Gruvi makes several different non-alcoholic beverages, from alcohol free beer to non-alcoholic wine in two sparkling styles. In this review, we’ll explain how each Gruvi beer tastes and whether or not they are flavor substitutes or delicious new alcohol free beverages.
So whether you’re looking for a new drink to try or just want to learn more about Gruvi, read on!
Gruvi’s Alcohol Free Beverages
Gruvi is a Canadian company known for its range of alcohol free beers. These come in a variety of styles. A couple of other beverages they create are sparkling wine substitutes, a bubbly similar to prosecco, and sparkling rosé, though this review will only explore the beers.
One of the great things about Gruvi is the company’s commitment and goal to promote health and wellness. I am always on the lookout for the healthiest options when it comes to non-alcoholic beverages, and I consider everything from nutrition content to ingredient transparency and processes used.
Gruvi is impressive on this subject, with several of their non-alcoholic beers being completely free of fat, sugar, and containing very few calories. On top of that, some of their drinks contain very little or no gluten and very little or 0% alcohol. For reference, the maximum allowed for non-alcoholic beverages is 0.5%.
How to Choose the Right Beer for Your Taste Preferences
Below are the styles of Gruvi beer being reviewed and what the traditional flavor profiles typically taste like.
In the individual reviews of the products, we will discuss whether or not they match or are acceptable substitutes. This is only a point of reference for flavor, and not necessarily an indicator of whether or not a product is worth drinking.
- IPA – traditionally intense in flavor, with a bitterness that is derived from the hops used. Jump to review
- Pale Ale – typically tastes malty, with a sweetness that is balanced by hops. Jump to review
- Golden Lager – usually light but malty, almost bread-like from the yeast used. Jump to review
- Stout – very dark and full-bodied beer, that is made with roasted malt or barley. It typically has a chocolate or coffee flavor. Jump to review
Now, consider all of these tasting notes and what type of beer sounds best to you when reading about the individual Gruvi beers. Gruvi offers great suggestions for pairings on their website for each product to help with this.
Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Beer
Gruvi’s non-alcoholic beer is made using brewing techniques generally similar to those used in producing alcoholic beer. The craft beer goes through fermentation but is monitored to keep temperatures low and alcohol levels extremely low throughout the process.
Gruvi Non-Alcoholic IPA
Gruvi IPA is crafted like a session IPA, but without alcohol, there are no limits! Citra hops, Galaxy hops, and Mosaic hops are used to craft this light, but still hop-forward alcohol free beer.
How it tastes: Gruvi IPA is fresh and quite bitter. After a few sips, I got a little tired of it because it didn’t have much depth. Aside from that, it is a really refreshing bitter drink. This might be best with food.
I would classify this as an alternative beverage rather than a substitute for an IPA.
Nutrition: Per 12oz can | 60 Calories, 12g Carbohydrates, 0g Fat, 0g Sugar, less than 20ppm Gluten*
Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Pale Ale
Gruvi’s Pale Ale is made in the form of an English-Style pale ale. These are typically bitter, but balanced, and made from hops and barley. The hops used in the Gruvi Pale Ale are Chinook, Cascade, and Citra hops.
Gruvi Pale Ale is their non-alcoholic beer with the most calories and carbohydrates but is still a better option than the alternative of alcoholic beer.
How it tastes: Light beer with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. There are some slightly sweet undertones, but it’s still bitter. Overall, Pale is more balanced than the IPA, and it tastes like a Pale Ale – substitute approved.
Nutrition: 12oz can | 80 Calories, Carbohydrates 16g, Fat 0g, Sugar 0g, Protein 2g; Contains gluten*
Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Stout
Gruvi Stout is a dark stout beer. Gruvi uses abbey malt, which is recognized for its mild nutty flavor. Then they add roasted barley and chocolate malt to the mix, then they brew it. Gruvi compares this full-bodied beer to an Irish stout.
How it tastes: There is a strong coffee aroma with this non-alcoholic stout. The flavor is like coffee and cocoa, with a creamy mouthfeel, like coconut oil. It reminds me a lot of that keto coffee where you blend fat into your coffee.
Nutrition: 12oz can | 45 Calories, Carbohydrates 12g, Sodium 10g, Fat 0g, Sugar 0g; Contains gluten*
Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Golden
Gruvi’s Golden is a new variation on the classic golden lager. It’s a very popular NA beer, and for good reason. It’s well balanced and easy to drink.
How it tastes: Medium-bodied and well balanced sweet and bitter with a slightly creamy finish. Even though it’s non-alcoholic, Golden is a nice expression of a golden lager.
Nutrition: Serving: 12oz can | 58 Calories, Carbohydrates 11g, Fat 0g, Protein 0g, less than 20ppm Gluten*
*Nutrition information was found on getgruvi.com and might be subject to change.
Gruvi Customer Reviews
While I can tell you what these products taste like to me, I also search out customer reviews and hope to share how others are enjoying non-alcoholic drinks. This way, you can make a more informed decision quickly about whether a product is right for your taste.
After reading reviews from hundreds of customers, here is a summary of what I discovered:
-Gruvi Golden, Pale, and IPA all have good reviews, with Stout being the most mixed
-IPA was the most tasted across the board, but a common critique is that while it’s hoppy, it is rather light. It was even compared to HopTea.
Where to Buy Gruvi
Gruvi can be bought directly on their website and you can also check there for local retailers.
Gruvi beers are on Amazon too, and you can try a few of them with the non-alcoholic sparkling wines in this mixed pack (link to check the latest price on Amazon).
More Non-Alcoholic Beers to Try
In my opinion, non-alcoholic beer should be a go-to option for anyone skipping the alcohol. In any social setting, it’s not just something to hold.
FAQ on Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Beer
Is Grüvi really alcohol-free?
The alcohol content in Gruvi products varies, with all of them containing the standard limit for non-alcoholic beverages: less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
Can I drink Gruvi pregnant?
While all of the products made by Gruvi are very low alcohol, you should consult with your doctor about the ingredients and medical concerns.
That being said, their non-alcoholic sparkling wine is completely alcohol free – both the non-alcoholic prosecco and the non-alcoholic rosé.
Gruvi craft beers are unique to any other alcohol free beers I’ve tasted. Out of the above options tasted, Gruvi Pale Ale is my top pick. As someone that loves bitter flavors, it’s nicely balanced. I also recommend the Golden Lager, if you prefer a fuller flavor with a bit of sweetness in your non-alcoholic beer.
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