Carlsberg 0.0% Alcohol Free Beer Review.


Carslberg 0.0 alcohol free beer i bought and drank for this review

What type of beer is Carlsberg 0.0?

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Carlsberg 0.0 is a pilsner style lager.

Carlsberg have been moving from lager to a more pilsner style recently and branding it as such. Carlsberg lager was a bit weak and bland but a pilsner is more hop heavy and packs more flavour in there. I think that is needed for a really good lager style non alcoholic beer in the main.

What you want to look for is the blue labelling of their pilsners rather than green labelling of their lager.

The Ingredients

At this point I’m a non alcoholic beer nerd. I love looking at the ingredients and deciding just how much effort the brewer has put in and if i think the beer will taste any good.

Carlsberg 0.0 ingredients are…

  • Water
  • Malted Barley
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Hops
  • Hop flavourings
  • Natural flavourings

In an ideal would i would just like to see – water, malted barley, hops and maybe yeast. The more ingredients you a have in a lager/pilsner the more suspect i am. For example can you not get all the hop flavouring you need from actual hops and not have to add “hop flavourings” whatever they are.

Similarly for “natural flavourings”. Beer is naturally flavoured with grains and hops, what else needs adding?

Carlsberg 0.0 Nutrition

As well as the ingredients, i love to look at the nutrition before i drink. Im fond of finding a low calorie beer and hoping they deliver the flavour. I certainly prefer that to finding a really sugar heavy beer and hoping the have enough flavour to carry off the sweet taste.

Anything over about 2g/100ml of added sugar runs the risk of a lager/pilsner tasting too sweet unless they have really concentrated on their flavours.

Carlsberg 0.0 nutrition is…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 14kcal
Carbohydrate3.2g
Sugars0.1g
Carlsberg 0.0 Nutrition profile

That is solid isn’t it. Really low calorie and basically no added sugar. There are not many lower calorie beers than Carlsberg 0.0

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

Is Carlsberg 0.0 really alcohol free?

Carlsberg 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

The bottle and branding is all Carlsberg, along with their iconic “Probably the best beer in the world” slogan. Spoiler alert – i don’t think it is!

As for the beer, it is a darker amber than i would have expected which i am taking as a good sign that it has some more hops and bitterness than a bland pale lager.

The Aroma

You rarely get a huge nostril filling aroma with an alcohol free beer like a Bordeaux wine or something but this isn’t bad. There are some nice malty tones and you can definitely pick out hoppy fruitiness. A good start so far.

The Taste

Again, a pleasant surprise. I used to drink a lot of Carlsberg when i was younger. It was generally pretty cheap for a pint but as your beer palate grew you moved on. At 3.8%, it started to taste weak and watery vs say a pint of Stella at over 5%.

This tastes stronger and more beer like than my memory of pints of Carlsberg 20 years ago! There is a full mouthfeel which is hard to do on skinny calories and no sugar. You don’t think this is just fizzy water and very thin.

There is a decent malty hum and just enough hops to separate it from a lager into pilsner territory and it is all the better for it.

Compared to most of the big brands offerings, this it very good. I had said this isn’t the best beer in the world as they like to claim but it is in the top section.

It is growing on me the more of it i drink and i’m getting more impressed. You want something that tastes like a beer, has a mouthfeel of something a bit more substantial than fizzy water and you are looking for nice malt and hops. This delivers on them all with a very low calorie offering.

The Verdict

It is hard to whack this. Of note, there was a previous version of this that was higher in calories and sugar and more of a classic lager. Carlsberg have been on a pilsner push and this is more in line with their alcoholic pilsner beer.

Easily one of the best, if not the best, big brand lager/pilsners out there.

The Score

8.5/10 – Excellent score here after acing nutrition and flavour.

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 Carlsberg 0.0 when pregnant?

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

All 0.0% ABV alcohol free beers are safe to drink during pregnancy. They contain only a trace of alcohol at no more than 0.05% ABV. This is not biologically active in you and is immediately metabolised. 

You wouldn’t be concerned drinking orange juice when pregnant and it can have an alcohol concentration of x10 more than at alcohol free beer . I have a full review of alcohol in common foods here, some of it is very surprising!

Does Carlsberg 0.0 get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Carlsberg 0.0

I have ran through all the numbers and exactly how much of a 0.05% ABV liquid you would need to get drunk 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 Carlsberg 0.0 and drive?

In the same vain that you cant get drunk on Carlsberg 0.0, you can also drink any amount of it and drive safely.

You can reasonably drink up to 400 bottles of 12 fl oz alcohol free beer (<0.05% ABV) without increasing your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.

There is just no way you can even drink a fraction of that.

Is Carlsberg 0.0 halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Carlsberg 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 Carlsberg 0.0 gluten free?

Carlsberg 0.0 is not gluten free as it contains barley with no mitigation to reduce gluten.

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

Is Carlsberg 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

Easily one of the best, if not the best, big brand lager/pilsners out there.

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