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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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 136
Photo of rodbeermunch
1.8/5  rDev -29.4%
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 +34.5%
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 josanguapo
1.8/5  rDev -29.4%
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 +19.2%
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 FLima
2.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of MacMalt
2.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured into pint glass. It pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick, foamy bright white head and lacing. It is actually a reasonably attractive pour. The smell is a very unappealing bready yeast. The taste is also completely bland: biscuity malt, slightly sweet. No hop presence at all. There is simply no taste. It is light in body and carbonation. It would be easy to drink if there were any reason to do so. This one looks great in the glass. Stop there and don't drink it!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not bad, deep yellow body with no head. Look is average.

Aroma was horrid skunky lager yeast. Well, it is from Heineken.

Taste was surprisingly better than the smell. Crisp, only mildly skunky.

Mouthfeel was OK. Not thin but not full, what do you expect from this one?

Overall the aroma was too bad to finish it. I'm on Weight Watchers and I'm not going to spend some of my daily points on this when I have a Tachyon in the fridge.

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Photo of Bru-ster
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everyone rates these NA beers as if they are alcohol containing brews. I believe it is unfair as they are missing one real beer ingredient: alcohol. I have drank many real beers (domestic, craft, imported) and many NA beers. I have had Guiness in Ireland, Strong Guiness in Hong Kong, Bass in London (among other ales), Carlsberg in Copenhagen, Corona in Mexico, Molson in Canada, Jever in Germany and Heineken in Amsterdam. I love beer. This is one of the better tasting NA beers I have drank. It has a flavor profile very similar to Heineken Light. I like Heineken and I like this NA version of it.

I also have to throw this in that I read many reviews here that downgrade a beer because it is skunky. Skunky beer light struck beer. Those fluorescent lights in the beer store radiate harmful UV light which the breaks down the isomerized hop alpha acids causing skunky flavor. The beer wasn't brewed that way, it was mishandled after leaving the brewery.
Sorry for the rant

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Photo of HopHead84
3.17/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is reminiscent of a euro lager with pils malt and a little graininess. Whisper of noble hop. Flavor is lightly sweet with low bitterness. Grainy pils malt finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of Beejay
2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale yellow in color with a white head that starts dissipating immediately.

S: Light grain aromas, as well as a good amount of skunk. Slight rice aroma in the finish.

T: Sweet with a grainy taste. Lightly skunky, slight caramel.

M: Light bodied with very high carbonation. Tingles through the finish.

O: Overall fairly sweet, and not really my cup of tea, but it seems to be about par for the course when rated based on style..

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Photo of ordybill
3.32/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a slight grain and malt smell, not very big.
Appearance- Resembles Heineken, the best looking of Low Alcohol beers that I have seen.
Taste- Once again resembles Heineken but with a more watered down feel.
Palate- A light bodied beer with mild carbonation, has a crisp finish.
Overall- The best Low Alcohol Beer I have had.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.1/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a frothy white head that falls to a thin film. Golden clear color. Aroma is typical euro-lager with just a touch of that strange NA whang. Flavor is weakened Heineken, with a grainy front, sweet middle and dry, seltzery finish. Overall a decent NA brew that is close to the real thing.

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Photo of corywalston
2.99/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Easy poor little then no head. Light carbonation. Color is yellow.
S. Malt, rice? and Heineken
T. Same as Heineken but a little light and without the sausage, with an aftertaste of saltine crackers. That’s weird.
M. Crisp, watery, and refreshing.
O. One of the better NA beers I have ever had. I’m surprisingly impressed. I recommend giving it a try, just remember not to discriminate because it’s an NA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.41/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

My first non-alcohol beer. Lets see what this is like.

Appearance (2.25) : Elmer's glue white head, fluffy and artificial. Pale yellow body with lots of bubbles. Better than I expected for a non-alcohol beer.

Smell (1.5) : So is this what N/A beers are supposed to smell like?? I hope not. Cooked smashed peas, dirty squash, some fermented fruit. Old corn. Just rancid. Smells just like my elementary school lunch room did. Really...? An extra half point for the memory.

