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Clausthaler Golden Amber | Binding-Brauerei AG

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
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80
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
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Clausthaler Golden AmberClausthaler Golden Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 05-21-2001

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 80
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Random tiny spots and splotches of lacing dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain and slight honey and citrus notes. Taste is of sweet grain, corn flakes, honey, and a citrus zest bitterness. The bitterness is pretty mild on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good low alcohol beer and the first I have actually ever had. To me this tastes pretty real and I would definitely get this again if I ever needed such a beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this Clausthaler from about an inch above the glass giving it a big white head above a clear light copper colored beer that has quite good head retention.

A lightly roasted sour grains with light yeast aroma on this light bodied beer.

A light unsweetened caramel malt taste with just a touch of hops bitterness hiding in the background.

A light caramel taste hangs around in a dryish aftertaste.

I was surprised that I actually kind of liked the taste of this non-alcoholic green bottled beer. Crazy, Imagine that.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for locking down this "#1 of style" tick for me. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear copper color with a single-finger off-white head that recedes somewhat quickly into a thin cap. Some slight spotty lacing. The nose brings forward a good amount of caramel; it smells like like caramel malt after being milled. Not so bad at all. A bit of graininess there as well. The flavor is much the same -- tastes just like caramel malt, though there isn't much sweetness there. Just a touch actually. Medium body and good carbonation. Actually not a half-bad brew. Good job.

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Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is the last style I haven't reviewed yet, and not surprised at all. Gonna review this as expecting for an NA beer.

Pours a decent fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, mild sticky lacing, semi clear but tons of sediment floating in the iced tea brown color.

Nose, speaking of iced tea, is a lot like it, an herbal mild brown tea, with big toasty grainy straw pilsner malts, husked malt, a little sweet sugar, raw bread sweetness notes, grassy floral hops, reminds me of a kvass in a way.

Taste is more of the same, you can really tell there's no real fermentation to it, a sweet sugar flavor mixed with toasty grainy malts, husky grain, straw, some sweet bread dough, etc, with brown sugar and a little caramel note, but obvious all the raw sugar is there with no fermentation. HOps are pretty strong, fairly bitter with a grassy slight earthy and touch fruity flavors. Finish is a bit sticky sweet, more bitterness kicking in, herbal grassy hops again.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall as expected for NA beer it had all the raw sugar like tasting a beer before it goes into the fermenter, but not too sweet thankfully, nice malt character for the most part but some not so pleasant notes, hops were surprisingly decent.

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Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, “Enjoy the best taste before” date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear to say the least, good head that lasts a little while then subsides to a cake like lace that floats on top of the faded brownish amber stained wood colour.

Smell: The smell of freshly cooled unfermented beer in the nose … basically the fresh mash and fresh hop smell before the yeast transforms it into beer.

Taste: Light to moderate body, nice crispness from the carbonation and a little thin on the mouth feel. Slight unfermented beer flavour of mash and boiled hops though with a more maltier flavour. Bitterness is similar to a hop tea soft yeast noticeable. Hops go herbal real quick and a mild steely caramel malt sweetness rides into the finish. Semi sweet brew.

Notes: Actually not that bad for a non-alcoholic brew, more flavour than most NA beers … to sum it up, if you have to drink NA beer and you want flavour, this is your brew. Less than .05% abv.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am going to be drinking a number of N-A and low-alcohol beers today since I really tore myself up last weekend and I want to balance things out. I will try to be as objective as possible.

From the bottle: "A non-alcoholic malt beverage made the way malt beverages have been made in Germany for centuries. Genuine, pure and natural. Clausthaler is brewed according to the law that's as unique as this beverage. The purest ingredients must be used - water, barley malt, hops, yeast - nothing else. Clausthaler, pure and clean with German taste."

