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

Buckler Non-Alcoholic BrewBuckler Non-Alcoholic Brew
BA SCORE
4.2%
Liked This Beer
2.53 w/ 144 ratings
Buckler Non-Alcoholic BrewBuckler Non-Alcoholic Brew
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands
heineken.com

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
Ranking:
#43,609
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
144
Liked:
6
Avg:
2.53/5
pDev:
30.04%
Alströms:
2.37
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
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 acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of jaydoc
2.31/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of djrn2
1.5/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of metter98
2.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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 kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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 largadeer
1.41/5  rDev -44.3%
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 dbrauneis
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -60.5%
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 wethorseblanket
2.45/5  rDev -3.2%

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 atrocity
1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev +5.1%
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 woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +35.6%
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 Jason
2.37/5  rDev -6.3%
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 ZEB89
2/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of womencantsail
1.22/5  rDev -51.8%
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 atlbravsrno1
1.5/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of PA-Michigander
1.5/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of tdm168
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of imbibehour
2.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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 jwc215
2.48/5  rDev -2%
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 tone77
3.04/5  rDev +20.2%
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 drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +25.7%
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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Beer rating: 4.2% out of 100 with 144 ratings
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