Do you want to enjoy a crisp, cold beer without the alcohol? In this post, I taste Beck’s non-alcoholic beer and provide some notes. Plus, I have included a summary of user reviews and compared Beck’s with other popular non-alcoholic beers in the same category, so you can decide whether or not this is the right NA beer for you.
Bottom line: If you’d like the short answer, I can’t recommend it. To me, Beck’s non-alcoholic beer tastes like beer and spoiled fruit were soaked together.
However, it is affordable and easy to find, in case you are still interested in trying it.
If you’re looking for the best non-alcoholic beer, check out my current top pick or the full list of reviews on the non-alcoholic beer page.
For more information on Beck’s NA beer, including tasting notes and comparisons with other non-alcoholic beers, keep reading below.
Beck’s the Brand
Founded in 1873, Beck’s is a German brewery that produces both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers. Their NA beer is available in over 60 countries, making it one of the most widely distributed NA products on the market. Beck’s is owned by parent company Anheuser-Busch, or AB inBev, who owns quite a few other breweries that also produce more na beers. There is also a US-based Beck’s in Missouri.
Becks Non-Alcoholic Beer: Tasting
Full disclosure: this is not the style of beer that I prefer, so I will give you the facts and let you decide for yourself if this fits your taste preferences.
How it tastes: Beck’s Non-Alcoholic smells slightly bitter but has a flavor I can only describe as the sweetness of spoiled fruit. While I didn’t expect much, this was even worse than I thought it would be. I am truly sorry I ever tasted this, but I did it for you. You’re welcome.
How it’s made: Before alcohol can be produced, Beck’s brewmasters stop the fermentation process to avoid creating alcohol. Lots of non-alcoholic craft beers are made like this, attempting to build up the flavors, rather than risk removing them with the alcohol later.
Beck’s NA vs Other Popular Non-Alcoholic Beers
When comparing Beck’s with other na beers, I stuck to some in the same category, and will save na craft beer for another day.
Compared to O’doul’s Golden and Budweiser Zero beers, Beck’s doesn’t stand a chance. Of the three, Budweiser Zero is hands-down the best. It’s crisp and refreshing, two words I would not use to describe Beck’s Non-Alcoholic Beer.
Beck’s Non-Alcoholic Beer Reviews
After finding over a hundred user reviews of Beck’s non-alcoholic beer across various websites, I decided to summarize the results. Out of all the reviews, I scanned beyond the stars and only focused on the written reviews. Here are a few of the most common sentiments:
-35% said Beck’s non-alcoholic beer was great, and 6 even mentioned it was their favorite. 21% described it as being pretty good, while 17% called it “just ok.”
-27% of user reviews described drinking Beck’s as a bad experience. Of these reviews, the term “skunky” was common.
-Flavors: the most common tasting notes mentioned the flavor of malt, skunk, and sweet
-20% said it tasted like real beer
Is there alcohol in Beck’s non-alcoholic beer?
There is a very small amount of alcohol in Beck’s non-alcoholic beer: less than 0.5%, which is the allowable amount to classify a beer as “non-alcoholic.”
Is Becks non-alcoholic beer good for you?
The phrase “good for you” might be a stretch, but drinking non-alcoholic beer may hold some surprising health benefits. Consult your doctor or a dietitian with health questions, especially if you have a health condition.
How many calories are in a Becks non-alcoholic beer?
There are 68 calories in one 12oz can of Beck’s non-alcoholic beer, which is less than half the calories found in Beck’s alcoholic beer. It’s also similar in calories to O’doul’s non-alcoholic brews.
Where to Buy Beck’s Non-Alcoholic Beer
It’s fairly easy to find Beck’s na beer in-person. Many grocery stores and wine and spirits retailers carry it.
If you want to try it alongside some others, check out this fun NA beer variety pack (link to check price on Amazon).
Many Whole Foods carry Beck’s, and you can get it same-day via Amazon Prime delivery if this service is in your area.
Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Malt Extract, Hops
Nutrition: Per 12oz bottle: 68 Calories, Fat 0g, Carbohydrates 14.6g, Protein 1.2g*
*details were found on the brand website or product and might be subject to change.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive non-alcoholic beer, Beck’s might work for you. I prefer craft beers and IPA and don’t think it’s even high on the list of the other big brands’ non-alcoholic beer in terms of flavor. After I tasted this myself, I was surprised to find so many positive reviews, but that just proves that taste is subjective.
According to other users’ tasting reviews, you might enjoy Beck’s non-alcoholic beer if you like Beck’s alcoholic beer but don’t want to drink alcohol. The good news is the barrier to entry to try Beck’s NA beer is fairly low, at under $10 per 6-pack.
Hopefully, this review helps you choose the right non-alcoholic beer for you. Cheers!
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