Wayfarer NA IPA from Atmos Brewing Co. in Hailey, Idaho, is the last in my dry-January series of Non-alcoholic or zero-alcohol beers. The next post will be a regular alcoholic beer. This beer has water, malt, oats, hops, and yeast. This beer pours an orange/copper color with a big four-finger white head. I opened the can it immediately foamed. I think they are using a lot of carbonation for the flavor. Carbonation bubbles carry flavor. The aroma is bitter, hoppy, piney, and a little dank. The taste is different than its aroma. It’s light, bitter, watery, and has very little to no body. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer finishes with a light, hoppy note. The aftertaste is light and watery. Overall this is not good. I give Wayfarer NA IPA a D+. I don’t think you’ll get a real IPA with a Non-alcoholic beer. It’s the yeast that they use. That’s the way it is low in flavor and body. I don’t think this is worth trying. Overall Non-alcoholic beers have their place. I don’t think they are great. I give Non-alcoholic beer as a whole an F+. The right style of beer might do better than a non-alcoholic beer. Like a lager or pilsner. They are lower in calories and carbohydrates, so they have that going for them. But if you are worried about calories and carbs, don’t have a beer. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This Non-alcoholic beer is Untitled Art Juicy IPA. This beer comes from Waunakee, Wisconsin. This brewery does brew regular alcoholic beer. This IPA pours a hazy, cloudy yellow color with a two-finger steady white head. The aroma is fruity, hoppy, and bitter. The flavor is a different story. It’s Bitter, soft, thin, and fruity. The mouthfeel is light. Then this IPA finishes with a slight bitterness. Then comes an aftertaste of scraggy, fruity bitterness This Beer is not great, and I would give this IPA a C-. I think Non-alcoholic IPA, is not good in general because Non-alcoholic beers use a different type of yeast. Yeast ferments with sugar and outcomes alcohol. But that is why this has no body/mouthfeel and low flavors. It’s not the world’s worst IPA, and I wouldn’t recommend this. The aroma and its taste did not match. I would call that a false advertisement. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
You might have already heard about, seen, or had Heineken 0.0. Heineken 0.0 is a Dutch beer from one of the world’s largest brewing conglomerates. This beer is a lager that is alcohol-free and even has television commercials. This beer pours a clear golden color with at one and a half finger white quickly fading head. The aroma is metallic, with a light sweetness. The taste is thin, watery, clean, and malty. The mouthfeel is light. Then it finishes with a light, watered-down sweetness. Then you’ll get an aftertaste of malts and that sweetness. This beer is not terrible, but I would call this good. I found Heineken 0.0 to be just below average. I give this alcohol-free lager a C-. I found no off-flavors to this beer, but I didn’t find any great ones either. It does have a similar taste to a regular Heineken, just without the alcohol. If you like regular Heineken, you’ll probably enjoy this 0.0 too. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Keeping dry January going, we have another non or alcohol-free beer. This beer is Grainwave. It is contract brewed by Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. That means that Ceria comes up with the recipe, and Abita brews their beer. Gainwave has Bloof Orange peel, coriander, and Hallertau Traditional hops. This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a bright white two-finger head that is quick to fade. The aroma is sweet from the peels of a blood orang. There are also light spice notes. The taste is also blood orange sweet with hints of coriander spice. I also found tartness on the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer finishes with sweetness and lighter blood orange. This beer is big on the blood orange and tastes more like a fruit juice beverage than anything else. I would give Grainwave a C. It’s not a Belgian-style white, but it’s trying hard to be one, a non-alcoholic one. I would probably go back to this and would recommend it too. It was refreshing too! Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This beer, Alturas NA Golden, is another non-alcoholic beer. This beer is a golden ale from Atmos Brewing in Hailey, Idaho. Atmos Brewing Co. only brewed non-alcoholic craft beer. This beer has water, malt, wheat, hops, and yeast used in it. This ale pours a golden color with a big four-finger, fizzy, slow white head. The aroma is mellow, crisp, sweet, and malty. The flavor is similar to its smell. It has a mellow sweetness and crips malts. The mouthfeel is light. Then it finishes with a crisp sweetness that is on the light side. Then you get a gentle aftertaste of light sweet notes. They do fade rather quickly. This beer is average tasting, in my opinion. So I give Alturas NA Golden an C-. This beer is the best non-alcoholic beer I’ve had. But that is not saying a lot. I would recommend this one. It wasn’t terrible or good. Maybe non-alcoholic beer might not be as good, but we’ll see. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Lagunitas INPA Non-Alcoholic IPA, like most non-alcoholic beers, weighs in at less than 0.5% ABV. This beer is widely available. I picked this up from my local Whole Foods. This beer pours a bronze/gold goalie with a one-and-a-half-finger white head. The aroma is peppery, grassy, and with light fruit notes. The taste is peppery, light on hop flavor, bitter, and clean. The mouthfeel is light. This beer then finishes with a light hop note and has nothing to offer in the way of aftertaste, other than a light peppery hop flavor. This IPA was somewhat okay. I give this Lagunitas IPNA a D. I found no off-putting flavors on this. I just found it lacking the IPA flavors that Lagunitas is known for. Would I recommend it? I can’t say because I’ve only had two non-alcoholic beers. But I would eventually have this again. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This beer, Run Wild IPA, is the first beer in a series of non-alcoholic beers. This IPA comes from Athletic Brewing Co in Stratford, Connecticut. All Athletic Brewing Co. beers are non-alcoholic or are less than 0.5% ABV. This beer has Citra & Mosaic hops. This IPA also has organic US & German malts. This IPA pours an off-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The aroma is light citrus (barely any citrus), and a bitterness that has gone off. The flavor is light, citrus, and an off bitterness. This flavor is bad. The mouthfeel is light and terrible. Then it finishes with a harshbitterness. Then you get no aftertaste. That is odd. Overall this was terrible. I give this an F. I would not drink this, nor would I recommend it. This beer barely tastes like an IPA. It tastes more like a slightly hoppy lager and bad lager that is hoppy. I can’t find anything positive here other than it is non-alcoholic and low in carbs and calories. I almost wanted to pour it out. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers and happy New Year!