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O'Doul's - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
51
awful

406 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 37.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-29-2002)
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +60.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:06:09 | More by PBRstreetgang
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vishneda

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +60.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 15:37:20 | More by vishneda
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev +60.9%

07-04-2012 22:12:34 | More by Dapperticus
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digitalflood

New York

3.25/5  rDev +60.9%

02-04-2013 20:21:14 | More by digitalflood
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HalfFull

California

3.18/5  rDev +57.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 04:45:50 | More by HalfFull
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Dubblebock

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +55.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-01-2003 18:24:38 | More by Dubblebock
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Spikester

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev +55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is clear gold with two fingers of white head. The head lasts about two minutes then becomes a ring of foam most of the way down. It even left a few spots of lacing.

Smell is corny with some light grains.

Taste is sweet corn, rice, and a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very much like most US macro lagers. That is to say much better than anticipated.

From the green and silver can. I would rather drink this than the two "bigger brothers" from the same company. What a surprise.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 05:16:32 | More by Spikester
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev +51%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured light yellow - fast carbonation with a fluffy white head that almost immediately vanished to nothing.
In the smell, there were some hints of hops and malt. They were very light, but clean - no worse than most light beers.
The taste was watery, but had hints of some hops, especially in the aftertaste. It was clean, but weak.
It leaves a clean, but rather flat feel. I can see how someone who can't have alcohol for some reason might be refreshed by it. Considering its style, it's not bad. Actually, it's probably at least as good as most macro lights. Not something that I personally would go for though. (If I can't have a beer, I most likely won't. I based the scores on the style - not so much personal preference.)

Serving type: can

07-13-2006 17:37:44 | More by jwc215
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +48.5%

08-25-2012 03:24:15 | More by BK2084
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Razr86

New York

3/5  rDev +48.5%

09-11-2012 02:36:54 | More by Razr86
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freewill35

Indiana

3/5  rDev +48.5%

11-16-2011 18:59:35 | More by freewill35
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kristenrae8

Illinois

3/5  rDev +48.5%

12-03-2011 19:55:55 | More by kristenrae8
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Irish7r


3/5  rDev +48.5%

05-24-2012 01:39:05 | More by Irish7r
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67cuda

Colorado

3/5  rDev +48.5%

12-11-2013 16:58:59 | More by 67cuda
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RBorsato

Virginia

3/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So begins my quest for a nice N/A....

Clear straw color with a nice white head at first and very active carbonation pretty much throughout. Prominent corn adjunct aroma and flavor but not any more so than the standard A-B offerings. Very light bodied. Crisp and clean and not much different than other alcoholic macros which would make it diff to distinguish blind I would think.

Per label:
-65 cal., 13.3 g carb., 0.7g carb, 0 fat

Born On: 11/30/05
Tasted: 01/08/06

($4.56 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 19:00:35 | More by RBorsato
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JDizzle

Indiana

3/5  rDev +48.5%

11-23-2013 14:53:55 | More by JDizzle
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J702

Nevada

3/5  rDev +48.5%

06-29-2014 00:49:59 | More by J702
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Burt

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev +48.5%

11-26-2011 03:21:14 | More by Burt
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mdt88

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +48.5%

10-11-2013 00:45:02 | More by mdt88
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scootercrabb

Illinois

3/5  rDev +48.5%

11-22-2011 20:39:42 | More by scootercrabb
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MattTastrophee

Vermont

3/5  rDev +48.5%

02-13-2014 11:30:04 | More by MattTastrophee
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +48.5%

11-20-2011 21:00:08 | More by touchmeimsac
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

3/5  rDev +48.5%

07-14-2012 21:50:25 | More by ssjkyle
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev +48%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear yellow with a large, thick, dense, white head that has good retention

S - grainy, husk

T - grainy, husk, a bit sweet; very very faint flavor

M - light bodied, well carbonated

For those that are avoiding alcohol but still like to have a beer, I"m glad that there are offerings out there for them. This is probably one of the better ones (small sampling as it is) that I've had. Due to the nature of the style, it is incredibly light and has a very weak flavor profile. There is enough flavor however to give those that choose this style an inkling that they're drinking a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:17:08 | More by tdm168
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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big full head with gold color. Looks like a typical Am. lager. Mostly sweet water aroma with some tinniness/metalic qualities, with some malt. Taste is non-distinct, yet somehow not excessively watery. Little less of sweet water taste than many. Some metalic tones. Seems a little less thin that many, with a satifactory carbonation. Other than being a N/A, there is nothing terrifically wrong with this. It'll do if a N/A is required, but the European ones are generally better.

Serving type: can

11-24-2002 15:24:06 | More by garymuchow
O'Doul's from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.