O'Doul's | Anheuser-Busch

BA SCORE
56
awful
578 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay
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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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Photo of MichialTanner1
2.73/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Naugros
2.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yes, like most BAers, I'm only reviewing this near-beer in order to see how many styles I can review here. I was surprised to see such a high score from the Brothers so I'm hopeful despite the average being D-. I'm hoping that's because most people do not review to the style and the Brothers do.

The appearance is yellow and fizzy, just like it's more alcoholic cousin, yet it doesn't hold its head up for too long. Otherwise, it's crystal clear and a straw color.

I've smelled worse full octane beers. This is one has got crystal malts and flowery hops coming through with some sense of sweet corn. The taste is pretty similar with the advent of a slightly fruity component, perhaps crab apple. I'd expect the mouthfeel to be very dry and it is to some point, but there's a bitter twinge at the end that makes me grimace a little.

Okay, not too bad for a near beer and better than many full ABV cousins. I still see no point in these creations. I am one who drinks beer for its taste, while many NASCAR beer drinkers do so to fit in or to get a buzz. Getting that buzz relaxes them and allows them to fit in better. Note: I did say "most". I do realize some people like the taste of the beers advertised on stock cars. Everyone has their own taste.

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Photo of bbtkd
2.68/5  rDev +20.2%
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 BlakeA85
2.68/5  rDev +20.2%
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 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 norinco
2.65/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Metalmonk
2.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Premium malt beverage" and "contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume" on the label. I would think the two claims are mutually exclusive, but what do I know...

Appearance: Hey, witbier! Nah, but it looks white. Or clear. Wasserbier? In any case, sickly pale yellow, with a crackly ultra-white head that pops and snaps like a soda...until it totally dies after a minute. Not real appetizing looking.

Not a bad smell...a sweet corny/grainy smell, faintly (white) bready and that mildly sulfur-like aroma you'll get in your basic German/Czech lagers.

Taste delivers...well, taste doesn't really deliver much. Should I be surprised? But there's just enough here that the non-beer drinking beer lover can at least convince themselves they're drinking beer. Pretty much what you get in the aroma comes to the tongue, and that's basically a watered down pilsner style lager, with the sweetness of the adjuncts taking on an almost white grape vibe, hops being severely light, but crisp enough, and a decent dryness to the mildly but amply carbonated light body.

I get the low/non-alcohol beer thing. It's mostly for people who simply can't handle alcohol (you can call them alcoholics, if you like). It's noble and very much a life-or-death thing for them to stay away from alcohol. It's the light beer drinkers that are fooling themselves. In any case, this is not terrible...I've had worse 5% lagers, that's but sure. But still, there's got to be better low/non-alcohol beer out there than O'Doul's...I've heard the Germans have been doing some okay stuff in that department.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very light, not much to get excited about but not off putting.

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

Stuck in Podunk PA with nothing to drink I wander out to the grocery store after my in-laws are asleep. Of course in PA you can't buy beer in a grocery store and all the bars close early around here so the only thing sold is N/A beer at BiLow. I got O'Doul's and I won't do it again. It is not the most awful thing I have ever tasted but seriously what is the point. Other than cooking with it I see no use. Even there, it is just as cheep to get a regular cheepo beer in a can from the distributor so it doesn't save money. I don't get it? Pours clear, nothing but grain in the nose, little if any taste and very wimpy in the mouth. Simply boring!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems the usual.

Aroma is full of corn, sweet malt and ginger ale. Yep, your substandard n/a beer here.

Taste is mild and grainy with a bit of sweet malt and ginger ale in the back. Just light and watery enough to be inoffensive.

Not much lingers at the back of the throat. Just a bit of sweet malt and grain.

Eh, it's a non-alcoholic beer. What do you expect? It's inoffensive though. You'd pretty much have to drink a 30 pack just to get drunk. If that's your thing, then by all means, do it.

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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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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 Floydster
2.6/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle at a local restaurant when I had to drive a far distance afterwards

For the fake person you know who always pretends to be drunk, play a trick on them with this, because they would throw up before feeling a thing from this one with its ABV below one

Golden color with no head or smell

Did not taste like much of anything

Could drink these all day because it is practically water with some barley thrown in the mix

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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 tone77
2.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some faint hints of grain. Taste is also grains, a touch of malt, actually more flavor than other beers of this style. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while I will be in no rush to have another, it ain't the worst of this style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.57/5  rDev +15.2%
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 jsprain1
2.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale amber/dark straw. foamy head. some persistance to it.
S- Slightly toasted grain. Other than that not much.
T- Grain. That's about it. Nothing offensive, but nothing actively great either.
M- Clearly thin.
D- I can imagine worse. I mean it's not much worse tasting than most light lagers out there... I just wouldn't ever drink it by choice.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow appearance with lots of bubbly head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing. Smell is slightly sweet with a hint of wheat and corn, nothing strong though, smells like your average Light Beer.

Taste is similar to the smell, mainly grain with a very light hint of corn and sweetness. Taste is very light though and hard to pick up. Watery body with high carbonation. Aftertaste is very dry, some grain though.

For a non-alcoholic beer, this isn't too bad, refreshing and very similar to light beers. Also shares the problems of light beer where it's very watery, but that's expected. I'd recommend this if you had to get beer from this style.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours out a limpid pale pale gold color with no head. The nose is very bland, a touch grainy, with a little sulpheric note I think. Not too bad of a flavor, actually. It's too sweet, with hardly the slightest hint of hops, but it doesn't taste bad the way some some non-alcohol beers do. Very bland. More beery than Keystone Light!

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Photo of WoostaBia
2.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bland beer. When nothing else is available it will do.

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Photo of DavidST
2.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Someone left this at my house so I figure I'll try it. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a clear light yellow straw like color with a short lived fizzy large bubbled foamy head which different than most beers. The smells are of adjuncts, no real hop presence. The feel is thin and fizzy. The taste is okay for what it is, not my type of beer but it could be worse, like most other popular beers.

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Photo of generallee
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MichaelPiazza
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Ajlvt
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

O'Doul's from Anheuser-Busch
2.23 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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