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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Germans spend the most on beer annually

Bottoms up!

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Morgan Olsen
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A boozy new study delves into the finances behind beer—namely, how much a bottle will cost you around the globe and which countries are drinking it all. Conducted by Expensivity, the World Beer Index 2021 is jam-packed with sudsy insight that beer nerds and world travelers will find fascinating.

Of course, it's no surprise that the study's most startling stat was found in Germany, where residents spend an average of $1,907.78 per year on beer. And no, it's not because ale costs more in Deutschland—the country just drinks a lot of it, with the average local gulping 411 bottles annually.

Beer aficionados on a budget should put South Africa on their travel wish list: The country boasts the cheapest beer in the world, with the average bottle ringing up at $1.68. On the other end of the spectrum, the most expensive beer on the planet can be found in Qatar, where an ice-cold glass of ale will cost you an average of $11.26. Expensivity explains that the Western Asian country recently introduced a 100 percent tax on alcohol imports ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Ouch.

It's important to note that Expensivity analyzed 330-milliliter bottles of beer from big-name brands like Corona and Heineken. The cost per bottle is an average of supermarket and hotel bar prices, and alcohol-consumption stats were pulled from the World Health Organization.

Want to see how your country stacks up? Take a look at survey results below and check out the World Beer Index 2021 for more in-depth insight.

The price of a beer around the world

Expensivity Price of a Beer Map
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How much do people spend on beer annually? 

Expensivity Price of a Beer Map
Graphic: Courtesy Expensivity

How much beer do people around the world drink?

Expensivity Price of a Beer Map
Graphic: Courtesy Expensivity

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