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Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
69
poor

88 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 26.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

tjsdomer2, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of jesus808
2/5  rDev -30.3%

jesus808, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of drakkath
3.1/5  rDev +8%
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!

drakkath, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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

dbossman, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
2.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Dave1999, May 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

metter98, May 09, 2012
Photo of Mooseafer
5/5  rDev +74.2%

Mooseafer, May 07, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of LiquidSanity
3.5/5  rDev +22%

LiquidSanity, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -30.3%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ahugenerd
2/5  rDev -30.3%

ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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!

CaptJackHarkness, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

yemenmocha, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2/5  rDev -30.3%
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!

mdfb79, May 24, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +37.6%
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.

woodychandler, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.28/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
1.83/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +46.3%
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!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
1.68/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

cjgator3, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of vishneda
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
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)

vishneda, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  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.

jjanega08, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of jsh420
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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

jsh420, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of bsp77
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

bsp77, Jun 02, 2009
Clausthaler Premium from Binding-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.