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Alcohol-free beer is in – so Breweries do for the taste

The taste of the ghosts and the alcohol. Although the majority of all rods and bottles of day-to-day drinking in Switzerland, contains, continue to be alcohol,

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Alcohol-free beer is in – so Breweries do for the taste

The taste of the ghosts and the alcohol. Although the majority of all rods and bottles of day-to-day drinking in Switzerland, contains, continue to be alcohol, but the market share of alcohol-free beer is increasing since years.

was never drunk in Switzerland, the amount of alcohol-free beer as it is today, says the Swiss brewery Association. In 2010, of 100 rods were ordered just two as alcohol-free variant, is likely to be the proportion of 2018 for three and a half rods. In international comparison, Germany is a world leader in the production of alcohol-free Beers. These make up six percent of the total beer production.

For the large Breweries wave there will be attractive growth, while the rest of the business, for example, by an increasing number of small Breweries – today it is threatened with 1000 Breweries in Switzerland and import Beers.

in Addition, the Per-capita decreases in consumption in beer for years. In Switzerland are currently drunk per capita per year, roughly 54 liters of beer. 30 years ago this figure was about 70 liters. The Trend for alcohol-free is a development, the show also at a European level. A study conducted by the UBS evidence of the development: Worldwide the alcohol promise-free or slightly-alcoholic beer for the corporations and higher margins.


filed of the reason for the frequent reaching for the bottle without percent: of The Breweries have also worked thanks to improved manufacturing processes, the taste of it. The Beers always taste better, and it had been achieved, a greater diversity, says Christoph Lienert from the brewery-Association. "Bready, tastes like ovaltine, honey-like": If Markus Brendel, product developers, and beer sommelier Chateau in box, does not speak, as the alcohol had the taste of free beer in the past, then that sounds like a refreshing SIP out of the bottle, but after a sweet Breakfast. Brendel perfecting recipes focusing on different methods of production.


In the field of alcohol is castle either under vacuum from the ready-brewed beer is distilled, or the fermentation of the yeast in the beer is stopped after a short time, by the yeast is removed. The latter method is used, the beer with 0.5 percent alcohol by volume, says Brendel. In the rule, is included in this beer then a lot of malt sugar, which leads to the sweet taste, the brewers counter, depending on the desired flavor, with a higher Hops content. The vacuum distillation allowed, non-alcoholic beer with 0.0-percent. Field the makes castle different than a competitor Heineken. "The 0.5 percent alcohol are also a flavor carrier," says Brendel, while he stands in front of the roughly 13-Meter-high plant in the cellar of feldschlösschen in Rheinfelden.

evaporates During the alcohol under normal conditions, in the case of 78.3 degrees Celsius, this happens in the vacuum at about 40 degrees. For Brendel, the advantage of this is that the taste of the beer changed less: "That's a lot."

dispute health risk

Alone the taste of it is not spent, however, is that the consumers decide more frequently for alcohol-free beer: "a Lot of people maintain an active lifestyle and ensure a healthy diet," said Brendel. Previously, it had been in the pub may still sneered at: ""What, are you weak?" This question is heard today, but much less often," says Brendel, tasting often times the alcohol-free beer at the beginning, as he says: "few people recognize the difference right away."

Feldschlösschen keeps covered, how high its market share in the non-alcoholic beer. Estimates put the figure at around 60 percent. Also competitor Heineken sees great potential in the non-alcoholic beer. Especially young people were interested in such products.

dispute, there is always the 0.5 percent alcohol in the beer: The brewers base their designation on the Swiss beverage regulation, if you say that your beer is also valid in the case of 0.5 volume percent alcohol-free. A spokesman for the Federal office for health, had last summer in an Interview with confirmed: "alcohol-free beer contains alcohol in such small quantities that the FOPH evaluates the risk for alcohol-related health damage than very small."

A study at the University hospital in Freiburg, Germany organized a drinking test: After five days of abstinence from alcohol, 67 participants had drunk within an hour to 1.5 liters of alcohol-free beer. Blood samples showed that the maximum detected concentration was more than 0,0056 ppm. Only 20 of the 67 participants at all of alcohol in the blood was undetectable. Entirely altruistic the study is created, however, was financially supported by the Bavarian private brewery Erdinger Weissbräu. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 22.02.2019, 13:15 PM

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