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O'Doul's | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

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
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
559
Avg:
2.23
pDev:
62.78%
 
 
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Photo of BeerBob
2.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

O’doul’s “Premium & Extra Smooth” NA Brew pours weak yellow from a 12oz green bottle with a twist off cap. Head goes to about one finger then poof, its gone... no wisp no lace... the top of the Brew is smooth as glass.

Nose is a slight damp corn and a hint of hops. Palate is slight corn and slight malt with a slight bitter hops and the carbonation.

O’doul’s is a slight of everything Brew, no yummy malt, no well bittered hops bite, just a lot of gas (carbonation) and if you ask me, its a slightly boring Brew.

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Photo of palliko
1.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is that of tap water. Aroma contains a skunkiness usually only encountered in Mexican beers – some hops and some malt.
Initial taste is that of a watery barley. One gets the impression of beer from this N/A “beer” but there is total lack of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of output01x
2.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head of large, energetic, soap-like bubbles that quickly dies down after about 1 minute to a nearly nonexistent dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear pale amber yellow with a good amount of large, fast-rising carbonation bubbles. Very little lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Light, grainy, and slightly sweet malt aromas comprise the entirety of the rather weak nose. A corn adjunct aroma gives this beer a nose very similar to a mass-produced American Adjunct Lager. A slight note of overly ripe green grapes can also be detected.

The taste truly follows the nose. Light, grainy, and sweet up front, the corn malt slides smoothly over the tongue. This beer tastes like a watered down Light American Adjunct Lager. A slight mineral quality is also noticeable.

Light bodied with good carbonation, this beer is as drinkable as seltzer water. The body has the consistency of Lipton Iced Tea. The carbonation is a good bit prickly when the beer is held in the mouth. After the beer is swallowed, a slight dryness comes out during the aftertaste.

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Photo of berserker256
1.75/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Come on... COME ON! Why am I even reviewing this? I bought a six pack for my pregnant wife because she missed her beer so much. I figured, "what the hell" I may as well see what it tastes like so I drank one. Geez. I would describe it as a potion of 78% Bud Light and 22% water. It's more watered down than any light beer I've ever had. Natural Light could kick this "beer's" ass.

In all fairness, though, it IS a nonalcoholic beer. It would be like buying a Yugoslavian compact car and expecting Corvette performance. I guess it fulfills it's purpose. If you're a pregnant woman with no other option, a raging recovering drunk, or a tutu-wearing fourth-grade girl.... This is the beer for you.

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Photo of Hunter
2.26/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yellow brew with reasonable carbonation. Absolutely no smell to it, and taste to match. Reminds me rather of club soda, with a slight beer flavor added. Some notes of hay and hops but otherwise utterly bland.

Having gotten the bad out of the way, I'll say that it serves in what it is designed to do - satisfy a taste for beer when it's inappropriate to be drinking alcohol. It's certainly no worse than the domestic macrobrews that so many swear by (i.e. Budweiser, MGD, etc.) I'll buy it again when I need to keep my wits about me.

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Photo of SetarconeX
1.78/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I actually didn't buy this with any intention of drinking more than a single bottle of the six pack. I buy non-alcoholics specifically for the purpose of cooking with them, so I won't have to sack something I'd rather drink. If you must drink it, however, you could do a lot worse. It's certainly drinkable, which is what you're really looking for in a non-alcoholic anyway. A friend of mine claimed it tasted like "watered down weasel piss," which is probably a fair assessment, but unfortunately that's just enough to make it one of the best of it's kind.

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Photo of oggg
2.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First I must confess I drank this out of the bottle.

Very clear... must be pale yellow on the pour. Head, I dunno, I drank it from the bottle. It's fizzy and slightly bitter. Hey it must be beer! Actually it wasn't that bad... Not the thinnest beer I've had, surprisingly. Not much taste though. The amber is much better.

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Photo of ernie
1.15/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tasted in Las Vegas.

Very nice bottle with an elegant old-world label.

Beer is very pale, with quickly dying carbonation and short-living head.

Smell is something from another world - sweetish, completely artificial. Start is sweet, too, body very thin (if there is any body at all), finish bitterish, synthetic, aftertaste of something like cardboard.

But the bottle is very nice... Have I said it before? Sorry.

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Photo of psugrad98
2.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light straw with slight head and lace. Slight sweet aroma with dextrin cooked grain nose. Light and slightly fizzy. Somewhat skunky taste, like beer that hasn't had enough time to ferment (duh, its a NA). Finishes slightly cabbagy. Still, not bad for a NA.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.8/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first non-alcoholic beer, but I'm genuinely impressed with how much it was unlike regular beers in the American Adjunct category. Decent taste and mouthfeel. Not amazing but pretty normal really, which I would assume for this style is very good. I would have another one. Why not? It's not offensive at all.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
1.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Very pale color that is very clear. It did have a good head.

Smell: Pretty bland. Some very mild malt smells, but not much to speak of.

Taste: Very bland. Frankly, it tastes kind of like water.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery.

Drinkability: While this might not be the worst thing in the world, I just kept asking myself: What's the point? Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the taste of beer, but if it's not getting me somewhat buzzed, I just don't see the point. For pure taste, this isn't bad; for beer, I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.81/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with head that thins to almost nothing. Smells is sweet corn and a little skunks. Goes down smooth. Taste is sweet. Not much like a adjunct lager. For a non-alcoholic this is pretty good. Much better than Miller 64 and Bud Select 55. And better than most macros of there.

