Just in time for prime beer season, Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams has released a low abv version of its Sole Star beer.
Reducing the abv to just 0.9% (originally at 2.7%), the pale, amber ale still maintains its taste, with light floral and citrus aromas and a caramel note on the palate.
At the end of 2016, Adnams started working on a recipe and trialling fermentation methods to lower the alcohol content even further, with the resulting beer brewed with crystal, black and Munich malts, combined with Chinook and Cascade hops at multiple stages to add layers of hop character.
The beer is fermented with Adnams' house yeast at a lower temperature to retain flavours, but minimise alcohol.
'Brewing a beer at 0.9% abv and retaining all the flavour was a big challenge but we are really happy with the result,' said Fergus Fitzgerald, head brewer at Adnams.
'The black malt helps give a good colour, and the Munich and crystal malts give the beer its body as well as some toffee notes. The hops add a good level of bitterness and an attractive citrus character that adds a depth of flavour to the beer.'
Watching your booze intake? Sole Star 0.9% is available in 500ml bottles in Adnams stores and online.