International Beer Challenge

21 award winners

The International Beer Challenge (IBC) is a long established award for beers produced in any country. The beers are judged by more than 70 experts in blind tastings and the best can win a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal depending on their quality and taste. In 2020 the IBC introduced a category for no and low alcohol beers while in previous years non-alcoholic beers had competed in a speciality beers category. 2020 Silver award winners included Big Drop Brewing’s Off Piste non-alcoholic Porter, Drynks’ Smashed Citrus, West Berkshire’s Solo non-alcoholic Pale Ale and Super Bock’s Preta.

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Adnams

Ghost Ship Alcohol Free Pale Ale 0.5%

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0.50%

Citrus aroma with intense citrus/ bitter kick

World beer award 2019 Gold, 2018 Bronze

International Beer Challenge 2018 Bronze

Dry/ish review

There's no doubt that Adnams Ghost Ship Alcohol Free is a citrus Pale Ale from the first smell - it has an intense citrus aroma, almost (to some palates, perhaps) overwhelming. Tart, bitter taste almost to the point of being sour. Short, bitter (but not unpleasant) aftertaste. No sweetness at all. Not neccessarily to everyone's taste, but if you like the alcoholic version of Adnam’s Ghost Ship or an intensely bitter pale ale then you’ll almost certainly enjoy this.

Adnams: Ghost Ship Alcohol Free Pale Ale 0.5% 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Pale Ale

4.2

Ambar

0.0 Tostada Alcohol Free Beer

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0.00%

Mild, light lager

International Beer Challenge 2019 Bronze

Dry/ish review

Ambar Tostada has a very gentle, almost imperceptible aroma of toasted malts. It is very light bodied indeed, bordering thin, and tastes very slightly of sweet toasted malt. The beer’s sweetness grows through its aftertaste, becoming almost (but not quite) cloying. Ambar Tostada is not in anyway an unpleasant beer but isn’t very rewarding or pleasurable - there are many equally refreshing but more enjoyable non alcoholic beers available.

Ambar: 0.0 Tostada Alcohol Free Beer 0.0% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

2.1

Baltika

Alcohol Free Wheat Beer

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0.50%

Light, fruity and sweet

International Beer Challenge 2018 Gold

Brewer's description

Baltika Alcohol Free Wheat Beer is a beer, where especial freshness, solid beer foam and pleasant fruit hints find a perfect combination with its mild flavor. In order to keep richness of the flavor, we do not filter our beer, but remove alcohol at the very last stage of the brewing.

Baltika: Alcohol Free Wheat Beer 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Wheat Beer

3.6

Big Drop Brewing Co

Galactic Milk Stout

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0.50%

Malty aroma with malty, chocolate, smokey taste

International Beer Challenge 2019 Bronze, 2017 Gold

Dry/ish review

A difficult beer for the casual drinker to enjoy, perhaps. Technically accomplished brewing, undoubtedly, but unfortunately milk stout is not a style of beer I particularly enjoy. For me this beer has a slightly one dimensional palate of tastes, dominated by a malty, chocolate-y sweetness accompanied by an unexpected and not altogether pleasant smokiness. It lacks the depth and thickness of a conventional alcoholic stout. In contrast to the beer’s taste, the aftertaste is unexpectedly. However, other reviewers rate this beer highly.

Big Drop Brewing Co: Galactic Milk Stout 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Stout/ Porter/ Dark

3.9

Big Drop Brewing Co

Off Piste Hazelnut Porter

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0.50%

Sweet hazelnut and chocolate taste

International Beer Challenge 2020 Silver

Brewer's description

Big Drop Brewing Off Piste Hazelnut Porter has luxurious chocolate notes from the porter and a deliciously moreish hazelnut flavour which combine to make this ale almost a chocolate bar in a glass.

Big Drop Brewing Co: Off Piste Hazelnut Porter 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Stout/ Porter/ Dark

3.6

Big Drop Brewing Co

Uptown Lager

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0.50%

Light with floral hoppy aroma and taste

International Beer Challenge 2020 Bronze

Dry/ish review

A slightly one dimensional lager with a floral hoppy flavour dominating its aroma, taste and aftertaste and a slight thinness. Refreshing but not particularly exciting.

Big Drop Brewing Co: Uptown Lager 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

2.8

Big Drop Brewing Co

Woodcutter Brown Ale

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0.50%

Malty with a touch of caramel

International Beer Challenge 2019 Silver

Dry/ish review

Thin malt taste, one dimensional. Very slight bitterness, almost an afterthought. Not nasty but lacks complexity and depth of best in class. Aftertaste mild, slightly bitterer, quick to disappear. Disappointing, undifferentiated and undistinguished

Big Drop Brewing Co: Woodcutter Brown Ale 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Brown Ale

3.4

Clausthaler

Original Alcohol Free Beer

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0.50%

Smooth and well balanced

World beer award 2020 Bronze

International Beer Challenge 2019 Silver

Dry/ish review

Pleasant slight hoppy aroma, amber colour, lightly carbonated. Smooth, light/medium bodied, balanced sweetness and bitterness. Enjoyable, slightly tart aftertaste, not unpleasant.

Clausthaler: Original Alcohol Free Beer 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

3.6

Clausthaler

Unfiltered Alcohol Free Beer

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0.50%

Subtly bitter, soft sweet malts

World beer award 2019 Bronze, 2018 Gold

International Beer Challenge 2019 Silver

Dry/ish review

A very soft, sweet malt aroma. Smooth and light bodied with a crisp and subtly bitter, hoppy taste which fades into a satisfyingly bitter aftertaste.

Clausthaler: Unfiltered Alcohol Free Beer 0.5% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

3.7

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

Drynks

Smashed Citrus Beer Alcohol Free

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0.00%

Citrus, caramel and hops

International Beer Challenge 2020 Silver

Brewer's description

Drynks Smashed Citrus is a unique citrus beer, that is pure refreshment with a perfect balance of citrus, malt and hints of hops & barley. A pale gold, sparkling liquid with a fresh, clean aroma.

Drynks: Smashed Citrus Beer Alcohol Free 0.0% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Sour/ Fruit

2.6

Heineken

0.0 Alcohol Free Beer

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0.10%

Non alcoholic Heineken. Enough said

International Beer Challenge 2020 Bronze

Dry/ish review

Tastes like Heineken. A very well executed non-alcoholic version of Heineken, so if you enjoy the conventional alcoholic Heineken but want a non-alcoholic version, or alternatively if you want a ‘safe’ introduction to non alcoholic lagers, then this is highly recommended.

Heineken: 0.0 Alcohol Free Beer 0.1% ABV non alcoholic beer
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Lager

3.7