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Anheuser World Lager (World Select) - Anheuser-Busch

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68
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-05-2003)
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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with a “Born On Date” for freshness. Thanks to my good buddy John B. for the sample.

Appearance: Quite bubbly during the pour which lead me to think that there is some crispness involved. A patch white head drops some lacing on the glass, clarity is what I expected in a pilsner as well.

Smell: Faint Euro hop aroma, very clean with a neutral grain in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Still a good amount of crispness after a hard pour, moderate body with a malty slickness. Subtle sting of hop bitterness from beginning to middle which eludes to being refreshing. Fresh grassy malted graininess leads the palate from middle to end with a faint lingering hop presence.

Notes: Tastes very similar to a fresh Heineken or Carlsberg from the source, very well done replicating the typical mass-produced Euro Lager.

Jason, Jan 09, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I never thought about buying this until a co worker who likes good beer as well said this wasnt half bad and well he is not completely wrong.Starts out nicely pouring a light golden with a nice well retained fluffy head with good carbonation,aromas are light some German-like iron and faint grass.A light flavored lager some definant hop presence lightly grassy with a sweet backbone but pretty light.Pretty crisp easy drinker head and shoulders above any other A-B product and Iam not ashamed to say so the price is ridiculous for this brew but it really isnt half bad at all.

oberon, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light yellowish-orange in the body with a moderate head.

Smell – There’s actually a touch of floral hopping to cover the typical Bud grain along with a musty grass aroma.

Taste – Did they finally get it right? Nope. I’ll take this over the regular Bud if for no other reason than the absence of that nasty sucrose taste. But, other than that, you’ve got a slightly mellower grain mixture with a tease of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is too cheap and fizzy to please the palate, and the ultra-thin body keeps this one from feeling like a real beer.

Drinkability – I’ll take this over a Bud or Bud Light and will probably finish this bottle, but don’t expect any big deviation from the standard American macro fare.

RoyalT, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of twi1609372
1.65/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

had this at a bar, wanted to see first hand anheisers attempt at a good beeer,they came "socos" to making a descent beer. a watered down beck is the first thing that comes to mind.tastes not quite as skunky as heineken, nothing really overtly impressive here, not impressed with buds attempt at a good beer, why drink an attempt when you can drink the real thing, and cheaper too.

twi1609372, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking, non-returnable green bottle with born on date of Dec 30, 03. First time I've seen this in my area. Pours a clear, pale yellow. Small white head with an aggressive pour, no head otherwise. Spotty lacing. Very weak aroma, maybe a hint of sweet grain and floral hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. Taste is light bodied and well carbonated. Nothing skunky or disagreable. Goes down very easy. A very well balanced weak beer. Am I missing something here? I've had Budweisers with more flavor and aroma. It's more drinkable than a Heineken or a Rolling Rock, but I'm finding this expensive new AB product to be lacking in character and complexity.The label proclaims this to be a "sophisticated continental pilsner". Hmmm. It finishes clean, dry, and a tad bitter. Very drinkable and refreshing, but no significant taste or aroma. Disappointing, especially for the price.

merlin48, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with Brewed on dating information. Pours pale and clear with a white head which quickly departs. Large bubbles, light to medium body. Bit of malt detectable, sort of skunky notes. grassy hop flavors. Crisp and refreshing pilsner, goes down easy, lawn mower quaffer at best. Fancy bottle, same crap inside.

Billolick, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of animal
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a rather bordering on mediocre attempt by Anheuser-Busch to create a classic-style pilsner-type beer. I got a six pack for a recent party at my older sister's house. While it is at least a drinkable beer, it is unlikely that Anheuser Select will ever win any contests or awards, or recieve any rave reviews.

animal, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of badbeer
1.3/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a decent golden color with a pretty nice white head, and carbonation sparkling up the glass. Smell, was not appealing, had some graininess to it, but was skunked. Taste was just terribly skunky and tasted like something went wrong. Not sure if I got a bad batch, but A-B is usually pretty consistent which makes me wonder if it was designed like this. Mouthfeel is lightly bodied and highly carbonated. I couldn't even have half the bottle, not drinkable. I really didn't want to hate on A-B with this one, I thought given the extra presentation put into this beer, it might be pretty good. If this is what their top 10 brewmasters came up with, I'm scared. Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but not for a while. Hopefully it will be better then.

badbeer, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of far333
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is supposed to compete with imports? This beer is the same light yellow color as regular Budweiser. It is pale and fizzy, but it did pour a nice soapy head that lingered for a little while. The flavor was a little sweeter than regular Bud, with some hints of corn. Head felt creamy, but once it was gone, this beer just turned into a glass of Bud without that regular Bud burnt rubber taste in the back of the throat. Couldn't even finish the glass. Don't bother.

far333, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, it looks like this has finally made it to the upper midwest...crystal clear light gold appearance. One quarter inch very white head, soupy with about 30 seconds duration. Laces in widely-spaced commas. Aroma is pale honey, with no detectable sulfurous qualities. Not well carbonated to begin with, thickened water. Maltiness is reserved, hop is apparent and lends an apple core (even with seed-like alkaloids) impression mid mouth. Lingering astringency, could be dryer at the close. Sense of carbonation seems to come on in the throat and stomach. Not a horrendous beer, but not a particularly good value for a European Lager clone....

