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Clausthaler Classic Alkoholfrei - Binding-Brauerei AG

Clausthaler Classic AlkoholfreiClausthaler Classic Alkoholfrei

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.94%


Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 02-28-2007)
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dbaker61

Ohio

1.4/5  rDev -49.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-14-2011 14:36:21 | More by dbaker61
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Everydayoff

Thailand

2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-12-2011 22:30:32 | More by Everydayoff
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jesperm

Sweden

2.65/5  rDev -5%
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...

Serving type: can

11-23-2009 20:40:24 | More by jesperm
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BeerSingh

India

2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-09-2009 08:33:18 | More by BeerSingh
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light yellow. Pristine clear with heavy carbonation rolling from the bottom. Nice pillowy white head that stays a while.
Smells of sweet hops and malt..suprisingly fruity. Almost yeasty.
Taste is pretty good. Sweet, almost too sweet with a bitter end.
Mouthfeel is fairly full.

Serving type: can

01-23-2008 00:22:10 | More by dmamiano
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harrymel

Washington

3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 20DEC13

Light yellow with etched surface bubbles. Smells like sweet grains, bread, a little hint of peppercorn. Kinda reminds me of the smell of a nice dry salami paper. Taste is cleanly grain, some wheat bread, some white grape juice, a little sweeter than I'd prefer. Touch of herbal hops and a little bitterness. Light bodied with soft for the style, albeit hi carb and a slightly dry finish. Not bad, a little sweet and reminiscent of cheap wheat bread, but hey, good enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 06:36:50 | More by harrymel
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 500 ml, picked up at a german gas station. Ingredients are water, barley malt and hops extract and fermentation citric acid (according to google translate, I don't know if it means something).
Poured into an English Pint glass.

Golden yellow colour, with a big white, soapy head, two and a half fingers in heigh, with very good retention.Activity in the glass is absolutely minimal.
Aroma is mainly of malts, some light hops smell and faint corn syrup.
Not a bad taste but everything is minimal, minimal sweetness at first, minimal bitterness when the hops are kicking in, a step before the finish and thankfully, minimal corn syrup taste at the finish with low duration. For a low alcohol beer I am impressed.
Light to medium body with light carbonation.
Very nice low alcohol beer, far better than everything else low alcohol that I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 15:43:36 | More by Douberd
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RodneyFarva

Spain

3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a pint glass

a: pours a clear straw yellow, one finger white head, dissipates to a film, leaving good lacing

s: aroma of light malts, hops, skunkiness (green bottle)

t: a nice maltiness, finishes with hops and pretty high carbonation which gives it a nice refreshing bite.

o: very good for what it is. it could easily pass as a decent Euro pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 17:13:20 | More by RodneyFarva
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a full white head that quickly disintegrates. Laces well though.
Aroma is of bitter hops and biscuity.Tastes of bitter hops and malty sweet, but not very balanced. Bitter aftertaste.Fizzy because the carbonation is strong. For being an alcohol-free it is pretty good!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:13:15 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is straw with a rather large white head that quickly changes from thick/creamy to soapy. Fast dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Malt, sweet but artificial. Bitter hops. Bready. Not too shabby for an alcohol-free beer.

T: Artificial, but not bad. Malt and bitter hops. Kind of sweet and bready.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Body is light and carbonation strong.

O: This is actually not a bad beer. For being an alcohol-free quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 17:09:03 | More by Sunnanek
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 17:57:07 | More by IronDjinn
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patra7

Greece

3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 15:12:55 | More by patra7
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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 16:00:41 | More by kojevergas
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bark

Sweden

3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell is malty and very sweet with hints of cereals and grass. Some bitterness in the background. It smells a bit like fresh wort. It is s bit un-fresh.

The colour is gold (9 ECB), the liquid is clear. The two finger white head sinks quite quickly leaving some thin lacing.

The taste is sweet with lots of grains and wort. Some bitterness in the start. Hints of vanilla, honey, canned corn and corn flakes. Medium body The flavours are overall smooth and creamy. Some off chemical flavours in the background. The aftertaste is very sweet with some notes of honey and bitter herbs. The bitterness fades quite quickly.

The carbonation is strong and very refreshing. Lots of very small bubbles. The liquid is a little sticky.

An acceptable alternative to stronger beers, although more hops would probably improve it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 16:16:56 | More by bark
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treque

Mexico

3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: With a golden color, slightly cloudy which presents constant carbonation, Lightweight and small bubble. The all-white foam without much color, some retention and waste.

S: With pleasant fruity aroma.

T: fruity flavor with hints acids, bubbly on the tongue
widely refreshing. Final very weak

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 23:44:02 | More by treque
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Brad007

Vermont

2.4/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 16:35:07 | More by Brad007
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For a non-alcoholic/low alcohol brew, this has by far the most interesing and complex taste to it. It lacks the watered down, non-flavor of most typical NAs. There is a spiciness going down that is absent in most NAs. I had this from a bottle at a bar in Savannah, so I can't comment much on appearance, but there was a certain cloudiness/thickness in the mouthfeel that was definitely appealing.

If you need to do an NA for some reason, this is definitely a top contender in that category.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 11:45:24 | More by fullsweep
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Macca

Australia

2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 09:12:44 | More by Macca
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MTNboy

Germany

3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always seem to see this one when I am in the Middle East. All in all it is not a bad near beer. It has a good straw yellow color. The carbonation is good. It has bubbles throughout the body with a nice head and lace. The aroma and taste are very pilsner like. Sweet and malty earthy and just a little bit of crisp and clean fruit tones. It is light and refreshing and not bad on a desert night.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 14:38:21 | More by MTNboy
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a short bright white head that left a small wall of lace. A few streams of bubbles rise around the edge of the transparent sunshine colored beer. Spicy hops in the aroma are joined by a sweetness that is more artificial sugar then malt based. This seems to be typical for alcohol free Pils-ish beers. Wow, the body is awesome on this one. Moderately full with an infusion of fine carbonation. A bitter grassyness pervades the flavor, but there is again an underlying sweetness. Some of the sweet flavor comes off as pale malt in the middle of the beer, but towards the finish it becomes increasingly artificial/corny. After a few sips the finish resembles more unfermented malt then anything else (not that this isn't fully fermented, it just tastes like wort). If they could just tone down the sweetness this would pass for a good Pilsner or Helles.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 19:52:28 | More by HappyHourHero
Clausthaler Classic Alkoholfrei from Binding-Brauerei AG
70 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.