If you like the taste of beer but don't want the alcohol, O'Doul's may be the answer you're looking for. O'Doul's beer nutrition facts indicate it's a low-calorie beer option. It's a good choice for a night at the bar when it's your turn to be the designated driver.
What is O’Doul's?
O'Doul's is a non-alcoholic beer made by Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch is the same company behind many popular beer brands including Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, Shock Top and Rolling Rock.
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Though O'Doul's is a popular brand of non-alcoholic beer, it is not the only non-alcoholic brand from Anheuser-Busch. Other options include Budweiser Prohibition, Beck's NA and Busch NA.
According to the official O'Doul's website, the only difference between O'Doul's and other beers is the alcohol is removed after the maturing process, using natural methods. This results in a good-tasting beer with a significant reduction in the amount of alcohol. Where many beers range for 3.2 percent alcohol to more than 5 percent, 0.4 percent is low enough to consider it non-alcoholic. (Note: You must be 21 or over to access the page on the website where the nutrition facts for O'Doul's and the other beers mentioned in this article are located.)
That said, it's not an excuse to drink as many as you can or want. O'Doul's calories will add up just like anything else, contributing to weight gain.
Read more: Beer vs. Wine Calorie Count
O’Doul's Beer Nutrition Facts
According to Anheuser-Busch's sister site, Tap Into Your Beer, O'Doul's is available in two varieties: Original and Amber. The Original is described as having a mild sweet taste with a slightly dry finish. O'Doul's Amber, on the other hand, is better for those who prefer a darker beer. It is rich with a slightly sweet flavor and a hop finish.
The Original O'Doul's is 0.4 percent alcohol by volume, meaning that there are trace amounts in each 12-fluid ounce bottle. One serving contains 65 calories, 0 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates and less than a gram of protein. The ingredients are water, barley malt, corn, high fructose corn syrup and hops.
O'Doul's beer nutrition facts for the Amber version indicate that is also 0.4 percent alcohol by volume. A 12-ounce bottle contains 90 calories, 0 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of protein. The ingredients are water, barley malt, high fructose corn syrup and hops.
Though O'Doul's calories are higher in the Amber version, both products are among the lowest-calorie options Anheuser-Busch has to offer. O'Doul's beer carbs are also fairly low compared to other non-alcoholic beer options, with 13 grams in the original and 18 grams in the Amber. Compared to Budweiser Prohibition, which has 22 carbs, it's the best option for those who are trying to limit their carb intake.
However, when you compare O'Doul's beer carbs to the carbohydrates in regular beer, such as Budweiser and Bud Light, you'll find it's higher in carbs. Tap Into Your Beer reveals Budweiser contains 10 grams of carbs per 12 fluid ounces, and Bud Light contains just 7 grams of carbohydrates. Neither Budweiser nor Bud Light contains high fructose corn syrup, however. This is likely the reason they are lower in carbs.
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Is Beer Nutritious?
Believe it or not, beer isn't just empty calories. There are vitamins in beer, but that doesn't mean you should regularly make it part of a balanced diet. O'Doul's beer carbs are not good for many diets, so just like anything else, consume beer in moderation.
According to a February 2012 review published in the International Journal of Food Properties, beer contains more protein and B vitamins than wine. The antioxidant content of beer and wine is the same, but the specific antioxidants differ between the two. Non-alcoholic beers offer the same nutritional benefits, though the number of vitamins and protein may vary.
A small-scale June 2016 study in Nutrients looked at the effects of beer, non-alcoholic beer and water consumption before exercise with seven athletes. Results suggest that drinking non-alcoholic beer before exercise could maintain electrolyte homeostasis during exercise.
The study will need to be repeated on a larger scale to determine if non-alcoholic beer is truly a good pre-workout beverage, but O'Doul's calories are often fewer than popular sports drinks. When it comes to drinking a beer after a workout, it's not the best choice, but it shouldn't hurt too much as long as it's consumed with food.
- Anheuser-Busch: "Great Beer is Fueled By Passion"
- O'Doul's: "Brewing Process"
- Tap Into Your Beer: "O'Doul's"
- Tap Into Your Beer: "O'Doul's Amber"
- Tap Into Your Beer: "Budweiser Prohibition"
- Tap Into Your Beer: "Budweiser"
- Tap Into Your Beer: "Bud Light"
- International Journal of Food Properties: "Health-Related Aspects of Beer: A Review"
- Nutrients: "Effects of Beer, Non-Alcoholic Beer and Water Consumption Before Exercise on Fluid and Electrolyte Homeostasis in Athletes"