserve Morrigan | Barbarian Brewing

5 Highest ABV Beers We Have Tried

  1. 17% | Higher Math (20th Anniv.) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  2. 13% | CHAOS | Fermentation Arts Brasserie (FAB)
  3. 12% | S'Mores Barrel-Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing
  4. 12% | Greylock | Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
  5. 11% | Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

High Alcohol Content Beer FAQs

What domestic beer has the highest alcohol content?

There is some room for debate here. We're going to go with Sam Adams' Utopia Series.

What beer has the highest alcohol content?

Brewmeister's Snake Venom Ale has a ABV rating of 67.5%.

What light beer has the highest alcohol content?

Is this a trick question? Jokes aside, this is a tough question to answer. Are we talking about the alcohol content of beers such as Bud Light, Coors, or Michelob Ultra? Are we discussing the abv of "light" craft beers such as Bell's Light Hearted Ale or Dogfish Head's Slighty Mighty?

Ultimately, we believe that the highest alcohol content of a light beer is 4.99% repeating. After that, can we really call it a light beer?

What state has the highest alcohol content for beer?

The Samuel Adams Brewery is located in Massachusetts. So that's our answer.