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Anheuser World Lager (World Select) - Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser World Lager (World Select)
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128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.83%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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 Stingray5

New York

3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 20:03:35 | More by Stingray5
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 03:55:59 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bright gold “pilsner” yellow, with quickly fading white head that melts into a ring that is constantly reinforced by fast carbonation. Grassy, slightly floral hops made me wonder if this was actually an A-B product. Then I tasted it. What a let down. It was plainly obvious that they nailed that “European” flavor that they were shooting for, but they missed the point of the style, THE HOPS! Bitterness was present, but very disappointing. The hop flavor was very cooked and vegetative.

I had this from the bottle not draft, but I have seen this at Andy’s Corner. I will admit that World Select has one of the coolest tap handles out there. It consists of three flat strips of “metal” that start at the base and clamp a globe in place on top. Very neat.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 01:06:23 | More by yen157
Photo of UnionMade


2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a brilliant pale yellow, topped with a thick, frothy pure white head. Amazing clarity, I could read through this stuff, with millions of carbonation bubbles rapidly rising to feed the head. Incredible head retention, actually gaining some head after a couple sips and never really diminishing at all. Tons of sticky lace.
The aroma is pretty much what i expected. Basically a fresher version of Heineken. Pleasant saaz hop aroma, with some crisp pils malt. No detectable adjuncts. Very clean, but a little sweet.
The flavor seems like an attempt to mimic Heineken, Becks, or something like that. Very crisp and effervescent mouthfeel, with natural feeling carbonation. Clean pils malt up front, pretty light, with a detectable rice flavor in the middle. Definitely not all malt. A nice spicy saaz flavor, but with a saccharine nutrasweet finish that doesn't taste natural. The beer is decent, and could be mistaken for an import up until the end, where an odd chemical sugary sweetness takes over, kind of cloying. Unfortunately, it also lingers into the aftertaste, which sticks around for a while. The more the beer warms, the more prominent the flavor becomes. The carbonation also gets sluggish and loses it's spritziness rather quickly, which leads me to believe the carbonation isn't natural. A bit fuller bodied than regular Bud.
I know Budweiser can brew a better beer than this. Unfortunately, they brewed a slightly better version of Bud, and failed to create a beer that's truly impressive. Lackluster at best, and I'd still buy a Heineken over this. As for the price of the six pack...you have to be kidding me. I thought this might actually be good at over $7. Luckily, I wasn't the one that paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 05:43:08 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Suds


3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, it's about what I expected: mass-market mediocrity, gimmicky concept, all-around average beer.
Pours a deep, gold color with a shiny white head (that doesn't have much staying power). Sweet malt and fresh-cut grass in the aroma...very grassy. Smell could be a little more intense, but it's not all that bad. Slightly malty up front, crisp finish. Not quite as carbonated as I expected.
In summary, it's better than almost all other AB products, but still a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 00:24:37 | More by Suds
Photo of kunzbrew


2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well I had this for the first time this past weekend and I was not inpressed.

Pours the same pale yellow as the regular Bud. Has a little more of pilsner aroma but not much.

I still taste the same bud flavor, not any more of pilsner than Bud.

Still crap for AB.


Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 17:42:43 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of Ianhockey91


1.18/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

flat out awful, its just like bud but with a little less corn, and a bit better head retention. Went to a paty at my fiances aunts house and her husband got this because he heard that "I like those fancy beers" So i drank it with a smile all the while wanting to spit it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 03:20:09 | More by Ianhockey91
Photo of far333


2.25/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2003 06:45:01 | More by far333
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 01:15:07 | More by beerluvr
Photo of UncleFrank


2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 20:34:02 | More by UncleFrank
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer seems like a blatantly obvious attempt to get some of the Eurolager market. Everything about Anheuser World Select, from its green bottle to the somewhat familiar "imported pilsener" taste seems to be taking a page from the brewers of Beck's and Heineken. I was thinking that this was going to be a pretty decent brew, but I was let down.

