heineken, corona and budweiser are considerably less expensive for the same amount. it's the same at other stores and restaurants. hoegaarden is the only beer i like so this bothers me. (´・ω・｀)
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Probably just... production levels.
The other cheapo beers in yr picture -- Corona, Heineken, and Budweiser -- are all among the top 10 or 15 brands in the whole WORLD, in terms of production levels/revenue.
Those are produced in mind-bogglingly huge amounts and are distributed all around the world -- like Coke or Pepsi.
Hoegaarden, on the other hand, is made in much smaller quantities. It's also still brewed (for the most part) in the original facilities in the Belgian town of Hoegaarden.
This would be like having a small, local cola (versus Coke/Pepsi).
Honestly -- given the production size, and given that they're still brewing it in those old facilities in the original town -- you should probably EXPECT Hoegaarden to be a lot MORE expensive!
The only reason why it isn't is that the brand is owned by InBev -- the same conglomerate that also produces Budweiser and Stella Artois, along with a zillion other brands -- and so Hoegaarden can use the same marketing and distribution channels as those mass-produced beers.
(Zima is cheaper because it's not an "import" -- Japan is the only country in the whole world where Zima is currently produced and sold, so it's taxed as a domestic brand.)
I only know these things because one of my best friends works for InBev in Brazil. (: