Premium Lager Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Premium Lager Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Conventional, Craft), By Distribution Channel (Off-trade, On-trade), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jul, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-378-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 110

Industry Insights

The global premium lager market size was valued at USD 161.1 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period. The industry is driven by increasing demand among customers for lager beer on account of its authentic taste, visual appearance, brand story, and smooth experience.

Premium lager products help in dealing with various health related issues including blood pressure, diabetics, fungal infection, and prevention from minor fractures. Changing lifestyle of people paves the way for them to moderately consume alcoholic beverages with health benefits, which is expected to remain a favorable factor for the market growth. Urbanization, growing disposable income, and increasing consumer preferences for consumption of alcoholic beverages in a regular time span in the developing countries, including India and China, are also expected to drive the market.

U.S. premium lager Market

Moreover, influence of western culture, which is increasing the utilization of alcoholic beverages in corporate parties, is considered to be an important factor for driving the market. In addition, propelling shift of the rural population to the urban area in the above-mentioned developing countries and their introduction to the western culture are anticipated to open new market avenues.

Supportive policies are expected to play a key role in shaping the industry dynamics. Over the past few years, numerous agencies including the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and the U.S. TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) have been implementing stringent regulations on packaging and emissions associated with the production of beer. Other regulations including legal drinking age limits and legal issues associated with the sales and consumption of alcohol are expected to severely impact the supply-demand scenario over the next few years.

Product Insights

Conventional premium beer dominated the global premium lager market with a share of 54.6% in 2018. It is produced using a simple method of fragmentation in a low temperature of 45 to 65 degree Fahrenheit. These beers are usually easy to prepare and provide a satisfying amount of return on investment to the manufacturers on account of easy availability and low price of raw materials.

The growth is attributed to the predominant consumption of conventional beer in the western European countries including Germany, U.K., and France. Moreover, increasing awareness regarding the benefits associated with beer consumption, including better kidney functioning, prevention of type 2 diabetes, and faster recovery from pain and injury, is expected to increase the demand for conventional premium lager in future.

Craft premium lager beer is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2019 to 2025. This growth is attributed to shifting preference towards producing beer through craft brewing, which provides an authentic taste. Majority of the consumption of premium lager products is seen in countries including U.S., Canada, Germany, and U.K. The population in this region prefers consumption of beer on a daily basis as it acts as a mental relaxation from work stress and anxiety. The manufacturers are focusing on making new products types and flavors with associated health benefits.

Distribution Channel Insights

Premium lager products are bought through on-trade channels including bars, restaurants, clubs, and hotels. The on-trade segment held the largest share of 65.0% in 2018 on account of increasing number of resto-bars in major economies. Moreover, customers get a significant experience on account of the ambience of the club or restaurant with an authentic taste of beer. New companies including B-Dubs, a global sports bar café of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., are coming up with new western alcoholic products for India. These factors are expected to expand the market access of premium product types through these channels in the near future.

Global premium lager Market

The off-trade segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2019 to 2025. Off-trade channels are expected to remain one of the key selling channels among the buyers in developing countries including China and India as they offer the products in retail prices. Furthermore, these channels attract the consumers through offering services including gift packages and combo packs. Growing popularity of after-drinking culture among the working class professionals as a result of hectic workstyle is expected to propel the consumers to utilize these channels for purchasing alcoholic drinks including premium lager from off-trade channels such as beer shops. 

Regional Insights

Europe is anticipated to hold a share of more than 40.0% by the end of 2025. The predominant consumption of premium lager in Western European countries including Germany and U.K. on account of increased awareness regarding its benefits, such as proper functioning of health heart, kidneys, and digestive system, is expected to remain a key market trend. In addition, new companies are acquiring new segments of the lager market with their premium products. In January 2017, Heineken launched a new craft lager product in partnership with the Indonesian lager beer brand, Bintang, in U.K.

Asia Pacific is expected to reach USD 63.7 billion by the end of 2025. The region is expected to foresee significant gains as a result of expansion of middle class income groups in key markets including China, India, Thailand, and Philippines. Over the past few years, supportive government policies for establishing new commercial offices in the manufacturing and service sectors of the above-mentioned countries have paved the way for the consumers to increase their spending on restaurants and bars. This trend is expected to increase the number of pubs and resto-bars and thus, in turn, will expand the use of premium lager in the near future.

Premium Lager Market Share Insights

The key market players includes, Heineken N.V., Constellation Brans, Carlsberg Breweries A/S, B9 Beverages Pvt. Ltd. and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. In 2018, Anheuser-Busch InBev subsidiary, Stella Arotis launched a new gluten free premium lager with 4.8% of alcoholic content. Australia-based Wingman Brewery launched a new premium lager product in October 2017. The product is brewed by the joint collaboration of Australian Beer Company, the Casella and Coca-Cola Amatil. New product launches is expected to remain a critical success factor over the next few years.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Billion & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa

Report coverage      

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Country scope

U.S., Germany, U.K., India, China, and Japan

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global premium lager market report on the basis of product, distribution channel, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Conventional

    • Craft

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • On-trade

    • Off-trade

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      •  U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      •  U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

      • China

      •  Japan

    • Central & South America

    • Middle East & Africa

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