Hellraiser Dark Amber
WellBeing Brewing

Hellraiser Dark AmberHellraiser Dark Amber
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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #3
ABV:
0.3%
Score:
80
Ranked #26,714
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 18.59%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
20
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WellBeing Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
80
Good
Hellraiser Dark AmberHellraiser Dark Amber
Notes: Hellraiser NA Dark Amber is the beer to drink when you are out with your friends ready to have a great time. This hop-forward amber has the perfect balance of floral aroma and spicy hops to delight the palette, making this tasty amber easy to drink anytime or all the time.
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Photo of teromous
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't see a date listed on the label or the bottle.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark copper color that is slightly hazy. It has a very short white head that slowly recedes but leaves a nice sheet of thin lacing.

Aroma: There is a light aroma of lime zest and a hint of mint.

Taste: There is a light caramel flavor up front which is then followed by a lime flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied with a slightly acidic bite and a light bitter finish which is similar to the bitterness of a lime.

Overall: The beer is nice and refreshing with a light aroma and flavor of lime with a mild bitterness at the end. It would go well with a salad or some fish. I could drink it from time to time and it's worth at least trying.

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Photo of zeff80
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, amber color with a large, off-white head of foam. It smelled like walking into a pet store. Not good. Tasted of caramel malt and a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of skorasaurus
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've sampled about a dozen NA beers and this blows everything out of the water and is the closest thing to replicating actual beer.

Look: amber, not translucent.

Smell: very, very subtle pine and amber.

Taste: taste of amber and maybe a slight lemon flavor? Has great body to it like a craft beer, The taste is within the beer and stays a little bit with you.

Feel: feels just like an average beer, not watery.

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Photo of CDGoin
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have to caveat that this is a NA beer.. it is one of the best NA beers I have ever had, its as close to a REAL Beer as there is. Cold it is drinkable on its own, with only a hint of the cloying malty sweetness of a traditional NA.

What I have found is that it mates well with a Vienna Lager/Octoberfests/Amber Ale style of real beer. So I will get a larger 500 ml glass and mix the two. Providing a sub 2.5% beer than tastes better than anything with the word "Light" or "lite" on the label.

If you find you can no longer drink beer, but still love the flavor and taste this is the beer to get.

Only real issue with this beer is that it costs the same as high end craft beers ($10.99 in VIrginia), BUT as it is NA pays no taxes.. Maybe this helps offset the extra cost of making it.. but I would think it would be a little less than a six pack for craft beer. That said, it doesn't stop me from buying it.

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Photo of BSEDS
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating this one compared to other NA beers I’ve tried. It has to be the best of the 8-10 I’ve had. Fairly hoppy, similar bitterness level to the hundreds of hoppy APAs out there. Lingering hop flavor reminds me of an esb. Light to medium bodied. Great option when avoiding alcohol.

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Photo of amandabcook
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't care for this NA amber, but someone who is really into ambers might. It's mediocre. I'd much rather drink a Clausthaler or an Athletic Brewing IPA.

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Photo of JustCamIt
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: aggressive pour into a tumbler resulted in a moderately foamy but long lasting head, hazy dark amber with a good amount of fine bubbles
S: wheaty, floral, and piney
T: moderate hops with some caramel
F: a tinge watery but otherwise quite chewy for a low alcohol beer
O: a nice beverage with all the tastes of a beer without the alcohol

I bought Hellraiser with the express intent to “drink” while taking medication. It’s about as close to taste to a regular beer one can get without the obvious booze content. I think this one is ideal as a post-cardio recovery beverage.

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Photo of KSC
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber. Malty smell. The taste is malt up front following by a surprising hops kick. Not super hoppy, just surprising. I’ve never had an NA beer like this. I waited for something in the after taste to give away that this was an NA beer, but it didn’t come. This is a well balanced beer. Delicious. Of all the NA beers I’ve tried this is the easiest to mistake for a regular beer.

