Paulaner Brauerei

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Ranked #71
Ranked #50,512
2.48 | pDev: 27.42%
Paulaner Brauerei
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

In the context if all beer obviously this isn't something you buy, but in the sparse world of decent NA beer, this may be the pick of the lot. It still has a German malt character, richer and fresher than any other beer in this style. Not way off from other paulaner beer honestly in that regard. It can't hold a head though, and lacks carbonation, which really us my biggest knock against it. It's got hops in the finish and a hint if yeast breadiness, what more can you ask for in a beer that's hardly beer. My friend who can't drink also was stoked how much this reminded him if the genuine thing. It serves a purpose that way far better than the more available ones in the American market.

Nov 02, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

3.02/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: A very bready and fairly sweet smelling Pilsner style aroma. Bready malts with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, straw, and cracker. Light vegetal like hints and a little skunk. No noticeable hop presence. Kind of strange smelling but not terrible.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty faint taste of bready malt and grains with not much else. Malts with a light taste of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, yeast, and cracker. Light earthy vegetal notes. Slightly skunky. Kind of tastes like a very light version of a pilsner. Light but nothing really off putting.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Crisp and goes down very easy.

Overall: Saw this laying out as a single and picked it up out of curiosity as I haven't tried a NA beer yet. As expected the flavor and body is very light. Not good but not terrible either although if I had to give up booze I doubt I would drink something like this much.

Jul 15, 2013
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SoberSince2000 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev +50%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have by no means sampled all the non-alcoholic beer available. Mainly because it's hard to find. I found this one at one of the larger spirit stores in Carrollton, Texas. And I have to say I like it. I have not had a drop of alcohol in 13 years and can't for health reasons. If you can't drink alcohol this one is worth a try. On a side note: One of my friends who can, tried a bottle the other day and said he was going to switch from alcoholic beer to this one. Admittedly he's on a health kick.

What I purchased was fresh. I bought it cold and kept it cold. I had to really take a whiff to smell the malt - no skunk here. The flavor is sharp and the malt lingers in the wash. To makeup for the absence of alcohol there are mineral overtones - sodium is slightly pronounced. What I like about it most of all. I could tell the makers wanted to deliver a satisfying beverage for those of us who can't drink alcohol.

Mar 16, 2013
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Spikester from Oregon

2.96/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear gold with small white head, some minor lacings.
Smell is floral and bready yeast.
Taste is sweet malty some mineral and a small amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin with less than average carbonation.
Overall a well crafted brew but has almost no character.

Jan 10, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.33/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a pale golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly, leaving light lacing. Faint aroma of sweet malt, not much else. Light flavor of sweet malt with a hint of light fruit juice and no noticeable hops. Light bodied. A light, but pleasant no/low alcohol malt beverage. A little on the sweet side and the malt is subdued, but quite drinkable. I'm a little surprised at other recent reviews: how does this compare to craft beer? Not well. But it is sold as a no/low alcohol brew. My ratings will be higher because I'm reviewing to style, not comparing to a high ABV craft beer. That being said, I've enjoyed the stronger malt flavors of other no/low malt beverages, but this was a nice low key one.

Nov 20, 2012
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2.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There has to be better ones out there...

A- Somewhat golden yellow colored, poured cold into a pint glass. Head was pretty white and slowed to a slim ring around the glass.

S- Sweet and bready smelling.. some yeasty notes hit my nose.

T- Tastes kind like it smells, bready, slight yeast taste. No real hop taste even on the finish which to me is disappointing. They could use some hops at the finish to give it some punch and reduce the sweet taste that seems to linger for some time on my tongue.

M- Mouth feel is actual nice. Its not watery and thin. It has some decent body for what it is.

Overall - If you like light beers like Bud and Coors light, which haven't much flavor, it would drink this instead , but I wont buy this again the price was a little too steep for what you get. At $10.99 a six pack this beer should be outstanding compared to what you will get for a craft beer here in the Pacific Northwest.

Oct 05, 2012
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metter98 from New York

2.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet bready malts. No hop bitterness is present, but the sweetness is not overpowering.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate (but is not thin and watery) and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that bad for being non-alcoholic, although it could use some more hops to lend bitterness and cancel out some of the sweetness. The label says to serve this cold—and that’s how I consumed it—so I’m not sure if it would become sweeter after warming up. It’s quite drinkable.

May 08, 2012
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had a six pack n my basement left over from during my wife's pregnancy. Opened one tonight just to give it a try. Poured into a small beer tasting glass. Bright orange color, some carbonation, but no head or lacing. Smell was somewhat skunky and vegetable-like. Taste was like malty apple juice. No hops at all. Mouthfeel was thin but slightly similar to a pilsner. Slight bitter aftertaste. I have had one other wretched low alcohol beer, and this I will admit was slightly better. At least this is German.

