Henry And His Science Ale Review. Microbiologically flavoured

What type of beer is Henry And His Science

This is classed as a “Flemish Primitive Ale” by Mikkeller.

This is a new beer term, coined by Mikkeller, whereby the specific non alcoholic yeast strain they use, mikkellenis, adds a passionfruit type flavour to the beer.

There isn’t too much other flavouring here, the bitterness from hops has to be low and there won’t be much malt. They are trying to showcase the yeast only flavour.

The Ingredients

A Flemish primitive ale has a limited number of ingredients.

Henry And His Science includes…

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Hops
  • Mikkellenis yeast

That is all you get. Im fan of the German purity law which has the same 4 basic ingredients but to make a much different beer. The Germans will have more hops and non neutral grains but i do like an attempt at a beer with as few ingredients as possible.

The Nutrition

So how does this neutral grain, little hops, let the yeast speak for itself translate into the nutrition?

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 89kcal
Henry And His Science Nutrition Stats

Excuse me a second whilst i pick my jaw back up off the floor!! That is an astronomical nutrition profile. Head and shoulders the worst i have ever seen by an order of magnitude.

To have that much calories, carbs and worst of all sugar this had better been the greatest beer ever invented…

It occurred to me that these figures might be wrong so i google the nutrition stats on other sites and got various other numbers back. So i had to go out to the bin and get the can and take a picture to make sure i’d not gone crazy. That’s the numbers right??

Light drinks have this at 10kcal/100ml and <0.1g sugar per 100ml. They must change up this beer and experiment with huge variations.

The Look

They have Henry on the front with a steaming pink potion. The can I have in the picture is a bit dented after a drop.

The beer is very pale and innocent looking

The Aroma

It smells strongly of sugar and citrus, im scared to drink it after the other Gose type beers form themselves

The Taste

It is actually a lot more benign than I thought it was going to be. I was worried about a massive acidic citrus hit but that isn’t there.

It is hard to describe. The “microbiologically flavoured” hasn’t given a lot of flavour. I suppose I would sum it up as a flat, even but not very strong lemony citrus flavour. Is it passionfruit? Its not hugely in my book.

The other thing that is difficult to get over is that is doesn’t taste as sweet as I thought it would from the nutrition. It certainly tastes sweet but I thought it would be much worse.

If the best things I can say is I wasn’t overwhelmed with horrible flavours then that isn’t a glowing report.

The Verdict

I don’t see why you would buy and drink this hugely calorific beer when it is massively far from being special.

If it tasted the was it did for 10kcal/100ml it still wouldn’t be a great beer but at 89kcal/100ml it is pointless.

The Score

3.5/10 – I don’t know why you would want to buy and drink this unless for the novelty of the micobiologically flavoured bit. The novelty will wear off quickly.

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?

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

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

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Is Henry And His Science gluten free?

It does not appear that this beer is gluten free

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

Is Henry And His Science vegan?

Henry And His Science is vegan according to Mikkeller.

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

Review Overview

I don’t know why you would want to buy and drink this unless for the novelty of the micobiologically flavoured bit. The novelty will wear off quickly.


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