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Clausthaler Premium - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
70
okay

75 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 26.28%


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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marcobrau

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found out last week that my gall bladder has to be removed. It's still going to be a few weeks until my surgery and until then I've decided to avoid full-stength beers and try some non-alcoholic beers. The first is Clausthaler.

When this beer is poured into a glass it certainly looks very appealing. It looks like a true German pilsner with a delicate, rocky head. The similaritites change a bit once I take a sniff of the contents of my glass. The faint trace of hops is blown away by a sort of cereal grain aroma that is reminiscent of fresh unfermented beer. I guess this makes a bit a sense seeing that this beer has so little alcohol. I take the first sip, and suddenly I'm drinking a pretty darn good German pilsner. The malt flavor is crisp and fresh. There's actually a bit of spicy hop flavor and a bitter finish. There is a bit of a slick sweetness, but by far this is the best non-alcoholic beer I've tasted.

(Please note I've rated this beer compared to other non-alcoholic brews.)

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 01:23:26 | More by marcobrau
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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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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clausthaler NA pours a light golden amber from a 12oz green glass bottle.
Head goes well over two fingers and lasts for some time before fading to a white blanket of foam with nice lace around the glass.

Nose is a pleasant damp barley malt with nice sweet notes followed by just a faint whiff of hops.

Drinking from the glass brings the taste of wounderful toasted barley malt with a well balanced bittering of hops. The carbonation levels are just right, not too fizzy like a soda pop or some other NA’s, this ones right on the money.

Clausthaler NA offers lots of toasted malt with a good amount of bitter hops to make this brew a winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 00:01:39 | More by BeerBob
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 23:18:37 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: pale straw yellow, brilliantly clear. A light foamy head with a reasonable staying power. Left a thin but interesting lacing.

Sweet and gingery aroma, with some interesting hops.

Flavour was a little flat, but not bad. Nicely bitter, again a bit gingery. Some malt was apparent but not overwhelming. This actually was a fairly interesting beer. The mouthfeel was decent, and overall it's reasonably drinkable.

Not bad for a near beer. :)

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 17:30:56 | More by Garin
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kbub6f

New York

2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 14:20:28 | More by kbub6f
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Pegasus

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 19:16:28 | More by Pegasus
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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”.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 10:48:52 | More by bditty187
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 12:56:49 | More by Jason
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Clausthaler Premium from Binding-Brauerei AG
70 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.