Aged: No age statement
Product of: Germany
Developed in the 1970s and launched in 1979, Clausthaler was the world’s first non-alcoholic beer and its creation is the result of an innovative brewing process that prevents the formation of alcohol. Clausthaler is the best-known beer produced at the Binding-Brauerei Brewery.
Other non-alcoholic beers are made from conventionally brewed beer with the alcohol later removed after fermentation by dialysis or reverse-osmosis method. Beer is passed through a partially permeable membrane under its own pressure (dialysis) or pressured (reverse-osmosis). Water flows across the other side of the membrane and due to the natural tendency for differential pressures to balance, alcohol passes through the membrane, so separating it from the beer.
Clausthaler is made by a patented process that ensures that little fermentable maltose is produced. Clausthaler Premium is then bottom-fermented with especially cultured, but otherwise normal beer yeast. Because there is little maltose available in the wort the yeast can only produce a tiny amount of alcohol. This process not only brews a tasty non-alcoholic beer but also conforms to the German Purity Law of 1516.
*Note: Clausthaler is 0.45% alc./vol. so not completely alcohol-free. In the UK, the terms ‘alcohol-free’, ‘non-alcoholic’, ‘dealcoholized’, or ‘alcohol-removed’ may be used for products with not more than 0.05% alc./vol..
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 06/12/2010
Dry and refreshing with floral and metallic notes.
In the inimitable words of our resident expert, Barry Lager, “It does taste of beer and I never thought I’d say that about a non-alcoholic lager. Considering its non-alcoholic beer it’s fantastic.”