I’ve hinted on the subject before and, as was predicted, the reaction was rather subdued. The answers came back in the form of “yeah, I don’t see the point in alcohol-free beer, if I’m thirsty I’ll get myself a coke, a glass of water or something similar, I don’t need to drink beer’. This answer probably came out of my mouth once, in which language I can’t remember, but it seems so embarrassingly familiar, I must have said it before myself.
The next complaint is that the stuff doesn't usually taste very nice. Alcohol-free lager tastes quite a lot like horse urine (I imagine) and drinking the stuff straight can feel a bit…rough.
But, being in ever-sensible Germany, I’ve joined with the mainstream in drinking alcohol-free Weißbier and it’s fine. I don’t usually drink light-coloured Weizen (I find it a bit clumsy and it goes to my head instantly) but the alcohol-free stuff is quite agreeable. In fact, I've grown quite fond of the stuff.
True to tradition, I embark on my most difficult project of the year in January: a whole month without a drop of the jungle-juice (hence the reason you haven’t seen many wine reviews happening recently) and without alcohol-free beer, this can be quite a chore: especially socialising – order a coke or a glass of water with mates and you’re opening the door to mocks and jibes.
However, I won’t just drink anything: I have, over the course of a few months, sought-out the best alcohol-free Weizen available and have, along the way, tried many varietals – here are my results.
All scores out of 100
(25 for taste, 25 for body, 25 for nose, 10 for character, 10 for appearance and 5 for value for money)
What do you reckon?
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