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After reading your post I found some and tried it. Not bad at all. A proper German wheat beer with the alcohol reduced. I would drink it again. Could I find a very low alcohol British beer? No, although I know they exist and I want to try the reduced alcohol Admam's Ghost Ship.
As mentioned earlier in the thread, Brew Dog Nanny State is the best “ale” type one I’ve found so far.

It’s been nearly three months off the booze for me now and I’m slowly working my way through the different kinds just out of curiosity.

Budweiser Prohibition Brew - ******* rank.
Heineken Zero - Nah.
Becks Blue - Good.
Erdinger Alklholfrei - Not bad at all.
Brew Dog Nanny State - For winners.
Koppergerg non alcoholic - indistinguishable from the real one taste wise if you like that sort of thing.

When I was in Japan last month I got quite attached to Asahi Zero but can’t seem to find it in the U.K. Suntory do a non alcoholic lager which was OK too.

I find some of them (Bud and Heineken for example) have a weird sweetness to them. Almost a banana taste.

I’m wondering if this is unfermented sugar? Anyway not nice.
 
As mentioned earlier in the thread, Brew Dog Nanny State is the best “ale” type one I’ve found so far.

It’s been nearly three months off the booze for me now and I’m slowly working my way through the different kinds just out of curiosity.

Budweiser Prohibition Brew - ******* rank.
Heineken Zero - Nah.
Becks Blue - Good.
Erdinger Alklholfrei - Not bad at all.
Brew Dog Nanny State - For winners.
Koppergerg non alcoholic - indistinguishable from the real one taste wise if you like that sort of thing.

When I was in Japan last month I got quite attached to Asahi Zero but can’t seem to find it in the U.K. Suntory do a non alcoholic lager which was OK too.

I find some of them (Bud and Heineken for example) have a weird sweetness to them. Almost a banana taste.

I’m wondering if this is unfermented sugar? Anyway not nice.
The Erdinger pilsner style alkoholfrei is good, but the weissbier style doesn’t work for me. It’s rank, and has that same sweetness that you mention.
 
As mentioned earlier in the thread, Brew Dog Nanny State is the best “ale” type one I’ve found so far.

It’s been nearly three months off the booze for me now and I’m slowly working my way through the different kinds just out of curiosity.

Budweiser Prohibition Brew - ******* rank.
Heineken Zero - Nah.
Becks Blue - Good.
Erdinger Alklholfrei - Not bad at all.
Brew Dog Nanny State - For winners.
Koppergerg non alcoholic - indistinguishable from the real one taste wise if you like that sort of thing.

When I was in Japan last month I got quite attached to Asahi Zero but can’t seem to find it in the U.K. Suntory do a non alcoholic lager which was OK too.

I find some of them (Bud and Heineken for example) have a weird sweetness to them. Almost a banana taste.

I’m wondering if this is unfermented sugar? Anyway not nice.
That's useful info. I know Becks Blue is a popular option for lager drinkers.
I refuse to buy Budweiser other than the Czech (last time I tried it, it seemed different). Not so keen on Caledonian beers since Heiniken took them over.
Regarding funny tastes, these articles are interesting:
The Shocking Ingredients In Beer
18 Common Off Flavors In Beer (And How They're Caused)
Some interesting suggestions for alcohol free and low alcohol beers:
9 best alcohol-free beers
The Best Non-Alcoholic Beer (And A Few Very-Low-Alcohol Beers)

Appologies if someone posted this already but I have just noticed that there is an online shop that specialises in alcohol free versions of beers and wines. Sounds more appealing than temperance bar offerings. The dealcoholised wines look interesting.
The Alcohol-Free Shop - Zero-alcohol drinks for adults
 
All this talk about the taste of non-alcoholic beers is just weird.

Who drank beer for the taste anyway? It was the effect I was after, which is probably why I'm now tee-total.

I tend to drink diet coke when I'm out. Or coffee.
 
All this talk about the taste of non-alcoholic beers is just weird.

