8 alcohol-free thirst quenchers

Roz Crowley puts eight non-alcoholic beers to the taste test

Erdinger 50cl €2

Brewed in Germany, this has a clean taste, most reminiscent of regular beer of all samples. Tops for the majority.

Score: 9

Stiegl Freibier 50cl €2

In a tall bottle, brewed in Austria, this went down well and was a favourite of two of the tasters as close to regular beer. A natural aroma with a clean, fresh taste.

Score: 8.5

Heineken 0.0 6 pack of 330ml cans €6

With not more than 0.05% ABV, zingy, said one, drinkable said another — light and refreshing with no unpleasant odours.

Score: 8.25

Becks Blue 6 pk 275ml bottles €4.50

Nice, bright colour, tastes and smells of beer. Tasters liked it. Not more than 0.05% ABV

Made in Germany. We bought in Dunnes which had the best selection.

Score: 8

IPA 330ml 99c

This Indian pale ale of 0.5% ABV has very small print on the label, but what ingredients we eventually read were nothing to worry about. Some sweetness, more flavour than some. We bought in Lidl.

Score: 8

Dungarvan Brewing Company Main Sail 500ml €4.39

This is more expensive than some samples, but the bottle is a decent size. A pale ale, the type of hops were interestingly named as Challenger and Amarillo. Brewed and bottled in Dungarvan, for some, it was the closest to a regular beer, with good length and gentle aftertaste. Others found it less flavoursome.

Score: 8

Patronus Weissbier 0.5litre 65c

Produced in Germany, this bottle is low in flavour, with savoury hints, but also sweet. Tasters said they wouldn’t be fooled if presented it as a regular beer.

Score: 6

Open Gate Brewery Pure Brew 330m, six-pack €6

This six pack of 0.5% ABV cans is brewed by Guinness in Ireland. Persistent bubbles were a plus. One taster got what he interpreted as a burnt hop flavour. Another said it was like a mild flavoured alcoholic beer. Tasters expected more from a Guinness product.

Score: 6

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