Brooklyn Special Effects is a Non-Alcoholic Beer by Brooklyn Brewery whose malty palate features baked rye balanced with citrus.

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Brooklyn Special Effects is a Non-Alcoholic Beer that’s brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the beer was served in a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Brooklyn Special Effects by Brooklyn Brewery

Packaging art for the Brooklyn Special Effects by Brooklyn Brewery

What You Need to Know

Special Effects is a NA beer that is crafted to resemble a lager. It’s malt-forward with a light hoppy balance. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.


The brew pours a brilliantly clear, amber hue that’s topped by a thick cap of puffy cream-colored foam that shows modest retention. An aggressive pour helps.

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The aroma isn’t particularly strong but it offers a pleasant nose of bright orange citrus and a hint of rye bread.


The palate is led by a taste of baked bread that transitions to a more pronounced flavor of rye bread with a mild bite of citrus.

Label art for the Brooklyn Special Effects by Brooklyn Brewery

Label art for the Brooklyn Special Effects by Brooklyn Brewery


The feel is smooth and is somewhat dry. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish has a mild bite.


All things considered, the Brooklyn Special Effects has got to be about as good as it gets for a non-alcoholic brew. The brew has a nice appearance even if its head retention is somewhat brief. The palate offers a nice flavor and is nicely balanced. The feel is where the brew falls in short. It’s quite thin and understandable considering that it’s a non-alcoholic brew. It helps to have that feel in mind before consumption. Otherwise, this brew is quite easy to tilt back and enjoy.

Recommended Pairings

Brooklyn Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Brooklyn Special Effects: spinach salads, grilled chicken, BLT sandwiches, toast skagen, hot wings, omelettes, and fresh goat cheeses.

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