What type of beer is Corona Cero?
Corona Cero is a lager as far as i can see.
The famous Corona Extra is a pilsner styled lager but i can not find any evidence that Cero is.
What is the difference? A standard pale lager and pilsner lager are pretty close. They are both bottom fermented with the same yeast but a pilsner would be a little more hop forward and can be a little bit sweeter. They are more popular in Europe, especially Germany and the Czech Republic (where pilsners are from)
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Is Corona Cero really alcohol free?
Corona Cero is indeed alcohol free. It has an alcohol content lower than 0.05% which classes as alcoholic free.
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My main bugbear with big brand beers, especially AB InBev ones like this, is the use of extra ingredients i dont think are needed, mainly “natural flavours”. If the big German breweries can make amazing beers with just water, hops, barley and yeast, everyone else should be able to. They don’t taste chemically or synthetic either
Corona Cero includes…
- Barley malt
- Natural flavours
Natural flavours then eh? What are they and why can a beer not be flavoured with hops and malt?
Anyway, maize in beer can help lighten the body and colour. It can add some sweetness and smoothness but certainly adding sugar will add sweetness! How will that affect the nutrition?
It is hard to know which way a big brand will swing in the nutrition stakes. Sometimes they lurch to the very skinny, low calorie, low carbs like a Budweiser Zero. Others like Clausthaler Original have quite a high carb and sugar level.
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Corona have went middle of the road and towards the low side. Anything under 20kcal/100ml is good and under 1g/100ml of sugar is very good. I did fear the worst went i saw sugar listed as an actual ingredient but that is a solid set of numbers from Corona Cero. It shouldn’t taste overly sweet and nasty.
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You have the same clear glass bottle and Corona styling but in blue instead of yellow. It takes some getting used to!
The beer is Corona coloured I suppose. I nice golden amber
There is a pleasing big smell of malted barley and toasted cereal. There is a much bigger smell than you would normally expect from a non alcoholic lager. I’m impressed from the aroma certainly.
Again that is pretty decent. There is quite a bit of malt, in fact it is by far the dominant flavour as there is little hops and bitterness here. It certainly doesn’t taste like a pilsner which would be a bit more hop forward. Corona Extra is an alcoholic pilsner style lager with more of a hop hit.
I was worried before I saw the nutrition that they would make this too sweet but with 0.7g of added sugar and a modest amount of carbs, it really doesn’t.
I don’t think it is as full of flavour as that alcoholic version but you can definitely taste some distinctive Corona vibes coming through.
The big brewery beers, especially AB InBev ones, can feel a little mass produced and generic and this one does to an extent but I think it is slightly better than say, Heineken 0.0 but a little below the pilsner styled Carlsberg or San Miguel.
This is a fairly decent big supermarket lager. You get a lot of the same Corona tastes albeit with slightly less punch.
7/10 – This is a decent malty lager and certainly not the worst of the big brands by a long shot. It is worth trying I think.
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Where to buy?
These are available at all the big UK supermarkets, i picked these up at Tesco.
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Is Corona Cero gluten free?
Corona Cero is not gluten free
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Corona Cero vegan?
Corona Cero is vegan, as confirmed by barnivore.com
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
This is a decent malty lager and certainly not the worst of the big brands by a long shot. It is worth trying I think.