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O'Doul's Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
55
awful

196 Ratings
THE BROS
34
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 31.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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 08-28-2002)
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Photo of Jason
1.2/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bright amber colour though not much upstairs. Smells artificially sweet with some hop oil and malt sugar. The taste is even worse, sickly sweet with little hop to balance. Tastes like artificial caramel … perhaps the worst near beer I have had to date.

Jason, Jul 14, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of BK2084
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a premium non-alcoholic lager. Taste is dry, smooth and malty. A little bitterness is there, also. Mouthfeel is full bodied and substantial, but lacking in alcohol. I was waiting for hops that never showed up. I liked this, as far as the type goes. Too bad it is so expensive

Rifrafboy, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of bsp77
2.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into plastic cup.

Appearance: Light amber with almost no head.

Smell: Very sweet, with caramel and corn syrup.

Taste: Sweet caramel, drier biscuit and pepper. Okay when ice cold; not okay when it warms at all.

Feel: Very light with high carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish.

Overall: Well, it is actually better than the lightest of the light beers. Not much else I can say.

bsp77, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.86/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Its all downhill from here.

Looks and smells like a standard beer. No problems, standard amber ale no? But then the taste, I don't like too much alcohol, but if there's almost none, maybe its psychosomatic or whatnot, but I just can't get into it.

Mouthfeel indicates that the beer is much thinner than its appearance. Becomes watery, loses any wood and malt feel it had. No hops at any point. Can't stand to finish even one, and can't believe the price of this.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of ADR
2.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Hey why not? Can from a cooler...

Clear amber, a somewhat pretned adjunct-like head that barely has time to say goodbye. No lace. Just a slight bit of malt to the aroma, a bit of far-off ginger ale. The ginger ale theme continues into the flavor profile -- a slightly sweet and grainy mix of overcarbonation and slight acidity (not seeming to be hop generated) mix with a bare brown sugar. Misses on many beer-like qualities and its a little difficult to assess hop malt balance on this one (as in many NAs, who'ld have thunk alcohol helps here?). I won't bash it, it has better qualities and some malty huskiness not found in Michelob Ultra.

ADR, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

LXIXME, May 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -31.2%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Brenden
2.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought I should try this just because it was around. I probably shouldn't have.

Color is hazy amber with, to its credit, at least a little head but no lacing.

Smell is...artificial. Very fake. Malt and sugar and...maybe some grainy hops hidden.

The taste is the same. Possibly some graininess, at least there's that, but no balance.

It's quite thin. Poor finish and lingering garbage aftertaste.

Not quite the worst thing, but generally quite unpleasant.

Brenden, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of SetarconeX
2.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If I have a dirty little beer secret, it's that I rather like this little malty beer-like brew. Much nicer color and flavor than the original Odouls had. I usually buy them for cooking purposes, should I feel like getting creative with burgers, but it's surprisingly drinkable on its own. In fact, I'd rather drink this than some of the more unpleasent real beers that this same company makes (though those beers shall *cough, amber* remain nameless *cough, bock*).

This is probably the closest you can get to beer in a non-alcoholic. Give it a whirl.

SetarconeX, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
2.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A leftover from a previous tenant at a time-share ski chalet - why the hell not - got to be on my game tonight...

This erm, beer, pours a clear medium golden amber, with a surprising amount of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some fragmented lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of sweet barley and corn cereal malt, and some very mild off-putting florals. The taste is very thin, slightly astringent caramelized grain. That's it - the 'flavour' comes and goes so quickly, it's hard to get a bead on it. The carbonation is average, the body light, watery, and bereft of character. It finishes off-dry, I suppose, the echo of the neutered malt whimpering to the end.

I get the close-to-nil-alcohol idea for beer, but why the taste and body has to suffer so much, I have to wonder, and another thing - this thing still has 90 calories? Cripes. I can't believe that I'm suggesting that one should opt for a Coors Light or Michelob Ultra in its place.

biboergosum, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.35/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

O'Doul's Amber.

A friend drinks this cause he can't have the real thing! I figured I'd give it a try.

Appearance- very light caramel brown with no head.
Smell- light, very light hint of caramel.
Taste- pure water with just a light dipping of some caramel flavor.

overall- a decent nonalcoholic?!?

