FRESH OUT THE TAP
Nov 03, 2022
New improved Helles!
I ordered 3 off mixed case of 6 bottles. Arrived in good time and well-packaged, but I was very disappointed that the contents were not as advertised; the Organic Pale Ale was missing and instead 2 bottles of lager (which I'm not keen on) had been supplied instead. Worse still, the Hoppy IPA was in a can, not a bottle. I know that lots of people are happy to drink canned beer, but I'm not one of them. I would not have bought this - pretty expensive - offer if I had known about these substitutions in advance. I haven't had alcohol for nearly 4 years now, so I am not comparing conventional beers against these low alcohol ones and what I am looking for is just an interesting drink. The Traditional Pale Ale certainly achieves this - a good, full taste and no sense of anything "synthetic". I really enjoyed it. I think that they have done well with the Classic IPA and the Stout too, even though I am not too keen on the taste. But this is such a personal thing, it's really not fair to criticise; the drinks are very rounded and flavoursome and not like anything I have come across elsewhere, so they could well be very much to someone else's taste and so definitely worth a try. I'm not really a lager drinker, but so many of the low alcohol alternatives are lagers (and exclusively in France, where I spend a lot of time) that it is hard to avoid them. The Bavarian Helles is OK, certainly better than the worst of these, but for me, nothing outstanding and there is more than a subtle hint of the rather unappealing smell and taste that almost all low alcohol lagers seem to share. I did try a can of the Hoppy Pale Ale, which is exactly the kind of beer I used to enjoy, but I was underwhelmed. Perhaps it's the canning. Overall, at £2.33 for 330ml, this would have to be really good to compete with what the supermarkets have on offer (eg Marston's Low Tide at £1.30 for 500ml) and sadly, apart from the Traditional Pale Ale, which I will certainly buy again and drink occasionally, it's a long way from Nirvana for me.
Hoppy IPA and Stout are awesome.
I’ve been trying non-alcoholic drinks for two years, failing to find a complete replacement for my red wine habit.
Finally found it. This has the rich blend of flavours to compete with a good red wine. This doesn’t feel like a substitute: it’s great in it’s own right.
Tastes full and malty like the pale ales I remember from days gone by.
Not the modern hop-driven (a)PA and (i)PA.
I like stout, but this one tastes light and watery to me. I seem to be in the minority here.
Good that it is actually 0.0% and I was able to drink it, but won't be ordering it again.