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Clausthaler Golden Amber - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
76
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-21-2001)
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weatherdog

Illinois

1.33/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

I'm only drinking this for the tick and for 'research purposes'

It pours a nearly crystal clear amber with a tiny white head that dies pretty quickly, medium lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of sweet grain, like when your homebrewing and are taking your third runnings. It's not rich and velvety in sugar like the first runnings but a bit harsh and grainy with just some of the sugar left.

Now this is where it gets bad. I'm going to stick with the homebrewing theme because it's exactly what I taste. It tastes like a low gravity unhopped unfermented wort. No bitterness, just grain and a light sweetness. It's not even a good graininess like some light lagers can have. It's just terrible. I can actually taste some stale hops too, not the good kind, the kind you scoop out of the boil kettle after sitting a few hours/day because you were too lazy to clean up.

Carbonation is on par with other lagers but it lacks any crispness and just tastes wierd in the mouth.

Overall this is terrible and it's going down the drain as soon as I submit this review. I'm trying to judge this on it's merits of a NA beer but I can't imagine this is a good example. This isn't even close to a decent beer substitute.

If this is the best NA beer out there then I will have to pick up some bad examples.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:26:18 | More by weatherdog
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Irish7r


1.75/5  rDev -46.2%

05-13-2012 20:22:11 | More by Irish7r
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -38.5%

06-23-2013 21:11:40 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Starts out kinda tasty as fizzy malt teas go. Pours amber under a thick head that looks slightly processed. A nice malty taste and, for once, a pleasing snootful of German hops. Then a strange barrage of off flavors and sugars sets in. It's nice that there's an NA beer that tries to make up for its weak malt profile by adding some hops, but this still needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 15:48:27 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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TJBAIHWL

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours golden amber, imagine that. The color is reminiscent of molasses. Very clear, not many bubbles. There's a surprising amount of lacing given the nonexistent head. A sweet, stale vegetable smell with notes of black tea and honey. This 'beer' gives an overall impression of lemony iced tea. There's some tart citrus and a raw malt flavor with notes of cornbread, sugar, and tea leaves. The lively, tingly mouthfeel doesn't really work with the flavor profile here. It feels more like they were aiming for an adjunct lager or pilsner. Overall it's drinkable and somewhat refreshing, though a little messy, I think.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:49:52 | More by TJBAIHWL
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cjgator3

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark amber color with a fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is sweet bready malts and grain. As somebody mentioned in an earlier review, it does have a tea like quality in the aroma as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet bready malt to start out with and a hint of hops in the finish. More flavorful than most other low alcohol beers I've tried. A little on the sweet side but a little touch of hops in the finish to help balance the sweetness out a little bit. The sweetness makes it almost resemble a sweet tea. Could be better, could be worse.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not bad for a non-alcoholic beer. I would rather just drink a beer 99/100 times but I suppose this beer has it's time and place.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 23:52:46 | More by cjgator3
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bashiba

Iowa

2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber orange color with a fluffy off white head and nice lacing.

The smell was mild and bready.

The taste is lightly sweet with a bit of bready malt flavor, no real hop flavor to speak of. The flavor is less offensive than most NA beers, but still very lacking in the depth department.

The mouthfeel is light and watery with a touch of carbonation.

Maybe the best Low/Non Alcohol beer I have had, and still not very good, its a shame than there doesn't seem to be a good alcohol free beer alternative out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:16:28 | More by bashiba
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to MasterSki for this one. Enjoyed while watching the second period of Game 7 between the Canes & the Bruins last night.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before March 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear but slightly hazy body with thick 3 finger white head. Not bad, better than i expected.

Smell: Picking up some corn and grainy cereal but not too much of the famous skunky aroma associated with N.A.'s. Smells lively, not too bad.

Taste: Same grainy aspect with slight bitterness but finishes a little acidic. A bit bland but thankfully no skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: All downhill from here. Good carbonation but has this metallic feel to it. It eases to a clean finish as it warms but still have that feeling lingering in my mouth.

Drinkability: At first, i though i was going to pour it out because of the almost offensive metal taste but it suddenly disappeared. Still, it made it difficult and not entirely pleasant.