NJpadreFan, May 09, 2004
Photo of pmcadamis
1.55/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Clear amber with a fizzy short-lived head and no lace.

S - Lightly toasty and pretty acrid....sort of smells like a watered down amber ale mixed with a really bitter pils.

T - Vinegary and a little bitter with some caramel and toast. Very weak....nearly flavorless really. You basically have to swish with it to taste anything.

M - Watery, thin, and flimsy.

D - If you really need to avoid alcohol, then I guess this isn't terrible, but your better off just drinking half of a real beer.

pmcadamis, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of tdm168
2.68/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - see-through amber with a soft, thin layer of pure white head that has decent retention

S - sweet, doughy, faintly metallic

T - bready, grainy, metallic, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

The odd metallic notes ruined any chance for this one. There's a nice attempt at a malt presence, but its sweet and there are no hops for balance. This was only $.89 for a single. I bought it for this review. I won't be buying another one.

tdm168, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
1.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a light amber color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is pretty bland to say the least. There is just a hint of grain and caramel. Not much else.

T- The taste starts out with a grainy sweetness with a touch of caramel. Could definitely use some bitterness from the hops in the finish to balance out the sweetness. As it is, I find it to be a sweet watery mess.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I would recommend avoiding this one. The regular O'Doul's is much more palatable compared to the Amber.

cjgator3, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +37.6%

cliff1066, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.5/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Looks like a beer, pours like a beer... um, there the similarity ends. Fizzy head disappears faster than a 7up, smells like a sweetened Nestea. A halfway decent amber body for the "style," at least, but it tastes like watered-down Malto Goya (a Mexican malt soda). I had a whole six of this I was using for cooking; only when I was down to the last bottle (and I was off beer for Lent) did I consider actually tasting it.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of DOCRW
1.75/5  rDev -19.7%

DOCRW, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Backer2004
2.6/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

O'Doul's Amber is really no better or worse than any other adjunct light lager. In my opinion, it's not "what beer drinkers drink when they're not drinking beer" - why do I remmeber that jingle? It looks a little nicer than light beers and goes down easy enough. If you're pregnant and love beer, go for it. If you've had enough and need to drive home, go for it.

Other than that, don't go for it.

Backer2004, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Brew Fest:When poured into my glass, the head was small sized, ivory and contained fine sized bubbles.The body was clear with fizzy carbonation.The hue was amber and the nose was lightly malty.The flavor was lightly bitter and the mouthfeel was tingly, smooth and thin.This beer left no lacing.

hotstuff, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of Sailracer
1.5/5  rDev -31.2%

Sailracer, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of cfrobrew
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
2.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dull rustic orange with a pristine clarity reveals a light, spacious rise of effervesce. The head was a bit of surprise, frothy at a finger high with a sea-shell white color displaying a short rate of retention. Slight whispy lashes line the glass for lace.

S: Light metallic notes, with a very light dry toasted graininess. Really hard to get much out of this even after several minutes of constant agitation. Neutral.

T: The flavor was sweet caramel, toffee with some honey toasted cereal grains. A touch of fruitiness comes late in the game with a mixture of pear and oranges.

M: Light bodied with a creaminess and a quiet carbonation factor. A smudge of malt support.

O: An adequate example for the non-alcohol drinker though is a touch to sweet to indulge in multiples. A clean brew, a bit light and watery at times but is to be expected per non-alcohol styles. Better then anticipated but certainly not a substitute.

beerthulhu, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.05/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle poured into a plastic cup. It was around, so I grabbed it.

A: The beer is very amber, a caramel brown color with a finger of white head. The color is just dark enough to leave it opaque.

S: The aroma is loaded with bready malts and a semi-sweet caramel flavor. Not the most exciting but very unusual.

T: The maltiness is upfront, caramel and bread throw all they've got at you. Following them are, well, very little. Hops are an afterthought and any boozy warmth has been neutered. The result is a bready soda water with few redeeming qualities. I'd rather stick with Budweiser.

M: Malty, loaded with semi-sweet caramel. This beer isn't afraid to show off that side. The hoppiness is more muted with a 'nothing to see here' mentality.

D: One was enough. Yeah, I ticked the style, waddya want me to say? I'd prefer my beer with booze in it.

akorsak, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Hendrick24
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hendrick24, Jun 26, 2014
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O'Doul's Amber from Anheuser-Busch
55 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.