Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 25.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.45% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-01-2002

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Time for a "premium" N/A Beer.

Appearance : Pours a massive fake-looking head about three fingers tall, looking like river foam at this point. It eventually recedes and leaves an appreciable amount of lacing on the walls of the pilsner glass. A small ring of head is left floating on top. The body is golden to almost light-amber colored. 80% transparent.

Aroma : Practically a dead ringer for Corona. It has a strong corn and straw grass presence, and spicy hop trailing behind. It's also loaded with cleanly cooked and strained vegetables. This is a serious Mexican beer on the nose. No joke. Even though it's from Germany...how weird.

Taste : Crisp. Miles better than Kaliber, but that's not saying much at all. That nasty trademark rotten garbage hop mixed with thrown out vegetables comes in and destroys whatever crispness there was. The whole palate is just dirty. Corn, hulls of sugar snap peas, bitter plant and green leaf plucked from the tree...carrots dug from the garden with the dirt still on them.

It's a mouthful of garbage and that's about it. Even with all of this its better than Kaliber.

Feel : At this point I don't really care. It's crisp, slightly creamy, and clean FEELING (not tasting).

Overall : Pass. Give me an O'Doul's for an NA beer.

Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Carrefour Camas. Shared with my wife while launching rice with meat. Passable for a low alcohol beer, but doesnt deserve the fame of being the best low alcohol beer of 2013 that ts label brags about

Photo of gshak
2.69/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

More toasty than I preferred. No hops to speak of. Except for those two aspects, I think this was a pretty good thirst-quencher that hit the spot on a sunny afternoon.
If they could reduce the toastiness and add a bit of floral dry hopping...oh this would be a great NA beer of choice.

Photo of Auraan
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Poured a clear golden body with two fingers of fluffy white head. The best part of the beer. Scents of skunk, apple juice and a bit of spicy Noble hops, honey and Pilsner malt. Overall impression is of a typical Euro Pale Lager aroma that is a bit lacking in complexity and brought down a touch by the skunk. Pleasant, but simple. Flavor begins with flavors of grainy malt, sweet Pilsner malt and honey. This moves into a skunky flavor of grain, grain husk, a bit of bitter, hop extract flavors, a chemical off-flavor, and a touch of honey. Finish is medium-dry with notes of grain, a chemical off-flavor, grainy husk and hop extract with medium bitterness. Aftertaste is grain, hop extract and a touch of honey. Overall impression is of a very grainy lager with a touch of hops and an off flavor that drags the entire thing down. It is not pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall impression is of a nice lager, the best part of the beer. Overall it is a pretty bad lager. The aroma is okay, but the flavor is terrible and the mouthfeel is standard. Not worth having, honestly if you want a low ABV beer drink a Lindeman's.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(best by 04/20/2015 - poured into a fluted pilsner glass)

A: rocky, broken-silky, white foam atop a very pale, gold-tinged canary yellow... clear liquid... actually, decent number of messy lace rings

S: quite nakedly grainy, day old dinner rolls, dune grass... seems apparent something's missing (esters, medicinal-ity) - malt foundation comes to the fore, has more of a basic husky, wort smell - smells pre-fermented

T: interesting... little sweetness, if any - actually, it's keep mostly in check by a fairly assertive portion of dry, green-grassy bitterness... perhaps a nuance of toasted white bread... actually, a substantial flavor of pilsner malt kernels, a quality reminiscent of a pale malta beverage... aftertaste of spicy hay and multigrain cracker, no residual sweetness

M: somewhat smooth with light-moderate malty roundness... finishes somewhat clean and pretty dry - does feel like some residual sugars are left over, trailing down the palate

O: I kept drinking it till the end... reminded me too much of Malta Goya when all was said and done - and I love that shit!... sort of beer-like flavors going on, but you can tell something's up with it... all-in-all, I'd recommend this, but with the caveat that it tastes like a beer-flavored soft drink

Photo of mynie
3.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours and smells like a premium Euro lager--think along the lines of a fresh Carlsberg. Not quite as saazy as, say, Urquell, but still more going on than what you'd get from Heineken or Stella.

Tastes like a good Euro lager up front. Weedy malt, bitterdry hops, a pleasant kick of skunk. The back end drops off considerably--not much by way of yeast, understandably. But then a nice weedy and skunky aftertaste lingers for a while.

I don't know what so many people have against NA beer. There's plenty of times when I'd love to drink something beer-like but because of personal or professional obligations I can't work up a buzz. This is is very tasty. If drinking it didn't make me look like a recovering alcoholic, I'd have it way more often.

Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a small white head. Spotty Lacing.
Smell is light herbal and floral hops.
Taste is sweet bready malt and bitter euro hops. Quite full flavored in the world of N/A beer.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated and full bodied.
Overall one of the best of this type.
From a green bottle with a best by date of 102013. Long shelf life!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Heavy white foam and lacing on the glass. Straw yellow with a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, wet hay. A bit like a skunky Euro lager of pilsener.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet caramel with a generic hop bitterness. I did not expect this much flavor. Mouthfeel is also crisp in the head and smooth in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: This is easily the best NA beer I've ever had. Granted, that is not saying much at all, but this is genuinely a pretty good beer.

Photo of drakkath
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased at Malloy's Finest Wines and Spirits in Chicago. Poured into my 32oz mug

a: pale yellowish collor, direct pour revealed a 1/2" head that didn't last long with some small lacing.

s: skunky, adjuncts, malt and some faint hops

t: bready malt, corn, some hop bitterness on the finish

m: crisp, light-medium body, bubbly carbonation and bite

o: wow. This beer isn't available where I live in Alabama -- found this gem on a business trip in Chicago. There is alot more complex flavor here than I've had in a NA beer, and could kick some macro lagers in their ass.

I am reviewing this on the NA curve, as I would with any other beer that's not my "style". This is king of the NA beers!

Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am rating this to style, which I'm not exactly sure everyone who rates this has done, but here we go:

A: Bubbly, pale straw-yellow with a large foamy head; decent retention and lacing

S: There's a certain level of skunk but also grass, grains, lemon, tea--sweet lemon tea; most importantly this actually smells like a beer which is saying a lot for most of the N/A beers I have tried

T: Crisp European lager up front with faint citrus and some bready and grassy grains; it all fades rather quickly but I'm not picking up on the skunkiness from the aromas

F: A bit thin, which is to be expected but there is enough residual beer left in the mouth to make this work

O: This is what a N/A beer should be; it tastes like beer; it's well made, and it's refreshing; this is the beer I will "pound" when I want to "pound" beer

Photo of Dave1999
2.89/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just got my wisdom teeth out so im off the beer for a few days but wanted something for watching the champions league final.

This poured a transparent straw colour with a head which quickly died down to nothing.

The smell is sweet and malty with just the suggestion of hops.

The taste is sweeter than regular beer,with a kind of bready taste.

The mouth feel is very light with medium carbonation.

Overall not too bad considering its non alcoholic. If it wasn't so sweet it would be fairly decent.

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface along with some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some flavors of bready malts. There are some hints of malty sweetness and a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite good and drinkable for being non-alcoholic and shares a lot of similarities with a German Pilsener, except that it has less bitterness and no dryness.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.26/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head which dissipates quickly leaving a very thin layer of bubbles across the surface. This beer exhibits significant amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma is slightly skunky with some grains and honey sweetness present as well.

T: Flavors are cereal grains and honey sweetness, could probably use just a touch of bitterness for balance but really a big and enjoyable flavor.

M: Light bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is definitely the best tasting low alcohol beer that I have ever experienced, if this was a blind taste test I'm sure I would not be able to tell this was essentially alcohol free. I really enjoyed the flavor.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is green, so I was expecting the accursed skunk. Big surprise, it didn't seem lightstruck!

Pours a tad deeper yellow than most Non-Alchohol brews. Decent, but short lived head, a little lacing. It does have a hint of hops in the nose, and the taste is more "beery". That is; a touch of pale malt is noticible. This is overall not that bad, a good choice for those times you can not drink the real deal!

Photo of yemenmocha
2.52/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle, so expecting skunk. Pale golden color. Nose is ferocious skunk. Maybe a mushroom juice component in there. Skunk. Cereal grain on palate, malt, sweet. Light hops. Light body. Goes down easy, so long as you can tolerate the skunk. Better than a normal ABV American adjunct lager though.

Photo of mdfb79
1.99/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blind Beer #7 from Kyle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Dogfish Head tulip. Can see the bottle is green and can already smell it as I popped the cap....ut oh.

a - Pours a somewhat clear golden color with less than an inch of very white head and moderate carbonation evident. Kind of looks like a BMC light beer...please don't be a kill shot.

s - Bleh. Pretty sure this is a kill shot. Smells like a BMC light beer that sat in a trunk at 90 degrees for a few weeks; skunk city. Some wheat and grain, but that skunky, sourness that is very unappealing.

t - Tastes of grain, wheat, vegetables, sour bready, and that skunkiness from the nose. Slightly better than the nose, but still pretty bad.

m - Thin watery body and moderate carbonation. Very light.

o Overall this is not a good beer at all, and must have been a kill shot. Smell is sour/skunked beer and the taste isn't much better. My guess is some sort of light BMC like beer.

And the beer is...Clausthaler Premium. Appears to be some sort of German non-alcoholic beer. Good news is that if this is the other kill shot than there are none left!

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am going to be drinking a number of N-A and low-alcohol beers today since I really tore myself up last weekend and I want to balance things out. I will try to be as objective as possible.

