Clausthaler Dry Hopped
Binding-Brauerei AG

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From:
Binding-Brauerei AG
 
Germany
Style:
Low-Alcohol Beer
Ranked #30
ABV:
0.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,641
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 19.01%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
39
Status:
Active
Rated:
Monday at 08:58 PM
Added:
Oct 28, 2016
Wants:
  1
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  13
SCORE
79
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Clausthaler Dry HoppedClausthaler Dry Hopped
Notes: This Clausthaler is the world's first dry hopped malt beverage in its category. Brewed by the German pioneer of non-alcoholic malt beverages, Clausthaler Dry-Hopped is full-bodied, amber-colored and has hints of malty caramel. By dry-hopping with Cascade hops, we crown its body with crisp citrus notes. Finally, we keep our brew unfiltered to allow its rich flavor to unfold with every sip. The result: a dark golden masterpiece full of character.
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on May 4th 2022

On the pour a white one finger head formed then dissipates over a minute or 2 to a covering and some lacing. The body is a murky amber brown, and sediment is present.

Aroma is very yeasty. Almost smells like a homebrew Airlock. Some sweet malt mixes with the hops to make a sweet earthy aroma.

The taste is like the smell, but even sweeter. The hops are present but don't do much in the way of balance. There is a sweet herbal note that doesn't seem hoppy as well, but it could be the yeast and malts. There is a hint of lemon ginger candy as well.

Feel is right in the middle. The malts are quite syrupy, but the finish is pretty short, and eventually a bit dry. Very carbonated.

Overall this drink confuses me. It's too sweet, amd doesn't even taste all that much like a finished beer. If you told me this was a carbonated wort I'd believe you.
Monday at 08:58 PM
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had it at the 2022 Zinzinnati Oktoberfest
Brown murky color with a thin head, fair retention.
Had a quite sweet character but not too shabby for a non-alcoholic beer.
Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
pours clear amber with offwhite/light tan 1 finger head. leaves minimal to no lacing. Smell was somewhat malt dominated. Taste was same, with a merest hint of hoppiness, but not really very bitter. Mouthfeel is not too thin; better than many. I have had many other much better NA beers but this is not "bad".
Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by mooseisloose from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A very nice and refreshing brew. Great mouthfeel. Nice thirst quencher. NA do you can drink it anytime without taking the edge off. The brew has great body and a smooth flavor with a nice chewy hoppiness. Quite delightful. I will definitely buy again. For the price point of $7.99 a six pack, it is a great value.
Jul 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Robertas from Lithuania

Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.39 by Parsifalstaff from New York

May 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by KT3418 from Colorado

Apr 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.49 by mdshensky74 from South Carolina

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate dark golden yellow + garnet red + chestnut brown + mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces rot a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film covering approximately 30% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a large patch of very slightly mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit + citrus/grapefruit rind + floral hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel + toasted + bready malts with a light to moderate amounts of caramel sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of tea-like artifacts from the removal of the alcohol.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel + toasted + bready malts with a light to moderate amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of tea-like artifacts from the removal of the alcohol. Finally there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit + citrus/grapefruit rind + floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly leaving lingering caramel malt + citrus hops flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp initially with a hint of softness towards the finish.

O: Easy to drink with a decent (non-watery) mouthfeel though there is still a slight bit of wortiness to the brew. Enjoyable with more hoppiness than found in more traditional NA beers (this beer has been around than much of the stuff we are seeing today).
Feb 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by heymikew from California

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
From a bottle. Package date 27.05.2021, drank Jan. 2022, so this beer is OLD.

Pours the color of cardboard, with no foaming.

Aroma immediately hits—that worty barley grainy character.

The sip is similar, and familiar to so many other NA beers I’ve tried. A sweetish, lightly honeyed note rounds out the finish. I get some barely perceptible bitterness, although the hops have surely faded by now.
Feb 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jan 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.31 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
330 ml can, from Bunnpris Sauda. Deep golden to brown colour, large off-white head. Fresh aroma of citrussy and spicy hops (Cascade). Light bodied as expected. The fairly dry flavour has citrussy and slightly metallic hops. Could have been worse.
Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a moderately cloudy dark amber color. Three finger off-white head forms on the beer before dissipating. Aroma has notes of pine, light citrus and some caramel malts and grain.

Taste follows the nose with notes of pine, light citrus, caramel malts, light grain, hints of breadiness. It has a slight watery character, but it is not bad or distracting. Has some nice flavor to it. Feel is medium bodied and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry on the finish.