Who drank beer for the taste anyway? It was the effect I was after, which is probably why I'm now tee-total.

I tend to drink diet coke when I'm out. Or coffee.
Me. I love beer.
I can drink coke (not diet coke), but one is my limit. It's too sweet.
Low alcohol beers are improving, but they're not quite at the point where I could completely substitute real beer for them.
I like coffee too, but I don't, as a rule, drink it after 6pm if I want to sleep that night.
 
Me. I love beer.
I can drink coke (not diet coke), but one is my limit. It's too sweet.
Low alcohol beers are improving, but they're not quite at the point where I could completely substitute real beer for them.
I like coffee too, but I don't, as a rule, drink it after 6pm if I want to sleep that night.
Likewise. I don't drink to get blotto either. Sometimes I enjoy the taste of a beer so much, I have more than I should, hence the interest in the better low alcohol options as an alternative. For me, if beer tastes crap there's no point drinking it, no matter what the strength of it.
I find lemonade and cola too sweet and rarely have any. Fruit juice and water is okay for one pint, maybe two but gets a bit much after that. Lime juice and water (some prefer soda) is okay.
About to have (probably) my last or penultimate coffee of the day.
 
I've ended up as a sort of alcoholic undead, feeding off the pissheadedness of others. I hang around pubs and parties and encourage people to drink like it's Friday night and they're 18 again, "drink my beauties, drink!" When they're smashed and legless I then draw out and take in their vibrant alcoplasm, feasting on the heady drunkenness. They're suddenly wondering why they're dead set sober, I'm slumping to the floor muttering "**** that's good....."
 
Morrison's low alcohol cider "Not more than 1%" £1 for a 500ml bottle

Potassium Metabisulphide is added as a preservative but doesn't readily betray it's presence. It's used in wines as well so nothing unusual there.

Its a lightly sparkling, golden cider, medium sweet. Not overly sweet but sweeter than I would normally have, so I would likely limit how many I had. I normally prefer dry or dry/medium. That said, it's inoffensive and quite pleasant. I had it at room temperature, so any taste issues would reveal themselves compared to when chilled. I feel a bit full after one but I did have a substantial dinner a few hours ago. A wee bit gassy perhaps?

Drinkwise Wales give it 2/5 but that doesn't mean it's bad. Worth a try.

Cider reviews - Drink Wise Wales

It looks like Sheppy's and Waitrose low alcohol ciders are ones to look for.
 
I've ended up as a sort of alcoholic undead, feeding off the pissheadedness of others. I hang around pubs and parties and encourage people to drink like it's Friday night and they're 18 again, "drink my beauties, drink!" When they're smashed and legless I then draw out and take in their vibrant alcoplasm, feasting on the heady drunkenness. They're suddenly wondering why they're dead set sober, I'm slumping to the floor muttering "**** that's good....."
Alcoholics Anonymous (Great Britain) Ltd - Home
 
I’ve read up a bit on this and the findings are very interesting.

Ever noticed how the morning after a sesh you feel tired as ****? This is because alcohol doesn’t actually help you sleep. It helps you get to sleep initially, however your ability to then reach the R.E.M. stage of deep sleep is severely impaired.

Even small amounts of alcohol will effect this.

So basically your quality of sleep when you’re pissed is shit because you never reach the deep stages of the sleep cycle that are required for proper rest.

People who employ alcohol as a mechanism to aid sleep are just perpetuating their problem. It’s common for alcoholics to claim they suffer from insomnia and that booze is the only way they can get to sleep. The truth is booze is causing their insomnia.

It’ll obviously take a week or two to break this vicious cycle, but once you’re out of it, things get infinitely better.

