Low-alcohol Bud Light swoops in as most popular student beers are revealed

| September 26, 2018 | By

Carlsberg has replaced Foster’s as the most popular beer of choice for university students in the UK, according to new Yoyo data. But the big winner is new entry Bud Light, which has swooped in to take fifth place on Yoyo’s 20 most popular student beers list – a year after it was first re-introduced to the UK market.

Bud Light swoops in as most popular student beers are revealed

With the academic year kicking off and Fresher’s Weeks’ taking place up and down the country, we decided to find out the 20 beers that have been bought most often by university students through Yoyo’s payments and loyalty app.

(To give you some context, Yoyo’s combined payments and loyalty app is the most popular form of mobile payments for students and is accepted at well over half the universities and student unions across the UK)

Comparing a random sample of 96,000 beers that were bought through the Yoyo app during the 2017/18 year and the 2016/17 academic year, Carlsberg has now taken the number one spot, replacing Foster’s, which has taken second place this year.

Coors Light has moved up two places to take third position, replacing Stella Artois which has dropped to eighth place.

Budweiser’s position has remained unchanged, taking fourth place, while its sister brand, Bud Light, entered the list for the first time to take fifth place.

Bud Light is reported to be the most popular beer in the US and only entered the UK market in March 2017, 16 years after attempts were first made to have it introduced.

The only other new entry to make this year’s list was Italian beer brand Birra Moretti (4.6% ABV), which came in at 19th place.

This latest ranking of beers amongst university students comes after data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that school-leavers are now drinking less.

Alcohol-free beers are said to be on the rise among students, but Yoyo’s data suggests new-entry brands that deliver lower alcohol strengths than their competitors may also be proving more popular.

Brewed to 3.5% ABV in the UK,  Bud Light has the lowest alcohol strength out of the top five beer brands on this year’s list, with Carlsberg at 3.8%, Foster’s at 4%, Coors Light at 4.2%, and Budweiser (draught) at 4.3%.

Now compare this to a pint Stella Artois, which has an alcohol strength of 4.8%. Considered by many to be a strong beer (its alcohol content was reduced from 5% in 2012), the Belgian brand saw the steepest fall in popularity amongst students on this year’s list – dropping five places from 3rd to 8th position.

See the full list of top 20 beers below to find out how your favourite brands have ranked this year:

Low-alcohol Bud Light swoops in as most popular student beers are revealed

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