Overall another solid NA Import.
Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by rangerred from Tennessee

Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden, slightly brown-tinged color with a strong and bubbly white head that lingers. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas upfront of tea and citrus hop aromas. There's some orange citrus, black and earl grey tea aromas. Some smooth bread underneath. (3.75)

Flavor: The flavor has a spicy and hoppy pine note upfront. The pine fades quickly and the bitterness lingers for a bit before it finishes with a earthy tea flavor and some lingering caramel malt notes. Not too bitter, but leans sweet. (3.50)

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Low carbonation. Drinks sort of flat with a lingering tea note. (3.25)

Overall: This beer is a bold ambition, but its earl grey tea notes are overpowering. Some nice and earthy citrus notes on the aroma backed by bread which I enjoyed. Definitely earthy, tea-like, with some hints of caramel. The flavors lean toward a beer from England. I think for simplicity sake, I prefer the Clausthaler Original. (Final Rating: 3.57)
Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.43 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Packaged 3/18/21.

Appearance: rich golden hue, starting into orange-brown territory, with a slight haze. Head is a thin layer of tan foam that disappears pretty quickly. I like the color but more head would be great.

Smell: grainy malt aroma with a rather "worty" smell to it. As a homebrewer I've sampled a lot of green wort, and this is pretty much what it smells like. There is a nice, earthy hop character here though. Not too bad.

Taste: grainy and lightly sweet malt character; not quite as worty as the aroma. There's a recognizable hop character and a decent bitterness as well. It's a little sweet for me, and a bit ... unfermented-tasting, but for NA, it's not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good mouthfeel for NA. I feel like the sweeter NA beers usually have more successful textures, and this is one of them.

Overall: a little bit sweet for my taste, but this is one of the better examples of NA that I've had.
Oct 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Saraband7

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This really tastes like a quality German beer. If I hadn’t known it was low alcohol, I don’t think I’d have noticed. It is malty and stout, but very drinkable.
Aug 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Appearance:
2 finger white head with lacing and retention and nearly clear copper liquid with fine floaties

Aroma:
Black tea, brown sugar and grassy/herbal hops (not very cascade-y--this happened to a beer that I dry-hopped with cascades at fridge temperatures. The citrus/grapefruit notes were lacking)

Flavor:
Sugary, tea-like with some lightly toasted crystal malts coming through. Hops are detectable but not assertive at all. bitterness is low. finishes sweet and sugary/worty.

Mouthfeel:
Thick because of unfermented sugar. Medium body and moderate CO2. Slightly sugary with a bit of tea astringency.

Overall:
Hmmmm...not a bad tasting liquid. Reminds me of drinking an hydrometer sample after taking the original gravity of a moderately hoppy wort. It is not bad, just not very beery. It has some nice hop notes in there but the weird worty taste is just annoying. Sorry, I tried. I would rather have a Bud Zero or maybe mix a splash of this in a Bud Zero to give it a zing.
Jul 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Jun 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by Rich-Ry from California

Jun 15, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle. Really easy drinking and tastes like a good German helles or light lager. The dry hopping shows and it has a floral and earthy note, kind of green. Bready and biscuit malts. Crisp and clean.
Mar 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I think so far in all of the non-alcohol beer that i tried, this is probably the best. It feels like a real beer. Starts a bit sweet but quickly hop flavors take over. Obviously not like an IPA though. Copper color, decent carbonation. Will see if i can find better, cheers !
Feb 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by freewill35 from Indiana

Feb 12, 2021
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: cloudy amber brown with a tall ivory head that slowly dissolves into a nice lacing film, one of the best heads I've seen on an NA beer
S: mild hops, malt, slight caramel, a little citrus zest
T: hops and sweet malts, caramel, weak dark bread, some mild lemony/grapefruity zest & pith taste. The breadiness increases towards the bottom of the glass as everything settles out.
F: well carbonated with fizzy bubbles malty slightly sticky sweetness over the tongue with a rounded bitter-sweet aftertaste .
O: This is very good. Nicely balanced, malt forward with the hops as support. Clausthaler leaving this unfiltered adds body and substance to the [s]beer[/s] "malt beverage". Not as hoppy as I expected. I don't know if hop flavors fall off as quickly in NA as in regular beers, if so that the subdued hops could be due to age. If you are looking for an amber NA with some depth give this a try.
Feb 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.3 by BlueSpader from Washington

