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O'Doul's Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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O'Doul's AmberO'Doul's Amber

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209 Ratings

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 2.19
pDev: 31.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-28-2002

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 Brad007
2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems normal.

Aroma is pretty sweet with a hint of brown sugar in the nose. Hmm, more than I can say for the other version of this beer.

Taste is full of caramel, sweet malt and an odd flavor overall in the middle. Hard to stomach.

Mouthfeel is thin and full of caramel and an otherwise undesirable aftertaste. Certainly not impressive.

Avoid unless you absolutely must drink a n/a beer. It has a bit more flavor than some n/a beers but not enough.

Photo of roddwolff
2.13/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

With no doubt, this one is the tastiest non-alcoholic beer i ever tasted; with an amber golden color; smooth smell; in the taste there is an accentuated malt with an end of cereal, very good.

I know this is a not alcoholic beer, but... with the food, tastes like a real beer, truly.

Homever i can't give a good calification to a non-alcoholic beer.

Photo of Brenden
2.18/5  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.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.06/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ap: golden amber color with one finger head
Sm: pale and thin
Ta: grainy, smooth, sweet
Mf: light
Dr: Actually tasted pretty okay at first, but by the time I finished, not so much. I can drink a beer (kind of) without screwing up the numbers in Turbo Tax. I'll have another when I forget how the first one tasted.

Photo of srandycarter
3.08/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of whiteskittlz
2.47/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

for some reason, i decided to get a 6-pack. i think i drank 2, then the rest have been sitting on the back porch. then i got an idea: cook with it! wasn't bad to simmer some vegetales, but...

bottle at room temperature, poured into frosted pint glass. okay, so it gets a handicap

looks: nice colour, light carbonation, giant 3-inch head that dies down to thin cover. moderate lacing

nose: sweet maltiness. im actually hopeful.

taste: metal tinny fizz, then pleasant malt, then back to more metallic fizz. and like decaf coffee, there is that sense of emptiness when i drink it - tho this could be the placebo effect

mouthfeel: a bit dry, a bit of that sweet malt...not that bad

drinkability: light bodied, not so unpleasant...this is fairly drinkable. 2 problems: 1) too expensive to justify, and 2) who the hell would drink this in large quantities, unless you were on a post-atkins carb-binge??

Photo of Rayek
2.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I might as well cut and paste my regular O'Doul's review. This stuff tastes almost exactly the same. Perhaps the amber color is from food coloring? Probably not, but you never know.

A: Reddish amber colored brew with excellent clarity and minimal carbonation. Soapy head starts out well, but fades quickly. No lace was left behind.

S: Rice, straw and maybe a little toffee sweetness.

T: Weak but presentable. What flavor there is to be had is dominated by rice and a slightly sweet maltiness. Bitterness is there, but adds no taste. Finishes very clean.

M: Ultra-light body has the right amount of carbonation.

D: And this is different from regular O'Doul's because? I stand by my initial statement. Passable, but not worth a revisit.

Photo of rye726
1.18/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I think this is O'Douls with a bit of red food coloring. It pours amber and has a short lived fizzy head. The body is light and again a bit fizzy. Not much flavor here. Just some light grains. The nose is like old cut grass. I don't think I'll be having this again, actually I'm sure of it.

Photo of Goliath
2.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber color with one finger of bright white head. Decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma is basically nonexistent. All I get is a very faint bready malt but even that's a stretch.

The taste is not nearly as horrible as I predicted. It actually has a slight hop bitterness with some bready malt component. It's a bit metallic as well.

The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

The drinkability is fairly low. Sure at .5% ABV it's "sessionable' (haha), but it's just not enticing to drink.

Photo of ghostmech007
1.18/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into pint.

Decent amber coloring no head to speak of. But very blah.

Smells like someone put three packets of Splenda in it.

Taste is awful. WAY to sweet with no hop balance. It tasted like I was drinking a liquidated and watered down caramel sweet.

Awful. Purely awful.

Photo of JamesS
2.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a fine light amber color with some nice head and a bit of lacing, along with a lot of carbonation. Very weak scent, a little malty, but nothing much else. Very weak taste, hints of an amber beer on in there, but other than a light malt flavor, I got nothing. It does go down smooth, though.

