Clausthaler Original (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)
Binding-Brauerei AG

Clausthaler Original (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)Clausthaler Original (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)
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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #49
ABV:
0.5%
Score:
67
Ranked #50,289
Avg:
2.89 | pDev: 25.61%
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
222
From:
Binding-Brauerei AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  43
SCORE
67
Poor
Clausthaler Original (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)Clausthaler Original (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)
Notes: Formerly Clausthaler Premium (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)
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danrust8 from Iowa

2.01/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Comparing to NA beers, this one was still really bad in the most important categories.

The look is quite nice. Bottle, pour. Good foamy head with lacing. Nice straw color.

The smell is really bad. I don't know who likes this skunky/marijuana kind of odor, but I do not. Certainly not in beer. My wife would not come near me when drinking this, so minus more points for marital effects.

The taste is not great either. Starts with a promising fruity taste. Ends with cereal. Like, literally cheerios. And then roll them in some cannabis. Barley is there, but not pleasant. Hops are negligible.

Mouthfeel is excellent, as per Clausthaler's magnificent, delightful, singularly good dry-hopped version. It's heavy like a lager. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall, a very good looking, feeling beer with a terrible smell and taste. I will not be able to drink these again. My wife agrees.

Apr 13, 2021
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Dec 22 2021 and served barely chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of soapy, foamy white head that recedes at a steady pace. Within three or four minutes, it has been reduced to a fat, frothy collar and some bubbly patches of film on the surface, with a glorious curtain of sticky lace also having been deposited - yep, it looks like a German pale lager, and an attractive one at that. Whole grain bread and doughy, biscuity malt sweetness on the nose, alongside hints of herbal hops, grassy hay and silage.

It'd almost taste like a real pale lager, if not for a few minor giveaways that blow its cover. Cereal grains, doughy bread and a light orchard (apple/pear) fruitiness at the forefront, with suggestions of biscuit developing by mid-sip. Lightly noble hopped back end - grassy hay and a touch of lemon, with hints of bready sweetness persisting beyond the finish and into the aftertaste. There's a touch of acidity/sourness that feels out of place, but I didn't find it especially distracting. Light in body, with moderately low carbonation that gently tickles the palate, lending a light crispness to its otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.85, a B+. Clausthaler Original is a perfectly serviceable NA lager - I certainly can't say that I didn't enjoy my glass. I feel like this beer is just getting ragged on because it's non alcoholic, which is not really fair to the producers, or to the subset of BAs who might actually want to know whether or not an NA product is worth a try (vs. how well it compares to a normal strength lager). No, it's not as good as a real German pils - though I'd still take this over Beck's, I think. The best NA beer I've tried so far... though I've only had like five, so you should definitely take that proclamation with a grain of salt.

Mar 09, 2021
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brother_rebus from Maine

2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P skunky dms green pils piss bomb. Its not totally far off from a becks or Heineken. Just isnt really all that good. Probably wont buy any more of this.

Feb 07, 2021
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a clear translucence. Head is a finger and a half of snow-white foam that retains well. Aroma is dank from the moment the bottle is opened, but not obscenely heavy. Bready and biscuity malts mingle with grass hops to form the rest of the nose, giving the hops just a slight edge in terms of spotlight. Flavor profile is the same, bringing notes of dank, grassy, and lemon hops alongside biscuity, bready malts. Great hop and malt presence and balance despite not having alcohol to tie it together. Mouth feel is crisp with a medium-thin consistency that lends itself to a refreshing, sippable beer. Overall, crisp and refreshing with some punchy hops up front, followed closely by balancing malts keep this NA beer drinking well.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 11.2oz bottle.

Jan 24, 2021
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

1.3/5  rDev -55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Pours clear,gold in color with one third inch head. Taste is mineral, cardboard and skunk. Light bodied, sweet with moderate carbonation. Unfortunately not the worst non alcoholic beer I have had today but still bad, very bad. Odd taste and one that I cannot stomach to finish. I don't mind other beers from the brewery but this is just a big no.