Mar 06, 2012
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yemenmocha from Arizona

1.32/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Putrid Tasting beer, makes me winder if toilet water would be preferable in my glass. Pours golden with nice clarity but minimal head. Nose is skunky with a cooked vegetable character that is appalling. Foul cooked veggies on palate too. Some rice maybe.

Jul 12, 2011
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.01/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Darker straw color, darker than I would have expected. Very good carbonation with about half a finger's worth of foam.

Smell - Very sweet smelling, like a sweet German pils. Flowery type of aroma.

Taste - I grabbed this one by mistake thinking it was a normal acoholic beer. This the first non-alcohol beer I've ever had, so not a whole lot of expectation. As in the smell, there's a bit of sweetness, like some sort of juice. Strong hoppy type of taste, but it feels like it's there as an additive, and not actually part of the beer. Still, closer to a beer taste than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - very light and watery.

Drinkability - kind of low as far as beers go. Again, the taste was close to that of a German pils, but a little fake tasting. As far as repeat drinking, since one would have to be drowning in the stuff to get a buzz, I'd say it's safe enough to go back to a few times.

Jul 06, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

2.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Light bready malt.

T: Tastes like beer. Solid Helles-type malt, notes of noble hops. Some mineral/carbonic acid flavour.

M: Overcarbonated, thin, the lack of alcohol gives it a soda feel, not smooth.

D: The best near beer I've had though I haven't had many. This is a low alcohol beer that could fool a lot of people into thinking it was a light Helles blind.

Mar 03, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

2.58/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a macro yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lots of corn with some malty sweetness. The flavor is sweet corn, it tastes like a very sweet macro lager. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not very good, but it is not much worse than most of the large BMC lagers, even though it is a low alcohol beer.

Feb 25, 2010
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vacax from California

3.43/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Longneck bottle poured into a tulip glass because that's how I roll. Ever so pale straw colored with an actually adorable white head with nice retention and lacing. Aromas of honey, pear, and some pleasant grains. I like the smell, it just needs some hops to balance it out. Tastes like apple juice, and a crisp mild bittering that gives it a semblance of balance. Touches of grain, no off flavors. The body is light, with moderate to low carbonation. The carbonation leaves quite fast after a few agitations and it is left being too watery. This is almost like a beer soda, which is exactly what I would expect from a non-alcoholic beer after all. This is a decent drink.

Feb 16, 2010
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mjurney from Texas

1.11/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

[Appearance]: Light golden color, clear, lots of big bubbles, some head, no lacing.
[Smell]: It has a weird smell to it. Wet cardboard with some moldiness and soil. Very unpleasant aroma.
[Taste]: Awful!! Same as aroma, but a lot worst. The aftertaste is just horrible.
[Mouthfeel]: Light, mild carbonation.
[Drinkability]: Nope!! Not drinkable.

note: I've enjoyed Paulaner Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest and Munich Lager, but ThomasBrau Non-Alcoholic Brew is pure sh*t.

Sep 21, 2009
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

1.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is an almost clear gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of skunky yeast and malt with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is mostly a light malt sweetness with a very mild hops presence. However, it's a sweetness that you can get used to as it gets a little bit more balance as you continue to drink it, despite not having much breadiness to temper the sweetness. The after-taste likewise is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, very light body, very high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down quite easily though, not filling at all, knowing that this is an NA I was not expecting much but was determined to keep an open mind, however this beer still disappointed, especially since I had previously tried some very good beers from this brewer.

Oct 18, 2008
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goochpunch from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is extremely pale straw with not much carbonation in the body. Has a thin head but leaves some specks of lacing. Smells of pale malts with a touch of a grainy cereal twang that I like. The hops present give off aromas of herbs. Flavor is lightly sweet with a sizable dose of pale, crackery malts that remind me of a helles. Has a bit of hops toward the end that give it an herbal/grassy thing. Has a little weird sour note in the finish along with a seltzery wateriness. Mouthfeel is thin, light, and with a prickly carbonation. Highly drinkable and I could see myself throwing these back as some sort of soft drink but without the overbearing sweetness of a soda.

Apr 03, 2008
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Onslow from Texas

2.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like NA's, call me crazy (my friends all do) but sometimes a low alcohol can be very satisfying! Pours a light golden colour, some foam but just under decent for a german NA .. a good clean taste but really could be better, there are better reduced alcohol beers out there..

