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

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 139
Photo of BeerBob
3.94/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buckler pours a golden amber from its 12oz brown glass bottle. Head forms nicely then fades to just a wispy ring.

Nose is toasted malt with a slight hops. Palate is a real nice toasted malt and a malty sweetness, followed by a slightly bitter hops.

Buckler is brewed by Heineken... This is a very nice Beer and Buckler comes in a brown bottle too, from Heineken, I just don’t get it.

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Photo of dubman003
3.66/5  rDev +43%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For years, I thought non-alcoholic beers barely existed. O'Douls was the only one I had ever heard of, but when I saw who made Buckler, I had to buy it.

Now I can enjoy the goodness of Heineken even when I have responsible things to do. A non-alcoholic Heineken? Is it even possible? Genius, pure genius.

I love this beer, it tastes great and mimics Heineken's regular brew wonderfully. Most importantly, introduce this beer to people who only drink O'Douls--I'm sure they will be delighted to see there are other good tasting and smelling non-alcoholic beers.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.65/5  rDev +42.6%
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 davisrs
3.55/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 2 finger head.
It gave off a nice sweet beer aroma from the head.
The taste was that of beer with overly sweet malt but decent hops flavor.
The overall taste and body was better than any US light or NA beer with a slight taste of caramel

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Photo of Bru-ster
3.5/5  rDev +36.7%
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 RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light straw color with a nice pillowy white head and very active carbonation. Adjunct aroma and flavor with a touch of fruitiness on the nose. Light-medium bodied with a decent finish; not nearly as smooth or creamy as I would have expected like Heineken.

Summary: Looks good. Overall average with much better N/A's out there available.

($5.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +34%
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 ordybill
3.32/5  rDev +29.7%
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 McStagger
3.3/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My go to when I went dry for a few months last year.

A: Big pour. Fairly lively head. Standard macro color. As one user put...darker than a BMC. Still, it's that straw yellow we all know and expect. Head retention is meh. Lacing is average.

S: Metallic, grassy, husked grain, mild bit of hop presence.

T: Starts off bitter and clean, ends with husk grain notes and a cider-like finish.

M: Pretty seltzer like. Body is minimal.

O: I'm scoring this beer fairly well. While pretty mediocre as far as beer goes, I think this beer is stellar when compared to other NA's on the market. This one is about as close as I've come. So I'll meet in the middle on scoring. Not great overall, but great for the category.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.29/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl can poured into a pint glass, best by 1/13

a: pours a clear gold, lots of carbonation bubbles, big 3 finger white head.

s: a distinct woodiness and nuttiness to it - chestnuts and walnuts - along with a bit of a hop aroma at the end

t: a light nuttiness, almost buttery, and biscuity malts, a touch of hops in the finish. carbonation is high as it should be

o: shockingly complex for the style, and enjoyable - I think it's better than heineken.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears an ultra clear yellow color with high, effervescent like carbonation. Produces a soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaves no lacing either. Smells of earthy grassy notes, nutty, lite grains, powerful and at times can be a little off putting. Intense earthy, grassy notes, that's about all that's going on here.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes almost the same as the way it smells, lite corn & grain, and intense earthy, nutty, grassy flavors. Although some sweet malt flavors manage to pull through a bit, balancing the potent earthy notes. Mouthfeel is very bitey & seltzer like, pretty thin and watery as well, and has a very lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This beer was largely grassy and earthy, but manages to balance out with some nice sweet malty flavor. Ive only tried a few of these low alcohol brews, but this one seems to be the best one that Ive had. I liked it's low key flavors, and awesome drinkability. All in all it's decent, and won't leave you with a hangover, you could drink as many as you want. Cheers!

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Photo of Spikester
3.26/5  rDev +27.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +27%
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 tigg924
3.24/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation.

Smell: wheat, grass, almost at the start of skunking

Taste: honey, toasted malt, grain and sugar

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a sugary ending

Drinkability: If I wanted a beer in this style, I could have several of these. It tastes like beer with a sweeter ending. It tastes like an above average lager. Good for the style.

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Photo of shererjt
3.24/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light yellow clear color with a rich, white, frothy head. Could have used a bit more color but otherwise nice to look at. Aroma was hops and clean malt--probably more hops in the nose than most N/A beers. Flavor was mostly malt that was very clean-tasting and a little lingering bitterness in the finish. Quite nice, actually. Had a bit of almost wheaty creaminess to it. Mouthfeel was a little flat but still had some character. Drinkability was pretty good for the style.

