If you’ve ever been in an Aldi supermarket, you will know that they sell just about everything you can find in other supermarkets, at discounted and lower prices.
The alcohol section of Aldi is pretty extensive – selling a massive range of beers, wines and spirits – both branded and unbranded.
In 2021, Aldi started getting involved with non alcoholic and low alcoholic drinks, releasing six drinks that we’ve previously written about.
One of the drinks we mentioned was the 0% Sainte Etienne Premium Lager Beer. In this review, we try it out to see if it’s a drink worth buying for yourself!
Aldi Sainte Etienne Initial Review
After cracking open the lid and pouring into a glass, initial thoughts are that it looks like your typical lager. It has a large volume of head which settles and is yellow in colour; almost apple juice coloured.
There’s not too much of an aroma, but a deep whiff and it smells more like a lager shandy, than a lager – if that makes sense?! It also has somewhat of a musty smell to it. Whilst both aren’t great signs for a non alcoholic lager, they are very faint and not something you would typically pick up on unless looking for differences.
With regards to the taste, you get you generic lager taste, somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter. But there is a definite aftertaste present here.
Struggling to put my finger on it, a glance at the ingredients reveal the culprit. Citric acid.
Whilst the initial taste is fine, the aftertaste is a let down.
However, a few more sips of the premium non alcoholic lager, and the aftertaste somewhat subsides into that generic lager taste.
Getting through the bottle isn’t too much of a struggle, and is easily consumed without too much to grab your attention. If you are guilty of sitting and drinking too many lagers at once, switching to this after a few bottles of the real stuff, you really wouldn’t know the difference.
Aldi Sainte Etienne 500mL Bottle
Where can I buy Aldi Sainte Etienne?
Rather obviously, you can only buy Sainte Etienne from Aldi. Fortunately, you can buy it both in store and online.
It is available only as single 500mL bottles, costing a very reasonable 89p per bottle.
At all the Aldi stores we’ve visited, the stock and availability of this 0% beer has always been good!
Aldi Sainte Etienne Ingredients, Nutritional Information and Calories
There are five ingredients in Aldi’s Sainte Etienne:
Water, Barley Malt, Hop Extract, Flavouring, Acid: Citric Acid
The presence of barley malt makes it unsuitable for those with a barley allergy.
|Nutritional Information||Per 100mL|
|Energy (KJ / KCal)||98 / 23|
|Of Which Saturates (g)||<0.1|
|Of Which Sugars (g)||1.8|
Aldi Sainte Etienne – Worth Buying?
With Aldi branding, and an ultra low price tag of 89p per 500mL, you make think that this beer is one to avoid.
However, I was pleasantly surprised with how it tastes, and is a great alternative to your generic alcoholic lager. There are definitely better non alcoholic lagers to try (Lucky Saint, Brewdog Punk AF) but this Sainte Etienne is incredible value and readily available!