O'Doul's Amber | 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.

BEER STATS
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129
Ratings:
263
pDev:
33.33%
 
 
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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 263
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anheuser-Busch "O'Doul's Amber"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "18201 CH0630"

I'm not of fond of O'Doul's Amber as I am the original O'Doul's but as far as Non-alcoholic beers go they're both pretty damned good. This is crystal clear with a copper colored body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head retention and lacing are average. The aroma offers some grainy malt with just a hint of caramel and even less hops but it does smell like beer. The flavor gives you a little too much of that maltiness upfront and the first sip let's you know you're drinking an NA. The good news is that after that it tastes very close to a full alcohol beer, and there's some additional biscuity malt and some mild floral and lightly herbal hop character to it. It's perfectly balanced by a moderate bitterness and it finishes fairly dry with just a touch of malt remaining. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp with a standard carbonation. Overall it's a nice NA.
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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 7/20/2018. Pours crystal clear deep golden/orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense and creamy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, brown sugar, cracker, white bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Touch of fruitiness and the usual NA cardboard aroma, but really minimal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, brown sugar, cracker, white bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, cracker, white bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, no fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Overall this is a very nice NA amber lager. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery at all. Very clean and nicely rich dark/bready malt complexity, with solid earthy hop presence/balance for the style. A very enjoyable and amazing offering for the style. This lacks nearly all of the usual off flavors/astringency I have seen with some other ones, as with the pale version.

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Photo of Bigskyjim
3.88/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mistake some reviewers make is to judge an NA Beer as a regular beer and then wonder why it is not great; NO NA Beer is going to compete with regular beer; AS an NA Beer O'Doul's Amber is very good and when you find out that for health reasons, you need to lay off the beer for awhile or more; this is a very good NA Beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +77.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber with two fingers of white five minute head.
Smell is grainy with a hint of grassy hops.
Taste is malty with just a hint of grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a better than average n/a beer.

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Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, sorghum, and NA grainy/earthiness. Fits the style of a Low Alcohol Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, sorghum, hint of citrus hop, and NA grainy/earthiness. Overall, for a Low Alcohol Beer this was actually pretty decent.

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Photo of Snaggletooth75
5/5  rDev +125.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love drinking O'Douls because it's non-alcoholic. I have to take Dilaudid and Hydromorph Contin which are opioid medications. I have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease, because of these chronic lower back pain conditions I need to take these Narcotic pain medications. If I was to drink beer with alcohol it would kill me.

Thanks to O'Douls I get to enjoy beer again without the alcohol. O'Douls tastes so bloody good and on a hot summers day it's very refreshing!! Thank you Anheuser-Busch for making O'Douls so people like me who can't drink alcohol can still enjoy an ice cold beer. I'm sorry that this isn't a better beer review but I'm not a professional beer reviewer.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Had this one out the bottle, it had a very malty smell. The taste was pretty watery but the malt was there and a slight hint of hops. The feel wasn't too good, it had a fruity/watery after taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.27/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Well if nothing else this appearance is a nice amber appearance. Even the aroma doesn't lead one to conclude this is a compromised non alcoholic beer, it smells of slightly toasted caramel red malt notes.

Taste and mouthfeel show that what may have been misconstrued as a significant amount of malt is just really a coloring approach. They got the color there but not the heft. Did they wash away the taste a little bit when they released the hounds on the alcohol to run it out the yard? I dunno. A better question might be why I am even drinking this in the first place if we wanna get all contemplative on this one. The sweetness is there.

Takes on that feeling like the sweetness is similar to an AAL lager yeast. I'd rather just look and smell this beer. Did I mention the hopping? Its respectable in a noble hop and cascade long boil kind of way for an Inbev product, but will never be described as hoppy. Just a culmination of the carbonation and hops.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +80.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O'Doul's Amber brewed by Anheuser-Busch, with an ABV of 0.05% This brew pours out a deep brown amber color with a small white head. This non alcoholic brew has a real nice inviting look to it. The smell of O'Doul's Amber is rich with roasted grians and malts. You pick up a faint hit of hops in the smell of this brew. So far so good. Now for the taste of O'Doul's Amber, it is rich with flavors. You first pick up on roasted grians and malts, then a nice smoothness. No it is light and watery witch is to be expected. However this is a fine drinking brew. This is a non alcoholic brew that has flavor. The mouth feel of O'Doul's Amber is rich , light , clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving O'Doul's Amber a soild 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Anheuser-Busch, did a real nice job with this non alcoholic brew. I would buy this non alcoholic brew again.
This is one of the better non alcoholic brews on the market.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a twist-top 12 ounce bottle with a Julian date of 15232 into a tulip.

