O'Doul's | Anheuser-Busch

BA SCORE
56
awful
578 Ratings
THE BROS
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O'Doul'sO'Doul's
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 08-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
578
Reviews:
173
Avg:
2.23
pDev:
34.53%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
73
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 578 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of jaydoc
1.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of spycow
1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of djrn2
1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

hate to rag on an NA beer, because the fact these exist and are available for those who cant drink because of health, self control, or driving safe reasons is awesome, and i applaud it, but this is a terrible NA beer, and id rather just have water if i have to drive for the night. it pours from the bottle an entirely flat looking yellow wheat color with literally no head at all. the nose is sweet and extracty, corn syrupy almost. the flavor is about the same as the nose, very little redeeming at al about it, and it would barely pass as beer to me in a blind tasting. i dont hate the body, which is sort of medium to light, not watery as i expected, but te carbonation just isnt there. i try to keep a 6er of NA around for soem friends of mine who dont partake anymore, but i wont buy this again. i prefer ever single NA ive ever tasted to this one, how can a beer be this flat and bland? not fair to the sober guys.

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Photo of kjkinsey
1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wanted to try this, honestly I expected a lot worse. This brew wasn't overly tasteless. It tasted like most American Lagers do. It has a golden yellow color, has the flavor of a regular pale lager. Surprisingly enough this beer is a pretty good choice for someone who can't have much alcohol. For me though, I won't need to seek this out again unless it's for a prank on someone or something like that.

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Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
1.93/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are very light aromas of corn adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste has notes of corn adjuncts with a slight chemical-like flavor and lingering hints of Honey Nut Cheerios in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but is rather watery and has done unusual hints of honey.

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1.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 fl oz can served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations couldn't be lower.

A: I gave it a vigorous pour resulting in a two finger head of no cream whatsoever, terrible thickness (it's thin as Lara Flynn Boyle), and decent retention. Colour is a transparent yellow. Appears overcarbonated judging by the bubble quantity and activity.

Sm: Straw and generic malt. A light scent.

T: Straw and water. Some wretchedly handled malt is present as well. Bleh. Simple boring generic crap.

Mf: Wet and nastily coarse. Bleh. Doesn't suit the "flavour" at all.

Dr: Please.

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Photo of zeff80
2.02/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a straw yellow with a white, small head. No lacing.

S - Smelled a little of corn and malt.

T - It was malty and there was an odd sweetness to it.

M - It was kind of gummy on the tongue.

D - It tasted like beer, just not like a "typical" beer. It's my first try at a NA beer so I don't have any grounds for comparison to other NAs.

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2/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
2.04/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light color with a not bad white head. The smell is somewhat earthy, but not in a good way--more in the way of an old basement. The flavor isn't really off in any particular way--perhaps a little bit of cardboard--but in reality there just isn't much there. Mouthfeel is light with quite a bit of carbonation. Drinkability is similar to seltzer water--just not much about it that would keep me drinking more, but nothing too horrible either.

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Photo of nickfl
2/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've got to hand it to Anheuser-Busch for brewing one of the most authentic tasting NA's. Of course, it still tastes like a bland American lager, but what do you expect? On the other hand, it doesn't really stand out as not having alcohol. It doesn't have that dull and sticky malt character that many NA's have; or should I say it has it to a lesser extent where it's not continually noticed and distracting. It's got a nice golden appearance with a short and creamy bright-white head that immediately drops to a thin collar. That, of course, also happens with most standard American lagers! The aroma expresses some non-alcohol character with a starchy, semi-sweet, grainy note that's decidedly different than a regular beer. Once you get past that difference, however, it's actually fairly nice. There are no hops present, but again, we are talking American lager here. The body is light with a fine, median carbonation. It's lightly crisp and then mildly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is as might be expected from the aroma with a softly sweet grainy malt that's well-balanced by a mild, underlying hop bitterness. It finishes drying with some residual maltiness. Very nicely done and highly recommended amongst NA's of this style.

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1.88/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film along with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjuncts and hints of some sweetness.

T: Light flavors of cereal grains with some hints of honey sweetness and corn adjuncts. There is something strangely chemically amount the flavor of this beer. Light amounts of bitterness which lingers.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Not one of my favorite Low Alcohol Beers - the strange chemical/medicinal quality to the taste of the beer is off-putting and I was not a fan of the honey addition. Would not grab another one of these.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle from ?