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle P 01.10.2020 E 01.04.2022 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 0.5% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright with early chill haze in a deep, darker honey colored amber with khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island leaving a web of lacing behind. The aroma is fresh wort with caramel malt and notes of lightly sweetened black tea. The taste is more of the same with sweet notes of malt sugar, subtle tea-like earthy hops and mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, great NA offering. Reminds me of my ESB wort with added carbonation. I don't get the citrus from the Cascade dry hop mentioned on the label and it's only 3 months into it's advertised 18 month shelf life, so I'd definitely check dates on future purchases.
Jan 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.56 by jakecattleco from California

Jan 05, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours slightly murky, tan in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big brown sugar, white sugar, herbal and soapy hops. Very high carbonation, sweetish start with bitter body, light bodied. Not really a fan of soapy hops. The base beer with the brown sugar is very sweet and decent but the dry hopping really just does not do it for me. Better options on the market.
Dec 12, 2020
 
Rated: 2 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Canned 3/02/2020
Pours a large foamy thick 2 finger head with great retention, soapy lacing, dark hazy chestnut color

Nose is nice, fresh hops with a touch of fruit and citrus, but herbal tea mostly, some sweet grainy malt and hint of caramelized sugar, fresh cereal grain, the mild sweet malt and herbal tea hops remind me a lot of Lipton/Arizona Iced Tea

Taste is not as pleasant, gritty cereal grain with a strange vegetal malt almost sorghum like character, and a touch of syrup/LME, light caramlized sugar, straw, hops are nice, floral grassy a touch spicy, with more herbal tea and a little fruity citrus, med bitterness, drier slight sticky finish with lingering bitterness that borders astringent

Mouth is med bod, med foamy carb

Overall not bad for NA beer, hops are nice, malts had a nice aroma but not as much on the taste, but better than most of the NA beers I've tried so far.
Aug 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Every1sgrudge from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
As far as I'm concerned, for my tastes, this is the best NA beer I've had thus far. There is a nice balance of hop and malt to give you a great combination of bitter and sweet. Color is a darker golden, mouth feel is nearly like a real beer, but a bit thinner, some head retention with minor lacing. And, there is minimal to no aluminum tray after taste.
Aug 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the can into a nonik pint glass.

Quite a big rich and real frothy looking head out of the can. Thick rich and light khaki in color with a fistfull height and some pill like lacing as it settles. Body color is a rusted copper, kind of hazy and slightly muddy from a distance , but up close it has a surprising clarity to it. This is a pretty impressive looking beer for an N/A.

Aroma comes of light sweet tea, with a sweetness that seems very much like brown sugar. Much of that brown sugar angle seems to go into cinnamon, powdered toast as well. Hoping this isn't a big sweet rush on the palate, but it does come off pleasant.

The palate is much what I expected. Sweet tasting wort with a very faint hint of hop angle. Minimal bitterness with a light white sugar taste in the finish. There's a decent backbone to this, but it's more of a delivery vehicle for the malt sweetness that follows. Light touches of tea and honeyed sugar really dominate the palate but pleasantly.

There's very little hint of hop to this, but the malt quality is at least not an overkill of sweetness. This really comes off more like a sweet tea drink than a beer, but a good one. Ridiculous pounder, I think I finished this in five seconds and cant complain about that. It's a beer that has it's place.
Jul 26, 2020
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Rated by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
bready honey malts and grapefruity floral earthy herbal hops
May 08, 2020
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Reviewed by frankd65 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This did not disappoint me at all. I found it to be richer and more satisfying/complex that just about any of the other NA brews that I have tried. Surprisingly hoppy, and IMO much more substantial than something like a Coors Light or Mich Ultra. don't often drink NA beer, but I can honestly say that I didn't feel like I was missing all that much from a "real" beer experience after downing a couple of these. If anyone were to ask me for an NA alternative to a pale ale or an IPA, I'd definitely recommend this.
Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a muddy river color with no head whatsoever. Smell is of tea, malts. Taste is pine, malts, the usual NA beer aftertaste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I would have to say this is the hoppiest NA beer I have tried, and is a good thirst quencher.
Mar 11, 2020
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 9/18/2018, best before 3/18/2020. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit/dough, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit/dough, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit/dough, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/brady/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice dry hopped low alcohol beer. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Touch of cardboard NA aromas/flavors, but not overwhelming. Great balance of citrus/earthy Cascade hops, with a great clean balanced bready malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. One of the better NA beers I have had.
Dec 24, 2019
Clausthaler Dry Hopped from Binding-Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 81 ratings