Clausthaler Premium (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei) | Binding-Brauerei AG

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Clausthaler Premium (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)Clausthaler Premium (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany
binding.de

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.45%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 11-01-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
122
Avg:
2.88
pDev:
24.65%
 
 
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 122
Photo of Garin
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: pale straw yellow, brilliantly clear. A light foamy head with a reasonable staying power. Left a thin but interesting lacing.

Sweet and gingery aroma, with some interesting hops.

Flavour was a little flat, but not bad. Nicely bitter, again a bit gingery. Some malt was apparent but not overwhelming. This actually was a fairly interesting beer. The mouthfeel was decent, and overall it's reasonably drinkable.

Not bad for a near beer. :)

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled 10/02/2016, best by 10/08/2017. Acquired a bottle of this from my friend's pregnant sister. Possibly my first review of a genuinely marketed "Non-Alcoholic" beer. "Malt beverage contains less that 0.5% alc. by vol."

Poured into clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - Pours a pale light yellow body, some bubbles, and about a finger of frothy soapy white head that lingers on for a decent while, leaving some good random scattered strands of lacing. Appears well carbonated. Looks good for what it is: non-alcoholic beer.

S - Aroma is a bit strange, but not entirely off-putting. Initially sweet, earthy, & grainy, with lots of natural honey-smelling sweetness. Definitely reminds me of large gallons of Arizona Green Tea from back in the day. Matcha, grain, rice, corn, wheat. Interesting. I'm intrigued.

T - Taste is the same: crisp, sweetened, grainy, earthy. Notes of honeyed sweetness, green tea / matcha, earth, grass, grain / wheat / corn. Again, not terrible by any means, nor is it off-putting, but definitely distinct from the classifications of light lagers, adjunct lagers, pales ales, etc. Toasted grains seem to be the dominant feature here, with a good touch of sweetness.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, earthy / grainy. Light-bodied, and fairly easy to drink, I'd say.

Overall, interesting stuff. Would recommend for those in need of an alcohol-free beer.

Clausthaler Premium -----3.5/5

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.26/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head which dissipates quickly leaving a very thin layer of bubbles across the surface. This beer exhibits significant amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma is slightly skunky with some grains and honey sweetness present as well.

T: Flavors are cereal grains and honey sweetness, could probably use just a touch of bitterness for balance but really a big and enjoyable flavor.

M: Light bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is definitely the best tasting low alcohol beer that I have ever experienced, if this was a blind taste test I'm sure I would not be able to tell this was essentially alcohol free. I really enjoyed the flavor.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear medium golden color with a fairly large snow-white head, slight carbonation and decent lace. Aroma of unfermented wort (a strong caramel and toffee note) and some hops. Taste begins with substantial and slightly malt flavor, followed by generous amounts of hops. The hops nicely balance out the excessive sweetness of the malt, giving this beer a crisp and clean finish. The mouth feel is quite respectable, even for a conventional beer. This is among the very best of the several NA beers that I have tried.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far the best NA beer I've had. But to re-visit the point: why bother? It pours well with a nice golden color. Tastes hoppy and is on the sweet side. A very smooth beer. Nice beer to have while on the porch and chatting. Good move if you are the designated driver. Other than that, leave it alone.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.14/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear bright gold, very bubbly, quarter finger rocky head.

S- Very grainy and bready with some noble hop notes in the background.

T- Slightly sweet malt taste up front which gets "grainy" towards the middle. Very faint hop finish.

M- Quite fizzy, but otherwise pretty smooth.

D- Well I guess if there's no alcohol in this I could just keep going.

True, non-alcoholic beers kinda suck. However this is cleary the best one out there. I would also drink this over bud light. It's nice to know that if my liver takes a shit on me, I can at least have this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by end of 09/08. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing is average. It smells like sweet malt and dough/bread. No hops that I can notice. The aroma is sweet, and non-offensive. No "off" or skunky aromas. The taste is the same as the aroma, bready and sweet. A little bit too sweet for my taste. With that being said, it doesn't taste bad, I've certainly drank worse beers (yeah, I know this is non-alcoholic). Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but crisp. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. If I was somewhere that only had NA beers, I'd drink it again. For the style I think it's decent.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a golden straw color. The head was white, but fell quickly.

