gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not half-bad, decent NA with added "caramel malts". Pound a case and you might get a buzz...
XMB625 (30) - USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again I have to rate this as though its in its own category which is N/A, but it does actually compare with
with some premium "alcoholic" beers. If you haven't taken your turn at being a designated driver and drank more than one just to say you tried it then lighten up. I agree that the European non's are a step ahead but most small town bars don't carry import beers let alone import N/A.
Colpitts (59) - Sussex, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 2, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was amazed by how easy these went down...the realized they had no alcohol. Very light tasteing beer.
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Well at least they tried to suit another style... it’s NA beer, how high did you think I’d rate it. Maybe if my liver goes, and some of the better NA’s are gone, I’ll try this again...
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, son-of-a-gun...this stuff looks like beer, smells like beer and hold onto your hats, TASTES like beer! Well, it tastes like a light beer anyway. This is the first A-B product I’ve bought in decades. I’m still in the midst of a study where I can’t ingest any alcohol so I’ve been trying the various NAs that are available. I chose O’Douls Amber mainly for the price and because it was easy to reach in the cooler at the store. I haven’t looked at other people’s ratings yet so hopefully I won’t be repeating stuff that others have said. Anyhoo, this (near)beer pours a nice-looking coppery color and comes up with a decent head that lasts for about 30 seconds but then subsides to a thin, fizzy film. Whee, lookit all those bubbles heading up to the top of the glass! The aroma is fairly neutral though it smells ’beerier’ than some other NAs. Taste? Well, nothing in particular stands out but there’s not any unpleasantness either. It tastes for all the world like a regular light beer. Quite effervescent & actually somewhat refreshing. Surprisingly not bad for what it is...ADDENDUM after reading other ratings: Funny thing, I was going to say that I thought O’Douls may be the best brew available from A-B, but figured most readers would think I’m nuts. But I see others have said the same thing!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 14, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not bad. Slightly sweet malty aroma, watery malty taste. About what I expect from a good non-alcoholic.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Malty aroma. A pretty good NA. The flavor was not full, but still better than most NA’s.
faulstich (25) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best non-alcoholic beer I’ve had. Sure beats the rest of Anheuser-Busch’s lineup, alcohol or otherwise! For the record, I’m boosting the score because it fared well even without alcohol.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2002
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Smells better than the O’Doul’s Premium, but tastes just as watery. These beers could stand to learn a lot from their German non-alcoholic counterparts.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2002
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I sure hope my liver enzymes return to normal soon. I dyin’ over here.