Written by Adam on 06/02/2021

Alcohol-Free Month Review

Well all the non-alcoholic beers have now been drunk and the reviews have been posted.

We've had some absolutely cracking beers, which surprised us as our experience of alcohol-free beer in the past has been pretty exclusively the big-brand versions.

Discovering the alcohol-free craft beer scene has been both tasty and interesting, and we're excited to see where some of these breweries can take alcohol-free craft beers in the future.

But which was our favourite? Check out the list below where we order by Untappd rating our favourite AF beers from Dry January 2021.

Our Favourite Alcohol-Free Beers

The top best rated alcohol-free beers for us all scored at least 4 out of 5, but there was one that stood out amongst the rest and that was Doom Bar Zero.

Doom Bar Zero - feature

Despite some great beers from craft breweries, it ended up being the established, older brewery that had the best one out of all the ones we tried. Even though Sharp's are an old brewery, Doom Bar Zero is a new addition to their portfolio and one we wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

The rest of the 4+ club were:

Although we have been impressed with most of the alcohol-free beers we've tried, some of them weren't so impressive. See below for our lowest-rated alcohol-free brews of the month:

Lowest-Rated Alcohol-Free Beers

It's worth saying that none of the beers we tried were bad beers. They all had plus points and none of them got poured down the sink, or unfinished. Low ratings are usually an indication that the beers were quite plain or one-dimensional rather than undrinkable.

All of these beers have a rating of 3 or less, so while they're weren't out favourites, they're not terrible creations.

Despite the low ratings, each of them had their own qualities. Off-Piste was incredibly nutty, but that was all. If that's your bag then it'll probably score much higher.

In Summary...

None of the stout's we reviewed performed particularly well, the highest rating was Big Drop's Galactic Milk Stout which we gave a 3.75/5. Maybe it's something to do with the style, as they were all quite thin.

Normally you'd expect a stout to be thick and strong, and although most of the alcohol-free stouts we tried didn't have much body, they often made up for it in the flavour stakes.

Interestingly, the best-performing alcohol-free beers for us were generally lighter beers and lagers, with plenty of flavour balanced against the light and crisp finish helping to make them something special.

It's possibly much easier to brew a tasty alcohol-free pale ale as the brewing process can be quicker and the alcohol easier to remove without compromising the quality of the beer.

Ratings aside, our experience with alcohol-free beers has certainly opened our eyes to the variety of styles and options available to the dry drinker; and whenever we're the designated driver we'll be sure to keep an eye out for alcohol-free beer instead of sticking to lemonade.

Feature by Adam
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.
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