At the time of reviewing the South African brewed Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus, it is the peak of summer in Australia. Temperatures are hitting 44 (over 110 Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country, so a fresh and light non-alcoholic beer option is worth its weight in gold.
The Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus lands a 7/10 due to its lightweight body, upfront sweetness & unique fruit led profile that is built around citrus, orange & grapefruit notes. Each mouthful ultimately gives way to a lingering bitterness finish that, while not traditional in its profile, is extremely refreshing.
|Citrus Style Lager
|39 calories per can
|Orange + Grapefruit.
|$11 – $15 / 6-pack
|7 / 10
READ THE FULL REVIEW DOWN BELOW
- Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus Taste.
- Where to buy Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus?
- Calories in Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus.
Devil’s Peak Citrus Taste
If you have been around non-alcoholic beer for some time, you will know that reaching for unique and entirely left-field flavour profiles, like that in the Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus are becoming increasingly common. If you’re new to alcohol-free beer or alcohol drinks more generally this is something to keep in mind!
The taste profile of the Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus is unique in the sense that it might remind you of those sherbet treats you got as a kid (if you’ve been an Aussie kid you’ll remember wizz-fizz sherbet bags).
The Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus has a particularly sweet orange aroma that also slants tropical. When it comes to the taste profile, you’re going to find a citrus packed brew that sees:
- an ultra-light body weight and perfectly balanced carbonation.
- some opening fruity sweetness.
- orange citrus and fruit leading the profile.
- notes of crisp and clean grapefruit throughout.
- a finishing bitterness that stays with you between mouthfuls.
Once poured in a glass you’re going to find the Citrus option from Devil’s Peak beer is a dark amber colour and has a loose head that dissipates within a couple of minutes of being in the glass.
Interestingly enough, the head did regenerate depending on the glass I was using, but more on that a little later on.
What I Like
Things to Consider
|The citrus profile is great in how it gives this beer a really refreshing profile
|The citrus profile is equally something to consider given it steers this beer away from a traditional profile and towards a rather fruity one.
|The finishing bitterness makes sure this beer is crisp, clean and not sweet.
|The body is most likely somewhat lighter than what you are used to.
Where To Buy Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus.
The Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus is available across all major outlets including supermarkets (Woolworths) and traditional retailers (Dan Murphy’s) as well as online retailers such as Amazon, Brunswick Aces and Craft Zero.
I am currently looking to source a retailer to give my US and UK friends so stay tuned if you’re in those countries. However, your Australian based options will be down below:
Brunswick Aces dropped me a bottle to try, however, I’ve picked up a couple of 6-packs since then and also recently grabbed a 6 pack from Dan Murphy’s to make sure I got myself back across the taste when writing this review.
Drinking all 6 bottles is hard work, but somebody had to do it!
Who Would Enjoy the Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus?
Look, this is a rather different and unique style of beer. That means it is likely to put half of you in the ‘love it and order it on the regular’ camp and the other half of you in the ‘once is fine but I’ll try something different’ camp!
I think this will suit an IPA drinker, particularly someone who enjoys a Citra hopped (or even double hopped) IPA. Interestingly, I think it will also appeal to the fruity cocktail drinker as it does not have a weighted ‘beery’ taste profile.
If you’re handing it off to someone who doesn’t enjoy wheat or malty noted beer, keep in mind you get some hints of it as the drink warms in the glass.
If any of the beer options down below have been in your glass before and you’ve enjoyed them, you’re likely to be on a path to enjoying this Citrus option from Devil’s Peak.
If you’re yet to try the option above, click through the links to read the review on what to expect! Alternatively, find yourself a:
- new Alcohol-Free Lager to try from one of the eight I reviewed and compared side-by-side in an article here; or
- fresh and clean Pale Ale, IPA or XPA from the 14 I reviewed and compared side by side in an article here.
Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus Calories
Each bottle of Devil’s Peak Citrus has only 39 Calories per can and 9.6 grams of total carbohydrates. To help you compare to other non-alcoholic options out there, this comes in at an astonishing 12 calories and less than 2.9 grams of total carbohydrate per 100ml. This is likely the lowest calorie non-alcoholic beer I have ever seen!
If you the full calorie and nutrition information you can find the full table below!
< 0.3 g
< 0.3 g
< 0.1 g
< 0.1 g
< 0.1 g
< 0.1 g
< 5 mg
< 5 mg
When To Drink The Devil’s Peak Hero Citrus
I’ve always had a few bottles of the Devil’s Peak Hero range lying about in my fridge, however, I’ve always been more inclined to reach for it as the temperatures head north and things start to warm up.
I feel it is perfect for those warm days when you’re looking for a sessionable beer that is fresh and fruity. Alternatively, this would go really well with a light fruity dessert and compliment the flavour profile really well.
Should You Put Alcohol-Free Beer In A Glass?
Given this beer is light, crisp and fresh the flavours are heavily reliant on that aroma profile. So naturally, the more you can squeeze out of this beer aroma-wise, the more you’ll extract from it flavour-wise.
I’ve had it both out of the bottle and out of a couple of my Spiegelau Craft Tasting Kit glasses (IPA and Stout options) and out of the bottle, it was a little bland and didn’t get to its full potential. Based on my taste tests, I’m all for putting this one into a glass and enjoying it as it opens up.
Based on the above and if you have read my content or watched it over on YouTube you’ll know that well priced and top-quality glassware takes non-alcoholic beer to a level that often rivals those in traditional alcoholic beer.
Keep an eye out for the write-up and video about how these glasses operate so you can see them in the flesh. But for now, give your alcohol-free brews a hand to reach their full potential and check out the price of the kit over on Amazon AU (Amazon UK here and Amazon USA here).
The Round-Up: Final Thoughts
The citrus led and the crisp and clean profile makes this one a solid summer sessions beer that will keep you enjoying a beer, all whilst staying hydrated. I am a big fan of the way the fruity profile gives way to citrus led bitterness and how the flavour profile carries between mouthfuls despite the light body.
There is no denying that this might not be for everybody (see the alternatives up here) but if you enjoy a fruity cocktail, or Citra hopped IPA this will likely be right in your drinking zone.
If you’re looking to get a hold of a 6-pack, I’ve dropped the links from up in the review down below to make tracking down a pack easy!
- Amazon AU
- Brunswick Aces (TIPPLE12 at checkout gets you 12% off)
- Craft Zero (TZERO at checkout gets you 10% off)