Best Ginger Beer: 10 Best Ginger Beers to Spice Up Your Life

There’s nothing quite like ginger beer. The spicy-sweet brew gives us a peek into the past, a taste of 1700s England where the botanical beverage first emerged. I know that it’s far more filtered and packed with sugar than it would have been in ye olde times, but it’s still fun to pretend you’re glugging a schooner full of ginger beer, covered in dirt, hanging out with your mule, swapping gossip about the unrest you heard about in the Thirteen Colonies. (Disclaimer: I’m a food writer, not a historian, so I apologize directly to my high school history teacher for anything that was factually incorrect about that last sentence.) That’s all to say, ginger beer is great. But which one is the greatest?

To answer that worthy question, the Sporked team gathered up some of the top-selling and top-ranked ginger beers on the market to have a good, old-fashioned taste test. We were looking for ginger beers that stood out from their ginger ale kin. They needed to have bite and spice, but also be enjoyable to drink or have the potential to be mixed with spirits for cocktails. Amazingly, we were overwhelmed with quality GBs out there. Here are the ten (yes, a full ten!) best ginger beers we tasted.

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Goslings Ginger Beer

Best of the Best

Goslings Ginger Beer

With its fine bubbles, good ginger spice (without being spicy), and extreme drinkability, this old-school classic is a standby for a reason. As Sporked staff writer Jordan Myrick said, “I could chug 30 to 40 of these.” Plus, not only is it good for chugging straight from the can, but it’s also the best of the bunch for a Dark N’ Stormy. Technically, it’s the only ginger beer you can legally use in a Dark N’ Stormy since the company trademarked the drink’s name; make the cocktail with anything else and you have to call it a Rum and Ginger. But after making a product like this, they deserve to be as litigious as they are. It has just the right amount of sugar and bite to blend with rum and make a perfectly balanced cocktail. 

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Rating:

10/10

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Reed's Extra Craft Ginger Beer

Best for Sipping on Its Own

Reed’s Extra Craft Ginger Beer

I am a big fan of the full lineup of Reed’s ginger beers, but their “Extra” level brew is a particularly friendly, easy-drinking offering. It’s delightfully honeyed with lots of rich flavors and subtle burn on the finish, just enough to let you know there is real ginger in there. “It’s like if someone put ginger in a pot with some honey and let it get all toasty together,” Jordan said. And you can’t deny the appeal of the packaging. It’s island life in a bottle.

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Rating:

9/10

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Bundaberg Ginger Beer

Best for Fruity Cocktails

Bundaberg Ginger Beer

It might be the color of the label, but we all sensed some orange aromas in this ginger beer from Down Under. It’s full-bodied and rounded with a light ginger flavor. Try it in a Moscow Mule with muddled berries or as a stand-in for ginger ale in a Pimm’s Cup. Or just drink it on its own. It’s as refreshing and friendly as a Sydney native (or, at least, the Sydney natives I’ve seen on TV). Plus, it has a fun pull-tab-style cap. Bundaberg, Australian for (ginger) beer.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Fentimans Ginger Beer

Best Mild

Fentimans Ginger Beer

“I would buy this from a cooler in a gas station and drink this whole thing,” said Sporked staff writer (and ginger beer newbie) Danny Palumbo. That’s a ringing endorsement for him. The ginger burn is there but just at the very end. Mostly you get brown sugar, floral and botanical notes, and unique aromatics. Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart called it “unreal.” It’s an apothecary’s ginger beer, perfect if you’re skittish around too much ginger but still want something that tastes like it came from the earth. 

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Rating:

8/10

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Q Mixers Ginger Beer

Best for Whiskey Gingers

Q Mixers Ginger Beer

This is a sophisticated ginger beer. It’s much drier than the others on offer with a long lasting spice and lots of small, fine bubbles. This is the Champagne of the ginger beer world. “It feels grown up to be drinking this,” said Sporked editorial assistant Naajia Shukri. If you’re averse to sugar, try this one. But you should also pick up a few cans if you’re a big Whiskey Ginger fan. It will play the perfect supporting role to any whiskey you choose, allowing the spirit to shine while still adding a fizz factor and complementary ginger flavor. Personally, though, I’d go with an Irish whiskey like a classic Jameson or, if you want to get fancy, a fruity-floral Japanese whisky like a Hibiki. But, heck, even if you only have the moonshine your cousin makes, using this ginger beer will result in a pretty decent drink.

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Rating:

8/10

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Regatta Classic Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer

Best Soda-Style

Regatta Classic Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer

This is as close as you can get to ginger ale without completely leaving ginger beer territory. “I would drink this with some junk food,” said Danny. But it’s also a good sweet treat on its own with just enough of a gingery bite to convince you that you’re drinking ginger beer. I also have to note the pleasing yacht club-style packaging. It looks like a can you should be drinking with your pale pink Izod collar popped. I like to sip it while pretending I’m the evil rich bully in a 1980s rom-com starring John Cusack. I have a rich inner life.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Summit Ginger Beer

Best Herbaceous

Summit Ginger Beer

Aldi’s seasonal ginger brew is extremely spiced and herbal. “It tastes like it was brewed in a garden,” said Jordan. With its perfumed aroma and carbonated sting, it’s not for everyone. “It has a lot of bite,” said Danny. “It’s fighting back. It slaps you in the face.” But sometimes that’s what I want out of a ginger beer—I want a slow sipper, something I have to approach with caution. Summit gets that job done. Plus, mixed with gin it becomes a beautifully botanical cocktail. Garnish it with an edible flower. You have a bunch of those just lying around, right?

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Rating:

7/10

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Owen's Craft Mixers Ginger Beer + Lime

Best for Moscow Mules

Owen’s Craft Mixers Ginger Beer + Lime

On its own, this ginger beer is a bit too limey. But that’s exactly what you want for a quality Moscow Mule. And, to be fair to Owen’s, it’s not sold as a stand-alone sipper. It’s sold as a mixer. The carbonation level is high, the gingery burn is present, and it’s not too sweet, but the citrusy backbone makes this the clear winner for best Moscow Mule mixer. Of course, if you find yourself adding a squeeze of lime to ginger beer normally, you also might like to gulp this bottle down on its own.

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Rating:

7/10

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Maine Root Ginger Brew

Best Fresh Ginger

Maine Root Ginger Brew

This is straight-up carbonated ginger juice. It’s very spicy with lots of concentrated flavor—another slow sipper. It feels very organic, thanks to the free-floating ginger root in the bottle, and then follows through, giving you undiluted ginger flavor. The bottle gives me Alanis Morrisette album cover vibes, which is a good thing. Tap into your inner ‘90s angst and get your daily dose of real ginger from this foggy brew.

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Rating:

6/10

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Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Ginger Beer

Best Light

Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Ginger Beer

This isn’t the best ginger beer on the list. I guess that should be obvious, since it’s coming in last. But it’s certainly the best light ginger beer I’ve tried. It’s an all around pleaser—not too gingery (as Danny said, “Some people don’t want to sneeze immediately”), not too sweet, and beautifully bubbly. And, for a ginger beer that boasts 53% fewer calories than Fever Tree’s regular offering, it still packs a good amount of flavor.

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Rating:

6/10

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About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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  • This was so helpful!! Thank you. Can’t wait to try the Summit–I love the spiciness of ginger and it’s what I’ve been missing in a lot of the ginger beers I’ve tried.

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