I thought I'd try this style just to see if it was worth the while. I'm glad I did, now I know to stick with regular beer or to get a coke.

Photo of msubulldog25
2.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Here's a beer style I'm new to - the 'Low Alcohol Beer'. This was one of two leftovers I snagged at a surprise birthday party I attended earlier tonight, both of which were gladly given away and were beers I wouldn't normally purchase or seek out. This is a 12 oz. twist-off capped bottle with a '21MAR08' Born On Date. Poured at home to a pint glass...

'RICH AND FLAVORFUL' is imprinted on label and cap.

A: What a strange head. Huge, well over 4-fingers, and an off-white creamy/soapy froth that sits for quite a while before slowly receding. Liquid is a crystal clear copper/light amber with a scattering of bubbles floating to the foamy ceiling. What lace there is sticks in broad splotches.

S: Very faint aroma of grainy malt and maybe a hint of nuts; smells a bit dusty and has a slight tart fruitiness. Even as this warms, there's not really an improvement/strengthening of the aroma.

T: Initial sip was fairly benign, with a slight tinny backing to light, caramel malts that smack of sweet corn. Thin grassy/floral hops. Dries in the finish to a a chalkier bitterness. Can claim to be 'flavorful', but the flavors aren't necessarily any good.

M: Thin and watered down feeling, seems like this was run through a strainer several times over to produce a blander, weakened essence of an Amber. An odd gummy maltiness clings to the back of the tongue and makes me reach for the tongue-scraper.

D: I get that this is a non-alcoholic beer, but when it repeatedly claims to be 'rich and flavorful' I expected much more. This has always been one of those creations I just don't get; it's similar to decaf coffee in the way it attempts to alter a beverage's 'bad' traits to make it accessible to someone who might not be able to enjoy it otherwise. Frankly, it comes off as a poor representation of any style (let alone an 'Amber') and, hence, has low drinkability for me. Glad, I suppose, to have tried this but I'd pass if offered another - even for free.

Photo of Onslow
2.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I feel that nearly everyone who rates a NA has no clue, no one seems to realize the difference between a regular beer and a beer brewed specifically to be alcohol free (or close to it)... I sometimes have to drink NA's due to driving so i actually try to enjoy them and more so, appreciate them for what they offer... Now that I have that semi rant over...Pours a medium brown colour with a low- medium head, smell is of older malts and a strange maple syrup hybrid... taste is kinda pleasant, similar to Shiner Bock but not as off putting... a surprise actually, better than most imported NA beers and easily one of the more drinkable American NA beers! ..regular o'douls might be crap, but this at least has some hope!

Photo of DrainBamage
4.08/5  rDev +86.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.57/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of Durge
2.75/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a neighbor's house when nothing else was available. Figured it would be interesting. I have had a number of these 0.5% "beers" and some I like fine once you get over the fact that they are never much like any real beer. I call them by the old fashioned term, cereal beverage. Anway, this one looked pretty good with a fairly dark golden brown color, a big frothy white head and even a bit of lacing on my mug. The aroma was OK too, a bit of brown sugar and wheat, clean. But the taste was far below some of the imported ones I have generally liked, like Haake Beck, St. Pauli's and Clausthaler. The immediate impression is with how thin and weak flavored this feels and tastes. It is well carbonated, very sprite and as a result can be called a refreshing drink perhaps, but the flavor implied by the aroma is quickly lost in a peppery and watery drink that has a metallic overtone It's very thin and just a hint of some wheat here. I thought the Amber might hold some promise but don't bother with this when there are much better choices for the no/low alcohol options. Sure you could drink plenty of these like any other of it's kind but why would you? Handy in the desert I suppose...

Photo of Halcyondays
2.3/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an amber brown, with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

S: Smells of light caramel malts, though the overall smell is very faint.

T: Tastes of some malts, some caramel, a touch of hops, but really not that much more different than your average macro.

M: Bad, it feels just like water in the mouth, the carbonation is very low, though the initial head would say otherwise.

D: Since it is so low in alcohol, it can be drunk just like water, I had no problems drinking it, I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be revisiting this one.

