I like to drink this more often, my German guide told me yesterday. I prefer the flavour. The twenty something Essen lad wasn`t talking about the pilsner I was supping...

"I like to drink this more often," my German guide told me yesterday. "I prefer the flavour." The twenty something Essen lad wasn`t talking about the pilsner I was supping – he was talking about the green bottle in his hand containing a mix of lime-lemonade with beer.

In the land of great beer, alcopops have evolved into beers mixed with soda. Young adults (and underage teens) are turning to a premixed alternative to regular beers. The popularity of the drinks seems to be also spurred by the lower alcohol content.

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