Non-Alcoholic Beer Review: Part 1

Within the last couple of months we made the decision to quit drinking. We were noticing that we were drinking way too often, and way too much. Coupled with having a family member pass away due to liver failure and drinking, we came to the difficult choice to quit for the foreseeable future.

However, we love beer and drinking. Quitting has been really tough. What’s been the most difficult for us is hanging out with friends (pre-social distancing of course). Seeing other people drinking made us feel like we were sticking out like a sore thumb. So, we decided to try some non-alcoholic beer!

We picked a tough time to explore the world of non-alcoholic beer. We are currently limited to our local grocery store where the pickings are slim. Depending on the circumstances, we might venture to our local LCBO/Beer Store to see what we can find there.

But that being said, for our first foray into the non-alcoholic beverage world, we are coming across some beers that we really like! Check out the list below to see what we’ve tried so far!

TL;DR: Becks Non-alcoholic 0.0 and Heinkein 0.0 are our favourites so far.

  1. Clausthaler
    Bottled (But it does come in cans if you prefer!)
    Ingredients: water, barley malt, hop extract, carbon dioxide
    Website blurb (LCBO): Award-winning non-alcohol lager that’s brewed in accordance with the German Beer Purity Law. Crafted with the finest ingredients and a brewing method that reduces the alcohol but not the flavour. Crisp, lightly sweet bread notes, smooth palate, balanced by grassy hops. 

    Thoughts: This one we were NOT fans of. It tastes okay initially, but proceeds to have a really funky aftertaste. My husband compared it to a laker ice.. so if you enjoy those then you would probably like this beer! Would I buy again? Definitely not.

  2. Coors Edge
    Beer, natural flavours, contains barely
    Website blurb (LCBO): Double-brewed for authentic taste in the Coors tradition, experience the North American-style lager Coors Edge. A refreshing golden lager with that classic Coors taste but without the alcohol, ensuring that you’ll always be in the moment.

    Thoughts: This beer was OK. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it wasn’t amazing either. I was expecting this to taste similar to a Coors Banquet, but I didn’t really get that flavour from it. I drank two in one night and ended up being SUPER bloated (TMI, sorry!) so I didn’t love that aspect of it. I’m also partial to beer in a bottle, so I also didn’t like that it only came in cans. But, this all being said, I did enjoy the flavour and would probably buy it again.

  3. Heineken 0.0
    Bottle (But it does come in cans if you prefer!)
    Ingredients: water, malted barley, hop extract, natural flavourings, yeast
    Website blurb (LCBO): Great Taste Zero Alcohol. Crafted by the master brewers for the beer drinker that is unwilling to compromise on taste. All natural, zero alcohol beer that delivers all of the quality you expect from Heineken. Enjoy its soft, malty, toasted grain and refreshing fruit character. 

    Thoughts: Okay, weirdly enough I enjoyed the non-alcoholic version better than I did the regular kind. I guess that because the ingredients are different, the beer tastes different as well. I always found the original Heineken to be overrated, but I very much enjoyed this beer. I like that it’s 0.0%, and I like that it comes in bottles. The taste is delicious and tastes exactly like a “regular beer” tastes. Its nice to find an option where you don’t have to compromise flavour in the non-alcoholic version. Not very unique in terms of flavour, but a tried and true classic that you can always turn to. I will definitely be buying again in the future.

  4. Becks Non-Alcoholic 0.0
    barely, hops, yeast and water
    Web blurb (TBS): Brewed under the German purity law of 1516, only after the brewing process is complete is the alcohol removed, producing the distinct, crisp, clear taste you would expect from Becks bier, but without the alcohol.

    Thoughts: Again a really tasty option. I don’t think I’ve ever tried the original Becks, so I can’t speak to how it compares, but I really enjoyed this beer. It’s very easy to drink with your classic “beer flavour” to it. I also like that it only has four ingredients. Again, not very unique in terms of flavour, but a classic beer that is very easy drinking. We will be buying this one in the future.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now! Are there any non-alcoholic beers that I you think I absolutely must try? Any local/craft breweries make non-alcoholic beers that I need to try? Let me know in the comments!

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