Review: Erdinger Weissbier Alkoholfrei - The Sports Drink!

Most of us know (deep down) that alcohol and endurance sports don't mix. Alcohol dehydrates your body; it reduces your reaction times and suppresses your immune system; it contains empty calories and lots of sugar; it even affects hormone production. Whether consumed before or after exercise, alcohol can negatively affect your performance, and your recovery.

I first sampled Erdinger Alkoholfrei at the Mallorca 312 Challenge last year; you got a refreshing pint of the stuff at the finish line! It instantly surprised me; both because it tasted great (not normally the case for alcohol-free beer), and it also genuinely seemed to help with rehydration, after a tough 10 hours in the saddle.

Erdinger Alkoholfrei is a German Weissbier, it is made in the Erdinger brewery, which also produces a great range of normal strength beers, and they use the same skills and expertise to make the alcohol free version. Although it is branded as alcohol free, it actually contains less than 0.5% volume alcohol - it's a necessity given that it goes through an almost identical brewing process to normal beer. The fact that Erdinger Alkoholfrei is produced in this way, seems likely what makes it one of the best tasting low-alcohol beers I've tried.

I was told that I should cut out alcohol from my diet after some blood testing last year, which revealed that it could be impeding my recovery and performance. Since then, I've tried a number of alcohol free drinks, and this Erdinger is by far the best! So much so, that I thought it was worth mentioning on the blog.

Erdinger, quite legitimately, market Alkoholfrei as being beneficial for recovery. The drink has isotonic properties, to aid rehydration after exertion. It contains vitamin B12, which helps to support a strong immune system and metabolism. It also contains polyphenols, which have been proven (link) to aid recovery. It is, quite genuinely, a recovery beer!

With a sweet citrus taste, and only 125 kcals in a 500ml bottle, it has fast become my not-so-guilty post-ride treat.

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