Beer Without Alcohol

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Iluvink, Jan 21, 2016.

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  1. captaincoffee

    captaincoffee Poo-Bah (1,831) Jul 10, 2011 Virginia
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    With the caveat that it is exactly the same, I would have some. After all, I claim to like the way beer tastes. However, if we also assume the same number of calories, then I'll probably reach for the one with alcohol >90% of the time.
  2. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    And a flute without holes is not a flute. A doughnut without a hole is a danish.
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  3. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (350) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    If it didn't have calories too, then definitely
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  4. sokol_1993

    sokol_1993 Zealot (592) Jul 27, 2014 California

    Imagine a Belgium quad without its well-hidden monstrous amount of alcohol in there... Jeez...
    The taste itself is excellent, but the buzz is what counts
  5. cid71

    cid71 Initiate (143) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey

    Non -alcoholic beer inventor unveils non-adhesive glue --the onion. 2001.
  6. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    If NA beers actually tasted as good as beer with alcohol I would drink NA beers but every now and then I would reach for a beer with alcohol for the buzz.
  7. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    That would be called Malta. Try it, and see how you feel about finishing it sometime.
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  8. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (4,284) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    I think about this sometimes because I do not care about getting a buzz at all - in fact I prefer not to and tend to drink lower ABV beers for that reason. So my answer to this question is "yes" but I doubt whether it's possible for the mouthfeel/flavor/aroma/etc to be the same without any alcohol. Otherwise, wouldn't someone have made a great-tasting non-alcoholic beer by now?
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  9. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,932) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    No, I also don't drink decaf coffee
  10. OldManMetal

    OldManMetal Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2015 North Carolina

    No alcohol, no deal.
  11. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,830) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    No, but if a nonalcoholic VAS could be made and taste EXACTLY the same, I'd buy it.
  12. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (504) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    If alcohol was somehow banned again but the current range of beer still existed on the shelves in an N/A form I would still drink it often because I enjoy the taste so much.

    But as long as the alcohol version is available I don't see myself spending the money on the N/A versions of things unless I was specifically in a designated driver sort of situation. And even then, I'd rather just drink less regular beer than a gallon of N/A.
  13. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Zealot (524) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa

    Sure. I'm a grown man with a family and a job. I don't drink to get plastered. I generally have a beer or two a few times per week.

    Now I probably wouldn't have tried beer in the first place without the alcohol, but that's not the question being asked . . .
  14. Vason

    Vason Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2008 Ohio

    I would say, if the beverage were both as described in the OP, and also cheaper, I would be all for it. I wouldn't pay the same price as regular beer as an NA brew, though.
  15. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (2,011) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    My feelings exactly.
  16. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Disciple (332) Mar 25, 2013 Florida

    I had made a similar thread a while back. While there are times I drink specifically for a buzz, generally I drink for flavor. If, hypothetically, beer tasted the same without alcohol (which is impossible), and was priced accordingly, I would never drink a soda ever again. Alcohol can be a limiting factor at times when all you want is a tasty drink.
  17. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    How about what is done with food that is engineered. If non-alcoholic beer actually has some taste, label it "artificially flavored".
  18. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Champion (824) Dec 12, 2014 Chile

  19. oldn00b

    oldn00b Savant (904) Feb 23, 2015 Virginia

    So if it's basically just soda, then no - at least not regularly and I'd probably only have one every so often with a burger or pizza. But I might splurge and enjoy the diet versions if they tasted just as good as the original.
  20. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,061) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I used to work for a company that had emergency on call pretty much i can get called in anytime and there was no minimum rest period after so i tried SO many n/a beers and its just not the same at all.

    The abv is part of the fun.
  21. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2012 California

    My wife's family drinks Bud Light. I consider that "non-alcoholic."
  22. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (2,005) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    Nope, but if I need to stay alert and placebo myself, I find that the Lacroix coconut flavored seltzer water can lead me to 'think' that I'm drinking OB Death by Coconut (without the mental death). So there...
  23. TankerSteve

    TankerSteve Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2014 Washington

    I like the boozyness of some beers. The aroma and spicyness it provides is what I enjoy in certain beers like barleywines and quads. Those need the alcohol to be right to me. Drink them in a snifter at just below room temperature and savor them. But a lot of other beers like hefeweisens and esb, you know, enjoy by the pint type beers, I like to have a couple pints in the evening. I'd enjoy all those beers if they had no alcohol. I'll drink 2 pints of Oktoberfest beer in an evening. I'd love it just as much without getting tipsy.
  24. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Savant (963) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan

    Probably not. I love a big sweet stout, but I wouldn't want to ingest the calories without the alcohol.