ADR, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Straw golden color with a decent sized head with an ample amount of lacing formed that sticks around for awhile. Aroma: Sweet grassy grainy tone with the typical Euro lager herbal hop aroma, definitely a marketing campaign to compete with one of the top selling imports Heineken. Taste: Clean grainy sweetness with a nice hop bitterness not bad just has the same characteristic "skunky" tone with those herbal hops in the mix. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied strong carbonation. Drinkability: Decent shot at copying a green bottled Euro lager reasonably refreshing just I would rather taste more complex brews than this one.

WVbeergeek, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of brewQ
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I did not know what style this beer was when I saw the script neon sign at the busy bar/restaurant. My server said they had it on tap and it was "some kind of red, heavier beer". I thought they pulled the Bud handle when she delivered it to the table.

It was a darker gold than Bud, but had the same thin white head. My less than subtle sniffer couldn't really pick up strong hop or floral scents- just some grain. It had a quality taste but not much body to it. Pilsner is not my favorite style- especially after I was prepped for something more substantial.

Drinkable- yes. Without the green bottle and some other marketing hype though, this looks a loser for them on tap.

brewQ, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of findlayfan
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in a local grocery and decided to give it a try despite the $7.99 price tag (not to mention the green glass). Besides, I had a couple of Heineken’s in the fridge, so an A-to-B test was too tempting to pass up.

The initial pour was in AB’s favor: an equal head, a somewhat darker body, similar carbonation, and a less-skunky smell (the AB was likely fresher, with a “born on” date of 28 Jan 04).

AB actually has some hops in this one, which is WAY above the standard Mich/Bud fare.

Mouthfeel was also decent for the style and I found it quite drinkable: three or four of these could go down very quickly.

If AB is indeed aiming at Heineken (the bottle shape is similar, in a near-exact shade of green glass, but standing ¾” taller), this beer is a pretty decent imitation. It even has a few advantages.

That said, this isn’t my favorite style of beer – and the price is a bit steep for the product involved.

Now, if only AB would try to match (or beat) Heineken DARK…

findlayfan, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of cokes
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden sheen topped with white froth. Moderate, scattered carbonation.
There's a faint sulphur blast upon opening the bottle, but that seems to vanish once it's poured. Now, there's grain and a strange honeyed artificial vanilla bean sense. Dry, grassy hops in the background.
Grainy in the mouth, but not especially crisp or sharp. Seems to lean a bit sweet, with a near sugar sensation (possible adjuncts?). Then again, it's not especially sweet either. Dry honey towards the middle. Ends grassy and mostly vacant.
Light bodied, drainable and that's about it. Carbonation dies about halfway through.
This is a passable Macro Euro-lager attempt. But who cares?

cokes, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of sullysbeer
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clean crisp malt and hop nose. No fruity esters. Hops are very gentle. Slight graininess.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden. Bright white head that spider webs the surface and rings the sides of the glass. Half way through the beer there is no head at all. Like glass.

Flavor: Low Pilsen malt character that's slightly sweet. Crisp and refreshing, clean fermented with no off flavors. Gentle hop flavor and a spicy hop bitterness that lingers just a bit and is actually thirst quenching. Hints of wood character.

Mouthfeel: Medium low bodied. Medium-medium low CO2. Alcohol is present but low.

Overall Impression: A very refreshing smooth Pilsner. I would take this beer over a Budweiser or Bud Light any day. You have to try this one. I'm sure you'd enjoy it especially on a hot summer afternoon.

sullysbeer, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While talking with one of A-B's operational managers about the green glass bottle I was told that it's a slightly darker green glass but that it still lets light through. Then when asked about it becoming light struck I was told "Look, the marketing people are not dumb. They're going after a certain market and it's supposed to be a certain way". From there we discussed the suggestion that they might actually skunk it in-line prior to packaging for maximum consistency! That said, it does give off a skunky aroma unless you purchase an unopened case... and it's supposed to!

Its crystal clear, deep-gold body reveals tiny, rising bubbles; and its short but creamy bright white head holds fairly well initially but leaves little more than spotty lace. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth due to its fine, standard-level carbonation. The flavor displays a grainy malt that's well infused with floral, grassy, and herbal hops that are somewhat murky. No doubt, that's intended as well! The bitterness teeters between being low-key and firm, but generally builds on the palate throughout the glass. It's partially satisfying, but it doesn't really have the bite of say... oh, perhaps, Heineken! Still, at the very least, there are some hops there in both the flavor and the bitterness; and it finishes dry with a lingering herbal hop and bitter note. Overall it's not a bad beer by any stretch, but for what it's intended to be I think it falls a little short. Personally, I'd rather have a perfect, crisp, cool Bud.

