O'Doul's - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 501
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 31.06%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-29-2002

O'Doul's and O'Doul's Amber are non-alcohol malt beverages.

O’Doul’s has a mild, sweet taste with a slightly dry finish. O’Doul’s Amber has a rich, slightly sweet taste with flavorful hop finish.

O’Doul’s and O’Doul’s Amber are brewed as traditional premium beers – fermented and aged to full maturity. The alcohol is then removed through the use of low temperature, low-pressure distillation. This extremely gentle process allows the alcohol to be removed without heating or cooking the beer, which retains the full, rich and delicate flavor and balance of our non-alcohol brews.
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Photo of ghostpsalm
4.4/5  rDev +87.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy beer of all kinds, really. As far as NA brews go, I find O'Doul's one of the best out there. I love the mouthfeel of it, as well as the taste. Many people have tried this when it was in green bottles. THe taste has since improved when they now package it is a dark brown bottle. (The darker the bottle, the more its taste will remain protected).

When canned, it doesn't have as much flavor to it, and has more of a metallic taste. Bottles are easier to find of this, but since the taste has since improved, I recommend you pick up a bottle of this and give it another try. (581 characters)

Photo of Psychromatic
3.89/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've tried a few United Statesian NA brews -- Busch NA, Sharp's, and this, so far -- and this is definitely the best of that lot.

It almost, but not quite, smells, feels, and tastes like a real beer. it won't fool anyone into thinking it's the real thing, but if you have to go NA and don't want to pay a buttload for the really pretty good NA (Erdinger Weissbier Alkoholfrei), this is not the worst choice you could make.

in case you're wondering about my curiously-high score, well, I'm rating this as an NA brew, not against real beers. (542 characters)

Photo of nekronos
3.88/5  rDev +65.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it is a non alcoholic beer, I can not say much about it, but what it is for sure, is that it was not that bad, I mean, one have to be concerning that it is a low degree alcohol beer and you have to rate as one of it. But the colour was nice, the foam, just present, and the mouthfeel was not that bad, I would drink another one. (334 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +63%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : Pours a great white stark fluffy 3 finger head but tides away so quickly it's like watching a shooting star. It diminishes to a small single ring and leaves no lace on the sides of the beer-clean class. The body is pale blonde color, mostly straw, with crystal transparency.

Aroma : Barley malts, rice, some slight roasted grain, a hint of mustiness, and a faint pinch of hop trailing behind. It's a very impressive nose for a near-beer.

Flavor : Again, for a near-beer this is far above par. Though washed out, all of the proper flavors are there - musty roasted malts, barley, rice, and yes, even a sting of hop. The vegetal character mostly present in near-beers is kept to a bare minimum here, it's on a detectable level but not on a perceptible level.

Feel : The feel stings the mouth pleasurably, not with carbonation so much (although it's there), but with the hop character and lightly burnt malts. It ends pasty on the tongue, parching the palate.

Overall : Of course this isn't going to be a real replacement for any beer unless health reasons dictate, but so far this is about the king of near-beers. My high rating reflects that. If you HAVE to drink a near-beer, O'Douls gets the thumbs up from me. (1,232 characters)

Photo of SLOBGOBLIN
3.82/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this N/A beer,the apperance is of a yellow gold with a light lace of head & froth.
Smells like adjucnt & lite hops.
Tastes good & mouthfeel is good & drinkability is great on a hot summer day when it is ice cold.
overall one of the better n/a's. (252 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.81/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with head that thins to almost nothing. Smells is sweet corn and a little skunks. Goes down smooth. Taste is sweet. Not much like a adjunct lager. For a non-alcoholic this is pretty good. Much better than Miller 64 and Bud Select 55. And better than most macros of there. (292 characters)

Photo of cheesepuffs
3.8/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first non-alcoholic beer, but I'm genuinely impressed with how much it was unlike regular beers in the American Adjunct category. Decent taste and mouthfeel. Not amazing but pretty normal really, which I would assume for this style is very good. I would have another one. Why not? It's not offensive at all. (319 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.69/5  rDev +57%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have sinned.

