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The list is split into sections - beers brewed on the island ( and beers that were brewed here or may be in the future!), imported beers from Belgium, interesting beers (to me) imported from Independent companies and finally the beers provided by multinationals. It does not claim to be complete - so if you know of others i might want to add let me know - just email me

The comments are based on my personal likes and dislikes as some one who likes traditional english ale,, wheat beers and Belgian ales. I am not a lager person.

key - K=keg, b=bottle, c=can, nk=nitrokeg

Beers brewed in Malta

Brewer Beer format strength comments
Farsons Carlsberg k b c 4.6 For me, Farsons best bottled lager. But the keg version is very gassy
Farsons Cisk Export b c 5 Farsons Premium Lager. I find the bottles refreshing on hot days, but it disappoints as an evening drink.
Farsons Cisk Lager k b c 4.2 quite bland for its strengh. But despite my view, 2007 winner in "World Beer" magazines best ordinary lager category
Farsons Cisk XL Lager b 4.2 A low carbohydrate beer,It has much more taste than ordinary bottled Cisk and a similar taste to Export without the strength. A 2007 winner as "World Beer magazine's best low carb lager" category
Farsons Cisk Pilsner b 5.5 New in late 2012. In half litre bottles.Not yet tasted
Farsons Cisk XS Lager b 9 for many years only brewed for the Italian market , now available from "selected" restaurants, bars and shops. a strong sweet tasting lager maybe short of body for its strength and so very easy drinking so beware - it is 9%
Farsons Farsons Blue Label b c nk 3.8 i find 1 pint bottle is a pleasant drink but there isnt enough depth to enjoy the second
Farsons Farson Hop Leaf b c nk 3.8 A pale ale - i think in the bottle has more taste than it used to but the comment re Blue Label equally applies to Hop Leaf .
Farsons Simonds Amber Ale b 5.5 New in late 2012. In half litre bottles. Their best ale by some way.
Farsons Farsons Lacto b ? Old fashioned "milk stout" still made to the 1928 recipe, Rarely seen in bars but can be found on supermarket shelves.
Farsons Skol b c ? brewed under license from Carlsberg! Why?
Marsavin 1565 k b c 4.2 Marsovin jointly ran LBM with Lowenbrau but the brewery has closed and the beer is currently brewed for Marsavin, probably at Lowenbrau in Germany
Monte Kristo Ic-Cagnu b 4.8 Monte Kristo Winery is possibly soon to have its own brewery producing ic-Caqnu Premium Lager. The current bottled beer which is quite hard to find is produced in Germany. Seen in one of the Kiosks at Valletta bus station and the Seaview bar near the church in Mellieha

Imports from Belgium

Beer format strength comments
Augustijn Blond b 7 Van Steenberge's premier beer is brewed under licence from the Augustinian Abbey in Gent. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Augustijn Donker b 7 The dark dubbel to partner the blond above. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Augustijn Grand Cru b 9 The tripel to partner the blond above. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Bornem Dubbel b 7 Van Steenberge's "dubbel" dark ale. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Bruegel b 5.2 Van Steenberge's standard strength amber ale. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Celis White b 5 Van Steenberge's Wheat beer is brewed under licence from the creator of Belgian wheat beer - Peter Celis. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Duvel b 8 Duvel is a world famous beer, brewed in Belgium by one of Belgiums biggest independent brewing companys Its creation heralded a new beer style which is much copied. This strong golden ale is available from www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Gulden Draak b 10.5 Van Steenberge's rich dark Barley Wine, complete with white bottle. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Liefmans Fruitesse b 4.2 Duvel Moortgats new fruit beer . For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Ls Chouffe b 8 Brewed at Achouffe in thge Ardenne. LaChouffe is a fruity, slightly spiced strond blond ale with its famous Elf on tje ladel and glass. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt.
Maredsous 6 b 10 Duvel Moortgat also produce an excellent range of beers under licence from the Maredsoous Abbey. The 6% Blond ale is available from www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt.
Maredsous 8 b 8 The 8% dark ale is available from www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt,
Maredsous 10 b 10 The 10% tripel is available from www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Marks and Spencer Belgian Tripel b 9 brewed for M&S by Huyge, famous for the pink elephants on the bottled Delerium Tremens. This strong sweet tasting tripel is available at all the local M&S stores
Martens Gold c 4.6 a lager in cans
Piraat b 10.5 Van Steenberge's superb pale Barley Wine. For full details and availability go to www.thebelgianbeershop.com.mt
Stella Artois b, k, c 5.2 "The" Belgian Lager, produced by AB Inbev, the worlds largest brewers

Other Interesting imports Independent Companies

this list is obviously biased towards my tastes. It does not ionclude the wide range of cheap canned lager now available. Much comes from the Netherlands and Bavaria brand is the major player. But you will also find German (eg DAB), Mexican, Polish, and Turkish. And mow there a number of cheap canned British bitters appearing too! I have stopped attempting to advise where these products can be purchased as it changes as often as the latest trade offer

