Bavaria 0.0 Alcohol Free Beer Review. A value trap?


Bavaria 0.0 beer i bought and drank for this review

What type of beer is Bavaria 0.0?

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

Bavaria 0.0 is a pilsner lager.

This means it has a light straw to golden colour with more bitter or earthy taste. Basically a bit more depth of flavour and hops than a regular lager.

I much prefer the added hops in a pilsner vs a lager.

The Ingredients

As always, you can tell a lot about a beer and brewer from the ingredients. What is in Bavaria 0.0

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Glucose syrup
  • Hop extract
  • Flavouring

Oh dear, not only is there some random “flavouring” but they don’t even use real hops, just “extract”.

However the most damning ingredient is glucose syrup. What is this doing in a beer? The answer is likely to be to mask a terrible beer with some sweetness and mouthfeel.

The Nutrition

How does that glucose syrup impact on the nutritional values. I can’t imagine well!

Value per 100ml/100g
Alcohol 0.0%
Calories24kcal
Carbohydrate5.8g
Sugar3.1g
Nutrition of Bavaria 0.0

3.1g of added sugar per 100ml. That is very high in a lager style beer and you just know they’ve don’t that to mask the fact there will be no flavour. I hope I’m wrong…

The Look

Classically styled can like a “cheap” or reasonably priced European beer.

The beer itself is a pale lager colour with a decent early head that soon disappears.

The Aroma

The main aroma is a sweet wort type smell. It smells a bit sickly sweet. There is a touch of hops to smell but not a lot.

The Taste

It tastes quite sweet. For a pilsner there is basically no hops, which is a tad annoying. I prefer a pilsner over a lager as you get more hops and flavour.

I think what they have done is replace the alcohol flavour and mouthfeel with sugar. That is bay far the cheaper option vs getting actual flavour in the beer. Infusing with hops and getting the bitterness right to counter the loss of alcohol is difficult but if you dump a load of sugar in you can fool plenty.

There is actually very little beer like take. I would put this in the same category as the cheap Lidl beer, Perlenbacher. My review is here. Both have little redeeming qualities apart from the price.

The Verdict

You get what you pay for in life and in the beer world it is rarely different. The false economy here is you pay a few quid for x8 330ml cans but you have to throw most out as they are poor

The Score

2.5/10 – Not for me. Too sweet, not enough flavour and doesn’t even really taste like a beer. Ive now 7 more to get rid of. Nearly double the sugar of the poor Lidl offering too.

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

Is Bavaria 0.0 halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Perlenbacher 0.0 can be considered as halal.

As a general rule, alcohol free beer can be Halal. The beer needs to be 0.0% ABV for the strict Islamic Law to deem it Halal. Nearly all the major beer brands are producing zero alcohol beers. 

Not all non or low alcoholic beers are 0.0%, meaning it is critical to read the label.

I have written extensively about if alcohol free beer is halal and you can read my article here

Is Bavaria 0.0 gluten free?

Perlenbacher 0.0 is not gluten free.

As it is brewed complying with the Reinheitsgebot, nothing fancy can be added to break up the gluten

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

Is Bavaria 0.0 vegan?

Bavaria 0.0 is vegan and the entire Bavaria range is as confirmed on barnivore.com

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

Is Bavaria 0.0 really alcohol free?

Bavaria 0.0 is indeed alcohol free. It has an alcohol content lower than 0.05% which classes as alcoholic free.

Labelling in the non alcoholic and alcohol free world are very confusing, with different countries having different rules.

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

Can i drink Bavaria 0.0 on medication?

The trace amount of alcohol in Bavaria 0.0 has no impact on the body and is fully fine in view of alcohol-intolerant medical treatment.

Is it safe to drink Bavaria 0.0 when pregnant?

Bavaria 0.0 is safe to drink in pregnancy. I have researched the topic extensively and consulted with doctors. My article on non alcoholic drinks in pregnancy can be seen here.

In general, alcohol free drinks are safe in pregnancy. They have had their alcohol removed to a level below 0.05% alcohol by volume (ABV) meaning it is not physiologically active. 

A ripe banana can have up to 0.4% alcohol by volume. I have a full review of alcohol in common foods here, some of it is very surprising!

Is it safe to drink Bavaria 0.0 when breastfeeding?

Bavaria 0.0 is safe when breastfeeding. I have written a full article about non alcoholic drinks and breastfeeding here.

In general, alcohol free drinks are safe in breastfeeding. They have had their alcohol removed to a level below 0.05% alcohol by volume (ABV) meaning it is not physiologically active. 

If you compare that to a glass of fresh orange juice has an ABV of up to 0.73%. I have a full review of alcohol in common foods here, some of it is very surprising!

Does Bavaria 0.0 get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Bavaria 0.0

I crunched all the numbers and have written an article about how you can’t get drunk on 0.0% beer here

In general you are unable to get drunk from non alcoholic (<0.5% ABV) beer and it is impossible to get drunk from alcohol free (0.0%) beer. 

The volume of non alcoholic beer required to raise your blood alcohol concentration to the legal intoxication level is not possible to consume or digest.

Can you drink Bavaria 0.0 and drive?

You can drink any amount of Bavaria 0.0 and be completely safe to drive.

You can reasonably drink up to 400 bottles of alcohol free beer (<0.05% ABV) without increasing your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Not for me. Too sweet, not enough flavour and doesn't even really taste like a beer. Ive now 7 more to get rid of. Nearly double the sugar of the poor Lidl offering too.

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