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Ranked #85
Ranked #50,686
1.95 | pDev: 38.97%
Missouri, United States
Notes: 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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md3kcn from Ohio

1.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchased as a six-pack of bottles from Walmart for $6.87. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Bright, clear gold with a two-finger pale white head.
S - Unbuttered popcorn and "Honeycomb" cereal. If I'm being honest, it also smells like someone farted into my glass.
T - Corn syrup, mineral, and a tangy wheat note at the finish. A bit dry.
F - Very crisp. Mild carbonation. Refreshing.
O - While being one of the cheapest six-packs I've ever purchased, this beer makes me think you get what you pay for. I think this might be the first beer I'm genuinely disgusted by. It's been proven that LA beers can taste good, so the excuse can't be the lack of alcohol. I will not buy this beer again, mark my words. Highly recommend avoiding this.

May 28, 2021
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

3.62/5  rDev +85.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light gold in colour, thin head. Smelt like sour grains and roast corn. The taste is very smooth and refreshing with an adjunct grain aftertaste. Tastes very good for what it is.

Apr 12, 2021
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light gold in color with one third inch head. Smell is stale cereal. Taste is corn, grain, white sugar. Light bodie, sweet, moderate carbonation. Nothing I would get on a regular basis but better tasting than I thought it would be. Good for a macro style lager.

Jan 20, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

1.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

It is a pale straw color with a short lasting heading. The smell is that of grains, but lack a certain freshness. The taste isn't pronounced but is balanced with what little grain taste is there. There is no hop aroma. The feel is loose and not well complimented with carbonation. Overall it is simple and straightforward.

Jun 02, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

2.06/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clear golden color.Smell of grain and wheat. Taste is grainy and watery with notes of malts and bread. ZThin mouth feel. Water is a better beverage.

Apr 23, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

2.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From Notes:
Why am I writing this? It's not good. I guess beer needs the alcohol because this is rough. Looks like fizzy yellow beer, smell and taste are atrocious. Feel is like soda. Overall: yeesh.

Jan 12, 2020
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petersonnic from Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer sucks. I drank 40 of these and barely had a buzz... It's like drinjing water with a pinch of hops. Who the hell buys this and why? I mean what a waste of money.

Jan 02, 2020
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scarfacecrowe from Missouri

1.99/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear light golden color with a 2 finger pure white head and good carbonation. The head dissipates quickly. The beverage smells clean with malt aroma, very one dimensional. The beverage has a clean malty taste, not much else there. The mouthfeel is dry and almost water like.
This isn't beer and everyone knows that, so you should know not to have high expectations. That being said, the beverage is not horrible, it's just not beer. I think there are probably better examples of near beer out there, I just have not tried any of them yet.

Nov 22, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +88.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, 19157; purchased cold single... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: brilliantly-clear, yellow-amber liquid; fizzy foam on pour, receding to stretched, white collar... collar maintains, but all lace slides away instantly

S: granola and dried grass; bit of a baked, bready edge to the grain... overall intensity mild-moderate, but weakens sharply as it goes

T: relatively beer like (German pils?), little apparent sweetness, bit of cookie-like malt character in the finish; rather dry aftertaste with a mellow toasty grain and delicate peppery spice lingering

F: soft sizzle, fluffy touch to its light, lithe body... as stated for the taste, exceptionally dry - just short of parching

O: I believe I tried this once at least 15 or maybe 20 years ago, swilled it from the bottle... not all that bad, perhaps one of the better N/As I've had... would have it again (1554)

Oct 08, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can

Pours clear straw golden. White head dissipates to a lacing.

Aroma of straw, cereal grains, and mineral water.

Tastes of water with some hints of cereal grains. Mild grassy finish.

Light body, slight carbonation.

Well it looks like a beer. It tastes like almost nothing. It's not awful. But I can't call it good, maybe just acceptable. In the context of "non-alcoholic" beer, you could worse for sure. But you could probably do better too. Doubt I will come back to this but for the record I have had "real" beer that is worse.

Sep 22, 2019
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.62/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having changed my life for the better I've become more interested in only consuming NA beverages for the time and some are great, this one is not.

O'doul's has a lovely appearance with a clear, wet straw yellow and a nice head with great retention of lacing throughout the drink. The smell is that of a watery hint of beer with a waft of corn. Flavor wise it took me two of these to really 'taste' the flavor distinctly - very watery malt, pinch of grass hops, and corn. The mouth feel is highly carbonated with a soapy water taste.

Sep 21, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

1.9/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Low alcohol, low taste, low rating. This may be obvious as it is a na beer, but it's pale, watery and utterly tasteless. If you're drinking this to cut down on alcohol, do yourself a favor and quit drinking.

Apr 12, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

2.33/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Light yellow golden color with practically no head.
Mild aroma, which is good considering its a non-alcoholic beer, with notes of corn and mild tea.
Sweet flavor with notes of malt juice e flowers. Dry aftertaste with low bitterness.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
This is actually not too bad for a non-alcoholic Pale Lager. Still...

Feb 16, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Light crystal clear amber with an abundant vigorous fleeting snow white head. Carbonation continues to come forth just sitting there. No discernible aroma. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with moderate carbonation. Flavor is chalky, a little sweetness, grainy, and some slight bitterness on the roof of my mouth. No real aftertastes. All that being said, after a good cardio session, it was refreshing and at 65 calories I didn't undo my workout! Pleasant and enjoyable for what it is.

