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

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

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.45%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 116
Photo of donkeyrunner
1.89/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Easter with the fam = leftover NA beer.

Clear straw color with a thin white head. Decent lace for a NA.

Smells like apple juice and carmelized cane sugar.

Crisp with a honey and swampy barley ick. Despite being low alcohol, it tastes like something that would cause me to be seriously hungover. Bleh. Aftertaste of right before one throws up and is looking at the ground and spits--that's the aftertaste exactly. Mouthfeel is pleasantly crisp albiet a bit sugary.

Not a big fan.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 bditty187
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden hue, smallish white head with poor retention. No lace. The nose was hampered greatly because this sample seems to be lightstruck. But, hey, if they sell them in green bottles what can you expect? Oily, some hops are present on the palate, leafy… grassy, some malt. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Medium-light body. The lack of alcohol doesn’t seem to be bothersome. Clausthaler Premium is a good brew; recommend for anyone who needs to drink “near beer”.

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Photo of bsp77
2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Rayek
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
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 josanguapo
3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Time for a "premium" N/A Beer.

Appearance : Pours a massive fake-looking head about three fingers tall, looking like river foam at this point. It eventually recedes and leaves an appreciable amount of lacing on the walls of the pilsner glass. A small ring of head is left floating on top. The body is golden to almost light-amber colored. 80% transparent.

Aroma : Practically a dead ringer for Corona. It has a strong corn and straw grass presence, and spicy hop trailing behind. It's also loaded with cleanly cooked and strained vegetables. This is a serious Mexican beer on the nose. No joke. Even though it's from Germany...how weird.

Taste : Crisp. Miles better than Kaliber, but that's not saying much at all. That nasty trademark rotten garbage hop mixed with thrown out vegetables comes in and destroys whatever crispness there was. The whole palate is just dirty. Corn, hulls of sugar snap peas, bitter plant and green leaf plucked from the tree...carrots dug from the garden with the dirt still on them.

It's a mouthful of garbage and that's about it. Even with all of this its better than Kaliber.

Feel : At this point I don't really care. It's crisp, slightly creamy, and clean FEELING (not tasting).

Overall : Pass. Give me an O'Doul's for an NA beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(best by 04/20/2015 - poured into a fluted pilsner glass)

A: rocky, broken-silky, white foam atop a very pale, gold-tinged canary yellow... clear liquid... actually, decent number of messy lace rings

S: quite nakedly grainy, day old dinner rolls, dune grass... seems apparent something's missing (esters, medicinal-ity) - malt foundation comes to the fore, has more of a basic husky, wort smell - smells pre-fermented

T: interesting... little sweetness, if any - actually, it's keep mostly in check by a fairly assertive portion of dry, green-grassy bitterness... perhaps a nuance of toasted white bread... actually, a substantial flavor of pilsner malt kernels, a quality reminiscent of a pale malta beverage... aftertaste of spicy hay and multigrain cracker, no residual sweetness

M: somewhat smooth with light-moderate malty roundness... finishes somewhat clean and pretty dry - does feel like some residual sugars are left over, trailing down the palate

O: I kept drinking it till the end... reminded me too much of Malta Goya when all was said and done - and I love that shit!... sort of beer-like flavors going on, but you can tell something's up with it... all-in-all, I'd recommend this, but with the caveat that it tastes like a beer-flavored soft drink

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Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a small white head. Spotty Lacing.
Smell is light herbal and floral hops.
Taste is sweet bready malt and bitter euro hops. Quite full flavored in the world of N/A beer.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated and full bodied.
Overall one of the best of this type.
From a green bottle with a best by date of 102013. Long shelf life!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
1.98/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My first official NA beer review. Pours out to a medium golden color with a foamy white head. Wads of lacing inside the glass. Aromas are weak, some grain was noted, but that was the extent of it. Taste was unappealing; I could not finish this. Flavors of chemical corn, sour, watery malt and an almost salty note did not sit well. Mouthfeel was slighly bubbly, and reminded me of Alka Seltzer. Not a drinking mans brew. Pass. Now if you'll excuse me, i'm gonna get a real beer.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji and Peaches really dug this one. Good. I hate to see beer wasted, as I was gonna just pour it out.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
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 jjanega08
3.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a bright yellow color with a two inch head that has a little retention due to the bubbles rising up to replenish it and some spotty lacing can be seen.
S= grains mostly with a weird medicinal sort or chalkyt smell. I'm really not sure how to describe it. Maybe a little mothbally.
T= grains and water mostly. Sweet wort taste like unfermented beer which is what this is I suppose. A slight hop bite brushes the back of my tongue.
M= light and refreshing.
D= well its a nonalcoholic beer. I suppose it doesn't get much more drinkable.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.9/5  rDev 0%
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 mattcrill
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
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 mschofield
2.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear medium gold, topped with a two finger puffy white head, leaves bits of lacing.
Sulfur aroma, thanks to the green bottle, lemon and grain, apart from the sulfur it's very subtle.
Grain, lemon zest and sulfur in the taste, a good amount of lemon.
Light bodied

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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 Auraan
1.5/5  rDev -48.3%

