Beer Review: Hefeweizen (Alcohol Free) – Rothaus

It’s my birthday today! And while I would love my body to be a temple I will not be celebrating my lock-down birthday with alcohol free beer. Today’s review is going to be AF but it’s from my more tame Sunday. It’s been a while since I’ve had a wheat beer and the last one I had was low alcohol. It was one of the better ones so I was hoping that the style lends itself well to non-alcoholic beer. This is German brewers Rothaus’ alcohol free Hefeweizen which I picked up from our local railway arch turned bar, Tracks.

The beer pours a rather appetising burnt orange with a nice white head. Surprisingly, for a no/low beer, the head maintained fairly well as I was drinking. A light fragrant, wheaty aroma with a touch of cloves perhaps. The body of the beer is a little thin although the underlying flavour is actually rather good. Classic wheat taste with fruity flavours of apples or tangerine. Easy drinking and refreshing overall.

A quick note on the bottle art: From what I can tell the labels from Rothaus stay the same with the polygon Kellnerin (Beer Waitress). The only difference is the colour of the top and bottom, in this case blue.

On the whole this is one of the better no/low beers I’ve had for sure. The main downside for me is that it almost tastes like some has chucked a dash of water in the beer. I say this because the base flavour is genuinely very nice and reminiscent of the previous wheat beer I’ve had from them while feeling thinned out. Overall, in the summer I can see this as a genuine alternative for a pint as it’s clean drinking and rather refreshing. Not bad at all for an alcohol free and is confirming my suspicions that the wheat beer style is good vessel for them.

Score: 7/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 0.5%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Location: Tracks

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