The 50 Lowest Calorie Non Alcoholic Beers


This is a list of 50 of the lowest calorie, non alcoholic beers on the market. 48 of them are non alcoholic beers i have personally drank and reviewed on this site and 2 which i have not. However, I was unable to leave them out as they are the joint lowest calorie beers in the world!

The 50 Lowest Calorie Non Alcoholic Beers

I would say, right after the fact there is no alcohol, the next biggest reason someone may try or switch to non alcoholic beers is for the huge calorie saving on offer.

I have written a very detailed overview of how much lower non alcoholic beers are in calories versus alcoholic beers, you can read it all here

The executive summary is that the average non alcoholic beer contains 22.6kcal per 100ml and 80.1kcal per 12fl oz.

The average alcoholic beer has 153kcal per 12fl oz and the average non alcoholic beer has 80.1kcal per 12fl oz, that means the average non alcoholic beer has 72.9kcal less overall.

This equates to the average non alcoholic beer having just 52.24% of the calories of an average alcoholic beer and you save 47.76% of the calories.

Ok, so now you know what the average number of calories a non alcoholic beer has, what are all the ones below average, right?!

The 5 lowest calorie non alcoholic beers in the world

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

There is a big range between even the top 5 and the 50th lowest calorie beer i can find. The top 5 are in a league of their own having under 25kcal per 12fl oz serving.

The full list of 50 beers is below but i will expand on the top 5 in a bit more detail…

1. Partake Pale

Partake Pale is one of a pair of Partake beers, along with their IPA, that has the frankly crazy low calorie total of just 2.8kcal per 100ml and 10kcal per 12fl oz.

It manages this by having 0g of carbs. Yes, you read that right, 0g of carbs. It is the only beer in the world, to my knowledge, that has managed this feat.

Whilst i have not been able to review it myself so far, the online and social media reviews are very positive.

2. Partake IPA

The other side of the matching pair of Partake beers, their IPA also have a mental 2.8kcal per 100ml and 10kcal per 12fl oz. That is quite extraordinary, isn’t it.

Their IPA has just 2g of carbs, which is still probably the 2nd lowest out there but they have got the total calorie count to equal the Pale.

Similarly with their Pale, i have not managed to review it yet (geographical issues) but it was impossible to leave out of this list due to its world leading calorie count. Internet and social media reviews are more that positive so if you like low calorie beers, this is a must try if you can get it.

3. UNLTD. IPA

Finally that lowest calorie non alcoholic beer which i have personally reviewed.

UNLTD. IPA weighs in with 4kcal per 100ml and 14.2kcal per 12fl oz. Whilst this is still mind-blowing, it is somehow 40% higher in calories than the Partake pair.

UNLTD. have gone the route of adding maltodextrin to the beer. Maltodextrin is a white powder made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat. It has been added here as it is flavourless and doesn’t contain calories but will add to the body and mouthfeel of the beer.

They thought their beer needs some bulking as there are only 1g of carbs per 100ml or 3.55g per 12fl oz. I thought it tasted fantastically and it made it into number 14 of my best beers list

4. BrewDog Nanny State

This is probably the most widely available low calorie non alcoholic beer in the world and one of the originals.

With 6kcal per 100ml and 21.3kcal per 12fl oz, it is still hugely low in calories. It has only 3.55g of carbs per 12fl oz, just like UNLTD but instead of going for maltodextrin, they have gone crazy on the flavour with 8 malts and 5 hops combining to a special brew.

It snuck in at 11th on my overall list of best non alcoholic beers

5. Drop Bear Tropical IPA

Rounding out the top 5 is this tropical IPA from Drop Bear.

This has 6.5kcal per 100ml and 23.1kcal per 12fl oz. It also only has 0.5g of carbs per 100ml and 1.8g carbs per 12fl oz.

Unfortunately, and unlike Nanny State and UNLTD. i did not think Drop Bear got this right. It was certainly hoppy and bitter but i didn’t think it was in balance and felt quite thin.

BeerType of beerABVCalories (kcal)/100mlCalories (kcal)/12fl oz% of average alcoholic beer
Partake PalePale Ale0.30%2.8106.5%
Partake IPAIPA0.30%2.8106.5%
UNLTD.IPA0.50%414.29.3%
Nanny StateAle0.50%621.314%
Drop Bear Tropical IPAIPA0.50%6.523.07515.1%
Top 6 lowest calorie beers

The 50 lowest non alcoholic beers table

The table below has the 50 lowest calorie non alcoholic beers that i can find. I have reviewed all but 2 of them. Happy drinking!