Oct 19, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

2.06/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. A clear golden color with almost no head. Like the foam, the aroma was nearly undetectable with just a faint hint of grain. The taste was a bit better, with a slightly bitter floral aspect at the beginning but it quickly disappeared. Zero grain or adjunct flavor. Carbonated water finish. Curiosity satisfied.

Sep 03, 2018
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

1.32/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Taking a "break" and found one of these in my pop's fridge, probably since he's a golfer and this seems to be the officially sponsored NA beverage of the PGA. No wonder I'm not a big fan of golf. Anyway, thought I'd review one for kicks.

L - Pours a clear, straw yellow with an inch of head that disappears and leaves little to no lacing and slight presence of carbonation. Definitely makes itself look like any other lager on the market.

S - These must have been sitting in the fridge for a few years. Upon opening, it smelled skunky, a bit like sourdough and wet dog, and slightly sweet funk hit the nose. Corn, cereal grain, grass, and metal in there somewhere. But, I'm guessing it's a little less offensive when it's fresher.

T - Not much to taste, either. A little bit of malt, corn, wheat, sour rind, but nearly flavorless seltzer.

F - Light bodied, watery, thin, moderate carbonation, very drinkable but not in a great way.

O - Maybe I'll try one right after I buy it and update the review. For now, I can't imagine it's a go-to choice for those who enjoy the taste of beer but don't want to get hammered/buzzed. As an An-Busch product, this reminds me of a Bud Light in a plastic cup that's been sitting out in the sun for a while.

Sep 03, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +93.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/31/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nutty/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Touch of the usual NA cardboard aroma, but really minimal. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nutty/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nutty/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, no fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Overall this is a very good NA lager. All around nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery at all. This is easily the best NA beer I have ever had. Very clean pale malts with solid earthy hop presence. A very enjoyable and amazing offering for the style. Exceeded all expectations. This lacks nearly all of the usual off flavors/astringency I have seen with some other ones.

Aug 04, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

1.65/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Why did I bother. Pours a light yellow with virtually no head and certainly no lacing. Smells and tastes of sweet grains, corn, and skunk. Very light bodied, basically water, minimal carbonation. At least it was cold on a hot day.

May 26, 2018
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WildKarrde from South Carolina

2.44/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Remember, this comes from the same company that makes Budweiser. When I drink real beer, I never drink Budweiser. The flavor is unremarkable, but the aftertaste is very offputting to me. This is all that, without the aftertaste. So while I would never consider drinking a Budweiser, I might drink one of these if it's lying around.

Looks like soda, mostly.


Tastes like watered down Budweiser, without the nasty aftertaste I always get from it.

Like soda.

It's by far and large the most popular near-beer on the shelf. You can find it in virtually any store that sells beer. As such, if you absolutely must have some non-alcoholic beer in your home for some reason or another, this isn't a terrible option. I'd choose most other near-beers before choosing this one though.

May 06, 2018
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

2.25/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours straw yellow with no head.
The aroma is sweet grain and a bit of light struck skunkiness.
The flavor is fairly typical for a light lager with a slight skunkiness.
It's a thin watery lager, there not much more to say. It's honestly not horrible, but I won't drink it again.

Dec 15, 2017
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

2.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This one does probably the best job of imitating a real beer, of any non-alcoholic beers that I've tried. Of course, the only reason to keep some non-alcoholic beer around is to have a handy explanation for why you smell like beer.

Dec 13, 2017
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davisrs from Pennsylvania

1.69/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Comparing only NA beers, BUD Light and Miller Lite, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
The color was a straw yellow.
This beer poured with a 1 finger head.
It gave off a nice light beer aroma from the head.
The taste was that of weak beer flavored seltzer water.
The overall taste and body was just a little better than that of Bud Light or Busch NA
Seltzer water is cheaper and I can ad my own hops!!!! I won't be trying this beer again unless major changes are made.

Mar 17, 2017
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CJNAPS from California

1.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

If you have to go NA beer then there are few others I would try before this one. No flavor tasted flat, I could have had a old bottle didn't check the date

Jan 09, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

O'Doul's brewed by Anheuser-Busch, with an ABV less than 0.50% This low alohol brew pours out a light golden amber color, with a small white head. There is some spotty lacing to this NA brew, not much but it is there. The smell of O'doul's is light with grins and malts. Smells mostly like corn, not much else to mention about the smell, but it is NA brew. Now for the taste, it is Light and crisp and smooth. Just as the label states. Not bad for the style but I thought there could be more to this brew. The amber O'doul's has more going for it. There is nothing overpowering about this NA brew, it goes down nice and smooth. I like the nice malt beer crispness of this brew. The mouth feel of O'Doul's is Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving O'Doul's a 3 out of 5. For what it is worth this an OK drinking brew. But if you are looking for something with more flavor look at the amber of O'Doul's.

Dec 21, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

2.68/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

O'Doul's is a mediocre beer to begin with, that really only had alcohol going for it, until they removed that. Still, it may be the best low/no alcohol beer out there and if there were a reason I could no longer drink real beer I might be tempted to embrace this. Since I can drink alcohol, this beer is pointless to me, but I do appreciate that this is available for those that can't drink alcohol for medical reasons.

May 11, 2016
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