“ Brand: Becks / Type: Lager „
I have been unable to drink alcohol recently due to being on a new type of medication to control some of the side-effects that I suffer from regularly as a result of having some health problems. I will be able to drink alcohol in the near future if I wish to do so, but I was advised to cut it out for the time being and have been happy to take this advice until recently when we were blessed with some gorgeous sunny weather. One thing that my husband and I really enjoy doing is sipping a cold beer in the sunshine and I felt I was missing out somewhat when he was able to sip an ice-cold beer on a warm evening whilst I was left sipping lemonade.
I was delighted therefore when my husband brought home a six pack of Becks 'Blue' alcohol-free beer recently as a substitute beer to our usual brand. My husband had gone out of his way to buy the pack of six bottles of this alcohol-free beverage as he knew I was missing my usual cold-beer-on-a-warm-evening routine. He paid around £4.50 for the six pack from a local (independent) off license, but assures me it is available to buy in all good supermarkets such as Co-Op and Tesco.
The bottles look almost identical to the 'normal' bottles of Becks beer and at first glance the labels are very similar. Upon further inspection however, it is easy to see the 'Alcohol Free' statement on both the labels on the bottle, as well as on the bottle cap itself. Each of the six bottles are 275ml in size and the bottles are made of green coloured glass which is able to be recycled. As with most brands of bottled beer or lager, you need a bottle opener to remove the cap from the bottle. I can see from the label on the bottle that this beer is absolutely alcohol-free and is not one of those products that contains 'less alcohol than usual' as it were. The fact that the Becks Blue contains no alcohol would no doubt make it an ideal beverage to consume throughout pregnancy, or an ideal drink to bear in mind when it comes to being appointed as 'designated driver' on a night out.
The taste of the Becks Blue alcohol free beer is quite strong, although I thought it was extremely refreshing and rather satisfying to drink, particularly when consumed on a hot day. I have tasted several alcohol-free lagers or beers over the years and have thought that nearly all of them have a rather false, 'chemical' sort of element to their flavour or taste. I have not found this to be the case with the Becks Blue version however and in actual fact I think the taste is really very similar to 'standard' Becks beer. I honestly do not know if I would be able to tell the difference between the two if I was presented with such a challenge!
The taste of Becks beer is one that I find is quite strong when compared to other brands of lager or beer, and this is also true of the Becks Blue alcohol free product. I certainly find that the overall flavour of the Becks Blue can be quite 'heavy ' in comparison to other brands although I must admit I do enjoy it. I think that for some palates however, the taste may prove to be a bit too much. There is a 'crispness' to Becks beer that is quite easy to notice when you are drinking it and I was surprised - though pleased - that the Becks Blue beer had not lost this aspect to its flavour.
I did not think that the Becks Blue alcohol free beer went flat overly quickly and I was impressed with the amount of 'fizz' in the drink upon opening. I think I was expecting the drink to be a bit lifeless and boring, both of which turned out to not be the case at all. I think - due to my past experiences with alcohol free lagers or beers - I had assumed the beverage would be a disappointing one and so was quite surprised to enjoy it as much as I did.
I would wholeheartedly recommend giving the Becks Blue alcohol free beer a try out and I will be buying it again. I thought it was as refreshing and pleasant to drink as my bottles of 'normal' Becks that I would usually consume, and thought this made an excellent substitute.
I actually thought so much of the Becks alcohol free beer that I took a couple of bottles to my sister's house recently. She is in the fourth month of her pregnancy and I thought she might enjoy the beer... she did!
The Becks Blue alcohol free beer is available to buy from all good alcohol stockists such as supermarkets and off-licenses. You can expect to pay around £4-£5 for the pack of six bottles which I do think is really good value.
I think when you become pregnant you might start craving all the things you can't have - ever since I found out that I can't have peanut butter, runny eggs and a nice rare steak, that's all I've wanted to eat! But the biggest craving for me, especially during the hotter days, has to be a nice cold pint of shandy, with ice cubes and a nice lemony lemonade. I'm not a huge drinker, by any means, but when a craving sets in..!
So when a guy at work recommended Becks Blue, the alcohol free version of the popular bottled lager, I jumped at the chance to try it. I thought it would be difficult to find but to my delight it was a doddle - I found it in the first shop I tried, my local co-op, priced £3.99 for four bottles, not bad at all.
So, once I got home I made up my shandy, and it tasted great! The Becks is slightly less fizzy and a bit sweeter tasting than it's alcohol equivalent but it has all the taste, the colour, and it more than fits the bill. I poured it out of the bottle but to be honest, it looks fine in the bottle, the only difference being the alcohol free version has a blue band rather than a red one. Certainly you wouldn't feel conspicuous or out of place drinking this in a pub or club, if you were the designated driver or unable to drink.
