Clausthaler Premium | Binding-Brauerei AG

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Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.45%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-01-2002

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68
Ratings:
110
Avg:
2.88
pDev:
31.6%
 
 
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Photo of pentathlete
2.14/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pretty enough with a clear golden color and a small white head. Not much bubbling action and the foam falls to a ring. Smell is sweet barley soup, grains predominant with that euro lager hop odor. Not inviting at all. The taste is cloying, wet, like a skunky Heineken. Mouthfeel is thin, watery, with a finish that is unpleasant, probably from the unfermented malts. Not really drinkable, but this could be because I don't care for this style when it has alcohol, let alone the NA version.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.15/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have never had a low alcohol beer. So, as I prepare to drink and review my first one, the option of reviewing it *as* a low alcohol beer (in other words, in comparison with others of the style) isn't an option. Reviewing it as beer doesn't seem fair either. Therefore, I have decided to review two such offerings in a comparison tasting. By reviewing the current #3 (this one) side-by-side with the current #21 (Warsteiner Premium Fresh), I hope to find out what makes a beer of this style good, or at least palatable. Enough introductory nonsense, on with the show...

Lucent golden amber that appears darker than most light beers and is several shades darker than its competitor. The head is a fine thing indeed; eggshell in color with plenty of stickiness and a characterful texture that would make beer of any style proud. There's quite a bit of chunky lace on the glass that looks as if it won't be washed away easily. This one has nothing to be ashamed about so far.

Clausthaler Premium has the clear advantage when it comes to the nose. There's a pleasant, bright, fresh grain, citrusy aroma emanating from the glass that trounces anything currently being brewed by the Big 3 and most Euro pale lagers. This really is high-quality stuff, alcohol or not.

Taste is where these two really suffer. This one looks and smells good, but that's where the party ends. Maybe alcohol really does make an important (critical it seems) contribution to the flavor of any given beer. It's hard to put into words, but it tastes fake, as if the brewers tried to pass it off as beer without using any of the usual ingredients. There's very little grain flavor and the bright, slightly citric, character of the aroma is long gone.

The finish is a little vegetal and lingers longer than I would like. The body is light beer light and the mouthfeel matches the flavor in being overly flat. Clausthaler Premium needs something badly and that something is alcohol. But then it would cease being what it is and what's the point in that? Well...

If this is the #3 low alcohol beer on the planet then this is a style that has a looong way to go. I wouldn't think it would be that hard to brew a decent beer with low or no alcohol, but then my brewing knowledge would fit comfortably on the head of a pin. Edge to Clausthaler Premium, for whatever that's worth.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +25%
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 Sycodrummer
2.34/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When judged with style strictly in mind this beer does a good job of filling the role of the average macro lager. In terms of many of the other beers I and others enjoy, however, this will simply not fill one's dessire for beer.

Poured from a 12oz. green bottle into a pint glass yeilding a frothy, snow-white head about one finger thick. The head sat atop a slightly straw colored pale yellow beer typical of macro fame. Not as translucent as some macro's with decent coloration and streaming bubbles of carbonation. Bits and peices of lace clung to the glass, but no appreciable rings. In short, out of the NA's this beer plays the part of real beer well based on appearance.

Smell is very grainy and bland. Lable indicated only water, malt, hops and yeast used in the brew, but its smells of other adjucts and grains.

Taste is thin and slightly watery. Stale malt and an overload of flavourless grain bombard the palate. Zero hop character detected, zero bitterness detected. Slight malt but it is masked by carbonation and is rather thin.

Very thin on the palate with club soda like carbonation.

Its drinkable in that if one cannot have alcohol for whatever reason this probably comes the closest to a BMC beer. For that crowd, this would satify the palate. However, after being exposed to so many other good beer, this is a limp, water, soda-like drink. Good for the style, not good for beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.56/5  rDev -11.1%
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 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 mschofield
2.34/5  rDev -18.8%
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 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 TinusTime
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NOTE - this is reviewed against other NA's and not against other beers. Pours a golden colour with a stark white head. No lacing. The smell has a bit of the typical sweet smell of an NA, but there are also some traces of hops. Taste is very good for the style.. A bit of sweetness, but enough hop during the middle to not make this as sweet as other NA's such as Odouls or Sharps. Finishes crisper than most any NA I have had. Good non obtrusive carbonation, and like most NA's they are very easy drinking. Very non offensive NA. If i had to go somewhere and be a designated driver, I might just bring a sixer of this as it was fairly enjoyable to drink.

Thanks to my distributor for the sample of this and DAB low carb- lord knows i wouldnt have bought them on my own.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +53.8%
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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Photo of Andreji
2.3/5  rDev -20.1%
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 BeerBob
4.4/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clausthaler NA pours a light golden amber from a 12oz green glass bottle.
Head goes well over two fingers and lasts for some time before fading to a white blanket of foam with nice lace around the glass.

Nose is a pleasant damp barley malt with nice sweet notes followed by just a faint whiff of hops.

Drinking from the glass brings the taste of wounderful toasted barley malt with a well balanced bittering of hops. The carbonation levels are just right, not too fizzy like a soda pop or some other NA’s, this ones right on the money.

Clausthaler NA offers lots of toasted malt with a good amount of bitter hops to make this brew a winner in my book.

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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 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 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 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 bditty187
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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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