The pour netted me about a finger-and-a-half of rocky, tawny head with limited retention. Color was a deep golden-amber (talk about truth in advertising!) with NE-plus quality clarity (I could see into the future) and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose smelled strongly of Saaz hops underlain by a faint maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight astringency in the mouth, much drier than its Classic counterpart. Finish was mildly hoppy, slightly malty, nicely balanced. Once more, I felt that this was an N.A. beer that could easily have fooled me in a blind tasting. It has a well-deserved reputation as one of the better beers in its style. I would recommend this beer to anyone interested in this style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the top NON/LOW alcohol beer at the ready, strangely ran into this lets see how this goes. And only 75 full of calorie goodness.

A very styrofoamy white top head, not unlike Budweiser, falls slowly but eventually down. Body color is very crystal clear and a one single teak wood color. Interesting brown appearance.

Nose is a nice mix of clove hot spice, dry malted grain, but also a distinct nose of carbon dioxide like gas. It almost smells like coca cola. Otherwise actually pretty good smelling.

Taste is actually pretty decent. Comes across as a light bodied bock of sorts almost. Finishes with honey, sticky coating on the lips, palate is a little watery, but considering how little alcohol is in this, I am surprised there is even this much body in it.

Overall this is quite enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.06/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a light amber color with a nice 3" head that slowly recedes. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: very light aroma of some malts and a hint of grassiness.

Taste: grainy malt is the main flavor component here, with a hint of caramel and some grassy hop bitterness. The malt levels are light compared to a regular beer, but I was surprised at the decent flavor this has compared to some other NA beers I have had in the past.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout and a bit dry towards the finish. Light in body. Aftertaste is short but in no way clean.

Drinkability: for an NA beer, this may be as good as it gets for appearance, flavor, and aroma. Easy to quaff and the price is reasonable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark bronze/light brown brew.

Smell is malt and grains, with a not unpleasant baked wheat bread smell.

Taste is mildly sweet and tastes like good pumpernickel bread! True it's not beer, but it does make a pleasant drink. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel suffers a bit, needs a bit more carbonation.

One of the few Non-Alcohol brews I actually like.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.41/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Ratings for NA style

A-Light burn orange color...good carbonation and an impressive creamy egg white head on top.

S-European spicy hops...smells a bit like a pilsner. Not a real strong aroma but pleasant enough.

T-Nice hop forward lager flavor....again the impression is a pilsner. A mild bready maltiness...

M-Always the weakest part of an NA but this isn't too bad. It has a light texture but not the watery feel a lot of these do. Crisp finish. Only on the long finish is there a hint that this is an NA and not a full strength beer.

D-I finally found this one near me and I have to agree with its place atop the leaderboard here. I guarantee you could pour this for a lot of people and tell them it was a real beer and only true afficianodos would be able to tell the difference. A nice substitute when you don't want the alcohol. Not as good as most regular beers but better than some of the shit ones.

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Photo of papat444
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review to style this is quite good. A solid 4.0. light golden/amber with a small whispy offwhite head that dies but leaves a decent lace. Aromas of light malts, and faint, faint hops. Taste is grassy and slightly malty. Mouthfeel is spritzy, dry, and light. Drinkability is good. This is a refreshing alternative for your DD.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber with a sizeable eggshell head, which retreats to leave all sorts of sticky lace.
Vaguely malty nose with additions of grassy hops and traces of sulphur.
Begins with a light caramel, with a minor suggestion of toastiness. Clean lagered middle. Grassier and actually (lightly) hoppy late. Tastes like beer, which is incredible for an NA.
Light bodied, but, once-again, beer-like.
Awesome NA. I'd actually drink this without so much as a complaint. In fact, I can think of plenty "real beers" that I'd chose this over.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with perfect clarity and a large snow-white head; lace is truly excellent, carbonation is slight. Aroma is quite pronounced, with strong notes of malt extract and caramel sweetness. Taste begins with slight carbonation and pronounced caramel malts, towards the middle of the taste these assume a tart note. Finish is dominated by herbal hops; these balance out the sweet malts rather well. Mouth feel is excellent for a NA beer. Overall, this is the best non-alcoholic beer that I have tried. It certainly beats a soda for refreshment.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Clausthaler Golden Amber from Binding-Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.