Did you make resolutions for the New Year again? More exercise, eating healthier and less or no alcohol at all? These points are at the top of the list for many of us. Although most of these well-intentioned plans are forgotten about quite quickly, it’s still good to think about beer and health and to choose an alcohol-free beer from time to time. The flavours of these beers have improved considerably in recent years. There is more variation on the market nowadays and alcohol-free drinks contain fewer calories.
In recent years, both low alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers have gained popularity. This development is in line with the trend of the responsible enjoyment of alcohol.
In the UK there is a limit of 0.5% to be able to call a beer alcohol-free. The brewing process of an alcohol-free beer is actually the same as of any other beer, except that less malt is used (enzymes from the malt turn starch into fermentable sugars, which eventually become alcohol). There are also special malts with as little fermentable sugars as possible. In addition, a special yeast type is used that produces less alcohol. Saccharomyces Ludwigii is a yeast that is suitable for brewing non-alcoholic beer. This yeast species produces no or less alcohol because it handles maltose and glucose less well, namely are the sugars that other yeast types easily convert into alcohol. vandeStreek Playground IPA Alcohol-Free, for example, is brewed in this way.
Another brewing method for alcohol-free beer is to remove the alcohol from the beer after the brewing process. There are various methods for this, including the so-called 'reverse osmosis' where the alcohol is removed under high pressure. Budweiser alcohol-free is an example in which the alcohol is removed at a later stage.
Moreover, when it comes to brewing alcohol-free beer, additional measures in terms of hygiene have to be taken. There are a lot of residual sugars in the beer, which means that no other brewing yeast can be added. The filling of the bottles must therefore be done on a completely steamed bottling line in order to prevent another yeast from growing.
Pack | 16 beers
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In early 2017 the big beer brands launched 0.0 pilsners, such as the Budweiser alcohol-free, a refreshing pilsner with a soft malty body and fruity notes. Also the low-alcoholic radlers started to brew 0.0 variations. In the summer we tasted the vandeStreek Playground IPA Alcohol-Free. It’s an IPA with almost no alcohol (less than 0.5%), a fresh taste with citrus fruit, tropical fruit and a pleasant bitterness. It’s a perfect alternative if you want to pay attention to calories and on top of that you can still get behind the wheel after a few of these beers.
Most non-alcoholic beers are pilsners, such as Troost Malt or Jever Fun. However, more and more alcohol-free wheat beer and ales are appearing as well. Tasteful examples are Brewdog Nanny State, a pale ale with spicy aromas of hop and a bitter aftertaste, or Erdinger Alcohol-Free, a German wheat beer with a fresh taste and a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.