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O'Doul's | Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
1.99/5
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594 Ratings
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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:
#44,951
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
594
pDev:
37.69%
Bros Score:
3.37
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
84
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 594 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of DrMindbender
1/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not good...doesn't taste like beer in the least.

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Photo of Coorsy
1.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of 2ellas
1.27/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Sometimes it's better to just quit cold turkey

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Photo of Zaphog
1.02/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not a good beer. Just wanted to tick the style.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
2.36/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
1.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of ScaryEd
1.21/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

This was given to me by a friend. I never pass up free beer (alcohol or not) so I obliged.

Oh man. Ohhhhhh man. This is revolting. At least with adjunct beers you can get a buzz after a while, but this? This is just hell. I actually got a headache from drinking this.

I expected a fair amount of "skunk" but there simply wasn't any. There wasn't anything. It was just flat, beer flavored ginger ale.

Gross.

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Photo of chrisjws
1.61/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of DucksFan16
1.83/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +92.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : Pours a great white stark fluffy 3 finger head but tides away so quickly it's like watching a shooting star. It diminishes to a small single ring and leaves no lace on the sides of the beer-clean class. The body is pale blonde color, mostly straw, with crystal transparency.

Aroma : Barley malts, rice, some slight roasted grain, a hint of mustiness, and a faint pinch of hop trailing behind. It's a very impressive nose for a near-beer.

Flavor : Again, for a near-beer this is far above par. Though washed out, all of the proper flavors are there - musty roasted malts, barley, rice, and yes, even a sting of hop. The vegetal character mostly present in near-beers is kept to a bare minimum here, it's on a detectable level but not on a perceptible level.

Feel : The feel stings the mouth pleasurably, not with carbonation so much (although it's there), but with the hop character and lightly burnt malts. It ends pasty on the tongue, parching the palate.

Overall : Of course this isn't going to be a real replacement for any beer unless health reasons dictate, but so far this is about the king of near-beers. My high rating reflects that. If you HAVE to drink a near-beer, O'Douls gets the thumbs up from me.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
1.88/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of richj1970
2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SuperMario
1.54/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

My friend's Dad used to give this to us...

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Photo of Psychromatic
3.89/5  rDev +95.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've tried a few United Statesian NA brews -- Busch NA, Sharp's, and this, so far -- and this is definitely the best of that lot.

It almost, but not quite, smells, feels, and tastes like a real beer. it won't fool anyone into thinking it's the real thing, but if you have to go NA and don't want to pay a buttload for a really good NA, this is not the worst choice you could make.

in case you're wondering about my curiously-high score, well, I'm rating this as an NA brew, not against real beers.

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Photo of Mofongo
1.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I can't believe I'm drinking this, let alone giving it a rating. I have been banned from alcohol due to medications. I can have one beer per day however. Anyway I thought this was a way to cheat and at least pretend I am drinking real beer.

A light pour with a head that dissipates quickly. A good amount of carbonation releasing from the bottom. Kind of tinny after-taste which disappears after a few sips. The head re-appears after some prompting, as it should. Not many flavors to report... maybe a slight sweetness with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of secondtooth
1.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pale golden, with nice head of off-white suds that dissipates quickly. Almost no trace of lace, oddly.

Aroma: Creamed corn. malts, typical American Adjunct Lager. Blah.

Taste: Malty, grainy, sweet with virtually no detectable trace of any hops at all. Not offensive, per se, but gives definition to the descriptive term given to me by a friend from Germany, “beer-flavored water”. Absolutely no character or taste. Not a winner.

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Photo of BigAl18
1.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Flat. Not unlike most AB beers with skunkiness.

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Photo of millelacsmark
1.67/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of KCCO_JSV
2.1/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of WoostaBia
2.55/5  rDev +28.1%
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 DrainBamage
3.81/5  rDev +91.5%
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 Boomer4ES
1.62/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.64/5  rDev +32.7%
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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O'Doul's from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.99 out of 5 with 594 ratings
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