How much is a pint of beer? Find out how much a glass of beer costs worldwide!

By Patrick Layer
July 13th, 2017
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A pint of beer glass

Did you know that depending on the country you live in, from 20% up to 64% of what you pay for a pint of beer goes to taxes? 


Do you want to know how much you have to pay for a pint of beer around the world? See our guide on where to find the cheapest and expensivest pint around the globe.

Cost of a pint of beer worldwide

How much is a pint of beer worldwide?

As so often happens, the Scandinavian countries are in the lead when it comes to the cost of alcoholic beverages, for example, how much for you pay for a pint of beer. In Norway (Oslo), you have to pay on average a mind-boggling US $9.90 for a pint of beer. This is respectively followed by Singapore $9.0, Hong Kong $7.7 and New York $7.4. 


Other, international players such as London $6,4 and Amsterdam $4.8 are far behind. Looking on the other side of the table, you only pay $1.3 for a glass of beer in the Czech Republic - an astonishing difference of $8.6!

How high is the tax percentage on a pint of beer?

Even though we often complain about taxes, the inhabitants of Scandinavian countries are truly the ones who have it worst. As seen below, Norway has the highest beer tax rate in the world, more than half of what you pay at a bar or local store goes to the Norwegian government. 


To be exact, 64% for a pint of beer is taxed, which makes it the most extensively taxed country, followed by Canada with 50% and the United States with 40%.


In comparison, European countries, such as Germany and the UK, are way behind with 21% and 20%.

Precent of taxes per pint of beer

Taxes on a pint of beer

Please keep in mind,that state and local governments use a variety of formulas to tax beer. This guide should only give you a brief overview. For more detailed information please check the official governmental sides (UK, US etc.)

Cost for a pint of craft beer

So, how much is a pint of beer when you look at the distribution of costs?

Costs of a pint of craft beer

Break down of costs of a craft beer

As you can see, the majority of the costs are lost due to the margins of the retailer (31%), distributor (21%),  brewer (8%), shipping (6%) and taxes (21%) play a major role in the beer price. 


From the Dutch perspective, tax play a way slimmer role in the Netherlands than in many other countries worldwide.


As you might have noticed, the ingredients for brewing beer take only around 10% (Malt 5%, Hops 4%, Yeast 1%)  of the total price into account.

$5 for a beer in a (Bar/Store) 10% estimated costs for ingredients = $0.5 for a glass of beer

- Costs calculation example of beer

Looks like quite a lot….Just imagine if you could brew your own beer at home and save the other $4.5 per glass on it. 

(Of course, there are other costs factors involved in homebrewing but just the margins itself influence the cost factor) 


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