Good Karma Beer Co Ltd started off as a company named Fabulously Green Limited, changing their moniker and direction of business at the start of September 2020. The company is helmed by Steve Dass, who has worked in the brewing industry for over a decade, and had a hand in the launching of alcohol-free brewery Nirvana Brewery back in 2016. Due to health reasons he left the business in 2018, but after a period of recovery in Goa was once again spurred on to re-join the AF beer scene, buoyed by a huge uptick in the market over 2020. And thus Good Karma Beer Co Ltd was introduced to the world in the second half of last year. The brewery embraces the concept of mindfulness – being aware of our health and wellbeing, and how our actions are affecting them. To further this, the company not only produces non-alcoholic beers, but attempts to use organic ingredients where possible and eschew non-vegan ingredients such as lactose.
Love That Feeling is a hefeweizen, a wheat beer originating in Bavaria. It was Good Karma’s second beer, and was released at the end of October 2020. The beer is brewed traditionally with no processes such as reverse osmosis used to remove alcohol. Instead, the brewer uses recipes lower in fermentable sugars, specialised yeasts, and limits amount of time the beer can ferment for. A good hefeweizen uses at least 50% wheat malt, and has a distinctly fruity profile, with much of the aroma and flavour supplied by the yeast used. There are many alcohol-free wheat beers available, and the majority that I’ve reviewed have been great, some bordering on perfect. Let’s hope Love That Feeling can join that group.
Pouring from the can we get a pale yellow coloured liquid with only a slight amount of haze. The beer is certainly less cloudy than your average hefeweizen. A good dense head is produced as we pour and sticks around, giving us good lacing and a decent froth moustache. On the nose we get yeasty wheat, some lemon citrus, fresh cut apple, and of course the banana aromas, becoming almost bubblegum-like, possibly like the old foam banana sweets you used to get in 10p bags. Not much clove to speak of, but it’s still smelling like a good wheat beer and is enticing me in.
Wheaty malt greets us on tasting, swiftly followed by a citrus lemon undertone. The fruity banana makes an appearance and stays with us in a mellow background capacity, almost artificial in it’s sweetness. The carbonation is high but not aggressive, and we get a lovely creamy body to the drink. There’s no real bitterness to the beer, and we get sweet and creamy finish to the drink.
Good Karma Love That Feeling has some quirks of it’s own to add to the hefeweizen norms, but is certainly bursting with familiar aromas. The taste is a bit softer than you’d expect, but still offers a good drinking experience, and the mouthfeel of the beer is spot on. You’ll certainly love the feeling of drinking this, but whether it’ll give you good karma remains to be seen.
Buy Good Karma Love That Feeling
Good Karma Beer Co Ltd are not yet at the stage where you’ll see beers like Love That Feeling available on supermarket shelves, so the best place to buy is either direct from the brewer or a wholesaler, or order online from one of the following drinks shops:
|Nutritional Information (per 100ml, taken from the side of the can)|
|Additional nutritional information not given. Boo, hiss!|
|Water, Malted Wheat, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast, Natural Flavourings|
|Country of Production||United Kingdom|
|Brewer||Good Karma Beer Co – https://goodkarma.beer/|
|Vegan Friendly?||Yes, according to brewer|
Good Karma Love That Feeling AF Wheat Beer Review
A great little take on the hefeweizen style, which just needs a little kick in the taste department.