Brooklyn Special Effects

Brooklyn Special Effects lager is an American alcohol-free lager brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery (originally set up Steve and Tom – two advocates of good quality beer). Since its establishment in the late ‘80s Brooklyn Brewery has gone on to produce some great beers including a new alcohol-free lager – Special Effects.

Officially an American amber Lager, Brooklyn Special Effects uses bottom-fermenting lager yeast to produce a malty and tangy beer with a fruity aroma. To produce a beer with an alcohol content of 0.4% Brooklyn have used a ‘lazy’ yeast which doesn’t produce much alcohol, so they don’t need to remove it manually.

So were the special effects Oscar-winning or one for the Razzies? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below.

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Is Brooklyn Special Effects any good?

Taste

As expected, this alcohol-free lager was certainly hoppy. It had a crisp, sharp taste to it with a pleasant fruity tang. The beer wasn’t too carbonated and overall made for a refreshing, tasty beverage. My only gripe would be that it was a bit too sweet (likely due to the pale caramel and dark roasted Munich malt blend); a bitter edge would have helped address the sweetness. 

Aroma & Appearance

Brooklyn Special Effects certainly had an intense fruity smell to it. It was a bit like opening a jar of marmalade with the sweet smell of orange rind breaking through. In the glass, it had a dark amber look to it and once poured formed a low frothy head. 

Bonus points

Well, Brooklyn Brewery has certainly gone full force with the packaging and branding, creating a distinct and unique look to the beer which helps it stand out against others. This beer is vegan friendly but not gluten free. It is also relatively low in calories compared to other AF beers. Finally it is readily available in both supermarkets and online retailers so you shouldn’t have any issue in finding this beer. 

Buy Brooklyn Special Effects

At the time of writing, you can find this beer in a number of supermarkets. You can also find this beer from other alcohol-free specialist retailers.

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UK

If you are located in the UK or EU then check out the following online alcohol-free specialists. At the time of writing, you could purchase this drink from these companies but make sure you check availability and price.

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The Dry Drinker is a great allrounder when it comes to alcohol-free drinks with a great range of wines, beers and spirits.

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Wise Bartender
is a very well-respected alcohol-free retailer with a great selection of booze-free drinks and an easy-to-use site.

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If you are located in the USA or CANADA then check out the following online alcohol-free specialists. At the time of writing, you could purchase this drink from these companies but make sure you check availability and price.

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proof no more

Proof No More is a great new alcohol-free retailer that brings all the latest and greatest beers, spirits and more to your door. Check out their extensive collection of non-alcoholic drinks.

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drizly

Drizly is one of the USA’s leading online alcohol retailers with a burgeoning number of alcohol-free products to choose from. If you’re after drinks delivered to your door within 60 minutes then this is for you.

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Key information

– per 355ml

BreweryBrooklyn Brewery

Country – USA

Alcohol content – 0.4%

Calories – 102

Ingredients – water, hops, barley malt

Vegan friendly? – yes

Gluten-free? – no

Availability – relatively easy to find

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