The aroma when first poured was a little skunky due to the green glass. That aroma faded into saaz hops and a malty aroma.

The flavor was crisp and malty with a slight sweetness. There is a substantial bitterness is the flavor, but it doesn't seem natural, more of an additive. Also in the back of the flavor is a slight sour note.

The finish was dry and just bitter. The body was medium light.

Talk about a light beer...25 calories. Oddly enough I found it pretty refreshing and probably would keep a sixer around to consume on hot days when you really don't want a ton of alcohol but you want something refreshing.

12 ounce green bottle.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Trader Joe's.

Poured light pale color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Light sweet grainy aroma.

Light to medium body with soft carbonation.

Medium sweet syrupy flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration.

Good for a low alcohol beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale straw color with a soapy white head and marginal carbonation. Good clarity and decent head retention.

S: Smells like a very week Euro Lager. Faint maltiness and that's about it.

T: Surprisingly beer-like for an NA beer. Dry malt up front followed by a fair amount of bitterness relative toit. Clean and crisp. Overall, this is a mild flavored beer that doesn't offend.

M: Super-light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: Good for what it is. Not something I would buy personally, but a good take on the style.

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Photo of drakkath
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased at Malloy's Finest Wines and Spirits in Chicago. Poured into my 32oz mug

a: pale yellowish collor, direct pour revealed a 1/2" head that didn't last long with some small lacing.

s: skunky, adjuncts, malt and some faint hops

t: bready malt, corn, some hop bitterness on the finish

m: crisp, light-medium body, bubbly carbonation and bite

o: wow. This beer isn't available where I live in Alabama -- found this gem on a business trip in Chicago. There is alot more complex flavor here than I've had in a NA beer, and could kick some macro lagers in their ass.

I am reviewing this on the NA curve, as I would with any other beer that's not my "style". This is king of the NA beers!

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Carrefour Camas. Shared with my wife while launching rice with meat. Passable for a low alcohol beer, but doesnt deserve the fame of being the best low alcohol beer of 2013 that ts label brags about

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Photo of hopdog
2.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My brother brought these over for tonights B-B-Q.

Poured a light golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grass - reminded me a little of a Pilsner. Tastes of light hops mixed in with a light malty sweetness. As far as the Low Alcohol beers I've had, this one was just as drinkable (if not more) as any of them.

Notes from: 7/3/05

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Photo of BlakeA85
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clausthaler pours a palish Gold with a semi-frothy white lager-like head that doesn't fade too quickly but doesn't stick around super long, leaving small scattered bits of lacing. Smells of grass and straw, slight grain hint, kinda skunky like a euro pale lager.
Tastes slightly grassy and a bit sweet but bitter towards the middle and into the end. Feels strong and pretty crisp. Passable and very drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of Billolick
2.92/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled (my father-in-law left a few bottles on his last visit) Time to give it a try. Pours light golden, witha white decent looking head, even leaves some light well developed lacing. no nose that I could pick up. Light malty brew, medium bodied and easy to quaff. Not much flavor or interest, but at the same time no nasty off flavors present. For what its worth, I'd rather drink this then Bud and its ilk. Probably better for ya as well.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.9/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a Pale gold with a medium white head like a typical lager. Aroma grass, corn straw, apples. Taste grainey malt, honey, grassy. It's okay.

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Photo of Dave1999
2.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just got my wisdom teeth out so im off the beer for a few days but wanted something for watching the champions league final.

This poured a transparent straw colour with a head which quickly died down to nothing.

The smell is sweet and malty with just the suggestion of hops.

The taste is sweeter than regular beer,with a kind of bready taste.

The mouth feel is very light with medium carbonation.

Overall not too bad considering its non alcoholic. If it wasn't so sweet it would be fairly decent.

