Esmeralda Non Alcoholic Tequila Beer Review

What type of beer is Esmeralda?

Good question, what type of beer is Esmeralda. It is styled as a Mexican cerveza.

Cerveza is brewed with pilsner malt, flaked maize, El Dorado hops, and Mexican lager yeast

Esmeralda is also flavoured with tequila, well, not quite. It is flavoured with a non alcoholic agave drink called Mockingbird spirit.

The Ingredients

From above, we can see what a typical cerveza should have and the fact that it includes Mockingbird spirit, will there be any hidden surprises?

Esmeralda includes…

  • Water
  • Hops
  • Malt
  • Wheat
  • Oats
  • Yeast
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Mockingbird spirit

Well there is no maize listed but the have included oats and wheat which would not be typical of a Mexican cerveza at all.

You many also not have came across potassium sorbate in an ingredients list before. This is used to stop the fermentation process, limiting the amount of alcohol produced from the yeast. It is colourless and odourless so shouldn’t affect the flavour.

Mockingbird spirit is a tequila like drink, made from blue agave, in the UK. Maybe i will have to buy and rate this separately.

The Nutrition

How will the added spirit affect the nutrition and what will the base of non alcoholic beer include?

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 32kcal
Esmeralda Nutrition Stats

These stats make no sense to me. I have literally written hundreds of these reviews now and i have never seen such a high calorie count for such a low carbohydrate and sugar level. It doesn’t make sense. The calorie count should be half of what it is and i am very suspicious that it is not.

The Mockingbird spirit only has 6 calories and 1.4 grams of carbohydrate per 25ml serving and there will be less than that in the beer.

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

The Look

The bottle and label are styled to look like a Mexican cerveza and I have to say it does. 

The beer itself is a standard pale lager colour

The Aroma

The smell is a bit strange, no doubt due to the mockingbird agave spirit. It doesn’t smell like any beer I have sniffed before.

There is a sweet, high, almost medicinal note

The Taste

Oh dear, what is that?

It doesn’t taste like a beer that is for sure.

I presume the overriding flavour is off the tequila substitute, Mockingbird spirit. It neither tastes of tequila nor is nice tasting in general.

There isn’t really any malt or hops coming through, the beer flavours are very week.

It tastes overly sweet and sickly and that spirit just overpowers everything

I would have liked a lot more body, this is pretty thin and doesn’t even have much carbonation to help

The mouthfeel is a poor as the body.

I am struggling to pick the positives here to be honest

The Verdict

I think this is a bit pointless. It doesn’t taste of a beer or tequila. If you like mockingbird spirit you might like this but I wouldn’t bet on it

The Score

4/10 – it is a hard pass from me. It looked like a funky Desperados type beer but it spectacularly failed to deliver.

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 latest live prices on Amazon by following this link

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

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Is Esmeralda gluten free? 

Esmeralda is indeed gluten free

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

Is Esmeralda vegan?

Esmeralda is vegan friendly as confirmed by the company

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

Review Overview

It is a hard pass from me. It looked like a funky Desperados type beer but it spectacularly failed to deliver.


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