World Beer Championships

Brewmasters and brewery owners all want one thing, for people to buy and enjoy more of their beer. Our reviews provide objective, third party affirmation of a beer's quality and taste. Our mission is to help create more awareness of great tasting beers as the choices of beer abound. We help beer enthusiasts to discover and savor the flavor of world-class beers. Your beer must be commercially available for sale to enter our reviews. Enter Today!

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  • Enclose payment: 45-Day Review: $150/beer or $100/beer for 3 or more.
    15-Day Priority Review: $300/beer.
  • Any questions? Call our office: 773-930-4080

Beer Category Schedule

Every month we feature a beer campaign to showcase different categories. Below is our full schedule for your beer submissions throughout the year. You can also enter ANY beer style at ANYTIME outside of this schedule to receive your review in 45 days with the regular review option or 15 days with the Priority Review option.


All products must be registered by the 1st and shipped by the 15th.


  • January 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Jan. 15

    Lager Styles

    Pilsner • Pale Lager • Amber Lager • Munich-Helles • Dortmunder • Dunkel/Dark Lager • Bock • Doppelbock • Maibock • Eisbock • Black/Schwartz Beer • Vienna-Style Lager • Kellerbier/Zwickelbier • Imperial Pilsner • Strong Lager & Malt Liquor

  • February 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Feb. 15

    Continental European Ale Styles

    Trappist or Abbey Dubbel • Trappist or Abbey Singel • Trappist or Abbey Tripel • Belgian Style Amber Ale • Belgian Style Blonde Ale • Belgian Style Golden Ale • Belgian Style Strong Ale • Biere de Garde • Flanders Style Brown Ale • Lambic Faro • Lambic Fruit • Lambic Gueuze • Saison • Alt • Kolsch • Belgian Style Specialty Ale • Flanders Style Red Ale • Belgian Style Pale Ale • Belgian Style IPA • Lambic • Sour Ale

  • March 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Mar. 15

    North American & British Ales

    Ales • Amber • American Golden • Bitter • Special Bitter • ESB • IPA • American Style Pale • British-Style Pale • American-Style Black • Mild • Cream • Irish-Style • Scottish-Style • English-Style • Brown • American-Style Brown • Imperial IPA

  • April 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Apr. 15

    Wheat Ales & Cider

    Hefeweizen • Dunkel Weizen • Kristall Weizen • Weizen Bock • Berliner Weisse • Filtered & Unfiltered Wheat Ale • White/Wit Beer • Flavored Wheat Ales
    Common Cider • Perry • English Cider • French Cider • New England Cider • Fruit Cider & Specialty Cider

  • May 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline May 15

    Fruit, Lambic, Sours

    Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) • Fruit Ale • Fruit Lager • Lambic • Gueuze • Faro • Sour Ale • Wild Ale • Flemish-Style Red Ale • Flemish-Style Brown Ale • Kriek • Wood & Barrel-Aged • Extreme • Single Hop/Yeast Series • Unusual Fermentable/Flavor • Alternative Grain (Includes Rye, Spelt, Buckwheat) • Hybrid (Includes Belgian-Style IPA) • Gluten-Free & Other Speciality or Experimental Beer

  • June 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Jun. 15

    North American & British Ales

    Ales • Amber • American Golden • Bitter • Special Bitter • ESB • IPA • American Style Pale • British-Style Pale • American-Style Black • Mild • Cream • Irish-Style • Scottish-Style • English-Style • Brown • American-Style Brown • Imperial IPA

  • July 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Jul. 15

    Continental European Ales & Pumpkin Ales

    All Pumpkin Ales & Saison • Abbey Singel • Dubbel • Tripel • Quadrupel • Belgian-Style Amber Ale • Red • Strong Ale • Blonde Ale • Specialty Ale • Flemish-Style Brown Ale • Red Ale • Biere de Garde • Kölsch & Alt

  • August 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Aug. 15

    Lager Styles & Cider

    Pilsner • Pale Lager • Amber Lager • Munich-Helles • Dortmunder • Dunkel/Dark Lager • Bock • Doppelbock • Märzen/Oktoberfest • Eisbock • Black/Schwartz Beer • Vienna-Style Lager • Kellerbier/Zwickelbier • Imperial Pilsner • Strong Lager & Malt Liquor
    Common Cider • Perry • English Cider • French Cider • New England Cider • Fruit Cider & Specialty Cider

