Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG
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Reviews by Thrasher:
2.5/5 rDev -13.5%
This beer looks the part, but it's ultimately a hollow specter lacking any real substance and unable to provide true satisfaction. The color is a fine, high gold, with a reasonably good head and lace. The aroma contains a trace of green-glass Euroskunk, with some graininess and a pleasant bread-yeast. The caramel sweetness is unhampered by alcohol, so the cake and bread crust flavors are more noticeable than a traditional beer. Hops are tart and quite forceful. There is something off, though, an unpleasant chemical flavor. Like something plastic sat in the beer for a spell. It's a fake taste, which fits 'cause you could say this is a fake beer. Cookie and shortbread flavors struggle to the top and the beer ends up being sweeter than it should be. It's not awful; in fact, if this was the only option it wouldn't be the end of the world. But there must be better NAs out there.
05-08-2005 05:45:42 | More by Thrasher
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3.4/5 rDev +17.6%
My first ever NA beer looks very inviting with a shiny gold luster and a thin, brittle, white head. Aromas are sweet and musty. Here we go, down the hatch. Damn! Not foul at all. I'm impressed. This is extremely light with very thin malt base and a big artificial fruit characer Kind of like someone steeped a red fruit-roll-up in it. That blends suprisingly well with a metallic finish. This is not a great beer, but I'm not spitting it out like I expected to. Its very drinkable, even if that is attributable to its wateriness.
03-10-2006 22:40:03 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.68/5 rDev -7.3%
Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a freshness date on the back label.
Appearance: Eye-catching head, fluffy and white. Clarity is fine with a dusty yellowish straw colour.
Smell: Aroma of unfermented beer and hop oil extract … that is about it.
Taste: Moderate body, touch of smoothness and some slickness on the tongue. Grainy with a sweet grassy flavour, lots of hop oil flavour that seems to be an extract being that the bitterness is plain and the flavour seems processed. Clean after taste with a vagueness of hop and grain.
Notes: There are worse regular beers out there but then why drink this unless you have to. Knock on wood that I will never have to come to that point of drinking NA beer.
11-01-2002 12:56:49 | More by Jason
2.95/5 rDev +2.1%
12 ouncer sampled (my father-in-law left a few bottles on his last visit) Time to give it a try. Pours light golden, witha white decent looking head, even leaves some light well developed lacing. no nose that I could pick up. Light malty brew, medium bodied and easy to quaff. Not much flavor or interest, but at the same time no nasty off flavors present. For what its worth, I'd rather drink this then Bud and its ilk. Probably better for ya as well.
03-08-2005 23:47:59 | More by Billolick
2.03/5 rDev -29.8%
Pours a straw color with a half inch head that dissipates and leaves little to no lacing. Smell is of grains and a slight skunkiness to it, couldn't really find any hop aroma. Taste is real watery with a slight taste of grain and skunkiness, no hops detected. Seems to be a little overcarbonated with virtually no body. I just can't give any higher than a one for drinkability, less than one of these is more than enough.
01-15-2006 21:33:23 | More by badbeer
2.7/5 rDev -6.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.
Appearance: Pale, bright gold with some head and lacing. Nice bubbles.
Smell: Slight sweet bready malts and light noble hops. Smell mostly disappears after a couple minutes.
Taste: Slightly sweet grainy and earthy malts and minor spicy hop bite at the end. Funny aftertaste, and as it warms, the sweet earthiness becomes a little unpleasant, so drink it cold!
Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body but not nearly as thin and watery as I expected. Quite nice feel actually.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and not too bad for my first near beer.
06-02-2009 01:07:04 | More by bsp77
3.55/5 rDev +22.8%
(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a crystal clear straw yellow body with a thick creamy white head that last and last. The carbonation is a strong stream of tiny bubbles.
S- For the first time ever I detect a strong tomato smell in the beer. As I keep breathing in the aroma it starts to smell more and more like pale malt wort with no hops. But I still have tomato stuck in my head. It's not really offensive but then again I like tomatoes.
T- The taste of chewing fresh pale malt from the mill comes through with a very soft noble hops. The really fresh grain comes through very nicely and is still impressive. After the finish there is a strong bitter hop flavor that hangs in the back of the throat but is not really noticed on the taste buds.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but it is more due to the fizz that it taste more full. No alcohol warmth noticed in this one.
D- Once I get past the tomato this has some nice distinct grain flavors with a little hops but it could use more.
02-28-2006 01:52:57 | More by rhoadsrage
3.45/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
11-13-2012 00:31:38 | More by tjsdomer2
1.68/5 rDev -41.9%
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.
03-15-2010 02:17:55 | More by cjgator3
1.75/5 rDev -39.4%
Appearance: It pours a yellow, straw-like color. It's very clear. Carbonation seems active and yields a two finger white head. It wasted no time dissipating and left a light, sticky lacing on the glass. Not bad.
Smell: The nose is below average, but still exceeds my expectations. It's grainy and earthy. It's a little vegetal and features a distinct corn aroma. That aspect doesn't seem very strong though. There's a little citrus lemon sweetness that livens it up. There's not a lot to offer here past that and that's what hurts it most. But, at the end of the day, it's not an overtly bad smelling beverage. Am I allowed to call this beer?
