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

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Buckler Non-Alcoholic BrewBuckler Non-Alcoholic Brew
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
135
Avg:
2.56
pDev:
29.3%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wanted a "non-alcoholic" beer so I could drive. Some taste but funny aftertaste. Decent looking head though pale in the glass. Beer aroma masked by hint of apple. Bit dry and low in taste but passable in a pinch as carbonation gets you through it. Beats a soft drink!

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Photo of metter98
2.69/5  rDev +5.1%
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 largadeer
1.41/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Clear watery yellow with a rapidly fading head. Smells like roadkill, sulfur, metal, minerals, husky grain. Sweet on the palate, extremely thin and somewhat metallic. Signature Heineken skunk. Grainy, watery finish with a little astringency. This is pretty much awful.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle into an Estrella Damm goblet in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair thickness, no cream, and poor pathetic retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Very nutty, actually. Malt and barley are there, alongside a hint of lime. I also get a fermented pineapple note, a bit like tepache. Interesting and unexpected.

T: Heavy pineapple is present in the body with a nut/malt climax and finish. Simple, but more bold than most alcohol free beers I've had.

Mf: Far too light, but it's a bit coarser than expected. In any case, it doesn't really suit the beer.

Dr: Obviously it's very drinkable as it's practically water, but it has no real alcohol content. I wouldn't have it again, but perhaps for the nondrinker it might be more worthwhile than Beck's or O'Doul's.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.45/5  rDev -4.3%

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 BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review of Buckler is part of N.A. Shootout (With Blanks) IV, the fourth in my series of head-to-head matchups of low alcohol beer. I've never had either one of them, nor have I heard anything positive or negative about them. It isn't often that I start out with an absolutely clean slate when doing a comparison tasting, so the final results should be interesting. Or not.

Pale straw with an attractive head of bright white foam that continues to look good as it melts. The texture, persistence and lace deposition is wonderful for both beers (given the style) and is remarkably similar. I hope the rest of this experience is as pleasantly surprising.

Buckler's nose wins by a nose since I can actually smell something and since that something smells like grain. The aroma isn't much different from a Euro pale lager, albeit a subpar one. Still, given the style, that's a major victory.

I'm pleasantly surprised with the way this beer tastes, especially since it contains almost no alcohol. Again, EPL comparisons would not be out of line. It's faintly grain-like and tastes like a watered-down version of light beer; something that I've always thought beer of this style should taste like, but which is almost never the case.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally light, as expected. No one pops one of these things open expecting anything else. I like the semi-perky bubbles of this beer more; at least there's something to give it a much needed spark and to keep me drinking.

Heineken has reason to be proud of Buckler. I doubt I'll ever buy it again, but it's one of the most drinkable low alcohol beers that I've ever had. It's certainly in the top three. It looks like N.A. Shootout (With Blanks) IV has a clear winner. Designated drivers never had it so good.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle at Club Society, Evesham, NJ

You'd have to be drunk to enjoy this. And that doesn't make sense any way you read it.

Poured a straw yellow with a quickly receding white head. Slight essence of grains in the aroma and not much else. Taste of skunk and stale grain juice. Like water in the mouth, and not drinkable for any reason.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.22/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I suppose this was deserved...thanks for sharing, Chris.

A: The pour is a very pale straw color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: This is what it would smell like if you were sprayed by a whole population of skunks. Just for a bit of "balance", we've got some resin and bong water. Maybe a bit of sweetness.

T: Amazingly bitter, and not in a good way. Lots of skunk, as you would expect after just opening the bottle. A bit of an apple juice sweetness underneath. Some coffee grounds too.

M: The body is light and thin and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: This was horrendous. I wish I could give this beer a zero on the aroma. Wow...do not buy this.

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Photo of Jason
2.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, product of Holland.

Appearance: An incredible white head with superior lacing, perfect
clarity as well.

Smell: Lots of grassy and hay like aromas, a touch of sweetness that reminds me of unfermented beer.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Flash of sweetness up front with a grassy hop
bitterness, stalled malt flavour drops to a thin watery graininess. Hops seem to hold onto a processed flavour. Finishes very dry with very little after taste.

