About Clausthaler Original
This beer is a trailblazer. It has been on the go since 1979 if you can believe that. I must admit that i wasn’t really aware of them until i started researching the non alcoholic beer world.
There aren’t too many old non alcoholic beers. I recently tried one of the first id ever heard of, Becks Blue, and was entirely shocked that it was actually very good!
What type of beer is Clausthaler Original non alcoholic?
Clausthaler Original non alcoholic beer is a lager.
A lager is beer which has been brewed at a low temperature for a beer. Lagers can be dark, amber or pale.
Pale lagers are the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer and this is an example of a pale lager.
The good news is Clausthaler Original non alcoholic beer abides by the German Purity Law. That means these are the only ingredients allowed…
- malted barley
- carbon dioxide from fermentation
- hop extract
For a beer drinker that means clean and crisp and tastes of beer. No weird natural flavourings or fancy stuff, just how a beer was meant to be mad. I am a an of the German Purity Law.
Like the ingredients, the nutrition profile is important, especially in a non alcoholic beer. You ideally want all the flavour without lots of added sugar.
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Unfortunately this breaches my usual upper limit of sugar i want to see in a lager or pilsner. Anything over 2g/100ml of added sugar and it can taste too sweet and i dont want sweet beer.
The added sugar is usually a problem for the cheap supermarket beers that have no flavour to back it up so hopefully this will be different.
The label is nicely styled and i am a fan of green bottle. It actually looks like a classically styled, nice German beer, which is not often a bad thing.
As for the beer itself, it is a touch darker than pale golden with a decent head on it which lasts a decent length of time. Probably the sugar but so far so good.
I get a mild hops smell with a bit of sweet wort. Not lots on the nose i’m afraid and i don’t usually like getting that whiff of sweet mashed beer (wort). It often reminds me of sticky carpets of bars and nightclubs
It isn’t a hoppy as you would like a pilsner to be which is probably where they have pitched it as a lager. Even for a lager tho, its hops light. There isn’t great hops or bitterness coming through at all for me although thinking back on some of the cheap terrible beers it certainly isn’t as bad as them.
There is a decent full mouthfeel, it doesn’t feel thin or empty or like fizzy water like some really calorie light lagers can be. Clearly the helping hand in the regard is the high sugar levels it has. It does taste a bit too sweet for my liking.
Once a lager/pilsner has more than 2g/100ml of added sugar it tastes just too sweet for a beer and more like a sugary wort.
I think i’ve made this review sound worse than it is. Its ok, its just if you go to the trouble to get a German lager or pilsner the choice is so good that picking this is a bit pointless unless you are a hardened larger only drinker and don’t mind it being sweet.
For a further selection of top German non alcoholic beers, read my review of 8 of the best here
Not a patch on some of the other German non alcoholic beers I have tried. It is just lacking something.
6/10 for me. A bit sweet and lacking flavour although a cut above the cheap supermarket sugary non alcoholic beers.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
If you are only to drink or buy one Clausthaler, i would go for the “Unfiltered Dry Hopped” – that full review is here
Is Clausthaler Original non alcoholic gluten free?
No, non of the German Purity Law beers would be gluten free as they contain barley and nothing to then remove the gluten.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Clausthaler Original non alcoholic vegan?
Yes, and it is confirmed on barnivore.com
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
Where to buy
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A bit sweet and lacking flavour although a cut above the cheap supermarket sugary non alcoholic beers.