Erdinger Alkoholfrei beer review

Can beer be refreshing after a ride?

Cycling Weekly 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

Reasons to buy
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    Feels refreshing

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    Makes a nice change to the usual post-ride drink

Reasons to avoid
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    Might be a bit gassy after a tough ride

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    Certainly won't appeal to everyone

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    You probably wouldn't want it after every ride

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.

Dos and don'ts after every ride

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).