Lidl’s Perlenbacher 0.0% Review. Cut price, cut taste?

Lidl's Perlenbacher 0.0 beer i bought and drank for this review

About Perlenbacher 0.0

Perlenbacher 0.0 is available in Lidl. Now i shop there myself sometimes and there is amazing value to be had in how they squeeze costs.

There is little to be found out about Perlenbacher 0.0 online except that Lidl stock it. So i imagine it is cheap from start to finish, but does that make it very good value or a big avoid?

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What type of beer is Perlenbacher 0.0?

Truthfully it is hard to know! I presume it is a pilsner.

This means it has a light straw to golden colour with more bitter or earthy taste. Basically a bit more depth of flavour and hops than a regular lager.

The Ingredients

Well this German beer isn’t keeping to the German Purity laws anyway. The full list is…

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Flavouring
  • Hop extract
  • Citric acid

Hmm, if i had to guess what this tastes like based on those ingredients i would say nasty and chemically.

The Nutrition

Value per 100ml/100g
Alcohol 0.0%

The Look

Standard cheap looking beer bottle. Nothing fancy. It doesn’t even tell you what type of beer it is on the bottle. I would guess a lager or pilsner.

It’s a pale golden colour with not much head.

The Aroma

A mildly unpleasant scent form the glass. A bit like stale beer on a carpet in a pub during the day. A bit sweet and like stale lager

The Taste

Unfortunately the taste is as bad as the smell.

It doesn’t even really taste like a beer. If you were blindfolded you would struggle to say it was.

It’s quite sweet and there isn’t much if any hops. There is minimal bitterness and absolutely no body or depth.

This is easily the worst attempt at a non alcoholic or alcohol free beer i have tried. It’s nearly like a really flat, crap cider or something. It’s weird.

The Verdict

This is an avoid really. Beer isn’t dear and there are loads of better non alcoholic and alcohol free ones on the market without having to resort to this.

The Score

3/10. Only consume in a break glass event.

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

Simple one! Lidl in UK. No affiliate links with this one

Is Perlenbacher 0.0 halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Perlenbacher 0.0 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 Perlenbacher 0.0 gluten free?

Perlenbacher 0.0 is not gluten free.

As it is brewed complying with the Reinheitsgebot, nothing fancy can be added to break up the gluten

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

Is Perlenbacher 0.0 vegan?

Unknown, there is no information online and it is not listen on Barnivore. You may want to check with lidl or the company directly

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

Is Perlenbacher 0.0 really alcohol free?

Perlenbacher 0.0 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

Can i drink Perlenbacher 0.0 on medication?

The trace amount of alcohol in Perlenbacher 0.0 has no impact on the body and is fully fine in view of alcohol-intolerant medical treatment.

For medical and medicament purposes you should consider that Perlenbacher 0.0 is without alcohol (as it is).

Is it safe to drink Perlenbacher 0.0 when pregnant?

Perlenbacher 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.

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. 

A ripe banana can have up to 0.4% alcohol by volume. I have a full review of alcohol in common foods here, some of it is very surprising!

Is it safe to drink Perlenbacher 0.0 when breastfeeding?

Perlenbacher 0.0 is safe when breastfeeding. I have written a full article about non alcoholic drinks and breastfeeding here.

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 up to 0.73%. I have a full review of alcohol in common foods here, some of it is very surprising!

Does Perlenbacher 0.0 get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Perlenbacher 0.0

I crunched all the numbers and have written an article about how you can’t get drunk on 0.0% beer 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 Perlenbacher 0.0 and drive?

You can drink any amount of Perlenbacher 0.0 and be completely safe to 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%.

Review Overview

1.5 stars is being generous here, this is completely undrinkable.


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