Sapporo Premium Alcohol Free
($19.70, 6x350ml,
Origin: Japan
On the label: Malt, hops, yeast, acidulant, flavour, 42kcal
Taste test: Strangely bland and left our tongues feeling scrubbed, and tasted a little like medicine. Sorry Japan, we can’t love this ’beer’.
Rating: 1/5


Krombacher Pils Non-Alcoholic
($3.95, 330ml,
Origin: Germany
On the label: Water, barley malt, hops, hop extract
Taste test: Similar to a medium-bodied flat beer with a faint musty flavour, like it’s been left in a cupboard. It’s smooth with a slightly sweet start and detectable hops. Close enough.
Rating: 3.5/5


Erdinger Alkoholfrei

($18.50, 6x330ml,
Origin: Germany
On the label: Folic acid, Vitamin B12, 82kcal
Taste test: Though marketed as an isotonic thirst quencher with reduced calories, this ‘beer’ has that full-bodied wheat taste. It’s smooth and smells like the real thing too. Can’t expect any less from this 130-year-old brewery.
Rating: 4.5/5


Effes Zero
($1.70, 500ml, Mustafa Centre)
Origin: Turkey
On the label: Water, barley malt extract, fructose-glucose syrup, carbon dioxide, ascorbic acid, hops
Taste test: A yeasty smell in-between that of banana and soy sauce. It’s sweet and light with a bitter aftertaste from the hops. Like juice from an unknown fruit.
Rating: 2.5/5


Hite Zero 0.00
($2, 355ml, Koryo Mart)
Origin: South Korea
On the label: Malt, about 60kcal
Taste test: It’s pleasant with a gentle perfume. Watery but clean and smooth–just pretend it’s tea and it might grow on you.
Rating: 3.5/5


Kirin Free
($19.70, 6x350ml,
Origin: Japan
On the label: Malt, sugars, hops, acidulant, flavour, 38.5kcal
Taste test: It’s legit when it comes to having zero alcohol, but taste-wise, it resembles cleanly flavoured tap water with an astringent (siap) mouthfeel. Slightly zesty and lemony too.
Rating: 2/5