Lervig Aktiebryggeri were founded in 2003 in the city of Stavanger, Norway, and are an independent brewery with a wide range of beers offered. Initially a producer of pilsner lagers, in 2010 they dragged American home brewer Mike Murphy from his native Philadelphia and appointed him head brewer, which in turn lead the brewery into a more craft beer direction and opened them up to much more experimentation than they had been known for previously. Cue a plethora of interesting brews leaving their brewhouse in the subsequent years, such as Cucumbeer (pilsner with cucumber), 3-Bean Stout (tonka, coffee and vanilla beans), and Christmas Shake (IPA with mango, passionfruit and vanilla).
Lervig No Worries first appeared on the market in 2019, and is an IPA that the brewery ferments using a special yeast that does not work on maltose sugars, thus producing minimal alcohol. This results in an alcohol-free beer that is on the higher end of the sugar content spectrum. Whether or not Lervig have managed to balance the sweetness of their beer with good hopping we will find out momentarily. The beer appears to be a popular addition to the Lervig stable however, as the brewer actually produces six different variations of No Worries – Lemon, Mango, Pineapple, Grapefruit, a Christmas Ale variation, and the OG version we will be trying here. Will Lervig’s apparent love of fruit mean we get a nice fruity IPA, or something more experimental?
Pouring from the funkily-designed can we get a cloudy golden yellow liquid with much haze to it. The head is huge, fluffy and white, be careful how you pour it. On the nose we get both tropical and citrus fruits, mango and grapefruit the most noticeable. There are also aromas of stone fruits, apricot and peach, with some sweetness. Certainly very fruity so far.
On tasting the fruits immediately come through, however the citrus is certainly more prominent and the tropical mango gets somewhat lost. Along with grapefruit and lemon citrus, there are also some grassy hop flavours in there. Indeed, it’s much more bitter than I was expecting from both the aroma and the labelled sugar content. The carbonation level is moderate but the drink feels rather thin, leaving a lacklustre mouthfeel. We get a short, bitter and slightly sour finish to the drink.
Another quality fruity IPA, Lervig No Worries is another to add to the rather large list of citrusy hoppy non-alcoholic beers. Whilst it has a lovely fruity aroma I feel the taste does not live up to what it promises, and coupled with the disappointing mouthfeel means that I can’t give it the scores that other NA IPAs have garnered. Don’t get me wrong, this is a quality AF beer, it’s just that the alcohol-free IPA marketplace is now at a stage where there are so many similar drinks out there that there are simply better alternatives. And this can only be a good thing for us.
Buy Lervig No Worries
The more discerning pub or bar may stock Lervig No Worries if you ask, however I got mine from the following drinks shops:
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|Lervig Aktiebryggeri – https://lervig.no/
Lervig No Worries Non-Alcoholic IPA Review
One for the citrus grapefruit fans, this Norwegian IPA will slip down a treat, but won’t blow your mind. No worries!