Carlsberg 0.0

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A review of Carlsberg 0.0

ABV: 0.0%
Calories per bottle: 61 (22 per 100ml)
Score: 2 out of 5

When Carlsberg launched this zero-alcohol brew in 2015, it was inevitable that they’d claim it was “probably the best alcohol-free beer in the world”. Recognising that dry drinkers “still want the satisfaction of a great tasting beer”, they’re confident that’s what they’ve delivered. So, do we share their faith in Carlsberg 0.0?

If looks were everything, this would be a sure winner. It’s a genuinely stylish bottle and label. And it’s a tribute to the way Carlsberg has placed itself in the market that the first thing we thought of when we saw them was…football.

Sadly, we didn’t find that the taste matched the appearance. Some say that comparing alcohol-free beers to alcoholic ones is like comparing apples and oranges – they might both be nice but they’re not the same. Maybe. But the problem is that this doesn’t taste like any kind of beer. It’ll quench your thirst but only in the way any cold drink would – not in that “Ice Cold in Alex” way Carlsberg is meant to. In short, it’s a bit watery.

As with some other 0% beers we’ve tried, the root of the trouble may be that this one has been dialcoholised – it’s been brewed liked a beer and then had the alcohol taken out, either by some form of distillation or by something called reverse osmosis. In our experience, neither method does much for the flavour.

The best alcohol-free beer in the world? Not yet, sorry.