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St Peter's Without Original

  • St Peter's
  • United Kingdom

A delicious alcohol free, full-bodied ale, that’s dark amber in colour. It boasts a rich and malty taste that is bursting with lasting flavour, followed by a refreshing and delicate bitterness - St Peter's Brewery

Without alcohol, but not flavour!

St Peter's have a well-deserved reputation for brewing quality ales. And this one doesn't disappoint. It's name makes it sound like it's lacking something - which I guess it is, being alcohol-free. But it's certainly not lacking in flavour.

I think this is the first properly malty non-alcoholic beer I've tried which actually suits its maltiness. Many of the mainstream alcohol-free lagers have malt flavouring of one kind or another added which can feel a bit odd, given their alcoholic counterparts are often more hoppy than malty. But St. Peter's have managed to create a properly good malty ale which isn't trying to hide anything, or pretend it's something it's not.

Without has a good colour and aroma and a nice bitterness. If your usual tipple is bitter or a traditional ale and you're looking for a low-risk route into the world of non-alcoholic beer then this is a fantastic option. If you prefer something more hoppy then there are probably better options. But, even though I love a hoppy IPA, I'd definitely go back for another one of these.

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Reviewed: 23/02/2020