Non-alcoholic beer: Clausthaler

Saturday night, after a long day of painting and yardwork, my parents, Peter and I hit up a new-to-us bar and grill in New Berlin. When we sat down at our table, nothing sounded better than a nice beer. Embarrassingly, I asked our server if they had any non-alcoholic beers. Thankfully they had a nice little selection: O’Doul’s, O’Doul’s Amber and Clausthaler. I was skeptical of the Clausthaler since I had never heard of it and no one knew anything about it, but decided to live on the edge and order it anyway.

I’m glad I did. Maybe it’s just because I haven’t tasted real beer in a good four or five months, but I thought this little guy had a really nice flavor. Not too light, but not bitter. Maybe like a Stella Artois? I think my taste buds may be too far removed for me to be confident in that comparison, though.

The only other non-alcoholic beer I’ve tried is O’Doul’s Amber. I remember being underwhelmed by it, but it wasn’t bad either.

Apparently I should seek out Kaliber, a non-alcoholic beer made by Guinness, should I crave beer again during pregnancy. This review says it tastes more like real beer than Miller Light (not hard to do, but still a positive reaction). A commenter on that blog post also suggests Erdinger. I wonder how well-stocked Wisconsin liquor stores are in non-alcoholic beer?

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