ThomasBrau | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 05-17-2005

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.01/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.02/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of brewQ
2.26/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.71/5  rDev +50.8%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
2.96/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

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Photo of tclapper
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of metter98
2.61/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of vacax
3.43/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

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Photo of brentinpdx
2.41/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of arguemaniac
2.26/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.71/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of Keithbruning
3.4/5  rDev +38.2%

Photo of Luiz0930
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of codynevels
2/5  rDev -18.7%

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2/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of shererjt
2.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of allengarvin
2.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
2.31/5  rDev -6.1%
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..

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