Ah San Miguel, the beer synonymous with Spanish summer sun.
Many have enjoyed this either at home or on holiday so their 0.0% alcohol free beer is be an interesting one.
Will it live up to the memories of a crisp cold beer on the beach?
About San Miguel
Rather surprisingly, San Miguel beer started out life in Stout East Asia in around 1890. A group of Spaniards wanted to opening the first brewery out there were beer was almost unheard of. That is certainly news to me!
Fast forward to 2001 and San Miguel launched the first 0.0 beer in Spain. All previous non alcoholic beers that had up to 0.5% alcohol.
Now San Miguel is sold in over 40 countries and is a house hold name across Europe.
What type of beer is San Miguel 0.0?
San Miguel 0.0 is a pilsner lager.
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.
I much prefer the added hops in a pilsner vs a lager. The Europeans know their beers.
The ingredients paint a good picture of a beer for me. The less the better!
- malted barley
- carbon dioxide
Pretty much as expected. Except for the German style beers which stick to water, barley, hops and yeast, most beers have some “natural flavourings”. You would like to know what these are tho.
Like the ingredients, the nutrition profile is important, especially in a non alcoholic beer. You ideally want all the flavour without lots of added sugar.
|Values per 100ml or 100g|
Not the best nutrition profile but far from the worst. There is a decent bit of carbs but my finger in the air bench mark for too much sugar is around 2g in a lighter beer, so it just squeezes in under that threshold.
Is San Miguel 0.0 really alcohol free?
San Miguel 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
Classic San Miguel styling on the bottle.
There is a slightly more golden or dark colour than a pure lager, which entices me in. The head doesn’t last too long.
Im supposed to serve this in a tulip glass.
Not piles of flavour jumping out at me. Perhaps a slight sweetness and faint hoppy warmth. I hope there is more flavour than aroma, although most lighter beers doesn’t give the nose much of a work out do they.
There is more going on in my mouth than there was in my nose thankfully.
There is slightly more body and depth than I was expecting which i expect is from the sugar. Ive been drinking mostly ultra low sugar and calorie beers recently and whilst refreshing, they don’t quite give you the mouthfeel that even a little bit of sugar does.
Confession time – i have fond memories of San Miguel from going on Balearic Island lads holiday when 18-21 years old. This transports me back to then and its a good memory. The San Miguel 0.0 is a good match for its alcoholic relative
As it’s a pilsner, i’m getting more bitterness and hops than a regular lager which is helping substitute for the missing alcohol.
If you are comparing this vs its peers, they would be the other big supermarket beers.
In terms of pure beer flavour it is better than Heineken 0.0 or Peroni Libera, certainly than Budweiser Zero. Maybe around equal with Beck’s Blue. You can see my reviews on them by clicking the links.
My wife tried “it’s very beer like”
Nostalgia maybe getting the better of me but i like a pilsner and i quite like San Miguel 0.0. It is perhaps on the sweet side but just the right side of drinkable. Top of the supermarket non alcoholic beers for me.
7.5/10 – maybe it reminds me of my party holidays but i quite liked it. I would buy it again.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Can i drink San Miguel 0.0 on medication?
The trace amount of alcohol in San Miguel 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 San Miguel 0.0 is without alcohol (as it is).
Is it safe to drink San Miguel 0.0 when pregnant?
San Miguel 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 San Miguel 0.0 when breastfeeding?
San Miguel 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 San Miguel 0.0 get you drunk?
No, you can not get drunk drinking San Miguel 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 San Miguel 0.0 and drive?
You can drink any amount of San Miguel 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%.
Is San Miguel 0.0 halal?
As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think San Miguel 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 San Miguel 0.0 gluten free?
San Miguel 0.0 is not gluten free as it contains barley. San Miguel do have a gluten free beer tho.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is San Miguel 0.0 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.
Where to buy
You can check out the latest prices on Amazon here
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In the UK, check this out at Wise Bartender, a brilliant non alcoholic site
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Notes from San Miguel
And you’ll find its aroma reminiscent of hop flowers, grass and notes of cereal. It has a moderate bitterness and is slightly sweet on the finish. A full-bodied and textured 0.0 beer.
With delicate dishes such as seafood or oven-baked fish. Because a San Miguel 0.0 is just as delicate a beer. And if contrast is your thing, try marinated and spicy dishes with chilli, paprika and hot peppers. This beer goes with everything.
A very good big supermarket pilsner. Spanish sun indeed.