As you can tell by the fact that I blog about it, I love real ale but drinking too much of it makes me look like a beer barrel. So these days, I'm turning more and more to low or zero alcohol beers when I fancy a beer. Whilst a lot of alcohol free beers taste like beer flavoured spring water, BrewDog's Nanny State is one of the best I have tasted. It actually tastes like a craft beer, albeit a weak and thin-bodied one, but you can't really expect it to taste like a 6% full-bodied ale because it isn't.
Brewed with Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops, Nanny State is a lovely malty, hoppy ale with a bitter citrus finish. The flavour is like a cross between an IPA and a bitter as you've got a hint of citrus as well as a delicious maltiness. It's thin-bodied and a little watery but with only 20 calories per can, I'm happy to lose a bit of body to have a guilt-free beer.
Currently, a pack of 24 cans is £24.95 from Amazon (or £4.00 + delivery for 4 cans from BrewDog) so at just over £1 per 330ml can, it's not the cheapest alcohol-free beer around but it might very well be the best. It looks and tastes like a craft beer and it's so moreish and so low in calories that you don't feel bad having just one more.
Brewed by BrewDog Brewery, Ellon, Aberdeenshire
My Untappd score: 3.5/5