Budweiser Zero Non-Alcoholic Beer: A Review

Budweiser Zero is a non-alcoholic beer introduced by Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser’s parent company. Non-alcoholic beers like Bud Zero have gained popularity as we seek alternatives to traditional alcoholic beverages for health, lifestyle, or cultural reasons.

Is is the great taste that won’t fill you up and never lets you down??

Here’s what we really thought about Budweiser Zero.

This is just a bit of an introduction out of all the best non-alcoholic beers we’ve tasted, though, so I suggest you go get your own and try it!

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Budweizer Zero’s Ingredients

Budweiser uses the best of the best ingredients for its non-alcoholic beer: barley, rice, water, and hops.

Only the best two- and six-row barley malt, hand-selected from local producers across America, goes into the making of Budweiser. The brewmasters examine the cleanliness of the filtered water mixed into the non-alcoholic drink daily.

Fresh, green rice is used to brew the lager; it is graded, polished, and milled right away for a clean flavor and velvety mouthfeel. And to get the unique flavor of Budweiser, only the softest, most fragrant hops are chosen.

Nutritional Information

Compared to other non-alcoholic beer options, which typically have between 70 and 115 calories per can, Budweiser Zero has fewer calories per 12-ounce can – just 50. Each can have 11.5 grams of carbohydrates, 0.6 grams of protein, zero grams of sugar, and fewer calories. Bud Zero is also vegan but not gluten-free.

Nutritional Information (per 100ml, taken from the side of the can)
Energy14 kcal

How Budweiser Zero Became an Idea

Anheuser-Busch chose to focus on marketing brewer’s yeast, malt extract, ice cream, and the intriguing “Bevo” drink when prohibition struck the US in 1920.

In order to get around the regulations of the time, Bevo, also known as “near beer,” was a non-alcoholic malt beverage with an ABV of less than 0.5%. But when alcohol became legal again in the late 20s, it became less popular.

Nearly a century later, prohibition resurfaced as the moniker for Budweiser’s line of alcohol-free beer. The recipe for Prohibition was the same as that of the alcoholic version. By boiling the beer under a vacuum, they could extract the alcohol. Additionally, a brewing technique that prevents any malt fermentation was used.

The brewery employs cutting-edge, proprietary technology to produce alcohol-free beer. Could it be the spinning cone technique?

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Budweiser and former NBA player Dwayne Wade have collaborated to create a new recipe for Bud Zero, which was designed and promoted by Wade.

Wade collaborated on Budweiser non-alcoholic beer’s production because he wanted athletes to enjoy it while training or in competition. 

A news release stated that Wade was looking for “a refreshing beer” that would not interfere with an athlete’s “mental [or] physical game.”

Budweiser Zero is also a favorite of the World Cup.

What Does Budweiser Zero Taste Like?

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As I pour the beer, I see it has a tiny layer of head and a pale golden color like its alcoholic counterpart. It has great carbonation. A bit more than Heineken’s 0.0

There is hardly much on the nose. Subtle notes of barley and paper, sometimes accompanied by a hint of hops. A predominant corny note leads to the malt smells, which intensify when it warms up. The scents of hops are flowery. The body has little bulk. Have I gone too far?

It has perhaps the mildest aroma of any beer I have ever tried, N/A or not. The scent slightly resembles the original Bud, but that’s all.

Budweiser Zero tastes almost exactly how it smells. The flavor is a bit flat. It tastes like a glass of weirdly flavored carbonated water. Very watery mouthfeel, very faint malt flavors, and a bubbly start.

Eventually, a hint of maltiness shows through, with a touch of sweetness.

Where To Buy of Budweiser Zero

You can literally get this anywhere, mostly because they are part of the AB InBev company.

Breweries like AB InBev invest in research and development to create non-alcoholic beer options that closely mimic the taste of their flagship beers. Just like the goal of other retailers for the Heineken 0.0, IPNA Lagunitas, and Clausthaler Dry Hopped.

Breweries recognize the potential of tapping into this market, and that’s why more and more non-alcoholic beers are being manufactured nowadays. Would you care to try one? A Budweiser Zero might be a good start or a great addition to your list of non-alcoholic beers to try.

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Budweiser Zero FAQs

Is Budweiser Zero really alcohol-free?

Budweiser Zero is marketed as a non-alcoholic beer, and it is designed to have a very low alcohol content, typically below 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). While it is not completely alcohol-free, the amount is minimal compared to traditional beers.

Does Budweiser 0.0 taste like beer?

Yes, Budweiser Zero is crafted to replicate the taste of traditional Budweiser beer. It aims to provide a similar flavor profile without the alcohol content, making it a suitable option for those who enjoy the taste of beer but choose not to consume alcohol.

What is the difference between Budweiser and Bud Zero?

The primary difference lies in the alcohol content. Budweiser is a regular beer with an alcohol by volume (ABV) typically around 5%, while Budweiser Zero, as a non-alcoholic beer, contains less than 0.5% ABV. Both aim to offer a similar taste, but Budweiser Zero provides an option for individuals who want the flavor experience without the alcohol.

Is 0.0 Budweiser halal?

No, the Budweiser non-alcoholic beer is not halal. It’s recommended to check the specific ingredients and brewing process of Budweiser Zero to ensure it aligns with your beliefs and dietary guidelines if that is a consideration for you.

Is Budweiser Zero safe to drink?

Yes, Budweiser Zero is generally safe to drink for most people. However, as with any food or beverage product, individuals with specific allergies or health conditions should review the ingredient list to ensure it is suitable for their dietary needs. Pregnant individuals and those with certain medical conditions should consult with their healthcare provider regarding their beverage choices.

What type of beer is Bud Zero?

Budweiser Zero falls into the category of non-alcoholic or alcohol-free beer. It is a type of beer that undergoes a brewing process similar to regular beer but with measures in place to reduce the alcohol content to very low levels, typically below 0.5% ABV.