Great Taste Award

9 award winners

Great Taste Awards have been awarded since 1993 and include all speciality food and drink sold in the UK, no matter in which country it’s made. Products can win a one, two or three star award after judging by more than 400 experts (chefs, buyers, critics and retailers). Non-alcoholic beers compete for awards against conventional beers rather than in a category of their own. Great taste award winning non-alcoholic beers in 2020 included Nirvana’s Bavarian Helles non-alcoholic Lager, Drop Bear Beer Co’s non-alcholic Tropical IPA, Lowlander’s Wit alcohol free beer and Lucky Saint’s unfiltered alcohol free Lager.

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Binary Botanical

Aromatic Alcohol Free Table Beer

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0.50%

Traditional pale ale flavours with hint of apple

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2019

Dry/ish review

Binary Botanicals Aromatic Alcohol Free Table Beer is an unusual beer with a candied fruit and hop aroma. It’s very light bodied indeed, perhaps slightly too thin, and has a surprisingly sweet, hoppy taste and gentle aftertaste. Overall a very straightforward and easy drinking non alcoholic alternative.

Binary Botanical: Aromatic Alcohol Free Table Beer 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Pale Ale

3.8

Brooklyn Brewery

Special Effects Alcohol Free Lager

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0.50%

Very light, slightly hoppy lager

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020

Dry/ish review

Brooklyn Special Effects is the first non alcoholic beer from one of the USA's largest craft brewers. A slightly hoppy aroma with a light taste but perhaps a little on the thin side. No stand out bitterness or sweetness and little aftertaste. As its easy to find and often the only choice, if it's all that's available it’s a pleasant-enough option but others are better.

Brooklyn Brewery: Special Effects Alcohol Free Lager 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

4.4

Damm

FreeDamm Alcohol Free Beer

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0.00%

Smooth with slight floral sweetness

World beer award 2019 Gold, 2017 Winner

International Beer Challenge 2020 Bronze, 2018 Silver, 2017 Bronze

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020, Great Taste 1* 2018

Dry/ish review

A strong sweet smell and a slightly thin, smooth sweet taste and almost no aftertaste. A straightforward and inoffensive non-alcoholic substitute for lager, but others are better.

Damm: FreeDamm Alcohol Free Beer 0.0% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

3.5

Drop Bear Beer Co

Tropical IPA

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0.30%

Sweet fruits, citrus & roasted coffee

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020

Brewer's description

Drop Bear Tropical IPA - Locked and loaded with tropical hops, this alcohol free IPA is truly out of this world. An abundance of tropical hops burst through the roasted coffee and dark chocolate base of this alcohol free beer with blasts of passion fruit, stone fruit, and citrus.

Drop Bear Beer Co: Tropical IPA 0.3% ABV non alcoholic beer
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IPA

3.2

Drynks

Smashed Lager Alcohol Free

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0.00%

Light, floral hints, slight bitterness

World beer award 2020 Bronze

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020

Brewer's description

Drynks Smashed Lager is craftily brewed, then all the alcohol is swept away to leave only pure satisfaction - A refreshing, pale gold lager beer with a clean taste. Perfectly balanced with hints of barley malt, complex aromatic floral notes and mild, hoppy bitterness.

Drynks: Smashed Lager Alcohol Free 0.0% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

3.5

First Chop

Yes Anytime Alcohol Free IPA

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0.50%

Hoppy burst, bitter hoppy flavours

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020

Dry/ish review

First chop Yes Anytime IPA has a gentle, sweet soft fruit aroma. In the mouth it is very light bodied, almost thin with a soft fruit taste that fades and gives way to a dominating bitterness. The soft fruit flavours return in the IPA’s aftertaste, providing more balance for the beer’s bitterness. Overall a nicely balanced but very light IPA.

First Chop: Yes Anytime Alcohol Free IPA 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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IPA

3.7

Lowlander

Wit Alcohol Free Beer

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0.00%

Sweet, with citrus botanicals

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020

Brewer's description

Lowlander Wit Alcohol Free Beer is a true 0.00% with a refreshing witbier taste. Inspired to double down on zero this is our attempt to brew a true 0.00% ABV Wit beer. Collaborating with PeelPioneers we collect discarded oranges & lemons from bars and restaurants and use these botanicals to brew our very first 0.0% beer.

Lowlander: Wit Alcohol Free Beer 0.0% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Wheat Beer

3.7

Lucky Saint

Unfiltered Alcohol Free Lager

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0.50%

Subtle sweet malt and hops, citrus aftertaste

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020

Dry/ish review

Sweet flavour, slight sweet malty and hoppy taste. Lightly bitter, citrusy aftertaste. A well-executed, straightforward undemanding lager.

Lucky Saint: Unfiltered Alcohol Free Lager 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

4.1

Nirvana

Bavarian Helles Lager

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0.30%

Clean, subtly hoppy taste with honey aftertaste

World beer award 2020 Bronze

International Beer Challenge 2020 Bronze, 2018 Bronze

Great Taste Award Great Taste 1* 2020, Great Taste 1* 2017

Dry/ish review

Very clean, lager-style aroma. Medium bodied and smooth with a complex, multi layered hoppy taste and a sweet honey-ish aftertaste. One of the most enjoyable non-alcoholic lagers.

Nirvana: Bavarian Helles Lager 0.3% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

3.8