24 Best Non-Alcoholic Beers

Should you be in the market for the best non-alcoholic beers from both Australia and around the world, you’re definitely in luck. That’s because there are more alcohol-free beers and brands in 2019 than ever before. Each one delivers surprisingly authentic taste, minus the potential hangover. On the wagon or not, there’s simply no harm in trying at least a few.

On our list of the best non-alcoholic beers, you’ll find familiar brands and new ones alike. Sure, you’ve probably heard of Carlton Zero and Coopers Ultra Light Birell, but what about Clausthaler Lemon Radler or Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei? As we said, you definitely have your options. Here’s to drinking alcohol-free beer in 2019. You can start with the following bottles or cans.

Carlton Zero 2

1. Carlton Zero

A perennial favourite amongst sober sippers here in Australia, Carlton non-alcoholic beer (aka Carlton Zero) makes for the perfect summertime beverage. Having been crafted with the same care, quality, and ingredients as the brand’s other output, it delivers a fruity aroma and robust, hoppy flavour.

Country of origin: Australia
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Bitburger Drive 0%

2. Bitburger Drive 0%

One of the best-selling brands in Germany, Bitburger remains synonymous with a classic and refreshing taste. Its non-alcoholic beer proves to be no exception to the norm, imparting with the qualities of a quintessential German pilsner.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Heineken 0.0 Non Alcoholic Lager

3. Heineken 0.0 Non Alcoholic Lager

When perusing the non-alcoholic beer selection over on BWS, you can do no wrong in picking up a case of Heineken 0.0. The brand crafts it like a normal lager before evaporating the alcohol, resulting in a taste that’s crisp, clean, and thoroughly reliable.

Country of origin: Netherlands
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Hollandia

4. Hollandia Non Alcoholic Beer

Between its smooth texture and malty flavour, this non-alcoholic beer is one of the best you can buy in 2019. Like so many others on the list, it’s crafted using traditional methods and ingredients before the alcohol is gently evaporated.

Country of origin: Netherlands
Volume: 330ml can

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Holsten Alcohol Free beer

5. Holsten Alcohol Free

Holsten is one of the most popular brands in Germany and with good reason. Its non-alcoholic beer has everything you can ask for in a German pilsner…unless you’re asking for alcohol.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml can

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Clausthaler Premium NA Lager

6. Clausthaler Premium NA Lager

You won’t find this alcohol-free beer on BWS or Dan Murphy’s, but don’t take that to mean you shouldn’t hunt it down. Brewed exclusively in Frankfurt—and in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516—the beer balances sweetness and spice before closing out on a hoppy finish. This is the most popular alcohol-free beer brand in Europe. One sip and you’ll know why.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Coopers Ultra Light Birell

7. Coopers Ultra Light Birell

For one of the best non-alcoholic beers in Australia, look no further than one of the nation’s biggest brands. That brand is Coopers and it knows how to craft some delicious suds. Here you’ll find vibrant colour, full-bodied maltiness, a clean finish, and an ABV of just 0.5%

Country of origin: Australia
Volume: 375ml bottle

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Erdinger Low Alc Wheat Beer

8. Erdinger Alkoholfrei Wheat Beer

A number of non-alcoholic beer drinkers simply swear by this wheat-based brew, which goes big on flavour and texture alike. With its ABV of 0.5%, some might call it low-alcohol as opposed to no-alcohol. Either way, you won’t be getting drunk.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Sobah Pepperberry IPA

9. Sobah #3 Pepperberry IPA

With a name like #3 Pepperberry IPA, you know this zero-alcohol beer from Sobah is something special. Infused with fruit from the Australian Native Pepperberry tree, it delivers citrusy hop flavour along with a spicy kick. More than one of Australia’s best non-alcoholic beers, this is a tasty and downright interesting beverage. Try it regardless of your regular drinking habits.

Country of origin: Australia
Volume: 330ml can

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UNN Non Alcoholic IPA

10. Kehrwieder ü.NN Non-Alcoholic IPA

Crafted in Germany using Simcoe and Mosaic hops, this celebrated IPA features a mildly hazy body of deep amber. Emanating from its fluffy off-white head is a bounty of aromatics, including hops, stone fruit, pine, and citrus. To think, that’s all before you’ve even taken your first sip!

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Ambar 0.0

11. Ambar 0.0

Ambar 0.0 non-alcoholic beer hails from Aragon in the north-eastern region of Spain, where local brewers have been doing their thing for over a century. Featuring a mild but satisfying taste, this pale lager goes down best with a wedge of lime or lemon.

