The 10 best non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers in 2020

Erdinger Alcoholfrei (0.5%)

The worst kept secret in non-alcoholic beer is, of course, Erdinger. It is an unassuming Bavarian brew that commands a great deal of respect among beer-loving teetotallers.

It’s not perfection, but it shoots pretty close to the net. It carries words such as ‘isotonic’ and ‘vitamin B12’ on the label which are slightly distracting to its primary purpose, but don’t let that put you off. Erdringer made the most of its healthy credentials during the Sochi Winter Olympics, thousands of non-alc beers to the German team to help fuel them during the games.

It has a distinctive, malty taste with a good depth of flavour and bitter finish, and makes for a great non-alcoholic alternative on a hot summer’s day.

How much: £1.30 for a 500ml bottle, Tesco




4 Responses to “The 10 best non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers in 2020”

  1. Jason Clarke says:

    Our industry needs more clarity and consistency as to what qualifies at ‘alcohol free’ as opposed to ‘no alcohol’ and ‘low alcohol’. Several of these beers are branded as ‘alcohol free’ yet have 0.5%ABV which is 10 times higher than the 0.05% ABV that Drinkaware regards as ‘alcohol free’. From a physiological perspective, the body won’t detect any noticeable ‘alcohol’ effect with either but they are dramatically different in their ABV content.

    What about ‘low alcohol’? The ASA demands a limit of 1.2% ABV to be deemed ‘low’ but most drinkers used to a 4-5.5% beer would regard 1.2% in the same vein at ‘no alcohol’. ‘Low’ and indeed ‘lower’ alcohol needs a much broader bandwidth of ABV to attract the average beer fan to drink more healthily.

  2. Jon Storey says:

    After running the Berlin marathon, Erdinger Alcoholfrei was available for free for all the runners. It was disgusting. I threw most of it down a drain and found a local cafe to have a proper beer. I’m sorry but it just didn’t taste like beer.

  3. dan says:

    Sorry but the Punk AF from Brewdog is the WORST non-alcoholic beer ever made in my opinion!!

    • Disagree, it’s actually very well brewed and is a credit to BrewDog, compliments Punk IPA well when alcohol is out of the question. Da, what would you recommend?
      Störtbecker is a great pilsner, Nanny State is good, and also Brooklyn Brewery has a few good flavours.

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