Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #30
Ranked #49,170
3.23 | pDev: 21.67%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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tcc from Pennsylvania

2.01/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Tried this after learning about it on one of the forums. Have been trying a number of Athletic's NAs, and like Lagunitas beers in general. This one disappoints. There's something off about the flavor of the bitterness here...less like hops and more like castor oil. And that taste also permeates the smell. I've tried a few of these hoping to find a way to enjoy them, but I have decided I can't buy this again. Maybe there's just something in the flavor palate here that doesn't work for me, but I'm still sort of shocked that I found this one so undrinkable given the brewery's otherwise good track record. Try it if you must, but don't say I didn't warn you.

Oct 11, 2021
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flagmantho from Washington

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a clear body. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Color is good, but more head retention would be great.

Smell: very, very light malt sweetness, along with some nicely grassy hops. Judged by the standards of NA, not too bad at all; a little more malt would be nice though.

Taste: again, flavor is very very light; it's kind of like fizzy hopwater. Again, by the standards of NA, you could do a lot worse; however, there's overall not a ton of flavor here to really recommend it.

Mouthfeel: minimum body, some light fizziness. Again, like the flavor, there's just not a lot here.

Overall: this NA execution isn't overtly bad, but it really simply lacks in much of any flavor or anything. Fizzy hopwater.

Sep 29, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Confusing freshness dating.

Looks decent enough in the glass. Golden yellow body with a small white head. This shrinks to a broken ring, a little lacing early on.

Somewhat dull fruity aroma.

On tasting, a little fruit, some hop notes, quite dry, and an odd tea flavor.

Mouth barely reaches medium, finish a slightly bitter tea taste.

Overall, goes slightly downhill after the look. Not the worst low alcohol beer out there, but SA Just the Haze this is not.

Sep 11, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, Pipeworks Willie.

Caramel colored body with blonde shading, and a finger of fluffy head that rivals most IPAs but no lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma is sort of briney like pickles, with some malt soup and a little bit of spicy grapefruit.

Flavor brings crisp caramel malt first, followed by a little stale onion, dry dirt, some grass, chive, and bitter lemon rinds. It tastes hoppy like an IPA but with no malt sweetness and not a lot of flavor. Finishes on stale chives.

Feel is very busy and carbonated, with some mild resins hanging on. Light bodied. Not expecting a lot here due to it being NA.

Overall, not the worst choice you could make for a non alcoholic brew, but one would still be better off simply limiting their intake of actual beer and find the low ABV ones that pack flavor for their weight. Fruited sours, I'm looking at you.

Got a six pack, and this is bottle #4 overall, and probably would not buy again.

Aug 28, 2021
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.01/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks like a brown IPA, not the most appetizing. Smells and tastes like caramel malt mixed with a carbonated tea beverage. Slight earthy pine aroma. Taste and feel are just off, carbed but thin and watery. Not a quality beverage.

Aug 06, 2021
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sklein11 from Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Drinkable, barely. Not in the same class as Athletic Brewing's N-As. Mouth feeI is thin and fizzy. No malts and little flavor, other than light hops. If I had the choice of this or sparkling water with a wedge of lime, I'd probably go with the latter

Aug 03, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a six pack of bottles at Bradford's in Plymouth for about ten dollars. My ninth brew from these guys. I rate these NABs on a scale, as I don't feel that they can be compared to regular beer. As fas a NABs go, this is pretty good. I am not sure if great is attainable.

Jul 10, 2021
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BeerWizard from Colorado

3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unexpectedly amber for an NA, like venturing into tea-like. Very clear, no real head but adequately carbonated and there's some lively activity happening in the glass. Nose is sweet and hoppy...there is a very faint, kind of weird burnt smell lurking in the background that isn't pleasant, but almost unnoticeable. It's refreshing, has a light mouthfeel, and a fresh hop taste. Definitely Lagunitas-style hop profile, recognizing it from their other beers. Very grapefruit. Feels more like drinking a light IPA than an NA, for sure. Falls apart pretty quickly as it warms - was definitely better cold, not really worth decanting in my opinion. Slammed on a hot day when not drinking real beer and I'd say this one is solid. Not great, but really are any of them? I'd throw this in the NA mix though.