Look: Creates about a one-finger, white head, which dissipates immediately, leaving no lacing. The color is light tan/orange. I wouldn't call it amber. It's almost the color of apple juice, which, ironically, is what it smells like, at first.

Smell: The apple smell gives way to a stale grain odor, I can't quite identify. Decidedly fruity smell, but not pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Much less carbonation than I expected. A very slight oily feel.

Taste: Actually, the taste follows the nose. It kinda tastes like apple juice and stale grains. I expected a typical amber AAL taste and smell but I'm not really getting it. Much fruitier than I expected. And it should be noted, the alcohol is hidden very well. It drinks more like a 0.25% than the 0.5% it is.

Overall: Tastes nothing like any beer I've ever had. Tastes nothing like beer, really. I'm not going to finish it.

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Photo of BlakeA85
2.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was the first NA I tried, and I wasn't super disappointed at first, but after having a few over the course of about a week, I got tired of them and really kind of thought "I'm never getting this again" However, from the first one, it poured pretty well, a few fingers tall. It had a nice aroma, kind of sweetish taste. Overall, my first experience, despite what I said, wasn't a horrible one.

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Photo of VABA
2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

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Photo of dcotom
2.73/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing too offensive here, not much on the nose or the palate. A little sweetness up front, a surprising touch of bitterness on the finish. Not bad for the style. I prefer this to regular O'Doul's and sometimes use it at work (group home, alcohol strictly prohibited) in baking quickbreads or boiling bratwurst, as I find the body and flavor just right for these applications. If you're going to drink this, though, make sure it's cold.

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Photo of ordybill
3.13/5  rDev +41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First off this is a Low Alcohol beer, therefore don't expect a ton of flavor. Most people drink these types of beers for a reason and not by preference (in my humble opinion). If you need to drink a low alcohol beer this is the best one I have had so far.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.77/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks : The head on this beer is actually quite impressive. It pours tall and porous, three fingers tall with an off-white color; takes its sweet time in receding and finally settling at a half of a finger. The body is spot on amber colored, with a jewel-like golden appearance. It's about 80% transparent.

Smells : Cotton candy. Some hay, and mostly sweet grains. Very faint vegetal aroma. Nothing wrong with the nose here, just faint, and I like the cotton candy sweetness even though it's totally weird.

Tastes : Here's where it could improve. Right off the bat there's some vegetal mash (a negative) but it dissipates into more of a roasted grain-like flavor, but that fades quickly - ending in a poor clash of stale hop and moldy malt. I'm not real impressed with the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel : Slightly creamy, light bodied, ends pasty.

Overall : I bought a 12 pack of this because I liked O'Doul's regular so much. I figured their Amber would be like that but with more roasted grain flavor. It's a different beer altogether and it fails for me. When I need a N-A brew, I'll reach for the green O'Douls.

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Photo of BranfordBound
2.08/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My dad got this after his recent heart surgery since he wanted the taste of beer but couldn't drink alcohol. The beer looks like a regular brew but the taste is a bit off. Hard to describe, but it's super light and grainy with a touch of sweetness. Body is lighter and easy to drink. Overall, not bad for being so low alcohol, but the flavor is unimpressive, to say the least.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a generous white head and light amber color. Aroma is weak caramel malt and a hint of hops. Flavor is a watered down but not unpleasant sweet malt and touch of hops and a nice seltzer finish. These NAs are not going to taste like real beer because alcohol is the glue that holds all the flavors together. But this is pretty damn close.

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Photo of Every1sgrudge
3.2/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: looks like a light brown ale/beer more so than what one would consider amber.

Smell: smells like what you would want to consider a nut brown ale too, sweet, caramel, malt, you might get lucky and pick up some hops.

Taste: I personally like it; according to the bottle it is made with two row caramel malt and some type of hops, and it gives me a taste resembling a combination of cream soda and a weak nut brown ale.

Feel: pretty thin like water, or soda with average carbonation, but typical head retention and lacing. It looks more like a beer than it drinks.

