Rehydration in endurance sports with alcohol-free beer

Everyone has experienced this – it’s warm outside, you go for a bike ride and you start craving a real cold drink! Just drink a beer, more precisely: a non-alcoholic beer. Let’s discuss this simple rehydration drink in endurance sports. Cheers ????


  • Stomach-friendly 
  • Better taste compared to other iso-drinks 
  • Effective rehydration drink
  • Slightly hypotonic: there is a low osmotic pressure in relation to the blood – thus the fluid balance remains constant
  • Isotonic: the particle concentration of beer is the same as that of blood
  • Hops in beer has a calming effect

Wheat/ Barley contains nutrients that athletes need: 

  • Sodium, 
  • Natural carbohydrates
  • B vitamins: Involved in the formation of red blood cells
    • Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
    • Vitamin B12 – important for vegetarians and vegans, as it is found almost exclusively in animal foods
  • Potassium 
    • Scientifically well proven that potassium can quickly replenish the energy stores in the muscles

Pils or wheat?

  • Both types are equally recommendable
  • Pils comes with less carbon dioxide
  • Non-alcoholic beers are similar due to the purity law

Non-alcoholic beer vs. sports drink

  • Sports drinks contain more sugar
  • Sports drinks sometimes also have less natural vitamins


Wagner, G., 2016; Aderhold, L., 2013;Coombes & Hamilton 2000

Aderhold, L., (2013). Trinken im Laufsport zugriff am 18.05.2020 unter http://contao3.berlin-laeuft.de/fitness-news-details/items/trinken-im-laufsport-dr-dr-med-lutz-aderhold.html

Coombes, J. S., & Hamilton, K. L. (2000). The effectiveness of commercially available sports drinks. Sports Medicine, 29(3), 181-209.

Duplanty, A. A., Budnar, R. G., Luk, H. Y., Levitt, D. E., Hill, D. W., McFarlin, B. K., … & Vingren, J. L. (2017). Effect of Acute Alcohol Ingestion on Resistance Exercise–Induced mTORC1 Signaling in Human Muscle. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 31(1), 54-61.