Alcohol-free Doom Bar
Doom Bar Zero is the alcoholic version of the popular amber ale Doom Bar (brewed by Sharps Brewery). The name itself comes from the infamous Doom Bar sandbank that lies at the mouth of the Camel Estuary in Cornwall; notorious for its tricky navigation.
Given its popularity, it wasn’t really a surprise to see that Doom Bar came out with an alcohol-free version to cater for those preferring a more sober life.
Doom Bar remove the alcohol after brewing leaving a beer that is less than 0.05% ABV containing the usual ingredients of water, barley malt, hops plus ascorbic acid and added sugar.
So was this alcohol-free bar ‘Doom’ and gloom or wonder to behold? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below to find out.
Is Doom Bar Zero any good?
It isn’t great, to be honest, it has a very thin feel in the mouth with too much carbonation. You do get a background of sweet malt but not much else. It’s like someone has added a small dose of full-fat Doom Bar to a bottle of soda stream fizzy water. What’s more, there was an odd ‘organic’ aftertaste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on and was quite unpleasant. Overall a pretty poor show from such as reputable brewer.
Aroma & Appearance
Doom Bar Zero did have the appearance of an alcoholic Doom Bar when poured into the glass with its dark amber look. There was even a fairly decent head on the beer which was a bonus. On the nose, you certainly get sweet malt aromas similar to the taste.
This is one of the lowest-calorie alcohol-free ales at just 13 Kcals per 100ml. It is also vegan friendly but not gluten-free. Availability wise you can find this beer in most supermarkets and stocked by a number of online specialists.