Clausthaler Golden Amber | Binding-Brauerei AG

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78
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86 Ratings
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Clausthaler Golden AmberClausthaler Golden Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany
binding.de

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 05-21-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
17.85%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of weatherdog
1.39/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

I'm only drinking this for the tick and for 'research purposes'

It pours a nearly crystal clear amber with a tiny white head that dies pretty quickly, medium lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of sweet grain, like when your homebrewing and are taking your third runnings. It's not rich and velvety in sugar like the first runnings but a bit harsh and grainy with just some of the sugar left.

Now this is where it gets bad. I'm going to stick with the homebrewing theme because it's exactly what I taste. It tastes like a low gravity unhopped unfermented wort. No bitterness, just grain and a light sweetness. It's not even a good graininess like some light lagers can have. It's just terrible. I can actually taste some stale hops too, not the good kind, the kind you scoop out of the boil kettle after sitting a few hours/day because you were too lazy to clean up.

Carbonation is on par with other lagers but it lacks any crispness and just tastes wierd in the mouth.

Overall this is terrible and it's going down the drain as soon as I submit this review. I'm trying to judge this on it's merits of a NA beer but I can't imagine this is a good example. This isn't even close to a decent beer substitute.

If this is the best NA beer out there then I will have to pick up some bad examples.

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Photo of Irish7r
1.75/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of CJNAPS
1.91/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pretty good taste on this one almost forgot I was drinking a NA beer...almost. If you have to go the NA route this is a lot better the original Clausthaler. cheers

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Photo of Every1sgrudge
1.94/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Smells better than it tastes. The smell will fool you into thinking you will enjoy a beer-like beverage that contains little to no alcohol, except at first taste you will realize this is the most utterly disgusting beer you've ever had the displeasure of putting in your mouth. If this is the best non-alcoholic beer on the market I'd hate to see the worst. While the smell deceives you into thinking you have some kind of light German beer on hand, your smile quickly fades away when you taste the chemical, medicinal, malty, yeasty flavor this beer is full of.

For reformed alcoholics the selection is abysmal, and this was a waste of $8. I'd hate to see what some of these people are drinking that this deserves these high scores.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of Johnct
2.04/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.46/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Starts out kinda tasty as fizzy malt teas go. Pours amber under a thick head that looks slightly processed. A nice malty taste and, for once, a pleasing snootful of German hops. Then a strange barrage of off flavors and sugars sets in. It's nice that there's an NA beer that tries to make up for its weak malt profile by adding some hops, but this still needs some work.

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Photo of TJBAIHWL
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours golden amber, imagine that. The color is reminiscent of molasses. Very clear, not many bubbles. There's a surprising amount of lacing given the nonexistent head. A sweet, stale vegetable smell with notes of black tea and honey. This 'beer' gives an overall impression of lemony iced tea. There's some tart citrus and a raw malt flavor with notes of cornbread, sugar, and tea leaves. The lively, tingly mouthfeel doesn't really work with the flavor profile here. It feels more like they were aiming for an adjunct lager or pilsner. Overall it's drinkable and somewhat refreshing, though a little messy, I think.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark amber color with a fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is sweet bready malts and grain. As somebody mentioned in an earlier review, it does have a tea like quality in the aroma as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet bready malt to start out with and a hint of hops in the finish. More flavorful than most other low alcohol beers I've tried. A little on the sweet side but a little touch of hops in the finish to help balance the sweetness out a little bit. The sweetness makes it almost resemble a sweet tea. Could be better, could be worse.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not bad for a non-alcoholic beer. I would rather just drink a beer 99/100 times but I suppose this beer has it's time and place.

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Photo of bashiba
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber orange color with a fluffy off white head and nice lacing.

The smell was mild and bready.

The taste is lightly sweet with a bit of bready malt flavor, no real hop flavor to speak of. The flavor is less offensive than most NA beers, but still very lacking in the depth department.

The mouthfeel is light and watery with a touch of carbonation.

Maybe the best Low/Non Alcohol beer I have had, and still not very good, its a shame than there doesn't seem to be a good alcohol free beer alternative out there.

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.72/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (best by 10/20/12) poured into a shaker pint glass. Bottle clearly says Golden amber, but it's green glass, and, the cap says "Premium Extra Herb" And it's 0.5%....hmmmm....mixup of the cap and a change in the beer?

