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20 Signature Rock + Metal Beers: Rankings

Motorhead / GWAR / Mastodon
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It seems like all our favorite bands have been releasing signature beers lately, leaving us with one major dilemma — where do we begin?! A lot of these drinks are difficult to find or currently out of production, but if you’re planning to shell out your cash for some suds, you should know which beer is worth your dollar.

For this list, the beers included must be the result of a collaboration between artist and brewery. Band members must have been a part of the creative process or allowed their band’s name to be licensed for the product. This excludes drinks that have simply been inspired by musical acts.

There are plenty of quality beer review websites out there, but we’ve chosen RateBeer.com as our compass. Although sites like Beer Advocate and Untappd are great sources to scout out a delicious, intoxicating beverage, RateBeer.com has the most comprehensive library of rock and metal beers. The site’s rating system is also the most complex, scoring drinks on an “Overall” and “Style” scale while using the Bayesian Formula to compute the most accurate rating. Each beer receives two ratings out of 100, which we’ll add together for a final score.

Which beer will take the top spot? Find out as we present these 20 Rock + Metal Beers Ranked From Worst to Best, according to RateBeer.com.


Badass American Lager
20

Badass American Lager

Kid Rock
 
 

Kid Rock is responsible for this 'Badass' beer, brewed in the musician's home state of Michigan. Unfortunately, Badass American Lager has received an extremely low score on RateBeer.com.

Overall Score: 1/100
Style Score: 18/100

Final Score: 19/200

 
Motorhead Bastards Lager
19

Bastards Lager

Motorhead
 
 

Motorhead's Bastards Lager may be the loudest beer ever bottled, but it apparently is not the best. The pale lager is brewed in Sweden and has a fairly low ABV of 4.7 percent, just 0.3 away from matching its Overall score on RateBeer.

Overall Score: 5/100
Style Score: 44/100

Final Score: 49/200

 
KISS Destroyer Beer
18

Destroyer

KISS
 
 

When it comes to slapping a name onto anything and everything, KISS are the undisputed champions. As a result, it shouldn't be too surprising that KISS Destroyer pale lager received low marks.

Overall Score: 5/100
Style Score: 45/100

Final Score: 50/200

 
AC/DC Beer
17

Australian Hardrock

AC/DC
 
 

For those about to rock… perhaps choose a different beer? AC/DC's own pale lager comes in a giant can, so if you're looking for Fosters-like quantity, bottoms up! However, if taste is your priority, RateBeer suggests looking elsewhere.

Overall Score: 6/100
Style Score: 55/100

Final Score: 61/200

 
Sepultura Beer
16

Sepultura Weizen

Sepultura
 
 

Our favorite Brazilian thrashers Sepultura released their own beer packaged in an awesome faux amplifier. However, according to RateBeer, Sepultura Weizen succeeds in style, but not necessarily in taste.

Overall Score: 31/100
Style Score: 34/100

Final Score: 65/200

 
GWAR Beer
15

GWAR Beer

GWAR
 
 

Your intergalactic lords and masters GWAR originally called their signature beer 'Impaled Ale,' but unfortunately, the brand was already taken. However, despite the name change, the late Oderus Urungus was proud to create a drink that causes humans to become mindlessly violent.

Overall Score: 50/100
Style Score: 40/100

Final Score: 90/200

 
Razor Hoof
14

Razor Hoof

High on Fire
 
 

Three Floyds is one of America's best breweries, but Razor Hoof has garnered a rare lukewarm response from critics. Razor Hoof is a collaboration with High on Fire, leading to a saison ale with a fairly high ABV of 8.2 percent.

Overall Score: 61/100
Style Score: 30/100

Final Score: 91/200

 
Trooper Ale
13

Trooper Ale

Iron Maiden
 
 

Iron Maiden's Trooper Ale is perhaps the most successful metal beer of all time. Having only been available for a year, over 5 million pints have already been sold. Despite it's popularity, critics have given the brew average ratings.

Overall Score: 46/100
Style Score: 48/100

Final Score: 94/200

 
Black Tongue Beer
12

Black Tongue

Mastodon
 
 

Mastodon have released two brands of beer, one of which is Black Tongue, a black IPA. The drink's overall score on RateBeer is very good, but its low style points dragged the average of Black Tongue down tremendously.

