What type of beer is Erdinger Alkoholfrei Grapefruit?
Erdinger itself is a wheat beer
With the addition of grapefruit is transforms into a fruit beer. Fruit beer is beer made with fruit added as an adjunct or flavouring. They are becoming increasingly popular and are also added to sour beers.
Usually when you add fruit to a beer you get a spike in sugar. Not least to make the added acid from the lemon palatable. You would run the risk of having a very acidic and sour beer without a decent whack of sugar, how much is in this one…
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That is quite a lot. In fact, 4.8g/100ml of added sugar is the highest value i have seen in over 100 beers so far. Although ive only just started to buy fruit beers so i may get some more. But in general, this is an outlier in the non alcoholic beer world.
Of note, Erdinger state this is isotonic. That means the nutrients and sugar in it are in the same concentration as in the blood. This can allegedly help it get absorbed faster and rehydrate you quicker.
I have written a full article on isotonic beers and you can read it here, it is quite interesting even if i do say so myself!
The bottle has the same styling as the Lemon but with the colour changed to a pinky grapefruit. I like the branding.
The beer is a quite unique colour of cloudy pink or pale red. It certainly makes you want to try it.
Pretty much the same as the lemon in that the biggest and only smell you get is of the fruit. I mean it is a huge smell as soon as you open the bottle and putting your nose in is nearly an overwhelming grapefruit hit.
This is a difficult one for me. Im not the biggest fan of grapefruit and grapefruit flavoured drinks anyway but I don’t want to make it down specifically on that.
I didn’t need to worry because yes, this does taste pretty strongly of grapefruit, but im actually liking it. There is enough sweetness from all that sugar to mitigate the extra grapefruit sharpness and the natural wheat beer base is coming in more than in the lemon.
It is indeed a pleasant surprise to be enjoying it as much as I am.
Big body, big mouthfeel and great flavours, the only real negatives is the nutrition and I would think having a few in a row would be too much.
There isn’t too much more to say, it is a great fruit beer and if you like fruit beers then this is a must try.
Hard to split this and the Erdinger Lemon. Both have been crafted well with the right amount of fruit. I would drink them both again, probably best for a hot summers day
8.5/10 – same as the Lemon, it is hard to split them. I would be inclinded to rate this one even higher as I like it as someone who usually hates grapefruit drinks
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy?
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
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Is Erdinger Alkoholfrei Grapefruit Gluten Free?
Erdinger Alkoholfrei Grapefruit is not gluten free
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Erdinger Alkoholfrei Grapefruit Vegan?
Yes, all Erdinger beers are vegan as confirmed on barnivore.com
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
Same as the Lemon, it is hard to split them. I would be inclinded to rate this one even higher as I like it as someone who usually hates grapefruit drinks