I can’t believe I missed this one! Over 150 different alcohol-free reviews and I’ve only just gotten round to drinking a Beck’s Blue.
I am sure you are all familiar with Beck’s as a beer but if not here’s a quick synopsis. Beck’s (aka Brauerei Beck & Co.) started life in Bremen, Germany back in 1893; in fact the logo of the key is based on Bremen’s coat of arms.
What you may not know is that Beck’s was one of the first large brewers to launch alcohol-free beer in the UK, some thirty years ago … and boy have times changed for alcohol-free drinking!
Like other brewers, Beck’s creates their non-alcoholic beer by slowly removing the alcohol after fermentation to avoid impacting the taste. For regular visitors of MyDryBar you’ll also know that German’s have strict rules about brewing beer (Reinheitsgebot – the beer purity law) and Beck’s Blue also abides by that i.e. its ingredients are just yeast, hops, malt and water.
The question is, is Beck’s Blue a classic German drinker or one you should avoid? Well, you’ll just need to read below to find out.
Is Beck’s Blue any good?
I have been a fan of alcoholic Beck’s for years and there are some similar characteristics with the alcohol-free version. You certainly get quite the bitterness coming through from the hops and if anything it is actually more bitter than the alcoholic version. That said I did find it too bitter for me and I struggled to complete a full bottle. I think Beck’s has given it a good go at recreating their beer but it could have had some sweetness to balance the hop flavours.
Aroma & Appearance
Beck’s Blue certainly looks similar to the original Beck’s with its light, amber colour in the glass. However, just check out the head on that, super frothy thanks to some great carbonation.
Beck’s Blue certainly gets high scores for availability and I think it is possibly the best-stocked alcohol-free beer in UK supermarkets. It is also one of the lowest-calorie beers with less than 0.05% ABV (so virtually zero alcohol). That said it isn’t suitable for gluten-free drinkers (and I couldn’t find out if it was suitable for vegans).
Buy Beck’s Blue
At the time of writing, you can buy this non-alcoholic beer from most UK supermarkets such as Ocado (strangely the online specialist retailers don’t stock it).
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COST (at time of publication) – $2.99
– per 100ml
Type – Lager
Brewery – Beck’s
Country – Germany
Alcohol content – <0.05%
Calories – 15
Ingredients – Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast
Vegan friendly? – unknown
Gluten-free? – unknown
Availability UK/ EU – easy
Availability US/ CAN – medium
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