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17Dec/140

MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager: Don’t Drink

This low alcohol beer from MADD Virgin Drinks in Toronto, Ontario is an anemic pale yellow colour and pours with a loose, ginger ale-like head that burns off in a flash. MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager smells slightly fishy, soapy and metallic, with practically no sort of malt presence to speak of.

MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager

You're Better Off Spending Your Money on Perrier or San Pellegrino

The taste of MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager is extremely faint with notes of green tea and grassy, floral noble hops accounting for any perception of flavour you might find. The tapioca used does come through in the finish before a subtle metallic aftertaste lingers on the tongue. This lager has the body of a sparkling mineral water along with ample carbonation.

6Nov/140

Grolsch Non Alcoholic: Barley Pop

This low alcohol beer from Koninklijke Grolsch N.V. in Enschede, Netherlands is a bright golden colour and pours with a large, soapy white head that leaves patches of lace and is retained as a small collar. Grolsch Non Alcoholic has aromas of sweet grain, wildflower, grass and a mild fruity tone that reminds me of strawberry jam.

Grolsch Non Alcoholic

This Low Alcohol Beer is Uncommonly Flavourful and Colourful

The taste of Grolsch Non Alcoholic is malt forward, somewhat sweet and has a distinct tea-like character that imparts a crisp bitterness. There are notes of citrus rind and minerals in the crisp finish and the aftertaste has mild earth and barley flavours. The lager is squarely on the thin side, but has a surprising amount of body to it for a low alcohol beer. Grainy, syrupy and creamy sensations can all be felt on the tongue.

19Dec/121

Molson Exel: Doesn’t Say Anything Good

This dealcoholized beer from Molson Coors Canada pours a clear golden colour with a large, frothy white head that leaves thick lacing and gets retained as a collar and film. Molson Exel has a sweet, corn syrup-like aroma with notes of diacetyl, canned peas and dirty fruit, as well as a hint of grains.

Molson Exel

Even Among Low Alcohol Beers, Molson Exel is Awful

The taste of Molson Exel is sweet, with honey, cracker, dirty grain and raspberry jam flavours and an overarching metalling tone. The beer feels like watered down syrup on the tongue, but it also has a creaminess and moderate carbonation. There is a very mild tartness in the finish, but a sweet, syrupy flavour remains throughout the aftertaste.