My friend was doing 10 days in the pokey for DUI. When he got sprung, I decided to play a cruel joke on him by offering him a beer during the carride home. Only it wouldn't be a beer, see, it'd be one of these O'Doul's thingamabobs.

He gets out and we hand him an O'Douls. He don't even look at it, just unscrews it and starts drinking. We're waiting for him to spit it out, you know, since it tastes so hideously unlike beer. But he doesn't. He keeps sipping it. Eventually we get a little anxious and ask him doesn't the beer taste crappy and he says, no, actually, it's not great but it's pretty good.

And you know something? He was right. This might be Anheuser's best-tasting regular offering. It doesn't pour that great, but it smells like a crisp European pils hopped at medium strength. No adjunct nastiness at all. Tastes about on a par with their discontinued World Lager--kinda like Stella only with a less bitter malt profile. There is a certain emptiness on the backend, where the booziness should be, but it's not nearly as pronounced as I had anticipated.

Yes, it doesn't get you drunk. But aside from that there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I guess this whole time I *have* actually been drinking beer mostly because it tastes good! (1,276 characters)

Photo of xtremejammn
3.67/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite N/A beer to date. Smooth, and decent tasting.

A: The beer bottle looks great, the design is beutiful, and the beer has an above average looking beer that pours a nearly crystal clear color and once it has settled it turns a pale yellow, while on the downside it has a short lived head on the downside.

S: Smells great, not too strong not to weak. Smells very real beery-ish.

T: Perfect. Not too sweet, not too bitter and leaves the flavor in your mouth after a drink. You can also taste the yeast and cereal malts. It's also a bit hoppy, and smells of some sort of cooked corn.

M: Not too bubbly, and the great taste makes for a decent mouthfeel.

D: Goes down smooth, with no bitter bite to it after a drink. Very Chugable, although there is no real reason to chug it.

Bottom Line is that this is easily the best near beer I've had to date, I'd reccommend this to any N/A drinker. I'm just reviewing this beer for the taste, not the alcohol level. (1,000 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.62/5  rDev +54%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice frothy head, which briefly sat on the clear pale yellow beer-stuff before dissapating.

I can honestly say there are malt and hop elements to this brew, more so that many a macro. Lightly sweet and grainy, with a slight hoppy crispness.

Yeah, these NA brews tend to be a little watery, but I don't think this one is worse than the rest of the group. They are easy to drink, maybe a little too easy, because if you are buying at the bar or restaurant because you are driving, they aren't cheap. Spent 7 bucks on two of them last night. (553 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.54/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as a gift...

This one pours a brown golden color that is a little too much on the brown side for its own good. There is no head at all, save for a collar no thicker than two or three bubbles.

Smells of lightly toasted wheat bread backed by a dry and crisp snap of ambiguous hops.

Tastes of light grains, like oats and white bread that picks up a dry numbing sting from the CO2 and hops. This transitions over into a light, woody bite with a touch of chrysanthemum and celery. No booze here? Nice!

The body feels bold and dense with a playful buzz of carbonation. Nice.

Not bad at all. Looks dull, but if you're in the mood for slugging a few brews with zero chance of a buzz, this isn't a bad call. (713 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.52/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green screw top bottle

Appearance: Light/medium gold beer with decent carbonation and a stark white head that soon falls to a thick film

Smell: Very light; cereal grains and actually a tiny bit of hop grassiness in here; a bit sweet for me, but pretty decent actually, esp for a NA beer

Taste: Very light; a touch of grain, medium sweetness, a light metallic twang, and the slightest hop bitterness...it's a bit overly sweet/sugary, but again, for what it is, this isn't any worse than some of the macro lagers I used to drink

Mouthfeel: Ultra light

Drinkability: Highly Quaffable

Conclusion: What began (and failed, after about a month) as a Lenten exercise has now led me to drink NA beer a couple of nights during the week to save calories and money; they are what they are, I'm not going to argue that NA beers are super tasty or anything because even the best are mediocre by normal standards; that being said, this and Busch NA are about the only ones worth drinking. (998 characters)

Photo of JoLight
3.51/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color, and leaves no head.

