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Top 10 Best Ginger Beers in the UK 2021 (Bundaberg, Fever Tree, and More)

For many of us ginger beer has a nostalgic taste that reminds us of our youth. Having been a popular drink in the 80's and 90's, it is making a fashionable comeback in botanical form – with many independent British and Australian brands like Fentimans, Cawston Press and Bundaberg creating new recipes and concoctions all the time.


Whether you are looking to try a complex and cloudy ginger beer or an authentic can of Caribbean-style ginger from a classic brand like Abbotts KA, our guide and recommendations will help you find your new favourite. From fiery to sweet, we really do have something for everyone here! 

  • Last updated: 21-01-2021
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What's the Difference Between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer?

What's the Difference Between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer?

Ever wondered what sets a ginger beer apart from an ale? Essentially, ginger ale is carbonated water flavoured with real ginger or ginger syrup, whereas real ginger beer uses root ginger extract fermented using yeast and bacteria, similar to the process of making kombucha.


The fermentation process to make ginger beer gives it a more complex flavour profile than ginger ale. However, you may find that some ginger beers aren't fermented and are just slightly more fiery versions of ginger ale, which are usually more affordable.

How to Choose a Ginger Beer in the UK - Buying Guide

Unsure which ginger beer to use as a cocktail mixer and which to enjoy solo? Wondering how to spot the authentic stuff? We're here with all the tips you'll need to choose a ginger beer with the right balance of spice and sweetness.

Consider Whether You Are Craving a Fiery Taste or Something Milder and Sweeter

Consider Whether You Are Craving a Fiery Taste or Something Milder and Sweeter

When buying ginger beer, it's a good idea to choose one with the kind of flavour you are looking for. Whilst they all obviously taste of ginger, some are extremely fiery, spicy or zingy. However, if you aren't a fan of spicy or strong flavours, you can still enjoy ginger beer! Make sure to pick a milder, more fragrant one instead.


Aside from the level of fire you are going for, there's also the sweetness spectrum to consider, which can range from very sweet to reasonably dry. Seeing as you can't always try before you buy, we've added where each of our recommendations sit on this scale. 

Sugar vs Sweetener vs Natural Sugars – How Much Sugar Does Ginger Beer Contain?

Sugar vs Sweetener vs Natural Sugars – How Much Sugar Does Ginger Beer Contain?

Ginger beer that has been fermented must contain sugar as it is an important part of the fermentation process. However, some ginger beers use artificial sweeteners instead which can make them a lower calorie option, but that doesn't mean they are healthier (or that they will taste as good!).


Sugar-laden ginger beer can be quite high in calories and may contribute to tooth decay, which means it's best consumed occasionally. Fortunately, some brands are choosing to leave out the sugar and use pressed apple juice or other natural forms of sugar instead, offering a healthier alternative, should you be seeking one.


It is suggested that fizzy drinks with over 11.25 g of sugar per 100 ml are considered high-sugar, a medium-sugar drink contains 2.5 to 11.25 g per 100ml, and a low-sugar drink will have less than 2.5 g per 100 ml. 

Some Ginger Beers Are Best as Mixers for Alcoholic Drinks, Others Are Better as Sodas

Some Ginger Beers Are Best as Mixers for Alcoholic Drinks, Others Are Better as Sodas

How do you like to drink your ginger beer? Some bottles or cans are made to be used as mixers for other drinks such as cocktails, mocktails or ice cream floats. Other more premium ginger beers are intended to be consumed on their own. 


It's absolutely fine to use any type of ginger beer in any way you choose to, however those designed as mixers may be more subtle and less complex in flavour – which may be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. 

Think About the Package Size

Think About the Package Size

This may seem like a straightforward one, but think about how many bottles or cans of ginger beer you might need, and how big you would like those bottles or cans to be. 


If you only drink it occasionally as a mixer, one bottle or several smaller bottles will probably suffice, whereas if you regularly enjoy a glass of ginger you may want to purchase a bulk package.

Top 10 Best Ginger Beers in the UK

Now we've got you all fired up, here are our top ten picks of the best ginger beers online in the UK that are sure to make you thirsty!