Drinkability & Notes: The thin malt and processed hop flavour don't do much other than leave things bland. Don't bother with this one if you are desperate for a good tasting near beer. It was good to cook with and that is about it.

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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 jwc215
2.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a two-finger creamy head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of some mild grainy sweetness.

The taste is of a mix of grainy and tonic-like sweetness. Blandness predominates. Salt in the finish gives it some dryness.

It's watery, but not overly so for the style. Some sweetness lingers.

Not too pleasant for beer, but not terrible for the style. Anyway, in most cases, I would pick water over this, but if you want something of a beer flavor without the alcohol, it's not a bad choice.

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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 Stinkypuss
2.29/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Halcyondays
2.76/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, like the label,

A: Pours a sparkling clear golden with a soft white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Mild, notes of carbonic acid and husky grain, that's about it.

T: Bittersweet grainy malt flavour, with a nice little hop balance. Solid flavour.

M: Medium-bodied for the style. Spritzy, crisp but light carbonation character.

D: Nice near beer. No real off flavours and it really feels like you're drinking something.

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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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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 cjgator3
3.03/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head with decent retention.

S- The aroma is light grain and malt that is slightly grassy with a hint of hay. Maybe just a touch of hops as well.

T- The taste is sweet grain up front with a touch of grassy hops. Not overly flavorful, but not overly offensive either. It can be a little sweet at times, could use some more hops to help balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this beer does the job it is intending to do. A very light bodied beer with very little alcohol. Worth a try.

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Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a straw yellow/gold color with a very thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn/grain upfront that seems to be quite overpowering.

Taste is thin and full of grainy adjunct with a load of bitterness (probably not hop-related) that hits the palate. Harsh.

Pretty damn rough on the palate. Very harsh and has the consistency of ginger ale. Doesn't seem to go down too well either.

Well, it is a non-alcoholic beer. Just thought that I'd try out this style and so far, not impressed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.65/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh yeah. $0.99. New style tick. New brewery tick. I guess this was a no-brainer.

Clear, light yellow with a dense, white head with surprisingly good retention and even a little lacing, this would pass for a pilsner. The nose is surprisingly hoppy, with a blend of Saaz and skunk, with moderately snappy lemon, and some grain. A little cereal is present. Not bad at all.

The palate has a blend of lemony and dusty Saaz, skunk and a touch of grain, all on an incredibly watery palate. No real sweetness is present, though a touch of corn and sugar are noticeable. Drying on the finish, watery and with a mild Saaz bite, there's actually a little lingering bitterness on the finish. Highly carbonated, this is quenching and refreshing. Fairly clean, there's nothing discernibly off here. This is not bad at all, and I would go as far as recommend it. It's significantly better than Heineken, and most macro lagers. In terms of non-alcoholic carbonated beverages, I would say this is second to maybe good tonic water, as the lack of sweetness and the added bitterness really do help. I actually drank the whole bottle.

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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 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 Beerandraiderfan
1.31/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I dunno why anyone even bothers with these. Looks like an even weaker Henie, very very light yellow/straw. Smells awful. Wet hay and mold.

Taste, like a BMC with better hops, slightly. Leaves nothing to grasp onto, you don't savor anything mouthfeel wise, you just want to hurry up and get over it. It would be better to just relapse if you were an alcoholic and drink a better real beer than suffer through this. Even worse, its pricey.

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Photo of Suds
2.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My wife will occationally buy an NA beer when shopping. Most are simply miserable. This one is actually drinkable. It pours like an unappealing macro lager…clear yellow with a fizzy, quickly falling head. The aroma is faint, but fairly nice…grassy, a hint of hops. The flavor is a bit sweet, with hops and grain present. It’s thin, watery, and effervescent, but it’s also better than nearly all other NA’s that I’ve had. It won’t hold a candle to a real beer, but I’m actually pretty impressed.

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Photo of FLima
2.34/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Dogbrick
1.48/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sampled a friend's at Thirsty Dog. About what you would expect of a NA produced by Heineken I suppose. Light gold color with a thin white head. Little lacing. Aroma is faint hops with a skunky aspect as well. Thin and watery and fizzy, with very mild hops and a somewhat filmy finish. I'd choose Warsteiner's NA over this any day.

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