Overall: I can appreciate a good N.A. but for me this one didn't do it. That weird metal taste stuck to me even though it did disappear midway through it still left it's trace on me. It upset my stomach a little and i wouldn't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 12:46:04 | More by papat444
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BeerBucks

New York

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

11-10-2013 23:31:56 | More by BeerBucks
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Bruning


2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

07-17-2014 15:13:54 | More by Bruning
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damndirtyape

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (best by 10/20/12) poured into a shaker pint glass. Bottle clearly says Golden amber, but it's green glass, and, the cap says "Premium Extra Herb" And it's 0.5%....hmmmm....mixup of the cap and a change in the beer?

Appearance: Indeed - a orange golden amber clear beer. Initial 1/4" white head died back to a thin skin across the top and a thin ring at the edges. No initial lacing until I started to give it a swirl and then the lacing showed up.

Smell: When cold - skunky hops with some grass and something grainy in the background. With a swirl, more of the same but a strong hit of sulfur as well. It's a strong smelling beer- quite full of aroma but I'm not enjoying it.

Taste: Mostly bitter profile beer. Nothing but bitterness and something astringent when cold - gets much better as it warms up. Metallic + bitter + whole grain flavor up front, a hint of something bready in the middle then some German style earthy hops at the end and a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated - borderline fizzy at times on the palate. Just a hair thicker than water, but it does slate the thirst nicely.

Overall / Drinkability : This is the first time I've ever had a low alcohol beer and I can say that it has a lot more flavor than I expected. Went well with food (pasta with basil + tomato sauce) but I can't see drinking it by itself. With food, pretty good. Without food, interesting, but the smell puts me off a bit. Glad that I could pick up a single and not a whole pack of thet stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:50:07 | More by damndirtyape
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a solid golden color with a decent sized white head that displays moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of skunk, corn, light bits of caramel, slightly bready malty aroma. If it weren't for the skunk this wouldn't smell half bad. Taste is bready and caramel malty with a hint of earth. Again not half bad. Thin body, spirited level of carbonation, bubbly foamy mouthfeel. Lacks any kind of body, tastes okay, if it weren't for the style tick I would have never bought this. Not too bad for an alcohol free I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 22:17:01 | More by johnnnniee
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csmiley

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Color is somewhere between gold and amber, leaning closer to amber. The white head comes to about a half finger and dissipates very quickly. Some active carbonation sticks around keeps a light coating of foam on top. No retention to speak of.

S - Grain and grass are the strongest aromas. Notes of tea show around the middle. There is a light caramel sweetness on the very end. Uneventful. Not bad, but definitely uneventful.

T - There is a decent amount of malt in the flavor. It's very sweet overall. Caramel is out front with a supporting roll taken care of by grain. I know there is some fruit in there but it's too hard to pick out. The flavor drops out at this point. Not much else going on at all.

M - Lighter bodied with some active carbonation that tickles the throat. Finish is sweet (almost cloying) and sticks around for a minute or so.

D - Drinkability is not bad. It's much better than expected actually. The flavor is reminiscent of other European lagers I've had in the distant past. Would I have this again? Not if I can help it. Is it a good non-alcoholic alternative to beer? I would have to say yes. Yes it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 03:25:54 | More by csmiley
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Rayek

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber, with good clarity and mild carbonation. A fizzy white head falls fairly quickly to a thin film that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves bits of lace.

S: A distinct straw aroma is backed by a light toffee and sugar sweetness. A bit of lemon rounds things out.

T: Start out quite sweet. Toffee dominates early before being aided by some dry raw malt. Bitterness is well balanced and has a bit of pepper to it. Things get a bit odd in the finish when a strangely chemical flavor sets in.

M: The light body has about the right amount of fizz.

D: This one of the better low alcohol beers out there. It's the finish that cuts this beer's score. The odd flavor in the end really detracted from the overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 06:27:24 | More by Rayek
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Vicsvapo

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -7.7%

04-16-2012 05:21:21 | More by Vicsvapo
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.7%

05-27-2014 02:07:08 | More by Latarnik
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LuckyJohn

Colorado

3/5  rDev -7.7%

07-18-2014 20:32:02 | More by LuckyJohn
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The #1 low alcohol beer on beeradvocate, finally something cool. Poured into a Troublette glass. Beer is slightly darker / more amber than its brother over there. Carbonation seems lower and the head leaves lacing on the glass. Oh snap, head is white and falls quickly to a monolayer.

Aroma is weak and sweet with a little bit of malt in there.

