Non-alcoholic beer getting big in Germany
While overall beer consumption in Germany is now declining, beer drinkers are getting more and more inclined to non-alcoholic beers.
According to a report from Deutsche Welle, the total beer consumption in Germany has plunged more than 25 percent, since 1990 Back then, the average German consumed nearly 143 litters per year. By 2016, the per capital consumption had fallen to 104 litters.
Warentest, a company that investigates and compares goods and services in Germany did a taste test on 20 non-alcoholic brews and got mostly positive results. Professional testers tasted the beers.
Many were said to be good, and even the worst among them was deemed sufficient. The researchers examined the beers’ appearance, smell, taste and aftertaste.
Although taste had always been the weakness of non-alcoholic beers in the past. Nine of the alcohol-free beers received “good” ratings; 10 were “satisfactory” and one was merely “sufficient.”
They assessed the brews’ thirst-quenching abilities and even measured the durability of the foam.