The Best Nonalcoholic Beer Brands to Look for This Summer
If you're trying to cut back on the booze, we found the nonalcoholic beer that belongs in your cooler.
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There’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors in the summer, usually with a drink in hand. Now, with nonalcoholic beer on the rise, you can enjoy all the flavor of a cold beer in the sunshine—with none of the alcohol. Here are the best NA beers, from fruity wheats to hoppy IPAs, and even a stout.
All of these choices have less than 0.05% alcohol by volume, which is considered nonalcoholic.
Dogfish Head, already known for having the best craft beer in Delaware, debuted its first nonalcoholic beer in 2021. Lemon Quest is a refreshing wheat beer with a slightly sour taste. It’s the perfect drink for a hot summer day or for brunch after a late night.
It’s important that summer-ready beers don’t weigh you down. Partake is one of the lightest beers on the list that still drinks like a real pint and not sparkling water. A good indication of how light and crisp this beer is: It has only 15 calories per can. Psst! Check out these best non-alcoholic canned cocktails, too.
Brooklyn Brewery captures the classic IPA flavors of resin and grapefruit peel in this Special Effects IPA that is darker in color and deeper in flavor than most others on the list. A sip of this bitter NA IPA and you’ll be ready for a sunset bonfire on the beach, which is great because it comes in beach-ready cans.
Nothing really says summer like a Blue Moon or Shock Top at an outdoor concert. Bravos Brewing re-creates that experience with their White Ale. This wheat beer is brewed with coriander and sweet and bitter orange peels for lots of citrus and spice flavor, but no alcohol.
This Special Effects lager has a crisp finish and a surprising amount of brightness for a darker lager. It’s the orange and lemon-like hop flavor that makes this beer taste like it has captured summer sunshine.
The top pick for summer sipping, Weihenstephaner has slightly sweet and floral flavor but maintains an overall light flavor intensity. It’s made at the oldest continually producing brewery in the world in Freising, Germany, which may be the reason it’s the most satisfying on the list.
You can mix Weihenstephaner with homemade lemonade for an authentic DIY radler.
For the hazy IPA lovers out there, Athletic brewing has you covered. Their Free Wave NA Hazy IPA is the closest experience to drinking the real thing. The tropical hop flavors combine with a full texture to create the juicy experience hazy IPA drinkers crave.
Tons of mango flavor takes the forefront in this nonalcoholic wheat beer. Fruity hard seltzer drinkers will find Mango Cart a welcoming nonalcoholic option because of the light body and strong fruit flavor.
While it may not be the best nonalcoholic beer for outdoor activities, this stout drinks like a cold brew. Intrepid brews its stout with real coffee and dark roasted malt, plus cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Especially when it’s chilled very cold, this one is as refreshing and invigorating as an iced Americano!
A classic summer mixed drink of lemonade and wheat beer now comes in nonalcoholic form. Paulaner NA Radler is brewed in Germany, the birthplace of the radler, and brings notes of lemon, lime and refreshing wheat beer with it.
Heineken is a summer standard at outdoor events like sports games and barbecues. With Heineken 0.0, you can sip on the recognizable flavors all day without any of the boozy side effects. Unlike many nonalcoholic beers that contain very low levels of alcohol by volume, Heineken 0.0% is truly alcohol-free.
Five types of hops are blended together to create this nonalcoholic IPA. The strong bitterness and powerful citrus aromas are undeniably IPA, but without the alcohol. They create an energizing drink for hiking, biking or just hanging around outside.
What says summer like a creamsicle from the ice cream truck? Surreal Brewing Co. captures that summer memory in their Milkshake IPA, which uses added lactose to achieve the creamy texture that combines with citrus notes for the full milkshake experience.
Krombacher makes the hoppiest pilsner on the list. The balance of this drink leans toward bitterness and lemon-like hop notes with just a touch of cracker flavor from malt. It’s a thirst-quenching choice!
A true nonalcoholic experience, this seltzer is made with hops from the most famous growing region in the U.S., the Pacific Northwest. This H2OPS Sparkling Hop Water has grapefruit flavor to complement the natural citrus flavor of the hops for an extra fruity drinking experience.
A full-bodied flavor characterizes this craft nonalcoholic beer. It’s smooth, crisp and dry with both Cascade and German traditional hops that add a hint of citrus flavor. The best part? It’s only 68 calories, with full beer taste.