Best Non-Alcoholic Beer

June 28, 2018   13 Comments

Are you looking for the best non-alcoholic beer? I know it sounds strange but this beverage is pretty compelling.

Best Non-Alcoholic Beer

I got interested in non-alcoholic beer when I heard that German winter Olympians were drinking it as a sports drink. It turns out that there were studies that showed that non-alcoholic beer helped with recovery after a work-out.


That’s right people, non-alcoholic beer is a sports drink in Germany. They don’t drink Gatorade. I happen to hate Gatorade so I was happy with this development.

On top of the fact that is considered healthy – it is also lower in calories than regular beer. Alcohol adds calories! I have looked for the best light beer in the past and found only one good one.

But what about process of making non-alcoholic beer? Is this stuff filled with something else to take out the alcohol? It turns out that the brewers can simply stop the fermentation process before the yeast make alcohol. Easy, peasy.

So, it is all-natural and low calorie but what about tasty?

My trip to the liquor store led me to these non-alcoholic beers. I already know O’Doul’s - made by Anheuser-Busch - and I am not a fan. The flavor is unremarkable and there is a weird aftertaste – avoid!!

The ones above are what I found. Buckler is from Holland (like Heineken), Kaliber is made my the same brewers as Guinness (Ireland) and Clausthaler and Erdinger are from Germany.

Did these cost me any less than real beer? No, they cost about $6-$7 for 6. Oh well.

Kaliber (only 66 calories) had a bitter aftertaste and I didn’t think it tasted like beer. The flavor of Buckler was just boring. I wouldn’t drink it even with alcohol in it.

At any rate, these two are the clear winners.

The Clausthaler is DRY-HOPPED so it tasted hoppy! This same brewery makes a couple of different flavors of non-alcoholic beer and there isn’t a bad one in the bunch. If I poured this beer for you – you would think it is just an excellent beer. You wouldn’t know by the taste that it lacked alcohol.

The other winner is Erdinger. This is what it looks like when you pour it.

Umm, yes, it looks exactly like good wheat beer and it tastes exactly like a delicious wheat beer.

The Germans really have figured this out! I love this stuff much more than my light beers which are pretty flavorless.

The Erdinger is 82 calories and I believe 2 Freestyle SmartPts. The carbohydrates in the beer are due to the hops, yeast, and grains that made it. It even has a little bit of protein!

All of these beers have calorie amounts on them so you can assess the damage. I wish REAL beer had calorie amounts.

How can you lose? It tastes like delicious beer, it hydrates you, it is low in calorie and goes well with grilled foods. Thank you, Germany!

My analysis has led me to believe that the best non-alcoholic beers are German (but I bet that will change if other breweries see profit in this product).

What do you think is the best non-alcoholic beers? Have you tried any?

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Can you review Body Armor Sports Drink?

I found it so much better than gatorade cause it has coconut water.


Thanks for this review! I will try the ones you’ve recommended (as I can no longer drink alcohol due to the medication I’m taking due to a recent diagnosis of ulcerative colitis)

17.5g of carbs!? Carbs are fattening. Why do you think they make grain free dog food? So your lazy dog won't get fat. And, why is your dog lazy? They are calling this "beer" a sports drink which it may be for athletes that want to carb load for a race, swim or bike. So, two or more of these "beers" and you still have a ton of carbs. Who are they trying to kid? These "beers" are generally for alcoholics or teetotalers who can't or won't touch alcohol. Please get yourself a blood monitor and strips to check your blood sugar. You can get a starter kit on amazon for next to nothing. The meter alone can be had for $1 to $5. dollars. High is 140 up. A reading of 300 or above means that you should probably visit a hospital. Check with your doctor. As a diabetic, I assure you that one and absolutely two of these "beers" will cause me to have to take insulin to counteract the carbs. It is essential for diabetics or borderline diabetics to watch their carb intake. Yes, we need some, but I avoid them, especially grains which are carbs, unless they are in a veg. I would rather carb load with a nice pasta dish than drink "beer" of any kind. LOL

Thanks for the review, Lisa! I don't drink...Never have but my fiance used to drink beer and I would LOVE for him to have something non-alcoholic worth trying if he ever chooses. Saving this review for that time, should it arise. Thanks again

Anyone ever try Becks Light?

Wow, Lisa. Do you ever delete comments? I think IFortuna's either needs to be addressed or deleted. So much misinformation in one paragraph--not even the poor dogs were immune.

For everyone else--grain free dog food has nothing to do with your dog's weight. It's because canine digestive systems are different than humans'. Their gut isn't long enough to properly digest grains, which are not a natural part of a dog's diet. This means that many dogs react poorly to grains and will be healthier if you remove them from their diet.

I sampled a version from St. Pauli Girl.

Thanks for the review Lisa. I would definitely like to try even though I'm not an alcoholic, but like a cold beer now and then. 😁

Thank you for this review, Lisa...I haven't had any alcohol for over 5 years due to medications I now take. (Don't really miss it as I never drank very much anyway) somehow I was just thinking last night (we had delicious pizza delivered) that maybe a cold beer would be nice, and toDay VOILA!! will buy some this week. I was not pleased to read the comment by Fortuna...seemed cranky and negative to me. This is usually such a HAPPY place for me. I read it every day! Thanks for ALL that you do. Such a hard but FUN and REWARDING occupation. KUDOS!

Dear Jackie Wade - My intent is not to be cranky but to inform. I am entitled to my opinion as you are entitled to yours. I mentioned that I would rather have my carbs as pasta and not beer. It is regretful that you would read something into this as negative.

The rules for commenting are about profane attacks on each other and not about different opinions or negativity. I allow as much free speech as I can with in the parameters of respectful. IFortuna is being respectful (as she is when she disagrees with me which is often). I think everyone else is being respectful as well. Thank you for that!

Thank you, Lisa. You are always fair with your commentators as I see it and very patient with those of who may disagree with you and for that I thank and praise you. Primarily, I love your recipes and will continue to support you in your endeavors.

i use to love the tast of beer never been a drinker though but im interested in trying these na beers just to have a change from water I certainly do not want any carbonated beverages one dp and i feel like i might be diabetic so what is the healthiest na beer?

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