What is Bitburger Drive Non-Alcoholic Beer?
Bitburger Drive Non-Alcoholic Beer is a brand of 0.0% beer that also carries the safe driver symbol.
It’s a non-alcohol beer and, like many beers, could have traces of alcohol up to 0.05%.
It is featured on the alcohol-free drinks podcast as part of our taste test.
However, before you run for the hills, many foods have much more alcohol, like a banana and orange juice.
In many production processes, alcohol is from natural fermentation, but this beer hardly contains a trace.
To put it in context, you would need to drink at least 10 bottles even to hit the equivalent of a so-called alcohol-free 0.5% beer.
Also, remember it not 0.05%. It’s just that it could be.
Why drink bitburger drive?
I am impressed by this option.
It is one of those alcohol-free beers that you could drink in a bar, and I discovered it in a Belgium bar in Brighton, UK, although bizarrely, of course, it’s a German Beer.
I do like a beer with a bit of history, and Germany has lots of those.
It has been made exclusively in Bitburg since 1817.
So you are dealing with the best German brewing history.
The thing with completely alcohol-free branded drinks is that very often; perceptions can be that they are a bit tasteless. Unfair actually.
Not this option.
It’s full of flavour, crisp, and actually, you can drink it from the bottle without a glass.
I don’t know if you have heard of the German Beer Purity laws, but it means using the best water in their beer.
I think it is one of the reasons I was a fan of German alcoholic beers and now alcohol-free beers that follow the Beer Purity rules.
If you combine Bitburger Drive, a great tasting Pills with the added 0.0% Alcohol-free badge, it makes it a perfect overall package.
Alcohol-free has enough critics, so it needs to taste good!
It is an excellent example of creating an alcohol free beer using all the traditional beer-making skills and the latest technology, which means we get the alcohol free advantage.
It is, of course, from one of the leading Brewers in that part of the world and has exported its product successfully with plenty of demand.
I think the way they have got the traditional beer-making method while striving for the best alcohol-free taste makes Bitburger Drive German Beer one that is now firmly on my list.
I am also lucky that I have friends that buy some in when I stay with them!
What about the calories?
Now everyone asks me if alcohol-free means that they can enjoy alcohol-free and calorie-free alcohol beer.
The answer is, of course, a big no!
However, you often get a reduction in the number of calories saved mainly because it has no alcohol in the product or just a trace at the very most.
- Calories: 73 per 330ml
- Nutritional Values Per 100ml
- Energy (kcal) 22kcal
- Eat 0g
- Carbohydrate 5.1g
- Sugars 0g
- Protein 0.5g
So this bodes well in the big scheme of the calorie count in the world of alcohol-free beers.
Where Can I buy it?
The good news is that I have seen this more in bars than stores, and I don’t know why.
It is usually the other way around.
However, Amazon does have it, and it is a convenient way to get some bottles in for home.
They need to be cold, so bang them straight in your fridge.
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Taste and Appearance
Now, if you drink it out of a bottle, it’s a bit hard to see what it looks like, so I did pour it into a glass for the benefit of this review.
I am good like that!
As you would expect, when it poured, you see a pilsner that is bright yellow and golden, and it has a small but decent head with the right amount of gas.
Some alcohol-free beer can be on the gassy side, but this is certainly not one of them.
So it’s great to have it in a small glass or straight out the bottle.
The aroma is aligned with a “roasted” feel sense wise, sweet and with honey and fresh gingerbread as an after tone.
As you would expect, it has a sense of cereal grains and the bittersweet herbs which come through.
A very fresh taste where the hops stay with you but in a good way.
When to drink Bitbuger?
I am often asked about alcohol-free beers that you can drink after a gym session. But, of course, I always raise an eyebrow.
I am not sure why you would want to check all those calories back in, but hey, I get in it.
Most of my trainer friends say if you are going to have an alcohol free beer after a workout, great.
But then, ideally, you want to go for a vitamin-rich and isotonic beer.
So an isotonic alcohol-free beer is an option to help with your intake of water, minerals and nutrients after a workout.
Of course, an alcohol-free beer can help dehydration because, as we know, alcohol does the opposite and can dehydrate us.
It also helps balance your body with nutrients, glucose and sodium
So it’s kind of cute that alcohol-free beer can help with all those vitamins that we need.
Maybe a bottle of Bitburger 0.0% alcohol-free is a good option after all.
The good news is that this brand is one of the early adopters of the driver symbol.
I like this idea, and I am unsure why more beers are not adopting it more.
It helps you if you grab a beer if you are unsure about how much alcohol by volume it contains -so in this case, 0.0%.
Ideal if you are driving and you want that extra peace of mind.
In reality, any 0.0% would be OK, but of course, ABV is complicated, and if I am honest, I have only started to learn about it since I went alcohol-free.
Regardless of whether you are looking to understand the strength of alcoholic drinks, alcohol by volume helps us from calorie counting to the influence of alcohol overall.
Think of abv as the strength of your drink, alcohol or otherwise.
In terms of food, I am going, being honest, I have only ever drunk it bizarrely with peri chicken and fries, but it seems a surefire bet with pizza or Italian food.
Be Always aware of the way of alcohol and food can be combined.
There can sometimes be more alcohol in our food than we first thought. You can read my thoughts here.
I know a friend who drank this in Germany; I loved it but thought it had alcohol in it.
So a full-on alcohol German Beer.
It just shows you how the mind can be tricked.
Of course, this adds to the fact you need to be on the lookout if it is alcohol and you want alcohol free!
I know I have been served alcohol in a bottle with the same look in the branding, and I can’t drink alcohol, so that it can be an issue.
This is an excellent beer which I have now seen in bars, and with the German credentials, there is nothing not to like with the standard of its water purity.
I would love to know if you have tried Bitburger Drive Non-Alcoholic Beer and what you thought. Also, what do you think about having the safe drive logo? I was hoping you could leave your message below, and I always get back to you.