O'Doul's Amber - Anheuser-Busch
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4.53/5 rDev +106.8%
Yippee, skippy, do or die! This CAN, courtesy of Chaz, will mark its 100th review, notch another Glug on The CANQuest (TM), and give me another LAB, of which I have reviewed a dozen or so.
From the CAN: "Rich & Flavorful"
Wow, the Crack was literally explosive on this gem! Man, I had liquid foaming everywhere and fortunately a decanting glass was ready-to-hand. The overly-fast Glug produced a finger-and-a-half of tawny head with not only decent retention, but the lacing was both quick to appear and very pretty. The color was a coppery, reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a unique quality, like roasting peanuts or chestnuts. It had a roasted malt quality not generally found in an Amber, but usually in a darker beer. Mouthfeel was actually ending to full and the taste was very malty, which is not my bag, but on the other hand, it was more tasty than other LABs in my memory. Finish was biscuity and frankly reminiscent of Fat Tire. I know that I will be dunned for saying so, but this was a fairly worthwhile beer for the style. I would definitely use some cooler space for my N.A./LAB friends and maybe even for me to take the edge off.
10-16-2011 12:08:59 | More by woodychandler
4.18/5 rDev +90.9%
Pours a dark copper color with thin lace of head that doesn't dissipate completely. Smells like a macro lager except with a little more malty aroma. The taste is quite surprising. I have to give it a five because even though it doesn't have as much flavor as a beer with normal level of alcohol, you can't get more flavor out of a low alcohol beer than this. It's malty and has a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is high carbonated and crisp. I would give this a higher drinkability rating, but you obvious can't get any buzz out of this.
12-17-2007 05:21:35 | More by DrainBamage
3.83/5 rDev +74.9%
This, and it's pale brother, are my go to quaffs when my missus says "You ain't drinking tonight!" (She who must be obeyed!).
It's an amber-red in color trying to replicate the Irish Red style, 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!
09-22-2011 01:43:42 | More by CaptJackHarkness
3.75/5 rDev +71.2%
I like this a lot, and regular ODouls as well. I had four of these today.
I usually prefer barley wine style, but let's face it- you don't always want to get lit or hungover. When you're a parent, that's more often than not.
This stuff is easily as good as any of the big lager swills like Bud, Milller, Pabst. You can drink all you like, which is tough to do with pop or beer usually.
Definitely not as bad as the rap it gets here. I wonder if you can legally drink it while driving?
05-03-2009 02:01:12 | More by Rollo
3.7/5 rDev +68.9%
Pours amber without head or lacing.
Smells grassy with cooked vegetables and wood.
Tastes like an adjunct lager. Some malt favors. Very smooth. No bite. Can't taste the grass, like other NAs.
Feels smooth. Doesn't bite, but thin.
Overall this is one of the better LABs. I prefer it out of the bottle versus a glass. And this may be crazy, but it's better as it warms a little. If you like beer but not alcohol (or if you like alcohol too much) this is a very good better. Next to Clausthaler, this may be the best.
10-17-2011 20:27:56 | More by Burkesquire
3.68/5 rDev +68%
IT was not very different from the O'Douls one, but was a little more dissapointed with the flavor, is alittle heavier, and it makes it a little more annoying, perhaps. The colour is more green than ambar, but anyway, it is yellow after all. The aroma is proper for a beer like this, and maybe with some limes would be better.
10-20-2005 13:47:20 | More by nekronos
3.33/5 rDev +52.1%
I really thought, as far as nearbeers go, that this was a great beer. It's nothing that I would buy on a regular basis, but it's still noteworthy. I was expecting something horrid and nasty, but I got something a bit like a lighter version of Killians, but without the bite. The best thing about the beer was the awesome head I got in the beggining. The head was huge and frothy, and lasted a good little while. I would recommend this one to anyone looking to drink nonalcholic beer.
06-16-2004 03:08:29 | More by JISurfer
3.25/5 rDev +48.4%
a vigorous pour into a tumbler from a 12oz brown bottle yields a thick 2 inch rocky cream cap. The color is a brilliant mix of amber and gold with visible carbonation rising rapidly within. The lace clings well and the retention is of at least 1/2 inch. The smell is very bready with some grainy notes that are mildly sweet with slight metallic tinge and light caramel odor. The feel is decent with semi-full feel with slight sweetness and gentle creamy texture with slight hint of spice in the background. There is a light toasted accent which leads to a semi-dry finish.
The taste is better than I expected based on previous reviews and having sampled the Premium O'doul's recently. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the malt with some toasted and bready malt flavors which have a slight accent of caramel malt which gives a mild nuttiness as it finishes. I am not a fan of NA beers but if I had to choose this is the one that best emulates a regular beer so I consider it pretty good based on the style. It has a malt flavor which is more than most have to offer.
09-07-2011 10:30:48 | More by Slatetank
3.15/5 rDev +43.8%
This is surprisingly good for a non-alcoholic brew. Even better than some of ABs other offerings.
Rich medium amber with quick fading head and little lace. Light to medium carbonation with quick rising malt sweetness. Slight malted flavor. Very little hop aroma or flavor, but has slight bitter bite.
11-01-2002 12:02:19 | More by psugrad98
3.1/5 rDev +41.6%
Reviewed with the NA beer consideration. Numbers do not compare to regular beers, only other NAs.
A - Small read reduces to ring, then nothing. Some sudsy lacing. Straw with just a splash of red tint to it. Kinda like a slight concentrated macro.
S - Light malty and a little metallic.
T - Sweet malt, some hop note, but not much. Pretty dry finish.
M - Pretty thin, but good coating.
D - C'mon, it's pretty drinkable. Doesn't get you messed up, not filling at less than 100 cal per, and it doesn't taste too different than the malt tea I make.
