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Beer Review: No Worries – Lervig

No Worries is a 0.5% pale ale brewed by Norwegian brewery Lervig. 

Lervig was founded in 2003, when the production of Tou beer was moved from Stravanger, Norway, to the capital city, Oslo. Local people responded to the loss of Tou by purchasing the premises, and just like that, Lervig was born.

Initially, the new brewery focused on brewing Pilsners, replacing the Tou beers that were once brewed in the town. That changed in 2010, when a new Head Brewer was appointed and Lervig began to branch out into craft beers.

Since moving into craft beer, Lervig has gone from strength to strength. The brewery has become one of Norway’s largest beer exporters and now operates its own Lervig bars.

At the time of writing, No Worries is Lervig’s only non-alcoholic beer. However, it isn’t really just one beer, as the brewery produces a number of different variations.

There are lemon, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple-infused variations of No Worries, and there is even a Christmas version too. ‘No Worries – Driving Home for Christmas’ features all the rich spicy notes of a Christmas beer, just without the alcohol.

Looking forward to a “lightly hopped and pleasantly refreshing” pale ale, as Lervig describes No Worries, we tasted both the standard and the Mango-infused versions. 

Did they live up to expectations? Read on to find out…

Branding & Packaging

The No Worries can features the kind of eye-catching illustration that makes Lervig beers instantly recognisable.

A strange-looking blue man, wearing shades and a cape, climbs a ladder to emerge from a hole in the ground. On the standard version of No Worries, he is surrounded by a green and blue mountainous landscape, whereas on the fruit-infused versions of No Worries, he emerges amongst oversized lemons, mangos, pineapples, and grapefruits.

On the Christmas version of No Worries, the cartoon character is seen climbing out of his hole, surrounded by snowy mountains and Christmas trees, only to be buried in Christmas presents.

The only text on the can is the name of the beer, the Lervig logo, and ingredients and nutritional information.

Ingredients & Nutritional Information

No Worries is brewed using a special kind of yeast that doesn’t ferment maltose sugars. This makes it possible for the beer to be brewed without exceeding the 0.5% limit to qualify as a non-alcoholic beer.

The beer contains 29kcal and 8.5g carbohydrates (of which 5.8g is sugar) per 100ml. That’s high, so we definitely would not recommend No Worries if you’re looking for a low-calorie or low-sugar beer.

The ingredients are water, barley, wheat, hops and ‘natural flavours’ in the fruit infused versions. This makes No Worries suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. 

Opening the Can

The first thing you notice when you begin to pour No Worries is how cloudy it is. The beer is a completely opaque golden colour, leaning towards yellow or orange depending on the light.

The beer pours with a full bubbly foam head that never fully dissipates. Even towards the end of the glass, a circle and island of bubbles always remain on the beer’s surface.

In terms of aroma, the hops dominate in the standard version of No Worries, while the fruit fragrances are most noticeable in the fruit-infused versions. The smell of mango hit us as soon as we opened the No Worries Mango can.

Tasting Notes

No Worries is a very smooth beer, but also well carbonated, which gives a satisfying fizz on the tip of the tongue.

Even the standard version contains clear notes of mango and grapefruit, though this is of course made far more obvious in the fruit-infused varieties.

The fruit flavours are accompanied by pine and a dry bitterness.

Where to buy No Worries?

We recommend searching online retailers, such as Beer Merchants and Sober Sauce

What did you think?

Have you tried No Worries by Lervig? Or any of the fruit-infused variations? Please leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of the beer.