Warsteiner Alkoholfrei – Warsteiner’s non-alchoholic beer
Warsteiner Alkoholfrei is the non-alcoholic version of the famous Warsteiner Premium Verum Pilsner beer. Is this beer really worth a try?
Warsteiner is a German beer brand well-known throughout Germany and with a history strongly linked to its very popular Pilsner style beer. Like many other breweries, Warsteiner had to respond to new market trends, one being a significant decline in demand for alcoholic beers. In Germany, non-alcoholic beers were able to compensate for a part of the resulting revenue design and brands like Clausthaler were able to present a genuine alternative. Thus, it is clear that the brewery of Warstein fully focused on its Warsteiner Premium Verum Pilsner beer and accompanies its alcoholic beer range with a broad variety of non-alcoholic beers. Warsteiner Alkoholfrei is the corresponding non-alcoholic beer to its top-seller Warsteiner Premium Verum, and the first non-alcoholic beer of the Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG we are presenting in a short review for German-Beers.com.
Not just Warsteiner Alkoholfrei: more non-alcoholic beers from Warsteiner!
The Warsteiner brewery, officially Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG company, is one of the top 10 breweries of Germany by means of beer output. The brewery was founded in 1753 and is strongly linked to its hometown Warstein in Germany’s Sauerland region, eastward of the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia. The production facilities are enormous and are capable of producing more than 5 million hectoliters of beer per year.
Next to Warsteiner Alkoholfrei, there a two more non-alcoholic beers of this particular brewery to be tested:
- Warsteiner Herb Alkoholfrei (the counterpart to Warsteiner Herb, a Pilsner style beer with more bitterness)
- Warsteiner Radler Alkoholfrei (the counterpart to Warsteiner Radler, a beer-mix beverage with lemonade)
Warsteiner Radler Grapefruit and Lemon/Ginger as well as Warsteiner Weihnacht, the latter being a Christmas specialty beer with an increased ABV of well above 5.0 %, are not available in non-alcoholic versions. The same applies to Warsteiner Dunkel, a dark beer, only brewed for the US-market. You won’t find it in German supermarkets nor in pubs.
The recipe of Warsteiner Alkoholfrei was adapted in 2011 with the goal of providing an isotonic beverage. This however means more alcohol content and more calories. Warsteiner Alkoholfrei is not alcohol-free anymore, but only non-alcoholic, a marketing term in Germany for beers with less than 0.5 % ABV.
Warsteiner Alkoholfrei – The Data.
- Alcohol content: < 0.5 % ABV
- Calories: 26 kcal / 100 ml
- Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Hops, Hops Extract
Warsteiner Alkoholfrei - Our Review
Our expectations were high, when we opened the 0.33 l bottle of Warsteiner Alkoholfrei. Using a classic Tulpe style glass (tulip glass), we enjoyed the froth of this non-alcoholic beer. It is very consistent and delightful - just like the beer froth of a Pilsner style beer should be. Warsteiner Alkoholfrei has a rather dark color in comparison to other beer brands of the same style. The interesting beer color of increased darkness is accompanied by a well-balanced smell. Very inviting, indeed. We found Warsteiner Alkoholfrei to have little carbon dioxide and an obvious lack of taste. There is a slight scent of malt with a long aftertaste, yet it was hard for both of us to distinguish a character. There was simply no clarity in taste. In comparison to other non-alcoholic beers, Warsteiner Alkoholfrei has quite some calories. It even has 1 kcal more per 100 ml than Jever Light, a beer with far more alcohol (2.7 % ABV at 25 kcal / 100 ml) and way more character which we had previously reviewed. To be honest, Warsteiner Alkoholfrei did not convince us at all. But, we recommend you to test it yourself. Maybe, it's the right non-alcoholic beer for a beer novice?
*We tasted this beer with 2 persons and the rating reflects only our personal impression, which we discussed after tasting the beer. The beer was cooled to the recommended temperature for the relevant beer type prior to testing. You may have a different taste and come to other results.
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