Jul 01, 2021
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elNopalero from California

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From what I understand, this is the nonalcoholic version of Lagunitas’ flagship. I’ve always found their ipa to be overly malty for my tastes—and expectations, for a west coast brewer—but its well-balanced. Their NA ipa hits the mark overall. Appearance is strikingly similar to the OG, although it looks fizzier on close examination. The aroma is more hop forward, spicer, even, with a pronounced green grassy vegetal note. The palate follows, with a definite hop pellet character. Personally, I don’t mind this in the least, and find it preferable to plenty of other NA flavor profiles. Thin bodied, but not watery. Overall, this far exceeded expectations.

Jun 02, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep orange red with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain with lots of grassiness and pine and just a hint of citrus. Tastes of grassy and piney hops, not too bad for not the real deal, but it overpowers anything else. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good NA beer.

May 29, 2021
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xpatuk from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clever name aside, this is actually one of the best N/A (less than 0.5%) beers that I have tried so far. The N/A beers have come along way since Buckler and O’Douls were the only options. It’s just a shame that they seem to cost the same as full strength IPAs. The taste is very close to the original Lagunitas IPA, pour it into a glass and no one could tell the difference. Carbonation level is smooth and the taste - although not as flavoursome - is pleasant. This tastes better than a cheap mainstream lager but doesn’t quite satisfy like a good IPA. If you are taking a break or if N/A is your deal I would highly recommend this one.

May 13, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper color with a nice head. Smell of fruit and pine. Mimics the regular Lagunita's IPA fairly well. Thin taste with a decent hop bitterness and a firm malt backbone. One of the best non-alcoholic beers i've ever had.

Apr 29, 2021
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep orange copper body, with exceptional clarity nearly like glass. Shows off ample amounts of linear carbonation as well through a shiny beaming body. Head creation is fairly solid too, classic three finger height with some retention. Slightly soapy, but some staying power and even a touch of clingy lace. Looks like a great looking West coast standard IPA.

The nose follows more of that style as well. Fruity citrus tinged with red grapefruit and sweet oils of lemon and orange. Surprisingly there isn't much of a malt presense which is surprising for an NA, and this so far comes off more IPA than anything, and very impressively so far.

If I am going to take this for what it is, it's pretty impressive, but not without it's shortcomings. First touch is a very light, nearly papery but wet mouthfeel, and almost ashen flavor. But the hops manage to kick in. Hits of orange and grapefruit, surprsingly bold and a fairly good crispness that comes in. Luckily too sweetness is dialed down too, but also it leaves strangely a very empty malt and ash/chalk like flavor at times, with some hits of carbonation and gas, and mixed hop pellet like memories.

Surprisingly though it hits everything nicely within the restrictions, and I can't fault it.

Apr 21, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(12 oz bottle; purchased single off shelf... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: polished-clear, amber liquid; two-finger high, off-white, slightly-rocky suds atop... one thick crescent of lace at the top

S: berry (mix of blueberry and raspberry?) pancake syrup, with notes of minty cannabis and fresh-opened pellet hop bag slowly emerging from the background... there is a sort of pancake malt aroma buried at the bottom... moderate intensity overall... the pellet hop note is undeniable (what caused that?)

T: bland foundation, ugh... I think maybe that pellet hop character is all that's there; herbal (green) tea-like... really, wth?... bitter with a fabric-like (burlap?) flavor... really no moreish qualities to any of these flavors

F: subtle resinous silky residuals, light-bodied with a very delicate roundness lingering after the finish

O: the smell suggested better quality, more dynamic beer... but this was easily the most off-putting NA I've had (1749)

Apr 20, 2021
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danrust8 from Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rating this as a NA beer, and so not against alcoholic IPAs.

