The Judging

Judging Process

All judging is blind, and held in four stages.

Stage One - US Only

To select the 'Best Styles' by one of the five US regions. Each beer is tasted by style in the country in which it is entered to select the best beer. The regions are:

Stage Two

To select the 'Best Styles' by country. Each beer is tasted by style in the country in which it is entered to select the best beer.

Stage Three

To select the 'World's Best Styles'. The winning beers from each style in each country are then tasted against each other to select the 'World's Best Styles'.

Stage Four

The 'World's Best Styles' are then tasted against each other to select the 'World's Best Beers' by Category.

Judging Criteria

Entrants will be tasted blind and marked to an agreed and strictly enforced marking system. As well as aroma, flavour, appearance/condition, mouthfeel and finish the judges will look for beer with balance, character, complexity and quality.

The Judges

The World Beer Awards has expert judges from each country under the guidance of the International Chairman, Adrian Tierney-Jones

Key Dates

Entry deadline
27 May 2016

Samples need to be received by
USA - 10 June, Canada - 13 June, Rest of World - 20 June

Rounds 1 & 2
June 2016

Country Winners - Round 3
July 2016

Final Judging
August 2016

Winners Announced
23 September 2016