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The Top 7 Non Alcoholic Beers to Try in 2021
Alcohol free beer has rapidly moved from an afterthought to a commercially viable beer market focus for big brewing companies and independent craft beer producers.
The growth in beer market share combined with technical innovation and a shift in societal emphasis on increasing boozeless options means that alcohol free beer and ‘malt beverages’ are looked upon more favorably than in previous generations.
The following list of 7 best non alcoholic beers to try in 2020 will cater to drinkers who enjoy the taste of beer but wish to avoid the ABV. Whether you’re the designated driver, allergic to alcohol, or just looking to move away from the traditional alcoholic beverage there are quality options to choose from.
1. Clausthaler Original Non Alcoholic Beer
A pioneer in German Non Alcoholic Clausthaler is dedicated to low alcohol and no alcohol brewing but with a craft brewery aesthetic.
At 0.5% ABV Clausthaler is a great choice for those looking to drink a tasty yet light German style beer but wish to keep their car keys handy for the drive home.
Clausthaler cater to a range of different palates by offering a sweet but bitey Grapefruit NA and Dry Hopped non alcohol brew for the malty loving beer drinker.
2. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei
Any adult that’s spent a spell in the bars and brew hauses of Germany or filled their boots during Oktoberfest will know these guys on sight.
The Weihenstephaner is synonymous with the traditionally brewed Oktoberfest beer. It’s rich, flavorsome, and tastes of happiness when the booze is enjoyed in moderation. (Unfortunately, that was not the case for me!)
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei still delivers that quintessential German Wheat beer taste but without the alcohol content, meaning you’ll wake up or recover with a clear head.
3. Brooklyn Brewery Special Effects Hoppy Non Alcoholic Brew
To be honest, it’s great there is no alcohol in the Special Effects product because the can itself is quite a trip!
“It tastes just like a regular beer, but therein lies the special effect: it’s not.” Brooklyn Brewery has done an excellent job marketing and canning their NA Sprecial Effects Brew, which is hoppy, zesty and slightly bitter beer that comes from the rarely deployed dry hopping citrus method.
Brooklyn Brew limits the alcohol created during the fermentation without forgoing the traditional flavors required to make it taste like a regular beer.
4. Hairless Dog Brewing Black Ale Non-Alcoholic
The darkest ale from this Minneapolis brewer, the Hairless Dog Black ale is “specifically brewed for those who crave a roasted malt flavor, and an ultra-smooth finish, without an overly bitter bite.”
Hairless Dog Brewing also offer three other no alcohol options: IPA, Citra lager, and coffee stout.
If you’re looking for the full American craft beer experience without any alcohol then Hairless Dog is for you.
5. Gruvi Non Alcoholic Stout
Craft brewers Gruvi make a killer range of 100% beer, alcohol free brews – a lager, wheat, IPA, and this fella, the Gruvi stout.
This dry, full bodied non alcoholic craft beer contains hints of toasted malt, along with mild oat and coffee notes, and the delicious aroma of chocolate that stout lovers can’t get enough of.
Great for the Guinnes style beer drinker, Gruvi offers the flavor of traditional alcoholic drinks but booze free and at 45 calories.
6. Buckler Non Alcoholic Beer
Dutch brewery Buckler has been making their low alcohol (if we’re getting technical) Pale Lagers since 1988.
It’s a traditionally brewed NA beer with a clean, crisp taste of fruit and flower, but with the lingering aroma of honey.
Buckler Pale Lager is a quality option for individuals looking for a refreshing full-bodied beer taste without being a brew that seems too heavy, or light, on the palette.
7. Coors Non Alcoholic Beer
Coors Non Alcoholic Beer is the perfect brew for drinkers wanting the clean crisp taste of a regular draught or tap beer without the alcohol content
Its sweet and nutty, easy on the tastebuds and made for a beer lover’s refreshment.
If you’re looking to rock dry July or sober October, Coors NA beer is the perfect choice.
Non Alcoholic Brew Growth Statistics
A report from Fact. Mr on global trends in non alcoholic beer will see market growth continuing to rise, with NA beer global sales to move past $8bn US and account for 5% of the global market by 2027.
The low and non alcoholic beverage market is becoming more popular because consumers are changing their drinking behavior.
This marked shift in behavior is driven by Millennials, who show an increased awareness about the effects of alcohol consumption and associated health risks associated with alcoholic drinks.
According to the report, “Growth is primarily believed to be spawned by the cultural shift towards a healthy, balanced lifestyle especially by younger people.”
With traditional drinking cultures such as the USA and Germany tracking to grow rapidly, large beer companies – of which big brewers account for approximately 75% of non alcoholic beer sales worldwide – are taking notice with an increase in products and a greater commitment to research and development.
The Fact.Mr report suggests “continuous investments in cutting edge technologies to produce low ABV beers is further supporting the strong growth of the alcohol-free beer market which is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9%.”