Clausthaler Golden Amber - Binding-Brauerei AG
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +36.7%
*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.
02-06-2011 18:56:33 | More by ZAP
2.95/5 rDev -9%
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.
01-16-2011 06:27:24 | More by Rayek
3.05/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-04-2010 23:13:44 | More by drabmuh
3.15/5 rDev -2.8%
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!!!
07-31-2010 07:27:14 | More by sman217
3.13/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-28-2010 15:18:57 | More by tigg924
2.6/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
03-16-2010 23:52:46 | More by cjgator3
2.95/5 rDev -9%
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.
02-01-2010 03:25:54 | More by csmiley
3.5/5 rDev +8%
Pours golden-amber with a decent head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.
Aroma is caramel malt, with a generous amount of lemon citrus.
Taste holds the same malt and citrus from the nose. Surprisingly musty. Finish holds a decent bitterness, and a bit of a woody, earthy quality.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
The best NA beer I have tasted so far.
01-03-2010 18:19:34 | More by Blakaeris
2.7/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
01-03-2010 18:16:28 | More by bashiba
3.43/5 rDev +5.9%
"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.
11-22-2009 01:37:53 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.73/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
10-16-2009 00:44:05 | More by Damian
3.4/5 rDev +4.9%
'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.
05-19-2009 21:49:19 | More by IBUnit63
2.75/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
05-15-2009 12:46:04 | More by papat444
3.2/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-21-2009 06:19:50 | More by HalfFull
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-25-2009 19:12:27 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
09-25-2008 21:42:27 | More by francisweizen
3.88/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
01-26-2008 17:59:48 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev +12%
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!
01-05-2008 07:21:36 | More by CamuMahubah
3.1/5 rDev -4.3%
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...
08-25-2007 14:30:10 | More by Onslow
3.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
07-21-2007 00:35:08 | More by SilentSabre
3.58/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
04-08-2006 15:26:37 | More by shererjt
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
08-05-2005 00:53:33 | More by tgbljb
3.4/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-14-2005 05:12:13 | More by Thrasher
2.4/5 rDev -25.9%
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.
09-01-2004 15:48:27 | More by DrunkMcDermott
3.25/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-08-2004 00:51:05 | More by GCBrewingCo
Clausthaler Golden Amber from Binding-Brauerei AG
76 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.