O'Doul's | Anheuser-Busch

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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:
#45,265
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
598
pDev:
37.19%
Bros Score:
3.37
 
 
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of dcotom
2.94/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SamN
2.92/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Albino colored, no head whatsoever, little visible carbonation.

S- As smell almost as light as the color, faint hops and grainy notes, paired with that unmistakable american lager characteristic.

T- Decent tasing, nice balance between the compressed block of low-grade hops and the cheap cereal grains purchased in bulk from a faceless, corporate farm. Smooth, without sharpness of taste.

M- C'mon, it's an American lager. It's like water.

D- Drinkability is better than you'd think, it's one of the better macrobrews out there. If this was the only thing around, I'd manage to not make a face when cracking one open.

***Here's where this beer really gets crazy, though; the freshness date is September '08. This beer held up damn well considering the average life span of a macro is a little more than three months! Maybe it got better with age...?

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.9/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

O.K., I recently did a scan of which beer styles I have not covered and Low Alcohol was one that I needed to check off the list. Truth be told, I didn't even know they were handled by the site. Anyway, my sister-in-law drinks the stuff and there are sometimes a couple sitting around my house. So for the sake of completing the style list. Here goes.

Finger and a ½ of fluffy white head forms atop a crystal clear light gold beer. Sporadic carbonation quickly escapes to the top of the glass. The head does fade rather quickly to a thin film of foam. No lacing.

Aroma is very light and of grass and light hops.

Have to admit the flavor is better than I would have expected. Just very light. I think I am tasting corn. Some grains at any rate, a light sweetness and almost no hop bitterness.

The body is where there is an issue, really water like and thin. Finishes rather clean though.

Well, its very drinkable as a beverage, but not in the sense of drinkable for a beer. Wanting more, etc.

I can't totally pan this one.

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Photo of stan66
2.89/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden color with a weak white head. Smell is really absent, high carbonation. Smell light some barley malt, really watery mouthfeel. Good for a thirstquencher. It has a pleasent apsect. It is my first low alcohol beer. It is ideal for people that is trying to lower calories or alcoholic intake.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.88/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is mostly grain with just a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is light grain and not much else. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Nothing more, nothing less.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

D- I tried to review this beer for what it is. A light beer with very little alcohol. I was not expecting a huge complex beer or something that would knock my socks off. For what it is, it is a pretty decent brew to knock back a few of them in a sitting without getting a buzz.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.88/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale gold with a big bubble head that falls to a firm ring. Smell is corn and mild biscuit, no skunk on this one...lucky me. Taste is typical for a light beer...crispy, nearly flavorless, with a watery corn juice finish. Mouthfeel was thin but much higher than I anticipated. Actually, not a bad drinking NA. If you have to have one, you could do much worse.

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Photo of JayNH
2.88/5  rDev +44.7%
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 nicksta
2.87/5  rDev +44.2%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.87/5  rDev +44.2%
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 Uconnelmo
2.84/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tesguino
2.8/5  rDev +40.7%
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 tgbljb
2.8/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a very pale yellow color with a large head head to start that quickly left. Smell is very grainy with the same maltiness (somewhat unpleasant but possible to get used to) in other low or no alcohol beers. Taste is somewhat sweet and not enjoyable at first, but improves with subsequent tastes. Finishe is wet and kind of refreshing. OK for an NA.

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Photo of CrimeDog
2.8/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Photo of tpd975
2.78/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one my grand dad always had around before his passing. I fondly remember sharing several of these with him just for memeoires sake.

I picked up another simply to cross it off the style list.

A: Pours a light watery piss yellow hue with a fizzy head. No retention or lace to mention.

S: Mild aroma. Light corn and macro malt.

T: Taste is better than some of the other BMC boys. Light corn sweetness, grain, and a touch of salt.

M: Very light in body, with a good zip of carbonation.

D: Nah, not even memories of sharing them with ol grand dad could make this one, one that I would buy again.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
2.78/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured a clear, golden color into a mug. A finger-thick head developed on top of the beer, but there wasn't a lot of retention. It showed off a moderate amount of carbonation. The scent was of cereal grains, mainly. There wasn't much else to it. At least it wasn't an unpleasant smell.

Tasting: Grass and grain were the predominant flavors across the tongue with this beer. I didn't detect much of either hop bitterness or malt sweetness. In actuality, it was somewhat flavorless. Mouthfeel was watery and plain, making this not very pleasant. It's possible that I would have another one, served ice cold.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
2.77/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green bottle with twist off cap.

This beer poured a clear yellow color with white foam that settled to a thin coat on the surface of the beer. The smell was not so bad, at least it was beer-like. There was some malt aroma and a touch of sweetness (corn?). The taste was lightly sweet (again, is this brewed with corn?) and a very low malt flavor. These give way to discernible hops at the finish. The mouthfeel was overall dry with very light body and low carbonation. A grain sweetness and faint hops linger in the finish. This was an OK beer for what it is, and if you are going alcohol free, it would be an OK choice.

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Photo of scottoale
2.75/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Why? Oh that's right, a picnic at the beach with non-drinkers? Whatever!

From the 12fl.oz. can and into the plastic tumbler pours a very pale gold with a 1/4 inch white cap that settles to 1/8 inch and leaves little lacing. Carbonation looks good, almost resembles beer...

The smell is malt and wheat and almost a bit of hop in there somewhere. Smells like beer. Doesn't smell sweet either which is kind of refreshing.

Tastes of feathery light malt with very little sweetness and finishes clean and crisp with a nice balance, no unpleasant aftertaste at all. It even actually tastes like beer.

Ultra light body with a pleasant watery mouthfeel, the carbonation keeps the stuff alive and somewhat refreshing.

If your stuck with a non-alcoholic barley-pop situation, this isn't a bad way to go...right up there with St. Pauligirl NA. I wouldn't wish that upon you however!

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2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

Photo of pcsnyder
2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

O'Doul's from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.99 out of 5 with 598 ratings
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