Taste (1.25) : If you like beer, but you want to ditch the alcohol, please avoid this beer at all costs. The taste is even worse than the smell, which I'm sure was impossible. Want to know what you're in for, non-alcoholic beer drinking floozie? Rotted corn. A blenderfull of mashed, cooked peas and carrots, army style. A dry bitterness that is not unlike walking into a funeral home. The cooked carrot note is overwhelming most everything. Do not drink this beer. Please, I beg you.

Mouthfeel (1.25) : Loud carbonation upfront that quickly turns into a stiff carcass staleness. Just...wrong.

Overall (1.39) : Stay away, unless you hate yourself. Drink a sprite instead.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Twelve ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow under a solid one-finger thick frothy white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves puzzle lace.

N: Corn (?), yeasty bread, faintly floral, grassy, faint lemony citrus, hay.

T: Thin, wheaty bread, slightly sweet malts, mild fruity yeast.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and clean finish.

O: For the style, this is acceptable and a good starter beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Buckler has a thick, frothy, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and pretty heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, sweet, biscuit, and some grass, and the flavor is of sweet grain, biscuit, and grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a touch slick, and Buckler finishes fairly crisp, tasty, and easy drinking. Yes, it does have a bit of that "something missing" aspect that one gets from non-alcohol brews, but this one tastes more like beer than any I’ve tried, so far. I like it!


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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.29/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden liquid with some bubbles, little head nor lacing. No aroma to be had. In the taste, sweet euro pale malts and perhaps corn and other adjuncts. Has a light beery flavor and a bit of hop bitters. Tastes like an under fermented euro pale lager, which is what this is. Sweet wort and some hop, light watery body. If you like euro style lagers and can't have more than 0.5% abv, this is ok

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Photo of MTNboy
2.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The deployment N/A beer for the Army for years. I have had servings in cans and bottles. Overall it is not horrible when you are in T-Total country. It has good appearance of a regular beer. It pours golden with decent head but not much for lace. It smells like a pasture with tones of hay. There is sort of a stagnant bland flavor. It has a thin body with quite a bit of carbonation.

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Photo of harrymel
1.99/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by: unk

Golden raisin with a strewn top layer of central and perimeter whites. Smells like skunked hops, some metal and maybe wheat chex backwash. Not impressed by the nose here. Taste is grain, corn, a bit of herbal hops, some sugar, metal. Again, not very good. Thin body with light carb and an off dry finish.

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Photo of Spikester
3.26/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale gold with a half inch head and a few lacings.
Smell is the best feature. Floral, herbal, woody.
Taste is very similar to regular Heineken but without the alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and lightly carbonated.
Overall average with a slightly dry bitter finish. A little less sweet than most.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.65/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second N/A beer I've ever tried. Lets see how it goes..

Appearance - Pours a clear straw color with an inch thick, creamy white head that lingers for a minute. Leaves behind a very nice lacing.

Smell - Very malty, has a subtle sweetness, with bread and grains.

Taste - I'd say this tastes exactly as described in the aroma. The malts taste very weird with no alcohol present..

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This stuff is pretty decent. It's definitely easy to drink on.

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Photo of hardy008
1.33/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear pale yellow with a small white head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells like sweet grains, light grass, or hay. Not much else.

The taste is no better than the smell. Sweet, cheap tasting grains, some hay or grass. Watery and thin. Very artificial tasting. Also very bland.

Light bodied, or more correctly, thin and watery. Light, lively carbonation. I won't try this again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.59/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium straw colored. A finger of head, quickly gone.
Smells like a metal can of grain.
Light taste, strong bitterness builds but ends with metallic aftertaste.
Light and weak body and moderate carbonation.
Well, it's tough to like this one. Pretty poor all around.

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Photo of metter98
2.69/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet, bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has diluted flavors of bready malts along with some hints of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pretty good compared to some of the other non-alcoholic beers out there but seems like it could use a little more hops.

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Photo of quirkzoo
2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My grandmother kindly shared this one with me while preparing dinner.

Very clear, watery yellow, with a thin white head in a plastic cup that recedes quickly.

Tons of corn, kinda like smelling a jar of unpopped popcorn, some definite lager yeast cleanliness and just a touch of spiced hops (just a touch.

Taste is palatable, adjunct lager all the way.

Mouthfeel is thin, or highly drinkable, whichever you prefer.

Overall, if I did not know this was non-alcoholic I would have thought it was a coors light. Glad I got to share it with my Grandma who likes the taste of beer but not the alcohol.

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