Guinness is a world known brand and you know where you stand with it. Their latest product and one that is causing shock waves in the non alcoholic and alcohol free beer market, is Guinness 0.0%.
As a new product in a recent growth market, many people are coming across it for the first time.
They have many questions which might sound simple, but they are only simple if you know the answer.
Hopefully i can give the answers to the common questions i hear about Guinness 0.0.
First things first, if you would like to buy an actual Guinness glass from Amazon then you can follow this link. I think it is part of the reason they taste better in bars!
What type of beer is Guinness 0.0%?
Guinness is a stout, an Irish dry stout to be exact.
Way back in the early 20th Century, sweet or milk stouts were all the rage in the UK, but over in Ireland, non sweet or standard stouts were being made and gaining ground.
The standard stouts were not as sweet so came to be known as dry stouts or Irish drug stouts as they lacked the added lactose or oatmeal.
Despite being often described as “the black stuff” the official colour is ruby red.
Where is Guinness 0.0% from?
If you aren’t aware that Guinness is from Ireland i might have to ask you to leave the blog!
Back in 1759, Arthur Guinness moved his brewery to St James Gate in Dublin, took a 9000 year lease and the rest is history.
How will Guinness 0.0% be served in pubs?
Guinness 0.0% can’t be poured via traditional beer lines so the boffins at Guinness have came up with the “Guinness Microdraft“
Guinness Microdraft uses an air pump, instead of a gas cylinder in traditional systems, to push the liquid out of the can and through the standard Guinness Draught spout.
What is Guinness 0.0% nutrition profile?
|Calories per 100ml||35||17|
|Carbohydrate per 100ml||3||3.8|
|Sugar per 100ml||0.2||0.7|
Guinness is pretty low calorie to begin with, partly due to its relatively lowly ABV of 4.2%.
Guinness 0.0 is very low calorie with hardly any added sugar. It can be very difficult for a non alcoholic beer to replace the mouthfeel and fullness of alcohol without resorting to lumping in a load of sugar.
Well done to Guinness (0.0) for this result.
For an in-depth look at the calories and sugar in Guinness 0.0 vs other beers and drinks then read my full review here
What are the ingredients of Guinness 0.0%?
Guinness 0.0% (500ml can) has a number of ingredients which are…
- Malted barley
- Roast barley
- Natural flavourings
So they have levered in x3 different types of barley, you can certainly taste the roasted and malted notes.
Nitrogen isn’t a usual beer or stout ingredient but it comes from their patented widget which greats the settling and head.
The fructose is there to give some sweetness and creaminess to the head. The usual ingredient is lactose for a stout but the swapping for fructose enables it to be vegan.
Is Guinness 0.0% healthy?
Compared to many drinks then yes it is.
The Guinness nutrition profile is excellent to be fair. There aren’t many lower calorie non alcoholic or alcohol free beers out there and there is only a tiny amount of added sugar.
This means you can save a mountain of calories swapping from alcoholic beer to it and avoid all the negative effects of alcohol.
Ive written a full article on non alcoholic beers in relation to calories and sugar available here
How is Guinness 0.0% made?
The brewing of Guinness 0.0 starts off the same as for regular draft Guinness but the alcohol then needs removed.
They do this by a cold filtration, reverse osmosis method. Guinness use very high pressures instead of heat.
The beer is forced against a very think membrane filter. This filter separates water and alcohol from the beers aromatic components.
This helps to preserve its natural flavour, ensuring that the all important sweetness of the malt, the bitterness of the hops and the unique Guinness Roasted Barley flavours are all perfectly balanced.
Is Guinness 0.0% really alcohol free?
Yes Guinness 0.0% is really alcohol free. Guinness confirm it has less than 0.05% alcohol by volume which is a negligible trace amount and not biologically active.
Labelling in the non alcoholic and alcohol free world are very confusing, with different countries having different rules.
For a complete review of if Guinness 0.0 is really alcohol free, you can read about it here
Can i drink Guinness 0.0% on medication?
As Guinness 0.0% contains less than 0.0% alcohol by volume, there is no problem with any drug interactions or if you have an alcohol intolerance.
Many foods have a much higher ABV than Guinness 0.0%
Is it safe to drink Guinness 0.0% when pregnant?
Guinness 0.0% 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.
If you compare that to a glass of fresh orange juice has an ABV of 0.5%.
Is it safe to drink Guinness 0.0% when breastfeeding?
Guinness 0.0% 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 0.5%
Does Guinness 0.0% get you drunk?
No, you can not get drunk drinking Guinness 0.0%.
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 Guinness 0.0% and drive?
You can drink any amount of Guinness 0.0% and be completely safe to drive.
You can reasonably drink up to 400 bottles of alcohol free beer (<0.05% ABV) without increasing your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.
My full article explaining the math and looking at special situations can be read here.
What does Guinness 0.0% taste like?
In my review i wrote…
There is the chocolate, coffee and malted hops we all love. Im trying to define what the small difference in flavour is and it’s difficult.
There is maybe more of a bitter end note and not quite as balanced as full alcohol version.
Since then i have been drinking a lot more of it and i honestly cant tell the difference anymore or if i can I’m very happy to drink the 0.0%. It’s very good.
Where can you buy Guinness 0.0%?
Amazon should be stocking it soon so check it out via this link. If not im sure it is spreading into all the big supermarkets.
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
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Is Guinness 0.0% halal?
As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think it 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 Guinness 0.0% gluten free?
Guinness contains barley which is gluten containing and therefore not gluten free.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Guinness 0.0% vegan?
Yes and it is confirmed on Barnivore.com
Usually a stout would have lactose (from animal milk) to make the head more creamy and for sweetness. Guinness has swapped this out for the plant sugar fructose.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.