Heaps Normal Quiet XPA Beer Review
Heaps Normal is a full-bodied, tropical, citrusy non-alcoholic XPA. You’ll be hard pressed tasting the difference when comparing against the most popular standard XPAs on the market.
Heaps Normal beer is an Australian success story. Launching in 2020 during the peak of the pandemic, the brand found a niche in our nation’s craft beer market, producing great tasting beer without the alcohol content. You heard right my lager-loving friends, Heaps Normal is one of Australia’s first non-alcoholic craft beers, and it will have even the most discerning craft beer drinkers struggling to tell the difference.
In a similar vein to other popular craft beer brands on the market, the Founding team of Heaps Normal includes world champion surfer Jordy Smith. Being the sucker that I am for a solid celebrity endorsement from the surf industry, I was keen to try out a tin (or two!) of Heaps Normal for myself. Here’s what I found…
Heaps Normal Quiet XPA
The flagship brew from the team is the Heaps Normal Quiet XPA. It’s touted as a ‘full-flavoured XPA without the downsides’. I’ll talk you through my first tin of this golden goodness.
It poured just like you’d hope an Extra Pale Ale would, a slightly hazy honey colour with a relatively dense, frothy head.
This was the money moment. Was it going to taste like beer at all, let alone a half-decent craft beer? Well I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! The initial taste was very similar to a certain XPA of the alcoholic variety that put this entire category on the map. The Heaps Normal XPA is perhaps a touch lighter in body and has a thinner mouth-feel, but on the whole, it hit my tastebuds in a very similar way to the most popular XPA on the market.
I reckon this is the measure of a good beer versus an average one. When the beer starts to warm up just a touch, does it still go down ok? The short answer is yes, Heaps Normal’s XPA does. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t drink a whole one straight up at room temperature, but if takes you 20 minutes to get through one after pulling it from the esky it’ll still taste pretty good at the end.
Heaps Normal Lager
More recently the crew at Heaps Normal have added a lager to their range, aptly named Another Lager. I’ve not had the chance to try it yet, although the reviews on Untappd seem to be varied with some commenting that it lacks flavour. I think this is a good reason to stick with the XPA with its hoppy, tropical full-bodied flavour.
Heaps Normal Beer Calories
Heaps Normal Quiet XPA comes in at 63 Calories per 355ml can.
Heaps Normal Another Lager comes in at 71 Calories per 355ml can.
Heaps Normal Beer Stockists
Heaps Normal beer stockists include a wide variety of independent restaurants and bottle shops. For example, I recently accompanied my meal at the fine dining Restaurant Labart in Burleigh Heads with a Quiet XPA, and again last weekend at trendy Italian diner Ciao Mate in Bangalow.
More recently, Heaps Normal has secured broader distribution across the major supermarket and liquor chains.
Heaps Normal Dan Murphys
Heaps Normal is available at Dan Murphy’s nationally at $15.99 per 4 pack or $66.99 per case.
Heaps Normal Beer BWS
Since BWS is part of the same group as Dan Murphy’s, Heaps Normal is also available at BWS nationally at the same price of $15.99 per 4 pack or $66.99 per case.
Heaps Normal Woolworths
Recently Heaps Normal has appeared on the shelves of Woolworths stores nationally. Not only is this handy when you are doing the weekly shop, but they are also slightly cheaper at $15 per 4 pack.
Just like the guys at Heaps Normal say, their Quiet XPA is a ‘full flavoured beer without the downsides’. It’s a delicious and refreshing beer with a tropical aroma and a malty, bitter finish, just like any good beer should. If you enjoy XPAs and are looking for alternatives to popular craft beers containing alcohol, this is a great option.