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Belgium: annual volume of beer consumed per capita 2008-2016

Belgium is famous for having thousands of different beers. Belgium had, for instance, 261 active breweries in 2017. Since 2016, Belgian beer is even listed in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Belgians consumed on average 70 liters of beer that same year. Although, by comparison, in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany more than 100 liters of beer were consumed per capita.

Is beer facing a consumption decline in Belgium?

According to a 2018 report, beer consumption in Belgium was steadily decreasing over the years. Belgians used to drink over 80 liters in 2008, whereas in 2006, they drank less than 70 liters. However, mathematically speaking, 70 liters per year still sums up to an average of 6 liters a month. It is highly unlikely that beer will disappear from Belgian tables anytime soon. Nonetheless, it comes as no surprise that the overall volume of beer consumed in the country decreased accordingly.

Belgian beer is an international beverage

Belgium’s consumers were drinking less beer than before in 2018. However, Belgian beer consumption was far from being confined to the country. Whilst Belgium produced 20 million hectoliters of Beer in 2016, it also exported consequent amounts of it to the European Union and outside of the EU.

Annual volume of beer consumed per capita in Belgium from 2008 to 2016 (in liters)*

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Data for 2017 and 2018 are unavailable
The source adds the following information: in Belgium "‘beer’ comprises alcohol-free beer, low alcohol and non alcohol beers"

The figures have been taken from several publications.

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