Insel-Brauerei brew their beers on an island in Germany. They aim to make rare beers using their unique brewing techniques and bottle conditioning.
The “Insel” means island and the island in question is Rügen. All their bottles come wrapped i paper for a nice twist and to keep the light out.
For their non alcoholic range, they use vacuum distillation to extract the alcohol and the result is they win multiple awards at the World Beer Awards
The other slightly different thing about this beer is that it is wet hopped (as opposed to dry hopped). If you can imagine a fresh, green hop bud adding flavour versus a dried brown hop, they will add much different profiles to the beer.
Most hopping is dry, at the end, as it is just easier and you get more of a yield. I’m interested to taste the wet version.
What type of beer is Incel Skippers?
Incel Skippers is an pilsner styled lager.
Pilsners originated from the Czech Republic but they are a European type of lager these days. They are more hop forward and a bit sweeter than a traditional pale lager.
I tend to prefer a pilsner styled lager over a pale lager as they is just that bit more flavour and hops. I can find a lager a bit boring now, especially the big brand, mass produced ones.
As a German lager i hope they are following the German purity law. That requires lagers to adhere to strict criteria, one being that they can only use 4 ingredients.
Incel Skippers includes…
- Malted barley
Excellent stuff. That is the 4 i was hoping to see. If you have read any of my reviews you will know i am a less is more man with my beer ingredients.
Nearly all the Incel non alcoholic beers have the exact same nutrition profile. They have clearly found a winning formula and are sticking to it.
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Higher levels of carbs gives a higher calorie count but also adds so much body and mouthfeel that can be very hard to produce otherwise. I know from experience that Incel use these carbs well and they aren’t just wasted calories.
The beautiful paper wrapping which is synonymous with an Insel beer, has a captain in woollen turtleneck look out to sea.
The beer itself is slightly lighter than their Summer Ale but a bit darker than a standard pilsner due to being unfiltered.
There is quite a light but fragrant hop smell along with a medium malt but the overall nose it promising. A lot of non alcoholic lagers give you nothing but this is offering up plenty of flavour already.
My word, they have not shorted you on the hops here! It would almost put you in mind of an IPA.
There is no denying this is a big hoppy beer. But the usual hops that overpowers you is the citrus or pine flavours whereas this an almost grassy green type of flavour. There is citrus and a mild tropical note flowing through but the hoppiness is different than I am used to, it is hard to describe, sorry! It is delicious tho.
The “green” flavour will be from the wet hops rather than the dry hopping that usually goes on.
Along with the hops the bread and malt taste is also pretty high. If you take time to concentrate on it you find it to be very good.
The body is big and there is no empty feeling at all. The carbonation is spot on, just enough but it wont bloat you and the mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious.
If you are going to produce a high carb beer, I needs to taste like this, simples. When you have a high carb beer that tastes so so, it is pointless. You can forgive a lot when the flavour hits the spot.
Give this to a friend and there is no way they will think this is non alcoholic.
This really is excellent and from a special brewer in Insel. If you like a hoppy lager but want one with a slightly different twist then you make an effort to buy this one.
9/10 – A fantastic pilsner with a different take on extra hopping. This is worth making an effort to buy.
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
You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE
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Is Incel Skippers gluten free?
No, Skippers is not gluten free.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Incel Skippers vegan?
No, Incel Skippers is not vegan.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
A fantastic pilsner with a different take on extra hopping. This is worth making an effort to buy.