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.

Read how much alcohol in 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.

What is alcohol-free?

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.

German Alcohol Free Beer


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!

Read more about the best alcohol-free beer

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!

Calories in Bitburger Drive

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.

Always know your limits through drink aware

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.

As an amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not affect what you pay. I do my best to make that clear at all times and follow FTC guidelines.

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.

Bitburger Alcohol Free

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.

Read more about alcohol-free beer brands

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.

Bitburger Drive is Isotonic

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.

Bitburger Drive

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.

Final thoughts

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.



10 thoughts on “Bitburger Drive Beer”

  1. I have not seen the Save Drive logo on beers before, so it is great to find it on this German alcohol free beer. I have heard so many people say that the taste of the beer is in the water, and if your use lousy water, you get a lousy beer, and that German beers use the purest water to get the best taste. 

    This alcohol free beer will indeed be perfect with pizza. 

    • Hi there, yes I think the safe drive logo on Bitburger Non Alcoholic Beer is a great addition. I am not clearly in charge of drink or alcohol policy but I am not sure why its not on more brands to be honest.

      I am so with you on alcohol free beer and pizza. Good call! 

      Thanks so much for a great comment on the blog, it is a great addition and I appreciate you stopping by. All the best, Phil

  2. This must be a great beer if it’s been around for over 200 years!!!  And being a German beer gives it even more credibility.  I remember my mother telling me she didn’t even like beer until she went to Germany and had good beer.  I suppose those purity laws (which I was unaware of) have something to do with it!  I’ll have to be on the lookout for it.  Thanks for posting!

    • Hey Cynthia, you are so right about German Beer and I think there is something in that water. It really does make a difference.

      Great story about your Mother, that made me smile. Brilliant. I love your comment about Bitburger Drive Beer.

      I really appreciate you stopping by. All the very best, Phil

  3. Bitburger Drive Beer is good for designated driver, after all the safe drive logo catch their eyes for sure and healthy for people who does not want extra calories but the best thing i can think of its better for everybody’s choice even you are non-alcohol drinker you can always order without thinking, just like water.

    I never did try but worth to get in my hand 🙂 So am not be the centre of teasing with my friends . . .when we go out to get together!


    • Wow what an excellent comment Jocelyn, that made me smile, thanks for your comment on Bitburger Drive, it is really appreciated, all the best, Phil

  4. Hi Phil,

    I have never tried alcohol-free beer of any kind. The idea is still new to me and I am still trying to make sense of it. I understand that some who are driving can then indulge in some beer even they still have to dive elsewhere. Well, I would just moderate how much I drink to avoid trouble with the law. For someone who is an Alcoholic, I thought the best would be to keep away from alcohol or even activities that may lead you to a drink.

    Are the other conditions that I do not know that may require someone to take alcohol-free deer?

    Thank you for your In-depth article.


    • Hey Ntlhane,

      Thanks so much for your great and I have to say a very thoughful comment. You raise some interesting points. 

      I think the term “alcoholic” is spead around quite a bit and and actually it really depends on what a persons situation is. 

      For some people an alcoholic free drink might trigger a new desire for another drink and if that is case of course it is best to stay away. That is a personal decision. 

      Although what is and what is not alcoholic is debatable very often.

      Many people might say I was one but I was a social drinker and probably drank less than many!

      For every person that is described as an “alcoholic” another is just a heavy or social drinker. I prefer to keep to the 14 unit per week guidelines and not label people. 

      I generally find labels do more harm than good. But it is often used. 

      From my experience people choose not to drink alcohol for many reasons from having something to socialize with from just wanting to cut back. This is big amongst younger people .

      I have written about the reasons people don’t drink here

      As someone with a liver issue its pretty crucial for me but for others they just don’t want a hangover but would like some other options rather than a water or cola.

      Its a much broader range of people than you might at first think.

      Thanks for such great questions, I really do appreciate it and your comments on Bitburger Drive.

      I enjoyed reading it very much. All the very best, Phil


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