Review: Beck's Non-Alcoholic Lager (Alkoholfrei / Sans Alcool / Blue)


Today's non-alcoholic beer selection is Beck's non-alcoholic. I've had this beer in the fridge for a few weeks but I just didn't have any motivation to review it when I knew I could be reviewing better beers.

I was briefly a fan of the regular variety of Beck's back in the mid 2000s but I couldn't get over how skunky the beer was, so I ended up briefly falling in love with Heineken instead as it was a bit smoother and not AS skunky. The last time I reviewed a Beck's beer was back in 2011.

Beck's non-alcoholic beer is brewed with water, malted barley and hops and has 45 calories per 330mL serving. Far from the whopping 10 calories from the Partake India Pale Ale, but still reasonable. 0.0% ABV

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellowish straw. There's lots of carbonation in the body, which is typical for a standard macro lager. There's also a nice amount of head - a finger's worth of snow white head on top of the beer.

Aroma: This is definitely a Beck's beer, the second the cap came off, I could smell a huge whiff of skunkiness, very skunky! Following the skunkiness, I get a bit of a wet grain aroma to it, as well as a light sweetness as well. So far, this actually smells like the actual beer. 

Taste: Very grainy up front with a grassy hop profile to it. Of course, it's quite skunky tasting as expected but nowhere near as overpowering as seen in the aroma. The aftertaste is a tad sour which is a bit strange, but aside from that, this tastes like a Euro lager to me!

Overall Thoughts: This may be the best tasting macrobrewed non-alcoholic beer I've tried so far, this tastes so much like the original that it's actually shocking. It has the skunkiness that we all expect in a bottle of Beck's, it has a grainy malt profile with some sweetness and even has a grassy hop profile to it. I'm not a fan of Beck's but this is definitely drinkable if you're looking for a non-alcoholic beer that tastes like the original.


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