Would you drink nonalcoholic craft beers if they tasted the same?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by cmiller4642, May 2, 2018.

  1. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (265) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I would drink a few of the alcoholic beverages to get a nice kind of relaxed feeling and then switch over to them throughout the night.

    Honestly I hate the feeling of being drunk, but sometimes these beers get consumed a bit too quickly.

    DISKORD Aspirant (204) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    No. And I don't think it's possible. There's a reason N/A and Alcohol-Free beers taste the way they do.
  3. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (270) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts


    BIGPOPPAS Disciple (324) Aug 5, 2016 New Jersey

    Never !!
    Mehhhhhh :slight_frown:
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  5. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (265) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    This is a hypothetical question

    DISKORD Aspirant (204) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    How would a N/A KBS taste like?
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  7. MNAle

    MNAle Savant (979) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    supposed but not necessarily real or true.
    "the hypothetical tenth planet"
    synonyms: theoretical · speculative · conjectured · imagined · made up · unreal
    antonyms: real · actual

    So, according to the hypothetical question in the thread title, exactly the same!

    My answer is much the same as the OP's...
  8. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,317) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I probably would if they tasted identical because I could enjoy them when working or having to drive places etc. With the effects of ABV gone that opens the door to enjoyment anytime, so for that yes. But honestly I love my beer as is and respect it so honestly I am just fine the way things are. :slight_smile:
    But cool question, I would think most would love it since you get all the flavor and no down side.
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  9. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (809) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    I would not drink them. Why bother? Part of my wanting to drink beer is to be inebriated to some level, so although I appreciate the taste of beer, wine, and liquor, if they ceased to inebriated me, I'd just drink what I drink the rest of the time. Water.
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  10. Dan411

    Dan411 Initiate (88) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    It's an interesting question for sure. But I would not drink them. I couldn't justify the calories (albeit there would be less due to no alcohol), as I try not to drink my calories (outside of beer nights).
  11. WadeBridgman

    WadeBridgman Aspirant (245) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    I love beer as much as the next guy but getting drunk is kinda the point, no?
  12. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (568) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana

    Absolutely. I would never drink another beer with alcohol in it again.

    Not for me.
  13. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Champion (820) Oct 17, 2012 Texas

    I would definitely drink them as I could now enjoy my favorite (formerly??) adult beverages any time / place!
    Does that mean that I would cease to drink beer with alcohol? Absolutely not.
    I drink beer, first and foremost, because it is delicious. That it makes me feel good too, is a happy byproduct.
  14. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (809) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    So . . . you're saying you don't drink beer to feel different. You simply prefer the taste of it to other beverages?

    That's ridiculous.
  15. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (809) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    You know what's delicious? Chocolate milk and fruit juice. If you're not drinking beer, primarily, to feel different, you are either super weird or lying.
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  16. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (826) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    No, that would be like washing your hands wearing rubber gloves!
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    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (760) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    I definitely would, but I'd still keep normal alcohol beers around as well. There are times that I just want to have ten beers because they're delicious, but there are other times that I'm looking for the relaxing, mind-altering effects of alcohol.
  18. BeanBump

    BeanBump Aspirant (244) Dec 14, 2016 California

    No. After forcing my body to endure the empty calories and my wallet to endure to price hikes based on ABV, the alcohol is the trade off.
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  19. Mvsmvs92

    Mvsmvs92 Disciple (367) May 31, 2011 Ohio

    Just like I tell my 7 yr granddaughter who ask all these what if question.it really doesn't have a valid answer.Cheers,but I would in a perfect world
  20. GrumpyGas

    GrumpyGas Meyvn (1,203) Apr 7, 2009 Illinois

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  21. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (416) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

  22. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,979) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    To answer the question posed in the title, no.
  23. beer_beer

    beer_beer Initiate (172) Feb 13, 2018 Finland

    Yes, the more good NA beer there is, the better.

    I'm done with the alcohol part, my life quota is kind of filled. No regrets, have explored enough. Still of course understand the buzz about the buzz :wink:
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  24. WadeBridgman

    WadeBridgman Aspirant (245) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    Couldn't agree more
  25. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Devotee (494) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Honestly. This is like the difference between Mexican Coke and diet coke.
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  26. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Champion (885) Oct 4, 2017 Germany

    That's a tough one. I really don't drink craft beer to get wasted, but then again, I do enjoy that slight buzz every now and then. So... maybe? Would depend on my mood, I guess.
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  27. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Devotee (451) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    Yes, if I could continue to enjoy the taste of BB or KBS, to use two examples, without getting completely hammered, I would.
  28. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (527) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    My answer would depend on if the calories were the same too. I like to catch a buzz, but I also like to cook, and enjoy wine and bourbon in addition to beer. So something has to give in terms of calorie intake and it would be tough to carve out room for something that doesn't double as a nutrient or buzz delivery system.

    In a vacuum though I'd absolutely still drink the NA beer the OP is positing. Beer is legitimately delicious for me.
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  29. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,428) Mar 12, 2009 New York

  30. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (809) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    I don't really think that many people do. I, at least personally, don't ever want to slur my speech and puke on myself. I just want a nice, healthy, happy buzz.
  31. laketang

    laketang Savant (957) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois

    No I would not.
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  32. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (648) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania


    There are times I grab one beer and enjoy it and that's it. I get no buzz. If I could do that and not have alcohol in my body I would.

    Some like Gatorade some like milk and so on. I would prefer the taste of pseudo sue over any juice or water.

    So yes, give me exact tasting non alcohol beer and I'm in as long as it's not more expensive.

  33. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (216) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Good god, no. Don't get me wrong, I understand the allure, but just no. I've worked hard all my life to get to a point where I can drink at work and not impact my billable hours. No way I'm not going to enjoy this.
  34. JohnnyChicago

    JohnnyChicago Crusader (793) Sep 3, 2010 Illinois

    I think it was Iggy Pop, who when asked about what diet he follows to stay in shape, said something like, “Don’t put anything in your body that doesn’t fill you up or fuck you up.”
    Considering he’s over 70 and still in great shape, my answer to the thread is ‘no’.

    Also, the Iggy Pop diet apparently allows heroin, but not cupcakes... :grin:
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  35. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,455) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    That's an Italian non-alcoholic soda, made to mimic drinking a Campari and soda, and they got pretty damn close. It comes in very handy if I'm planning on driving, or need to do something later without a buzz on. Ultimately, though, as tasty as it is there still feels like there's something missing and not as satisfying as the real deal. That's kind of the way I'd approach non-alcoholic beer- something I would drink on a 'need to' basis, and not something I'd gravitate towards any other time.
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  36. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,278) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    A double 'Like' here for each point made. I'd drink a zero alcohol beer if the the taste was identical. My liver needs a break.

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  37. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (809) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    You might not get a buzz, but, whether you realize it or not, you are still getting physiological effects of that one beer. Something as simple as "relaxation" goes a long way.

    There's no doubt that there is a "to each their own" aspect to this, but beer is awfully expensive as compared to the alternatives if there is no alcohol or the effects of alcohol involved.
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  38. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (9,925) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania

    I personally love the flavor of beer, even basic beer, and I'd certainly be on it. In fact I used to drink some NA beers just because I liked the flavor - not as good as the real stuff, but hey, if you can't have the real stuff the NA stuff is 2nd best. I'd rather have NA beer than a cola or fruit soda. Maybe I'm just odd.
  39. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,649) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    No. I like the buzz, I like the taste. No NA beer for me
  40. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (265) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I think people are reading into this wrong. I would drink them sometimes, not exclusively.