All judging is blind, and held in four stages.
To select the 'Best Styles' by region. Each beer is tasted by style in the region in which it is entered to select the best beer style in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
To select the 'World's Best Styles'. The winning beers from each style in each region are then tasted against each other to select the 'World's Best Styles'.
The 'World's Best Styles' are then tasted against each other to select the 'World's Best Beers' by Category.
The 'World's Best Categories' are then tasted against each other to select the 'World's Best Beer'.
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 World Beer Awards has expert judges in Asia, Europe and the Americas, each with its own regional chair under the guidance of the International Chairman, Roger Protz.
Regional judging conducted in the UK, Japan and the USA at a group tasting by the regional chairman and the regional World Beer Awards judges.
Conducted in London at a group tasting. Attended by The International judging panel.
Conducted in London at a group tasting. Attended by The International judging panel, with leading journalists, retailers, buyers, brewers and brewing marketers.
Each criteria is scored to a strictly enforced marking system, and the final scores for each criteria are added together. This score is used to calculate which beer has performed best. The top scoring beer in each region and each style becomes the 'Best' in that style and goes through to the next stage.
Roger Protz, World Chairman
Adrian Tierney-Jones, European Chairman
Stan Hieronymus, The Americas Chairman
Bryan Harrell, Asian Chairman
Des de Moor
31st May 2013
Stage 1 & 2 Judging
Stage 3 & 4 Judging
27th September 2013