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Which Is the Best Non-Alcoholic Beer?

Updated on January 25, 2020
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Beer Has Health Benefits

There are a lot of beer drinkers, but they aren't fully aware of many benefits beer really has. Even with the health benefits of drinking beer, some people feel guilty for doing so. Instead, they prefer consuming a non-alcoholic beer. The beer section in the stores has so many regular beers and non-alcoholic beers that it is really hard to make a good decision about which one to select.

One site online has listed six of the most popular non-alcoholic beers to save people the trouble having to taste test them.

So, which are the best non-alcoholic beers?

What is Non-Alcoholic Beer?

Some beers that are labeled non-alcoholic do have a small amount of alcohol. For instance, beers containing less than 0.5% alcohol by volume can be legally called non-alcoholic. Therefore, before of the very low alcohol content, the beer can be legally sold to minors in most states.

It is very interesting that non-alcoholic beer was original alcoholic beer. It is considered non-alcoholic because the alcohol was taken out after the beer was made. Then the beer was carbonated and bottled just like regular beer.

Non-alcoholic beer is popular in Europe as a sports drink and athletes swear by it after a workout. Olympians used it at the recent winter games as a recovery drink.

Clausthaler Dry Hopped: The Best

According to taste testers, Clausthaler Dry Hopped beer comes closer to the real thing than any of the other non-alcoholic beers. That's because that particular brand looks and tastes like a regular beer because of its amber color and smell. Of six beers on the list of best non-alcoholic beers, Clausthaler Dry Hopped is considered to be the best because it is the closest to alcoholic beer.

O'Doul's: The Second Best

O'Doul's is also a good selection for a non-alcoholic beer. The beer has a musty smell and a bitter taste that give a good impression of a regular beer even though it isn't.

Beck's: The Third Best

A lot of people have heard about Beck's Non-Alcoholic Beer. That brand has a flavor so strong that some people can't believe that it is really a non-alcoholic beer. It really does have all the qualities of a regular beer even though it is the third best on the list.

The Six Best Non-Alcoholic Beers

Rank
Beer
Description
First
Clausthaler Dry Hopped
Looks and smells like regular beer with its amber color
Second
O'Doul's
Has a hint of mustiness and a touch of bitterness like alcoholic beer
Third
Beck's
Has strong flavor and tastes like regular beer without the alcohol
Fourth
Clausthaler Premium
Has pronounced flavor with a little foam
Fifth
Genesee Non-Alcoholic Beer s
Lacks the appeal of what a beer drinker wants.
Sixth
Labatt Blue Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage
Tastes more like a seltzer than like a beer

Clausthaler Premium - The Fourth Best

Remember that Clausthaler Dry Hopped was ranked in the number one position of being the best non-alcoholic beer. One might think Clausthaler Premium should rank in the first position instead of the fourth position since it is premium.

Taste testers say this particular beer has more pronounced flavor with a little foam which might remind people of a regular beer. The body of Clausthaler Premium is not flat like some of the other beers on this list.

Genesee Non-Alcoholic Beer: The Fifth Best

Genesee Non-Alcoholic Beer is on the list and is ranked fifth. This might not be a good choice for someone who wants the taste of a real beer. It will not hit the spot for someone who is looking for something a little stronger.

The bottom line is that Genesee doesn't have what a true beer drinker wants. The good news is there are better alternatives available. You just have to become your own taste tester.

Labatt Blue Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage: The Sixth Best

Labatt Blue Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage is the last of the beers tested, and it came in last for a very good reason. It tastes more like a seltzer than a beer. So, if you want the smell and taste of a beer, don't settle for this one.

Even though this beer is known to be fully mature and full-flavored, it does leave a sweet aftertaste.

Health Benefits of Drinking Alcoholic Beer

After consuming the beers listed above and not getting the satisfaction they are seeking, some people might change their preferences and decide to drink alcoholic beer after all.

To take advantage of the health benefits of drinking regular beer, know that men can drink two beers a day and women can drink one beer a day for the following health benefits:

  • reduces the risks of heart disease
  • maintains good cholesterol
  • increases bone density to prevent osteoporosis
  • improvement of eyesight especially for diabetics
  • lowers risk of kidney stones
  • cuts down the risk of a stroke
  • lowers the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
  • reduces the risk of cancer
  • relieves stress

People shouldn't feel guilty for drinking regular beer based on the list of health benefits.

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