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10 Best Non Alcoholic Beers Taste Tested and Ranked

If you’re looking for the best non alcoholic beers you’re in luck because we’ve taste tested the best on the market and ranked our favourites below. Thanks to a surge in ‘health conscience’ drinkers there are more beers, brands, and types on the market than ever before, meaning more competition and better zero beers. Each beer on our list delivers an authentic taste, minus the potential hangover and beer gut.

Best Non Acoholic Beers at a Glance

Our list of the best non alcoholic beers goes like this.

Now we’ve had a look at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.

RELATED: Our guide to the best non-alcoholic drinks has more than beer.

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Nort Beer Refreshing Ale | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

1. Nort Beer

After trying every non-alcoholic beer on this list we had to settle the score by passing a few Nort’s around the Man of Many office. Nort Beer came out on top as our overall favourite amongst the team and it’s not hard to see why. The brand is 100% Australian-owned and operated with a focus on creating the most refreshing zero-per cent beers money can buy. And while we found every beer in the range flavourful, our favourites would rank in this order; XPA, IPA, and Pacific Ale. A great choice for those looking to shed a few calories in the process, the beer is both plant-based and reasonably priced, so you can enjoy it more often.

Country of origin: Australia
Price: $43.99 AUD / case of 24

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Heaps Normal Quiet XPA | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

2. Heaps Normal Quiet XPA

Formed as a collaboration between four mates, Heaps Normal started with the aim of encouraging conversation around mindful drinking. Fast forward a few years and the brand has become the most popular non-alcoholic beer in restaurants around the country. If there’s a low-alcohol beer option on your local’s beer list, there’s a good chance it’s a Heaps Normal. We love the Quiet XPA for its full-flavoured citrus and tropical ale flavour profile, but the recently released Heaps Normal Lager is a great alternative if you prefer a crisper beverage.

Country of origin: Australia
Alcohol Volume: Less than 0.5%
Volume: 375ml can
Price: from $61.99/ case of 24

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Haitus Beers Pacific Ale | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

3. Haitus Beers Pacific Ale

Haitus Beer has created a tangy, fruity, craft-style non-alcoholic beer that you’ll love for its passionfruit, guava, and mango flavours. This is the closest thing we’ve tried to a zero alc Stone and Wood, this is best enjoyed ice-cold by the ocean with a few Smiths Original potato chips. If you’re an expert you’ll notice the use of galaxy hops and a fun blend of Veloria, Vienna, and Munich malts.

Country of origin: Australia
Alcohol Volume: Less than 0.5%
Volume: 375ml can
Price: from $71.99/ case of 24

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Capital Brewing ALC-LESS Pacific Ale | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

4. Capital Brewing ALC-LESS Pacific Ale

Our friends at Capital Brewing have been making some of the best beers in the craft beer scene for years and we’d struggle to find someone who hasn’t tucked into their XPA. But when the market asked for a great non-alcoholic beer, they didn’t rush to the stage to deliver a subpar drink. Instead, they spent months trying, testing, and creating their version of the best on the market. We aren’t going to argue with the flavours here with their ALC-LESS. The overall taste is a little salty to stand head and shoulders above the top few, but you’ll love the full-flavoured tropical Pacific Ale burst that’s here in full effect.

Country of origin: Australia
Volume: 330ml bottle
Price: from $44.99/ case of 16

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Sons of a Nun Zero Alcohol | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

5. Sons of a Nun Zero Alcohol

One of the new kids on the block, we love ‘Sons of a Nun’ for the name alone. Flavours are smooth and crispy in classic lager style with a touch of caramel and carbonation as the beer sits on the palate. If you’re a straight shooter who wants to try something new this is the non-alc beer for you.

Country of origin: Australia
Volume: 375ml can
Price: from $49.95/ case of 24

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Athletic Brewing Co. Run Wild IPA | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

6. Athletic Brewing Co.

Athletic Brewing Co. hit the Australian market runnings with their Run Wild IPA. It combines the best of the NA and craft beer worlds with full-bodied flavours across the range. Our favourite is the staple ‘Run Wild’ IPA but all experiment with the rules in the name of the taste. To figure out how on earth they achieve this, we asked founders Bill Shufelt and John Walker what they love about these fully-fermented drops.

“What I really enjoy about ‘fully fermented’ non-alcoholic beers is the body, the mouthfeel and the vibrant expression of the incredible ingredients in their original state – there is a harmony that these ingredients embody when they are left to their own devices.”

“When creating hazy brews there is a myriad of ‘tricks’ we can deploy from less flocculant yeast strains to different filtration or centrifugation techniques to hops and malts that can impart more haze – we like to design backwards, thinking about the mouthfeel, the aroma and the flavours and use that to guide us in selecting the best ingredients and processes for the job.”

These beers don’t just taste “good for a zero beer” they taste good full stop, so start filling those beer glasses for a taste sensation you won’t forget.

Country of origin: America
Volume: 375ml can
Price: from $62.99/ case

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Lightning Minds Pale Ale | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

7. Lightning Minds Non Alcoholic Pale Ale

This is the non-alcoholic beer we go for in between sessions. It might be Aussie as all get out, however, we reckon Lightning Minds Pale Ale has a little American influence with its flavour. Most importantly, it’s not too sweet, whereas some NA drinks can taste cordial. If we had to point the finger at something, the price is a little on the higher side. It targets those who have permanently given up the booze as opposed to those who want a break with a cheaper alternative.

Country of origin: Australia, New South Wales
Founded: 2021 by Michael Payne
Price: from $69.99/ case of 24

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8. Better Beer Zero Alcohol

When one of our favourite low-carb beers goes zero alcohol only good things can come of it. Fast becoming one of the biggest beer brands in Australia, Better Beer Zero Alcohol is as refreshing as it gets, with vastly lower salt content in comparison to the majority of ‘craft style’ beers on this list (7mg per can). The result is a beer that’s better for you but doesn’t taste as strong as the saltier options on the market (Athletic Brewing, Capital, Nort).

