About Clausthaler Unfiltered Dry Hopped
The Clausthaler Original non alcoholic beer has been about since 1979 but this one is a relative youngster from 2015.
The two stand out elements with this are the dry hopping and unfiltered nature.
This is dry hopped with cascade hops giving lots of extra citrus notes. Dry hopping is a brewing term for adding hops late in the brewing process. It creates a hop forward flavour
Unfiltered beer does not undergo extra filtration before it is bottled, so it is usually less clear than filtered beer. When you filter beer you loose a little flavour so with this being unfiltered with added hops, you hope that it should have a big flavour punch.
What type of beer is Clausthaler Unfiltered Dry Hopped 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 Unfiltered Dry Hopped 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.
It is the same nicely styled bottle as in the Original but in brown almost drawing you this that is will be a darker beer. I do like a brown beer bottle.
The beer is an ale colour, light brown, too dark to look like most pilsners or lagers. It is cloudy but starts to settle and the bottom becomes clearer first.
This one certainly more on the nose than the “Original” – review here. Piles more hops and bitter/citus tones. It makes me hopeful that the beer will offer more to taste too.
Ah ha. Yes there is bags more flavour than the Original, excellent. Is there nearly too much? Is that a thing?! Its dry hopped and you can taste every but.
Loads of hops and flavour here. The mouthfeel is again good from the sugar but with the extra flavour this can now carry it off brilliantly. It’s a bit like a full fat version of Nanny State maybe.
Doesn’t taste like a lager the same way Brooklyn Special Effects isn’t a lager. Although in both these cases that is a good thing.
For a further selection of top German non alcoholic beers, read my review of 8 of the best here
If you are only going to drink one Clausthaler lager then i would pick this one, certainly over Clausthaler Original
8/10. Still too sweet. If they can half the sugar it is a cracking beer. The better of the 2 easily.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Is Clausthaler Unfiltered Dry Hopped 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 Unfiltered Dry Hopped 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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Still too sweet. If they can half the sugar it is a cracking beer. The better of the 2 easily.