New kids on the block Freestar were born in 2019 with a mission … to create a tasty, 100% alcohol-free beer that has a low carbon footprint … no small feat!
So how did this ethical brand go about bringing its vision to life? Well, when it comes to producing beer Freestar decided to do things differently and skip the addition of yeast and ‘blend rather than brew’ high quality, hand-selected natural ingredients. By doing this they not only emit up to 90% less CO2, but also use 80% less water and create 70% less waste than all other traditional brewing methods. Round of applause there.
Since their introduction to the alcohol-free world Freestar has gone on to win awards and advocates across the globe so it was with a high expectation that we reviewed their beer. Read what we thought below.
Is Freestar beer any good?
On their site, they say they took 400+ recipes until they got one nailed and I think the hard work paid off. It certainly is one of the tastiest alcohol-free beers I’ve tried in some time. I liked the balance of sweet with a background of bitterness and it almost tasted like a subtle IPA given all the citrus notes.
Aroma & Appearance
Well, it certainly has a punchy aroma but to be honest it smells a little too artificial for my liking. I picked out all sorts of scents when I flipped the lid from bubblegum through to lemons. It was like lifting the lid on a Willy Wonka vat. When poured Freestar had a rich amber colour and actually a decent head which didn’t disappear after a few minutes.
Well as someone who gives a sh*t about the environment I am giving Freestar a bunch of extra points due to their green credentials. Also note that this beer is not only low calories , has 0% alcohol but its also vegan friendly and gluten-free. There’s a lot to like about Freestar’s ethos.
At the time of writing, you can purchase this alcohol-free lager from a large range of supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Morrisons. There are also a number of online specialists including Wise Bartender. At the moment we can’t see this beer in the US but hopefully, this will change soon.
Wise Bartender is a very well-respected alcohol-free retailer with a great selection of booze-free drinks and an easy-to-use site.
COST (at time of publication) – £2.29
– per 330ml
Type – lager
Brewery – Freestar
Country – UK
Alcohol content – 0%
Calories – 59
Ingredients – Water, Malted Barley (GF), Perle Hops, Other Natural Ingredients
Vegan friendly? – yes
Gluten-free? – yes
Availability UK/ EU – medium
Availability US/ CAN – hard
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