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Clausthaler Golden Amber - Binding-Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.26
pDev: 20.86%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 73
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Best Before" date marked on bottle, poured into a tall glass, label states this beer is brewed under the German purity law of 1516.

A: Plenty of near-white head which laces well over a light copper/dark gold crystal clear body. Medium to small plentiful bubbles rise to rejuvenate the head that lasts.

S: Lightly toasted grains and something like sweet vegetables underneath a bit of sulfur. Pleasing.

T: Toasty malts and some minimal hops arrive on the tongue first and then dissipate to create an interesting "dead space" before a sweet oats and honey with some cooked vegetables rise into the aftertaste. This last taste is rather minimal and brief. The taste in my mouth a few minutes after sipping is rather bitter, but not offensive.

M:A lighter medium bodied low alcohol beer. The carbonation helps smooth out the holes created by a lack of alcohol.

D: Very drinkable (near 0 ABV) obviously. The bitter aftertaste is a little off-putting but as I said before it is not offensive.

Overall: Doesn't compare to alcoholic amber ales, but that isn't what it is trying to do is it? I am impressed.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Enjoy the best taste before end: 12/10
Served in a pint glass

I never imagined I would be trying a non-alcoholic brew. However, with my friend being put on prescription pain relievers, the opportunity was perfect to review a new style.

As for the beer, it poured an absolute crystal clear, amber color. The creamy, frothy, off-white, two-finger head slowly faded. Strands of lacing trickled down the glass, with some lasting long after the beer was finished.

The aroma had a smooth, lager-like quality. German malts were noticeable. Toasty, biscuity and, overall, sweeter than expected. Crisp and clean with just a hint of skunkiness.

The taste was similar to the aroma but not quite as rich. Grainy and husky up front with a noticeable caramel malt presence. Toasty and semi-sweet in the center. The finish was crisp, dry and grainy with some residual sugars lingering on my palate. Initially, there was an unpleasant metallic flavor in the finish but this diminished as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was fairly standard. Medium bodied with a fine, crisp effervescence. Frothy and fluffy on the palate.

Drinkability was quite good. The beer was crisp, refreshing and rather flavorful for the style.

Surprisingly, I was quite impressed with this non-alcoholic offering. If I did not know any better, I would have guessed this to be a decent "regular" Euro lager. Definitely worth a shot if you want a beer but have to avoid alcohol.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'Bout time I take one for the team and in my moment of compleatist geekdom get an NA brew under my belt. So this is the Top Low Alcohol Beer. That's sounds about as useful as being The Smartest Green Bay Packers Fan. Neither one of 'em really gets a brother too terribly far.

I'm not sure what to pour this in, but my Victory Sunrise Weissbier glass is as good as anything else, so there it goes. 12 oz. with a BBD of 9/2009.

Well, hey...it doesn't LOOK too bad. Somewhere between honey and amber with a full finger of butter/eggshell colored head. Pretty good lacing and retention, too. Carbonation is prevalent and moves pretty quickly.

It doesn't smell TOO bad but what I really get is a stewy sweet Saaz silage aroma. There's some raw spent grain scent in there too - maybe some amber or Munich-like malt.

Kinda like a weird heavy, slightly skunky yet dark Pilsener. There's the stewy Saaz silage again - it pretty much controls the time of posession. Finish has a touch of dry along with the honey-ish sweetness.

Palate feel isn't a nightmare. You have the silage feed going on that is indeed a detriment, but there's real Germanic malts in here and a legitamate finish that's pretty clean. This stuff makes you burp like a mother&*(%er, though.

A pleasant surprise if you're into this sort of thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Drinks pretty decent I must say. I'd much rather Respect Beer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +22.7%
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 Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
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 CamuMahubah
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this most tasty beverage in an Erdinger Weissbrau glass. Bottle says enjoy the best taste before 01.09. Nice golden amber hue with surreal lacing.

Smells of malt and a bit of hops. Difficult to tell if this is a "near beer" from the aroma of easy-going hops.

This is the best of the bunch(of near beers). Smooth and malty with not even a hint of adjuncts.

Medium bodied brew with a nice clean finish.

If you enjoy a low-alcohol beer now and then, you simply must give this one a go! A package of glasses arrived today that I won on ebay. What to do? I cain't drank tonite! Along comes Clausthaler Golden Amber Non-alcoholic to save the night!

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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...

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't really see much point in non-alcoholic beer, but this one has intrigued me for quite a long time, and today, I was given the chance to purchase a single of it. It poured a crystal clear copper colour with a white head that faded away almost instantly. The smell was quite sweet and reminded me of some German doppelbocks. Loads of sweet malts and that maple pancake syrup smell that Celebrator has. I certaily wasn't expecting that. Taste, too, was nearly entirely malt. Sweet malt. Mouthfeel was, of course, quite thin, but there was a decent level of CO2 present here, and considering what this is, I'm going to be rather lenient. Again, considering what this is, I found it highly drinkable. Would I rather have a St. Bernardus Abt.12? Of course I would, but if I had to choose a non-alcoholic beer for some un-godly reason, I'd choose this hands down over all that American garbage such as O'Douls and Miller Sharp and so forth.

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Photo of shererjt
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pretty medium copper color and had lots of escaping bubbles visible. Nice, thick off-white head with decent lacing. Had a rich, malty aroma with a strong, hoppy background. Almost smelled dry hopped a la Sam Adams Boston Lager on the first whiff, but this faded quickly. Light-to-medium body with some malt but not quite as much as I'd like. A little floral tasting. Pretty tasty, though the body was a little thin. I guess you just can't get good mouthfeel in an N/A beer. Still better than most, though. Drinkability was pretty decent as well.

I'm impressed. Best N/A I've had so far. This is the first one that I'd go out of my way to pour in a glass.

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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.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.37/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't a very dark amber lager; it looks like a Czech pilsner actually. It's the color of apple juice with a big, firm head (I've noticed all NA beers have lots of head). Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass which is distracting. Aroma pretty bland, flavor has some caramel/bread sweetness and a mellow but effective hop quality indicative of a herbal/mineral pilsner. It's tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but the beer quenches thirst very well and this is a worthwhile beer to examine if you're eliminating alcohol.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 waughbrew
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

obviously reviewing with the style in mind....

Color is about 9 parts yellow mixed with 1 part brown, quite an odd color to me. Crystal clear. White head has acceptable retention. Smells just like unfermented wort. Reminds me of being in breweries and homebrewing. I have drank wort many times before, and it is usually very harsh. This however, tasted a lot nicer than the smell made me expect. Sweet caramel flavor is a little raw, as is the hop flavor, but overall pretty good. The body is rather thin, the bubbly carbonation pleasant. After I started drinking it, I started to enjoy the smell.

Overall a well-done N/A that I would drink again if a situation would call for it.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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 proc
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent N/A beer.

Pours out to a light, amber in the glass with a fairly, large head. There is alot of carboination present. Many bubbles in this one. The taste is a very, pleasant surprise. The caramel malt taste with a slight sweetness, really adds to the drinkability factory and it doesn't leave a dry mouth like most N/A's. If you've had an O'Doul's Amber, this is similar, but with profoundly more taste. This actually tastes like beer.

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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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
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 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.

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Photo of ipogios
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WoW. Percect Non-Alcoholic Beer. I didn't know that it was a Non-Alcoholic Beer when I asked for it. It was to my surprise when i tasted it that this beer is perfect in every way (and the fact that it has 0.0% Alcohol adds benefits to it such as... drink freely and as many as you want



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Clausthaler Golden Amber from Binding-Brauerei AG
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.