Using a lazy yeast and malt bill that doesn’t produce much fermentable sugar, it’s naturally low in alcohol from the get go so hasn’t had anything removed post-fermentation. This is a nicely balanced pale ale, which oozes citrus and mango aroma and flavours. Infinite Session “Pale” is a nicely balanced alcohol-free beer that uses a variety of hops and malts to produce caramel and tropical fruit aromas and flavours alongside a full body. Is non-alcoholic beer really isotonic - and can you use it as a sports drink? Upflow is an Australian brewery. Plus a lovely mix of fruity esters and malts providing caramel, roasted orange and even a touch of cocoa in the taste. A product of Guinness’s experimental Open Gate Brewery, “Pure Brew” is a distinctive lager-style non-alcoholic beer. Decent. The best non-alcoholic alternatives/alcohol free beer, wine, Prosecco, spirits and even Aperol Spritz. Going keto doesn't have to mean cutting out beer entirely. But this “Toasted Malty Tide” beer is more akin to a traditional English bitter. This beer looks the part; hazy orange with a nice amount of froth atop. A relative newcomer to wheat beer by German standards, Krombacher started producing this non-alcoholic version of its standard wheat beer in 2013. The Pale Ale, at just ten calories, is floral and hoppy with delicate hints of lemon peel. Not one to choose if you’re after a classic wheat beer. Dry Drinker: The Best Tasting Low ABV & Alcohol-Free Beers by Davey Brett Designated drivers, morning after beer fear-ers and teetotal champions of the world unite, we’re embarking on the period that – in the future – people will refer to as post-Becks Blue. It features many of the features you’d expect in a standard tripel, including spicy hop aromas and loads of fruity esters in the flavour. All the beers below come in at 0.5% ABV or less and many are completely alcohol free. Brewdog’s first non-alcoholic dark beer is this coffee-infused stout. This one comes in at 0.3%. Lucky Saint is renowned for being one of the best low alcohol beers around, recently earning a nod on Saturday Kitchen (plus, it's a personal favourite). A ruby-coloured ale, Brewdog uses five hop varieties and eight types of malt to achieve the taste, aroma and mouthfeel you’d expect from a higher-strength beer. It also has “a nice, crisp mouthfeel,” “hydrating” refreshment, and a crisp finish. Long thought of as sweet and syrupy, new no-ABV (and ultra-low ABV) beer options are able to give hops lovers the sudsy flavor they enjoy, but with alcohol levels of .5% or lower. The ale is characterized by its funky, wheat beer creaminess, and minimal acidity. Apart from a little earthiness that complements the other flavours – including mango, pale malts, lemon and even raspberry – there’s no sign of the mushrooms on the senses. Vanderstreek’s “Playground IPA” is another cracking India pale ale, produced in a similar fashion to Kehrwieder’s “ü.NN” (above). Hazy, full-bodied, and malt-forward with a bitter finish, Long Run Apricot Pale Ale is “both sweeter and more bitter” than tasters were expecting. “Easy Times IPA” is specialist CBD/non-alcoholic beer company Hop & Hemp’s India pale ale. Because of the extra protein that gives them body, wheat beers usually make decent non-alcoholic beers. Tasters found this beer’s bright, golden color and fruity aroma inviting, “like lemonade.” “It smells very pleasant,” one taster said. The aroma and the flavour aren’t bad either. Unusually for a dark ale, there’s tarty lemon flavours in the taste and aroma. Schneider Weisse, which specialises in wheat beer, helped prevent the style dying out in the 70s. A handy non-alcoholic beer for fans of porters and low-ABV stouts. Aldi has kept things simple for this one – which is part of the attraction. Beck's Blue is brewed the same way as standard Beck's and has the same ingredients, including barley, hops, yeast, and water—but the alcohol is … There’s a balanced malty foundation to the flavours too, plus a gorgeous, velvety mouthfeel. Many traditional breweries have tried – and failed – to produce a decent alcohol-free pale ale to go alongside their full-strength ranges. With a creamy mouthfeel, people looking for a replacement for traditional-strength beer will like it too. This Manchester-based brewery makes plenty of regular-strength beer, but this low-alcohol one is really good. Showcasing the superb aromas of Perle and Saaz hops, Lowdown Lager is a beer infused with 8mg per 100ml of CBD (cannabidiol). This Aldi IPL is a pretty good example of this newer style, with low malt flavours allowing tropical mango, lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit flavours to shine. A little lighter than its “Stout”, Big Drop’s alcohol-free “Brown Ale” is another dark ale that features vanilla and cocoa among its flavours. Big Drop’s Uptown lager doesn’t taste like a typical lager, which isn’t a bad thing. Special Effects is second lager on this top 15 list that’s dry hopped with aromatic hops more common in an IPA or pale ale. Its low-alcohol offering has an amazingly