Poured a clear golden body with two fingers of fluffy white head. The best part of the beer. Scents of skunk, apple juice and a bit of spicy Noble hops, honey and Pilsner malt. Overall impression is of a typical Euro Pale Lager aroma that is a bit lacking in complexity and brought down a touch by the skunk. Pleasant, but simple. Flavor begins with flavors of grainy malt, sweet Pilsner malt and honey. This moves into a skunky flavor of grain, grain husk, a bit of bitter, hop extract flavors, a chemical off-flavor, and a touch of honey. Finish is medium-dry with notes of grain, a chemical off-flavor, grainy husk and hop extract with medium bitterness. Aftertaste is grain, hop extract and a touch of honey. Overall impression is of a very grainy lager with a touch of hops and an off flavor that drags the entire thing down. It is not pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall impression is of a nice lager, the best part of the beer. Overall it is a pretty bad lager. The aroma is okay, but the flavor is terrible and the mouthfeel is standard. Not worth having, honestly if you want a low ABV beer drink a Lindeman's.

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Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am rating this to style, which I'm not exactly sure everyone who rates this has done, but here we go:

A: Bubbly, pale straw-yellow with a large foamy head; decent retention and lacing

S: There's a certain level of skunk but also grass, grains, lemon, tea--sweet lemon tea; most importantly this actually smells like a beer which is saying a lot for most of the N/A beers I have tried

T: Crisp European lager up front with faint citrus and some bready and grassy grains; it all fades rather quickly but I'm not picking up on the skunkiness from the aromas

F: A bit thin, which is to be expected but there is enough residual beer left in the mouth to make this work

O: This is what a N/A beer should be; it tastes like beer; it's well made, and it's refreshing; this is the beer I will "pound" when I want to "pound" beer

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Photo of gshak
2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
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 tjsdomer2
3.43/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Heavy white foam and lacing on the glass. Straw yellow with a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, wet hay. A bit like a skunky Euro lager of pilsener.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet caramel with a generic hop bitterness. I did not expect this much flavor. Mouthfeel is also crisp in the head and smooth in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: This is easily the best NA beer I've ever had. Granted, that is not saying much at all, but this is genuinely a pretty good beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.71/5  rDev -6.6%
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 joecast
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well this should remind me of checking what im buying, not just grabbing something new for the sake of it. does explain the low low price.

same label as the pic, just a brown bottle. best before 04/07.

generic fizzy yellow beer, with medium high carbonation. white smallish head. leaves some light lacing.

aroma is surprising. definite hoppiness there. has the euro pale lager aroma down pat. well at least a better than average version of it. tends toward sweeter malt as it warms. also keep getting some breakfast cereal in the background. maybe just that im a cereal junkie, but its there for me anyway.

taste is light and crisp at first. probably just the higher carbonation helping keep it lively but its not bad. light bitterness, but certainly not too sweet.

easy to drink quickly, which i think is best, at .5%abv. i know we dont want to judge beer when its too cold, but here i think its more appropriate. the sharp crisp character is this beers strong suit, and it loses it quickly as it warms.

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Photo of Andreji
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I would really like to know if non alcoholic lagers should be rated in its own special category. When drinking, say, buckler, one could say 'no', as it may even be competitive in the market. But, c'mon, clausthaler must be one of the worst na's ever conceived, not only because of its ridiculous sour-bitter taste that leaves you confused at the end, but perhaps because of its awful soda-like excessive carbonation. You judge.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks the part, but it's ultimately a hollow specter lacking any real substance and unable to provide true satisfaction. The color is a fine, high gold, with a reasonably good head and lace. The aroma contains a trace of green-glass Euroskunk, with some graininess and a pleasant bread-yeast. The caramel sweetness is unhampered by alcohol, so the cake and bread crust flavors are more noticeable than a traditional beer. Hops are tart and quite forceful. There is something off, though, an unpleasant chemical flavor. Like something plastic sat in the beer for a spell. It's a fake taste, which fits 'cause you could say this is a fake beer. Cookie and shortbread flavors struggle to the top and the beer ends up being sweeter than it should be. It's not awful; in fact, if this was the only option it wouldn't be the end of the world. But there must be better NAs out there.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found out last week that my gall bladder has to be removed. It's still going to be a few weeks until my surgery and until then I've decided to avoid full-stength beers and try some non-alcoholic beers. The first is Clausthaler.

When this beer is poured into a glass it certainly looks very appealing. It looks like a true German pilsner with a delicate, rocky head. The similaritites change a bit once I take a sniff of the contents of my glass. The faint trace of hops is blown away by a sort of cereal grain aroma that is reminiscent of fresh unfermented beer. I guess this makes a bit a sense seeing that this beer has so little alcohol. I take the first sip, and suddenly I'm drinking a pretty darn good German pilsner. The malt flavor is crisp and fresh. There's actually a bit of spicy hop flavor and a bitter finish. There is a bit of a slick sweetness, but by far this is the best non-alcoholic beer I've tasted.

(Please note I've rated this beer compared to other non-alcoholic brews.)

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Clausthaler Premium (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei) from Binding-Brauerei AG
2.9 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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