Beer is heavier than the other one but lighter in flavor with a big aftertaste. The sweetness creeps up on you. There is a grainy aftertaste and almost no midpalate character. I think the Premium is better. This one is harder to drink (for me) and its got more sweetness, which is what I don't like about these beers, they are all too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:13:44 | More by drabmuh
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Justin23060

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden Amber as the name indicates. Small head that quickly diminished and clung only slightly. Smells somewhat light struck because of the green bottle (I've had fresher in the past). Thankfully no skunk taste. Taste is malty without being sweet. Finishes very crisp with no linger. There is a non-sweet honey taste in there that reminds me of wet sweet grass. IMO, NA beers, in a way, are like a batch of chocolate cookies in which one forgot to add one of the ingredients. Every bite, or in this case, sip, reminds me that Clausthaler is solid but lacks whatever flavor the alcohol would have imparted. I'd recommend this medium bodied brew to anybody who needs/wants to avoid the effects of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:54:37 | More by Justin23060
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Onslow

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a rather big head, dies down at a reasonable rate..
Leaves alot of lacing..
Smells the part, smells similar to shiner bock but fuller and maybe abit more copperlike...
Nice biting crispness, very tasty beverage, and not just because its a N/A ... I fooled a couple of people with this, but it sucks once it warms up...

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 14:30:10 | More by Onslow
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, gold in color, low carbonation.

Smell: honey, grass, and sugar

Taste: honey, tea, and grass

Mouthfeel: minimal carbonation, light bodied, crisp, sweet but not as sweet as others in the style.

Drinkability: This one almost tastes like a non sweetened iced tea. I get some beer, but not enough to make me want this again. Nice and dry for a beer in this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 15:18:57 | More by tigg924
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first ever NA Beer! A cellar temperature bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear light copper color, with a small off white head. Lots of rising carbonation. Some light lacing.

Musty and slightly skunky aroma. Lots of malt.

Light, malty flavor. Lots of caramel, but not too sweet. Tastes better and is more enjoyable than a lot of regular strength American lagers.

Incredibly light body and a lot of carbonation. Virtually no coat. It just glides down my throat.

For my first NA beer, this isn't that bad. If I had to drink more of this for whatever reason, I wouldn't be disappointed; it's actually pretty enjoyable to sip this and not worry about having to drive after I finish my glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 19:41:25 | More by ToasterChef
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sman217

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

popped one of these bad boys open one day, just a little curious what it tastes like to be on the na side, and here is what i found.

Placed this beer in the freezer for 15 minutes. pulled it out. so cold if it has "the blue mountains" they would be navy blue! got my handy bottle opener,l and popped the cap. quite a releasal of air! first took a deep whiff, no really strong scent, but if some, a heiniken-like malty, fresh grass like sensation. i also noticed the major head this puppy produced. more than a lot of light beers you would by at the beer cave.
anyway, now for the most important part. took a large heaping drink, and tasted something odd... is that tea, is it fruit, is that hops? kind of odd, different, but i liked it! fulfilling mouth feel, with a silky smooth swallow. there where hints of hops, little over powered by the fruity tea like sensations, that where actually good. i was looking for a beery na beer, this turned out to be a new category of beers for me... tea/malt beer!

usual small citric after taste did come to play, but not bad. dont let me fool you. the tea flavor wasnt that bad, but you will taste something a little fishy, not literally. not fishy, but tea. anyway. i dont know though if this should be the best na beer on the charts... Bucklers is a bit better. tastes like a more skunky heini, with roasted hops. but thats another review..

This has been my review!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 07:27:14 | More by sman217
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HalfFull

California

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber into a pint glass with a half inch of slightly off white head. Offers decent retention and lacing.

Smell is odd, yet typical of a low alcohol beer, just can't quite put my finger on it. Bit of an unfermented malt sense coupled with a slightly syrupy false aroma. Some cereal grains reveal themselves as the head diminishes.

Taste follows the nose but in a less drastic way. Slightly chewy in a sense on the flavor though more so at the top of the mouth versus the back of the tongue. And yet a bit shallow, not a lot of depth here, yet not much expected. Decent feel with an almost cream soda-like finish, albeit without the fizzy carbonation. Fairly drinkable and tastes sweeter than the 75 calories it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 06:19:50 | More by HalfFull
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impossible to find in PA. Asked local beer store to order and they were unable to find. Finallly located it in Delaware. Poured a nice golden color with nice head. Smell is not overally attractive but better than most NA beers. Taste is good for an NA beer, but the unfermented malt taste is still there. OK for an NA beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 00:53:33 | More by tgbljb
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Clausthaler Golden Amber from Binding-Brauerei AG
76 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.