creamy mouthfeel. Yorkshire’s Hambleton Ales is well-known in the “free from” circles for its gluten-free beers, including a gluten-free cask ale. This lager is UK brand Unltd’s first AF beer. The flavour, which is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter, isn’t bad either. Made with UK-sourced blueberries, saffron and ginger, it’s tasty and refreshing and a great option for those who don’t normally drink beer. Given the vast array of options, we divided them into two categories: lagers and ales. Swipe Light emerged a favorite for its simple refreshment. Brewed to an English-style recipe, it’s low on hop aroma and bitterness with a deliciously smokey malt base. The spices at play in this one are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. The flavour and mouthfeel don’t quite live up to the amazing aroma. This one’s brewed with Reishi mushrooms, which are said to help with health issues like anxiety and allergies. That beer is cheap beer.Say what you will, but there is no denying that cheap beers serve their purpose. However, some tasters found it “too hoppy,” “less beachy,” and not ideal “to drink after sweating” compared to other beers we tasted. In the UK and Europe, drinks under 0.5% ABV are commonly referred to as “alcohol-free” or “AF”. “I feel like this is a good beer to drink on its own, without food,” another panelist said. My aim is to review these beers the same as beers I've paid for but you may want to bear this in mind when reading the review. But it’s an interesting and highly enjoyable beer all the same, perfect for those colder evenings. Showcasing many of the characteristics of its alcoholic sibling, there’s a deep, fruity tang with whiffs of red wine and loads of raisin and oak flavours. But that superb aroma wins the day, especially if you’re after a way to consume CBD without messing around with oils and other products. Which ones have I missed? At just 99 calories, one panelist said, “that’s hard to beat.”, Shoppers may be surprised when this “light” beer lands in their glasses due to its amber hue, a contrast to the bottle’s Bud Light-like label. The aroma manages to weave in fruit and spice with pine, grass, coriander seed and oregano backed by a hit of mango and lychee. If beer isn’t your tipple of choice however, we also have a round-up of the best alcohol-free drinks for grown-ups as well. Luckily, the passion fruit shines through making for a refreshing, “grown-up” cocktail-style beer. From deepish, darkish Berkshire comes this 0.5% pilsner that’s sure to appeal to serious beer geeks as well as those looking for a replacement for their favourite mainstream lager. At its low price, it's a good change of pace from similar American beers such as Budweiser or Miller Genuine Draft. Furstenberg operates out of Germany’s Black Forest and has been brewing beer since the 13th century. Plus an uncluttered flavour that weaves in a balanced bitterness. Nirvana is a specialist low-alcohol brewery, which produces four core beers under 0.5% ABV. These are my top 20 non-alcoholic pale ales, India pale ales, fruit-infused pale ales and bitters, followed by the other pale ales I’ve reviewed. “It’s a little fruity, but doesn’t hit you over the head with it,” one taster said of this brut IPA’s tropical passionfruit aroma. Lively but soft in the mouth, the flavours in this US-style pale also feature tropical fruits. The Bramling Cross hops in this one add some fruity flavours to an aroma unsurprisingly dominated by coffee and dark malts. At 0.5% ABV, this beer is technically not alcohol-free, but at this percentage a healthy adult human will not be able to get drunk drinking this beer, according to the low-alcohol review site Steady Drinker. This beer is one of only a handful of tripel-style NA beers. There’s some other interesting flavours in there too. Hazy with a gorgeous head, it looks the part too. It has a cracking malty aroma with hints of caramelised sugar and honey. To discover the best ones, I’ve reviewed more than 100 non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers and lagers under 0.5% ABV from brewers big and small in 2018 and 2019, and I’m adding more each week in 2020. Non-alcoholic “Flat Tire” is a 0.5% ABV version of the higher-strength lager of the same name. And with flavours and aromas that include coffee and cocoa nibs alongside those fruity esters, it’s a beer that’s worth a try if you can overlook its non-adherence to the style guidelines. Featuring three varieties of US hops and a grain bill that includes wheat, oats and rye along with pilsner malt, Hazy IPA is a fruity little number with minimal bitterness that makes it ideal for non-beer drinkers. But a nice beer to crack open nonetheless. A regular Budweiser Select has a higher ABV at 4.3% and still comes in under 100 calories (99 calories per 12oz). Here are the rest of the alcohol-free lagers I’ve reviewed that didn’t make the top 19: Ales are fermented at more ambient temperatures than lagers with yeast that floats at the top of the fermenter. Originally a 