One of the major beer manufacturers has launched a new brew: Hahn Ultra Crisp beer. This beer is not only gluten-free but also has lower carbohydrates than other brews. Win-win!
Hahn Ultra Crisp
As per the label, this beer is lower carb than regular beer, 99% sugar free, preservative free and gluten-free. As you may know, beer is traditionally brewed using gluten-containing grains, such as barley and wheat. Some gluten-free beers are brewed with non-gluten grains, some have the gluten removed after brewing. Hahn Ultra Crisp is brewed with rice. Therefore, it is truly gluten-free. In fact, it is endorsed by Coeliac Australia as a safe beverage for individuals with Coeliac Disease.
In general, alcoholic beverages are not to be consumed for their nutrient value, but rather as an occasional social indulgence. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Hahn Ultra Crisp bottles come with nutrition information. I would like to see more liquor manufacturers following their example.
|Nutrient||Per serve (330ml bottle)||Per 100g|
|Fat, total (g)||< 0.7||< 0.2|
|– Saturated (g)||< 0.3||< 0.1|
|– Sugars (g)||0.3||0.1|
The graph below shows a comparison of energy and carbohydrates of different types of beer as per official the Australian nutrient database (1). As shown, Hahn Ultra Crisp is indeed lower in carbs than other beers when considering average values. In addition, it is lower in energy than full-strength beers. Sugar-wise, though, it contains virtually the same amount than other beers.
I don’t recall having a regular Hahn beer so I can’t compare one to one, but I can compare Hahn Ultra Crisp with the gluten-free beers I regularly drink (O’Brien). As its name implies, Hahn Ultra Crisp is crisp, light, refreshing, and easy to drink. It tastes like a regular light beer (or at least my recollection of one). However, it does not taste like craft beer, if you know what I mean. Not that this is a bad thing, there’s a time and a place for each type of beer, in my opinion.
If you’re above drinking age, you may head to Hahn’s website to find more about this and other products.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand. AUSNUT 2011–13 – Australian Food Composition Database. 2014 [Available from: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au].