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 DryDrinker.com, 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)||5/10||A 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)||7/10||Quite 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 Weizen||6/10||Nasty brown gunk. Dark cloudy complexion. Fruity aroma. Nothing to back it up by way of taste and mouthfeel.|
|Mikkeller – Drink in the sun||8/10||Fruity 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 S||9/10||Wow. Amazing. Tastes like a real beer. A great crisp lager. No particular head on it.|
|Palm NA||9/10||A lovely beer here. Honey colour. Bit of caramel flavour. Little bit of a head.|
Super Bock vs. Bitburger Drive
|Super Bock||8/10||Crisp. Tad Wheaty. Tad Fruity. Light enjoyable beer. Has a solid beer aroma which many non-alcos don’t.|
|Bitburger Drive||7/10||Lacks flavour. Lacks aroma. Definitely taste and feels like a non alcoholic beer.|
Nanny State v Erdinger Alkoholfrei
|Brewdog Nanny State||9/10||A lot of depth. Crisp. Very hoppy and strong tasting. A great hoppy aroma. Incredible for a non alcoholic beer.|
|Erdinger Alkoholfrei||8/10||A great wheat beer. Added isotonic, folic acid and vitamin B12. No aroma. Light crisp taste.|
Cobra Zero vs. Heineken 0.0%
|Heineken Zero||6/10||Not much aroma. Tastes and feels like an alcoholic beer. Bit gassy. Solid replacement for a regular lager.|
|Cobra Zero||4/10||Bit 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 Ale||10/10||
Amazing! Hint of lime. Light caramel finish. Excellent crisp mouthfeel.
|Bernard Cherry||4/10||Cherry aroma, colour and taste. It’s not a beer, surely?!|
Innis & None Pale Ale vs. Mikkeller Drink In Berliner
|Innis and none IPA||6/10||Strange grassy / floral aroma. Includes Ginseng and Guarana. A little hoppy. The aroma is off-putting.|
|Mikkeller – Drink in Berliner||0/10||Horrible. Wheaty look. Tastes like gone-off lemonade. Gunk in the bottle. Strong off-putting aroma.|
Clausthaler vs. Paulaner Munchner Hell Alkoholfrei
|Clausthaler||7/10||A tad malt sweetness. A solid crisp lager.|
|Paulaner Munchner Hell Alkoholfrei||6/10||The 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 Ale||8/10||Well rounded beer. Amber look. Not much going on in terms of aroma.|
|St Peter’s Without||7/10||Very 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 Stout||7/10||Enjoyed 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 Free||7/10||Cloudy. A tad malty aroma. Very fizzy. Wheat / malt taste. No sweet after-taste. Crisp, excellent mouthfeel.|
Becks Blue vs. Bavaria 0.0% Original
|Bavaria Original||5||Like sparkling water. A brief taste of wheat. Not much going on here.|
|Becks Blue||3||Nothing going on at all. No aroma. No flavour.|
Need something refreshing without the grogginess, hangover or calories? I tasted over 20 non-alcoholic beers for Dad FC’s World Cup of Non-Alcoholic Beers. Find out which one’s are the very best! Sponsored by Drydrinker.
Finalist brewers featured include: BrewDog, Brouwerij Palm, Bernard Vlastni Cestou and Big Drop Brewing Co. Message me for your medals. ? ? ?
Posted by Dad FC on Saturday, 10 June 2017
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 exclusively at DryDrinker.com.