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Brewed by:
BrewDog
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
0.5% or 1.1% ABV

Added by mdagnew on 11-03-2009

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101
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
20.5%
 
 
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Photo of rex_4539
3.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.52/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Melvintrude
3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
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?

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Photo of Marius
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | 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

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.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev +18%
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

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.33/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%

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

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Photo of Arborescence
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
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).

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Photo of Oakenator
4.66/5  rDev +47%
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).

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Photo of Liquoric3
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it the later version – after 2009 - with lower IBU (45) and lower alcohol. The initial version had around 4 times more IBUs and twice as much alcohol.
Dark Amber color with low head with medium retention.
Aroma is pretty good, citric and fruity with notes of passion fruit.
Hoppy flavor with a strong bitterness that keeps strong in the aftertaste, which is also dry and watery.
Medium carbonation with small bubbles. Body too thin.
I am afraid it was quite watery given the very low alcohol. Some malt presence would help as well. Interesting as an experience and good alternative to beer juice drinkers (non-alcoholic).

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Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty impressive, the beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing is really good on this, very sticky and maintains a great retention. The smell has a nice aroma of malts and hops. The taste of the beer is malty and hoppy also. The flavors are quite nice for a beer with a low ABV. The mouthfeel is drinkable. Overall the beer is good, I would easily say this is the best low ABV beer I've ever had.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.15/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reddish to murky brown colour with tinges of orange in it as well. It is topped buy a foamy white head about the width of a thumb.

Hopped up to begin with along with some floral notes and a touch of tea which I wasn't expecting. It is quite strong at points and there is some background pine and a bit of grapefruit.

Bland right at the start with touches of hops and pine but these are pretty minimal. There is a lot of bitter that follows this and again some floral notes but that's about it really. Not a great taste and in fact barely drinkable.

Incredibly dry on the palate along with being quite bland and almost watery if that is even possible. The beer is light bodied with low to mild carbonation.

Started out really well and I was beginning to think there was actually a low alcohol beer out there that would be able to compete with some pretty good pale ales however the second I took a taste of it I knew that wasn't the case. A pretty poor beer, up there with the worst if taken on taste alone.

1001 Beers Blog: http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle, courtesy of DoubleJ,

A: Pours a medium-brown with a crisp white head with good head retention.

S: Lots of hop character. Flowers, pine, cedar bark, black tea.

T: Really it tastes like iced tea, bitter with no sweetness, no malt to be found. Hop tea basically with carbonation.

M: Very light-bodied, it is refreshing in an interesting way. Has some creamy carbonation characteristics.

O: I like weird experiments like this in the beer world, drinking this will never let you take for granted the role malt plays even in the most unbalanced of West Coast IPAs. For low alcohol beer though, this kicks the crap out of O'Douls.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You gotta love BrewDog's response to its critics who blasted Tokyo* for containing 18% ABV. A near beer with lots of hops, this "IPA" was given to me as a gift from Sergio while I was in Brazil two months ago. On to the beer:

Dark copper color with solid lace and retention. Ok, whatever. Let me smell it...it's got a good nose. Flowery, some passionfruit. No malt whatsoever.

Halcyondays suggested this is like an iced tea with hops instead of tea leaves. I think he's right on. Iced hops? Lots of crisp hops and very bitter, but the bitterness is on the refreshing side, especially as more of it is tasted. Yeah, we have a sense of the malt, but onlya very hint of it. The body is very light (water anyone?) with some carbonation and crispness to liven it up.

Not all experiments turn out for the best, but I must say I did like Nanny State...the beer, not the group of people made of ignorant control freaks. If I needed to quit drinking, this would be a great step to get there...or would it?

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. ABV is 0.5%. I remember hearing about this beer after Brewdog were attacked by the Scottish government for supposedly promoting irresponsible drinking. This was their response. Two fingers up to the establishment I say!

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam with good retention - this eventually reduces to a nice surface layer. A huge hit of aromatic hops greets your olfactory senses - notes of resinous pine and citrus with an undertone of sweet caramel malt.

Tastes of aromatic hops with some weak malt and a bitter finish. Notes of pine. The hops are there, but the malt is barely present. The bitterness isn't excessive, but the absence of a decent malt backbone leaves it unbalanced. Mouthfeel is equally poor - very thin and watery. Tingly and astringent, but the effect on the palate is more like black tea than beer. Aftertaste of aromatic hops.

Well - it's a good stab at a low alcohol beer. It will end up damned with faint praise, but I doubt there's another low-ABV brew out there with so much hop character. It looks great and smells nice, but falls down hard with the flavour and mouthfeel. Bonus points for effort - alcohol-free beer doesn't get much attention over here. Worth trying once.

