What Is the Best Nonalcoholic Beer?

Reviewed on 3/9/2021

Non-alcoholic beer contains very little to no alcohol.
Non-alcoholic beer contains very little to no alcohol.

Non-alcoholic beer contains very little to no alcohol. In fact, most nonalcoholic beer claims to have 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). Some even claim to have 0.0% ABV. Remember that non-alcoholic beer has more alcohol than mentioned in their label. However, here are some top choices of nonalcoholic beer based on the taste:

  • Beck’s Blue (0.05%)
  • Bitburger Drive (0.05%)
  • Budweiser Prohibition Brew (0%)
  • Heineken 0.0 (0%)
  • Clausthaler Dry Hopped Nonalcoholic Beer (less than 0.5%)
  • Athletic Brewing Run Wild Nonalcoholic IPA (0.5%)
  • Fever-tree ginger beer
  • Sharps

What is nonalcoholic beer?

If you plan to quit alcoholic drinks or limit your intake, nonalcoholic beer may be a promising option. Non-alcoholic beer is mostly made by removing the alcohol. Several methods are applicable for nonalcoholic beer production. Some of the most common production methods include:

  • Fermentation-free brewing: The main aim of this stage is to avoid fermentation. It means that no yeast is added to the sweet infusion of ground malt or wort (barley). However, the flavor is improved with various additives.
  • Dilution procedure: In this method, highly concentrated wort is diluted with portable water till the desired alcohol concentration is achieved. The pH of the solution is adjusted using lactic acid or other acids. Finally, carbon dioxide is added to carbonate it.
  • Alcohol removal: Alcohol from the beer can be removed by heating the regular beer inside a powerful vacuum that lowers the boiling point to preserve its taste. Another method involves filtering out the alcohol and water. After removing the alcohol, carbon dioxide must be added to carbonate it.
  • Restricted alcohol fermentation method: Here, the fermentation process is restricted in the early production stage. Restricted fermentation is achieved using yeast under conditions that partially ferment the wort to impart the beer flavor but don’t ferment it to alcohol.

Non-alcoholic beer has been on the rise due to the following conditions:

  • Obesity
  • Safety reasons with alcohol consumption in workplace or traffic roads
  • Restrictive traffic laws
  • Prohibition of alcohol consumption in factories and shops
  • Alcohol is forbidden in Islamic countries
  • Purported benefits of non-alcoholic beer

What caution should you take while consuming non-alcoholic beer?

The health benefits of nonalcoholic beer in cardiovascular fitness have not been scientifically proven.

Non-alcoholic beer has the advantage that it does not produce adverse consequences of high alcohol intake. When consumed at a moderate level, nonalcoholic beer can be a safer alternative to regular beer.

However, you should avoid nonalcoholic beer if you are:

  • Pregnant: No safe level of alcohol is established in pregnant women. Hence, they should stay away from any alcohol. Non-alcoholic beer is no exception.
  • Trying to lose weight: Non-alcoholic beer provides the same number of calories as regular beer does because of the added sugar. Therefore, if you don’t wish to pile up calories you should abstain from nonalcoholic beer.
  • Recovering from alcoholism: If you are recovering from alcoholism, nonalcoholic beer wouldn’t be a safe choice for you because it has some alcohol content.

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References
https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/walking-the-alcohol-minefield#1

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/254336194_Alcohol-free_Beer_Methods_of_Production_Sensorial_Defects_and_Healthful_Effects

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