Nittenauer Le Chauffeur Non Alcoholic Beer Review


What type of beer is Le Chauffeur?

Le Chauffeur is styled as a FreIPA which i think means it is a non alcoholic IPA.

In India Pale Ale (IPA) is a hop forward style of ale. Ales are top fermenting, at warm temperatures with ale yeast.

There are many type of IPA these days, often named after the area of popularity and specialising in citrus, pine or tropical hop flavours and well as double and triple IPAs.

Le Chauffeur was the winning beer of the European Beer Star 2019 in the Non-Alcoholic Ale category and was awarded the gold medal.

The Ingredients

Most German beers come under the German purity law, which limits ingredients the the main 4. Usually this is for lagers and pilsners so will this IPA also just have the basics?

Le Chauffeur includes

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Hops 
  • Yeast

That is the big four. Im very pleased that is the entire lis as well. If you cant make a great beer from these ingredients then you shouldn’t be brewing.

Not a “natural flavouring” in site here and rightly so. I love a German beer!

The Nutrition

A lot of German beers, more usually the wheat beers (Schneider Weisse, Erdinger etc), have quite a high amount of both carbohydrate and sugar, resulting in a relatively high calorie total.

They do this to be “isotonic”. That means the salts and sugars in the beer are in the same concentration as your blood, allowing for faster absorption.

If you would like to know more about isotonic beers then you can read my article on it here

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.34%
Calories 32kcal
Carbohydrate6.8g
Sugars3.4g
Le Chauffeur Nutrition Stats

Well there you go. The nutrition stats are firmly in the isotonic range and resulting in a pretty high calorie count.

I can forgive them this because by in large, they don’t squander the carbs and sugar. They use them to create real body and mouthfeel that adds significantly to the beer. If you are going to drink a high calorie beer (for a non alcoholic beer), then it better be delicious.

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

The Look

It is quite a busy label in a foreign language so as such it doesn’t really jump out at you to buy.

The beer itself is a dark, dirty orange almost like a saison. It seems to be unfiltered and needs time to settle which is adding to the dirty quality.

The Aroma

It smells delicious tho. Roasted malt into caramel and toffee mixed with some lighter citrus hops. 

The Taste

The taste lives up to the smell here. The caramel malt fills up your mouth and then in comes the bitterness and more of an orange citrus than lemon. It verges into a Belgian white type beer with the big moutheel and orange flavours.

Im not sure in a blind taste test you would pick this as an IPA but I’ll not split hairs. It is that thick you could have it for dinner. They have put the high carbs and calories to very good use here

Along with the body the mouthfeel is huge and creamy, at no point are you wondering where alcohol might be.

This is an ale lovers IPA rather than a citrus and pine, IPA nut. That suits me just fine.

The Verdict

Big, creamy, malty, caramel beer with orange citrus bitterness. What’s not to like?

The Score

9/10 – It is just a pity they can’t reduce the calories and carbs somewhat but then the body and mouthfeel would inevitably suffer.

In fact, come to think of it, Indiewave by Ceria is basically the same for lower calories.

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

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Is Nittenauer Le Chauffeur gluten free? 

No, Le Chauffeur is not gluten free. Very few European beers are.

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

Is Nittenauer Le Chauffeur vegan?

No, Le Chauffeur is not 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
SUMMARY

It is just a pity they can’t reduce the calories and carbs somewhat but then the body and mouthfeel would inevitably suffer.

4.5

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