Country of origin: Australia, New South Wales
Founders: Matt Ford and Jack Steele from The Inspired Unemployed
Founded: 2021
Price: from $49.99/ case of 24

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Heineken 0.0 Non Alcoholic Lager | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

9. Heineken 0.0 Non Alcoholic Lager

When perusing the non-alcoholic beer selection at any of your favourite retailers, you can do no wrong in picking up a case of Heineken 0.0. The brand crafts this drop like a normal lager before evaporating the alcohol, resulting in a taste that’s crisp, clean, and thoroughly reliable. We remember trying this one for the first time at the Australian Grand Prix on a stinking hot day and it was deliciously refreshing, remaining one of our favourites to this day for summer.

Country of origin: Netherlands
Volume: 330ml bottle
Price: from $45.90/ case of 24

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Great Northern Brewing Co. Zero | Image: Ben McKimm / Man of Many

10. Great Northern Brewing Co. Zero

The old ‘Black Fish’ has gone blue for a non-alcoholic option that’s great for hot summer days in Northern Australia. About as crisp as any option on our list, we appreciate the lack of chemical aftertaste or any funky aromas. If you’re looking for a great beer to session minus the headaches, grab a blue fish or two.

Country of origin: Australia
Price: $44.99/ case of 24

Alternatives to These Non-alcoholic Beers

These are the zero beers that didn’t quite make the top of our list.

  • Beneficial Beer Co. Stone Cold Lager (from $59.00/ case of 24): The perfect ‘inbeertweener’ with a full-bodied lager flavour brewed the traditional way. The Stone Cold Lager has all the ingredients you’d expect – barley grain, water, hops and yeast – imparting all the flavours you want.
  • James Squire Zero (from $45.99/ case of 24): No stranger to a tap near you, James Squire entered the alcohol-free market with the launch of James Squire Zero. The launch brought their brewing heritage and credentials to an increasingly thirsty audience and we couldn’t wait to get our greasy mitts on them. You’ll love these if you’re averse to the crafty ‘fruit beer’ trend.
  • Carlton Zero (from $41/ case of 24): A perennial favourite amongst sober sippers here at Man of Many, Carlton’s non-alcoholic beer makes for the perfect summertime beverage in our books. Having been crafted with the same care, quality, and ingredients as the brand’s alcoholic output, it delivers a fruity aroma and robust, hoppy flavour.
  • Mornington Peninsula Brewery Mornington Free (from $45.99/ case of 24 ): This was the first Pale Ale offering from an award-winning craft brewery. Just like a number of the best non-alcoholic beers on this list, Mornington Peninsula Brewery starts the brewing process from scratch. Forget stripping the alcohol and flavour out of full strength, the brand starts from the beginning and creates a delicious and refreshing bevvy with less than 0.5% ABV.
  • Holsten Alcohol-Free (from $35.99/ case of 24): Holsten is one of the most popular brands in Germany and with good reason. It’s zero beer has everything you can ask for in a German pilsner…unless you’re asking for alcohol. If you’re looking for a healthier option, you’ll love this beer with 40 calories per bottle.
  • Coopers Birell Ultra Light (from $32.99): Coopers have been making this beer for years and being one of the most popular beer brands in Australia they know how to craft some delicious suds. Here you’ll find a vibrant colour, full-bodied maltiness, and a clean finish.
  • Big Drop Brewing Uptown Craft Lager (from $70.99/ case of 24): We think the legends over at Big Drop have mastered a brew that tastes just like the real thing. The brewer uses lazy yeast, which is not very good at converting sugar to alcohol, as well as brewing at slightly higher temperatures at various points to further inhibit alcohol production. Additionally, this non-alcoholic beer uses less grain, which means less sugar. The result is a happy medium between dark lager and traditional lager. It’s not your typical ‘heavy beer’ in the sense that it doesn’t have that alcoholic bite, however, it remains refreshing and easy to drink. Above all, it’s very low in sugar making it a healthier option.
  • BrewDog Nanny State Pale Ale (from $51.95/ case of 16): Amongst BrewDog’s 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.
  • Clausthaler Unfiltered (from $44.99/ case of 24): 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.
  • Erdinger Alcohol-Free (from $54.99/ case of 24): 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.
  • Sobah #3 Pepperberry IPA (from $78.99/ case of 24): With a name like Pepperberry IPA, you know this zero-alcohol beer from Sobah is something special. Infused with fruit from the Australian Native Pepperberry tree, it delivers a citrusy hop flavour along with a spicy kick.

Why You Should Trust Our List

When it comes to Man of Many’s list of the best non-alcoholic beers money can buy, it goes without saying, that expertise is key. With more than 10 years of experience in the drinks industry, we’ve tasted every beer on this list. Our favourite beers take into account three major perspectives to determine the overall rating. In addition to our own opinions, we take into account reviews via alcohol retailer Dan Murphys and the Australian non-alcoholic drinks retailers Sans Drinks and Craft Zero. We then collate the information together and measure the beers via overall flavour profile, reader ratings and commercial availability, meaning one-off craft beers and special editions aren’t likely to top the list.

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Your FAQs Answered

Are non-alcoholic beers bad for you?

Non-alcoholic beer is typically made by removing the alcohol from regular beer. Although they have much less alcohol, zero beers may harbour small amounts, which can be unsafe for pregnant women and anyone recovering from alcoholism.

Is non-alcoholic beer healthy?

In terms of calorie consumption, non-alcoholic beer has far fewer calories than regular beer, however, it is still a significant source of carbohydrates and should be consumed in moderation.