Free Damm Alcohol Free Beer Review


Free Damm beer i bought and drank for this review

What type of beer is Free Damm?

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

Free Damm is a lager.

A lager is a beer produced from bottom fermenting yeast. It is generally mild in hops and has a clean, crisp taste.

The Ingredients

If you’ve read any of my reviews then you will know i’m a geek about the ingredients. I love the classic German Purity Law beers – water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

The Free Damm ingredients are…

  • Water
  • Malted Barley
  • Maize
  • Hops
  • Glucose and fructose syrup
  • Rice

You expect water, malted barley and hops. Maize might be a surprise but rice can be a bit left field. They other big beer than uses rice as a neutral flavour is Budweiser Zero. It yields a light clean-tasting beer (apparently).

The big stand out is the sugar syrups. Ive very against this practice. Just brew your beer and trust the flavours. Adding sugar helps the mouthfeel and fullness but doesn’t help the nutrition at all. Given the choice i would always pick a beer with no added sugar syrups.

Carlsberg 0.0 Nutrition

The other geeky bit i am into is the nutrition. You can tell so much about a beer form this.

Anything over about 2g/100ml of added sugar runs the risk of a lager/pilsner tasting too sweet unless they have really concentrated on their flavours.

If the sugar is high then they’ve not even tried to brew a nice beer (if it is a lager)

Free Damm’s nutrition is…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 20kcal
Carbohydrate4.7g
Sugars1.7g
Free Damm Nutrition Profile

For a full article on the calories, carbs and sugar in non alcoholic beers then read my article on it here

Is Free Damm really alcohol free?

Free Damm is indeed alcohol free. It has an alcohol content lower than 0.05% which classes as alcoholic 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

The Look

The can is very busy, a lot going on and difficult to read. Im not sure they have styled their logo or branding very well but hey ho.

The beer itself is a medium golden colour, a little darker than some of the low calorie lagers I’ve had.

The Aroma

You often don’t get huge amounts on the none with non alcoholic beers and to be fair you usually aren’t madly sniffing them either.

This one has a mild malt smell with limited hops, not unpleasant however there is a weak wort sweet smell which can herald a sweet tasting beer. Hopefully not.

The Taste

Ok this is actually not bad. You buy a relatively cheap big supermarket non alcoholic or alcohol free beer and you take you chances usually.

I found it quite a nice refreshing drink with decent mouthfeel and depth. They type of beer you could have a few of in a session or sip away at in the garden on a nice summers day.

On the negative side there is a sort of sweet flavour coming in but understated and gets away with it. It is not overly sweet and having the added sugar just under 2g/100ml certainly helps. I think anymore and it would have spoiled it. Im still no in favour of adding lots of sugar syrup tho, just trust your brewing for flavour.

You get a decent malt hit and mild hops but for an alcohol free lager it has a reasonable amount of flavours to keep you drinking.

At the end it starts to get a little bland but i would rather bland than a sweet finish. Beers should not be sweet.

The Verdict

Overall it is half decent and not the worst big supermarket lager you will try. Not too sugary and reasonable flavours

The Score

7/10. Its ok, you can get better but there are a lot lot worse

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 live Amazon price by following my link here

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Does Carlsberg 0.0 get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Free Damm

I have ran through all the numbers and exactly how much of a 0.05% ABV liquid you would need to get drunk here

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 Carlsberg 0.0 and drive?

In the same vain that you cant get drunk on Carlsberg 0.0, you can also drink any amount of it and drive safely.

You can reasonably drink up to 400 bottles of 12 fl oz alcohol free beer (<0.05% ABV) without increasing your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.

There is just no way you can even drink a fraction of that.

Is Free Damm halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Free Damm 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 Free Damm gluten free?

Free Damm is gluten free thanks to their brewing process.

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

Is Free Damm vegan?

Yes. It is also listed on barnivore.com as vegan.

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

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Overall it is half decent and not the worst big supermarket lager you will try. Not too sugary and reasonable flavours

3.5

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