The Top 20 Non-Alcoholic Beers (2022)
The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer. Low and no-alcohol beers may be a drop in the bucket of total U.S. beer sales, but as more options become available the volume of NA beer is expected to increase by nearly 11% in 2022, according to Global Market Insights it’s impossible to ignore their growing prominence in boutique beer shops and health conscious craft beer drinking communities.
We tasted nearly 50 different NA beer brands to find the best non-alcoholic beers on the market right now.
Whether you’re a pale ale or amber fan looking for caramel malty sweet notes, a tropical flavored hop lover with a penchant for hard seltzers, or someone who has never tried NA beer before, there’s something for everyone.
Here are The Top 20 Non Alcoholic Beers to Try Right Now
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
A non-alcoholic IPA tastes like wet cardboard at its worst. It tastes like IPA at its best. The appearance, aromas, and flavours of Partake IPA are reminiscent of an old school West Coast IPA.
It pours a deep orange colour with a caramel-scented nose. On the palate, it’s crisp and flavorful, with an almost malty sweetness that’s actually quite bitter and pleasantly so. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Adams, Samuel Only the Haze in Boston
Only the Haze delivers in terms of visuals: It’s a bright yellow orange liquid with a frothy head that’s nearly as opaque as orange juice.
It has a malty nose with a ripe banana note, and a fruity and juicy flavour with a spicy hop finish. It’s not dissimilar to Samuel Adams’ New England IPA Radler in Calgary, Canada.
This radler is made with Partake’s non-alcoholic blonde ale mixed with citrus juices such as grapefruit, orange, and lemon. It’s similar to an Arnold Palmer a type of flavoured seltzer or sparkling tea with a very spritzy silky texture that’s fruity sweetness, tart, but instead begging to be spiked with vodka. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Wellbeing Heavenly Form St Louis Golden Wheat
Light Gold with Wispy Highlights
With a head of freshly milled grains, witbier reminiscent of Ommegang Witte, and a toasted sourdough flavour, this Golden Wheat is a must-try. It’s bright and sharp, with metallic and mineral flavours, a hint of apple or white grape juice, and a zesty finish.
Mango Cart Golden Road NA
Los Angeles, California
This alcohol-free wheat ale, a sunny, hazy yellow sight in the glass, is all mango from start to finish: scented as sweet, ripe mango dripping down your chin fresh mango flesh flavour; and so fruity, it’s like drinking sparkling mango juice with a hint of wheat on the finish. This goes well with blanco tequila or vodka. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
IPA Brooklyn Special Effects
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn’s first NA IPA is citrusy and herbal on the palate, with a candy-like aroma and light body. Citrus notes are candy-like (think orange Skittles), with traces of dried herbs like sage and thyme. Though the aromas, flavours, and ultra-light body do not fool anyone into thinking this is an IPA, it does remind me of tropical lime seltzer. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
West Coast Untitled Art IPA
The aroma of aged hops pervades this golden, cloudy NA West Coast IPA. It has a fruity and bright flavour with hints of red berries. The body is well-balanced, and the finish is botanical and bitter.
Florida Weisse Untitled Art
Florida Weisse, a non-alcoholic version of the same beer, is coral-pink and exceptionally aromatic.
Untitled Art’s name is strikingly similar to a fruited Berliner Weiss-style sour ale. Its aromas of guava, strawberry, and passion fruit are so strong that we salivated just from the smell. A sip is like biting into a fresh, sour, seedy passionfruit. This is a surprising and delicious addition to the NA sour beer scene.
Art Italian Pilsner Untitled
Another popular option from Untitled Art, this has a sweet wort aroma but tastes bitter and crisp (as an Italian-style pils should). We’re big fans of the Italian-style pilsner trend, so this was a tough sell for us but we’re sold. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Every year, Heineken 0.0 is a standout in non-alcoholic beer tastings, and the fact that it tastes, well, Heineken. It smells and feels like a Heineken.
Citrus Wheat from Rightside Brewing
Soft, citrusy, and lemon-scented, this tastes so much like a lemony American Wheat Ale that we had to double and triple check the label. (ABV less than 0.5 percent confirmed.) It’s one of the best NA beers we’ve ever had and one of the best beers we’ll be drinking all summer. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Victory Wheat from Wellbeing Brewing
The short description printed on this impressive 16-ounce tallboy can is “Sports brew with a hint of orange.” It’s not a suggestion: it’s orange. We get orange water, orange blossom, and grapefruit on the nose and palate.
