I suspect this is often a reflection of your local import market. We get enough of these to get over the 10 rates criteria, but it’s still mostly the macro beers from those countries being exported.
If I raise the criteria to 50 ratings, the average goes up likely reflecting the fact that we get both great beers and crappy beers from Germany, for example.
France 83 3.03
Netherlands 59 3.1
Germany 144 3.11
I only have two countries with an average over 3.5! This is largely due to a few prolific craft brewers that export to North America (Nogne, Mikkeller, Amager, To Ol, etc.) and not a lot of macro beers that make it here. I also haven’t really had a beer from either country recently. They don’t come to Canada as much anymore, and I haven’t been to the US since 2016.
Norway 27 3.74
Denmark 144 3.52
I’m curious to graph my Canadian average - I suspect it’s slowly creeping up as in the last few years I tend to tick for the sake of ticking a lot less, and the proliferation of breweries means its easy to scratch the ticking itch just with breweries known to be better. Trying to tick all the new breweries is likely the downfall of that lol