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Study: How much do Europeans typically pay for draft beer in a restaurant?

Europe on a beer budget? Our study spills the beans on where your pint's worth its weight in gold and where it's a steal!
Cost of Domestic Beer in Europe

Ever wondered how deep you’d have to dig into your pockets to enjoy a cold pint on a hot day in Europe?

Or perhaps, how many beers you could buy in Belarus with the change you found under your couch?

Well, pack your bags and your thirst, as we embark on a bubbly journey across Europe, mapping out the highs and lows (mostly the prices, but perhaps your spirits too!) of grabbing a 0.5 liter draft beer.

From the icy taps of Iceland to the surprisingly affordable brews of Belarus, we’ve got the scoop on where your beer budget will have you living like royalty and where you might have to stick to window shopping at the restaurant.

Methodology

Data was collected from the website numbeo.com listing the cost of a 0.5 liter draft beer in various European countries. The countries were ranked based on the cost, with Iceland being the most expensive and Belarus being the least expensive.

RankCountryDomestic Beer (0,5 liter draught)
1Iceland8,8
2Norway8,48
3Switzerland7,31
4Finland7
5Denmark6,7
6Sweden6,35
7France6
8Ireland5,5
9UK5,17
10Luxembourg5
11Italy5
12Netherlands5
13Germany4,5
14Estonia4,5
15Lithuania4,4
16Austria4,2
17Greece4
18Latvia4
19Belgium4
20Cyprus3,1
21Malta3
22Slovenia2,8
23Poland2,69
24Croatia2,65
25Turkey2,5
26Spain2,5
27Montenegro2,5
28Serbia2,05
29Czech Republic2,03
30Portugal2
31Slovakia2
32Albania1,9
33Hungary1,82
34North Macedonia1,61
35Romania1,61
36Bulgaria1,53
37Bosnia and Herzegovina1,53
38Russia1,52
39Moldova1,3
40Ukraine1,04
41Belarus1

Findings

  1. Highest Prices:

    • Iceland tops the list with a price of 8.8 for a 0.5 liter draft beer.
    • Other countries in the top 5 by price include Norway (8.48), Switzerland (7.31), Finland (7), and Denmark (6.7).
  2. Middle Range Prices:

    • Countries like France (6), UK (5.17), Germany (4.5), and Belgium (4) fall in the mid-range category.
  3. Lowest Prices:

    • Eastern European and some Balkan countries generally have lower beer prices. Belarus offers the lowest price at 1 for a 0.5 liter draft beer.
    • Other countries in the bottom 5 by price include Ukraine (1.04), Moldova (1.3), Russia (1.52), and Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina both at 1.53.
  4. Average Price:

    • The average price of a 0.5 liter draft beer across the 41 European countries is approximately 4.07.

Discussion

  • The price of beer is influenced by various factors, including taxation policies, production costs, import duties, and consumer demand.
  • Northern European countries, particularly those in Scandinavia, tend to have higher alcohol taxes, which could explain the higher beer prices.
  • Eastern European countries, known for their beer production, have lower prices, possibly due to lower production costs and higher local consumption.

The verdict

The cost of a 0.5 liter draft beer varies significantly across Europe, with Northern European countries generally having higher prices and Eastern European countries offering more affordable options. This study provides a snapshot of the beer market across Europe, highlighting the diversity in pricing strategies and consumer preferences.

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