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ThomasBrau - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 05-17-2005)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
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3.01/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: A very bready and fairly sweet smelling Pilsner style aroma. Bready malts with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, straw, and cracker. Light vegetal like hints and a little skunk. No noticeable hop presence. Kind of strange smelling but not terrible.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty faint taste of bready malt and grains with not much else. Malts with a light taste of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, yeast, and cracker. Light earthy vegetal notes. Slightly skunky. Kind of tastes like a very light version of a pilsner. Light but nothing really off putting.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Crisp and goes down very easy.

Overall: Saw this laying out as a single and picked it up out of curiosity as I haven't tried a NA beer yet. As expected the flavor and body is very light. Not good but not terrible either although if I had to give up booze I doubt I would drink something like this much.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 07:38:56 | More by MattyG85
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2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-31-2013 07:32:11 | More by Luiz0930
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3.8/5  rDev +56.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have by no means sampled all the non-alcoholic beer available. Mainly because it's hard to find. I found this one at one of the larger spirit stores in Carrollton, Texas. And I have to say I like it. I have not had a drop of alcohol in 13 years and can't for health reasons. If you can't drink alcohol this one is worth a try. On a side note: One of my friends who can, tried a bottle the other day and said he was going to switch from alcoholic beer to this one. Admittedly he's on a health kick.

What I purchased was fresh. I bought it cold and kept it cold. I had to really take a whiff to smell the malt - no skunk here. The flavor is sharp and the malt lingers in the wash. To makeup for the absence of alcohol there are mineral overtones - sodium is slightly pronounced. What I like about it most of all. I could tell the makers wanted to deliver a satisfying beverage for those of us who can't drink alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 16:41:45 | More by SoberSince2000
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New York

1.25/5  rDev -48.6%

01-23-2013 19:03:27 | More by phishbone23
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2.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear gold with small white head, some minor lacings.
Smell is floral and bready yeast.
Taste is sweet malty some mineral and a small amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin with less than average carbonation.
Overall a well crafted brew but has almost no character.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 07:29:27 | More by Spikester
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3.35/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a pale golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly, leaving light lacing. Faint aroma of sweet malt, not much else. Light flavor of sweet malt with a hint of light fruit juice and no noticeable hops. Light bodied. A light, but pleasant no/low alcohol malt beverage. A little on the sweet side and the malt is subdued, but quite drinkable. I'm a little surprised at other recent reviews: how does this compare to craft beer? Not well. But it is sold as a no/low alcohol brew. My ratings will be higher because I'm reviewing to style, not comparing to a high ABV craft beer. That being said, I've enjoyed the stronger malt flavors of other no/low malt beverages, but this was a nice low key one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 21:27:17 | More by LiquidAmber
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2.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There has to be better ones out there...

A- Somewhat golden yellow colored, poured cold into a pint glass. Head was pretty white and slowed to a slim ring around the glass.

S- Sweet and bready smelling.. some yeasty notes hit my nose.

T- Tastes kind like it smells, bready, slight yeast taste. No real hop taste even on the finish which to me is disappointing. They could use some hops at the finish to give it some punch and reduce the sweet taste that seems to linger for some time on my tongue.

M- Mouth feel is actual nice. Its not watery and thin. It has some decent body for what it is.

Overall - If you like light beers like Bud and Coors light, which haven't much flavor, it would drink this instead , but I wont buy this again the price was a little too steep for what you get. At $10.99 a six pack this beer should be outstanding compared to what you will get for a craft beer here in the Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 22:00:13 | More by brentinpdx
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New York

2.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet bready malts. No hop bitterness is present, but the sweetness is not overpowering.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate (but is not thin and watery) and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that bad for being non-alcoholic, although it could use some more hops to lend bitterness and cancel out some of the sweetness. The label says to serve this cold—and that’s how I consumed it—so I’m not sure if it would become sweeter after warming up. It’s quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:59:59 | More by metter98
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2.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had a six pack n my basement left over from during my wife's pregnancy. Opened one tonight just to give it a try. Poured into a small beer tasting glass. Bright orange color, some carbonation, but no head or lacing. Smell was somewhat skunky and vegetable-like. Taste was like malty apple juice. No hops at all. Mouthfeel was thin but slightly similar to a pilsner. Slight bitter aftertaste. I have had one other wretched low alcohol beer, and this I will admit was slightly better. At least this is German.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 05:02:18 | More by morebeergood
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-14-2012 05:06:49 | More by tclapper
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2/5  rDev -17.7%

11-16-2011 21:13:18 | More by codynevels
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1.3/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Putrid Tasting beer, makes me winder if toilet water would be preferable in my glass. Pours golden with nice clarity but minimal head. Nose is skunky with a cooked vegetable character that is appalling. Foul cooked veggies on palate too. Some rice maybe.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:37:27 | More by yemenmocha
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3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Darker straw color, darker than I would have expected. Very good carbonation with about half a finger's worth of foam.

Smell - Very sweet smelling, like a sweet German pils. Flowery type of aroma.

Taste - I grabbed this one by mistake thinking it was a normal acoholic beer. This the first non-alcohol beer I've ever had, so not a whole lot of expectation. As in the smell, there's a bit of sweetness, like some sort of juice. Strong hoppy type of taste, but it feels like it's there as an additive, and not actually part of the beer. Still, closer to a beer taste than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - very light and watery.

