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Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
70
okay

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.45% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-01-2002)
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phishbone23

New York

1.25/5  rDev -57.3%

01-23-2013 19:01:44 | More by phishbone23
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cbn

Florida

1.35/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Beer pours clear and gold with a bright white head, maintains a thin head and leaves sparse lace.

Sweet and and damp like wet paste and wall-paper with an overriding honey smell.

All of the above flavors with an annoying metallic bite.

Slightly heavier than other low alcohol beers I have tried(2). Starts fairly thin, leaves lasting mucilage effect.

Bad choice if your looking for alternative refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:16:49 | More by cbn
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cjgator3

Florida

1.68/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 02:17:55 | More by cjgator3
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prototypic

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:13:27 | More by prototypic
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Halcyondays

California

1.83/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:36:08 | More by Halcyondays
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

1.85/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Easter with the fam = leftover NA beer.

Clear straw color with a thin white head. Decent lace for a NA.

Smells like apple juice and carmelized cane sugar.

Crisp with a honey and swampy barley ick. Despite being low alcohol, it tastes like something that would cause me to be seriously hungover. Bleh. Aftertaste of right before one throws up and is looking at the ground and spits--that's the aftertaste exactly. Mouthfeel is pleasantly crisp albiet a bit sugary.

Not a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 13:10:31 | More by donkeyrunner
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

1.93/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My first official NA beer review. Pours out to a medium golden color with a foamy white head. Wads of lacing inside the glass. Aromas are weak, some grain was noted, but that was the extent of it. Taste was unappealing; I could not finish this. Flavors of chemical corn, sour, watery malt and an almost salty note did not sit well. Mouthfeel was slighly bubbly, and reminded me of Alka Seltzer. Not a drinking mans brew. Pass. Now if you'll excuse me, i'm gonna get a real beer.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji and Peaches really dug this one. Good. I hate to see beer wasted, as I was gonna just pour it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 00:35:04 | More by Frozensoul327
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GClarkage

California

1.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

01/14/06- Snagged from the fridge at relatives house we were staying at.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no freshness info. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Straw colored yellow liquid. Small 1/4 inch head that soon evaporates. No lacing at all.

Smell- Pretty bad scent of a mixture of canned creamed corn and spagetti-o's. Not a pretty picture.

Taste- Doesn't taste a whole lot better than the scent. A sweet corn sryup malt sweetness with a slight hop twang. That's about it.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, can't get past that canned corn taste though.

Drinkability- I used to think this was some pretty damn good n/a beer when I was 18 or so. Used to even think it competed with regular beer. Guess I was a touch mistaken. Not very good at all in any capacity. Drink some oj or something else good for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 23:14:05 | More by GClarkage
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ahugenerd

Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -31.7%

12-16-2011 19:57:14 | More by ahugenerd
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acurtis

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -31.7%

01-22-2012 00:47:36 | More by acurtis
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jesus808

California

2/5  rDev -31.7%

11-09-2012 17:41:53 | More by jesus808
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mdfb79

New York

2/5  rDev -31.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:33:54 | More by mdfb79
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badbeer

Iowa

2.03/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 21:33:23 | More by badbeer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have never had a low alcohol beer. So, as I prepare to drink and review my first one, the option of reviewing it *as* a low alcohol beer (in other words, in comparison with others of the style) isn't an option. Reviewing it as beer doesn't seem fair either. Therefore, I have decided to review two such offerings in a comparison tasting. By reviewing the current #3 (this one) side-by-side with the current #21 (Warsteiner Premium Fresh), I hope to find out what makes a beer of this style good, or at least palatable. Enough introductory nonsense, on with the show...

Lucent golden amber that appears darker than most light beers and is several shades darker than its competitor. The head is a fine thing indeed; eggshell in color with plenty of stickiness and a characterful texture that would make beer of any style proud. There's quite a bit of chunky lace on the glass that looks as if it won't be washed away easily. This one has nothing to be ashamed about so far.