Nov 17, 2007
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

1.17/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This review is part of NA Shootout (With Blanks) II and should be read in tandem with my review of O'Doul's Amber. A German NA beer won the first Shootout, but then only German NAs were entered. Let's see how beer one fares against A-B's take on the style. Don't expect any bloodshed since they're firing blanks after all.

ThomasBrau's color is simple amber. Actually, it's darker than expected, but still pales in comparison to its (probably) artificially-colored counterpart. This beer is clearly superior when it comes to head and lace. The ivory cap looks amazing, considering the style, and deposits an impressive amount of attractive lace as well.

The nose on this beer is nasty, there's just no other way to say it. It smells like a combination of clay, wallpaper paste and wet cardboard. I might chalk all that up to age, but it isn't an old bottle. I hope that it tastes vastly different than it smells or this Shootout will be over almost before it begins.

This stuff is vile, vile, vile and should be considered the undisputed poster child for the worst aspects of NA beer. It tastes pretty much like it smells, so please don't ask me to run through the murderer's row of crapalicious aromas/flavors again. O'Doul's Amber is the outlier here. ThomasBrau is how most low alcohol beer tastes, at least in my limited experience.

The body/mouthfeel is really no different on this beer in terms of heft (if that word is even appropriate to describe something so incredibly light in the mouth). Where it loses ground is in terms of carbonation. There's very little here and it gives the beer an insipid feel that does the ghastly flavor no favors.

Paulaner's ThomasBrau lost NA Shootout (With Blanks) II as soon as I got a whiff of it. I went through the motions of evauating the rest of its attributes though, despite the fact that I was repulsed each time I forced myself to drink a mouthful. I have a few other German NAs in my cellar, ready and waiting for future Shootouts. Let's hope they have some redeeming qualities because this dreck has absolutely none at all.

Nov 04, 2006
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Pegasus from Texas

2.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep golden in color, quite clear, with a modest, persistent white head, fine scattered lacing, and moderate slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet caramel malt aroma, a bit like caramel corn, very little hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a slightly over-the-top caramel sweetness, rather like unfermented wort. There is a hint of toasted malt at the finish and a bit of metallic hops. The finish is fairly clean, with a lingering touch of caramel.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, overall, rather like a soft drink; not unpleasant, just a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad really, but it is not a beer. O'Doul's seems the best choice among the non-alcoholic "beers".

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass euro-style longneck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Aug 29, 2006
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allengarvin from Texas

2.46/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 6 while I was on medicine and couldn't drink alcoholic beer, a week and half ago. Pours out a bright gold color with some actual white fluffy foam, a plus over the Warsteiner non-alcoholic I just had. Very bland nose, just some vague hints of maltiness. Flavor is somewhat metallic, no hops to speak of, and poor malt quality. Body not bad for a helles, fairly crisp and light.

Not recommended, this is a poor choice among non-alcohol beers.

Aug 15, 2006
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shererjt from Texas

2.45/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale, clear yellow with a nice, big, frothy white head. Aroma was slightly grainy malt and a little complexity, but overall it smelled like most NAs. Decent flavor; sweet, but lacking the typical Munich character I was hoping for. Taste was pretty NA standard. Mouthfeel was quite thin, and drinkability was average at best.

Disappointing beer for me as Paulaner is my favorite German brewery and I was hoping this would be a winner. Buy some O'Doul's instead and save yourself a few bucks.

May 26, 2006
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arguemaniac from Virginia

2.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately, this one suffers from the same problems that plague many other beers of the style: lack of bite or richness (no hop bite, weak finish, general blandness, etc.) plus an unappetizing, sickly sweet honey flavor and aroma. But relative to other low-alcohol beers, it’s pretty good. However, that expression “in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king” comes to mind

Dec 20, 2005
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brewQ from Missouri

2.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle date is one of the most clear I have seen in recent memory!
Just month and year: Produced 0804

An adequate if unremarkable clear yellow color with a puffy white head that falls apart rapidly.

Whoa the aroma.
Metallic grainy cereal wort water.
Brought back memories of tasting Carribean Maltas. Not good.

The taste was not as offensive as the aroma itself.
The finish and drinkability were impaired by that lingering smell.

The bottle does advise "Serve Cold"- you'd have to get it close to slush to drink a few of these.

Well- I likely won't be searching for more NA brew unless there is a sleeper out there.

Sep 20, 2005
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

2.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A passable brew, somewhat better than the macros being served, but without the alcohol. Some lace in the glass, transparent and light yellow. Smells like beer, tastes like watery beer. Fizziness, drinkable. Dry aftertaste, little malt. Crisp, appropriate with the meal for a long night ahead.

May 17, 2005
ThomasBrau from Paulaner Brauerei
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 34 ratings