It’s been said that the sense most closely tied to memory is smell. I agree that’s possible as there are certain smells that transport me and fill me with nostalgia, but I find more and more that taste can take my mind back to a certain place or time. With one taste of Grüvi‘s non-alcoholic Sour Weisse, I found myself back in Italy, sipping Prosecco for the first time.
I have to admit that I haven’t had many experiences with the Berliner Weisse style of beer, so I felt this non-alcoholic version was a good place to start. With that said, holy cow was this delicious. I don’t believe it would be an exaggeration to describe this as “Prosecco-like” since it looked, smelled, and tasted exactly like my favorite Italian bubbly.
The champagne-like color of the beer was full of tiny, delicate bubbles of carbonation. It deserved to be poured into something more refined than a pint glass, like a crystal champagne flute. The high carbonation made for a delightful appearance, but this was definitely not a sessionable beer. So many tart bubbles left my tongue feeling a bit scorched, and even though I’d reach for another of these, it might not be on the same night. The smell of the Sour Weisse was so light and citrusy clean that I was also instantly reminded of the lemon grove I visited in Sorrento – hey, smells do connect to memory!
At 26 calories per can, this is one of the lowest calorie non-alcoholic beers I’ve ever seen. I’m happy to include this in my fridge anytime, not just as a Dry January or weight loss staple. The carbonation that explodes on the tongue and the crisp, fresh taste of this beer has made itself an instant favorite of mine.
Disclaimer: Dani purchased this non-alcoholic beer for this review.