Infinite Session have been producing non-alcoholic beers in the UK since 2017, and as such can probably be seen as one of the foundations of the alcohol-free scene here. They’ve done well, offering a recognisable product range that is stocked in a number of supermarkets, along with off-licences and in pub fridges to compete with that dodgy bottle of Beck’s Blue that always lurks there. We’ve reviewed three of their beers here so far, their IPA, Pale Ale and Pils. One the whole they were well received, with the ‘Pils’ trailing in the review scores, mainly for being a bit neither here nor there as a pilsner lager. Over half a year later, and ‘Pils’ seems to have been quietly dropped by Infinite Session, replaced with ‘Infinite Lager’.
It looks like the launch of Infinite Lager (and the retirement of Pils) was a soft one, as I can see no mention of it on the company’s Instagram or Twitter accounts, but from my extensive research (checking archived copies of the company’s website) the beer appears to have been launched in January 2021. Rather than the standard pilsner that their previous effort followed, Infinite Lager is instead a helles-style lager, apparently inspired by beers imbibed in Munich on the company’s various trips over there. Helles lagers are typically pale (with ‘hell’ translating from German to ‘pale’ or ‘light’), lightly bitter with slight sweetness, served either filtered or unfiltered, hailing from the South Germany region. Whilst they do have similarities with pilsners, they tend to have less hop flavour and slightly higher ABVs. The style is certainly becoming more fashionable as of late, and is known for being an easy drinking beer – surely a good choice for an infinite session?
Pouring out from the can we get a deep amber coloured liquid with good clarity and some visible carbonation bubbles. A slight white head fluffs up, but is gone like a shot. On the nose we get malted grain sweetness, with a slight leafy hop note in the background. All quite muted.
On tasting we get some light hop bitterness and a background of soft bready malt. And that’s pretty much it. What carbonation there is in the beer doesn’t last long, and the drink gets pretty watery pretty quickly. We get a slightly malty, watery finish to the drink.
Helles is a style of beer that is designed for refreshment, and yes I can see Infinite Lager being quite capable of quenching a thirst or as an accompaniment to flavourful foods. It hits Infinite Session’s apparent aims of being a drink for any time of the day, and it’s certainly more of a lager than their Pils offering was. But it’s a pretty boring, watery drink and not one I will go out of my way to drink again.
Buy Infinite Lager
You can buy Infinite Lager and the rest of the Infinite Session range at Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods and Majestic Wines. It’s also available online at the following drinks shops:
|Nutritional Information (per 100ml, taken from the side of the can)|
|Water, Malted Barley, Wheat, Oats, Hops, Yeast|
|Country of Production||United Kingdom|
|Brewer||Infinite Session – https://infinitesession.com/|
Infinite Lager Alcohol-Free Helles Review
A pretty bland and watery lager. A thirst quencher for sure, but if you’re after flavour look elsewhere.