Drop Bear Non Alcoholic New World Lager Review

What type of beer is New World Lager?

You would be mistaken for thinking this is a plain pale lager but apparently this is an IPL – an India pale lager. Essentially this is an IPA but instead of fermenting with an ale yeast they have used a lager yeast.

It should have the hoppy characteristics of an IPA but with extra malty flavours. The finish should be clean and crisp.

I don’t think i have had an IPL so this will be a new experience.

New World Lager Ingredients

Drop Bear join the growing trend to give craft beer drinkers more information. They provide not only the hops used (very fashionable) but also the malts used (cutting edge fashion).

New World Lager includes…

  • Water
  • Malted barley
  • Wheat
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Malts – lager malt, wheat malt, amber malt

No surprises to see lager and light malts used compared to the dark ones from their previous beers. I think they will be doing well to get any lager flavours into this IPL.

Hops – motueka, rakau, wai-iti

Hmm, these 3 are new to me and i am a beer reviewer! Motueka is a New Zealand hop with lemon/lime and tropical flavours. Rakau is a bittering agent along with stone fruit flavours and wai-iti is another Kiwi hop with notable apricot and peach flavours.

Every day is a school day, eh?!

New World Lager Nutrition

Drop Bear usually try and make their beers as skinny as possible. Some are insanely low in carbs and calories.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 14kcal
New World Lager Nutritional Stats

Despite having nearly half the average non alcoholic beer calories and less than half the carbs, this at least looks a bit more mainstream than Yuzu pale ale and their Tropical IPA.

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

New World Lager Look

Apart from the angry koala looking drop bear on the label they have a double gold from the European beer challenge 2021, so it would need to be good.

The beer itself is a standard if slightly pale lager colour with a weak head.

New World Lager Aroma

The smell is different from any beer I have sniffed.

Instead of smelling malt type aromas, it almost smells like the original grains on the grass. It is difficult to describe but the bready type aroma is not the norm. I am intrigued to try it now

New World Lager Taste

That is a very very strange lager. The flavours are certainly not shying away.

There is a massive wheat type flavour, which you don’t expect in a lagar, along with a toasted biscuit twang.

I have never heard of, or drank an IPL before and I perhaps don’t want to again.

There is a distinctive and slightly off bitter hop taste that is decidedly earthy in natureIm afraid I don’t really fancy drinking the whole can which is never a good sign

New World Lager Verdict

Not for me. The mix didn’t work, it weird earthy hops with the wheat, wrapped up in a lager was a craft beer invention too far

New World Lager Score

4/10 – I can see this being a polarising beer. You will love it or hate it. Guess where I stand!

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 New World Lager?

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

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

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Is New World Lager gluten free? 

Yes, New World Lager is gluten free

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

Is New World Lager vegan?

Yes, New World Lager is vegan friendly

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

Review Overview

I can see this being a polarising beer. You will love it or hate it. Guess where I stand!


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