Not sure what was going on with the Leeuw sample. Perhaps it was old stock. What was the point of drinking such watery beer? I’d prefer to get half the volume of beer, but at double the strength. Then you’d at least get a little of the good alcohol effect.
Let’s add a little context by looking at the strength of beer in the UK in 1943. In 1943, average OG hit its wartime nadir. But that was still 1034.34º, which would have left average strength at around 3.5% ABV. More than double the average for Dutch Pils.
However, there were beers a good bit stronger than that average, as a large percentage of the beer sold in Britain was3% ABV Mild Ale Here’s the set of Ales from a randomly selected UK brewery:
|Whitbread Ales in 1943|
|28th Apr||PA||Pale Ale||1039.2||1008.5||4.06||78.32%|
|22nd Jul||XXXX||Strong Ale||1042.8||1013.0||3.94||69.63%|
|Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/01/110.|
I imagine Dutch drinkers would have ripped your arm off to get a beer of a heady 4% ABV.
|Dutch Pils in 1943|
|Date||Brewer||Town||OG Plato||FG Plato||ABV||App. Atten-uation||Colour|
|16th Feb||De Leeuw||Valkenburg||8.81||2.57||3.26||71.55%||0.4|
|Rapporten van laboratoriumonderzoeken naar producten van Heinekenbrouwerijen in binnen- en buitenland en naar producten van andere brouwerijen held at the Amsterdamse Stadsarchief, document number 834 - 1794.|