Country Beer format strength comments
China Tsingtao b 5 China's most famous beer is avaiable at some Chinese Restaurants
Germany Erdinger Hefe b 5 unfiltered, pale wheat beer from Germany's biggest Wieze bier producer. The beer has a secondary fermentation in the bottle and there is a yeast sediment which the brewer recommends you pour into the glass. Superbly refreshing on a warm day. Sold at Scotts and Arcadia Supermarkets.
Germany Erdinger Dunkel b 5 dark wheat beer from Germany's biggest Wieze bier producer.
Germany Schofferhofer b 5 unfiltered wheat beer from Germany's Binding group. Available at the Plough and Anchor, Sliema
Germany Warstiener b 5 available at Pavi supermarket
Ireland Marks and Spencers Irish Stout b 4.5 an excellent bottled stout. produced for M&S by the small O'Haras brewery in Carlow. Available from their shops in Valletta, The Strand Sliema and Bay Street St Julians.
Italy Mastri Birrai Umbria b 8 3 vatieties in 75cl swing top bottles at 5.95 from Pavi's wine cellar. here is the breweries website.
Italy Ceres Strong Ale b 8 sometimes available at Pavi and Lidl supermarkets
UK Cobra b 5 Indian Restaurants. UK based company that started out without its own breewery but now owns one in India. The beer sold in Malta may be brewed in the UK or Belgium
UK Davenports b available from Birra Biss
UK Norfolk Bitter b 4.5 pleasant bottled bitter with a slight hint of citrus. brewed for M and S by Woodforde. Available from their shops in Valletta, The Strand Sliema and Bay Street St Julians.
UK Marstons Pedigree b 4.4 available from Birra Biss
UK Marstons Oyster Stout b available from www.birrabiss.com
UK Stafforshire IPA b 5.5 a pleasant bottled bitter. brewed for M&S by Marstons. Available from their shops in Valletta, The Strand Sliema and Bay Street St Julians.
UK Wychwood Hobgoblin b 5.2 available from Birra Biss and Scotts
UK Yorkshire Bitter b 4.6 a pleasant bottled bitter. brewed for M&S by Cropton Brewery in North Yorkshire. Available from their shops in Valletta, The Strand Sliema and Bay Street St Julians.
UK Youngs Chocolate Stout b - sometimes from Scotts Supermarkets

Imports from Mutinationals etc

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Brewing Group Beer format strength comments
AB Inbev Becks b 5 imported by Farsons and quite widely available
AB InBev Budweiser b - USAs biggest brewers where bought by Inbev in 2008 so joins the same global business as Stella and Becks. Bud is currently brewed in the uk, and shipped to Malta for bottling by Farsons
AB Inbev Castlemaine XXXX b 5 more famous for its adverts (Austalians wouldn't give a XXXX) than the beer. Brewed in the UK
AB Inbev Franzikaner Hefe b 5 Tasty German unfiltered wheat beer from Spaten, acquired by Inbev in 2003.
AB Inbev Hertog Jan Dubbel b brewed at an ABInbew brewery in the Netherlands, this Belgian style dubbel comes in 50cl bottles and is available at Pavi's wine cellar
AB Inbev Stella Artois b k 5.2 The Belgian Lager, fairly widely available
AB Inbev Lowenbrau Original b k 5 Used to be brewed in Malta but now its the German original
Coors Caffreys c - Supposedly Irish ale, created in the Bass laboratory at their Burton on Trent brewery and named after an Irish brewery they took over. Now the Bass name is owned by AB inbev whilst the brewery belongs to the American business Coors
Diagio Guinness b c nk - Dublin brewed Guinness is imported by Farsons and is available widely in tourist areas
Diagio Guinness Foreign Extra Stout b 7.5 sometimes available in bars
Diagio Kilkenny nk ? Guinness's Irish Ale
Heineken Sischer Tradition b Brewed at a Heineken brewery in France, It comes in 65cl bottles and is available at Pavi's wine cellar
Heineken Heineken b k 5 widely avalable
Heineken Moretti Doppelmalt b 7 Brewed in Udine, Italy.
Heineken Moretti Rossa b 7.2 Pleasant dark ale brewed in Udine, Italy
Heineken Murphys Irish Stout k available in a few bars in tourist areas
Heineken Fosters Lager c k ? available in a few bars in tourist areas
Heineken Newcastle Brown c - no longer brewed in Newcastle
Heineken John Smiths Smooth c nk - Imported by Farsons,the draught is widely available in Sliema
SAB Miller Peroni Reserva b 6.6 Impressive dark malty beer in 33cl bottles from Pavi's wine cellar

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