In the beer (or beer substitutes) we’ve explored so far there have been two basic approaches to achieving a non-alcoholic beer. Most options use some manner of alcohol removal (such as cold-distillation), and then the forgettable 3 Horses Weetbix water tried using all the ingredients of beer except the yeast and fermentation. Asahi take another approach, meticulously recreating the flavour of their lager in a manner more like a soft drink.
And you know what? surprisingly this approach actually works. The final result is not that different from Asahi lager. Except you get a product with no malts, no hops, no fermentation – but also zero alcohol and zero calories (another bonus for some drinkers.)
There’s a nice tone of barley in the flavour, and overall it’s a very decent lager-type beverage. If the barley were any stronger it would become unpleasant – the flavour brought barley sugars to my mind (forever associated with the 40 hour famine and long car journeys for me – so maybe I’m a tad hypersensitive to that flavour.)
I’d personally rate this ahead of other lager-type options, which is impressive given it’s the brewing equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster – adding bits and pieces in a lab to recreate a natural product.
Style: Lager styled carbonated beverage
Although really a soft drink, this is a very good lager substitute
Where to Find
Available at Moore Wilson, also found at New World and a number of bottle stores