Coba Maya Non Alcoholic Beer Review. A Cerveza from Big Drop.

What type of beer is Coba Maya

Coba Maya is a lager.

If you have ever drank beer you have drank a lager. They are bottom fermenting beers at low temperatures with a different yeast than ales. Ales would be top fermentating at warmer temperatures.

They can be pale, amber or dark and tend to be medium malt and low hops and bitterness.

The Ingredients

Big Drop Brewing Co don’t usually have anything to weird or wonderful in the beers but the ingredients are interesting to read none the less.

In general i like as few ingredients as strictly necessary. I love just seeing “water, malted barley, hops and yeast”.

Coba Maya includes…

  • Water
  • Barley
  • Lactose
  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Well there is a few extra in there isn’t there. The lactose is there to add body and sweetness. It doesn’t ferment with the yeast so gets into the final beer.

Rice is sometimes used in brewing along with barley or other grains. The most famous non alcoholic beer to have it would be Budweiser Zero

As a brewing adjunct, rice has a very neutral flavour and aroma, and when properly converted in the brewhouse, it yields a light clean-tasting beer.

The Nutrition

Non alcoholic lagers are one beer i have found that can start to go wrong if too much added sugar is present. You don’t want a nasty sweet tasting beer. Perhaps a pilsner style lager can get away with more than just a pale lager.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 11kcal
Coba Maya Nutrition Stats

Nothing to worry about here. 1g/100ml of added sugar is nice and low as is the 2.2g of cabs. These add up to give a tiny calorie count of 11kcal/100ml.

Now if they can combine the nutrition with some flavour we might have a decent beer on our hands.

The Look

This beers styling colours from Big Drop is a big yellow drop on green/blue background. It puts me in mind of the summer with the sun on the sea.

The beer is a pretty pale looking lager with the more neutral rice can deliver.

The Aroma

A reasonable malty cereal smell which is pleasing. Often a non alcoholic lager will have little to no smell so it makes me hopeful for the taste of the beer. 

The Taste

And that hopefulness was more or less delivered upon. It has quite a big malty lager taste. More than I thought it would and frankly more than most non alcoholic lagers on the market.

There is plenty of body which must be helped from the lactose as the overall calories and carbs are very low. Nicely done there Big Drop. 

The IBU – bitterness score related to how much hops, is only 11 so you would not expect a big bitter hoppy hit, but then again you shouldn’t in a lager anyway.

The malty taste is pleasing, it sort of degrades a bit towards the end and the after taste isn’t quite as good on the tongue as when it is in your mouth but that is a small gripe

The Verdict

This is a quality low calorie, low carb lager which packs more beer like flavours and lager malt than most non alcoholic lagers bring to the table.

Great for any occasion but this has hot summers day beer written all over it

The Score

8.5/10 – Excellent lager from Big Drop. One for the repeat order list going forward.

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?

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

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

You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE

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Is Coba Maya gluten free?

Coba Maya not gluten free

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

Is Coba Maya vegan?

Coba Maya is also not vegan as it contains lactose

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

Review Overview

Excellent lager from Big Drop. One for the repeat order list going forward


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