Heineken 0.0% alcohol free beer is simply huge around the world. However alcohol free drinks are pretty new and a lot of people are trying them for the first time and have questions.
The terminologies can be tricky. It is labelled both as a beer but also as no alcohol, so which is it, or both?
Can you drink it and drive, can it get you drunk, is it gluten free? There are many questions and i hope to answer as many as i can in this article.
If you have another question that i haven’t answered then please leave me a comment as i’ll add the answer, thanks.
What type of beer is Heineken 0.0%?
Heineken 0.0% 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. Heineken 0.0% is a pale lager
Lager is derived form the German for storage as the beer was stored and fermented in cool caves in Germany.
Most lagers use the same yeast, Saccharomyces pastorianus, a “bottom-fermenting” yeast that ferments at pretty cool temperatures.
Where is Heineken 0.0% from?
Heineken is a Dutch beer from The Netherlands. However it is now a truly global beer and brewed in multiple locations.
What is Heineken 0.0% nutrition profile?
Calories – 21 kcal per 100m
Carbohydrate – 4.8g per 100ml
Sugar – 1.3g per 100ml
These numbers are pretty standard in the alcohol free world.
The bigger flavoured IPAs of this world can pack more hops in so can get away with less sugar for body but the Heineken 0.0% doesn’t have a bad nutrition profile, especially compared to full alcohol beer.
My full article on the calories and nutrition of Heineken 0.0 can be read here
What are the ingredients of Heineken 0.0%?
The ingredients are…
- Malted Barley
- Hop extract
- Natural flavourings
A classic German beer is only has water, barley, hops and yeast. So Heineken have snuck in something called “natural flavourings”, answers on a postcard as to what they are!
I’m also a bit suspect about them listing “hop extract” and not just hops. Why not just use hops?!
Is Heineken 0.0% healthy?
Compared to many drinks then yes it is.
Heineken 0.0 is very low in calories and sugar. It is a good choice if you are trying to lose weight or switch away from alcohol which has a host of negative effects on your health.
Ive written a full article on non alcoholic beers in relation to calories and sugar available here
How is Heineken 0.0% made?
Heineken 0.0% is double brewed with “natural ingredients” although we don’t know what they all are.
They include Water, Barley Malt, Hop Extract, and Heineken A-Yeast which are all used in regular Heineken.
The alcohol is then removed with vacuum distillation. This is a process whereby the beer is subject to a vacuum meaning it only needs heated to 30 degrees or so for the alcohol to distill out.
This low temperature keeps more of the volatile aromatic compounds that flavour the beer.
Is Heineken 0.0% really alcohol 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
Heineken confirm their 0.0% beer has less than 0.05% ABV, 0.03% to be precise. This trace amount is basically zero and not biologically active when you drink it.
My full article on if Heineken 0.0 is really alcohol free can be read here
Can i drink Heineken 0.0% on medication?
Again Heineken confirm to us that you can take 0.0% when on medication that alcohol can impact or if you have an intolerance to alcohol.
They say, 0.0% Heineken has no impact on the body and is fully fine in view of alcohol-intolerant medical treatment.
Is it safe to drink Heineken 0.0% when pregnant?
Heineken 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.
Heineken also confirm their 0.0% is safe in pregnancy
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 Heineken 0.0% when breastfeeding?
Heineken 0.0% is safe when breastfeeding. I have written a full article about non alcoholic drinks and breastfeeding here.
Heineken also confirm their 0.0% is safe in breastfeeding
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 Heineken 0.0% get you drunk?
No, you can not get drunk drinking Heineken 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 Heineken 0.0% and drive?
You can drink any amount of Heineken 0.0% and be completely safe to drive. My in-depth article on the subject is available here
Again, Heineken also confirm their 0.0% is safe to drink and then 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%.
What does Heineken 0.0% taste like?
My complete Heineken 0.0% Review is available here. I sample it and compare it to regular Heineken.
It certainly tasted nothing like its alcoholic brother. The lager flavour is light anyway but this was even lighter.
Basically there was hardly any hops on the palate. It did’t taste empty or very thin but there are really weird high floral notes you don’t associate with beer.
I was not a huge fan of it and i gave it a 6.5/10. I felt it did have noticeably less mouth feel and fullness than alcoholic Heineken. It tasted overly sweet for a larger too, it ended very sweetly.
Where can you buy Heineken 0.0%?
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Is Heineken 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 Heineken 0.0% gluten free?
Heineken contains barley which is gluten containing and therefore not gluten free.
There are some reports that Heineken has processes in place to produce its beer with less than the 20ppm threshold to be “gluten free” but it is very hard to get exact figures on it and i would not consider it as gluten free.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Heineken 0.0% vegan?
Yes. As confirmed on barnivore.com
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.