Shallow Passion Pool Non Alcoholic Beer Review. A sour Mikkeller brew

What type of beer is Shallow Passion Pool

This is a passion fruit Gose.

Gose beers are all the rage these days. They originate from Goslar in Germany. A typical Gose will have at least 50% of its grain as malted wheat.

Dominant flavours in gose include a lemon sourness, a herbal characteristic, and a strong saltiness (the result of either local water sources or added salt).

About half of the Gose on the market also has the addition of fruit. The usually acidic fruit goes well with the acidic gose.

A gose is sour by using Lactobacillus bacteria which converts sugar to organic acids.

The Ingredients

I wonder if there will be any surprises. These days the only new ingredients i see tend to come for fancy sour and fruit beers.

Shallow Passion Pool includes…

  • Water 
  • Barley malt
  • Wheat Malt
  • Acidulted malt
  • Hops
  • Passionfruit
  • Yeast

The interesting ingredient here is the acidulated malt. It is a pale malt which has undergone lactic acid fermentation. The Lactobacillus bacteria are naturally in the malt. The purpose of adding it is to make the brew more acidic with a lower pH.

The Nutrition

So they are including a lot of acid. If you have ever ate a bit of passionfruit puree you will know it can make your mouth suck into a black hole. How will they counter this?

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 38kcal
Shallow Passion Pool Nutrition profile

My my, that is quite some carbs and sugar for a non alcoholic beer, resulting in one of the highest calories/100ml scores out there.

Im guessing it is going to need every bit of that sugar to make it drinkable.

The Look

The iconically styled people of the Mikkeller world are having a swim at the pool. They have certainly branded their beers well.

The “Beer” is a hugely vibrant passionfruit colour. You wouldn’t see it and think, beer, that is for sure

The Aroma

Like any citrus fruit beer, they hugely overpowering smell is of that particular citrus. There is no change here and all you get is a bit hit of passionfruit as soon as you open the can.

The Taste

For me that is just undrinkable. Do not even try and take a full mouthful from the off. You need to drip your toe in for a quick sip and see if you survive the quite extraordinary passionfruit acidity.

The carbs and sugar in this beer are off the charts in an attempt to tame the natural passion fruit acidicy. Well they have not managed it.

The whole experience is weird. In the first second you get a bit of sweetness then for the next 3-4 seconds you wished you took as smaller gulp as the mental passionfruit acid wells up and threatens to kill you. As it is dying away the sweetness comes back in and it is also too much.

As I say, this is undrinkable to me.

What are the positives? Well, you cant accuse it of not having body or flavour, it is like wrestling with a flavour alligator.

The Verdict

If you want a massive passionfruit acid rush and don’t care about drinking a large amount of sugar and carbs along with it then this is for you.

I don’t want any of these things so it is a hard pass.

The Score

4/10 – Not a beer I would buy again but I know there are people who will like it. It needs to be tried to be believed and you are not going to be complaining about a thin and watery beer here!

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 buy directly from Mikkeller at their website

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

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Is Shallow Passion Pool gluten free?

It does not appear that this beer is gluten free

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

Is Shallow Passion Pool vegan?

Shallow Passion Pool is vegan according to Mikkeller.

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

Review Overview

Not a beer I would buy again but I know there are people who will like it. It needs to be tried to be believed and you are not going to be complaining about a thin and watery beer here!


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