Bitburger Drive 0.0% Beer Review. German efficiency.


Bitburger Drive 0.0% beer i bought and drank for this review.

Bitburger is a German classic.

What type of beer is Bitburger Drive 0.0%?

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Bitburger Drive 0.0% is a pilsner

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 days with IPAs and DIPAs, i can find a lager a bit bland but usually a decent pilsner has enough going on for me.

The Ingredients

As a German beer it should have just the big 4 (water, barley, hops and yeast) to conform to the German Purity Laws, does it?

These are the ingredients…

  • Water
  • Malted Barley
  • Hops
  • Hop extract
  • Yeast

I think that counts! No “natural flavourings” etc and you just know what you are getting, a clean, crisp beer. Lovely.

The Nutrition

The next big section to consider before tasting is just what those ingredients add up to. You don’t want a hugely sweet beer or a really calorific one either.

These are the Bitburger stats…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 22kcal
Carbohydrate5.1g
Sugars0.0g
Nutrition Profile

Interesting indeed. Not the worst calories, normal to mildly raised carbs but 0 added sugar. I like the look of that.

0g of sugar with a pure German pilsner should really be an open goal shouldn’t it?!

Is Bitburger Drive 0.0% really alcohol free?

Bitburger Drive 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

The Look

There is quite a lot going on on the bottle. I sort of looks too busy and crowded but the gold and red make it pop on brown glass.

The beer itself is a golden amber, a shade or 2 darker than a lager would be.

The Aroma

Nice, there is a light hoppy smell. It’s a clean smell but no cheap wort, sugar notes you get in sweet cheap beer. Again a good sign.

The Taste

Everything has pointed to this being good and well, it is!

There is plenty of flavour right out of the gun. I got loads of bitter hops and malted barley. A little strangely i feel i get a wheat beer type freshness even though there is no wheat! Why is that?

It certainly is not sweet tasting. The mouthfeel is all there, nice and round and full. All in all, a brilliant classic German pilsner.

You wouldn’t know this is non alcoholic and maybe one of the best first beers or someone starting into alcohol free beer.

This has way more going on that basically any of the alcohol free lagers and if you had the choice, you need this pilsner unless a hardened lager only drinker.

Now I get the quite bitter notes or pseudo wheat taste might not be to everyones cup of tea but I think its pretty decent.

One thing is for sure tho, no one is trying this and saying it is empty, thin or fizzy water, there is plenty going on.

The Verdict

This is a stand out beer for me, in fact i’ve already sort of reviewed it as part of Oktoberfest Frei. You can read my review of 8 German non alcoholic beers here

The Score

9/10. Last time i gave this 9.5/10 so this is a slight drop. Not much tho. Ive drank a lot more non alcoholic beers since but this is still one of the best. I dropped it because i think the slight wheat taste (no wheat in there!) might put some off.

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

You can check out the live Amazon price by following my link here

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

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Is it safe to drink Bitburger Drive 0.0% when pregnant?

Bitburger Drive 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 Bitburger Drive 0.0% when breastfeeding?

Bitburger Drive 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 Bitburger Drive 0.0% get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Bitburger Drive 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 Bitburger Drive 0.0% and drive?

You can drink any amount of Bitburger Drive 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%.

Is Bitburger Drive 0.0% halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Bitburger Drive 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 Bitburger Drive 0.0% gluten free?

Bitburger Drive 0.0% is not gluten free as it contains barley.

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

Is Bitburger Drive 0.0% 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.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Ive drank a lot more non alcoholic beers since but this is still one of the best.

4.5

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