Overall Score: 88/100
Style Score: 49/100

Final Score: 137/200

 
Faithfull Ale
11

Faithfull Ale

Pearl Jam
 
 

Pearl Jam's signature fruit beer, 'Faithfull Ale,' comes straight from the famous Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware. The band worked with Dogfish Head to create the beer, launching it to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam's seminal album, 'Ten.'

Overall Score: 56/100
Style Score: 88/100

Final Score: 144/200

 
Voivod Beer
10

Kluskap O' Kom

Voivod
 
 

To celebrate the band's 30th anniversary, Voivod launched their very own bottle of suds. The inspiration behind Voivod's Kluskap O' Kom Spice/Herb/Vegetable Lager came from the band's 2013 album, 'Target Earth.'

Overall Score: 77/100
Style Score: 87/100

Final Score: 164/200

 
Clutch Beer
9

Lips of Faith

Clutch
 
 

Clutch is the perfect band to complement with a beer. The band's Lips of Faith brew is an American Strong Ale with a 9 percent ABV. Lips of Faith has been a huge hit, showcasing pronounced hints of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts that bridge the sourness of its dark wood ale.

Overall Score: 93/100
Style Score: 73/100

Final Score: 166/200

 
The Sword Beer
8

Iron Swan Ale

The Sword
 
 

Nothing quenches your thirst like a cold beer when you're being impaled by the Sword. The band's Iron Swan English Pale Ale is actually made in Texas, but is filled with beautiful English hops and perhaps represents Texas with the brew's mild spiciness.

Overall Score: 78/100
Style Score: 97/100

Final Score: 175/200

 
Mastodon Hunter Beer
7

The Hunter

Mastodon
 
 

Mastodon's second entrant on this list is named after their fifth studio album, 'The Hunter.' The German unfiltered lager was first served to Mastodon while playing in Germany, reportedly leading to some joyous times.

Overall Score: 83/100
Style Score: 98/100

Final Score: 181/200

 
Immutable Dusk
6

Immutable Dusk

Pelican
 
 

Instrumental post-metal masters Pelican have some serious cred behind the beer taps. From the Three Floyds brewery, Pelican's Immutable Dusk Black IPA is an artfully crafted brew with a dark and beguiling flavor.

Overall Score: 96/100
Style Score: 89/100

Final Score: 185/200

 
Amon Amarth Beer
5

Ragnarök

Amon Amarth
 
 

You think Vikings don't drink beer??? Please… Amon Amarth love to wash down the blood of their enemies with a wonderful Imperial Porter dubbed Ragnarök. It'll definitely numb you after the battle as well due to the beer's 8.2 percent ABV.

Overall Score: 99/100
Style Score: 92/100

Final Score: 191/200

 
Eyehategod Beer
4

In the Name of Suffering

Eyehategod
 
 

Eyelovebeer! New Orleans sludge pioneers Eyehategod and Three Floyds Brewery (who else?) tapped their creative juices to arise with In the Name of Suffering. The Black IPA is absolutely loaded with hops and malt, boasting a near-perfect score on RateBeer.

Overall Score: 98/100
Style Score: 96/100

Final Score: 194/200

 
Pelican Creeper
3

The Creeper

Pelican
 
 

Pelican strikes the list once again with yet another acclaimed brew, 'The Creeper.' Brewed by Three Floyds for Pelican's 10th anniversary show, the doppelbock edges even closer to a perfect score worthy of its namesake and brewery.

Overall Score: 97/100
Style Score: 98/100

Final Score: 195/200

 
Municipal Waste 'Toxic Revolution' Beer
Three Floyds
2

Toxic Revolution

Municipal Waste
 
 

"Municipal Waste is gonna f--- you up!" With their signature stout 'Toxic Revolution.' Touring isn't easy, but the boys in Municipal Waste carry cases of this stuff on the road with them thanks again to Three Floyds.

Overall Score: 98/100
Style Score: 98/100

Final Score: 196/200

 
Pig Destroyer 'Permanent Funeral' Beer
Three Floyds
1

Permanent Funeral

Pig Destroyer
 
 

Pig Destroyer's 'Permanent Funeral' is the crown jewel of all metal and rock beers. With a huge ABV of 10.5 percent and a perfect overall score of 100 on RateBeer, the grind titans reign supreme with their Imperial/Double IPA. Thanks again to Three Floyds for this one!

Overall Score: 100/100
Style Score: 99/100

Final Score: 199/200

 

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