Birra Moretti Zero Review. Italian style over substance?


Birra moretti zero beer i bought and drank for this review

What type of beer is Birra Moretti Zero?

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

Birra Moretti Zero is a lager.

A lager is beer which has been brewed at a low temperature for a beer. Lagers can be dark, amber or pale. 

Pale lagers are the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer and this is an example of a pale lager.

The Ingredients

The ingredients paint a good picture of a beer for me. The less the better!

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Hop
  • Hop extract
  • Natural flavouring

Ok, so pretty standard. I do prefer a beer without any natural flavourings. Why not just get the flavour from malted barley and hops? They even use double hops here, so it should be enough.

The Nutrition

Like the ingredients, the nutrition profile is important, especially in a non alcoholic beer. You ideally want all the flavour without lots of added sugar.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 20kcal
Carbohydrate4.4g
Sugars1.2g
Nutrition Profile

This is in the fair to pretty good end of the spectrum in terms of added sugar and calories. Anything around 20kcal per 100ml is decent and i really do want to see less than 2g/100ml if not <1.5g of sugar in a lager especially.

Is Birra Moretti Zero really alcohol free?

Birra Moretti Zero 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

The Look

Classically styled with the iconic Birra Moretti drinking man image on the bottle. His name is “Baffo” by the way!

The beer itself is a pale golden lager colour. There was an ample head that quickly disappeared but lingered longer than most.

The Aroma

A sweet wort type aroma but with some more hints of hops and bitterness than the cheap beers like Bavaria. Get a touch of citrus

The Taste

It is actually quite good!

There is bit of sweetness which comes to the fore immediately and threatened to ruin it but it stops quickly and you get some nice hoppy hits to take it away.

There is a little bit of citrus and perhaps some orangey type after taste.

The overall mouthfeel is pretty good. It isn’t too empty or watery and there is an adequate amount of hops. If i were to improve upon it, i would like it to be just a bit more hop heavy like a pilsner.

It isn’t hugely “beery”, even i don’t know what i mean by that tho. I suppose plain lagers struggle to pack in the flavour that an ale or pilsner can. You can be let with a sweetish, mildly fizzy, shandy type drink.

This is a few leagues about that but i would still pick a European pilsner over it. Even a comparable big supermarket beer like San Miguel 0.0 would be my choice vs this.

The Verdict

It’s a bit of a shrug of the shoulders from me. I have had many many worse. I would steer clear of the very cheapest non alcoholic lagers. If it is a lager you want then this is probably adequate for you. It is drinkable and I’ve finished my bottle pretty quickly

The Score

6.5/10 – It’s ok, you can drink it but given the massive choice on offer i would pick something else. If it was the only non alcoholic beer on the menu at a restaurant, it wouldn’t be the end of the world to drink it.

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

Can i drink Birra Moretti Zero on medication?

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

For medical and medicament purposes you should consider that San Miguel 0.0 is without alcohol (as it is).

Is it safe to drink Birra Moretti Zero when pregnant?

Birra Moretti Zero 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 Birra Moretti Zero when breastfeeding?

Birra Moretti Zero 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 Birra Moretti Zero get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Birra Moretti Zero

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 Birra Moretti Zero and drive?

You can drink any amount of Birra Moretti Zero 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%.

Is Birra Moretti Zero halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Birra Moretti Zero 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 Birra Moretti Zero gluten free?

Birra Moretti Zero is not gluten free as it contains barley. They confirm on their website here.

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

Is Birra Moretti Zero vegan?

Yes. It is also listed on barnivore.com as vegan.

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

Where to buy

You can check out the latest prices on Amazon here

For Australian readers, Craft Zero has a range of products, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 10% off

In the UK, check this out at Wise Bartender, a brilliant non alcoholic site

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Notes from Birra Moretti

  • Birra Moretti Zero’s balanced flavour makes it the perfect accompaniment to meals – enjoy at lunch or dinner. Enjoy the Italian way.
  • Make time for what matters, and enjoy a Birra Moretti Zero around the table with family and friends – salute! Top quality ingredients carefully selected by Birra Moretti’s Master Brewers has created a taste which is gentle, smooth and fragrant.
Review Overview
SUMMARY

t's ok, you can drink it but given the massive choice on offer i would pick something else. If it was the only non alcoholic beer on the menu at a restaurant, it wouldn't be the end of the world to drink it.

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