Drinkability - kind of low as far as beers go. Again, the taste was close to that of a German pils, but a little fake tasting. As far as repeat drinking, since one would have to be drowning in the stuff to get a buzz, I'd say it's safe enough to go back to a few times.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:56:38 | More by Nerudamann
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2.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Light bready malt.

T: Tastes like beer. Solid Helles-type malt, notes of noble hops. Some mineral/carbonic acid flavour.

M: Overcarbonated, thin, the lack of alcohol gives it a soda feel, not smooth.

D: The best near beer I've had though I haven't had many. This is a low alcohol beer that could fool a lot of people into thinking it was a light Helles blind.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:01:21 | More by Halcyondays
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2.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a macro yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lots of corn with some malty sweetness. The flavor is sweet corn, it tastes like a very sweet macro lager. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not very good, but it is not much worse than most of the large BMC lagers, even though it is a low alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:23:04 | More by Mora2000
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3.43/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Longneck bottle poured into a tulip glass because that's how I roll. Ever so pale straw colored with an actually adorable white head with nice retention and lacing. Aromas of honey, pear, and some pleasant grains. I like the smell, it just needs some hops to balance it out. Tastes like apple juice, and a crisp mild bittering that gives it a semblance of balance. Touches of grain, no off flavors. The body is light, with moderate to low carbonation. The carbonation leaves quite fast after a few agitations and it is left being too watery. This is almost like a beer soda, which is exactly what I would expect from a non-alcoholic beer after all. This is a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:12:36 | More by vacax
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1.1/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

[Appearance]: Light golden color, clear, lots of big bubbles, some head, no lacing.
[Smell]: It has a weird smell to it. Wet cardboard with some moldiness and soil. Very unpleasant aroma.
[Taste]: Awful!! Same as aroma, but a lot worst. The aftertaste is just horrible.
[Mouthfeel]: Light, mild carbonation.
[Drinkability]: Nope!! Not drinkable.

note: I've enjoyed Paulaner Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest and Munich Lager, but ThomasBrau Non-Alcoholic Brew is pure sh*t.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 05:34:38 | More by mjurney
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Rhode Island

1.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is an almost clear gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of skunky yeast and malt with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is mostly a light malt sweetness with a very mild hops presence. However, it's a sweetness that you can get used to as it gets a little bit more balance as you continue to drink it, despite not having much breadiness to temper the sweetness. The after-taste likewise is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, very light body, very high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down quite easily though, not filling at all, knowing that this is an NA I was not expecting much but was determined to keep an open mind, however this beer still disappointed, especially since I had previously tried some very good beers from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 22:21:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.7/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is extremely pale straw with not much carbonation in the body. Has a thin head but leaves some specks of lacing. Smells of pale malts with a touch of a grainy cereal twang that I like. The hops present give off aromas of herbs. Flavor is lightly sweet with a sizable dose of pale, crackery malts that remind me of a helles. Has a bit of hops toward the end that give it an herbal/grassy thing. Has a little weird sour note in the finish along with a seltzery wateriness. Mouthfeel is thin, light, and with a prickly carbonation. Highly drinkable and I could see myself throwing these back as some sort of soft drink but without the overbearing sweetness of a soda.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 21:19:16 | More by goochpunch
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2.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like NA's, call me crazy (my friends all do) but sometimes a low alcohol can be very satisfying! Pours a light golden colour, some foam but just under decent for a german NA .. a good clean taste but really could be better, there are better reduced alcohol beers out there..

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 15:41:57 | More by Onslow
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1.15/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This review is part of NA Shootout (With Blanks) II and should be read in tandem with my review of O'Doul's Amber. A German NA beer won the first Shootout, but then only German NAs were entered. Let's see how beer one fares against A-B's take on the style. Don't expect any bloodshed since they're firing blanks after all.

ThomasBrau's color is simple amber. Actually, it's darker than expected, but still pales in comparison to its (probably) artificially-colored counterpart. This beer is clearly superior when it comes to head and lace. The ivory cap looks amazing, considering the style, and deposits an impressive amount of attractive lace as well.

The nose on this beer is nasty, there's just no other way to say it. It smells like a combination of clay, wallpaper paste and wet cardboard. I might chalk all that up to age, but it isn't an old bottle. I hope that it tastes vastly different than it smells or this Shootout will be over almost before it begins.

This stuff is vile, vile, vile and should be considered the undisputed poster child for the worst aspects of NA beer. It tastes pretty much like it smells, so please don't ask me to run through the murderer's row of crapalicious aromas/flavors again. O'Doul's Amber is the outlier here. ThomasBrau is how most low alcohol beer tastes, at least in my limited experience.

The body/mouthfeel is really no different on this beer in terms of heft (if that word is even appropriate to describe something so incredibly light in the mouth). Where it loses ground is in terms of carbonation. There's very little here and it gives the beer an insipid feel that does the ghastly flavor no favors.

Paulaner's ThomasBrau lost NA Shootout (With Blanks) II as soon as I got a whiff of it. I went through the motions of evauating the rest of its attributes though, despite the fact that I was repulsed each time I forced myself to drink a mouthful. I have a few other German NAs in my cellar, ready and waiting for future Shootouts. Let's hope they have some redeeming qualities because this dreck has absolutely none at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 13:32:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ThomasBrau from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
64 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.