Malts, green apples, clean water are what this smells like to me.

The taste is slightly sweet, but more bready, with some grainiess, slight bitterness, and lots of carbonation. There's sort of a green apple sour/sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel is obviously thin.

For a low-alcohol beer, this is quite nice. (347 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.5/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This, and it's amber brother, are my go to quaffs when my missus says "You ain't drinking tonight!" (She who must be obeyed!).

It's a very pale yellow in color, pours a decent but short lived white fizzy head,taste is crisp clean and better than most so called "light" beers. Good for when you've had enough of the real thing, but you have to stay til closing time! (366 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can with the “Born On Date” on the bottom. The official beer for the confirmed alcoholics of the PGA Tour.

Appearance: One of the palest brews I have ever seen almost the same colour as DC tap water. Minimal lacing ends up holding its ground for a while.

Smell: Good balance between hops and grain, almost smells like a real beer.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wicked light in flavour, light grain … very watery. Nice crispness within the extremely light body. Did I say light? Yes very light. Not too starchy and very clean in the dry finish.

Notes: I could have confused this with a regular light beer … perhaps one of the most beery NA beers around. (664 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've got to hand it to Anheuser-Busch for brewing one of the most authentic tasting NA's. Of course, it still tastes like a bland American lager, but what do you expect? On the other hand, it doesn't really stand out as not having alcohol. It doesn't have that dull and sticky malt character that many NA's have; or should I say it has it to a lesser extent where it's not continually noticed and distracting. It's got a nice golden appearance with a short and creamy bright-white head that immediately drops to a thin collar. That, of course, also happens with most standard American lagers! The aroma expresses some non-alcohol character with a starchy, semi-sweet, grainy note that's decidedly different than a regular beer. Once you get past that difference, however, it's actually fairly nice. There are no hops present, but again, we are talking American lager here. The body is light with a fine, median carbonation. It's lightly crisp and then mildly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is as might be expected from the aroma with a softly sweet grainy malt that's well-balanced by a mild, underlying hop bitterness. It finishes drying with some residual maltiness. Very nicely done and highly recommended amongst NA's of this style. (1,237 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.33/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an amber, 12-oz. twist-off bottle into a plain, tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a completely clear, ultra-clean looking light yellow color with a one-finger head of frothy, white carbonation which actually maintained pretty well, but left zero lacing.

S: Crisp, metallic grain and lightly toasted rice.

T: A sharp, crisp bitterness grips the palate almost immediately, giving way to some cooked rice and corn flavors before washing back clean and dry with almost no aftertaste.

M: Exteremly light-bodied, crisp, clean and dry with a pretty grainy, almost sharp mouthfeel.

O: Honestly, not half as bad as some terrible macro light beers I've had. Could have fooled me as a macro light lager of some kind. That said, I'd never reach for it and only accept it as a courtesy to the host. If I couldn't drink at a party, I guess I could find worse things than an O'Doul's. (882 characters)

Photo of Bill_Murray
3.3/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my only option when deployed and has a special place in my memory. Although not a primary choice for beer because of the lack of alcohol, I would recommend for any designated driver or for a fish and chips lunch when alcohol consumption is not an option. (263 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.26/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A six pack for my father in law. It's been staring at me in the fridge, so why not?

A: The beer is pale, like a pale lager or pils. Clear as day, the ale gets points for translucence. A white head conjured up on pour. Where did it go, though? Disappeared crazy fast.

S: Light cereal grains and that's about it. Sweet creamed corn malt aromas follow a little while later.

T: The beer is surprisingly dry. Underneath that dryness, light biscuity malts and caramel are present. The breadiness takes the place of any alcohol. Corn sweetness is late to the party but it makes an appearance. A surprising amount of flavor for not alcohol. It's not my favorite but in a pinch it would work.