The look is great. Amber tint. Foamy head with lacing remaining.

Smells like an IPA should. The hops are with this one. A good, but not super strong pine needle.

Taste is really good for a NA. Lagunitas claims to have filled in the flavor of the removed alcohol...with more hops. I loved it. It tastes like a good IPA. Leaves a slight bitter hops kiss in the aftertaste. Not too bitter. Citrus up front.

Mouth feel is worst category. Initially, I thought it was too carbonated, but I got used to it and came to like it after a few more. Pouring in a belgian style helped ease the intensity of the bubbles. Otherwise, I'd say only slightly thin compared to the best NAs I've had. Not too noticable if you're wanting NA anyway.

Overall, this is a great NA pale ale. Well done, Lagunitas! I enjoy it regularly and (surprisingly) don't miss a regular IPA too much with this.

Apr 13, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/26/20, bought off a room temp shelf about 3/27/01, chilled and consumed 4/1. Pours a brilliantly clear amber with vigorous rising bubbles...too much like appearance of a carbonated soft drink. About 1 finger of relatively short lived head. Points for clarity/loses points for looking like a softdrink and having an unimpressive head. Some malty/barely there hoppy smell. Nothing very remarkable but above average. Taste reminds me of carbonated tea...I think claiming this is a IPA wannabe is a misnomer. More like a pale ale. Very thin, watery, over-carbonated mouthfeel. Overall....very average and if being judged against some of the better pseudo-IPA NA beers it doesn't come close.

Apr 02, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.31/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from TJs.

A clear amber with a dense off-white head with good retention and little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is similar to the Hop, with a fruity, citrusy, pine like aroma, but with some caramel added. High carbonation gives a mineral like character to the nose. The palate opens with some hop flavor, minimal bitterness and some sweetness. Fruity with orange peel, a little pine and some tangerine. Light, watery, spritzy on the palate, drying, scrubbing finish with light hop flavor and sweetness . Good for what it is, but otherwise mediocre.

Mar 31, 2021
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HiIBU4Me from Pennsylvania

1.22/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

My goodness, I would expect more from Lagunitas. I can't believe they tasted this and put it out to market. Unnatural taste. Solvent or tar roofing cement. Looks OK but smell and taste are so far off that I had to dump it. And I never dumped anything except Magic Hat Spruce IPA. Do not waste your money.

Mar 26, 2021
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pianoguy from Washington

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle no discernable bottling info

Pours a nearly clear golden body with a white head. Very little retention. A small amount of speck lacing.

Scent is Mosaic hop forward. Pine and some onion notes. Overall scent is fairly prominent. The good news was I didn't get any of that NA vegetable wort scent whatsoever. I increased my score from 3.50 to 3.75 for this reason alone.

Taste more or less follows but it does lack bitterness

Light, almost thin feel fits the style

Overall; One of the better NA IPAs. Not having that horrible vegetable wort scent was huge for me.

Feb 27, 2021
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well...I've always subscribed to the notion that non-alcoholic beer is akin to decaffeinated coffee i.e. why bother, but this isn't horrible...it isn't great, but maybe as a spacer(?)...it's drinkable "hop" water.

Feb 14, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Packie
Mostly clear deep gold color bordering on amber with a decent sized short lived bubbly white head. Earthy pine and pithy citrus with toasty bready caramel maltiness. Somewhat watery, light body moderate bubbles. Better than any NA beer I've tried, more body than a brut IPA. Nicely done.