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Photo of BeyondClubSoda
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The flavor profile of Hellraiser is a little different than I expected for a "dark amber", but this is really a good beer. It's zesty, juicy, and tangy with notes of citrus and spice reminiscent of something like a Blue Moon or Shock Top. The hoppiness was far more subtle than I expected from other reviews. Where this beer stands out is that it also has a little yeast scent and flavor, which makes it taste and feel more like an authentic beer than some of its other NA cousins.

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Photo of kflorence
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber in color with plenty of head and lacing on the glass as you drink. Carbonation looks solid. It looks like an enticing beer. The smell is malted barley, honey and some lemon zest. Very pleasant aroma, hinting at a balanced complexion. The taste follows the nose quite well; malted barley up front with a zesty, lemon and citrus climax, finishing smooth with a mix of honey, malts and lingering citrus. Forgetting this is an NA beer, the taste is really quite solid. It is fairly balanced but decidedly hop-forward towards the swallow. There is enough complexity here to savor, but it is also very refreshing. The mouthfeel is excellent. Lively carbonation without feeling over-carbonated like a soda, but most importantly this beer has some body! I would say it is on the lighter side of medium bodied with some creamy/chewiness. Honestly it is a little bit thin, but vastly superior to any other NA beer I've had and hardly noticeable.

This is by far the best NA beer I've tried and is what I will use as the bar for other NA reviews in the future. The only really negative thing I can say about this brew is that it is quite expensive when factoring in the costs to ship it. Very happy to see a growing market for beers of this style and excited to see what's next (still hoping to find a great NA IPA someday).

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best NA beers I've had. It's a bit bitter (I love IPAs, this isn't one but still fills the void even after a real IPA) and it still has a heavy feel to it like a real craft beer. I tried some IPA NAs and they were terrible. This is close in taste to real beer. The other one that is good for IPA lovers is Clausthaler Dry Hopped. If you want no alcohol bring this one with you very good brew.

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Photo of al3
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer ...it is a World Class non-alcoholic malt beverage. 6 pack cans, ordered online, not available at the local B&Ms.

Amber color and decent lacing

Malty/fruity nose

Citrus and tropical fruit notes with hop bite on finish

Medium feel, dry finish.

From my experience (compared to the usual offerings Becks, St. Pauli, Kaliber, and other more common NAs) it fully deserves this rating for the category. If you like beer, regardless of ABV,I think you’ll agree.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've had some other NA options before and this is above and beyond compared to them in that well, it tastes decent. Poured an amber color, though a bit lighter and had a nice off white head that lasted, leaving some moderate lacing. Smelled of sweet caramel malts and hints of yeast and grains, taste followed the same path but a bit heavy on those sweet notes. Body was decent though I will say it felt thin, nice carbonation on it. Overall, not mad that I could enjoy what felt like a decent beer but can still head into work without any of the side effects. My liver and taste buds are finally both satisfied.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a couple of thoughts here. one is that i think its rad there is a company out there dedicated to craft non alcoholic beer, its long overdue, and for those drinkers to have options that arent the macro often expired tired lagers we all know, i am sure is a wonderful thing. the health side of the marketing makes little sense to me, its as much the grain as the booze isnt it? the empty calories? whatever. i also think its a little strange to call this amber ale hellraiser, like, how much hell is it or you going to really raise? not much i wouldnt think, so maybe a cool idea but pretty lackluster marketing, at least in my opinion, but i am about as far from their target demographic as you can get i suspect, so take that with a grain of salt. they call it a dark amber on the label, its just light orange in color, another strange thing about this, but it holds a nice white head and smells good to me, real malted barley and even a flash of simple ale yeast, both there in the flavor as well, already a step better than what just about everyone else is doing in this category. it has some body too which i like, and good carbonation, dry even for an amber, and really kind of impressive when you consider what else is out there. it does have a metallic tinge to it, and it seems to be missing something, hmm i wonder what, but the flavor is good and it appears to be well crafted. im glad this exists, i hope i never need it, but its nice to know its there...

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Hellraiser Dark Amber from WellBeing Brewing
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 20 ratings