Overall: I have tried four NA beers now as I vowed to abstain from regular alcohol, and this one is my favorite thus far. Clausthaler is too bitter and metallic, Kaliber is way to sweet and funky, Coors NA tastes just like Coors, and this tastes like a soft nut brown ale with cream soda. It's not too sweet, but sweeter than normal beer with enough malt to remind you this isn't soda.

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Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev +35.1%

I drank this at an industry function; it was the only beer at the time whose name I didn't recognize, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Its taste reminded reminded me of beer a little and was inoffensive. At the time, I didn't know this was an NA beer so I was wondering how I could put away two bottles of it and not feel anything.

If my choices were the same again (Bud, Bud Light or O'Doul's Amber), I'd probably opt for a water fountain. But if I HAD to have a "beer" from those choices, this would be the one.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured a clear amber color. Head is white and well formed. Aroma is worse than its lighter brother, O'Doul's Lager. Sweet, shredded paper that would customarily be used at the bottom of a reptile's terrarium. Flavor has some light, sweet amber malt and nothing further. Body is light as all get out. Bubbly carbonation. Never had a N/A beer before. Funny to try.

Can.

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Photo of metter98
2.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cream soda are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light amounts of sweetness along with faint hints of malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied, slightly smooth and a little watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have the chemical or "off" flavors you would normally expect from a low alcohol beer, but seems to taste more like a malty version of a cream soda compared to a beer.

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Photo of qchic
1.94/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Got a single bottle on a lark. Wow, not twist off! Amber in color as advertised with big 'ol bubbles in the clear body. That's not barley I smell, is it? Sweet, bland grain. No hop presence. Smells challenging. Tastes less offensive than it smells, so I'd actually recommend swigging this from the bottle (wait, don't). Still, just a faint reminder of beer with mild hints of honey. Sweet is the prominent flavor, finishing with weird bitterness. This would be my first drainpour if I weren't such a glutton for punishment. I'm doing this dammit, but never again.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.42/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle it makes a solid and very clear nice amber orange to bronze body. Nice rising carbonation, and a creamy three finger very bright white head. No lacing or retention but pretty long staying power and manages a decent puck to collar while waiting. Looks like an amber to me.

Smells like one too. Simple mix of sweet caramel, some fruity yeast like esters sort of strawberry, a little toasty light brown bread grain quality. Seems pretty straightforward, no complaints here.

Oh boy is this a surprise on the palate. This tastes like complete malt extract and sweet Jemima syrup. Shockingly sweet and more unexpected since the nose really seemed to deliver some variation. Finishes with some cola sweetness as well which just comes off weird. Thick bodied and syrup feel coating as well.

This comes out more like a caramel soda than a beer. Even for NA brew, it really doesn't offer much, and it's just way too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.07/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a clear copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light brown + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy and toasted grain malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of grainy and toasted grain malts with light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Watery.

O: Not much going on here with this beer - very light aromas and flavors along with a somewhat watery body.

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Photo of artoolemomo
1.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Appearance- Pours up some head (about 3 or 4 fingers) and has basically no retention. It lasted long enough for me to see that it was an off white color with hints of yellow. The body is medium to dark amber with slight maroon notes which glows a medium amber when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- Fairly typical for an AAL. Slight grain, not much else. Maybe a hint of caramel from the bottle. When I swirl it (violently), I get some corn and cornflakes. While I don't like these flavors in a beer or a low alcohol beer, I really have to work to notice them.

Taste- Once again, fairly typical for an AAL. Lots of grain but not much else. Some cereal notes. Pretty watery and thin. A sour, metallic finish starts to build up as it warms. It's not as bad as in a lot of lagers but it does not bode well as I was about to mention there are no real off flavors. A bit of a vinous quality. Some white grape. Boring flavor profile that lacks presence and integration. Cornflake start to show near the end.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some syrup. It had some carbonation but that is all gone. This is not the type of beverage (low alcohol or not) that you drink without carbonation. If you want serve your non-alcoholic beer drinks, pump some carbon dioxide in there. Or don't- I really don't care.

Drinkability- Easy going because it's so damn watery. But it's also very boring. And barely carbonated. And what's that other problem...

Overall- Pretty on par with BMC when it comes to the nose and taste. Nice body, but a failure in overall appearance. Mouthfeel is just a failure. Drinkability is pointless. Because of all this, it is beneath BMC overall. Poor beer. The only reason to try this is if you are a ticker. And I am. I can go back to regular beer now- this style designation has been had and reviewed.

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