Clausthaler Premium has the clear advantage when it comes to the nose. There's a pleasant, bright, fresh grain, citrusy aroma emanating from the glass that trounces anything currently being brewed by the Big 3 and most Euro pale lagers. This really is high-quality stuff, alcohol or not.

Taste is where these two really suffer. This one looks and smells good, but that's where the party ends. Maybe alcohol really does make an important (critical it seems) contribution to the flavor of any given beer. It's hard to put into words, but it tastes fake, as if the brewers tried to pass it off as beer without using any of the usual ingredients. There's very little grain flavor and the bright, slightly citric, character of the aroma is long gone.

The finish is a little vegetal and lingers longer than I would like. The body is light beer light and the mouthfeel matches the flavor in being overly flat. Clausthaler Premium needs something badly and that something is alcohol. But then it would cease being what it is and what's the point in that? Well...

If this is the #3 low alcohol beer on the planet then this is a style that has a looong way to go. I wouldn't think it would be that hard to brew a decent beer with low or no alcohol, but then my brewing knowledge would fit comfortably on the head of a pin. Edge to Clausthaler Premium, for whatever that's worth.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 13:13:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.08/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:10:21 | More by scaliasux
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pentathlete

Virginia

2.13/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pretty enough with a clear golden color and a small white head. Not much bubbling action and the foam falls to a ring. Smell is sweet barley soup, grains predominant with that euro lager hop odor. Not inviting at all. The taste is cloying, wet, like a skunky Heineken. Mouthfeel is thin, watery, with a finish that is unpleasant, probably from the unfermented malts. Not really drinkable, but this could be because I don't care for this style when it has alcohol, let alone the NA version.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 22:26:54 | More by pentathlete
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Lane_in_ID

Idaho

2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

02-16-2014 04:38:14 | More by Lane_in_ID
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Andreji

Colombia

2.28/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I would really like to know if non alcoholic lagers should be rated in its own special category. When drinking, say, buckler, one could say 'no', as it may even be competitive in the market. But, c'mon, clausthaler must be one of the worst na's ever conceived, not only because of its ridiculous sour-bitter taste that leaves you confused at the end, but perhaps because of its awful soda-like excessive carbonation. You judge.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 16:13:39 | More by Andreji
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.28/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 21:17:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When judged with style strictly in mind this beer does a good job of filling the role of the average macro lager. In terms of many of the other beers I and others enjoy, however, this will simply not fill one's dessire for beer.

Poured from a 12oz. green bottle into a pint glass yeilding a frothy, snow-white head about one finger thick. The head sat atop a slightly straw colored pale yellow beer typical of macro fame. Not as translucent as some macro's with decent coloration and streaming bubbles of carbonation. Bits and peices of lace clung to the glass, but no appreciable rings. In short, out of the NA's this beer plays the part of real beer well based on appearance.

Smell is very grainy and bland. Lable indicated only water, malt, hops and yeast used in the brew, but its smells of other adjucts and grains.

Taste is thin and slightly watery. Stale malt and an overload of flavourless grain bombard the palate. Zero hop character detected, zero bitterness detected. Slight malt but it is masked by carbonation and is rather thin.

Very thin on the palate with club soda like carbonation.

Its drinkable in that if one cannot have alcohol for whatever reason this probably comes the closest to a BMC beer. For that crowd, this would satify the palate. However, after being exposed to so many other good beer, this is a limp, water, soda-like drink. Good for the style, not good for beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 01:44:18 | More by Sycodrummer
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear medium gold, topped with a two finger puffy white head, leaves bits of lacing.
Sulfur aroma, thanks to the green bottle, lemon and grain, apart from the sulfur it's very subtle.
Grain, lemon zest and sulfur in the taste, a good amount of lemon.
Light bodied

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 00:33:58 | More by mschofield
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Thrasher

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 05:45:42 | More by Thrasher
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jheezee

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

09-09-2013 20:40:56 | More by jheezee
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Florya

Norway

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

06-30-2014 17:55:36 | More by Florya
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Pug

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

05-28-2014 11:32:09 | More by Pug
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Clausthaler Premium from Binding-Brauerei AG
70 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.