10
TasteMild, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml16 g
Best ForDrinking
Quantity4 x 330 ml
9
TasteMild, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml4.9 g
Best ForDrinking, mixer
Quantity1.5 litres
8
TasteMild, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml4.8 g
Best ForDrinking
Quantity24 x 330 ml
7

WaitroseFiery Ginger Beer

£1.70

TasteFiery, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml7.8 g
Best ForDrinking
Quantity6 x 330 ml
6
TasteFiery, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml7.8 g
Best ForDrinking, mixing
Quantity750 ml
5
TasteFiery, dry
Sugar Per 100 ml5.4 g
Best ForDrinking
Quantity4 x 330 ml
4
TasteFiery, dry
Sugar Per 100 ml4.9 g
Best ForDrinking, mixing
Quantity4 x 375 ml
3
TasteFiery, dry
Sugar Per 100 ml4 g
Best ForDrinking, mixing
Quantity500 ml
2

Fentimans Pink Ginger Beer

Pack of 6

£12.00

TasteFiery, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml7.8 g
Best ForDrinking, mixing
Quantity6 x 750 ml
1
TasteFiery, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml7.8 g
Best ForDrinking, mixing
Quantity24 x 275 ml

Compare the Best Ginger Beers

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1
Fentimans Ginger Beer 1

Fentimans

2
Fentimans  Pink Ginger Beer  1

Fentimans

3
Fever-Tree Naturally Light Ginger Beer 1

Fever-Tree

4
Bundaberg Ginger Beer 1

Bundaberg

5
Cawston Press Ginger Beer  1

Cawston Press

6
Belvoir Ginger Beer 1

Belvoir

7
Waitrose Fiery Ginger Beer 1

Waitrose

8
Abbotts KA Sparkling Ginger Beer 1

Abbotts KA

9
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer 1

Old Jamaica

10
Supermalt Ginger Beer 1

Supermalt

Name

Ginger Beer

Pink Ginger Beer

Naturally Light Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

Fiery Ginger Beer

Sparkling Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

Features

Traditionally Made With Natural Ingredients

A Fun Late Summer Drink

Premium Ginger Beer With 48% Fewer Calories

Australia's Favourite Ginger Beer

Dry and Delicious With Only 5 Ingredients

Zingy, Fiery and Fresh

Great Quality and Good Value

A Cool Caribbean Ginger Beer

An Old Classic for Drinking or Mixing

A Heritage Choice in Retro Packaging

Price£24.95£12.00£1.80£3.75£3.49£1.80£1.70£11.76£1.50£2.50
TasteFiery, sweetFiery, sweetFiery, dryFiery, dryFiery, dryFiery, sweetFiery, sweetMild, sweetMild, sweetMild, sweet
Sugar Per 100 ml7.8 g7.8 g4 g4.9 g5.4 g 7.8 g7.8 g4.8 g4.9 g16 g
Best ForDrinking, mixing Drinking, mixing Drinking, mixing Drinking, mixing Drinking Drinking, mixingDrinkingDrinkingDrinking, mixerDrinking
Quantity24 x 275 ml6 x 750 ml500 ml4 x 375 ml4 x 330 ml750 ml6 x 330 ml24 x 330 ml1.5 litres4 x 330 ml
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Recipe: How to Make a Mule With Rum and Ginger Beer

Recipe: How to Make a Mule With Rum and Ginger Beer

If you're feeling inspired to shake up your ginger beer into something a little more sinful, look no further than this Aussie mule recipe from Bundaberg. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a cocktail shaker

Ingredients:
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
50 ml Bundaberg rum
25 ml lime juice
10 ml sugar syrup
2 x small pieces of ginger
1 x lime wedge to garnish
Copper mug or Mason jar to serve

Step 1
Muddle the ginger and combine with remaining ingredients into a shaker

Step 2
Shake, then strain into a copper mug and top with Bundaberg Ginger Beer

Step 3
Add crushed ice and a lime wedge to garnish

Step 4
Enjoy your drink!
Aussie Mule Cocktail Recipe | Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

Taking a Break From Alcohol? Check Out These Delicious Alternatives

Taking a Break From Alcohol? Check Out These Delicious Alternatives

Cutting out the booze but still want to drink something interesting and complex? If cocktails aren't your thing, take a look at our articles below for alternative ideas that really do rival alcohol in the taste department.

Summary

We've shared our fiery favourites with you, so we can only hope that you've found one that'll get your tonsils tingling! All there's left to do is to get a chilled glass and some ice cubes at the ready for lashings and lashings of lovely ginger beer.

Author: Melanie McPhail

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