Taste: It was doing okay until now. The wheels came off the wagon here. There's a slight grainy flavor initially, but it disappears quickly. The vegetal-corn flavor is really strong and tastes...well...bad. It overpowers all other flavors and tarnishes whatever it could have been. There's not much else to talk about here. It's void of any citrus sweetness or hop flavor. There's nothing that can redeem it at this point. It's bad.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a very light body. Carbonation is active and very buzzy. The feel leaves a lot to be desired. Drinkability is not good. I'm not sure why anyone would be a repeat visitor here. Well, unless perhaps you're into no alcohol beer.
Clausthaler Premium is not a good beverage. I have a tough time calling it beer. It's more of an impostor. The only real flavor I'm getting out of it is corn. That doesn't work very well. I think this is my first no-alcohol beer ever. I may never have another after this experience.
03-22-2009 23:13:27 | More by prototypic
3.5/5 rDev +21.1%
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
06-05-2012 03:16:49 | More by dbossman
3.38/5 rDev +17%
Brilliant golden hue, smallish white head with poor retention. No lace. The nose was hampered greatly because this sample seems to be lightstruck. But, hey, if they sell them in green bottles what can you expect? Oily, some hops are present on the palate, leafy grassy, some malt. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Medium-light body. The lack of alcohol doesnt seem to be bothersome. Clausthaler Premium is a good brew; recommend for anyone who needs to drink near beer.
01-10-2003 10:48:52 | More by bditty187
4.45/5 rDev +54%
I found out last week that my gall bladder has to be removed. It's still going to be a few weeks until my surgery and until then I've decided to avoid full-stength beers and try some non-alcoholic beers. The first is Clausthaler.
When this beer is poured into a glass it certainly looks very appealing. It looks like a true German pilsner with a delicate, rocky head. The similaritites change a bit once I take a sniff of the contents of my glass. The faint trace of hops is blown away by a sort of cereal grain aroma that is reminiscent of fresh unfermented beer. I guess this makes a bit a sense seeing that this beer has so little alcohol. I take the first sip, and suddenly I'm drinking a pretty darn good German pilsner. The malt flavor is crisp and fresh. There's actually a bit of spicy hop flavor and a bitter finish. There is a bit of a slick sweetness, but by far this is the best non-alcoholic beer I've tasted.
(Please note I've rated this beer compared to other non-alcoholic brews.)
04-16-2004 01:23:26 | More by marcobrau
3.13/5 rDev +8.3%
12 ounce bottle, best by end of 09/08. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing is average. It smells like sweet malt and dough/bread. No hops that I can notice. The aroma is sweet, and non-offensive. No "off" or skunky aromas. The taste is the same as the aroma, bready and sweet. A little bit too sweet for my taste. With that being said, it doesn't taste bad, I've certainly drank worse beers (yeah, I know this is non-alcoholic). Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but crisp. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. If I was somewhere that only had NA beers, I'd drink it again. For the style I think it's decent.
06-14-2008 23:52:47 | More by bluejacket74
2.78/5 rDev -3.8%
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
06-07-2009 23:55:14 | More by jsh420
3.55/5 rDev +22.8%
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!
01-10-2013 08:07:31 | More by Spikester
2.08/5 rDev -28%
Appearance - Light gold. Very clear and bubbly. Thick white, sudsy head with decent retention. Looks appetizing.
Smell - Light chemical maltiness. Similar to a macro.
Taste - Light macro sweetness. Finish is more sour than bitter. Kinda yucky aftertaste. Not a good tasting product.
Mouthfeel - Thin, very watery. Crisp.
Drinkability - Wouldn't drink it if something else was available.
05-11-2008 23:10:21 | More by scaliasux
3.28/5 rDev +13.5%
Looks: pale straw yellow, brilliantly clear. A light foamy head with a reasonable staying power. Left a thin but interesting lacing.
Sweet and gingery aroma, with some interesting hops.
Flavour was a little flat, but not bad. Nicely bitter, again a bit gingery. Some malt was apparent but not overwhelming. This actually was a fairly interesting beer. The mouthfeel was decent, and overall it's reasonably drinkable.
Not bad for a near beer. :)
05-10-2003 17:30:56 | More by Garin
3.35/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
05-09-2012 01:02:36 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev +21.1%
well this should remind me of checking what im buying, not just grabbing something new for the sake of it. does explain the low low price.
same label as the pic, just a brown bottle. best before 04/07.
generic fizzy yellow beer, with medium high carbonation. white smallish head. leaves some light lacing.
aroma is surprising. definite hoppiness there. has the euro pale lager aroma down pat. well at least a better than average version of it. tends toward sweeter malt as it warms. also keep getting some breakfast cereal in the background. maybe just that im a cereal junkie, but its there for me anyway.
taste is light and crisp at first. probably just the higher carbonation helping keep it lively but its not bad. light bitterness, but certainly not too sweet.
easy to drink quickly, which i think is best, at .5%abv. i know we dont want to judge beer when its too cold, but here i think its more appropriate. the sharp crisp character is this beers strong suit, and it loses it quickly as it warms.
03-25-2006 05:40:56 | More by joecast
Clausthaler Premium from Binding-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.