I really enjoyed the beer, and I will be sure to buy some more, it really is a great way to get all the taste of beer with none of the alcohol. With the range of alcohol free lagers out there and the high level of quality, there is simply no reason to drink when you don't want to - or drink too much - as this is a great way of limiting what you drink without feeling like you have to switch to cola or juice. And it's so easy to get hold of!
I am going to give Becks Alcohol Free Beer 5 out of 5, because it fits the bill and does it well for a reasonable price. And for the environmentally conscious, the bottles are fully recyclable :)
A few years ago I bought 8 bottles of this stuff by accident. I drank about 4 before I realised it was alcohol free. It tasted very nice, just like the real thing, but I was a bit annoyed as I was still completely sober. I think maybe the bottle design should be more distinctive as it is very similar to the alcohol version.
Alcohol free beer is not really something I would buy, but if YOU are into that sort of thing well then yes, I would recommend this drink. It tastes good and it doesn't get you drunk, ideal if you are the designated driver on a night out.
If there are any ladies out there who don't want their hubby to get to drunk when he is having a beer in the house whilst watching the match you could always dilute his Becks with this alcohol free stuff. He probably won't notice.
I tried this a few weeks ago at my local pub. I went for lunch with a few friends and we each had a few bottles of this and have to say it was far more enjoyable than the usual soft drinks we would have had.
We paid about £1.80 per bottle, which as far as pub prices go isn't too bad seeing as premium soft drinks such as J2O, appletiser etc usually go for around the same price, if not more. I have seen it for sale in most major supermarkets priced at around £3.50 for 6 bottles, which is a good price and would be handy for any non-drinkers as the BBQ season approaches.
The taste wasn't too much unlike the alcoholic Becks Beer. It had a crisp fresh lager taste, and wasn't too fizzy. I personally had visions of it tasting a bit watery, but it was full of flavour, and apart from me not feeling tipsy after 3 or 4 bottles, i struggled to find much difference between this and it's alcoholic sibling.
I would definately recommend this to anyone who wants to go out and socialize with friends etc but doesn't want to drink, or if you are a designated driver, who doesn't want to be stuck drinking numerous glasses of gassy soft drinks.
When I was pregnant, I decided that I didn't want to drink, so, as I enjoy a cold beer, set about trying the various brands of alcohol free larger on the market.
I have to say that having tasted several disgusting fizzy, chemical - tasting concoctions, I was giving up hope, but then someone suggested Becks Blue and I've been drinking it ever since.
Becks Blue tastes similar to standard Becks and doesn't have the nasty after taste of many other alcohol free drinks. The reason for this is that it is brewed in the same way as Becks, but then the alcohol is removed leaving no more than 0.05% ABV.
I would suggest serving it very cold for the best taste, but always have some in the house now, either for drivers at parties, or for evenings when I fancy a beer, but not the alcohol.
It's also good for taking to parties as the packaging is so similar to ordinary Becks that it's unlikely anyone will notice what you're drinking, if you're worried about that sort of thing.
Re the price, I've just bought a pack of 6 from Asda for £3.45 - so it's much cheaper than drinking standard Becks too.
All in all, a fresh tasting alcohol free beer which is a great substitute for the real thing.
I heard from a pub landlady in Nottinghamshire once that the Beck's brewery hadn't released an alcohol-free beer for years because they wanted to get it absolutely right. Until one night, when they invited a large number of Bremen students for a free beer party. The students drank and drank, and got drunker and drunker, and knocked back free beer after free beer saying "You are my bescht Freund" or whatever you say in German when you're drunk.
The next day, the students didn't have the hangovers they had been expecting. Because it had been Beck's Alcohol-Free... The story goes, they hadn't noticed at all.
I can find no corroboration but this product really is that good. Tastes great, the beer you CAN drink between meals without ruining your sense of balance. Tastes like real beer, even out of the sideboard (unlike Clausthaler that tastes like sugary washing-up water if it isn't cold - umm, probably).
It isn't calorie-free, of course, (so keep water, and decaffeinated tea, handy) but now there's no reason to drink beer with alcohol in it.
It's now sold as Beck's Blue. Ironically, "blue" means "drunk" in German slang...
As for the price, it does generally cost about £3.54 (more in Waitrose) but is a product that comes out on special offer in Sainsbury's or Tesco's every so often at about £2.84, so I stock up then. Most recently it was £2.55 in Sainsbury's. Wheelbarrow time. (I bought 16 x 6).
Curiously enough, it counts as an alcoholic product at Sainsbury's so you can be asked if you are over 21. On the cardboard tray it comes on, it says "Please enjoy Beck's Blue responsibly". So no evenings dressing up as a ferret and repeatedly striking a colander with a herring, then...
