About this time last year I wrote New Zealand beers: zero for zero in which I said there were no non-alcoholic beers brewed in this country.
It turns out though that’s not quite right — there is one: DB Export Citrus:
New DB Export 0.0% Citrus is officially the lightest member of the family, but lives up to the same standards set by its brothers. Brewed using malted barley, hops, water, yeast and natural lemon juice, using a special cold yeast contact our brewers ensure you get a great tasting beer with virtually no alcohol. DB Export 0.0% Citrus is a new taste experience with a naturally cloudy appearance and vibrant scent.
I drank a glass of the DB Export 0.0% beer the other night, and can say I’ll definitely be sticking to my preferred Moretti:
Birra Moretti Zero
Type of beer: Lager
Alcohol content: < 0.05% vol ABV
Type of fermentation: Bottom
Taste: Balanced and aromatic
The DB Export 0.0% Citrus was a tasteless brew whose flavour faintly resembled that of a cheap ginger beer. It wasn’t undrinkable, it was just a nothing. It didn’t even taste of the claimed citrus.
The Moretti, on the other hand, is full of flavour to enjoy.
In future I won’t bother buying the DB Export 0.0% Citrus and will instead stick to juice or ginger beer.
See my post, The best ginger beer — Hardieboys Dry fermented, for my suggestions on ginger beer available in New Zealand.
I follow all kinds of folks on Twitter who are forever going on about their preferred New Zealand craft beer brews. It sounds like there’s a thriving craft beer culture in these parts. It’s so disappointing that doesn’t extend to zero alcohol beer. I’d love to be able to try out various kinds and discuss their merits.