From the bottle: "A non-alcoholic malt beverage made the way malt beverages have been made in Germany for centuries. Genuine, pure and natural. Clausthaler is brewed according to the law that's as unique as this beverage. The purest ingredients must be used - water, barley malt, hops, yeast - nothing else. Clausthaler, pure and clean with German taste."

My pour resulted in a finger of rocky bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong presence of Saaz and some underlying malt. Mouthfeel was medium with a good balancing of hops and malt on the tongue. Finish was really hoppy, surprisingly so. It started out a little watery, but I think that if I either closed my eyes or had it presented to me blindly, I would not think that I were drinking an N.A. beer. This is mighty impressive and I would recommend it to anyone that is after a tasty N.A. beer. Yes, such people do exist.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.29/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia. Best Before: 01.20.12.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden body with a small-sized, fizzly, white head.

Smell: Mainly husky, gnarled barley with a handful of loose change and hint of dehydrated herbs.

Taste: Light malt inclusion with a noted amount of sourish, husky graininess throughout, even growing a bit as it warms. Slight sweetness. Faintly herbal hops and imparted bitterness. A tad metallic. A sip of coins and water-soaked chaff on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Minus the whole no-alcohol thing, it's not worse than a lot of icky, ill-conceived lagers running loose out there.

Photo of drabmuh
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doing a low class bad beer Thursday side-by-side with the two Clausthaler beers, the Premium and the Golden amber. Beer is yellow and clear with a thin white head of small and medium bubbles and moderate carbonation. Looks like a pilsner.

Aroma is slightly sulfury and mildly sweet. I hope its not skunky.

Hmmm....kind of tastes like beer. This is probably the best NA beer I've ever had. Its medium to light in body, got some nice graininess in there and finishes cleanly. There is a mild sulfurish taste to it, but its no worse than a mediocre pilsner that was stored incorrectly. I don't think I'll have it again unless I need a liver transplant but its good to know this beer exists. It's the first example I've drank more than 2 ounces of before pouring it out.

Photo of Halcyondays
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours goldenrod with a mild soapy head, spots of lace, pallid.

S: Light grainy smell, light hops, bit of Euro skunk, smells like a Heineken.

T: The malt flavour is really nowhere to be found, and the somewhat skunky, astringent and vegetal finish make it a hard beer to drink, not very tasty.

M: Medium-bodied in style, frothy, fairly smooth. The best part of the beer by far.

D: I don't expect much from a low alcohol beer, but this was pretty pitiful. If you're buying near beer there plenty of better options.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear bright yellow with a very tall white head that had good retention and left a few spots of lacing.
S - classic German lager aroma, sweet malts and Euro-hops.
T - taste is light, crisp and refreshing and that of a good German brew.
F - lighter bodied with a zesty feel.
D - extremely drinkable for a refreshing beer drinking experience without a big buzz...
and it's low in calories to boot!

Photo of cjgator3
1.71/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is sweet grain, corn and a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is grainy malt and corn with a sweetness in the middle and a crisp finish with a touch of hops. My problem with non-alcoholic beers is that most of them taste sweet like they are almost artificially sugared. This one is no exception. Not great in the taste department.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a huge fan of this one. Buckler is still probably the "best" non-alcoholic beer I've tried so far.

Photo of vishneda
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date of October 2009.

I actually do like a good near-beer when the occasion is right. I grabbed a six of this after reading some positive reviews. Overall I was disappointed in this offering, however.

The beer has a very weak look to it. Not to say that this is a class of knockout gorgeous beers -- its just that this thing does very little to hide its emptiness. After pouring this one in the glass I drank the rest from the bottle. The aroma was relatively uninspired. There wasn't much to describe other than a light malty scent.

The flavor comes off as somewhat sour to me, but overall relatively pale. It came across to me like the best parts of the flavor were left out. I've had other NAs that were not this way. The feel of this beer is predictably light but expected. It's drinkable like seltzer water.

(Review from tasting notes dated 03 Jun 2009)

Photo of jjanega08
3.72/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a bright yellow color with a two inch head that has a little retention due to the bubbles rising up to replenish it and some spotty lacing can be seen.
S= grains mostly with a weird medicinal sort or chalkyt smell. I'm really not sure how to describe it. Maybe a little mothbally.
T= grains and water mostly. Sweet wort taste like unfermented beer which is what this is I suppose. A slight hop bite brushes the back of my tongue.
M= light and refreshing.
D= well its a nonalcoholic beer. I suppose it doesn't get much more drinkable.

Photo of jsh420
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours clear golden yellow with a 2 finger head that left some lacing

smells like a beer mostly cereal grains tiny bit of hops

taste is all grains with a bad aftertaste that i cant put my finger on

mouthfeel is ok - has decent carbonation and was nice and light

drinkability is so so just like the taste - if you really need that somewhat beer flavor without the alcohol its ok but i would rather drink something i enjoy diet dew

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