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Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG

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88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 26.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 acurtis
2/5  rDev -30.3%

acurtis, Jan 22, 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 BuckeyeNation
2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 16, 2005
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 Jason
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Jason, Nov 01, 2002
Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
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 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 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 GClarkage
1.98/5  rDev -31%
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.

GClarkage, Jan 14, 2006
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 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 Billolick
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bluejacket74, Jun 15, 2008
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 RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light yellow-ish gold with a full creamy pillowy white head, nice carbonation, and decent lace. Spicy malt and spicy pine hop aroma and flavor. Much different profile and much more robust than the American macro versions of N/A beers. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a spicy dry finish.

Reminds me of Beck's a bit ... very nice for an N/A and by far my favorite one. You'd almost swear you were drinking a true German Pilsner. Had to give this one props for drinkability.

Per label: "Water, barley malt, hops, yeast".
92 cal., 18.8g carb., 1.4 g prot., 0 fat.

Best Before (end of): 01/07
Tasted: 01/08/06

($6.08 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.71/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

mynie, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of hopdog
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My brother brought these over for tonights B-B-Q.

Poured a light golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grass - reminded me a little of a Pilsner. Tastes of light hops mixed in with a light malty sweetness. As far as the Low Alcohol beers I've had, this one was just as drinkable (if not more) as any of them.

Notes from: 7/3/05

hopdog, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually drink Beck's NA as my NA beer of choice but this is a much better attempt to recreate a german Pils. Good hop nose and a decent full midbody help you beleive that this is regular beer. I will buy this again when the need arises to have no alcohol but still want beer taste.

canucklehead, Jul 02, 2005
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 prototypic
1.75/5  rDev -39%
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.

prototypic, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a golden straw color. The head was white, but fell quickly.

The aroma when first poured was a little skunky due to the green glass. That aroma faded into saaz hops and a malty aroma.

The flavor was crisp and malty with a slight sweetness. There is a substantial bitterness is the flavor, but it doesn't seem natural, more of an additive. Also in the back of the flavor is a slight sour note.

The finish was dry and just bitter. The body was medium light.

Talk about a light beer...25 calories. Oddly enough I found it pretty refreshing and probably would keep a sixer around to consume on hot days when you really don't want a ton of alcohol but you want something refreshing.

12 ounce green bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

jheezee, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
1.85/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

donkeyrunner, Apr 26, 2009
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Clausthaler Premium from Binding-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.