Photo of happygnome
2.51/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: amber in color with half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little bit of lacing
s: caramel malt aroma is detectable as well as some faint floral hops
t: caramel malts are really the only detectable flavor, there is a very slight bitterness, however i find the flavor rather bland
m: light bodied beer with average amonud of carbonation

overall this isnt a bad example of a low alcohol beer

Photo of ithacabaron
3.11/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scaliasux
2.99/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of ski271
2.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

In exploring the world of NA beers, I've found very few beers that satisfied me. This one is a step up from the lifeless regular O'Doul's, but not a very big step. The medium-dark amber color is a pleasant greeting, but it's all downhill from there. The fizzy off-white head quickly disipates, the smell is faint, grainy and a little metallic with absolutely no hops, the flavor is bland with a caramel sweetness that is at first not too shabby but quickly gets old on the tastebuds, and the worst is the mouthfeel. Just lifeless. Not worth getting again.

Photo of mrmanning
1.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from loblaws- Pours transparent amber,and a short lived, off white head. Zero lace. The aromas are faint, and it smells like other NA beers. Pretty cardboard-ey, but perhaps due to the amber designation, they did use some decent malting here, which is detectable in the aroma. Caramel and toffee nuances as well. Flavour is bland, mild sweet malt with some paper/pepper/fillers. Spritzy finish, completely forgettable. But it’s the official NA beer of the PGA.

Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden-amber, white head, hints of retention & initially a touch of lace. Good for what it is.

S: It smells like a regular beer, but the aroma isn't very strong. Floral, slightly spicy hops with a little sweet caramel & grain.

T: It's not overly sweet, but it's seriously lacking bitterness. Some spicy, floral and somewhat earthy hop flavour. Caramel & cardboard?

M: Light body, fairly dry, moderate carbonation.

D: It's light & has some beer flavour, but I don't find it's not interesting. I did actually finish it though!

Thanks for the bottle Len... it's probably not something I'd ever buy!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The time has come for NA Shootout (With Blanks) II, the second in my periodically recurring head-to-head comparison of Low Alcohol Beer, the choice of the designated driver set. This bottle of St. Louis's finest, O'Doul's Amber, will be facing off against the NA challenger from Germany, Paulaner's ThomasBrau. May the best beer-like beverage win.

O'Doul's Amber is actually rustic orange with tangerine edges. It's much darker and richer looking than its competitor, but then that was by design. Although there are many more visible bubbles in this beer, the head doesn't look nearly as good. It's beige in color and is soft and frothy rather than bubbly and sticky. Soap sudsy lace makes a brief appearance on the glass.

The aroma is remarkably low on power. A hint of minimally toasted grain greets my nose... and not much else. While there's nothing much here to like, it's vastly superior to the olfactory mess coming from the German NA. Definite edge to the American.

It's obvious that Anheuser-Busch has decided that the best way to get people to drink NA beer, a historically bad tasting style, is to eliminate virtually all traces of flavor. Michelob Ultra has more flavor than this stuff. Interestingly, a faint burst of sweet, faintly caramel-like malt becomes apparent on the finish. I say 'interestingly' because the finish is preceded by absolutely no flavor whatsoever.

No surprise that the mouthfeel is on the light side. It earns some measure of respect though by failing to descend into wateriness and by having a 'just right' amount of carbonation. Another winning category for the stateside beer.

O'Doul's Amber wins NA Shootout (With Blanks) II by a mile and wins it, essentially, by default. Like a politician who refuses to state his positions prior to an election so as to not offend potential voters, Amber doesn't provide much of any flavor so as to be palatable to those brave souls who are forced to drink it. No one gladly drinks this stuff, do they?

Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Born on" 25 July 2006.

Pours light amber with a decent head at the start, for a NA, that eventually fizzles to barely a ring.

The smell is a hint of caramel. Do I smell grain in background? Hard to tell...

The taste is malty, but not really in a good way. Sweet caramel, which itself is weak, is backed up by only a hint of roasted grain that does not hold up.

The feel is watery, with residual sweetness. Leaves a pretty bad aftertaste, like a caramel malt drink that has gone flat and lifeless.

Not an easy drink to have. It's only overly sweet because of nothing backing it up. Weak, but somewhat sticky, despite high water, malt runs the show.

If you're the designated driver, or you find yourself in a situation in which you want a NA, I suggest picking the regular O'Doul's. It's not really good, but better than this. They tried something different that just doesn't work. Scores based on NA standards (and still low, even for style.)

O'Doul's Amber from Anheuser-Busch
55 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.