BeerType of beerABVCalories (kcal)/100mlCalories (kcal)/12fl oz
Partake PalePale Ale0.32.810
Partake IPAIPA0.32.810
UNLTD.IPA0.5414.2
Nanny StateAle0.5621.3
Drop Bear Tropical IPAIPA0.56.523.075
Drop Bear Yuzu Pale AlePale Ale0.5828.4
Nirvanan Hoppy Pale AlePale Ale0.5931.95
Infinite Session IPAIPA0.51035.5
MinusIPA0.51035.5
Infinite Session LagerHelles Lager0.51035.5
NEIPA The Cosmic TurtleNEIPA0.51035.5
Lost AFLager0.51035.5
FlensburgerRadler0.51035.5
Infinite Session BestBest Bitter0.51035.5
Are Wheat There YetWheat0.51035.5
Furstenberg Pils 0.0%Pilsner01139.05
Infinite Session PaleAmerica Pale Ale0.51139.05
Coba MayaLager0.51139.05
UptimeLager0.511.841.89
FieldhopperGolden Ale0.512.444.02
Doom Bar ZeroAle01346.15
Southwold Pale AlePale Ale0.51346.15
Carlsberg 0.0Pilsner01449.7
Becks BluePilsner01449.7
Budweiser ZeroLager01449.7
Upside DawnGolden Ale0.51449.7
Drop Bear New World LagerIndia Pale Lager0.51449.7
Punk AF IPA0.51553.25
Budvar NealkoLager0.515.555.025
Guinness 0.0Stout01656.8
FruhKolsch01656.8
Drink’in in the sun Wheat0.31656.8
Pica NovaWest Coast IPA0.31656.8
Lucky Saint 0.5%Lager0.51656.8
WildtrackAPA0.51656.8
Double StrikeSour0.51656.8
Corona CeroLager01760.35
Drop Bear Bonfire StoutStout0.51760.35
Stella Artois Alcohol FreeLager01863.9
Rothaus Tannenzäpfle 0.4%Pilsner0.41863.9
Pine TrailPale Ale0.518.565.675
ParadisoCitra IPA0.518.565.675
AmbarPilsner01967.45
Free StarLager01967.45
Run WildIPA0.51967.45
A Ship Full Of IPAIPA02071
Nirvana StoutStout02071
Free DammLager02071
Birra Moretti ZeroLager02071
Nirvana PorterPorter0.52071
Estrella GaliciaPilsner02174.55
Heineken 0.0Lager02174.55
Sam's Brown AleBrown Ale0.42174.55

Why are there no 0.0% beers in the top 15 lowest calorie beers?

This comes down to how and why beers are either brewed with 0.0% alcohol or 0.5% alcohol.

It tends to be the big beer brands that maybe have an alcoholic equivalent which brew 0.0% beers. They do this by dealcoholizing an alcoholic beer. This means the beers tend to have similar or slightly higher carbs and sugar than the original beer would have had, which is never that low usually.

The craft brewers use entirely different techniques to brew a 0.5% beer from the outset which doesn’t then need dealcoholized at the end. They can then control more closely the carb and therefore calorie count from the outset.

You read much more about why some beers are 0.0% and others are 0.5%, you can read it in my specific article here

Why are the lowest calorie non alcoholic beers hoppy ales?

It might be surprising to you to see that there are no “plain” lagers in the top 10. It might seem counterintuitive that the most abundant beer can’t be made with the fewest calories.

The answer is usually flavour. To elevate a non alcoholic beer from flavoured fizzy water you need either good body or bags of flavour.

To create body, you need alcohol (not an option in a non alcoholic beer), carbs and sugar (which increase the calories) or sometimes a no calorie bulking agent like maltodextrin. so to be really low calorie, it is difficult to have big body to the beer.

That leaves flavour, to elevate the beer above fizzy water. Lagers are malt heavy and not particularly hoppy, apart from a pilsner which can be a bit more hop heavy. It is difficult to have a really malty lager which how they are brewed. However, some pale ales and in particular IPAs, can be made with lots of hops and feel full of hoppy bitterness which makes them very beer like despite hardly any calories in the for of carbs.

Take Nanny State for an example, they use 8 different malts and 5 different hops to create a hugely flavourful beer on a shoestring calorie budget. This type of brewing is very very difficult for a lager.

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