O'Doul's | Anheuser-Busch

O'Doul'sO'Doul's
BA SCORE
1.98/5
585 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#44,149
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
585
pDev:
36.87%
Bros Score:
3.37
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
78
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 585 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of DrJay
1.67/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz green bottle.
Crystal clear, light gold colour with a quickly dissipating cap of white foam. A thin collar is supported by a constant stream of bubbles, seems highly carbonated, and there was a bit of transient lacing. Strong aroma of cooked veggies, very sulfury, quite unpleasant. Low bitterness with a sticky malt sweetness. Not much in the way of flavour beyond sharp mineral notes at the end. Light bodied and dry, watery and thin, with lots of carbonation. I didn't expect much and I wasn't surprised. I don't ever expect to have this again.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
1.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of shelby415
1.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of drummermattie02
1.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.21/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow beer. No head, but loads of carbonation. Aroma was sweet, corn, like Iowa, but worse. I might even discern a light hoppiness.

Taste is like bmc, but worse, I dunno where that light hoppiness went in the nose, but it ain't on the tongue, although some residual metallic bitterness is. I can't rate this 'to style', I don't like the style, and the style it is denatured from is a crappy one to boot, so you're getting like a xerox of a crappy xerox (to borrow from duplicity essentially, or was it the Simpsons?). Its not awful, but it doesn't blow me away either. Light body, no alcohol or hops. . . really, what rating could you expect from this?

Only relative value for this, is clearly if you want a real beer, but for whatever reason (legal, emotional, responsible) you can't.

My dad used to have loads of this crap and Sharps. At .99 cent in the singles pile, figured this would be a good weekday beer. Boy was I wrong, it just left me all pissed off afterwards.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jason_cs
2.17/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mynie
3.69/5  rDev +86.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have sinned.

My friend was doing 10 days in the pokey for DUI. When he got sprung, I decided to play a cruel joke on him by offering him a beer during the carride home. Only it wouldn't be a beer, see, it'd be one of these O'Doul's thingamabobs.

He gets out and we hand him an O'Douls. He don't even look at it, just unscrews it and starts drinking. We're waiting for him to spit it out, you know, since it tastes so hideously unlike beer. But he doesn't. He keeps sipping it. Eventually we get a little anxious and ask him doesn't the beer taste crappy and he says, no, actually, it's not great but it's pretty good.

And you know something? He was right. This might be Anheuser's best-tasting regular offering. It doesn't pour that great, but it smells like a crisp European pils hopped at medium strength. No adjunct nastiness at all. Tastes about on a par with their discontinued World Lager--kinda like Stella only with a less bitter malt profile. There is a certain emptiness on the backend, where the booziness should be, but it's not nearly as pronounced as I had anticipated.

Yes, it doesn't get you drunk. But aside from that there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I guess this whole time I *have* actually been drinking beer mostly because it tastes good!

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Photo of jera1350
1.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow with a thin fizzy head that leave no lacing at all.

Nearly foul smelling. Canned corn and white rice smell. Grainy and semi-skunky smelling.

Not putrid, but not good either. Lightly sweet and watered down grain taste. Very bland and unfresh tasting.

Thin and watery. Nothing else to report here.

Definitely not something I want to drink ever again. I would rather have a glass of water than this.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
2.36/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of threedaggers
1/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of Zazzi82
1.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Reviewed from notes

Appearnace: very pale, with a slight yellow tinge, minimal head, no lacing

Smell: faint malts/breadiness, skunky

Taste: bland, watered down, a bit skunked or maybe that's how it actually tastes

Mouthfeel: it had bubbles, while weak, they were there, very light

Drinkability: shared this beer with the Montpellier Domino Club Beer Drinking Pigs; they enjoyed it much more immensely than I!

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can poured into an American Tumbler Pint. 0.5% ABV, Born on date of 16Jun04 (yes, '04...this will be fun!) Thanks to my girlfriend's parents for this "cellared" can. Lol.

A - Crystal clear insanely pale yellow straw. Very effervescent. Lots of bubbles rising up to a surprisingly well-retained two-finger head. Fluffy, white, and increasingly rocky as it drops. Didn't leave any lacing on the glass though.

S - The aroma is an off-putting earthy straw and wet leaf with A LOT of rice. Yuck. It doesn't smell much like beer at all.

T - Rice. It tastes like nothing at all with a teeny splash of rice water. That is the least flavor I have ever experienced in a beer.

M - Thin, watery, and fizzy to the finish, it's the lightest thing with the word beer on the can.

D - With the age on this thing I was expecting to be close to a barf. No joke. But it's not even "bad" per se. It can't be bad when there is nothing there to be bad really. It's totally devoid of any flavor! God damn prohibition must have been awful with legal beer like this.

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Photo of bumchilly25
2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Lukass
1.25/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
1.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Treyliff
2.36/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a pale-pale straw color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a thin layer that skims the top, just a bit of lace.

S- typical light beer smell, some grains and a bit of yeast, bit much going on.

T- light, very light. Almost like drinking seltzer water. Just a touch of grainy husk, otherwise pretty simple.

M- light body with medium carbonation, very spritzy and fizzy, similar to soda.

O- it is what it is, however it was more tolerable than some of its light lager counterparts. It just taste more like flavored carbonated water to me. I didn't enjoy anything about this beer, but graded with the style in mind.

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Photo of buzzy
2.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of hophugger
2.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Dogbrick
1.1/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I finally broke down and tried one of these they were giving away at the Convention Center in Anaheim during a reception. Any curiosity I had is now sated. I'll get more wine instead next time I have the choice. How could anyone like this? By definition this is not really even beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half finger of head. Clear, golden body with a few bubbles coming up.
Smell is a strong metallic and grain.
Taste is metallic with a little bitterness. Nothing really here though.
Crisp texture. Moderate carbonation.
Probably one of the better n/a beers, but then what's the point?

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Photo of ROGUE16
1/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of RochefortChris
3/5  rDev +51.5%

O'Doul's from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.98 out of 5 with 585 ratings
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