No booze, no problem.
The brand: The ubiquitous brand known for its green bottles and cans hails from the Netherlands, but it operates a brewing facility in Nonthaburi. Its new 0.0 release promises the flavor of the original but with only 69 calories.
The beer: This is beer—just watery, shitty beer. For many beer drinkers, this is a good thing.
Verdict: Tastes like Heineken.
The price: B39
Available at: Villa Market, Tops, 7-Eleven, Family Mart—pretty much everywhere.
The brand: Run by family-owned Royal Swinkels, Bavaria is one of two Dutch giants (along with Heineken) actively promoting its non-alcoholic beer in Thailand.
The beer: Slightly acrid and hoppy on the nose. A bit fruity and honey-like, reminding us baklava, for some reason.
Verdict: Sweet and sour.
The price: B45
Available at: Gourmet Market, Central Food Hall
The brand: Hite Brewery makes South Korea’s most popular beer, which you may have previously enjoyed with several shots of soju.
The beer: Smells okay. It has a lychee-like taste, which doesn’t exactly scream “beer.” Not awful, but not great, either.
The price: B50
Available at: Villa Market, Family Mart, Gourmet Market, Isetan, Home Fresh Mart
The brand: One of Germany’s pioneers of alcohol-free beer is now making in-roads abroad. The brand is highly popular among endurance athletes and health-conscious drinkers.
The beer: Smells like Chef Boyardee but tastes like rotten sweet potato. Totally undrinkable. Weighed up against the flavor of Krombacher’s weizen, how is this even possible?
Verdict: High highs to low lows.
The price: B99
Available at: Villa Market, Wishbeer, Central Food Hall