Nanny State

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Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #20
Ranked #48,685
3.16 | pDev: 19.62%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Nanny StateNanny State
Notes: 0.5% or 1.1% ABV

If you think low alcohol equals low taste, think again. We made a hardcore beer and left the alcohol out. Nanny State breaks the curfew and slips under the radar. A brigade of speciality malts and North American hops sends bitterness to the brink and back. Squeezing this many hops in, and the alcohol out, is a testament to our craft.

Nanny State - no compromise, no surrender, no alcohol.

MALTS: Amber, Chocolate, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Munich, Rye, Wheat, Caramalt
HOPS: Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe
50 IBU
Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 129 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste: crisp super airy, slight bright hops, caramel malts, semi artificial or airy taste. slight bread, nutty nose. Amber/copper hue, semi clear, whit head some lace. Medium light body. Gentle dry finish, subtle hopped, a boating beer. Non Alcoholic style with a bit more taste.

Sep 29, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can

Pours clear amber, eggshell head is coarsely textured and dissipates slowly.

Aroma is of cereal and grassy malts with a very dry, thin vegetal bitterness.

Tastes of stale cracker and dry bitter grassiness.

Body is thin, carbonation stings on the tongue.

So it's a non-alcoholic beer AND a joke beer. Given this you can't really expect too much of it. That said, the taste is frankly off putting. I've had near beer before that tasted a bit too much of unfermented wort to pass the test; this goes in the opposite direction and had practically no malt flavor to speak of. What's left is effectively hop water, and the hops aren't interesting. As far as appearance goes, it looks nice enough. Aroma isn't terrible. And the body is fine for a light lager. The taste will probably prevent me from trying it again. If I had to drink only low alcohol beer, I could maybe live with this, but I would certainly try other ones first.

Apr 20, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

overall score simply for the statement. remember this coming out, remember finding it by sheer chance here in TX. love these ragtag bandits turned brewers.

Mar 19, 2020
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steveh from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In a new turn at lowering my alcohol intake, and still wanting to drink beer, I've been trying some of the "craft" brewed non-alcoholics. Glad to see BA including them in the listings because many of them aren't the NAs of years past.

Poured from a 12 ounce can into my Imperial Nonic.

L -- Pours a clear bronze color with a sudsy, off-white head that crashes pretty quickly.

S -- Light DMS, pine resin hop character. No malt notes.

T -- Taste is almost exclusively piny and spicy hops with some grainy malt flavor back. The hop character is well blended through 6 different hops and provide a nice flavor to fool you into thinking you're having a true IPA, but I wish more malts could have been brought out.

F -- Mouthfeel is pretty thin and the body a medium light to almost medium (the malts are in there).

O -- This is a great step forward for NA beer that actually tastes like beer. If I'm in a mood for a hop fix I know this will quench it, but I do like my malts so I'm hoping to find a good NA that leans to malts without having that unfermented wort character so many NAs have.

Feb 18, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The popularity of alcoholic seltzers leaves the beer brewer at a crossroads. How much of their stock do they put in keeping things beery versus making things contemporary? BrewDog has been there all along, making basically a non-alcoholic IPA that reads as much like seltzer as it does anything IPA.

Turbulent in its pour, the sparkling malt beverage, Nanny State teases the nose with a tingle of citrusy, grassy and stemmy hops along with slim suggestions of granola in a grain-driven support. Scant sweetness is pulled from the tongue by the exuberant carbonation to facilitate a low malt presence on the tongue.

Its militant carbonation batters the middle palate and sheds any malt sweetness leaving tracks of toasted grain, husk and nuttiness in a void of honey or caramel sweetness in an otherwise granola taste. The sharpness of citrus pith and peel hangs on the character of white grapefruit, under ripened orange and lemon. Sharply grassy, a hay-like hoppiness seems peppery, acute and minerally late in its taste.

Light bodied and quite refreshing, the sparkling beer bounces off the palate and carries a crisp and light demeanor throughout. An outlasting dry hay bite easily extends past any malt influence, the beer's bubbly spice is spot on seltzer water with an assertive hop bite. Its a perfect beverage for that special occasion that I just never have.

Dec 19, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a teku glass

This beverage pours a brilliant copper color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves lacing rings as it recedes.

The smell is hoppy and citrusy. It is nice.

The citrus comes through nicely in the flavor. The finish is clean leaving me ready for the next gulp.

Thin bodied with a watery mouthfeel

This is as good or better than any watered down "session" IPA that breweries put in 12 packs. I was surprised at how much flavor this NA has. Someone could have handed me this, and I would have not known it was an NA. If I ever have to abstain from alcohol this would be a nice savior.