About as good an N/A as I've had. What makes this one stand out is the hop character, which I'd compare to Heineken or Beck's. Not bad at all. Of course, for $8+ a sixer, it had better be good!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this beer is #9 on the "Top Beers - Low Alcohol Beer" list on beeradvocate.com. $0.79 for a tick? Why not? 12 ounce bottle poured into a globe glass. How bad could it be?

Beer is clear, yellow, lightly carbonated, big white head with low retention, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is grainy, sweet, kind of like malt liquor.

Skunky, sweet, thin, grainy aftertaste, it reminds me a lot of a couple of adjunct lagers out there. Not worth a second look but it is not as bad as most out there. Fortunately my body can currently tolerate alcohol so Im going to go get a beverage that has some. NEXT!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.18/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this 'beer' was a crystal clear, light golden color with a ton of rising carbonation. The one finger head of white foam retained pretty well like a down comforter. The aroma was surprisingly beer-like, albeit macro beer, slightly stale and skunky with generic grains and a good malt/hop balance. The flavors were clean and crisp, though obviously stripped of the alcoholic gumption one hopes from a drink. Still, for a NA beer it was dry and smooth with only a hint of sweetness and cereal grains. The mouthfeel was fair enough, the body light/medium and the carbonation good. Would I order another one? Not unless I had to do NA. But if I DID, I would. For the style? Bravo.

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Photo of jnfs
3.18/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light beer in more than just taste, it was yellow in color and unnaturally clear with no head. It was litely carbonated, with aroma of grain, malt and hops. As for the taste there were slight malt and hops present. This is a super light NA beer with not much to it.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.17/5  rDev +23.8%
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 ithacabaron
3.13/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a truly golden yellow with a big, boisterous, foamy head. While the head does settle down into a toad's-eye cap, there is still very good lacing down the sides; an attractive proposition.

Smell is quite pleasing, a little clean corn, a bit of hops, and reasonably (frankly, surprisingly) focused. Not prone to the flabby, vegetal elements that plague the nose of most N/A beers.

Taste is of Carapils malt, a little bit of tinned carrot, a flinty nod from the hops. All in all, not bad, and the lack of ABV is hidden quite well. This is a difficult style to do well, and they've done an admirable job here.

Mouthfeel is the one major flaw with this product. For whatever reason, on the swallow, as the mild hop flavor passes over the palate, there is a very unpleasant, if not downright prickly sensation that attacks the tongue. Harsh, unusual, and uncalled for. A fatal flaw in an otherwise very enjoyable N/A beer.

Drinkability is fine; you wouldn't want to have too many of these, but you could have a few in a night. Will it be memorable? Nah. But it'll pass the time.

All in all, on the higher scoring end of the N/A beers out there, and by far more focused in flavor. I can't think of another brew that hides its lack of alcohol content so well, that tastes as much like...well, generic European Pale Lager beer. I just wish the mouthfeel wasn't so heinous. Give it a try.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
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 SFLpunk
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Proprietary dating system.

Quick review: Tastes like a slightly lighter version of Heineken. Off-dry Euro-lager style with that destictive "skunky" aroma and flavor. Crisp and mostly dry on the finish. Like Pilsner Urquell meets Heineken.

For an NA beer in that style, not bad. It didn't have that slick, almost sweet character that most de-alcoholized beers have. I'd rather drink this than Labatt NA, Gennesse NA, Coors NA, or Kaliber if I have to drink an NA beer.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose has Nobel hops with some skunk, softly fruity, mildly malty, toasty dry. Smells okay / not bad.

Pours clear pale gold with mild head and lace. Looks pretty good.

Tastes okay. Malt and hop follows nose. Nice hop bitterness and dryness. Noble herbal/spicy/floral. Bitterness grows along with soft sourness. Finishes dry and bitter. Tastes okay. Feels pretty good. Fair drinkability.

Not so bad, it has merits, but not many.

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Photo of liddytime
3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There are some occasions when you need a beer but can't have the alcohol. This is the beer for those times! I have tried many (if not all of the ) non-alcoholic beers that ranged from awful to putrid. Buckler is different. It tastes like BEER!

It pours a light gold with really not much in the way of aroma. Light and malty on the palate. One can actually get the hint of some hop flavor in there. It does taste like a weaker version of Heineken. Very drinkable.

This is obviously not my first choice when I reach for a beer, but for those times when I can't have alcohol, this is a worthy substitute. Best non-alcoholic beer I've had.

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Photo of tone77
3.04/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Buckler Non-Alcoholic Brew from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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