Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG
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3.28/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
03-26-2003 19:16:28 | More by Pegasus
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
3.13/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
11-19-2008 18:58:08 | More by Rayek
2.53/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
08-21-2011 03:06:49 | More by yemenmocha
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
1.93/5 rDev -33.2%
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.
02-27-2006 00:35:04 | More by Frozensoul327
3.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-25-2009 17:29:10 | More by tmoneyba
3.8/5 rDev +31.5%
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.
06-26-2009 23:16:44 | More by jjanega08
3.79/5 rDev +31.1%
(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
05-24-2014 08:19:16 | More by Bouleboubier
2.35/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
11-03-2004 00:33:58 | More by mschofield
3.23/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
05-12-2004 02:56:47 | More by mattcrill
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
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
3.45/5 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
2.7/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
04-21-2003 14:20:28 | More by kbub6f
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
2.28/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
04-14-2004 16:13:39 | More by Andreji
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
Clausthaler Premium from Binding-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.