Beer Review: Patronus (Alcohol Free) – Privatbrauerei Eichbaum (Lidl)

I’ve gone alcohol free today. Felt like I needed a break after a weekend of heavy drinking after finding out Christmas had been cancelled. I’m sure some can relate! Another Lidl own brand beer today as well, with the difference being it’s not marketed under their craft beer brand Hatherwood. It’s part of their imported German range contract brewed by Privatbrauerei Eichbaum. ‘Patronus’ is a Weissbier (or wheat beer) that cost something ridiculously cheap like 60 or 70 pence.

Visually pours a cloudy sort of amber and a white head that holds fairly well. Despite not advertised as bottle conditioned, it must be to some degree as sediment is evident. A bit of an odd smell reminiscent of a flat cider with a slight wheaty aroma. Surprisingly good flavour in all honesty. Quite sweet and very smooth to drink. Characteristically, a little thin compared to a normal beer, but a heck of a lot better than most other alcohol free brews.

A quick note on the bottle art: Very classic European design I feel . Comes in a proper brown bottle with old school, classic gold, brown and blue colours.

I always like to mention I rate low/no alcohol beers on a separate scale to my normal beer reviews. And that said this is by far my favourite I’ve had. One of my biggest gripes with alcohol free beers is they are charging normal beer prices despite not including aspect that makes booze pricey. At 70p a bottle however, this is simply stunning value. Perhaps a little sweet for some people, I thought it had a good flavour and if I was a teetotaller I would be all over this beer during the hot summer months. Fair play Lidl, I never thought I’d be pleasantly surprised by an AF beer to this degree!

Score: 8/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 0%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Price: £1.29
  • Purchase Location: Lidl

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