Review Lowlander 0.00% Wit (non-alcoholic beer from Netherlands)

Today’s non-alcoholic selection is Lowlander 0.00% Wit by Netherlands-based Lowlander Botanical Beer Co

From the website: Botanically brewed 0.00% Wit with reclaimed orange & lemon peels. Refreshing & crisp with bursts of fruit and citrus flavours. As members of 1% For The Planet, we donate 1% of sales to Trees for All, supporting sustainable forestry projects in the Lowlands and abroad for a healthier climate. Besides, this beer tackles waste too as it's brewed with reclaimed orange & lemon peels from bars and restaurants.

Appearance: Looks like a cloudy champagne more than a Belgian witbier, good amount of carbonation when I open the bottle with a bit of a fizz, cloudiness but a champagne golden yellow appearance to it. Minimal amount of head on top - just a bit of foam glacier on the very top and very middle of the glass.

Aroma: The label states it’s brewed with reclaimed orange and lemon peel, I’m not horribly surprised as I get a lot of orange in every smell, as well as notes of lemon, LOTS of coriander and a bit of clove. A mild-to-high amount of bittering hop presence at the end that likely will attempt to make the beer more approachable… but I’m not a fan when they do it, it’s a sign it’s probably not great. 

Taste: Very carbonated for mouth feel to the point I felt like I was drinking a Ginger Ale over a witbier-style NA product. Slight sweetness, slight tartness, actually… it really reminds me of Ginger Ale now but with orange/lemon peel and coriander/clove. Moderate bitterness from the hop at the end that gives of a bit of a dill presence to it, while there’s also a lot of lemon juice throughout the beer.

Overall Thoughts: At this point, I don’t know if I’d ever consider this a beer, it’s incredibly fizzy and honestly reminds me of soda more than any beer. I can hear a huge woosh of carbonation in my mouth while drinking it, just like as if I was having a Ginger Ale or 7-Up. Would I drink this again? Probably won’t - it’s focusing too much on the botanical side of things for me. 

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