Stella Liberte 0.0% Review. Belgian royalty


Stella Artois alcohol free beer which i bought and sampled for this review.

What type of beer is Stella Artois Alcohol Free?

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

Stella Artois Alcohol Free is a lager.

A lager is beer which has been brewed at a low temperature for a beer. Lagers can be dark, amber or pale. 

Pale lagers are the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer and this is an example of a pale lager.

This version is in the UK but in North America it is known as Liberte.

The Ingredients

The ingredients paint a good picture of a beer for me. The less the better!

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Hops
  • Sugar
  • Natural flavourings

Natural flavourings are all the rage but i do prefer when the flavour comes from the barley and hops! Added sugar is a worry as you should get all the sugar you need from the barley. It will be interesting to see the nutrition next.

The Nutrition

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
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 18kcal
Carbohydrate4.2g
Sugars0.8g
Nutrition Profile

These are impressive numbers. When you see a kcal/100ml of under 20 and added sugar of less and 1g/100g, you know they’ve made an effort to flavour the beer well and not just ram it with sweetness. This is a good start.

Is Stella Artois Alcohol Free really alcohol free?

Stella Artois Alcohol Free 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

The Look

The bottle is styled as a classic Stella bottle with the wrap over cap, big red badge and premium look. It looks like it should taste good.

The beer itself is a quite pale colour which doesn’t scream flavour at you. It did make a foamy head but as with all the alcohol free beers, it never lasts long.

The Aroma

For the first time in a while, when trying a lager, i don’t get the sweet, glucose syrup, wort smell. This is a good start. There is a bit of hops on the nose but i’m just pleased it doesn’t smell sweet before i drink it. Nor should it from the excellent nutrition profile.

The Taste

Well well well, that tastes like a Stella Artois! Now i’m not the biggest ever fan of it, i’ve had my fair share as a youth due to its high ABV, especially when on draft. But revisiting it now, having an alcohol free beer that tastes like a beer is the whole ball game.

They have walked the tightrope of low calorie, low sugar but decent flavour and mouthfeel nicely. Its not a fizzy water with a nod at beer. I wouldn’t go as far to say as its jam packed with hops like an IPA, as it is just a lager.

Mild hops and bitterness it does have and it is enough to keep you interested right to the bottom of the bottle.

This has the look of a premium product and its not far off, it is certainly one of the better big supermarket beers.

The Verdict

This is decent, it tastes like its alcoholic sibling and its got a decent nutrition profile. Stella have done well here.

The Score

7.5/10 – This is certainly one to pick up if you like a lager. It is worth paying a touch extra and avoiding the uber cheap rubbish.

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 Stella Artois Alcohol Free on medication?

The trace amount of alcohol in Birra Moretti Zero 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 Stella Artois Alcohol Free is without alcohol (as it is).

Is it safe to drink Stella Artois Alcohol Free when pregnant?

Stella Artois Alcohol Free 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 Stella Artois Alcohol Free when breastfeeding?

Stella Artois Alcohol Free 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 Stella Artois Alcohol Free get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Stella Artois Alcohol Free

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 Stella Artois Alcohol Free and drive?

You can drink any amount of Stella Artois Alcohol Free 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 Stella Artois Alcohol Free halal?

As a beer that contains zero alcoholic i think Stella Artois Alcohol Freecan 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 Stella Artois Alcohol Free gluten free?

Stella Artois Alcohol Free is not gluten free as it contains barley. They confirm on their website here.

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

Is Stella Artois Alcohol Free 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

For Australian readers, Craft Zero has a range of products, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 10% off

In the UK, check this out at Wise Bartender, a brilliant non alcoholic site

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Review Overview
SUMMARY

This is certainly one to pick up if you like a lager. It is worth paying a touch extra and avoiding the uber cheap rubbish.

3.8

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