Since I’ve been off the booze I find I’m needing less sleep and finding it fuckloads easier to wake up in the morning. An unintended bonus of this is I’ve cut right down on my caffeine intake because I need less of it to wake up.
I knew a tankie WO who, on a Mess night, would stick a camp bed, doss bag and bivvy bag (as appropriate) out ready on his patio for the end of the night. When he finally made it home he would strip off and go to kip in his doss bag on the patio. He would wake up in the morning clear as a bell, no hangover, woozyness or desire to crawl under the nearest rock for the rest of the day.

He put it down to the fresh, cleaner oxygenated air outside rather than the stuffier air indoors.

Likewise, I have been on a night out with SEAL types (biggest fcuking alky's I've met outside the UK) where they are literally crawling to their pit. In the morning all bright eyed and bushy tailed. There is always one of the crafty buggers who has a pony bottle filled with pure O 2. They take a few deep breaths from that, oxygenate the blood and are ready to go.
 
As mentioned earlier in the thread, Brew Dog Nanny State is the best “ale” type one I’ve found so far.

It’s been nearly three months off the booze for me now and I’m slowly working my way through the different kinds just out of curiosity.

Budweiser Prohibition Brew - ******* rank.
Heineken Zero - Nah.
Becks Blue - Good.
Erdinger Alklholfrei - Not bad at all.
Brew Dog Nanny State - For winners.
Koppergerg non alcoholic - indistinguishable from the real one taste wise if you like that sort of thing.

When I was in Japan last month I got quite attached to Asahi Zero but can’t seem to find it in the U.K. Suntory do a non alcoholic lager which was OK too.

I find some of them (Bud and Heineken for example) have a weird sweetness to them. Almost a banana taste.

I’m wondering if this is unfermented sugar? Anyway not nice.
Agreed that the Budweiser Prohibition Brew is awful, awful, awful, but it is miles ahead of O'Doul's, Molson Exel, and Labatt's Blue 0.5%.

I'll just drink tonic water instead.
 
All this talk about the taste of non-alcoholic beers is just weird.

Who drank beer for the taste anyway? It was the effect I was after, which is probably why I'm now tee-total.

I tend to drink diet coke when I'm out. Or coffee.
Me for a start these days.
If there was a decent hoppy IPA with a low alcohohol content, I'd jump on it. Unfortunately, I've yet to find an acceptable one with an ABV below 4% & my favourite's 5.3%.
 
Me for a start these days.
If there was a decent hoppy IPA with a low alcohohol content, I'd jump on it. Unfortunately, I've yet to find an acceptable one with an ABV below 4% & my favourite's 5.3%.
The range of "dealcoholised" drinks is still comparatively limited. IPA was originally quite strong and loaded with hops to help preserve it during the long voyage from Great Britain to India. Brewing beers with real flavour and quality under 4% is a real skill. I noticed that Marston's have an IPA called 61 Deep at 3.8% (cask) and 4.1% (bottle). I nearly bought some to try it. 61 Deep - Marstons They have a lower abv EPA (English Pale Ale) at 3.6%.
 
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The range of "dealcoholised" drinks is still comparatively limited. IPA was originally quite strong and loaded with hops to help preserve it during the long voyage from Great Britain to India. Brewing beers with real flavour and quality under 4% is a real skill. I noticed that Marston's have an IPA called 61 Deep at 3.8% (cask) and 4.1% (bottle). I nearly bought some to try it.
61 Deep - Marstons
Funnily enough I tried it last week. It was kinda OK but no more than that.
 
There is always one of the crafty buggers who has a pony bottle filled with pure O 2. They take a few deep breaths from that, oxygenate the blood and are ready to go.
My EMT buddy (and his friends) do that every time they go out drinking heavily. I got induced to that practice with them. They always seemed to have all kinds of "hangover cures" with them. They sure can put away some serious amount of booze!
 
After about 6 months, I finally felt an urging today to have a couple of pints. Dunno where it came from but most likely reading some of the drunken stories of my friends posted on FB today. But managed to stave it off...my aim is to stay dry till Nov, ideally till Thanksgiving. I know my liver will hugely thank me for this recuperation time for the carnage which typically comes after thxgiving.
 

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