Clausthaler Golden Amber - Binding-Brauerei AG

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76
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 67
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-21-2001

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Photo of weatherdog
1.39/5  rDev -57.4%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Every1sgrudge
1.94/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Smells better than it tastes. The smell will fool you into thinking you will enjoy a beer-like beverage that contains little to no alcohol, except at first taste you will realize this is the most utterly disgusting beer you've ever had the displeasure of putting in your mouth. If this is the best non-alcoholic beer on the market I'd hate to see the worst. While the smell deceives you into thinking you have some kind of light German beer on hand, your smile quickly fades away when you taste the chemical, medicinal, malty, yeasty flavor this beer is full of.

For reformed alcoholics the selection is abysmal, and this was a waste of $8. I'd hate to see what some of these people are drinking that this deserves these high scores. (740 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.46/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of TJBAIHWL
2.56/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
2.72/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of papat444
2.76/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,168 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of Rayek
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of csmiley
3/5  rDev -8%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of sman217
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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!!! (1,414 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.13/5  rDev -4%
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... (335 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  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. (736 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a brownish amber. The fine white head is quite beer-like and reduces to a thin white film.

The smell is corn syrup with some malt. The front is paper, giving way to a malty middle. Slight bitterness can be detected in the finish. I've tried a lot of NAs and this is one of my favorite. (300 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought some of these on a whim because they were on-sale - gotta knock of the low ABV style. Served in a pilsener glass. Best before March, 2010.

A - Three fingers of light blonde foam with solid retention and gorgeous lacing. Transparent dark golden orange color with bubbles coating the lower portion of the glass that slowly detach and rise upwards. While it looks a touch overcarbonated it's otherwise pretty attractive.

S - There's a faint metallic whiff along with a potent malt smell that reminds me of Caribbean malt beverages. It's not so convincing as far as smelling like beer, but it's a lot better than many malt liquors and adjunct lagers that I've smelt.

T - Mild malty bock type flavor with a load of caramel, and a slight hop bite. Better tasting than a lot of light beers I've had, and definitely more convincing than the smell.

M - Thin, refreshing, nice lively carbonation. Not very interesting, but not offensive either.

D - You know - this is a pretty solid beverage. I might be more inclined to have one of these instead of a soda. If I was the DD I wouldn't be totally embarrassed to drink this at a party. The carbonation gets a little bloaty but otherwise it's pretty easy to drink. (1,213 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glowing amber hue with a thinning white head of foam and has nice stringy lace patches that hold well. Smell is light and caramelly sweet of malts. Taste is a bit more of the same with a sweet sensible caramel tone at first, carbonation is light and holds through to a floral fresh hop finish, not bad for a lighter beer. Feel is medium body to lighter feel with an airy dry finish. Played out a bit. I wasn't sure what to think of it due to it being NA, which is actually a surprising quality, cuz it really tasted like albiet weaker, lager styled beer. (554 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear light golden amber with a fluffy white head that lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty like sweet first runnings of wort not yet fermented. Some caramel aromas were also present.

The flavor was lightly bitter with a slight caramel flavor that is not well balanced and presented.

The finish was caramel with lingering slight bitterness. The body was light and watery.

12 ounce bottle. (433 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of bready malts and grassy hops along with some hints of tea leaves.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the flavors of tea are much stronger and particularly stand out in the finish, which also has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze, although I'm not sure if I would have it again because of the unusual tea flavor. (724 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1039th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
11.2 oz

Purchased at Trader Joes Chino Hills for $1.09

App- Much more copper in color vs. an amber color really. Takes a nice pour to get a nice one finger head that faded quite quickly and left on a couple very thin lines of cling.

Smell- When I first opened this I got some pretty interesting flavors. English muffin and some damp grainular malts with what I would say is that euro lager skunk. Pretty abrasive on the nose.

Taste- The taste was better than the nose. Slightly more sweet and bready. It has a pretty tasty flavor actually. A lot more than I thought but differs in that it lacks a certain umph that really would make this shine. Yes, I get its a NA but couldve packed a bit less metallic flavors.

Mouth- A fairly medium body which really suprised me. A good amount of bubbles to make this fairly medium. Retains a bit too much metallic notes

Drink- For a NA this was actually pretty good. Unique to me how they can do this. Recommended to those who want "some" beer taste w/o a big ABV hit. (1,047 characters)

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Clausthaler Golden Amber from Binding-Brauerei AG
76 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.