Why would you ever drink this ever? Correct answer: no reason. If you need a drink, have some water.

Pours a clear, pale yellow, fizzy with carbonation, and a thin layer of fizzy bubbles for a head. Almost nothing in the smell, other than skunk and old grain husks. Taste is of stale Cheerios marinated in old bathwater, except thinner. Very light bodied, and pretty hard to choke down, especially when you remember that you won't get drunk at all by drinking this, so it won't get better with the more you drink.

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2.59/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow-hued body with a thinnish layer of fizz up top.

Smell: Just a lone, ineffective note of cheap cracked grain.

Taste: Sad-tasting, limp cereal grains up front with just the most fleeting amount of sweetness. Near nil hop bitterness but zero hop flavor. Fairly clean at the soda water finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and rather watery in the mouthfeel. Fizzly carbonation akin to seltzer water.

Overall: ...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.87/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

O'Doul's Amber won the last Low Alcohol Beer comparison that I did. Let's see how plain ol' O'Doul's does in NA Shootout (With Blanks) III. The competition today will be Bitburger Drive, a German offering that trouces it in the BA style rankings. Will it be a titanic struggle reminiscent of WW II or will it be a pathetic bout between two scared little girls? I'm betting on the latter, but let's see how things shake out.

Pale amber. The colors are virtually identical, with this beer perhaps being a quarter shade lighter when held up to my sunlit front window. An average amount of visible carbonation leads up to a white cap of somewhat stiff, nearly featureless foam that hangs around for a while. It's a decent look.

The nose is actually semi-pleasant. There isn't much there except lightly toasted grain, but then there doesn't need to be. The very fact that there's almost none of the nastiness that is rampant in the noses of most low alcohol beer is a major victory. A clear win for the Yank.

O'Doul's might just be the best NA beer that I've ever had. It doesn't taste anything at all like good beer, but it does taste like what I expected good beer of this style to taste like. I've been disappointed that none, until now, have measured up. To be short and to the point, it tastes like barley flavored water. Again, to some that might be a ghastly sounding description, but with little or no alcohol involved, nothing better than that will ever be possible.

The mouthfeels are both light and borderline watery. The only difference is in the amount of carbonation. Despite the fact that this beer had more visible carbonation right after the pour, it's more subdued in the mouth at this point in time. I'm thinking identical scores here.

I don't know whether it'll be reflected in the score of not, but I think that O'Doul's is the best low alcohol beer that I've ever had. It's certainly the least offensive, and that's all that really matters when it comes to the impossible task of brewing good beer while leaving out one of its essential ingredients. Anheuser-Busch should be proud. They now have two NA Shootout (With Blanks) trophies to grace their corporate mantlepiece.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.33/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So this I have no excuse for other then trying to knock out the bottom of the barrel list as quick as possible. A short trip to the store revealed most of these sitting there, rip for the taking. Decided to try a few last night and just go with it. Served cold and right from the bottle, this was consumed on 08/11/2010.

Finished off the night with the classic N/A. I actually grabbed this one from Dad's house as he has sworn by it for years. Pours about what I would expect, a dull golden yellow with a finger high head of foamy white that fades as quick as it started. Lots of visible carbonation coming up throughout the session. The aroma was bready, very light, but hints of light hops could actually be picked up if you really look for it. Clean flavor, light breads, musky, moldy grains and that ever present corn flavor. Quick dash of hops and its gone.

It gets bonus points for being water, but that's about it. It was actually not the worst tasting of the group at all.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this with a burger at Longhorn steakhouse for lunch. Poured from the 12oz green bottle into a pint.

Color is golden straw, clear with quick dropping white head which collapses to a ring w/ visible carbonation in the liquid and no lace collects. The smell is very light with only a mild grainy odor and slight sweet accent. The mouthfeel is very high in carbonation with mild sweet texture and light toasted cereal feel with thin gassy overall palate impression.

Odoull's is very mild w/ gentle malt influence and slight seltzery quality from the high carbonation which verges almost on mineral with slight spice effect from the prickly bubbles that creates a numbing effect and more of a corn pop tinge as it warms w/ very dry finish. Overall this is not the first choice of beers I would have if looking for an non-alcoholic, but it was a good beer for pairing with a thick burger and seasoned fries

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