    I once tried going Alcohol-free for a while, so I bought some Malta bottles to keep up that malt fix. Tastes great, still has a good malt flavor, but it was like drinking super dense, syrupy soda, and I just couldn't do it. I barely ever drink soda, and a beer without the alcohol is pretty much a brewed malt soda.
  25. ISpendTooMuchOnBeer

    ISpendTooMuchOnBeer Initiate (96) Oct 29, 2015 Illinois

    I would if reduced to very low ABV because I don't love anything more than a buzz. So if the taste was the same, I'd be fine with a 3-4% abv. But no buzz at all? That takes a lot away.
  26. SteveSexton203

    SteveSexton203 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    I was thinkign the same
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  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,487) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    I'd always have a case of Birell around if it was still brewed in the US with the recipe Ortlieb used for it (according to brewmaster Bill Moeller, it was Hurlimann's yeast fermenting a base version of McSorley's Ale [30 ibu's]), the labels even read "Brewers Gold" (altho' McSorley's used Hallertaus, so - who knows?). Hoppier than any US AAL of the era.

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  28. NateDyk47

    NateDyk47 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2015 Michigan

    I'd definitely still drink beer sometimes- there are a lot I just think taste good. That being said, I'd probably drink A LOT less lol.
  29. DaverCS

    DaverCS Zealot (584) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    I don't drink beer for anything but flavor. I specifically choose beers based on taste, not on their ABV. If I was concerned about ABV, I would drink hard liquor... which I don't.
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  30. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (737) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Yes but not nearly as much. I love coffee and spend a decent amount of researching and trying different coffees. Would I spend 5 hours brewing it Saturday morning probably not.
  31. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    I have tried low/no alcohol beer and something about it just ain't right. When I am somewhere where everybody is drinking and I don't feel like a drink, a glass of tonic water tastes a lot better and a no alcohol beer.
  32. matcris

    matcris Meyvn (1,171) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    Well, if it still tasted the same...FBS.
  33. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin

    I like beer and I like alcohol. I'm not saying my preference would that beers have none if I say I'd drink craft if it didn't have alcohol. The main thing for me is I'd like to be able to drink barrel aged stouts and stuff without getting hammered if you could make Bcbs at 5% abv I'd be all over it. So its not so much the alcohol content or lack there of, its more that if it weren't for the alcohol content I'd be able to drink more. With a pale ale or lager its negligible because after 2 or 3 I'm done anyways, but it'd be nice to be able to do that with the stronger abv beers and not have to be drunk.
  34. twb0392

    twb0392 Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2014 Wisconsin

    If it tasted exactly the same, I would defiantly drink; plus without the booze, it woudnt make me fat
  35. j111

    j111 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2016 Canada (ON)

    No buzz = pointless

    Remind me of a time back in highschool when we were messing with the freshmen. Told them they were drinking real beer, (poured non-alcoholic into an empty Heineken can) and they pretended to be drunk. Then we told them it was non-alcoholic, lol.
  36. rjd722

    rjd722 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Maryland


    That said, I completely get what others have mentioned around wanting to enjoy all the best aspects of beer without worrying about getting drunk, being able to drive, make it to work, etc. I wouldn't say that I drink beer for the buzz, but the buzz is part of what makes beer the wonderful beverage that it is.
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  37. ssam

    ssam Aspirant (284) Dec 2, 2008 California

    It would actually be a pretty healthy drink. Full of anti-oxidants and other vitamins. Without the calories from alcohol, it would basically be like tea.
  38. Mojo

    Mojo Champion (836) Jul 21, 2012 Alabama

    I sit at my desk at work and constantly drink Coke Zero. If SNPA had no alcohol (and no calories) I would pound that stuff all day long.
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    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,455) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Beer without alcohol is like butter without fat.
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  40. chrisjws

    chrisjws Champion (885) Dec 3, 2014 California

    If it tasted good, sure. I drink coffee, tea and other flavored drinks because I enjoy the flavor. And I don't do caffeine, so no I'm not drinking those for their respective buzzes.
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