Jan 19, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear yellow with a tiny head. Smells of cereal grain, not too strong, but not too weak. Tastes of cereal grain, like a normal German import. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good NA beer.

Jan 18, 2021
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Burgz from Canada (AB)

2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a mug. Pours an opaque light straw colour with minimal fizzy head that quickly dissipated leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is really unremarkable, picked up very faint orange and herbal scents.

Taste is also very muted but a slight skunky, almost cannabis taste is present leaving an aftertaste.

Overall not one of my favourites in the NA category. Glad it was only a 4 pack, I’ll drink them but won’t be buying anymore.

Aug 22, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clausthauler is a pale straw with a foamy white head that quickly disappears. It is transparent. It smells very sweet with some herbal/floral/spicy notes in the background. The sweetness continues over to the taste but is not cloying and is complemented by the hoppiness rather well. The feel is thick and foamy, satisfying. Overall, this is very refreshing.

May 23, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

2.07/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bright and clear golden body; coarse and lively carbonation; soapy, foamy white head, thin yet lasting. Kind of a generic, mass-produced adjunct lager aroma; a bit of hay. Big corn syrup sweetness flavor. Medium body; coarse and bubbly.

The taste ultimately sets the tone with this one. It's pretty much pure corn sugar sweetness. The appearance and smell give hope that this may be fair for what it is, but the reality is the taste and mouthfeel nearly scream carbonated corn syrup.

Apr 13, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +46%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec. 4, 2019; gold pour; excellent clarity; three fingers of fluffy white foam; long cap retention; medium plus lacing. Fresh baked bread with some floral hops nose. Baked bread, semi sweet, lite floral hops; very mild bitterness; malty caramel finish. Light body, not watery; moderate carbonation. Overall, quite tasty; crisp, clean and refreshing; not sweet; light malty linger; will definitely drink more.

Mar 05, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

2.44/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, packaged on 04/09/2019, best before 04/03/2021. Poured into a tulip.
Look: A clear light gold, with about 1.5 cm of bubbly white head. Good head retention, and leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks decent.
Smell: I'm getting sweet honey, a little bit of grain, there is something in there a little sour as well (not good sour). I'm not getting a lot in the way of hops. It's okay except that slightly off note.
Taste: Not a whole lot going on, a little sweet, malty, slight touch of bitterness, some grassy hop.
Feel: Light bodied, tingly carbonation, okay length of flavour, there is a little bit of a drying quality to the end of it.
Overall: Yeah, its okay for an non-alcoholic, but I think there are far better examples of the style to be had.

Feb 16, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the back label: "ENJOY THE BEST TASTE BEFORE END" and
"P:12.09.2019
E: 12.03.2012
L1209030410"

Appearance: The body is gold colored with good clarity. It has a short white head with good retention. The beer leaves some nice lines of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: It smells skunked.

Taste: There is a sweet honey and cereal grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied with a very mild bitterness towards the end.

Overall: The beer feels overly sweet with no hop flavor or aroma, save for the skunky scent. I wouldn't recommend it or drink it again.

Feb 15, 2020
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review: 0,5l, green bottle of Clausthaler Alkoholfrei original: < 0.5% vol.

Comes in a bottle that looks like a regular beer. Certainly fooled me, that’s why I bought the fucking thing, thinking it was normal beer. Damn!!!!

On the pour I have to say the beer looks fantastic, a great big frothy white head, with a lot of good lively carbonation resulting in a nice clear golden coloured beer on appearance.

Head maintains very well, and some good lacing left on the glass. A good looking beer, sparkling, surprisingly good for a non alcoholic brew.…………

Smells pretty good too, getting a nice malty aroma on the nose for sure, but also a rather strange aroma. Guess could put that down to the sweet grains and floral hops. Some stringent corn smells too. Overall not bad on the nose.

Get a lot in the bottle, which is always a big plus.

The taste is a bit urgh, all very sickly sweet and very bitter. First impressions not good at all. Kind of a spicy and creamy off taste to it.

