About Chilean Beer

About Chilean Beer
Although Chile is not well known for beer, it is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the country, representing about 60% of the market. Premium beers represent 18% of that figure and craft beers have become very popular as of late; there are now more than 300 microbreweries in Chile.

Most of the beers produced in Chile are lagers. There is a large German influence, especially in the southern Los Lagos region, which was populated by many German immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries. That fact accounts for the style of beers from this territory.

Top Picks for Chile

Cervecería Kross 110 Minutos Scottish-Style Ale
93 points
Medium brick red color. Inviting, complex, smoky, savory aromas of caramel syrup, deli turkey breast, carrot cake, and vanilla custard with a round, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length chocolate cupcake, chocolate malt ball candy, smoky hickory chips, and roasted carrots finish. A complex, spicy, inviting beer for sipping in a dark bar on a rainy day.
Cervecería Kross Russian Imperial Stout
93 points
Opaque ebony brown color. Meaty, smoky, savory aromas of beef jerky, coffee, and baking chocolate with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length lime spritz, barbecue beef, smoked nuts, and grilled radicchio finish. A smoky Imperial Ale for carnivorous pairings.
Cervecería Kross 5 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale
92 points
Brilliant dark copper color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, cherry-pomegranate yogurt, roasted chestnuts and squash with exotic honeycomb, and sandalwood incense with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, long finish imparting shades of fruit cake, cherry cola, cedar pencil, and wood aged cachaça finish. An intriguing and exotic wood aged ale.
Cervecería Kross K15 Experimental Chilean Grape Ale
87 points
Pale golden yellow color. Sulfurous, grassy, green aromas of omelet, minerals, pizzelle cookies, and cloves with a syrupy, shy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy sprouting barley, lemon cookie, ginger, and allspice finish. Complex spiced beer to share with friends who like something a little different.