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Photo of JayNH
2.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a bright clear yellow with a large foamy head. Leaves some lacing in the glass.

S- a mild spiciness with a bland grainey malt.

T- Almost flavorless. Just a hint of grainey malt.

M- Like drinking a glass of water.

D- OK for what it is. Not much going on.

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Photo of evlu1441
2.22/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I haven't ever had a "low-alcohol beer" before, but this one was sitting in the singles bin at my local store. I figured it might be nice to find a good beer to enjoy without getting drunk.

Looks like a normal lager. Very pale with a huge head that quickly settles down into nothing.

There is literally almost no aroma. Only a slight metallic and faintly sweet smell, but it takes some concentration to discern.

The taste is kind of boring, but I wasn't expecting anything too exciting. It is a little malty and sweet, but also kind of watery. Not terrible, and kind of refreshing.

Overall... I didn't really like this beer, but it isn't a complete turn-off to the world of alcohol-free beer.

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Photo of tesguino
2.8/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is one of the best beer of this worst brewer, may be is for the low in alcohol, is special for the mexican food, american food, buddies meeting, without the "funny" of the alcohol, is low in adjoincts aroma´s, very recommendable, taste over the average, drinkability in general is good

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Photo of vdread
1.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

O'Doul's Premium Non Alcoholic Brew pours a pale straw with a fizzy white head. no surprises here. it's darker than water, but lighter than piss. the head disappears in seconds.

smells of grainy adjuncts. there is a light pilsner-like malt presence, and nothing else. there may be a slight floral hop note, but it's indistinguishable.

tastes heavy with cereal, light bready malt (very light), and a confusing aftertaste. it's watery, light, and what little flavor present is off-putting.

mouthfeel light, highly carbonated.

even though i have reason to believe that this bottle was skunked, i couldn't or wouldn't willingly drink this again. it's too bad that alcoholics have to deal with this sort of punishment. yugh! im going to pour this out and grab a Bigfoot

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ap: Pours out a pale yellow with almost zero head that would go away quickly if it could.
sm: Mmmm, not much. Maybe a slight beer smell.
ta: Mmmm, not much. Maybe a slight beer taste.
mf: Mmmm, not much. Maybe a slight beer feel.
dr: Okay. It's not flavorful, not really *good* beer, just a light weight (really light) beer when I want a beer w/ lunch before going for a motorcycle ride. A harmless self-delusion.

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Photo of Rhynes2
2.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not really ready to admit that this is a beer. Taste is completely below average and doesn't have any special characteristics. Very bland. Little head that dissipates quickly and a sub-par smell. Color is pale and mostly unattractive. Stay away from this one. As far as flavor is concerned, this ones a no go.

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Photo of shererjt
2.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear yellow with escaping bubbles clearly visible. Head was a bit rocky but on the thin side. Nose was sweet and syrupy with maybe some corn present. Not bad, though. Light-to-medium body and on the sweet side. Not much hop bitterness or flavor but also not really out of balance. Fairly clean taste. Mouthfeel can only be described as flat and lifeless. Drinkability isn't awful, but I wouldn't say it's good, either.

Not a bad N/A beer. Like most, it's best ice cold. My wife drinks this and puts a lime in it; I have to say it's really not half bad.

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Photo of jw4free
2.74/5  rDev +22.9%
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 scarletfire79
2.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

so i'm giving up beer for lent and figured i'd give a NA a try. i've never had an urge to try one of these brews but i figured what the hell. it looks like a regular macro lager and it actually smells better than most. as far as ab products go this one is definitly one of their better smelling. definite hop aroma and no skunk. the taste is similar to a regular macro lager but it almost seems seltzer like to me. i think it actually tastes like seltzer and beer mixed together with alcohol removed. not horrible but not great...i'll give some other NA's a try and see how this compares, but for right now i guess it'll suffice

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Photo of nekronos
3.88/5  rDev +74%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it is a non alcoholic beer, I can not say much about it, but what it is for sure, is that it was not that bad, I mean, one have to be concerning that it is a low degree alcohol beer and you have to rate as one of it. But the colour was nice, the foam, just present, and the mouthfeel was not that bad, I would drink another one.

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Photo of T-Leb
1.1/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm still confused as to who drinks this and why. I actually remember seeing a pregnant lady drinking one of these. Is that safe? I still don't know the answer.

There is nothing to like or dislike about this beer.

What beer drinkers drink when their not drinkin' beer.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.65/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dry like a typical N/A brew. Decent head with lacing abound. Taste is dry and smooth. Malt is there, mostly from grains and in particular, corn. This a decent example of the type. I would try this again for a good N/A American lager. Best if served ice cold.

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Photo of nicksta
2.87/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance has a very good deep gold color but on the negative side it has a very thin head that dies fast and leaves no lace. The smell is sweet and crisp, pleasing. The taste is average. It is very light, it starts out smooth with cereal malts and ends with no hop kiss and a weak flat yeasty aftertaste. The mouth feel is that of water as it feels and leaves nothing just like water. The drinkability is hampered by the sharp hops that are normally absent unless you chug.

Some final notes: Not bad but I prefer the Amber. It is also sad that the best Aunheuser-Busch has to offer is N/A.

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O'Doul's from Anheuser-Busch
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