O'Doul's | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

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.

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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 616
Photo of Buckeye55
1.9/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of FLima
2.33/5  rDev +20.1%
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...

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Photo of JimboBrews54
1.72/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

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Photo of Buck89
2.06/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
1.32/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +94.8%
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.

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Photo of EMH73
1.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of WildKarrde
2.44/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
2.25/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Messygiuseppe
5/5  rDev +157.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down the best domestic beer money can buy. You could save up and buy a couple craft brews, but there is no point when something this delicious and decadent is on the market. Everything about this beer pisses excellence. The look, the smell, the taste, and the feel of this beer is sublime. You can kiss every other beer goodbye with this delicious golden beverage. The ABV is also something to take note of. Notice that it is only 0.50%. This beer is perfect for keeping your crazy alcoholic uncle under control if you manage to trick him into drinking this wondrous beverage. I have a silly little pastime that my friends and I partake in. The game is to see how many O'Doul's you can drink to get buzzed. So far my friend Balthazar or "Bal" as we call him, has been able to drink about twenty-five before regurgitating everywhere! I am personally at the record of fifteen beers, just because the taste is so delicious and rich; I really could not bring myself to drink too much. I try to savor every sip of the sweet nectar, swishing it thoroughly in my mouth before I swallow the savory fluid. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who wants to have a good time, but also wants to enjoy a hearty beverage. 10/10!

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Photo of davisrs
1.69/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of CJNAPS
1.56/5  rDev -19.6%
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

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +57.7%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.2/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can into a pint glass. freshness dating would seem to indicate it was canned sometime in June 2016. I freely admit that the only reason I'm drinking this is to tick of the style on BA. 5 more styles to go!

Pale watery yellow body, heavy carbonation, small fizzy white head which quickly shrinks to a ring, leaves no lacing.

Just a mild malt aroma on the nose.

Watery malty beverage. oddly enough, carbonation doesn't come through in the mouth, leaving the finish slightly flat. Mouth is thin.

overall, it is what it is. just doesn't seem to be a "beer". I doubt even the bmc consumers would like this. I wonder if anyone out there has the inclination to make a tasty NA beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
2.68/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.57/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Gold in color with brilliant clarity and a fingernail of eggshell white on top. Aroma is of faint corn. I taste corn and faint Hallertau hops. The mouth is very watery and limp.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pale straw yellow beer, good clarity, lots of water, almost no head, 1/6" range stuff that quickly vanishes. Aroma was grain, corn.

Taste came across similar to the usual bmc stuff but the same amount of noble hop impact. Still has the bitterness derived from metal seemingly. Its not awful stuff, but I'd rather just have a soda or a gatorade if I can't drink alcohol. Or you know, water.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
1.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very pale clear yellow with a white head that goes away quickly. Has a very like grain and malt smell to it. Tastes exactly like how it smells.

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Photo of BlakeA85
2.68/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz can into 12 oz pilsner glass. Almost had a foam-over problem but it's an O'Doul's, there isn't much of a head to begin with. Pours a clear straw color with, depending how you pour it, a half a finger thick. Very bubbly.
Smells of weak adjunct (corn) and barley. Like a very weak Budweiser, which makes sense.
Tastes of malt and again, weak adjunct. Once again, really weak Budweiser.
Mouthful is a tad thicker than water, but very drinkable.
Overall, I'd take this over a Bud Light any day. Refreshing and decent for when you don't want the alcohol.

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Photo of jw4free
2.74/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. L: clear, dark straw. Decent carbonation. Big fizzy head fades very quick to a small ring. S: surprisingly nice malt notes. Brown bread toast. T: not too good. The malt does not translate. Water and bland grains. F: decent body and dryness. No alcohol, affects feel and crispness. O: ok, if you can't drink an alcoholic beer, but want to look like you are.

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Photo of Brolo75
1.8/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a light, very light, pale yellow with a white head, no head retention, lots of carbonation, no lacing, very clear, lightest and clearest looking beer I've ever seen.

A: Sweet corn, malts, very light, hint of honey, overall very bland aroma.

T: Sweet corn, malts, horrible aftertaste of cardboard, very little flavor, I'd rather be sober than drink this and be sober.

M: Light bodied, easy drinking, but no enjoyable.

O: Not worth it, if I am going to be sober I would avoid this. I have no idea why anyone would want to drink this it's like a light adjunct lager that is really light.

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Photo of Foyle
1.43/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: clear pale straw with a quickly dissipating white head.
Aroma: lighter than standard macro lagers
Mouthfeel: light and fairly crisp with a dry finish.
Flavor: somewhat like real beer but a definite mineral water aspect.
Overall: I have had it a few times when offered it at a gathering, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of VABA
2/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a dull straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent low alcohol beer

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Photo of MissYa
1.86/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Takes me back to my teenage drinking years... Which wasn't much. From inexperience of the time, what a waste. Never drank after that one night & never will try again.

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