Nov 10, 2019
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1.97/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Slight citrus taste up front but then immediately overwhelmed with pine scent and flavor. Watery body that finishes with a weak club soda mouth feel.
Not my cup of tea and definitely not worth the money, sorry Brewdog.

Oct 26, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/7/2019. Pours crystal clear deep golden/orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready/rye malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness; and rye spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready/rye malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 0.5%. Overall this is an excellent NA IPA.All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready/rye malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestely bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe profile. Extremely vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hop complexity; with a nice solid Munich/rye/wheat malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding beer for the style/ABV. No cardboard NA off flavors or anything.

Apr 27, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Clear amber with a very light tan frothy head.
Hoppy aroma. Malt in the background. Hints of chocolate?
Tobacco and grass upon tasting. Roasted malt bitterness.
Light to medium body. Not too watery.
Not bad for such a low ABV.

Apr 25, 2019
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a Ora et Labora taster.

A: The body pours a coppery to orange and red coloration. The head is white to beige, having little retention but good lacing.
S: The aroma is a bit weird because upfront there the malts' roastiness and in the back there's some citric tones. It seems like a Black IPA gone wrong but lighter.
T: Taste begins with a Nescafe type of slight roastiness that I don't enjoy at all. Roastiness must be taken seriously and these malts stopped half way to their destination. After the roastiness from malts and even some infused coffee, there's some citric notes of orange and tangerine that don't blend together with the previous profile. In the end, there's a watery touch to the beer I wasn't expecting since all the craft low alcohol beers I've had to this date were all great.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is low. Bitterness is non existent and alcohol is also non existent (the purpose of this beer).
O: After trying the Low Alcohol Beers from Mikkeller I was stunned at how good a no alcohol beer could be. Nanny State doesn't belong in that league. It's not terrible but I'd advise against it more than once.

Oct 30, 2017
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Spike from England

3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From a 330ml bottle. 0.5% ABV.
L: Dark russet colour with a half finger off-white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.
S: Abundance of spicy pine aromas with citrus in the background. Astounding for a near zero alcohol beer.
T&F: Ok so the style of beer really becomes apparent at this point. The malt base is thin and short-lived. The hops overwhelm, leaving a sharp, herbal, too dry, metallic taste. The mouthfeel is watery as expected.
O: The only reason to drink this beer is because it's Dry January. That said it's the best alcohol-free beer I've tried. So kudos to BrewDog...even though I'm gonna stick with tonic water & bitters while I'm on the wagon.

Jan 05, 2017
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy deep red color, half finger white head, minimal carbonation.

S: Hoppy, tropical fruits.

T: Hoppy and tropical fruits on the front end, watery on the back end.

F: Very drinkable and refreshing for the hot Greek summer!

O: This tastes surprisingly good for 0.5% ABV.

Jul 06, 2016
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle. Date stamp 160314 MJ 21/05/17. Served in a collins glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber to brown color. Sudsy white head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Quite hoppy. Pine, grapefruit rind.

Taste: Very hoppy. Pine, citrus bitterness from start to finish. Very little malt underneath it all. Maybe some at the finish, a bit cracker-like.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but sticky due to all the hop oils. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: The brewers nailed what they were going for - a low alcohol beer amped up. It's hoppier than some American pale ales I've had. It is, also, unbalanced, and I like hops. This much in hops needs to be paired and balanced with something. One 330mL bottle is more than enough. I think I would have a hard time finishing a whole pint of this as this starts to tire my palate out after awhile as I'm not getting the malt to counter the hops. Worth a try though, and if you're a hop-head, definitely worth trying.

Jul 02, 2016
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Melvintrude from England

3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

By far the best low ABV that I've ever had (although most are undrinkable and appear to have "envelope gum" as a primary ingredient)

Look, smell and mouth-feel are all utterly convincing, but I found the taste and overall experience a bit one-dimensional. Masses of bitter grapefruit hop that lingered through the aftertaste, but not much variation and roundness. Is it the lack of alcohol after all?

Jun 20, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

33c bottle. Dark amber pour with an almost non-existent tan head. Smells of pine and citrus hops. The taste is very bitter, with notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine resin and no kind of malty sweetness whatsoever. A very harsh bitter aftertaste, but even so, the best non-alcoholic beer I have tasted, to date.

Apr 05, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew Dog "Nanny State"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "BATCH 078 BEST BEFORE DDAA 17/02016" on 03/31/16
£1.29 @ Tesco Metro, Clayton Square, Liverpool, UK

Notes: Crystal clear amber-russet brown. White head. Very good retention and spotty lacing. Bright citrus hop nose. Ahhh, hop wasser! - there's no malt behind it. Light body. Smooth. Short finish with lingering hop: bitter, leafy/earthy. Not a bad non-alcohol beer given the hop aroma, but I still feel there's malt lacking.

