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Alcohol Free Beer

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by Bozz, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Beer, even the alcoholic version is an acquired taste to begin with I think, and not everyone likes it. Those that do are the ones that will choose gmthis over any other dmsoft drink for example if they wanted a drink but without the alcohol.

    Like I said, its not my favourite drink, but each to their own.
  2. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    FYI, most non-alcoholic beer isn't completely free of alcohol. The alcohol it contains is very, very small, but there is alcohol in it.
  3. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    It's unavoidable, there will always be a certain amount of fermentation in it's production but the alcohol levels are only residual, normally only 0.2%.
  4. GettingBetter

    GettingBetter Senior Contributor

    I've tried a few brands of it, but I could take it or leave it. I don't really care for the pale type beers that non-alcoholic beer usually mimic the flavors of. I guess I don't understand the point of this drink, but I know a few people who gave up alcohol for religious reasons that enjoy them.
  5. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    While there is alcohol in these kinds of beers, like others have said the amount is that low that it's not really worth mentioning.

    You could drink these all night, drive home and still not be over the drink drive limit.
  6. I've never tried it myself. Nor have I known anyone else to try it. I can't understand why someone would go out of their way and buy non-alcoholic beer unless if they either love the taste or want to look the part... which the latter is a silly idea all together. But there are folks out there that are trying way too hard to impress no one.
  7. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    For me it's not even about the fact that alcohol free beer has small amounts of alcohol in it - it's a big part to do with the behavior of drinking. If I get into the mindset that I would want to drink an "alcohol-free" beer, to me that's just the mindset that would have me one step away from drinking a full strength beer.

    Plus, there's so many delicious non alcoholic drinks out there - or just plain old water as a thirst quencher! It's not like I am short of choices for things to drink :)
  8. Bozz

    Bozz Active Contributor

    Do you think someone who has gotten through an alcohol addiction, then has an alcohol free beer, may find themselves getting bad side affects from the small amount present?

    Just thinking that maybe if our body detects these small amounts it might act as a catalyst for the cravings.
  9. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I don't think that our bodies will be able to detect the small amounts of alcohol as such, but I do think that the taste of the drink could be an issue.

    If we haven't had a beer in a while as we're trying to recover from an addiction, we won't have had that taste for a long time so when we do, it could bring back those emotions and memories.
  10. Momma9

    Momma9 Community Champion

    If you are an alcoholic, near beer is a bad idea. It just makes you want real beer! Beer is actually high in B vitamins and minerals. When I am pregnant or nursing, I drink a near beer now and then. I like the taste of beer. I am usually underweight and the extra calories are good for me too. Most of them taste nasty. O'Doul's Amber is OK and cheap. Clausthaler is the best, if you can find it.
  11. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    When my son was in rehab I asked his counselor there what he thought about non-alcoholic beer. He said if someone in recovery drank NA beer, he would consider that to be a relapse.
  12. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    I have tried alcoholic free beer before, but it’s been many, many years ago. At that time it was ok. It did remind me of beer, but I don’t consider myself a beer expert. I have drunk beer and wine only a few times in my life. Since my parents had issues with drinking that was something I just didn’t involve myself in. One of my friends at my church had some of the alcohol free beer and offered it to me to try. So overall, it was just ok. I may feel this way since I never was a real beer drinker.
  13. Bozz

    Bozz Active Contributor

    I will remember this!
    My older brother got through his drink and drug addictions with his partner. his partner has since gone back to drink (he hasn't drunk through).
    Funny, it started with those shandy drinks that even kids can buy, no one takes them seriously.

    I wonder if that could have been one of the bad things that set her back to drinking
  14. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    I wonder why the doctor feels it would be considered a relapse. Now I am speaking from the perspective of never being an alcoholic and having no experience in this at all. I would think it would be a way to replace a habit. Kind of like sugar free candy replacing the real thing or using sweeteners to replace sugar.
  15. GenevB

    GenevB Community Champion

    Depending, I have drank it a few times before, it gets you that beer taste and texture, but even if you drink it very fast, you won't get the same "high" out of it, which I believe to be the main reason people drink beers nowadays, so I would definitely give a down vote, as I do not find the taste of the beer to be all that special, I would simply rather drink a soda than a non-alcoholic beer, because it simply doesn't make me any pleasure to do so.
  16. henry

    henry Community Champion

    Just my opinion, but I think alcohol free beer would only hit the spot if it had alcohol it. In my case, I drink because I like to get drunk, not because I like the taste of beer or any other alcohol beverage. So, no placebo will ever work for me. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try.
  17. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    I tried it about four years ago and it was pretty weird... It tastes like beer but not that bitter? I guess. It didn't really made it for me at all, but I guess that it can work for some people, and I guess that it could be an alternative when you're craving for some beer.
  18. puneeth8994

    puneeth8994 Active Contributor

    I've heard that the taste pretty much sucks. If it's non alcoholic, will it even give a buzz?....if not, then what's the point?
  19. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I have tried it in the past and it's ''meh'' for me, but then again the average beer loaded with alcohol was also meh for me. I'll never understand why people seem to love drinking that stuff! Its super bitter!
  20. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    This is just terrible. I tried it and it's like staled water or something. I have no idea why people make it. The best one I tasted was just okay. I could've done without it. I really know my beers but I am not into these non alcoholic ones. I think these are root beers actually but I am not sure actually. I made Jamie Oliver's root ginger beer but that was very good. Nothing like non alcoholic ones that we can buy in stores.