For a non alcoholic beer it is quite hoppy and bitter, which is very surprising to me. It certainly does taste like a beer, with the malts, barley and grains to the fore, which is impressive. Could definitely fool people into thinking it was a regular beer.

But not pleasant really, or very enjoyable, a dry finish with an artificial bitter taste that isn’t going to do it for me, will pass, thank you very much………….

Jan 10, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

2.99/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in a light brown bottle and drank at work on my lunch break in the staff break room
Pours a crystal clear golden body with big thick white white head
Aroma is dry hop leaves and bread tins
Ultra soapy hops
Nice body

Nov 29, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a bit skunky. Taste is of malts, grains, a hint of hops and a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and highly refreshing beer.

Nov 28, 2019
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bret27 from California

3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*voted worlds best beer, but difficult to verify when and where.
*does have a bottled and “enjoy by” date.
*green bottle.
*unclear if it’s supposed to be ale or lager or miscellaneous.
*96 calories/bottle.
Avg beer look, hoppy nose. Little skunky. Nice balance of sweet and hops, leaning more to sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Not bad. Probably be better if not spending time on warm shelf in green bottle.

Oct 18, 2019
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MaxBrews from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ive tried this on its own and after consuming IPAs or other beers enjoy.

In short it definitely has that honey-tea/sweet tea malt base. It's a bit grahm crackery as well.

However it does gave the quality of having a bitter backbone of Noble hops.

It's drinkable and a good alternative for when you want to drink beer but are being consciousness of your alcohol consumption.

I definitely prefer other NA beers to this

Apr 27, 2019
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MattinHouston from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're going to drink an NA beer, you should try this one. Tastes and feels like a 200+ calorie beer. A little sweet but compared to the other 8 or 10 NAs I've had this is the closest to real beer. The aftertaste and feel has a hoppy component other NAs are missing. Tastes better as you drink it. For people that like heavy beers. If you like IPAs their dry hopped version is the closest thing to an IPA I've had in NA style.

Mar 09, 2019
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Ceddd99 from Michigan

3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent NA beer, better than Odouls but this style of Euro Lager isn't exactly my favorite beer style. I like how you can taste the hops in this one, it's actually one of the hoppier German beers I've had, probably because the lack of a heavy malt character makes the hop flavor seem more pronounced. Anyway I will buy this again as I am trying to cut way back on alcohol consumption.

Oct 27, 2018
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elNopalero from California

2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I came in with low expectations and found them bottomed out.

Do all the n/a beers taste the same? This has an overly honeyed flavor, with a terrible aftertaste and some skunky bitterness. Pass.

Oct 04, 2018
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KarlDK1990 from Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +68.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darker with more flavor, hops, head and lacing than any american light beer which is great for when you want to drink a bunch of beer and not get messed up will buy again until I quit drinking all together

Aug 28, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass; bottled 8/11/2017, best before 2/11/2019. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Mild cardboard note from NA process in aromas/flavors, but not overwhelming. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit rough, but well balanced. Overall this is a pretty good NA pale lager. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; even with the fairly rough bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful. A nicely enjoyable offering, one of the better ones I have had. It takes some getting used to how they usually taste with the NA processing.

Apr 14, 2018
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fredkols from Virginia

4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes like a crisp and refreshing pilsner. The beer is very smooth without an aftertaste. The beer has a citrus hops flavor along with a nice head with plenty of lacing on the glass and a golden hue. It also has 92 calories so you can lessen the size of your beer gut with this brew.

Apr 07, 2018
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drXploit from Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Since I quit drinking alcohol, this is my go-to once a month. I buy a six-pack, don't get drunk, and wail in my misery.

Tastes pretty much like a crappy beer, and that's exactly what I've been trying to have. I am just saving my liver for my future. I hate quitting, and hopefully I unquit one day again . :(

Mar 11, 2018
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WPinson from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You would nearly swear you were drinking a real alcoholic beer. No nonalcoholic "funk". Nice hop nose. Classic German helle lager taste, good body, clean finish.

Feb 19, 2018
Clausthaler Original (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei) from Binding-Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 222 ratings