Feb 12, 2021
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another NA to try, I'm loving these cause I can drink them while working and get a full beer flavor. I love Lagunitas IPA so I hope this comes close
Pours a med-smaller fizzy head with med-low retention, a touch of lacing, very clear med honey blond-orange color

Nose explodes with hops, pine and citrus up front, a touch of dank green onion in the background, maybe a bad batch of Simcoe, unless they started using Mosaic since that didn't exist when original IPA was out, some dank resin as well and the dankness increases, no real malt in there, unfortunately not blowing me away here

Taste more hops out front, grassy and piney at first, a little earthy as well, some citrus in the background, a bit dank but not really oniony yet, then into more pine and earthy hops, again almost no malt profile, and very little bitterness, drier finish with a bit more dank piney hops, a med-lower bitterness kicking in and a hint of green onion

Mouth is thinner lighter bod, med carb

Overall disappointed, there are some great NA beers out there, and this just didn't measure up, and that's not because I'm comparing it to regular Lagunitas IPA, as I assumed this would be a different beast. Lack of malt was the biggest issue, which you can still have malt in a NA beer, that also came with lower body and abit watery feel, but also the hops don't seem like the best batch of hops with some green onion and quite dank and piney without the malt to balance it. Lagunitas, if you read this please try to bring up the malt a bit and check the hops you add to it.

Jan 28, 2021
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent honey amber with a finger of off-white foam that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is herbal, citrus, resin, and dank hops with biscuity malts. Hops pop right off the front, and dominate the nose. Flavor profile is dank, resin, citrus, herbal, and grassy hops with a dry finish that's egged on by biscuity, wafery malts. Hops are still the focal point, but are a little less of the focal point vs. the aroma. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a consistent, symmetrical bubbly velvet texture across the tongue. Overall, hops show up well, and when combined with the dry finish, keep this drinking refreshing.

Jan 20, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the neck of the bottle, in dark print: "330 0 1 1 2159 1417"

Appearance: The body is a beautiful copper-gold color that changes hue as the light strikes it. Very good clarity. There are hints of brown at the edges and the color looks a lot like iced tea. The head is short, white, and frothy. It fades out to a thin cap of foam on the surface but it maintains the cap. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: It starts out very catty, with some onion aroma. A light peach scent comes through. It has a very savory aroma.

Taste: The flavors don't really take place at specific parts of the palate like they normally would. Instead the beer sort-of slowly delivers the same array of flavors with slightly increasing intensity as they pass over the tongue. There is a bit of an earthy non-descript plant-like flavor, some hay at certain points, a light bit of pine, and a subdued hop bine oil character. There is an odd flavor to the beer that is hard to place...the closest estimates would be like burnt bay leaf or burnt tea leaves. The flavors do linger on the palate a bit after drinking.

Mouthfeel: The body floats on the upper edge of light. There is only a slight bitterness to the beer.

Overall: The label states that this is a "NON-ALCOHOLIC IPA" and that it "CONTAINS LESS THAN 0.5% ALC/VOL." For a NA beer it is fairly enjoyable. Some of the flavors seem a bit off but it has enough hop character to let you know that you are drinking something with hops. Compared to something like Hop Water it has more body and the hop presence seems to linger on the palate more, but it also feels a little off because the flavors that linger are a bit strange. I probably wouldn't buy it again given some of the alternatives on the market but I probably wouldn't turn one down if it was handed to me. A beer like this would be decent with a group of people after a run or a long hike. I would recommend buying a single bottle of it first before deciding if you want a sixer.

Jan 15, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

2.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint nonic.

A: Pours a clear amber with a fizzy off-white head.

S: Hops upfront remind me of the signature Lagunitas/Lagunitas Sucks hop profile, slightly aggressive and definitely piney and resiny. Strange grainy/spice character starts to arrive on the end of the nose, savory almost.

T: Not completely unpleasant; bordering on amber lager territory with a slight toasted grainyness. The palate seems hollow though. Mild lemony hop presence.

MF: Kinda fizzy with that same hollow watery-ness from the flavors.

O: Didn’t quite know what to expect, it started out OK with the hoppy nose but goes downhill. Not my favorite. Would rather have beer.

Jan 15, 2021
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