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I have never seen the point of alcohol free anything. I would no more ask for an alcohol free beer than I would an omelette without eggs.

I'm sure others will have different views...
 

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There is an increasing number of alcahol free versions of drinks. My favourite is Ghostship by Adnams. A nice very low alcahol free beer.
 

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My wife loves the taste of beer and has days, due to medication, when she can't have alcohol, so she has alcohol-free beer.

American alcohol-free beer is very limited and very poor (O'Doul's, etc), but some of the German ones aren't bad at all. Her favorite is Franziskaner's alcohol-free hefe, but it's hard to find here. The last couple of weeks, she's been drinking Erdinger's alcohol-free beer.
 

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I can't give an opinion until I tried it, but as soon as I get the next shopping trip to the supermarket, I'll buy it, I'm very curious now.
So far, it sounds to me like a "beer and soda" taste .. "Shandy" maybe in English? Probably inspired by that?
 

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The options are very limited in the US. It is hard to find the imported AF beers here, too. AF beer just hasn't taken off here. I understand there are a lot more options in Europe, and even in Canada.

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Locally, I can usually get O'Doul's, Kaliber, and Beck's. If I want any of the more premium AF beers, I've got to go to a specialty store.
 

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The options are very limited in the US. It is hard to find the imported AF beers here, too. AF beer just hasn't taken off here. I understand there are a lot more options in Europe, and even in Canada.

CD
It's only recently there has been a boom. Just in the past few months. Becks blue has been around for ages and I do like it as a cold beer but now we can get ale, bitter, colder, wines and even a gin and tonic (I've not tried this). Gluten free beers have increased to but I've not seen a no/low alcahol one. Our 'no gluten in the house' rule is relaxed for my alcahol free beers as long as I drink out of the bottle there is no contamination issue.
 

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There is an increasing number of alcahol free versions of drinks. My favourite is Ghostship by Adnams. A nice very low alcahol free beer.
Curiously enough, I am drinking a glass of Ghost Ship at this moment. It is 4.5%, so unless there is another version, I'm a bit mystified as to how that classifies as low alcohol.
 

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Ah, now I had no idea that there was a low alcohol version of Ghost Ship.

There is, however, not the remotest possibility of my trying it. Beer is beer.
 

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I should like to stress that I am not one of those people that is of the opinion, "If it's less than 5%, it's no good." Indeed, this is one of the reasons I let my CAMRA membership expire many years ago. I got tired of the CAMRA Ultras who get obsessed with this kind of thing.

There are plenty of good session beers in the 3.4 to 4 percent range that are very good and full of flavour. I would also defy anyone to tell me that Orkney Dragonhead Stout, for example, isn't worth considering. At 4.0%, it is a deep and tasty stout that has all kinds of flavours bursting through.

Even so, I believe a beer needs some degree of strength. There was a bit of a fad a while back for 2.8% beers. I tried a few, but found them very thin indeed.
 

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I often drink Becks Blue or Heineken 0.0 if its my turn to drive. Most alcohol free drinks in pubs and restaurants are sweet (coke, lemonade etc.) and I don't really like drinking sweet drinks with meals, plus I find coke etc. too sweet to have more than one small one at a time. Sometimes I'll just drink water though.

I just need them to work out how to make good alcohol free wine now!
 

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Alcohol free beer is like caffeine free tea..pointless....
My wife has to avoid caffeine as much as possible, but she loves her tea, so decaf it is.

I also switch to decaf after the noon hour, because we both chain-drink tea from the time we get up until we go to bed, and if that were all caffeinated, I'd probably never sleep. :)
 
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