Peroni Libera Alcohol Free Beer Review


Peroni libera beer i bought and drank for this review

Peroni is a European powerhouse. It is currently the UK’s 6th most drank beer and in most EU countries top 10s.

How will their foray into the non alcoholic world fair, Peroni Libera, which means “free” in Italian.

About Peroni

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

Peroni dates back to 1846, when it was founded by Francesco Peroni in Italy. Until recently the brand was owned by SABMiller but as part of the merger with AB InBev, it was sold to Japanese brewery Asahi.

The two most popular beers from the stable are Peroni and their premium beer Nastro Azzurro. Nastro is a bit more alcoholic (5.3% vs 4.7%) and a bit more malty and hoppy.

Peroni is the companies original brand and the best selling beer in Italy. It is made with barley malt, maize, hop pellets and hop extract.

This (Peroni) is the beer the company choose to make an alcohol free version of for the growing non alcoholic beer market.

You can buy now on Amazon by clicking through to the link.

Nutrition

The nutrition data is alway telling in the non alcoholic world. Have they tried to replace the alcohol with sugar or have they tried to brew in lots of flavour?

Calories – 22kcal per 100ml

Carbohydrate – 5.3g

Sugar – 3g

Alcohol – 0.0% ABV

Hmm, seems like Peroni has gone down the sugar route, will there be flavour too?

Type of Beer

Peroni Libera is an Italian style lager

The Look

Light standard lager colour with a sparse head that goes quickly.

The Aroma

There isn’t a huge amount of aroma. Maybe just a bit of a hoppy bitter smell.

The Taste

It’s nicer than the Heineken I tasted. You can see my review of that here. There isn’t as many weird floral fragrant notes. That said, it’s only just better.

Light on the hops and malt would be a criticism but it is a lager. 

It doesn’t feel too watery or empty but equally isn’t packed with flavour. This is because it has quite a bit of sugar in it to make up for the mouthful and body.

You would ideally want more flavour from hops and malt rather than sugar for body, the best lagers do this brilliantly.

Some of my top ranked lagers are very low or no sugar. I reviewed Lucky Saint and BrewDog Nanny State who pull off the low sugar but super flavour switch perfectly.

It’s a ok session lager tho. I think you could 4-5 before the sweetness would get to you, there are sweeter beers out there.

Its one of the better big brand massed produced lagers. 

The Verdict

It’s ok, freely available, you’ll not hate it but with a bit of looking you can get some incredible lagers instead.

The Score

6.5/10. Not the worst ever but not the best.

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

Light Drinks in the UK have them and if you use the discount code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get 5% off

You can of course click through to Amazon to see if they are cheaper

In Australia you can get 10% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE at CraftZero

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Is it safe to drink Peroni Libera when pregnant?

Peroni Libera 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 Peroni Libera when breastfeeding?

Peroni Libera 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 Peroni Libera get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Peroni Libera

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 Peroni Libera and drive?

You can drink any amount of Peroni Libera and be completely safe to drive.

You can reasonably drink up to 400 bottles of 12 fl oz alcohol free beer (<0.05% ABV) without increasing your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.

Is Peroni Libera halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Peroni Libera 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 Peroni Libera gluten free?

Peroni Libera is not gluten free as it contains barley. Peroni have GF version of alcoholic beer.

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

Is Peroni Libera vegan?

Yes. It is also listed on barnivore.com as vegan.

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

Review Overview
Score
SUMMARY

It's ok, freely available, you'll not hate it but with a bit of looking you can get some incredible lagers instead.

3.3

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