Japanese Name: サントリー オール・フリー
Release: Aug. 3, 2010
Type: Beer Taste Beverage
Purchase Price: ￥148 @FamilyMart(conbini)
The white/gold packaging really has a soothingly strong impact, and stands out saying, “buy me!” among the other canned beverages. I just had to give it a try, nothing to lose but a few coins.
Suntory All-Free, is this brewer’s first attempt in the “beer taste,” zero-alcohol, zero-calorie, zero-carb genre. Although the flavor is a bit lacking in the beer-taste category, as a non-alcohol beverage it’s not bad. The effervescence is thirst quenching, while there is no over-sweetness or over-malty flavors present like some other beer taste beverages. The bottom line is that it doesn’t taste bad!
Of course, in the end I’m going to reach for a beer, but if I had a Suntory All-Free and a carbonated beverage right in front of me, and alcohol was a no-no, I would lean 70-30 in favor of Suntory All-Free.