Mar 31, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At Bar Maquilla, with stew of ox with imperial stout and rice with duck. Lunch with the family. Very good in aroma, creating a great expectation. However, the taste isnt as good, a bit muted compared with the superb nose.

Mar 06, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

3.74/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent copper with webby parchment foam. 3.75
Big flower + grapefruit oil nose. 4
Tannic tea leaf malts the burnt orange rind and gardenia hops. 3.5
Thin, fizzy, slight chew. 3.5

Brings hops, which is all you can ask. Miles beyond Erdinger or most other N/As. You have to ask, if it’s this dark - more an amber than a pale ale - why there’s not more residual sugars to help both the body and astringency, but you can (and I have) sneak this into your night for pacing without really noticing.

Big success on its own terms. 4

Oct 22, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Pours pale copper with a small head.
Nose shows sweet malt, bready and toasty notes, spicy and resinous hops.
Flavours include soft sweet malt at first with a hint of roast and some grapefruit/spicy hops.
Watery body as expected.

Mar 02, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Big hop low/no alcohol beer? Nearly and a good attempt
Worth a try just for novelty
there is some hop profile here but also that distinct tinny taste to these beers overwhelming it
Better than most full strength macro lagers though

Jan 13, 2015
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

3.8/5  rDev +20.3%

330ml bottle 0,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass

Appearance: The beer pours far darker than I would have expected from a light IPA - it looks more like an amber ale. A rough pour yields a large off white head that lasts fantastically well and leaves thick lacing as it slowly recedes. 4.25

Smell: Nanny State is certainly the best smelling low-alcohol beer I have come across and could, in all honesty, stand up to many of the better smelling regular strength IPAs I have had recently. The nose is absolutely bursting with hoppy goodness. Notes include: Litchi, orange, pineapple, citrus peel, a touch of resin and a light floral note. 4.5

Taste: After such a great nose, the flavour is a bit of a let down. Not because of a lack of hop flavour, but rather the absence of any trace of malt backbone results in the flavour coming across as a little watery and flat in the finish. There is a solid bitterness and notes of litchi, citrus and leafiness. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Hmmm, the lack of Abv. is really apparent in this department. The body is very light and watery and the carbonation is too high and a little fizzy. The lack of body really makes this feel like carbonated water. 1.5

Overall: This is easily the best low alcohol beer I have had, I just wish the mouthfeel was a little better. 3.75

Sep 05, 2014
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Arborescence from Finland

3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-dark, typical light bronze bitter colour. Surprisingly authentic-looking one finger head, although quite airy (disappears quickly). Looks like real beer, so splendid for a low ABV.

Aroma: Full-on flowery hops, but obviously no alcohol. Fresh and a little sweet.

Taste: Hops.. hops.. and then flatness. The sharp hops on the tongue make you expect something like an American-style strong IPA, but the finish is super light and the bitterness is just left in the air. It's a bit of a strange feeling, actually. The initial flavour is good though, and the flowery hops do linger a little at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Low to moderate carbonation, some sharpness from the hops.

Overall: Excellent for a low ABV, but a little disappointing once you notice that there's no body to back up the strong hops. Still, this is a brave attempt at making a tasty low ABV brew, and certainly the first one I've ever tried that has anything close to real hop flavour. An added bonus is that the beer isn't too sweet, which is a major flaw of many low ABV beers. This will certainly be a regular low ABV beer for me, although the cost is rather high compared to some of the competition (at least in Finland).

Mar 29, 2014
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew is highly underrated. It should define a new category @ 0.5% ABV and needs to be scored respective of that. Pours a solid brown with lots of chunky lacing - where it lacks is on head and liveliness but otherwise looks great. Nose is hoppy and I'd be fooled blind. Taste's great for next to no alcohol. Great brew and thanks for making this (and for opening a Brewdog pub in London).

Nov 10, 2013
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber, almost brown color with beige head. Aroma has some caramel malt and earthy, resiny hops with a touch of orange rind. Taste is indeed watery, as expected, but there are some hop notes on the finish with some dried orange peel and light caramel without any sweetness, just a light to medium hop bitterness. Light body with a dry a finish. Overall for NA beer it's quite decent.

Feb 25, 2013
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Liquoric3 from Germany

2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden colour wih a nice 2 finger white head. Low carbonation and decent lacing on the glass, The smell is pretty good you get Mango, lemon, tropical fruits and some hop bitterness.
The taste on the other hand is disappointing, No fruit aromas present like the smell indicated, only some hop bitterness combined with foul water flavor, my friend even tasted smelly feet. Body was medium with some hop bitterness lingering on the palate.
Sorry that was my first and last Nanny State.

Dec 23, 2012
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Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 129 ratings