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Photo of jsh420
2.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours clear golden yellow with a 2 finger head that left some lacing

smells like a beer mostly cereal grains tiny bit of hops

taste is all grains with a bad aftertaste that i cant put my finger on

mouthfeel is ok - has decent carbonation and was nice and light

drinkability is so so just like the taste - if you really need that somewhat beer flavor without the alcohol its ok but i would rather drink something i enjoy diet dew

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Photo of goschool
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The pour is golden with a large white head that gets smaller, but lasts until the last sip.

Smell: The nose has strangely sweet-doughy malts, and hops.

Taste: There are the weird sweet-doughy malts, grains, vegetable soup, and noble hops. It's like a light export lager with corn-syrup.

[Edit] rhoadsrage is absolutely right. There is definitely a light tomato flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: I can't know unless it really happens, but if for some reason I couldn't drink alcohol, I don't know that I would turn to this stuff too often. I would certainly drink a lot of beverages over this in that future and it's the flavor, not the lack of booze.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.71/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A nice, clumpy white head with sticky lacing. A slightly amber gold beer.

The nose is skunky with some corn. I actually don't mind a little skunking in an NA. The front is dusty, the middle corny, the finish slightly sour. This is an ok NA, but I like their amber quite a bit more.

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Photo of Jason
2.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Eye-catching head, fluffy and white. Clarity is fine with a dusty yellowish straw colour.

Smell: Aroma of unfermented beer and hop oil extract … that is about it.

Taste: Moderate body, touch of smoothness and some slickness on the tongue. Grainy with a sweet grassy flavour, lots of hop oil flavour that seems to be an extract being that the bitterness is plain and the flavour seems processed. Clean after taste with a vagueness of hop and grain.

Notes: There are worse regular beers out there but then why drink this unless you have to. Knock on wood that I will never have to come to that point of drinking NA beer.

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Photo of bsp77
2.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Pale, bright gold with some head and lacing. Nice bubbles.

Smell: Slight sweet bready malts and light noble hops. Smell mostly disappears after a couple minutes.

Taste: Slightly sweet grainy and earthy malts and minor spicy hop bite at the end. Funny aftertaste, and as it warms, the sweet earthiness becomes a little unpleasant, so drink it cold!

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body but not nearly as thin and watery as I expected. Quite nice feel actually.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and not too bad for my first near beer.

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Photo of gshak
2.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

More toasty than I preferred. No hops to speak of. Except for those two aspects, I think this was a pretty good thirst-quencher that hit the spot on a sunny afternoon.
If they could reduce the toastiness and add a bit of floral dry hopping...oh this would be a great NA beer of choice.

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Photo of vishneda
2.65/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date of October 2009.

I actually do like a good near-beer when the occasion is right. I grabbed a six of this after reading some positive reviews. Overall I was disappointed in this offering, however.

The beer has a very weak look to it. Not to say that this is a class of knockout gorgeous beers -- its just that this thing does very little to hide its emptiness. After pouring this one in the glass I drank the rest from the bottle. The aroma was relatively uninspired. There wasn't much to describe other than a light malty scent.

The flavor comes off as somewhat sour to me, but overall relatively pale. It came across to me like the best parts of the flavor were left out. I've had other NAs that were not this way. The feel of this beer is predictably light but expected. It's drinkable like seltzer water.

(Review from tasting notes dated 03 Jun 2009)

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw colored with a white head that yields to lots of lacing.

I’d agree with other BAs that there is a weird undertone of tomatoes or tomato soup in the aroma. In fact, one BA said SpaghettiOs, and darn it all, it’s in there, along with some light malts and grains, maybe a teeny bit of hops.

Mouthfeel starts off crisp, but gives way to an unpleasantness – dry, but not in a good way. Still, the flavor is more grainy than sweet, which is a pleasant surprise for this style.

As long as your expectations of an NA beer aren’t too high, this will pass as drinkable. All in all better than many NAs out there.

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Clausthaler Premium (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei) from Binding-Brauerei AG
2.88 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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