NeroFiddled, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Born on date: 20Feb07

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a decent looking white head that leaves some sporadic lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is grain, some euro hops and a detracting metallic quality. The taste is much like the aroma with some grain and mild hopping. The mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery. Overall, I am not at all impressed with this offering from A-B.

cjgator3, May 19, 2007
Photo of beerluvr
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This "American Heineken" pours with a white head...a short-lived one at that. Brilliant light pale golden liquid. The nose is sweet smelling with a light maltiness the dominant feature followed by a grassy fresh hop tone & lightly adjuncty notes...not that awful actually. Taste begins malt-sweet mellowing into some brief hoppiness and a flash of yeasty fruitiness. Finishes between dry/sweet. Nice effort from A-B, but not worth the $7 I paid for the sixer.

Very cool (green, though) bottle/label design!

beerluvr, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of UncleFrank
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw to yellow in color with a white head that doesn’t last long. The smell is sweet and a touch of hops. Surprise! The taste is a better bud, but still bud. I almost want a harsh characteristic when having this beer, but don’t find it. I grew up on Heineken you must understand. Anyway, it does finish clean with the ability to have more. Too pricey to "pound" but if I’m going for this style, I'd rather go cheaper. There isn’t that much difference in that I would pay the extra. However, you may be able to move some spud lite and filler lite drinkers to this.

It is a bit darker than Bud beer that pours from the glowing green bottle that I pulled from a green box from a green section of beer behind the green display. I sat down after cutting my green grass and read a Green Lantern comic book. Do you sort of get the point?!?

Lets be serious though. I understand that if AB is going to go after the import market, (Grolsch, Heineken, Amstell, Pilsner Urquell), then make it good but without a feature that the general public doesn’t like about those beers, the bitterness. They have accomplished this but does it make it a good Pilsner? I don’t think so. Good for marinating pork ribs though!

UncleFrank, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade for a Magic Hat #9. I got the better end of the deal. Attractive bottle, albiet green. Poured clear pale yellow with very little head/lace. Kinda like a Bud. Sweetness in the aroma, slight hop bite. Kinda like a Bud. The mouthful was where things began to change. Much heartier than it's Kingly counterpart. Taste had a crispness with good hop presence. Still some adjuncts detected, but an improvement. Refreshing. Good drinkability.

Overall, this brew displays some signs of decency. Paired nice with potato chips and Jets/Giants game. Not bad!

Stingray5, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of nickd717
2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review dated 12/19/2008 from 12oz bottle.

Looks like Bud - pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Mild hops and malt on the aroma with adjunk. This is the best their top brewmasters could come up with? It is BARELY better than Budweiser. Watery and ricey. Faint grassy hops. Carbonated yet weak mouthfeel. Wow, A-B is bad. I am really happy they are Belgium's problem now.

nickd717, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of bditty187
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale amber-gold hue with a white head that reached a shade over a finger in height before fading away, I noticed some animation trying to replenish the head, it didn’t have much success. The subsequent lacing was webby and prevalent. This is a typical looking Pils/Pale Lager. The nose, ah the nose, this sets it apart from anything AB has produced previously. Obviously (it is so painfully obvious after one whiff) World Select is going after the Heineken/Beck’s/green bottle sheik crowd. The aromas are of hay, grass, a soft Euro-hops twang and slender herbal notes. It is trying to be skunky with out actually being skunky. Those devils! Regardless I don’t find the smells to be inviting. The palate is crisp with a bite of herbal hops upfront, mild bitterness, in the middle a dry bland maltiness emerges and abruptly ends. The finish is clean and heavily carbonated. Throughout the taste there is some influences of grass and hay. AB completely meets their goals with this beer, they aimed to copy a Euro-Lager and they did. And frankly they did a great job at it. World Select is fresh, crisp, refreshing, and just flavorful enough to care. The carbonation is a little stiff and the mouthfeel is a little uneventful, medium in body. It is drinkable enough. It was too expensive to risk buying a six-pack of, so I went with a single bottle when I was in Iowa City for $1.40. It was a good purchase. Would I go back to it, I don’t know, but if someone says AB can’t make a good beer, I’ll point them in this direction. Seriously though, lower the freaking price of this beer!

bditty187, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best beer around is free beer . . . unless the free beer is Anheuser World Select. Actually, this compares quite closely to Heineken. Pours a golden hue with little carbonation or lacing. Tastes a bit sweeter and easier to drink than its import original. Will not buy this in the store or restaurant . . . will accept another complimentary one.

Backer2004, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The green bottling with the emblem surrounding a globe is non-impressive, yet it appears to be a decent marketing scheme. This highly anticipated brew pours a medium-yellowish hue, with a thin, respectable head that dissolves like dish soap. Grassy and some malts on the nose, a-typical of the limited green bottled macros. Up front, a decent twang of hops, appears to be almost a medium bodied lager. Sweet malts balanced in nicely in the body, highly leaning towards a grassy hop feel on the palate. Decent cleansing, a decent thirst quencher. Brew "masters" from 10 countries and this is all they could agree on? Or was it 10 brew "marketing experts?" I think the latter. However, not a bad tasting lager, not something to make a habit out of, but if this is marketed a bit more, she'll do in a pinch. A challenging beverage to rate, based on the standard already set by the father brewery.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 21, 2004
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Anheuser World Lager (World Select) from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.