Which are the best alcohol-free and low-alcohol beers? Here are my top-rated zero alcohol beers and lagers under 0.5% ABV.
Low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers have come a long way in the last few years.
Sure, there are still some terrible ones out there. But there are also loads of quality non-alcoholic beers and lagers on the market, some of which rival their higher-ABV equivalents in taste, aroma and mouthfeel.
To discover the best ones, I’ve reviewed more than 50 of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers and lagers from brewers big and small in 2018, and I’m adding more each week in 2019.
These are my 20 highest-rated alcohol-free beers and low-alcohol beers, including ales, craft beers, stouts, IPAs, lagers and non-alcoholic wheat beers. Plus a list of all the non-alcoholic beers I’ve reviewed with their ratings.
Dry-hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic hops, Kehrwieder’s “ü.NN” IPA has a cracking aroma and a sweet, malty flavour. It looks gorgeous once poured too.
It would be easy to mistake ü.NN for a full-ABV pale ale. All that’s missing is the alcohol burn at the end.
Lovely stuff. It’s just a pity that it’s quite hard to get hold of in the UK.
- Score: 8.6 out of 10
- Where to buy: Amazon*, Beer Hawk*, Light Drinks, Wise Bartender* (use the code STEADY at checkout to get 5% off your Wise Bartender order), Dry Drinker, Tesco*
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.
A great beer.
- Score: 8.5 out of 10
- Where to buy: Beer Hawk*, Wise Bartender* (use the code STEADY at checkout to get 5% off your Wise Bartender order), Light Drinks, Dry Drinker, selected Tesco* stores
With hints of coffee, cocoa and vanilla in the aroma and flavour, plus a fluffy head and a thick mouthfeel, this has all the elements of an excellent milk stout, minus the alcohol.
A stunning drink, perfect as an after-dinner beer or something to enjoy by the fire in the colder months.
- Score: 8.3 out of 10
- Where to buy: Amazon*, Beer Hawk*, Wise Bartender* (use the code STEADY at checkout to get 5% off your Wise Bartender order), Light Drinks, Dry Drinker, Tesco*, Sainsbury’s and many supermarkets and convenience stores
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.
Now, it’s much easier to get hold of a bottle or can of Nanny State. 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.
And while it’s not as good as Brewdog’s best beers, Nanny State is better than most breweries’ alcoholic offerings.
It’s low in calories too – just 26 per 330ml.