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Clausthaler Classic Alkoholfrei - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
70
okay

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 24.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 02-28-2007

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Photo of phishbone23
1.25/5  rDev -55.8%

Photo of dbaker61
1.46/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Medium golden color. Quite clear. Poured with one finger of soapy-looking head. Foam died out within half a minute, leaving a ring. Some lacing.

Smell: Strange combination of sugar and metal.

Taste: Harsh metallic bitter twang going on here. Dominates any malt contribution. I already don't want to finish this.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish. Seems to be lots of carbonation on the palate. Still that metallic flavor lingers.

Overall: The metallic bite is just too much. This is a drain-pour. Even my burps are metallic. Never again.

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -47%

Photo of JTomczak
1.75/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of r3o
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Macca
2.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a golden colour with minimal head which disappears very quickly. No visible carbonation. It looks dead.

Aroma of light grains, with some florals in there as well. The grain aromas get stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is unpleasant. Very metallic. Almost undrinkable.

Hard to comment on the mouthfeel because I don't want it to stay in there for too long.

There are some drinkable German alcohol free beers out there but this ain't one of them.

Photo of Brad007
2.45/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is bready and a bit skunked but otherwise, nothing out of the ordinary here.

Taste is sweet and bready upfront. The skunkiness shows through and it has an odd flavor in the middle that reminds me of ginger ale. It's not overpowering though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bread, ginger ale and skunkiness. Nothing out of the ordinary here either.

It feels a bit more drinkable than others of the style that I've had. Then again, it's no gem and I'd still recommend that you avoid it.

Photo of BeerSingh
2.48/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A : Golden with a 1" head that retained for a while. No lacing

S : Cookie aroma beneath a skunked, metallic smell

T : Frankly, it put me off. It was sweet in the beginning till it dissolved into a bitter metallic note. Quite unpleasant.

M & D : I couldn't finish a 330 ml can.

Photo of tdm168
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Bruning
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Sinfull
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of dcmchew
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Kvasasgyvasalumi
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of no cream, quite thin, but of fair retention. Appears carbonated. Clear yellow colour is strong and lively.

Sm: Musty barley. Smells old and tired. Unappealing.

T: Barley body with a grassy finish, an interesting twist on what could easily have been a more boring beer. Slight touches of cream on the open and finish. A bit simplistic, but I appreciate the effort to complicate what most consumers expect to be simple. It's strange to imagine the target demographic of alcoholfrei beers; so kudos to the brewer. That said, it's not built well as a beer, and the balance is off. Lime permeates throughout.

Mf: A bit syrupy. Light and smooth. Not great.

Dr: If this type of beer is your bag, have at it, but leave me out of it. I won't have it again.

Photo of jesperm
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This "beer" is golden color with a bright white head. Foam sticks to the glass when the head had settled.

Some slight bread taste with a touch of hop flavor when it's cold. As it warms up it becomes less tempting...

I tasted a can from the mini-bar at a hotel in Tunis and I was surprised to find it better tasting then the Heineken I had on the plane... The can was brewed or "bottled" 4 month ago and has a best before date in Jan. 2011 (14 month from now).

Edit: Scores adjusted slightly. After having tested a couple of these cans I must admit I'm a little less positive...

Photo of Alex-Alkis
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Everydayoff
2.71/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 330ml can into a pint glass with best before date on the bottom.

A:
Golden color, thick white foamy head that well retain itself and leave fine lacing after recede. The carbonation is rather high with plenty of visible bubbles roaring.

S:
The smell is sweet scent from synthetic syrup and malt.

T+M:
Pale flavor; slight sweet malt and sugar at the first touch against my taste buds then go dull and end with bitterness. High carbonated piercingly through palate, the body is medium with some thickness in the mouth.

D:
Not my cup of tea but not too bad for low alcohol brew.

Photo of socon67
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of safaricook
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of koladiola
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rumlibeers
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of patra7
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just to be sure of what I'm reviewing, the bottle I bought (in Greece) bears the title "Clausthaller Classic – 'Premium Non-Alcoholic' ”. There is no mention of abv on the label.

Appearance: Yellow, with a half/one inch white head. It didn't last too long.
Smell: Surprisinlgy, there is something of a smell here. Malt and hops mostly balanced with a grassy character.
Taste: Again surprise; it doesn’t put me off. Mostly malty but not one-sided.
Body: Light and fairly flat, but not much different that many “regular” macro lagers. Decent amount of carbonation gives a small pinch in the tongue.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable for what it is. The last time I had tried a non-alcoholic beer was about 10 years ago and I hadn’t manage to finish it off. I don't plan on making friends here but this one’s much better.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Haven't been able to drink beer for the past 3 weeks now because of the antibiotics I am on, and with the hot weather was feeling a bit left out. The Italian Centre in Edmonton has a large selection of Euro alcohol free beers, so I thought I'd check some out. This stuff came in a 4 pack of green bottles.

Pours out a clear vibrant pale gold hue, with lazy carbonation and a fast splash of white head with no retention whatsoever.

Mild sweet malt and crisp grains on the nose, while a bready character rounds up the rear. Not bad at all actually.

Flavour isn't bad up front, yet things get thin and watery and washed out towards the finish, an issue with the mouthfeel as well. Crisp grains up front, followed by mild bready malt, and a decent dose of spicy hops on the finish, which lingers long into the aftertaste. There's more hops present in this alcohol-free beer than in an Alexander Keith's IPA.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, there's traces of brisk carbonation from time to time, but it seems intermittent with each sip.

This stuff will actually do in a pinch, although more enjoyable straight out of the bottle. At least it provided me a bit of a hop fix in the mean time. I'd pin it as someplace around German Pils territory style-wise.

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Clausthaler Classic Alkoholfrei from Binding-Brauerei AG
70 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.