Here's What Drink Was Really Used In The Movie Beerfest

The 2006 film "Beerfest" is right up there on the list of rowdy man/child comedies, what with all the hijinks and drinks involved. So it's definitely a good thing that the cast opted against alcohol poisoning by forgoing legitimate booze on set. Instead, the movie was shot using O'Doul's, a non-alcoholic beer, according to Thrillest.

Set in Germany during Oktoberfest, drinking is central to the plot of the movie. More specifically, two brothers "stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a 'Fight Club' with beer games," per IMDB. After losing terribly in the Beerfest, the characters assemble a so-called "Dream Team" back in the United States and attempt to avenge both their pride and the reputation of their grandfather, who was wrongfully accused of stealing a beer recipe. We won't spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that there's plenty of ridiculousness on tap, thanks to the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, which conceived the entire shebang.

O'Doul's is the better, if not best, option

Known as one of the more popular non-alcoholic beers, O'Doul's has the benefit of looking and tasting like beer without many of the potentially perilous side effects. It's not totally benign, however. Although billed as "non-alcoholic," O'Doul's beer has an alcohol content of 0.4 percent, compared with a regular Budweiser's 5 percent and Bud Light's 4.2 percent, per Alcohol By Volume. In other words, it would take at least 10 bottles of O'Doul's to achieve the same intoxication effects as one bottle of Bud Light. For recovering alcoholics or people who are very sensitive to alcohol, that's pretty important information.

The cast may also have been better off sticking with beer-colored water because O'Doul's definitely has other nutritional facts to be considered. One 12-ounce bottle has 66 calories, 30 mg of sodium, and 14 grams of carbohydrates, per Nutritionix. So even though it might not break your liver, it can still do damage to the old diet.