I love beer - not surprising really as it is in my veins, I am Australian after all - I love making my own beer, real ale and just about anything beery. However, there is the odd occasion when I have to be designated driver and I want the taste of beer but not the alcohol. I have tried a number of low or alcohol free beers over the years and mostly they taste like the stuff you put into beer before it ferments - hideous, think and revolting.
So I was surprised to find these at the supermarket and as I like the taste of Becks anyway, though to give it a go and me being cynical vowed it would taste rank.
I was pleasantly surprised. You get the clean Becks beer taste - nothing exceptional yet nothing offensive either - but none of the boringness or bitterness that tends to inhabit the usual alcohol free beers. As it also in the same bottle and similar label, they have cleverly avoided people having to deal with the derisions that you choose to drink something without alcohol in it. You can happily hold onto this bottle at a party, drink four of them before most people would notice the subtle sign. Maybe it is not important but at least it stops me from having to make sarcastic responses to people happily guzzling down alcohol and deriding my need to drink alcohol free beer.
I like this - ok it is not a good solution for somebody who likes to drink beer but in summary, it gives me the taste of the beer and I can happily drive home knowing I won't be pulled over for speeding or other erstwhile driving offences related to alcoholic driving!
It is a bit more expensive than your alcoholic stuff - like decaf coffee, you always have to pay more for less - but not inhibitively so more expensive.
This is the best one by far I think and more importantly, if it keeps people safe from drink drivers - it does the trick. It quenches my thirst, tastes like a beer and people will be hard pressed to know I wasn't drinking with the rest of them.
I've been drinking this stuff for a few years. I am a big drinker and I was putting on weight and feeling tired in the mornings. I tried this stuff and I loved it! For me it tastes quite good but it has the psychological effect of convincing me that I'm having a proper drink. It's not too gassy so it doesn't bloat you. It has a crisp taste and when it's kept really cold it's refreshing. I notice that the label has recently changed and is called "Blue" but at first glance it doesn't look too different to a standard becks so you won't stand out when you're drinking it in public. The drawback is that it's more expensive than most alcoholic drinks - about £3.60 for a pack of 6 x 275ml. I like it, drink it regularly, have lost weight, feel brighter in the mornings and it might just be saving my life!
I would never drink and drive but I would equally normally never drink alcohol free beer, I mean what`s the point? One particular night out though where I was designated driver I decided to try one because I was sick to death of drinking Coke.
To my horror my ever loving wife returned with a bottle of Becks alcohol free beer which at first glance I thought was actually just a normal Becks.
Now my wife knows full well I dislike normal Becks beer so the chances of me liking the alcohol free one was slim. Becks in my opinion is a very poor beer with a horrible after taste and this alcohol free stuff was even worse.
It tasted to me like Becks beer watered down, if you imagine taking your pint and pouring out about a quarter of it then filling it back up with water then you are somewhere near the taste of this stuff.
As I say I would never normally drink an alcohol free beer at any time so I have not tasted many but I have tasted a few and they were all a lot better than this one. If you are driving or just don't want to drink alcohol then drink soft drinks, this stuff is really not an option especially at nearly £3 a bottle!!
Normally I wouldn't touch alcohol-free beer with a bargepole. I was at a wedding recently though and really fancied a beer but couldn't have one was because I was the designated driver. So instead, I thought I'd give this Beck's Alcohol-Free Beer a try. I didn't have to pay for it (which was a bonus) but I've discovered it's actually quite expensive to buy at around £3.50 per standard sized bottle!
I think the high price is because this is a real beer made from actual hops rather than just a flavour substitute. The problem with this however is that it does in fact contain alcohol! Yes really, if you check the label you'll find there is 0.05% alcohol content in each bottle. So whilst this is okay for those of us abstaining from alcohol because we're driving, what about those who don't want to drink ANY alcohol no matter how small? I work with a chap who's not allowed to have any alcohol whatsoever because he follows Islam lore.
Taste wise this was okay actually. I found it had a very strong taste and wasn't at all dissimilar to regular lager. It was noticeable that there was no alcohol in it though (or very little) I must say. I suppose it's a bit like drinking a shandy but with a bitter after taste! The texture was just the same as normal lager too, thin and watery - easy to drink.
I guess I do recommend this as an alternative to alcoholic beer if you really fancy one while you're the designated driver or trying to abstain for medical reasons or something. Obviously I feel it's important to remember that this is very low alcohol rather than alcohol free though. I've tried alcohol free brands in the past (ten years ago or so now) and not really liked them but this I found perfectly tolerable. I'd recommend sneakily putting a drop of the Mrs' lemonade in the bottle when no-one's looking though to take away the bitter aftertaste.
Pale Lager. Brewed in Germany since 1873.