Best Non-alcoholic Mexican beers are part of the rich Mexican brewing history dating back to European-style barley beers that were introduced with the arrival of Conquistador Hernán Cortés in the 1500s.
Many pundits disagree on whether non-alcoholic beers can provide the taste and flavors that you expect from alcoholic beers.
Non-alcoholic beers can legally contain a trace amount up to 0.5% ABV. This is unlikely to influence your level of sobriety.
In this article, we will provide information on the Mexican beer industry and especially the role of non alcoholic Mexican beers in the current market that according to IWSR to grow total volume by 31% by 2024.
The Top Non Alcoholic Mexican Beers
Although the market for non-alcoholic beers started small it is a rapidly growing market as the effects of alcohol on health matters are realized. The beers that we will review and compare in this review are:
1. Corona Sunbrew 0.0%
Corona Sunbrew 0.0% is a non-alcoholic beer that was launched internationally by the Corona Beer brand on 5 January 2022 making it the latest product in the world-renowned Corona, a brand that revels in getting outside and enjoying life in the sun.
It is also acknowledged for providing consumers with “Sunshine, Anytime”. Corona Sunbrew is the first non-alcoholic beer that combines the refreshing taste of a beer with 30 percent of the daily value of vitamin D per 330 mL
Since its inception in 1925 Corona has encouraged beer drinkers to hunt for unpretentious pleasures in a less frantic lifestyle where they can appreciate the slower pace and a relaxed vibe.
The company has always been associated with a free lifestyle on powdery beaches, in soft snow. Anywhere that you can enjoy a bucket of ice-cold Coronas while experiencing the best nature can offer.
This philosophy has enabled Corona to grow into a global icon that is appreciated in more than 180 countries.
Venturing into the non-alcoholic beer market combined with its Vitamin D supplement allowed the company to experiment until the perfect formula was found.
Each 330 ml bottle Corona Sunbrew 0.0% contains
- 60 calories
- 0% ABV
- 30% of your daily value of vitamin D
- Clear and brilliant pale golden color
Athletic Brewing Company is a leader in the brewing of non-alcoholic beer. The company was the first brewery in the USA to fully devote its capacity to the production of non-alcoholic craft beer.
Cerveza Atletica is a non-alcoholic Mexican Light Copper Lager ideal for people that enjoy a characteristic Mexican light lager on the beach, or anywhere where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing lager.
This non-alcoholic beer features an exclusive blend of Organic German Vienna and Munich malts presenting a rich copper color. Furthermore, the flavor reminds you of a subtle bread crust and a balanced light aroma of spicy and floral notes unique to the German Hersbrucker noble hop.
Each 12 oz serving contains
- 60 calories
- Less than 0.5% alcohol
3. Sol Cero
Sol was born at the end of the 19th century in Mexico that was still celebrating independence from Spain.
Initially, it was called “El Sol” named after the sun. This was a result of the brew illuminated by a ray of sunlight. In the early 1900s, the name was shortened to Sol after the acquisition of the brewery “El Salto del Agua”.
The brewery was then relocated to Orizaba where the beer became a Mexican icon.
Today Sol beers are sold in more than 70 countries globally. In true Mexican beer tradition, Sol Cero 0.0% is linked to long bright, and sweet-smelling summer days on the beach.
Sol Cero pours a straw color with a 1 to 2 fingers head. It is slightly carbonated bordering on watery.
The aroma has some hints of malt while the taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
- 5% ABV
- 42 Calories
- 7g Carbohydrates
- 4g Sugar
4. Coba Maya
Big Drop Brewing is a multiple award-winning breweries that achieved success at the 2021 World Beer Awards. To expand its range the company entered the non-alcoholic beer market with its Coba Maya brand.
The company initially launched Coba Maya as an 8-pack non-alcoholic beer making it exclusively available in Waitrose supermarkets.
Due to the success achieved with the 8-pack, Coba Maya was made available on its own in mid-May 2021.
In an unusual marketing ploy, the company launched Coba Maya as a ‘lawn mower beer’ – a light beer you can consume on a sunny afternoon while doing some gardening work.
However, do not think it cannot be consumed on cold winter days, it definitely still provides freshness on those dreary days.
Only Hersbrucker Hallertau hops are used in the beer adding some spice and fruitiness to its flavor. Furthermore, it offers clean malt aromas with a slight lemon citrus note rounded off by apricot-like stone fruit. You will find that it smells like a summer lager.
The color differs slightly from most other beers pouring a light straw color with crystal clarity and a thin-line head.
The taste test offers a lager malt and grains that offers clean and crisp flavors and a hint of sweetness and honey.
Hersbrucker Hallertau hops adds a slight floral note and a hint of peppery spice. Although slightly watery in taste and lightly carbonized it feels smooth in the mouth.
- Lactose (Milk)
- Hersbrucker Hallertau Hops
Nutritional Information Per 100ml
- Energy : 9kJ/11kcal
- Fat : <0.1g
- Saturated fat <0.1g
- Carbohydrates :2g
- Sugar : 1g
- Protein :<0.5g
- Salt : 1g
- Calories :3
- Alcohol :< 0.5%
5. Corona Cero
Corona “Cero” is another non-alcoholic beer from the ABV-InBev brand competing with the Corona Sunbrew reviewed earlier. The difference between the 2 non-alcoholic beers is the Vitamin D brewed into Sunbrew.
The Corona brand was established in 1925 and introduced to Mexico in the early 80s when the brand was still owned by the giant Mexican brewery Modelo.
Although Corona beer is still brewed by Modelo, it is now owned by one of the largest global breweries AB-InBev. Being a global leader enables AB-InBev to brew Corona beers globally and therefore it is not limited to Mexico.
Corona “Cero” (0%) shares many features with one of the best sellers in the Corona brand, Corona Extra. Except that Corona Cero is non-alcoholic.
The Non-alcoholic beer became available in 2016 in Mexico and was introduced to the global markets in January 2022.
The distribution channel that AB-Inbev has in place helps the growth of Corona Cero beers into supermarkets and other stores.
AB-InBev creates non-alcoholic beer by removing the alcohol from full-strength beer using either vacuum distillation or reverse osmosis.
The hop rumored to be used in Corona Cero is Galena to enhance the bitterness and prevent light penetrating the glass bottle from affecting the flavor.
Carbonation of the Corona Cero produces small, tight bubbles and small a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Pouring a Cero will produce a straw color with a slight haze.
The aroma is full of light malt and a little honey with no hop aroma while the flavor produces a touch of sweetcorn and bitterness.
Each 330 ml bottle of Corona Cero lager contains
- 0% ABV
- 56 Calories
- 8g Carbohydrates
- 1g Sugar
- Barley Malt
- Hops rumored to be Galena used for bittering
- Natural Flavors