All Out Alcohol Free Extra Dark Beer Review. By Athletic Brewing Co.


About Athletic Brewing Co

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

Athletic Brewing Co are a USA based outfit who claim to use a proprietary method to brew non alcoholic beers.

I would guess this means they use limited fermentation to some form or another and don’t dealcoholise an alcoholic beer.

This might be because they use specific and specialise grains with dont produce much sugar and therefore much alcohol or specialised yeasts that produce less alcohol.

The other way to do it is simply stop the brewing early before the alcohol is made but that can lead to a flavour limited beer.

What type of beer is All Out?

All Out is a “dark beer” – i would classify it more as a Porter

A Porter is made with roasted malted barley. There is usually plenty of hops but crucially has top fermenting ale yeasts. Im not sure if this has these yeasts or bottom fermenting lager ones. You can brew black lagers…

With Porters, you end up with a dark medium-bodied beer with a decent blend of roast malt and hoppy bitterness.

The Ingredients

Ah the ingredient of a beer, i love to have a look at these and guess what the beer will taste like.

Athletic Brewing Co All Out has…

  • Water
  • Malted Barley
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Plenty of different grains then. A blend of different ones for different flavours and to minimise the alcohol produced maybe.

You would be hopeful that having 3 grains would give some decent body and flavour.

All Out Nutrition

The nutrition profile can be telling. Is the beer stuff full of sugar, have they gone for a very low calorie and possibly low flavour beer?

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.5%
Calories 25kcal
Carbohydrate5.8g
Sugars1.3g
All Out Nutrition profile

25kcal/100ml would be in the bottom 25% or so and the carbohydrate count is high. You can forgive this more in a dark beer or stout than in a light lager type beer.

I hope seeing as they’ve not gone skinny that this will translate into a nice full and round tasting beer.

For a full article on the calories, carbs and sugar in non alcoholic beers then read my article on it here

Is All Out really alcohol free?

You can see from my picture, the can says the beer is free from alcohol but that doesn’t mean it is 0.0% ABV due to different labelling laws. 

UK and US law says only beers with an ABV of less then 0.05% can use alcohol free terminology. Athletic Brewing Co are using EU laws here where anything up to 0.5% ABV can be called alcohol free. Clear as mud, eh?

0.5% ABV is still “non alcoholic” by law tho.

Despite having x10 more alcohol than a true alcohol free beer, the amount of alcohol in All Out is still nothing to be worried by. 

Many food stuffs have a higher ABV such as apple juice and even ripe bananas can get to 0.4% ABV.

You can read my entire article on how to tell how much alcohol is in a non alcoholic beer here

The Look

Nicely styled deep blue can, night time scene for a dark beer. All the Athletic Brew cans look good

The beer itself is nicely black with a decent head that is lasting a long time for once. Most non alcoholic beer heads are gone in seconds.

The Aroma

I did expect a bit more on the nose but i get that deep roasted malt of a dark beer. There is vague chocolate and toasted coffee tones.

The Taste

Im not sure what actual beer this is mean to be other than dark. I don’t think it is a black IPA and best fits a porter style rather than a stout for me. It has a mild fizz with a thinner texture than a stout. That isn’t to say it tastes thin tho, there is a decent big mouthfeel.

You can tell it is a dark beer, there is deep malt, almost burnt taste but there is minimal caramel or chocolate notes which is a shame.

I think this is a porter for someone who likes a lager. It is a porter light. I find it interesting without being world beating. 

Once you’ve drank it you probably aren’t going for another one immediately but you might circle round to it again at another time.

It isn’t nutritionally brilliant so I was hoping for a fuller flavour once they’ve used all that carbs.

Towards the end you get lots of over roasted coffee and a bit of bitterness which isn’y entirely pleasant or in balance.

The Verdict

A light lasting porter which probably isn’t what most people who buy it are after. Good to try but not a session beer by any stretch

The Score

6.5/10. Its ok, you get some porter type flavours but its just lacking in the big flavours you want.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy

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You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

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Is All Out Gluten Free?

All Out is gluten free thanks to their brewing technique.

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is All Out Vegan?

Yes. All Athletic Brewing Co beers are vegan

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Its ok, you get some porter type flavours but its just lacking in the big flavours you want.

3.3

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