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Alcohol free beer - whats the catch?

(19 Posts)
drinkyourmilk Thu 02-Jul-09 20:24:14

I like the idea of not drinking alcohol, but wondering if it's as innocuous as it sounds? So what's the catch? vast amounts of sugar, links to cancer and packed full of chemicals?


missingtheaction Thu 02-Jul-09 20:25:08

mainly tastes like p*

PortAndLemon Thu 02-Jul-09 20:31:09

Becks alcohol free tastes pretty good. And is just water, barley, hops, yeast according to the ingredients (it's possible that those two facts are connected...).

AFAIK there are no decent alcohol-free bitters, though.

Babbity Thu 02-Jul-09 20:39:48

Cobra alcohol free is the nicest IMO

PortAndLemon Thu 02-Jul-09 20:44:08

Mmm yes, Cobra is my second favourite. And comes in bigger bottles grin.

JRocks Thu 02-Jul-09 20:44:58

I prefer cobra over becks too smile

smallchange Thu 02-Jul-09 20:46:58

It's ok if it's really cold but none of them tasted quite right. Always a bit too sweet ime. I agree that Cobra is the best.

drinkyourmilk Thu 02-Jul-09 20:58:32

I'm in germany - so the beer actually tastes like beer. Pretty yummy tbh.

MrsMattie Thu 02-Jul-09 20:59:18

Its absolutely disgusting

OrmIrian Thu 02-Jul-09 20:59:36

What's the catch? It tastes like cack and doesn't get you pissed.

OrmIrian Thu 02-Jul-09 20:59:37

What's the catch? It tastes like cack and doesn't get you pissed.

drinkyourmilk Thu 02-Jul-09 21:03:15

OrmIrian - that's the whole point you see, I'm a twat when i'm drunk wink, and drink too much. Gave up around 3 weeks ago, but want something for when i'm out that i enjoy

UnquietDad Thu 02-Jul-09 21:08:27

Ormirian has it exactly!

hf128219 Thu 02-Jul-09 21:10:01

And it's expensive! Better off having a wine gum.

OrmIrian Thu 02-Jul-09 21:10:58

I like tonic water if I'm not drinking. Tis much nicer than pretend beer.

expatinscotland Thu 02-Jul-09 21:13:00

PMSL, Orm.

MIL gave me a bottle of Fre or some alcohol-free wine when I was pregnant with DD1.

It went well when mixed with sparkling water, but it was expensive and Pomegreat juice was just as good and half the cost.

hf128219 Thu 02-Jul-09 21:13:34

Ginger Beer for me! Has a bite.

JetLi Fri 03-Jul-09 07:31:17

Bavaria is good as is Cobra. Holsten is horrible and Kaliber will give you a worse hangover that drinking 4 pints of Drambuie shandy in my experience.

kazbeth Tue 07-Jul-09 07:47:18

Agree that Bavaria is nice. If you like bitter, Sainsburys own brand low alcohol lager is a good substitue as it's quite hoppy. Cobra is sweet and becks tastes like becks to me which is rank. Most breweries do an alcohol free version it's just that they've only been available in the UK recently. I've heard Kaliber is vile.

Alcohol free wine is just awful so avoid at all costs.

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