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Photo of grapetonix
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: like a dark amber ale. Medium head. Crystal clear.

S: hops! too much, tells you something about what you're gonna drink. Not a bad smell just disgustingly overpowering at times.

T: hops! and a little citrus and grass. too much again but it's very drinkable and enjoyable.

M: fresh, easy to drink. Needless to say no hints of alcohol here. Just the right amount of carbonation.

overall: Probably the most drinkable N/A beer I ever tasted and definitely more enjoyable to drink than a generic watery alcohol containing lager. Would not feel ashamed in bringing this to a party or event. Keep up the good work BD!

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Photo of hoser
4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yes officer I have been drinking tonight as a matter a fact I have a fuck of a lot to drink tonight, I think 12 beers but I can't remember. Yes I will take a Breathalyzer and a blood test. Yes my breath does smell like hops. No your machines aren't broken, I forgot to mention the beers I was drinking are 0.5% alcohol by volume.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A heavily hopped .5% provocation. It works!

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Smudged and a bit trite design of semi erased and dusty fonts displaying the brew name in light green. Side notes goes over brew intent, main characteristics, and brewery ethos. Notes best before date and batch (19/12/11 388). Shows Alc. by Vol. (0.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear amber pour, rich foamy head with nice retention and a persistent surface memory, great lacing.

S - Richly hoppy nose, plenty of resin, citric notes, a bit grassy, quite intense and rich…

T - Taste maintains the range without the intensity, hoppy, citric and resinous with that grassy touch, minimal touch of malt.. the softness can felt already but the lingering bitterness and aroma sustain the brew rather well.

M - Medium/light body. Medium carbonation holding throughout rather well and helping soften the sometimes watery mouthfeel.

O - If the point is to prove that a low Alc. and flavorful brew can be done then this one does it. If somewhat thin on the palate, the aroma shines, the flavor stands and the overall experience is quite pleasing.

Notes: Polemic aside it is actually a rather quaffable brew, full of hoppy flavor, so it is not for all palates, but it has a fun edge to it. I would not mind to have a few of these around. Funny how well I´m told this is selling in some places for people looking for the hops without the alcohol...

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Photo of salvo
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: you'd be hard pressed to tell this wasn't a high-end IPA. Rich, deep brown with a finger of head that dissipates and disappears, streaking the glass.

Smell is incredible: pure piney, grapefruity hops with a veneer of rich malt.

Taste starts strong and like a west-coast IPA. And then it just disappears, falling off the table like a stone. No finish at all. And that in itself is amazing! Finishes like an unsweetened soda.

Another extreme beer from BrewDog that I have been waiting and waiting to try, and it did not disappoint. Extreme in what it doesn't have: alcohol. Extreme in that it was super-hoppy. Almost hop-tea, which is what I was expecting, frankly. Extreme and I love it, imperfect though it must be. Love to give this another try.

I am very grateful that it was available by the bottle at the new BrewDog bar in Edinburgh in the Cowgait.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - 4.0
Much darker than I expected. Pours a two fingers of cream coloured head over a clear body of copper-red.

Smell - 3.5
Already it is clear that this is not a regular IPA. Aroma is completely hop driven; fruity (grapefruit) and resinous.

Taste - 1.5
For the first second it seems that BrewDog have performed a miracle - there is a touch of malty sweetness. Unfortunately, this quickly disappears, leaving a very dry, very bitter beer which isn't all that pleasant. Tastes of citrus fruits and a little pine, finishing metallic and bone dry.

Mouthfeel - 1.5
Just like the taste, it seems ok at first, then falls flat. Fine carbonation gives a momentary impression of fullness in the mouth, before the true, thin and watery character takes over.

Overall - 1.5
I would be very interested to know what the IBU count on this beer is. Probably not too high, but it seems very bitter thanks to there being bugger all malt for balance.

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Photo of Trizzle
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Lovely dark Amber body, a huge fluffy head retains well and leaves thick slabs of lace.

Lovely hoppy aroma of pine and citrus hops and a vague background of sweetish malt back lacks a little oomph. A faint metallic twang as well.

Where is that malt in the mouth? Almost Non existent. Hoppy water. Plenty of bitter hops, pine and grapefruit, the slightest hint of malt. Is a touch astringent and lingers very peppery and metallic... Towards the bottom of my glass I'm starting to taste past the hops and getting a touch of honey malt. And more metal.

Not a bad shot at a very low ABV boy but I won't go again.

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