Even for a near beer, it’s lighter than air like orange sparkling water to crush on a hot summer day, or “when you’re at a cookout and want another beer but also want to pace yourself,” as one taster put it.
A second taste revealed that it contains electrolytes and other nutrients for post-sweat refreshment and replenishment.
IPA Untitled Art Juicy
This hazy NA IPA is soft and pillowy on the palate, with tropical citrus and herbal notes. The finish has a prickly, hop-pellet bitterness, but the texture of this beer is impressive it has body, balance, and fortitude. “It actually tastes like a juicy IPA,” one panellist said, and it is the closest thing to a “real” hazy IPA we’ve had in NA beer. Special Effects in Brooklyn Amber is cheerful.
Brooklyn, New York
Hoppy Amber by Brewery was one of the first non-alcoholic beers on the market, and it remains one of the best today. On the nose and palate, it smells like a brew day milled grain, sweet wort and has black tea notes. It’s still very light in comparison to a full-strength amber ale, but at 95 calories, it’s a worthy substitute. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Original Clausthaler (formerly Clausthaler Classic)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Clausthaler, a non-alcoholic beer pioneer that is now exported to over 50 countries, has an aroma of freshly milled grain followed by balanced malty and bitter flavours on the palate. This beer’s nuance is expertly complex; it’s a little sweet at first, but a wave of flavour arrives for the finish.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier ohne Alkohol
The best part about alcohol-free Weihenstephaner is that it still tastes like Weihenstephaner. The centuries-old Bavarian brewery has been producing Hefeweissbier since the 1500s, and its North American version lives up to expectations, with all the flavour and distinct banana ester aroma we expect, as well as a short, bitter finish. It looks like Weihenstephaner light.
Dawn Golden, Athletic Brewing
Citrus and cereal flavours complement each other in this crisp, hoppy NA golden ale that’s so good you’ll be three-quarters of the way through before you realise it’s alcohol-free. This is an underappreciated brew in Athletic’s portfolio that has just as much X factor as its more celebrated NA IPAs. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Run Wild IPA by Athletic Brewing
As Hop aromas fill the air as soon as this can cracks open. It has a hazy golden colour in the glass and a light, bright, and softly carbonated palate. It’s no surprise that Run Wild is the brewery’s most decorated label: it’s fresh, clean, balanced, and bitter without any lingering bitterness.
All Out Stout by Athletic Brewing
Stout fans looking for a break from bourbon barrel aged or s’mores-flavored pastry stouts (which, of course, have their place) will love this NA offering from Athletic. It’s chocolaty, roasty, and marshmallow-y while remaining feather light, and it’s a good one to keep on hand. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Free Wave DIPA by Athletic Brewing
Free Wave has been a favourite of ours since it first debuted in 2017.
In the North American market, there is room for all types of IPAs. Although it has a less overtly hoppy nose than traditional (alcoholic) double IPAs, it has a more robust flavour than other NA IPAs. It has a fuller body, a frothier head and texture, and is, in a word, “more” more robust, bitter, and flavorful than many NA IPAs on the market.
What are The Top Five Non Alcoholic Beers? (Based on Sales)
The top-selling non-alcoholic beers, according to Drizly’s Bev Alc Insights, are Heineken Non-Alcoholic 0.0, Athletic Fermentation Run Wild Non Alcoholic IPA, Section IPNA, Clausthaler Iconic Non-Alcoholic, and Manhattan Special Effects Hoppy Amber Non Alcoholic Brew. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Is it Safe to Drink Non Alcoholic Beer on a Regular Basis?
Non-alcoholic beer, like anything else, is acceptable.Consume in moderation. Though non-alcoholic beer does not contain alcohol and is a good substitute for regular beer, it has very little nutritional value and should be avoided in excess. (The Top 20 Co Op Non Alcoholic Beer)
Is it True That All Non Alcoholic Beers are Completely Alcohol Free?
No. Beer containing less than 0.5 percent alcohol can be labelled as alcohol-free in the United States. If you want to avoid alcohol entirely, make sure to carefully read the label before consuming.