Country of origin: Spain
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Asahi Dry Zero

12. Asahi Dry Zero

Low in malt and gluten alike, Asahi Dry Zero makes for one heck of a crisp and refreshing non-alcoholic beer. It’s produced in smaller batches, which helps explain the price mark-up. Your next zero-alcohol Japanese dinner isn’t complete without one.

Country of origin: Japan
Volume: 350ml can

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Bakalar Dry Hopped NA Lager

13. Bakalar Dry Hopped NA Lager

Rakinovik Brewery resides in the Czech Republic, employing methods that date all the way back to the 1500s. Brewed using double-mash technology, its non-alcoholic beer delivers hoppy aromas, a rich and bitter taste, and a tight layer of foam. There’s nothing else quite like it.

Country of origin: Czech Republic
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Becks Blue Non-alcoholic

14. Becks Blue Non-Alcoholic

Pretty much every beer drinker on the planet is familiar with Becks, i.e. Germany’s fourth-largest brewer. Its non-alcoholic beer is made in the Bavarian Hallertau region—where clean glacier water is in steady supply—using premium barley, hand-selected hops, and the brand’s own exclusive strain of yeast. Expect the same level of texture, taste, and aroma that you’d find in Becks’ regular offerings.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Brewdog Nanny State Pale Ale

15. BrewDog Nanny State Pale Ale

Thanks to the power of crowd-funding, Scotland’s BrewDog Brewery came roaring to life and wasted no time in churning out choice product. Amongst its slate of steady sippers is Nanny State Pale Ale, a no-alcohol beer of considerable quality. It’s brewed with a full spectrum of hops and malts and then dry-hopped with Centennial and Amarillo. 

Country of origin: Scotland
Volume: 330ml can

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Original Budweiser

16. Budejovicky Budvar – Original Budweiser

Full-bodied and widely acclaimed, this non-alcoholic beer from Budweiser Budvar brings the flavour. Ingredients like Moravian barley and Saaz hops pave the way for a taste that’s equal parts spicy and sweet, with just a hint of bitterness.

Country of origin: Czech Republic
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Clausthaler Lemon Radler

17. Clausthaler Lemon Radler

One of the world’s foremost non-alcoholic beer brands mixes 40% Clausthaler Classic and 60% lemonade for a taste that’s as refreshing as it sounds. Sealing the deal is a golden colour and zesty finish.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Gerstel Non-Alcholoc Classic Mild

18. Gerstel Non-Alcoholic Classic Mild

True to its name, Gerstel Non-Alcoholic Classic Mild is both classic and mild (and non-alcoholic). Brewed in the pilsner style, it delivers spice and floral hops on the nose and a light malt finish.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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BrewDog Raspberry Blitz

19. BrewDog Raspberry Blitz

One of BrewDog’s most popular beers gets the non-alcoholic treatment (well, almost non-alcoholic at 0.5% ABV). Oozing with fruit flavour, this raspberry sour ale packs a tangy punch within its lightly creamy and refreshing body.

Country of origin: Scotland
Volume: 330ml can

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Karamalz

20. Karamalz

Germany’s most popular malt beverage is a no-brainer purchase for non-alcoholic beer drinkers in Australia. Combining barley malt, maltose, hops, and clean brewing water with a touch of carbonation, Karamalz is slightly bitter and naturally sweet. If some scientific reports are to believed, it’s not just delicious, but good for you too. What’s there not to love?

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Krombacher Non Alcoholic Pils

21. Krombacher Non-Alcoholic Pils

They know a thing or two about beer in Germany and this is the country’s best-selling non-alcoholic pilsner. Crafted in the same style as its traditional counterpart, it undergoes a unique membrane process to remove the alcohol. That’s followed by “interruption fermentation,” which retains the aromas and flavours of a regular pilsner.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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Maisels Weisse Alkoholfrei

22. Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei

Maisel’s wheat beers are the stuff of legend in Bavaria and abroad. Brewed in accordance with Germany’s purity law, this non-alcoholic variant comes in 500ml bottles, bringing big bang for your buck.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 500ml bottle

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Clausthaler Unfiltered NA Lager

23. Clausthaler Unfiltered NA Lager

One of Clausthaler’s latest is also one of their greatest. Combining an innovative brewing technique— during which Cascade Hops are added after fermentation—with the German Zwickel tradition of unfiltered brewing, it comes in rich, crisp, and golden. That’s joined by the perfect touch of malty sweetness.

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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unn IPA

24. ü.NN IPA (India Pale Ale)

Rounding out our list of the best non-alcoholic beers in Australia and beyond is this award-winning IPA. It comes to us from Germany’s ü.NN and imparts with golden colour, fruity aromas, and a clean taste. Drink it during hot weather and don’t forget to go “ahhhhh…”

Country of origin: Germany
Volume: 330ml bottle

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