Appearance: Indeed - a orange golden amber clear beer. Initial 1/4" white head died back to a thin skin across the top and a thin ring at the edges. No initial lacing until I started to give it a swirl and then the lacing showed up.

Smell: When cold - skunky hops with some grass and something grainy in the background. With a swirl, more of the same but a strong hit of sulfur as well. It's a strong smelling beer- quite full of aroma but I'm not enjoying it.

Taste: Mostly bitter profile beer. Nothing but bitterness and something astringent when cold - gets much better as it warms up. Metallic + bitter + whole grain flavor up front, a hint of something bready in the middle then some German style earthy hops at the end and a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated - borderline fizzy at times on the palate. Just a hair thicker than water, but it does slate the thirst nicely.

Overall / Drinkability : This is the first time I've ever had a low alcohol beer and I can say that it has a lot more flavor than I expected. Went well with food (pasta with basil + tomato sauce) but I can't see drinking it by itself. With food, pretty good. Without food, interesting, but the smell puts me off a bit. Glad that I could pick up a single and not a whole pack of thet stuff.

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Photo of BeerBucks
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Bruning
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Resuin
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of WoostaBia
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of papat444
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to MasterSki for this one. Enjoyed while watching the second period of Game 7 between the Canes & the Bruins last night.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before March 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear but slightly hazy body with thick 3 finger white head. Not bad, better than i expected.

Smell: Picking up some corn and grainy cereal but not too much of the famous skunky aroma associated with N.A.'s. Smells lively, not too bad.

Taste: Same grainy aspect with slight bitterness but finishes a little acidic. A bit bland but thankfully no skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: All downhill from here. Good carbonation but has this metallic feel to it. It eases to a clean finish as it warms but still have that feeling lingering in my mouth.

Drinkability: At first, i though i was going to pour it out because of the almost offensive metal taste but it suddenly disappeared. Still, it made it difficult and not entirely pleasant.

Overall: I can appreciate a good N.A. but for me this one didn't do it. That weird metal taste stuck to me even though it did disappear midway through it still left it's trace on me. It upset my stomach a little and i wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of johnnnniee
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a solid golden color with a decent sized white head that displays moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of skunk, corn, light bits of caramel, slightly bready malty aroma. If it weren't for the skunk this wouldn't smell half bad. Taste is bready and caramel malty with a hint of earth. Again not half bad. Thin body, spirited level of carbonation, bubbly foamy mouthfeel. Lacks any kind of body, tastes okay, if it weren't for the style tick I would have never bought this. Not too bad for an alcohol free I guess.

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Photo of dertyd
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rayek
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber, with good clarity and mild carbonation. A fizzy white head falls fairly quickly to a thin film that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves bits of lace.

S: A distinct straw aroma is backed by a light toffee and sugar sweetness. A bit of lemon rounds things out.

T: Start out quite sweet. Toffee dominates early before being aided by some dry raw malt. Bitterness is well balanced and has a bit of pepper to it. Things get a bit odd in the finish when a strangely chemical flavor sets in.

M: The light body has about the right amount of fizz.

D: This one of the better low alcohol beers out there. It's the finish that cuts this beer's score. The odd flavor in the end really detracted from the overall experience.

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Photo of Vicsvapo
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NolanWilliamson
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of LuckyJohn
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of csmiley
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Color is somewhere between gold and amber, leaning closer to amber. The white head comes to about a half finger and dissipates very quickly. Some active carbonation sticks around keeps a light coating of foam on top. No retention to speak of.

S - Grain and grass are the strongest aromas. Notes of tea show around the middle. There is a light caramel sweetness on the very end. Uneventful. Not bad, but definitely uneventful.

T - There is a decent amount of malt in the flavor. It's very sweet overall. Caramel is out front with a supporting roll taken care of by grain. I know there is some fruit in there but it's too hard to pick out. The flavor drops out at this point. Not much else going on at all.

M - Lighter bodied with some active carbonation that tickles the throat. Finish is sweet (almost cloying) and sticks around for a minute or so.

D - Drinkability is not bad. It's much better than expected actually. The flavor is reminiscent of other European lagers I've had in the distant past. Would I have this again? Not if I can help it. Is it a good non-alcoholic alternative to beer? I would have to say yes. Yes it is.

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Clausthaler Golden Amber from Binding-Brauerei AG
3.25 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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