Can beer be refreshing after a ride?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Erdinger Alkoholfrei beer

Pros:

  • Feels refreshing
  • Makes a nice change to the usual post-ride drink

Cons:

  • Might be a bit gassy after a tough ride
  • Certainly won't appeal to everyone
  • You probably wouldn't want it after every ride

Product:

Erdinger Alkoholfrei beer

Price as reviewed:

£1.29 (per bottle)

This post-ride drink option first came to my attention at the RideLondon sportive a couple of years ago when it was being given out by the gallon.

On a hot day, having done 100 miles quicker than I might normally, it went down very well. But then again so would normal beer at that point in a sunny park on a summer’s day.

Erdinger alcohol free beer pints

This drink is now available to buy in the UK. Erdinger says that its alcohol-free (0.5 per cent) beer is rich in vitamins, low in calories and claims it to be the “the perfect refreshing drink for the social athlete”.

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A drink that looks, tastes and smells like beer might be an odd choice when you’ve just got in the door after a century ride (although it’s often welcome later that evening), but it went down surprisingly well.


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The drink is genuinely refreshing, but would need a bit more scientific research than a quickly downed bottle whilst still stood around in kit to check the brand’s claims that “Erdinger Alkoholfrei contains vitamins and micronutrients that help the body replenish immediately after sport”.

>>> More information: erdinger.de/beer/alkoholfrei

The beer was chased down with a High5 recovery drink to make double sure that I’d feel like riding the following day (which I did).

Verdict

It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but on a warm afternoon after a long ride Erdinger Alkoholfrei beer would certainly an option rather than another glass of water

Details

Available from:Supermarkets including Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose
Quantities:Single bottles or crates of 12