Reasons to drink non-alcoholic beer in the Netherlands 2017

Beer without alcohol is getting more and more popular in the Netherlands. This 2017 survey asked survey participants why they sometimes drink non-alcoholic beer. Nearly 60 percent of the respondents stated that they sometimes choose a non-alcoholic option because they still have to drive. Seven percent answered to drink non-alcoholic beer for medical reasons, and just under 20 percent said to enjoy the flavor. Indeed, another survey found that nearly one third of the respondents found alcohol-free beer just as tasty as the regular version.

 Non-alcoholic beer drinkers

Roughly 15 percent of the Dutch sometimes drink non-alcoholic beer. Alcohol-free and low-alcohol beer is especially popular among the 25-to 34-year-olds, although non-alcoholic beer drinkers are represented in all age groups. The age group with the lowest share of non-alcoholic beer drinkers was 65+, but even among this group 12 percent drank non-alcoholic beer at least once a month.

Most popular non-alcoholic beer types

  The same survey found that the most popular type of non-alcoholic beer among respondents from the Netherlands was beer mixed with soft drinks or fruit juice. Roughly two thirds of non-alcoholic beer drinkers participating in the survey stated to sometimes these beer mixes. By comparison, just over 20 percent answered to drink rose beer occasionally.

Why do you sometimes drink non-alcoholic beer?*

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Release date

July 2017



Survey time period

June 6, 2017 to June 13, 2017

Number of respondents

545 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

respondents sometimes drinking non-alcoholic beer

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Waarom drink jij wel eens alcoholvrij bier?". (English: Why do you sometimes drink non-alcoholic beer?)

The source does not provide information regarding multiple answering options. The source does not specify the number of respondents or survey method.

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