Fruh Alcohol Free Kolsch Review.

What type of beer is Fruh?

Fruh is a Kolsch. You might not have came across one but the culture around them is fascinating.

A Kolsch has to be brewed within 31miles/50km of Cologne to be allowed to be called a Kolsch.

The guidelines specify that true Kölsch is a top-fermented, light-coloured, clear, highly fermented, hopsy full ale. Significantly, it must be brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516. Kölsch is warm fermented then conditioned by lagering at cold temperatures.

In the Cologne bars you get a 200ml glass only and is served by very rude (on purpose!) waiters, called Köbes. It keeps getting poured into your glass until you say stop by putting a beer mat over the glass.

Is Fruh Alkoholfrei really alcohol free?

Fruh alkoholfrei 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 Ingredients

All Kölsch have to comply with he German Purity Laws which only allows a few ingredients

Fruh Alkoholfrei includes…

  • Water 
  • Barley Malt
  • Hops

You can add yeast to this list too. If you have read any of my reviews you will know i am a huge fan of this type of brewing. Less is more. I like a pure beer made from grain and hops. Any time i see “natural flavouring” i become worried.

The Nutrition

How does the German purity laws translate into the nutrition? Despite the simple ingredients, there can be a large range in calories and carbohydrate still.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 16kcal
Fruh Alkoholfrei Nutrition Stats

16kcal/100ml is a low score and i certainly expected to see more carbohydrate so that is interesting.

I have seen some reports that the added sugar may be 0g but it this information is not available on the company website or the bottle so i cant confirm it. Bitburger 0.0 is the only beer i’ve drank that states it has 0g of added sugar.

The Look

This is a very German looking bottle and label, which is appropriate as it is German!

I do like red and white combos, it looks striking

The beer itself is very pale with limited head

The Aroma

It certainly smells light. There is a light toasted cereal and bread type smell but im not picking up a lot of hops.

The Taste

That is an interesting first sip. If you have never had a Kolsch they can be a bit difficult to describe. They look like a lager but certainly don’t taste like one.

This beer immediately hits you with a light and fruity taste. I guess that yeast is giving the slight fruity tone as I am not picking up much hops or bitterness. 

A classic Kolsch should have more hops and bitterness than this in my experience, this is very light on that.

The malt side of things along with the slight fruity yeast are the dominating flavours and whilst they are pleasant, even a bit quirky, they are not very exciting.

The body is decent, you don’t think it is overly thin but the mouthfeel is lacking somewhat

The Verdict

If you are going to the trouble to get a decent German non alcoholic beer, I think you will have wasted your time with this one unless you are a Kolsch aficionado 

The Score

5.5/10 – Different enough form a standard lager to peak your interest if you have a drink but mostly forgettable after that. There are many better options out there to spend your money on.

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 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

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

Follow this link to buy these from Dry Drinker in the UK

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Is Fruh Alkoholfrei gluten free? 

Fruh Alkoholfrei is not gluten free. Very few of the German beers are.

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

Is Fruh Alkoholfrei vegan?

Fruh Alkoholfrei 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

Different enough form a standard lager to peak your interest if you have a drink but mostly forgettable after that. There are many better options out there to spend your money on.


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