M: The mouthfeel is malty clean, sweet at times. A malted drink, water with some heft. (774 characters)

Photo of vishneda
3.25/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

The taste and smell really give the impression that this is a wanna-be pilsner. Like a nine year old trying to be Tony Hawk, it fails to meet the mark but you certainly appreciate the attempt. Maybe my expectations were unrealistically low, but I was somewhat impressed. Some bitter hop notes and grains were in the mix. It was predictably watered down, but not so that they could not be enjoyed.

There is a lot of air in this beer and the carbonation dominates the mouth feel. The beer is very light as you would expect. Overall its pretty drinkable (but then again, so is water).

I'm no expert on near beer by any means, but this beer met my expectations and served as a fair stand-in for the real thing. I probably will buy it again in the future. (767 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.23/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, clear yellow, piss colour really. Pours a very airy head that recedes immediately, looks carbonated.

Aroma: Quite typical, fresh lager/pilsner aroma. Doesn't smell as sweet as many low alcohol beers, so this one manages to mimic the real thing quite well.

Taste: More malty sweetness than in normal lagers, but not overwhelming. There are some floral aspects to the taste as well, it's surprisingly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Above average when it comes to low alcohol beers. (543 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.23/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden color with sparkling clarity, a small white head, lively streams of carbonation, excellent lace. The appearance is absolutely correct for a light American lager. Solid malt aroma with moderate hop notes. Taste begins with solid grain flavors and much less of the sticky sweetness often found in NA beers, carbonation stings slightly to good effect. The hops that are present in the aroma are largely absent from the taste, save for perhaps a whisper. Finish is clean and dry. The mouth feel is fairly good. Considering that this is a non-alcoholic beer, it’s a remarkably good effort. (598 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember having O'Douls's Amber and heading for the hills. This lighter version seems much less obtrusive.

From a 12 oz. bottle and poured into a pilsner glass, this 'beer' pours a clear straw and offers a thick and soapy head of foam. Retention is miraculously brief however, surrendering to a surface cap in a minute or so. Nonetheless I enjoyed the albeit brief ride.

Typical nose of raw grain and with no negative influences. Touch of nondescript vegetal flavors don't deter. Flavor follows suit and is light and grainy without being too thin. Feel and drink are slightly better than average for the style though there seems to be little variation in that regard in my experience. Like many of the style this is best consumed directly from the bottle or added in short increments to a glass so as to maintain a crisp carbonation. (837 characters)

Photo of Dubblebock
3.15/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So here's the story...I went to see my in-laws over the Thanksgiving holiday. My father-in-law has cancer, in remission right now, but he takes a lot of maintenance medications that don't interact well with alcohol. But he likes his beer. Before he was diagnosed, he and I spent a lot of time together throwin' 'em back. Long story short, he keeps a few of these O'Douls in the fridge for when he wants to get a little malt on
. So I'm there, and the turkey is long gone, and I didn't take any beer with me...and that nice, cold O'Douls is starting to look kinda inviting.

Poured surprisingly well. Decent head, lots of carbonation. I expected a weak nose, but was pleasantly surprised by the crisp, malty smell. Extremely clear, pale appearance.

Tasted just fine. If I hadn't been aware that it was a non-alcoholic beer, I would have sworn that it was Bud Light or Busch. A bit of a watery mouthfeel, but it was very drinkable. The malt definitely came through in the taste. Little bit of hops on the back of the tongue.

Much, much better than I expected. If I were out and didn't want to drink alcohol, this would be my choice. It looked, tasted, and drank as good as any full-alcohol macro-light-lager. Good show. (1,228 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.15/5  rDev +34%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw, with a 1/2 finger of fizzy head that is totally devoid of retention or lacing. Clean nose, faint grainy adjunct and corn smell. The sweet taste of corn adjunct dominates the overall flavor. The aftertaste has a pleasent euro-hop skunk that fades before it become annoying and gives some degree of character to the beer. It's boring and extra light, but I'm sure thats how the brewers intended a NA beer to be; so I'd have to say it has a good balance. Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel as well. Medium carbonation and a thin body that finishes mostly clean with a touch of dry euro-hops. Highly drinkable and nails the style. (650 characters)

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