The non-alcoholic beer market is exploding. From big brands like Heineken to small craft brewers like Big Drop… People are opting to drink dry more than ever before. As a father of two, there are occasions when I fancy a drink but can’t.

Maybe I need an amazing night’s sleep, maybe I don’t want to feel groggy in the morning, maybe I’ve still got the bedtime routine to get through, or maybe we’re just off on a family day out and I’m driving. Non-alcoholic beers should be the perfect thing, but are they?

With thanks from our sponsor, I’ve taste tested 24 different non-alcoholic beers to give you the lowdown on what’s worth trying the next time you throw a family-friendly BBQ.

Oh, and don’t get me wrong…they’re not all good. Watch out for one video where I almost throw up; I swear they messed up on that brew!

Rothaus Alkoholfrei vs. Birra Moretti ZERO

Birra Moretti ZERO (Blonde beer)5/10A little aroma. Absolutely nothing in terms of flavour. I love a Moretti but this Italian beer fails to deliver a single punch. It’s too light and tasteless.
Rothaus Hefe Weizem Alkoholfrei (Wheat beer)7/10Quite a bit of flavour and is damn gassy. A good head on it. Would go down well for the occasions when you can’t drink alcohol. The bottle holds a substantial 50cl too, whereas most non-alcoholic beers are the 33cl. That’s more bang for your buck.

Krombacher Weizen v Mikkeller Drink In The Sun

Krombacher Weizen6/10Nasty brown gunk. Dark cloudy complexion. Fruity aroma. Nothing to back it up by way of taste and mouthfeel.
Mikkeller – Drink in the sun8/10Fruity aroma (quite powerful). This is a solid beer. The aroma is backed up with fruity notes and a definite little kick to finish at the back of your throat. Drink this with a BBQ.

Bernard S vs. Palm NA

Bernard S9/10Wow. Amazing. Tastes like a real beer. A great crisp lager. No particular head on it.
Palm NA9/10A lovely beer here. Honey colour. Bit of caramel flavour. Little bit of a head.

Super Bock vs. Bitburger Drive

Super Bock8/10Crisp. Tad Wheaty. Tad Fruity. Light enjoyable beer. Has a solid beer aroma which many non-alcos don’t.
Bitburger Drive7/10Lacks flavour. Lacks aroma. Definitely taste and feels like a non alcoholic beer.

Nanny State v Erdinger Alkoholfrei

Brewdog Nanny State9/10A lot of depth. Crisp. Very hoppy and strong tasting. A great hoppy aroma. Incredible for a non alcoholic beer.
Erdinger Alkoholfrei8/10A great wheat beer. Added isotonic, folic acid and vitamin B12. No aroma. Light crisp taste.

Cobra Zero vs. Heineken 0.0%

Heineken Zero6/10Not much aroma. Tastes and feels like an alcoholic beer. Bit gassy. Solid replacement for a regular lager.
Cobra Zero4/10Bit malty. Good malty aroma. Sweet malty taste. Too sugary. Slight plastic / cheap finish.

Big Drop Citrus Pale Ale vs. Bernard Cherry

Big Drop Citrus Pale Ale10/10Amazing! Hint of lime. Light caramel finish. Excellent crisp mouthfeel.
Bernard Cherry4/10Cherry aroma, colour and taste. It’s not a beer, surely?!

Innis & None Pale Ale vs. Mikkeller Drink In Berliner

Innis and none IPA6/10Strange grassy / floral aroma. Includes Ginseng and Guarana. A little hoppy. The aroma is off-putting.
Mikkeller – Drink in Berliner0/10Horrible. Wheaty look. Tastes like gone-off lemonade. Gunk in the bottle. Strong off-putting aroma.

Clausthaler vs. Paulaner Munchner Hell Alkoholfrei

Clausthaler7/10A tad malt sweetness. A solid crisp lager.
Paulaner Munchner Hell Alkoholfrei6/10The very first ever non-alco beer. Doesn’t have much of aroma or taste. Doesn’t offer much.

St Peter’s Without vs. Leeds Alcohol Free Pale Ale

Leeds Brewery Alcohol Free Pale Ale8/10Well rounded beer. Amber look. Not much going on in terms of aroma.
St Peter’s Without7/10Very malty. Smells malty. Tastes malty. A dark amber ale look. Quite still (not very fizzy).

Big Drop Chocolate Milk Stout v. Franziskaner Alcohol Free

Big Drop’s Chocolate Milk Stout7/10Enjoyed with oysters and BBQs. Strong stout. Dark chocolate aroma. Tad cocoa taste. Looks like Guinness Original (not Guinness Extra Smooth). Smooth on the palette.
Franziskaner Alcohol Free7/10Cloudy. A tad malty aroma. Very fizzy. Wheat / malt taste. No sweet after-taste. Crisp, excellent mouthfeel.

Becks Blue vs. Bavaria 0.0% Original

Bavaria Original5Like sparkling water. A brief taste of wheat. Not much going on here.
Becks Blue3Nothing going on at all. No aroma. No flavour.

The Finals!

There were some amazing beers for me to test. I was genuinely surprised that I could enjoy these non-alcoholic beers. Month’s after tasting these various beers I now find myself regularly getting non-alcoholic beers as a healthier alternative to alcoholic beers.

The winner, is Big Drop’s Citrus Pale Ale. Close runners up included Brewdog’s Nanny State and Palm NA. With Nanny State being widely available, it’s a regular in my fridge now. Big Drop’s Citrus Pale Ale is a little treat, currently available at

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