Anheuser pours a pretty nice golden color, with a somewhat thin foamy white head, which lasts for about 30 seconds. Smells like a cheap beer. Some malt and hops in the aroma, along with a cheap husky/musty/adjunct scent. Surprisingly no skunk. Watery/fizzy mouthfeel. For a beer that's supposed to be "world class", it tastes awfully cheap. Light on malt, heavy on cheap husky grain flavors. Somewhat hoppy and bitter. Boring. Aftertaste has some leftover bitterness and some grassiness, and finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

It seems that "import" prices are being charged for this, and all I can say is that it is not worth it. In my opinion even AB's own Michelob is better than this. Disappointing and overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 06:03:33 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally, A-B craft brews a beer with a greater commitment to the actual beverage than the marketing and advertising. A rapidly fading head and thin sliding lace rests on a brassy body. The aroma, though mild actually smells of hops and malt. There's malt in that body and some hops too. Lightly herbal and some citrus and mild metallic bitterness. Similar to a Pilsner Urquell, but a little sweeter and less hop bite. This is a step in the right direction for A-B. A dark brown bottle instead of skunk inducing green would have proved a more serious commitment to the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 19:05:46 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Antone's (I think) in the USAir Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, NY. I will say I didn't not receive a full glass. Since I didn't want to pay airport prices for a beer I may or may not like. I asked for a sample and the bartender filled up the glass a little over 1/3 of the way. Thank you nice lady.

Poured a golden yellow with a small head that faded quicker than I could get to the glass. This may have been due to the fact it was served in a chilled, near frozen, glass but I don't think so. There was no lacing what so ever.

Aromas of corn, malt, and is that hops? Noticable hops in an AB product. Ok, sure. There is a definite hops aroma, not strong, but it is there.

Taste was, well watery at first, maybe because it was so cold, but it was definitely watery. Then the taste progressed to corn, malt, and exactly what I remember Bud tasting like from the last wedding I was at, but wait. A kick of hops, distinct, bitter hops kicks in. The body is very light, medium-high carbonation.

This is Bud with hops, maybe good hops, but it is still an adjunct laden beer with hops. Not a good beer and nothing to seek out. Good think I wasn't really in the mood for a beer, just killing time in the airport, b/c I would have been disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2003 07:12:31 | More by Loki
Photo of worldsbeer


3.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I cannot say I have had a beer from AB lately..but after reading about it on my weekly beer journal I figured what the heck.

It honestly is an interesting beer for being a Pilsner "style" beer. A bit too dark for the style...poor head retention common of most Pilsners...use of bittering hops apparant...also munich malt gives it a interesting malt character not typical of most Pilsners I have had. Would prefer more late additions of aromatic hops for more nose to the beer...as finishes of sweet...but what do you expect when you combine brewmasters from 10 countries to come up w/ 1 beer?

All in all a decent beer that will please the masses....but Not NASCAR approved...too much flavor. ;-)

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 17:38:33 | More by worldsbeer
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmmm...a new, high end beer from AB. something doesn't seem right. anyway, it's basically a nice middle ground between a bud and a heineken/grolsch/peroni, etc. for instance, pours a slightly deeper yellow than the standard bud watery-piss colour, yet not as deeper as the latter beers mentioned. surprisingly, there's a bit of hoppiness here, though not much. i did detect a bit of skunkiness too (i'm assuming from the poor choice of a green bottle...oooh, we're gonna brew a high class beer, let's put it in a fancy green bottle...idiots). it's relatively smooth and easy to drink, but i'd still prefer any of the similar euro-imports. is it better than any other AB product i've had? absolutely. would i try this brew ever again? sure, but i wouldn't go out of my way for it, and it'd probably be a last resort choice at a bar. though not terribly expensive, world select is overpriced at $7 a six-pack, but i guess with high class marketing comes high class prices, right?

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 17:32:19 | More by guinness33
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Anheuser World Lager (World Select) from Anheuser-Busch
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