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Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
69
poor

87 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 87
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 bditty187
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%

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 doesn’t seem to be bothersome. Clausthaler Premium is a good brew; recommend for anyone who needs to drink “near beer”.

bditty187, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%

Clear medium golden color with a fairly large snow-white head, slight carbonation and decent lace. Aroma of unfermented wort (a strong caramel and toffee note) and some hops. Taste begins with substantial and slightly malt flavor, followed by generous amounts of hops. The hops nicely balance out the excessive sweetness of the malt, giving this beer a crisp and clean finish. The mouth feel is quite respectable, even for a conventional beer. This is among the very best of the several NA beers that I have tried.

Pegasus, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of jsh420
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%

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 07, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Pale straw color with a soapy white head and marginal carbonation. Good clarity and decent head retention.

S: Smells like a very week Euro Lager. Faint maltiness and that's about it.

T: Surprisingly beer-like for an NA beer. Dry malt up front followed by a fair amount of bitterness relative toit. Clean and crisp. Overall, this is a mild flavored beer that doesn't offend.

M: Super-light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: Good for what it is. Not something I would buy personally, but a good take on the style.

Rayek, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of thufflife
1/5  rDev -65.2%

thufflife, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of yemenmocha
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%

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 bsp77
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%

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
Photo of BAsbill
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

BAsbill, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Frozensoul327
1.93/5  rDev -32.8%

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.

Frozensoul327, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

patre_tim, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of tmoneyba
3.1/5  rDev +8%

Bottle from Trader Joe's.

Poured light pale color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Light sweet grainy aroma.

Light to medium body with soft carbonation.

Medium sweet syrupy flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration.

Good for a low alcohol beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev +32.4%

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 26, 2009
Photo of JTomczak
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

JTomczak, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev +32.1%

(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

Bouleboubier, May 24, 2014
Photo of phishbone23
1.25/5  rDev -56.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of mschofield
2.35/5  rDev -18.1%

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

mschofield, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%

This is by far the best NA beer I've had. But to re-visit the point: why bother? It pours well with a nice golden color. Tastes hoppy and is on the sweet side. A very smooth beer. Nice beer to have while on the porch and chatting. Good move if you are the designated driver. Other than that, leave it alone.

mattcrill, May 12, 2004
Photo of Spikester
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%

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!

Spikester, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev +22%

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 tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%

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 kbub6f
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A nice, clumpy white head with sticky lacing. A slightly amber gold beer.

The nose is skunky with some corn. I actually don't mind a little skunking in an NA. The front is dusty, the middle corny, the finish slightly sour. This is an ok NA, but I like their amber quite a bit more.

kbub6f, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of leitmotif
3/5  rDev +4.5%

leitmotif, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of joecast
3.5/5  rDev +22%

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.

joecast, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of Andreji
2.28/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

Andreji, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 15, 2011
Clausthaler Premium from Binding-Brauerei AG
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