Beer Q&A

Everything you've ever wanted to ask about beer.

Are any animal products such as isinglass or gelatine used in your process?

DB Breweries from time to time may use an animal base fining agent in the conditioning process of brewing. Generally fining agents are not required but if raw materials are such that filtering the beer is difficult, fining agents may be used. Heineken, Amstel, Amstel Light, and Tiger do not use these fining agents and are free of any traces of animal products.

Do any DB products contain ingredients such as dairy, egg, or honey?

Some people may have allergies to certain food ingredients, so if DB Breweries were to use the above mentioned ingredients, they would be denoted on the beer label, e.g. Monteith’s Summer Ale is made with Rata Honey, which is denoted on the package label.

Do any of your products contain wheat? If so, what products?

Yes, in particular we sell a type of beer known as wheat beer or weissbier under the brand name 'Erdinger' and this contains a very small amount of wheat protein, which appears to be more active than barley protein that is present in all beers. Some people may have a sensitivity to gluten from wheat whilst a few people may show some sensitivity to barley proteins. If you'd like to have peace of mind about a particular product, please get in touch with our Customer Contact Centre.

Do you have additives or preservatives in your beer?

DB does not use antioxidants or preservatives in any products. Only certain additives that are specified ingredients and processing aids are allowed in the brewing of beer. These are regulated in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

How do I find out how many carbohydrates are in beer?

Carbohydrate levels in beer come from the total amount of sugars plus the non-fermentable sugars that are left in the beer after fermentation. If you are looking for a beer that is low in carbohydrates we can recommend Export Gold Extra-Low Carb as a low carbohydrate beer. A full breakdown of carbohydrates for all of our brands is available in the ‘All About Beer’ section under the Nutritional Facts table.

How many calories or kilojoules (kJ) does beer have?

About two thirds of the calories in beer come from the alcohol present with a small contribution from the residual sugars and protein in beer. Note that beer has minimal fat levels. A full breakdown of calories for all of our beer brands is available within the Nutritional Facts table.

How should I store my beer?

Beer is best kept out of direct sunlight and in a cool place. Remember beer is also best to have fresh so we don’t recommend storing your beer for more than six weeks.

What’s the ideal serving temperature for your different beer styles?

As a ‘rule of thumb’ it can be said that beer is best served at the temperature of the % alcohol content e.g. A 7%alc v/v beer would be best served at 7degC i.e. slightly warm. Typically New Zealand lagers are best served at 2-4 degC and NZ ales at 3-5 degC.

What is micro-filtered or cold filtered beer …why is it different?

This is beer that has been double filtered through ultra-fine filter pores to remove all very tiny yeast and protein particles. The resulting product is therefore microbiologically stable and will not spoil overtime. This process keeps the beer at its freshest and retains the full flavour as produced at the brewery. The alternative process to achieve this is to pasteurise which is a heating process.

What is the shelf life of beer?

Beer flavour changes can be progressive upward of six months. While beer is safe to drink even if it is greater than one year old, the beer flavour is likely to have deteriorated.

What products are low in gluten?

When traditional beers are tested using currently available methods, only very low levels of gluten are detectable. There is some concern over the reliability of methods used to test foods containing malt. The methods may not detect all the gluten-like materials contributing to beer by malt however. Some people who suffer from coeliac disease are more sensitive than others to these proteins so even the small amount found in beer can cause them problems. We always recommend consultation with your GP on any health-associated matters.

Where are your hops sourced?

Our hops are sourced almost entirely from the Motueka/Riwaka region of Nelson in New Zealand. Some hop products are sourced from other hop growing areas of the world.

Where do I find more information on your brewing processes?

Information on our brewing process is available on the 'How Beer is Made' page of the ‘For the Love of Beer’ section of our website.

Which beer has the least sugar?

Most beers are 99% sugar-free. A full breakdown of sugar levels for all our beer brands is available within the Nutritional Facts table in the Our Products section of this website.