Burleigh Brewing, a small independent craft brewer in Queensland, Australia, claims to have created the first no-carb beer. The 88 calorie BIGHEAD Beer is a “full-flavoured, full-strength lager that is 100% natural, free of additives and preservatives, and has a smooth, clean taste.” That’s an impressive claim.

Burleigh Brewing’s CEO, Peta Fielding, said BIGHEAD’s arrival would be welcome news for men and women across Australia who are conscious of their carbohydrate intake, but love their beer.

“There are a lot of low-carb beers on the Australian market, but only one no-carb – and that’s BIGHEAD Beer,” said Fielding. “For the past year, our customers have been asking us when we were going to create a low-carb beer and today, we’ve not only delivered, we’ve exceeded everyone’s expectations with a beer that is truly unique. We don’t know why this hasn’t been done before now, but we’re thrilled that the idea and ability has been developed by an independent Queensland company.”

My opinion of drinking beer and counting calories is well documented. I honestly don’t see how a beer can have zero carbs since malt = sugar and sugar = carbs. I suppose that if the yeast completely converted all sugar to alcohol, that might eliminate the carbs but my uneducated understanding is that complete conversion is virtually impossible. The zero-carb claim is backed up by testing in an independent lab so it must be legit but I would love to hear the science behind it. The Burleigh site doesn’t seem to have any information about the beer.

“Full-flavour, full-srength” and only 88 calories? If any of Beer Utopia’s Aussie readers have tried this brew please let us know how it tastes.


  1. I actually saw BIGHEAD on tap at a pub in Brisbane the other night and gave it a go. I didnt really know what to expect from a no-carb beer, but the flavour was surprisngly full and it had a good colour as well. I’m no expert and usually just choose my beers by what’s going at the time, but if this one is on offer when I’m out next, I certainly won’t say no.

  2. Bought a 6 pack of Bighead on the Gold Coast. Packs a bit less flavour punch than my usual craft beers but it is very fresh and lively. Good hoppy character for a no carb beer and my wife loves it. It’s all she drinks now and seems to have given up white wine.

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