A couple of months ago, I gave up alcohol. After donating my stock of bottles to a few fortunate friends, the next step was finding a tasty de-alc replacement that I can enjoy at home.
Most de-alc beers I've tried are flops. They're either watery, with a light fizziness and little flavour (O'Douls, Exel, PC brand, etc.) or they have a strong, metallic bitterness that's not particularly pleasant and which leaves a bit of an after-taste (Beck's, Grolsch).
(And every de-alc wine I've tried tastes like grape juice.)
I recently stumbled up on Erdinger Alkoholfrei. Erdinger makes a very tasty Weißbier and, as it turns out, they also make a very tasty non-alcoholic beer!
It has a relatively rich body, a light wheat-beer flavour, and a very pleasant German-beer bitterness with no disappointing after-taste.
According to McClelland Premium Importers
, there's only one distributor for it in Ottawa and, oddly enough, it's a micro-brewery: Kichesippi Beer Co.
So, are there any de-alc / non-alc beer drinkers out there? Any brands you've tried that you'd recommend?
Beers I've tried recently:
- Beck's Non-alcoholic
- Erdinger Alkoholfrei
- Grolsch Non-Alcoholic
- Molson Exel
- O'Doul's (Original and Amber)
In the past, I've also tried:
- Labatt's Blue De-Alcoholized
- President's Choice De-alcoholized (Lager and Red)