  • September 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Sep. 15

    Harvest, Specialty and Barrel Aged Ales

    Rauchbier • Wood & Barrel-Aged • Extreme • Single Hop • Yeast Series • Dry-hopped • Unusual fermentation • Alternative Grain • Hybrid (include Belgian-Style IPAs) Gluten-Free & Other specialty or experimental

  • October 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Oct. 15

    Strong Ale, Barley Wine, Winter Ales

    Ale Styles • Strong • Winter/Xmas • Barley Wine

  • November 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Nov. 15

    Stout & Porters

    Stout • Dry • Sweet • Flavored • Imperial • Oatmeal • American-Style • Porter • Imperial • Flavored • Black & Tan

  • December 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Dec. 15

    Beer Packaging Competition

    Bottle • Label • Gift Box • Case • Cans • Carrier • Tap Handles


Terms of Use

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Payments

Enclose $150 per each beer for 1-2 beers or $100 per beer for 3-25 beers for a 45 day from the deadline turnaround review OR $300 per beer for a 15 day turnaround Priority Review. We accept credit card, check or wire transfer payment. Checks should be payable to Tastings.com. Wire transfers: Chase JPMorgan. Routing 071000013. Acct 155098970. ABA 021000021. Swift Code CHASUS33. Foreign wires require $30 fee payable in US Dollars. Any related shipping charges will be charged to credit card on file. Results will not be released until full payment is received.

Results Package

A copy of your results will be both postal mailed and emailed to the entrant. All reviews are published on individual product pages on Tastings.com up to 3 years. Your entry agreement allows the right to feature the review on Tastings social media. Your package will contain free Point-Of-Sale and options to buy printed stickers and shelf-talkers. An option to license the Tastings logo for print, digital or TV media is also included.

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What is The World Beer Championships?

A consumer-focused competition devoted to finding and understanding great beers

The World Beer Championships, founded in 1994, is America's oldest international beer competition and is open to all commercially produced beers from around the world, regardless of US distribution. It is a medal-based competition that awards its medals based on the proprietary blind tasting methodology developed by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) and bands of the consumer accepted, 100-point quality rating scale.

Instead of trying to cram the tasting of hundreds or thousands of beers into a week, or even a weekend, like other beer competitions, the World Beer Championships reviews a different category of beer every other month and carefully blind tastes no more than thirty-five beers a day with a small cadre of experienced judges from the retail, on-premise, distribution, and importing trades—all certified by BTI. Beers are generally consistent, recipe-based products, unlike differing vintages of wine, so creating consistent and reliable reviews for consumers that clearly address this fundamental nature of beer is a primary goal of the World Beer Championships. In the World Beer Championships evaluation process, significant differences in a beer's score (particularly those placing a product into a different quality band) from previous year's score are reviewed by BTI's editorial tasting panel and stand if—having already eliminated the possibility of an obvious beer fault—backup samples reveal the same results as the initial panel tasting.

The World Beer Championships is not slavish to, or dogmatic about style distinctions and allows for the personal expression of a brewer's creativity within a conventional beer style. At the end of the day, a consumer cares about the taste and quality of a beer, not how well it conforms to a rigidly defined style parameter. Obviously a barleywine should not taste like a light beer, and any wide or questionable variations within a style are scored according to the flavor and appeal of the final results and duly referenced in the tasting note so that consumers can decide if such a variation is of interest to them.

Because of these proven methods, the results of World Beer Championships are far more consistent and meaningful to consumers than other competitions, where routinely a given product will earn a gold or silver medal one year and in the next it won't place, even in a field of nearly identical competition—a very confusing and nonsensical situation to present to consumers, be they novices or connoisseurs. Finally, unlike other competitions, the World Beer Championships regularly distributes its ongoing, bi-monthly results and reviews to consumers and trade through print, Internet, and broadcast media, ensuring that consumers have access to up-to-date, no-nonsense reviews for their important buying decisions.

Let the Tastings begin!

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