1.1% beer, “Nanny State” flew under the radar when Brewdog first released it in response to media hysteria over its imperial-strength beers. This beer said “citrus” from start to finish, from its pinkish hue to its grapefruit, orange, and, finally, blood orange aromas and flavors. More like a posh soda drink than a beer, the citrus dominate the aroma and flavour with pale malts and wheat cutting through the sweetness. Expect a spicy, lemony aroma and a nicely balanced sweet/sour/bitter flavour. Not too shabby a beer for a discount supermarket. Non-alcoholic beers have come a long way in the last few years. And although it’s branched out into American-style craft beers, it’s still most famous for its wheat beers. Brooklyn Summer Ale. Adrienne Wyper. By Bavarian standards, the Maisel brewery is new – even though it was set up in the 1800s. The body is nifty for a low-alcohol beer too. Although Budweiser Select is higher in carbs (3.1g), if you’re drinking to unwind, it’s worth the splurge. “Wow, this is good. And it’s gluten free as well as vegan friendly. “Implosion” is a fruity, hazy pale ale with a luxurious mouthfeel. Free Damm is Barcelona-brewery Damm’s alcohol-free lager, available widely in the UK in many supermarkets. Sweet and sour on the nose and in the mouth, expect aromas of mango and lychee and flavours of wheat, lemon and orange. This beer – Surfers Summer Ale – features a balanced variety of malt, yeast and hop flavours with pale malt, lemon, passionfruit and sage on the nose and danker, plummier flavours in the taste. Another summed it up as an “elevated Corona and orange juice,” which is definitely something we need to try ASAP. But there are also loads of brands producing quality non-alcoholic beers and alcohol-free lagers, some of which rival their higher-ABV equivalents in taste, aroma and body. One is this non-alcoholic version of the brewery’s “Old Ale”. Fruitier than it looks thanks to the esters created by Mikkeller’s low-alcohol yeast, “Drink’in the Snow” is a great option all year round. PHOTO GALLERY. “This is exactly what I want in a beer,” said another. The aroma features tropical fruits and lemon, with a touch of wheat beer aromas – bubblegum and banana. An American-style wheat beer, Drink’in the Sun showcases the brewery’s own yeast, which is known for its fruity flavours. Brewdog’s “Raspberry Blitz” sour is in the style of a Berliner weisse, where drinkers often add a shot of fruit juice to their beer before drinking. The hops add some tropical flavours, while there’s some graininess in there too making this a varied and refreshing drink. Acidic and tart, the cranberry/raspberry/passion fruit flavours in the aroma and taste get your mouth watering. There’s loads of tropical fruit and resinous pine in the aroma, a touch of malt flavour and a soft, low-carbonated mouthfeel. “I would crush this,” one panelist said. Not your typical beer, but a great drink nonetheless. Coast Beer Co is a Scotland-based gypsy brewery, which brews its beers over in Belgium at De Proufbrouwerij. Here are 18 of the best low-alcohol, low-calorie lagers and ales, tasted and ranked. The tarty lemon, lychee and apple flavour is balanced despite the lack of bitterness. Herbal, floral notes seesawed with citrus until one taster said “it tastes more like plants than fruits.” This beer is made with bee pollen, which could explain its grassy, dandelion-like flavor. These are my top seven wheat beers, followed by the other wheat beers I’ve reviewed. But … Harpoon nails the low-alcohol hazy IPA with Rec. One producer that’s boosting NA beer’s health and wellbeing credentials further is Fungtn, with its range of beers brewed with myco adaptogens – medicinal mushrooms. What We Like: Partake’s brews offer an impressive amount of flavor considering the simplicity of the ingredients (water, barley, hops, yeast) and number of calories in each can. Gluten free and suitable for vegans, the beer uses Citra and Bobek hops that mash flavours of lychee and mango with a caramel, biscuity maltiness. Another classic alcohol-free effort from Mikkeller. Yorkshire’s Samuel Smith brewery has a reputation for being traditional, so it was a shock to me to see it embracing alcohol-free beer. It’s ultra-low in calories and sugar too. “Energibajer” is a wheat beer but its more reminiscent of an American modern-style ale with mango and pine in the aroma and caramel mixed with tropical flavours in the taste. If those gimmicky cinnamon-loaded beers that always appear in the run up to Halloween and Christmas have put you off spiced ales, Big Drop Brewing’s version will likely make you think again. Limbo Raspberry quite high in sugar and calories but it’s a worthwhile treat if you want something a little different from the norm. If you still want to enjoy a few beers on a night out while cutting back on some of your alcohol intake, then non-alcoholic or NA beer might just be the answer. Wheat beers I ’ ve reviewed and the Hollandia non-alcoholic release slightly sweet flavor both. 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