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Review: Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Stout, IPA, and Prosecco

Non-alcoholic beer and wine have not exactly found rousing fanaticism in the market, probably because they generally taste like pale imitations of the real thing. Alcohol-free wine may as well be juice. NA beer is typically a thin, watery lager that has to be ice cold to be even marginally palatable.

Denver-based Gruvi has been working to change that, putting out non-alcoholic products that more closely resemble the flavor-packed beverages we know and love. Gruvi doesn’t even make a lager; it sells non-alcoholic IPA, weissbier, and — its most recent addition — a stout. It’s also got an NA Prosecco, the only wine in its stable so far. As a bonus, all of these products are extremely low in calories, each having 60 calories or less per serving.

We tried all of the company’s products (save the sold out Gruvi Weisse) to see how they measure up against the real thing.

Gruvi Stout – On the nose, this comes across like an honest-to-God stout, rich with notes of coffee, dark caramel, and oaky vanilla. Without any alcohol, though, the palate has trouble propping up all that promise, and the flavor quickly dissipates on the tongue, some modest acidity giving the experience a soda-like texture. The finish is short but touched with ground coffee notes, making it feel real enough, at least if you close your eyes and make a wish. B / $10 per four-pack of 12 oz cans [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Gruvi IPA – This mostly smells the part, with a “west coast” earthiness that exudes the real hops used to make it. There’s some sweetness on the tongue, but those ruddy hops are hard to get around, giving the finish a significant bitterness. Unfortunately, there’s not much else in the way of flavor — a stronger punch of Citra would be helpful at boosting the fruitiness of the brew — and the lack of alcoholic bite is more obvious in an IPA than a stout. C+ / $10 per four-pack of 12 oz cans [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Gruvi Prosecco – Clearly not a real Prosecco — or a wine of any kind — as it’s much too sweet. Made with chardonnay grapes, the strongly carbonated beverage has a strong apple character, with a hint of brown sugar on the finish. While no one would be fooled that this is actual wine, it does make a credible alternative to an Izze soda. B / $15 per four-pack of 10 oz bottles

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Christopher Null

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4 Comments

  1. Robert July 23, 2020

    Thanks for the review. You should consider the low alcohol line from WellBeing Brewery in MO. I have no connection with them, but found their brews in our local liquor store. The IPA is especially almost right.

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    1. Patrick OHarris September 17, 2020

      Try Surreal Brewing in California, their Hazy IPA and two Porters are great!

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  2. Ryan October 21, 2020

    There is no possible way that you drank the stout and gave it an honest review. It is, without a doubt, the worst thing I’ve ever had that claimed be a stout. Or maybe your can contained something entirely different than my can because I struggle to find the words to describe just how undrinkable it is.

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    1. Steve November 30, 2020

      I found the stout to be just drinkable but hard to call beer. It seemed more like club soda mixed with roasted barley – very fizzy. I would not buy it again. Most of the things pretending to be beer but stripped to <0.5%ABV in order to qualify as NA come out too thin for anyone used to real beer. I would prefer they shoot for something like 2% and leave some real flavor.

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