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
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
74
Avg:
2.9
pDev:
24.83%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of dertyd
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zazzi82
2.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of leitmotif
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jsh420
2.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 prototypic
1.81/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: It pours a yellow, straw-like color. It's very clear. Carbonation seems active and yields a two finger white head. It wasted no time dissipating and left a light, sticky lacing on the glass. Not bad.

Smell: The nose is below average, but still exceeds my expectations. It's grainy and earthy. It's a little vegetal and features a distinct corn aroma. That aspect doesn't seem very strong though. There's a little citrus lemon sweetness that livens it up. There's not a lot to offer here past that and that's what hurts it most. But, at the end of the day, it's not an overtly bad smelling beverage. Am I allowed to call this beer?

Taste: It was doing okay until now. The wheels came off the wagon here. There's a slight grainy flavor initially, but it disappears quickly. The vegetal-corn flavor is really strong and tastes...well...bad. It overpowers all other flavors and tarnishes whatever it could have been. There's not much else to talk about here. It's void of any citrus sweetness or hop flavor. There's nothing that can redeem it at this point. It's bad.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a very light body. Carbonation is active and very buzzy. The feel leaves a lot to be desired. Drinkability is not good. I'm not sure why anyone would be a repeat visitor here. Well, unless perhaps you're into no alcohol beer.

Clausthaler Premium is not a good beverage. I have a tough time calling it beer. It's more of an impostor. The only real flavor I'm getting out of it is corn. That doesn't work very well. I think this is my first no-alcohol beer ever. I may never have another after this experience.

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Photo of jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually drink Beck's NA as my NA beer of choice but this is a much better attempt to recreate a german Pils. Good hop nose and a decent full midbody help you beleive that this is regular beer. I will buy this again when the need arises to have no alcohol but still want beer taste.

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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 patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of hopdog
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear bright yellow with a very tall white head that had good retention and left a few spots of lacing.
S - classic German lager aroma, sweet malts and Euro-hops.
T - taste is light, crisp and refreshing and that of a good German brew.
F - lighter bodied with a zesty feel.
D - extremely drinkable for a refreshing beer drinking experience without a big buzz...
and it's low in calories to boot!

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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 yemenmocha
2.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle, so expecting skunk. Pale golden color. Nose is ferocious skunk. Maybe a mushroom juice component in there. Skunk. Cereal grain on palate, malt, sweet. Light hops. Light body. Goes down easy, so long as you can tolerate the skunk. Better than a normal ABV American adjunct lager though.

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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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
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 chuckgietzen
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MNBeerGeek
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KensWorld
2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cliff1066
2.49/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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 CJNAPS
1.72/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

If you have to go Low ABV, this is better then O'Doul's. but these Non-Alcoholic beers are not my cup of tea at all. I need way more flavor in my beer.

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Photo of Duffman79
2.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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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Clausthaler Premium (Non-Alcoholic/Alkoholfrei) from Binding-Brauerei AG
2.9 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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