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Buckler Non-Alcoholic Brew | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Buckler Non-Alcoholic BrewBuckler Non-Alcoholic Brew

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

had next to the new heineken zero alcohol and the coors non alcoholic, and this was better than the coors and much worse than the heineken, more malty and sweet at the end, but unlike the coors, its a reasonable facsimile to real beer if i let it be. i never drink this kind of thing, but i think this one is better than many, it has actual flavor at resembles beer, and that alone makes it decent in its field. clear and yellowish and thin, but it holds its head really well, and looks enough like a light lager. some corny sweetness to it, even an appreciable yeast aspect, its a shame they missed out on any hops, because that seems like the easiest of the core ingredients to assimilate into a non alcoholic brew, it should at least have a balancing element, because without it, the beer finishes sugary and one dimensional, seems like a missed opportunity to me. very light body even with the sweetness, a sort of stale and metallic layer too though, high carbonation saves it for me. i would choose this over many of its peers, but now that they have the new heineken alcohol free beer, this one may take a hit...

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Photo of WildKarrde
3.7/5  rDev +44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite cheapish near-beer. I can usually find a 6-pack for about $5.50, and for that price, it's well worth it.

Looks like a weak beer.

Smells like a light beer.

Pretty much like any generic lager. It has a slight hint of sweetness, but nothing overbearing.

As one of the cheaper, more readily available near-beer's on the market, I really enjoy this one. Tons better than O'Douls, and usually slightly cheaper as well.

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Photo of Gajo74
2.54/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Without going into specifics, I found myself in a situation where the option of ordering a low alcohol beer presented itself. My first ever!
Poured a clear watery color with a piss yellow color background. Little to no head and instantaneously dissipates into nothing.
There was a grainy aroma that was ok, however, there was also an offputting hint of aged cheese, stale tea and sweaty socks. To its credit, this negative aroma did somewhat phase itself out.
The taste was mostly malt forward with a clean lager feel. Not bad, however, there was a bit of astringency to the flavor which didn’t seem to come from hops.
The body is light, watery and fizzy. A bit overcarbonated and a bit rough around the edges in terms of mouthfeel.
So there you have it...my first low alcohol brew. Not terrible but hard to see myself drinking more of this style unless the occasion sonehow presents itself again.

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Photo of fredkols
3.4/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes just like Heineken lager to me and that's a good thing. It's light with a nice citrus flavor and medium head with minimal lacing on the glass. I would recommend this 99 cal glass to anyone who wants a drink before driving.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 7/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Overall this is a nice NA pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful with great balance of clean pils malt and noble hop flavors. No skunk or off flavors, despite the green bottles. A nicely enjoyable offering, and great style example. Best NA beer I've had yet.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OzmanBey
4.7/5  rDev +82.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dhannes
3.56/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint.
L=A tad lighter than regular lagers, but darker than many; ample head for a lager.
S=Almost none, but also not off putting.
T=It has been awhile since I've had an NA beer, but, for the style, rather refreshing with minimal of that musty NA flavor. Sweet, slightly malty...definitely more of a session beer.
F=Lighter and ample carbonation.
O=Definitely one of the better NA beers; I recall that imports always beat domestic offerings, and this is no exception.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pale brass lemon yellow with very good clarity. Very bright bleach white head, managing a good two fingers off the pou, but settles to a simple fine puck and collar. Looks like a better than average industrial beer.

Aroma is quite a bit off putting. Burnt flour like grains predominate the nose. Chalky and powdery burnt residue just get quite a bit of scent on the nose here. Moderate sensing malt sweetness, but hardly much to be contained here.

Surprisingly not as bad as I thought it would be on the palate, but still not providing an enjoyable experience. Chalky burnt grains on the palate, with an exceptionally watery mouthfeel. Tap water like body and consistency. A faint touch of a bit of malt sweetness manages to save it just a little. Very odd bitterness that doesn't even feel like hops.

Very strange NA brew, much better out there.

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Photo of FriedSlug
2.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A nice clear straw colored beer with a white head that lingers around the edge of the glass. The aroma isn't great as it is skunky, grainy and sweet. The taste is grainy and metallic with that skunkiness in it. There is a little bitterness and an odd underlying sweetness. This is not something I enjoy.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.82/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pilsner look that tastes and looks like Stella/Heineken. Not bad for an N/A beer

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Photo of jzlyo
2.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma and flavor is a bit of barley/malts, mild fruit and a bitter finish. Not something I'll have again but if I had to have a N.A. beer, this was passable.

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Photo of davisrs
3.05/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comparing only NA beers, BUD Light and Miller Lite, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
The color was a nice straw yellow.
This beer poured with a 1 finger head.
It gave off a very slight sweet beer aroma from the head, almost odorless.
The taste was that of beer with overly sweet malt but only slight hops flavor.
The overall taste and body was slightly better than any US light or NA beer with a slight taste of caramel

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Photo of alexsergio
2/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of dewfaced
3.66/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the better tasting NA Beers

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I guess this is the non alcoholic non skunk version of Heineken. Which is like, the best two things about Heineken if you ask me, so I am not sure why this has reason to exist. . . much like a Carver in Lovelock.

Pours a super feint straw yellow. Mild white head 1/3". The smell wasn't skunky, but was a concerning kind of musty basement.

Taste was a different hopped AAL kind of beer. I dunno. Maybe you're on probation and you've been Eiffel Towered by the whole town and fire department like Chrystal has, so you're relegated to drinking this to drown your sorrows. Like Trump says, its sad, its really sad.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There was a point, a few years back, when I was on a style kick, drinking widely of one style until I either exhausted the available commercial stock or my palate became exhausted. N.A. or Low-Alcohol Beers were one such instance & I was recently surprised to realize that I have not previously reviewed this one. Time to make up for lost time!

From the bottle: "Premium Quality".

As usual, nothing happened until I Pop!ped the cap. After that, the brew seemed to fly into my glass, following a heavy-handed pour. This created a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head that withered in the face of the day's heat & humidity. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. I was surprised when The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas suddenly appeared as I would have thought this to be beneath their mighty gaze. Nope, they just love gold! Nose had a pleasant sugary maltiness to it, leading me to wonder whether it began as a lager or an ale. My bet is on the former. The taste was also decent, with a lager-like sweetness and a touch of Noble hop bitterness. Finish was dry and actually kind of refreshing. For me, it was kind of a novelty treat, but when I first got on an N.A. kick years ago, I had a buddy who could only drink them due to his far out meds. I don't know if he had this one, but I do know that he liked some more than others. This was decent.

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Photo of RyanKininger
3.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thoglund
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of singletary
2.34/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of josanguapo
1.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

30 May 2015: At lunch. With fried eggs, with fried potatoes, chicken steaks and sausages. Bad but not infamous. Small nasty bitterness but allows itself to be drank

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Photo of tone77
3.04/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has lots of grains, a touch of skunkiness. Taste is grains, some malts, actually more flavor than I was expecting. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while I won't need another, this beer greatly exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
1.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of FLima
2.34/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden color with a two finger head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of grains, bread and herbs. Not good, but not bad for style.
On the other hand, the flavor was far from great. Notes of malt juice from extract, very few hops if any and lager yeast. And that is it. Dry aftertaste with no bitterness.
Light body with a carbonation that avoided going watery.
No really bad flavor as some non-alcoholic beers, but it has no enchant and plain as it can be. Malt juice.

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Buckler Non-Alcoholic Brew from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 2.57 out of 5 with 151 ratings