I think it's jes fine!
01-25-2009 06:05:36 | More by srandycarter
3.08/5 rDev +40.6%
Poured a very light clear copper with an awesome rocky head. Aroma was sweet with some malt and a bit of hops as well. Not exactly beer-smelling, but pleasant. Lots of malt in the flavor, and some off-tastes as well. Did have some beer-like richness and a bit of bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel was a little watery; could have used a bit more oomph. Drinkability was pretty good for a N/A.
An above average representative of the style. Makes a nice substitute for the real thing when the need arises.
04-09-2006 02:36:35 | More by shererjt
3.08/5 rDev +40.6%
Gimped up from foot surgery, this is the strongest tipple I can throw back for a while.
Pours a decent light...well, amber (or a deep golden, as PopeDX, sitting next to me commented). Nice, foamy, but thick head, with tight, rising bubbles to the top. Leaves decent lacing as the glass is drained.
Aroma is nice, with a notable caramel malt presence, and a light noble hop backing. Not offensive in the least.
Taste, as with any N/A beer, is going to suffer, but this still has a lot going for it. Unlike many N/As, this is relatively dry, with a clean lager snap from the yeast, with a touch of malty, grainy tannin to let you know, that, yes, this is beer, made from grain. Deceivingly beer-like. The score is low, yes, but this was far better than expected.
Mouthfeel is spot-on, crisp and clean, never overwhelming. If there's one thing that Anheuser-Busch does extremely well, it's mouthfeel. Well done here.
Drinkability....well, we were debating how many it would take to get you drunk (there is some alcohol in here, after all), but, before that, I think that only a few of these would get to be too much for the palate. Put it this way -- I ended up drinking two of these, and one regular O'Doul over the time we spent at the bar. If we had stayed for another round, I would have easily gone for another Amber.
All in all, no, this isn't on par with many beers out there, but for an N/A brew, it's hard to go wrong with this. I imagine this would be excellent to throw back while doing a weekend construction project in your backyard, if Radlers and other things like that aren't your style.
I'm actually impressed! Well done, and cheers to Anheuser-Busch for making a N/A beer that can be found in almost any bar in the world. There are a lot of temporarily (and non-temporarily) dry folks out there who still like to have a beer or two.
04-08-2007 03:05:03 | More by ithacabaron
3.05/5 rDev +39.3%
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.
07-19-2009 22:31:42 | More by akorsak
3.05/5 rDev +39.3%
Appearance - Clear light amber. Bubbly. Head is soapy, tall and white. Receeds pretty quickly. Nice for style.
Smell - Very faint, almost undetectable. Just a hint of chocolately or caramely malt and lemony hops.
Taste - Very light in flavor. There is, however, definitely a caramel malt flavor to this beer. Hops also pretty light, but present - appears well-balanced. For style, one could do much worse. The flavor is, as expected, watered down, but this beer provides more and better flavor than many of its ilk.
Mouthfeel - Obviously quite light and highly carbonated. Nothing unusual.
Drinkability - I felt like a dork buying this. While this is better than O'Doul's regular, it's certainly not good. Possibly one of the better beers in its category, but the category is rather uninspired.
03-27-2007 02:21:11 | More by scaliasux
3.05/5 rDev +39.3%
"Rich and Flavorful" it says. We will see about that.
Clear, faint amber color, big, creamy off-white head. Nice.
Wisps of grain and cereal...hardly any hops. But not bad. Just the barest of anything, I guess.
Taste: Hmmm. Smooth. Light tickle of hops, agreeable cereal mash flavor...good and moist...light bodied, to be sure.
I pull to my lips again, and am left not unsatisfied. If I couldn't have alcohol, and wanted to fit into a social situation where others where drinking, this wouldn't be bad.
I'm not sure why this gets such low marks, if anyone's reviewing to style. You really can't compare it to real beer. Heck, it's probably better than a lot of beer with alcohol.
It has flavor, not necessarily rich, better more than you expect. Long finish, malty, dry. It's missing something, but ... isn't that the reason it exists?
So, not a bad fill-in for those who need it.
(A little ashamed I'm praising an A-B product, but, hey, it is what it is. And it ain't bad, for that.)
08-29-2009 08:21:50 | More by feloniousmonk
3/5 rDev +37%
My curiosity got the best of me, so I had to try this here near beer.
I think it's got a nice, crisp, clean taste.
It ressembles beer.
There isn't anything here that would make me want to buy it again, but for anyone who is in search of a good NA beer, this one has to be at least a decent place to start.
04-12-2010 23:05:23 | More by industrialswill
2.98/5 rDev +36.1%
Appearance: Pale amber. Pours a medium, airy head. Carbonation is evident.
Aroma: Light, sweet malt, not much to it.
Taste: Rather sweet, typical for a low alcohol beer. The malt is pleasant enough, but obviously there's very little body or depth to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation (for the style), a bit much for my taste though. Light bodied.
Overall: It's not bad for a low alcohol beer. I've had a few, and none of them are great of course, but they can be drinkable at least. This one is about average.
02-19-2012 23:09:52 | More by Arborescence
2.93/5 rDev +33.8%
This beer pours with a coarse white head that's finer/denser in the middle. It leaves some nice, smooth lacing.
It has a very subtle smell: slightly caramel, slightly sour.
The taste starts very light, metallic, a little corny. The middle is slightly cloying caramel. The finish is a little sour, coming back with somewhat skunky burps. I like this NA way more than the green O'Doul's. It's a good alternative to soda pop when alcohol is off limits.
02-24-2003 17:03:55 | More by kbub6f
O'Doul's Amber from Anheuser-Busch
55 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.