Cobra Zero Alcohol Free Beer Review


Cobra Zero beer which i bought and drank for this review

What type of beer is Cobra Zero?

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

Cobra 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.

I prefer a pilsner lager with more hops and flavour personally. They are more common on continental Europe.

The Ingredients

You can really tell a lot about a beer, a brewer and how it is going to taste from the ingredients. Less is very much more for me. If you cant brew a decent lager/pilsner from the staple 4 (water, malted barley, hops and yeast) then you really better be adding a lot with the extra ingredients.

Cobra Zero has…

  • Water
  • Malted barley
  • Glucose syrup
  • Hop extract
  • Natural flavouring

Oh dear. I’m not usually a fan of “natural flavouring” but one ingredient they smacks laziness and poor flavour is glucose syrup. You should not need to add that to a lager.

The Nutrition

Cobra Zero’s nutritional data is…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 24kcal
Carbohydrate5.8g
Sugars3.1g
Nutrition Profile of Cobra Zero

Following on from the added glucose syrup you can see the added sugar component is up at 3.1g/100ml. Not there are beers that have this level or higher and really pull it off. They taste great with bags of flavour and get away with it. I’m thinking of something like Erdinger.

Erdinger doesn’t add extra sugar syrup tho.

Is Cobra Zero really alcohol free?

Cobra 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

This has the same iconically styled, think brown bottle and yellow label. It looks good and looks like a Cobra.

The beer itself is slightly darker than average lager. Cobra is known as being less gassy and there does seem to be less bubbles and certainly hardly any head on it.

The Aroma

Mild hops on the nose at best and if i am being generous. More worryingly is there is that sweet worty smell. Wort is the sweet liquid mashed form the barley and when i smell it in a sweet beer it reminds me of squishy pub carpets with that stale sweet alcohol smell.

The Taste

As predicted it is just far too sweet for me. It tastes like it has had glucose syrup added to it (because it has)!

I find these overly sweet lagers don’t even taste very beer like. The light hops and bitterness of a lager is overpowered by the sweetness. It tastes like a premium version of a cheap supermarket beer with loads of extra sugar. (see review of Lidl lager)

The positive about sugar is that it creates a big mouthfeel and the beer doesn’t taste thin or fizzy water like but that in no way makes up for this sweet beer flavour.

Anything over 2g/100ml sugar in a lager and you are at high risk of a nasty sweet, not very beerlike drink. Unless you have managed to really nail the flavours and hops, which Cobra has not done.

Think of the German wheat beers with a similar amount of sugar but with an order of magnitude more flavour to wrap it around. They carry off the sweetness effortlessly. Not here.

My review of 8 German non alcoholic beers can be read here

The Verdict

This is a miss of me, there isn’t many redeeming qualities. I think even if you are out for dinner and this is the only AF beer on the menu, you are better off going for a coke zero or something.

The Score

4.5/10. There aren’t many worse. If you like a sugary beer then you may well love this but for my palate, no thanks.

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 prices on Amazon by following this link

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

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

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

*Affiliate Disclosure – if you click on the links and buy from these providers, i might receive a small commission*

Is it safe to drink Cobra Zero when pregnant?

Cobra 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 Cobra Zero when breastfeeding?

Cobra 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 Cobra Zero get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Cobra 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 Cobra Zero and drive?

You can drink any amount of Cobra Zero and be completely safe to drive.

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%.

Is Cobra Zero halal?

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

Cobra is not gluten free as it contains barley. They do have a specific gluten free alcoholic Cobra beer.

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

Is Cobra Zero vegan?

Probably. Alcoholic Cobra is also listed on barnivore.com as vegan so the chances are so is Cobra Zero.

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

There aren’t many worse. If you like a sugary beer then you may well love this but for my palate, no thanks.

2.3

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