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Alcohol free beers, low alcohol, non alcoholic or even alkoholfrei are generally 0.5% ABV or lower. To be alcohol free a beer must be under 0.05% ABV. To be classed as low alcohol it must be under 1.2% ABV. They come in a variety of styles; German pilsners, wheat beers, Belgian pils and even American-style hoppy pale ales! Some of these are now challenging alcoholic beer in taste and depth, so for whatever reason you buy them, these beers are sure to be a pleasure to drink.
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According to Drinkaware, a beer must be less than 1.2% ABV to be "Low Alcohol”. So what are all these beers at 0.5% ABV classed as? Well they are actually de-alcoholised beer. The last category are the real deal! Alcohol free or non alcoholic beers come in at 0.05% ABV or lower. They may contain traces of alcohol but these are minimal.
Non alcoholic beers have a legacy of not tasting as good as the real thing and for good reason. We have all tried to be good by reaching for those replacement drinks and been disappointed. This problem dates back to Prohibition times when low alcoholic beers were created in America. With a nickname like “near beer”, it’s clear they weren’t very good!
Times have changed. We may be biased, however there are some very tasty non alcoholic and low alcohol beers out there. We have some great wheat beers that rival their alcoholic version. With the surge in low alcoholic drinks booming there are stouts and hoppy pale ales or reach for the classic, refreshing low alcohol lager which are all challenging for shelf space now.
What do you think? Try them out now and let us know which are the best non alcoholic beer.
Although technically alcohol free doesn’t mean the beer is a zero alcohol beer they have no more than 0.05% ABV. Rest assured though, some great beers are out there at 0.0% ABV. There are also a large range of beers that have 0.5% ABV, which although not alcohol free, have a number of benefits to drinking their full alcohol versions or equivalents.
Alcohol is known as a diuretic and with many of us waking up after have one too many the night before feeling rather less than ideal. The reason; because we are dehydrated. The good news is that non alcoholic and low alcohol beers have, by definition less alcohol which means they are a lot less dehydrating than higher strength beers. In fact anything less than 2% has been clinically proven to actually hydrate you!
Did you know that Erdinger Weisbrier Alkoholfrei is actually marketed as an isotonic drink so not only does it not dehydrate you it actually will actually help replace some of those much needed nutrients as well! So if it’s a non alcoholic wheat beer or a crisp low alcohol lager, you can rest easy that you want be dehydrated after drinking non alcoholic beers.
Drinking non alcoholic beers have many benefits making them the perfect go to if you don’t drink or want to take a break from the sauce!
Firstly, any beer under 2% ABV will actually hydrate you meaning that reaching for one on a hot day is actually a good thing. Couple this with the nutrients naturally found in beers from the brewing process, especially low alcohol wheat beer, these can help replace those lost during exercise. You earned that beer takes on a new meaning!
Not sold on those, well we all know that we are more tired waking up after drinking a few beers the night before. This is because being dehydrated can affect your sleep. As we know that wont happen with low alcohol lagers and the like. However if you grab a hoppy non alcoholic pale ale or IPA, the hops can actually help you sleep too as hops acts as a sedative.
Well now, this is very subjective. Where to start! There really are some great non alcoholic beers around these days that there can be many from across all styles of beer. The Germans and Belgiums have been leading the way in beer making for a long time, be that alcoholic or low alcohol version. There are some great options with low alcohol wheat beers like Maisel's Weisse Alkoholfrei or Franziskaner Alkoholfrei. Then there is Leffe 0.0 doing an excellent job taking a strong Belgium classic into a full of flavour non alcoholic beer.
Looking for something more hoppy and British then look no further than Thornbridge Zero-Five Pale Ale or Big Drop Pine Trail Pale Ale. Both of these coming from well renowned British breweries; one know for non alcoholic beers and the other for stronger ones!
The short answer is YES! There are many health benefits to drinking non alcoholic beers. The obvious one is that they have less alcohol in. What does this mean to us and our bodies? Well, lets start with what alcohol does to you and work back from there. Alcohol dehydrated you, beers under 2% do the opposite, tick.
Alcohol contains a heap of calories to go with the heap of hops, in fact there are 43 calories in 100ml of beer, so with less alcohol comes less calories, tick.
Alcohol can make you feel happy. Wait that is a benefit. OK so this one is shared. Beer can aid the releases dopamine in your brain which makes you happy and, if you like the taste, non alcoholic beers can have the same affect.
Wow, that’s great, sign me up! See our range of low and non alcoholic beers.