Buckler Non-Alcoholic Brew
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Buckler Non-Alcoholic BrewBuckler Non-Alcoholic Brew
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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #68
ABV:
0.5%
Score:
65
Ranked #50,854
Avg:
2.61 | pDev: 29.12%
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
165
From:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  30
SCORE
65
Poor
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, best by DEC-2021; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, brassy-gold liquid, some flecks of sediment; tall, tight, silken foam stand... the foam holds at first, then breaks up after the first sip; leaves a solid ring of lace at the top while keeping a collar till the end

S: mineral, herbal-grassy hop?; hint of peppery phenol?, rather fresh-baked bready underlying foundation... great expression and intensity overall

T: pretzels and lemon peel; dry finish with a moderate, peppery-herbal bitterness which lingers long... aftertaste is quite dry, with a toasty pretzel bready essence quietly humming

F: cut dry, tight flow; seems like there's a dextrin plumpness to its body up front, but it just drops in the finish

O: I would not be disappointed if I had to drink this often... it lacks the bubblegum and clove flourishes I've tasted in other Dutch and German NAs... not bad! (1746)

Apr 20, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

2.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of skunk, toasted cereal grains, a hint of spicy hops. Smells like Sugar Smacks cereal

T- slightly sweet malt up front gives notes of toasted grains and puffed wheat cereal. Mid-palate gives notes of cardboard and light skunk. The finish gives just a trace of spicy hops

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- pretty well balanced, some off-putting notes but drinkable

Jan 28, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Heineken product, the Buckler brand has been around for years but a lot of people problem discredit it for its NA branding - and with that approach, they would be missing out on a good beer. Sweet clean malted notes with grassy hops in the finish. This is a very good NA beer within the style. Medium profile with and semi-dry mouthfeel this is delightful.

Sep 13, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light gold color with good head retention on top.

S - Aroma is very light. Pale malt aroma with just a little bit of hop spiciness.

T - Grain flavor with a little bit of spiciness on the back end, bitterness is low, and the finish is balanced.

M - Light medium body with gentle prickly carbonation that gives way to a soft texture.

O - For a non-alcoholic beer it's better than I expected. For what it is, it hits the mark. Would I buy more? To be determined. Better than the current score of 2.57? Definitely.

Jun 28, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

2.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

-Clear, golden bottle pour with minimal foam and light aroma of grassy hops. The flavor is thin, but pleasant enough for the style. The finish lacks dryness, which would improve the appeal.

Jun 28, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with as Mar-2020 best by date. Sampled on June 17, 2019.

The appearance is a clear golden color with a fizzy white head the dissipates quickly. Great clarity.

Barley grains and All Spice greet the nose with a hint of floral notes and an overall cleanliness.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and that is to be expected for a N/A beer in my opinion.

There is a sort of nutmeggy barley grain taste and slightly sweet. Clean, crisp finish. It's a N/A beer I could have more than once if I am trying to avoid alcohol.

Jun 17, 2019
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Aegelis from Delaware

2.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good news is, this isn't as bitter as other N.A.s out there, but this also means not as much flavour. During the summertime, I can see how this would be a light, refreshing treat. For the other seasons though, I may opt for a heartier cooked brew.

Apr 12, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

Feb 28, 2019
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WildKarrde from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +41.8%
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.

Look:
Looks like a weak beer.

Smell:
Smells like a light beer.

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

Overall:
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.

May 06, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

2.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

May 01, 2018
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fredkols from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

Apr 08, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +41%
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.

Mar 31, 2018
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev +36.4%
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.

Aug 29, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

2.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Aug 19, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

2.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jun 08, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

2.09/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Apr 03, 2017
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davisrs from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Mar 17, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

1.8/5  rDev -31%
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.

Oct 02, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

Aug 13, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

1.8/5  rDev -31%
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

May 12, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Apr 02, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

2.34/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Feb 07, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

2.24/5  rDev -14.2%
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!

Jan 26, 2016
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

2.87/5  rDev +10%
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.

Jun 30, 2015
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Bru-ster from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +34.1%
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

May 23, 2015
Buckler Non-Alcoholic Brew from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 165 ratings