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Classic to craft: 12 best beers in India under Rs 200 for your at-home hop collection

Whether you enjoy cracking open a cold one at the end of every work day or are stocking up for the next game night with your friends – we’ve got a list of the best beers in India under Rs 200 to seek out on your next visit to the liquor store.

India is no lightweight when it comes to drinking beer. The country is home to brews that date back as far as 1500 BC, when fermented barley and rice-based concoctions were fused with local fruits and spices. Eventually, in 1830, Edward Abraham Dyer, set up the country’s first brewery named Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh, which produced the beer brand Lion. It also led to the creation of a new style of beer that was higher in alcohol and hop profile – India Pale Ale.

Today, breweries are ubiquitous in the country, offering everything from classic stouts and lagers to craft creations with apple cider and coffee. And regardless of which type you’d rather have in your at-home collection, there’s a host of delicious options by brands – international and homegrown – that won’t break the bank. Here’s our pick of the best beers in India under Rs 200 for your at-home bar.

Best beers in India under Rs 200 for your next guzzle

Corona Extra Premium Beer

One of the most popular brands in the world, Corona draws from a strong Mexican heritage and promises the choicest blend of filtered water, malted barley, corn, and yeast. This particular brew has a pale straw colour when poured and is clear, with a medium white head. Easy on the palate with a subtle sweetness and just a hint of hops this beer is best enjoyed the classic way – with a wedge of lime stuffed into the pint. This one will transport you to sunny beach days.

ABV: 5.30 percent
Price: Rs 190 approx. (330 ml)

Budweiser Premium

One of the most popular beers in India, this one is a medium-bodied American-style pale lager that’s an indispensable feature across bars and at-home stockpiles. Brewed over 21 nights with the choicest hops and barley, the brand uses a unique ageing technique with beechwood that’s believed to lend a certain smooth quality to the beer. This, along with the fact that it packs on the flavour and is crisp, in part, might be why it’s one of the most popular lagers in the world.

ABV: 5 percent
Price: Rs 180 approx. (650 ml)

Bira 91 Malabar Stout

If you enjoy a cup of ‘Joe as much as you do a chilled glass of beer, you’re going to want to stock up on this one. Bira 91 – one of the most popular craft beer brands in the country – uses coffee beans sourced from the Malabar Hills (hence the name) and fuses them with roasted rye and melano malt for this toasty concoction. Bold, robust, and tropical, the blend is in collaboration with artisanal coffee brand Blue Tokai and has a well-balanced bitter flavour with notes of chocolate and oat as well as a dark amber colour.

ABV: 4.5 percent
Price: Rs. 130 approx. (330 ml)

Carlsberg All Malt Premium Beer

This lager is one of the most recommended brews for those just starting out on their beer journey. Carlsberg, a popular brand from Denmark, is known for its diverse, fit-for-every-occasion beer. Brewed with the finest European hops and malt, this one has notes of fruit and spice along with a sharp bitter bite that’s quite palatable. It also pours clear, with a light straw colour, clean aroma, and refreshing flavour.

ABV: 5 percent
Price: Rs 120 approx. (330 ml)

Tuborg Green Beer

Another easy-drinking beer that is known to be the life of any party, Tuborg Green is a must-try beer for those just starting out on their hop journey. It’s a bottom-fermented lager and is brewed such that it presents a mild, fresh flavour with notes of flowers and grain. Medium rich with a moderate bitterness in the aftertaste, this one pairs well with salads and spicy curries alike.

ABV: 4.6 percent
Price: Rs 115 approx. (330 ml)

Heineken Lager Beer

A lager that’s got a deep golden colour, Heineken lager tastes stronger than most mass-produced lagers while being light on the palate and easy to drink. The full-bodied beer has a bitterness that is well rounded yet unmistakable. Not to mention, the finish is crisp and clean. Few things are as refreshing as this brew which could be why it’s also one of the most popular.

ABV: 5 percent
Price: Rs 160 approx. (500 ml)

White Rhino WIT

Famed to be one of India’s first craft breweries, White Rhino has been leading the beer game for a while now. Their Belgian-style wheat beer is a light and refreshing concoction that fuses Belgian techniques with Indian rolled wheat, curacao orange peel, and fresh, organic coriander seeds from the Himalayas. The payoff is a crisp, easy-to-drink brew that’s also quite aromatic.

ABV: 4.9 percent
Price: Rs 150 approx. (330 ml)

Simba Stout

 

One of the country’s first homegrown craft beer brands, Simba has made a name for itself in the world of boozy brews. Their stout is also believed to be one of the first bottled craft stouts. An ebony-coloured concoction with bold, robust flavours, the stout is creamy, with hints of espresso, caramel, and dark chocolate. If you like your beer toasty, there’s no better brew for you.

ABV: 5 percent
Price: Rs 150 approx. (330 ml)

Godfather The Legendary Original Strong Beer

beers under Rs 200 India

 

If strong beers are your thing, this one won’t disappoint. The brew has a stable head, golden-amber shade and smooth, full-bodied flavour that packs a punch. It’s got a brewing cycle of 25 days and utilises quality hops, malt, and barley. The high-alcohol percentage and strong flavour makes it popular across bars and amidst beer aficionados. It also pairs well with fried food.

ABV: 7.5 percent
Price: Rs 180 approx. (650 ml)

Lone Wolf Bev. Strong

Beers under Rs 200

This homegrown beer brand is the new kid on the block when it comes to hops and aims at offering quality brews at affordable prices. Naturally, their latest launch is a crowd pleaser. High ABV and a smooth flavour profile, the beer boasts of being low in bitterness, which makes for easy drinking. At the moment, the beer is only available in Delhi-NCR.

Price: Rs 150 approx. (650 ml)

Beor360 Wheat Beer

Best beers in India under Rs 200

An artisanal craft beer brand, Beor 360 uses the choicest ingredients from across the world. Their wheat beer has notes of clove, coriander, banana, honey, and bread. It also contains chamomile, which adds a subtle floral aroma to the concoction. Orange peel, meanwhile, gives it that citrus tang. Golden, straw-coloured when poured, the brew is full-bodied and balanced, with a round finish. Each sip is smooth, crisp, and reminiscent of a tropical vacation.

ABV: 4.9 percent
Price: Rs 120 approx. (330 ml)

BeeYoung Beer

Best beers in India under Rs 200

Known for merging quality ingredients to concoct delicious craft brews, Kimaya Himalayan understands what the modern Indian needs. Their BeeYoung beer is reflective of this. Crisp and clean with subtle bitterness and a citrus twang, the beer is great for when you’re just starting out or need something that goes down smooth. The finish is accentuated by Columbus and Styrian Golding hops that make it gentle on the palate. Besides, it’s a strong beer.

ABV: 7.2 percent
Price: Rs 100 approx. (500 ml)

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Eshita Srinivas
Eshita spends her days writing, rewriting, and thinking of things to write about. In the little time she has left, she daydreams about going on a solo trip across Asia.
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