It’s long been joked that a lovely cold beer is the perfect recovery drink – but German brewery Erdinger have taken that dream and made it a reality with their isotonic beer.

Now available in the UK, the Bavarian brewed drink contains salts to help restore the body’s electrolyte levels after a workout, as well as all the B group vitamins and magnesium. And there’s only 125 calories in each 500ml serving.

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An isotonic drink is one that contains similar sugar levels to the human body – that’s 4g to 8g per 100ml. This similar ‘osmotic pressure’ to the bodily fluids means the hydration is more quickly taken into the body and turned into fuel – and this beer contains just the right balance.

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Before you get too excited, we do have to add that this is ‘Alkoholfrei’ – containing 0.5% alcohol by volume. That’s too much to make it ‘alcohol free’ by UK laws, but you’d certainly need to get very well hydrated to notice an effect.

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The beer is made using water from the 1886 brewery’s deep springs, and 500ml contains 26 per cent of your daily vitamin B requirement. You’ll also find 26.5gramms of carbohydrate – essential for re-stocking the glycogen stores, and 6.5mg of the salts you need to ward of cramps.

The brand also sponsors Great Britain’s pro triathlete, Lucy Gossage – having perhaps partially hydrated her to multiple Ironman wins over the years.

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But how does it actually taste? Though we’re not food critics, we’d be happy to sum it up in a few lines: distinctly like a normal lager, but better. Refreshingly light, with a zing of lemon dancing somewhere on the taste buds, slides-down-the-throat drinkability that would certainly have us reaching for one after a long, hot mid-summer ride.

Interested to try one? Find out more here.