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Budweiser Select | Anheuser-Busch

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53
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2.13
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Budweiser SelectBudweiser Select
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with two-row and roasted caramel malt for a rich color, and a blend of hand-selected premium American and Bavarian hops for balance and flavor. Budweiser Select spends approximately twice as long as regular beers in the brewhouse, which results in lower carbohydrate and calorie content after fermentation.

Added by kbub6f on 11-13-2004

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.25/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, this one needs a little explanation. Budweiser Select is a test product, and I happen to be in one of the test markets. I had seen full-page print ads for this in the local newspaper, and I initially thought that it was a full-fledged new product from A-B. At first glance it has all of the trappings of success...the eye-catching packaging, the competitive pricing ($4.79 for a six-pack), the A-B pedigree to the max. Budweiser Select is actually another foray into the low-carb beer market. The packaging doesn't push this fact but the print ads do. The ads also promise a "bolder" taste, a supposed result of the looong brewing process used to create this beer.

So here's the stickler. Reviewed as a stand-alone beer, this isn't that good. Reviewed as a alternative to Rock Green Light or Michelob Ultra, it's a stand-out winner. I'm not sure if low-carb beers comprise a style yet, but I'll stick to the basic reviewing guidelines and review this against it's competition.

Select is unimpressive to look at. It didn't pour with much of a head. The color was all yellow-straw. Truly nothing to catch the eye going on here. Heavily filtered. Not a hint of anything floating around in the mug except for carbonation bubbles.

The nose was just as weak. No sense of hoppiness or anything, just a mild malt character.

The taste was....ok. Just ok. Compared to Ultra or Rock Green Light, it was great. There is a slightly more pronounced hop flavor than regular Budweiser. Bold? Not really. Definitely less sweet than regular Bud. Maybe a hint of bready malts, but nothing too much.

Mouthfeel was ok. Slight watery character. Mildly carbonated. Strictly average.

I'll score it high on drinkability relative to it's competition. It's WAY better than Ultra or Rock Green Light, for example. It might be a good summertime/lawnmower beer. It probably goes great with pretzels and a ballgame.

I'll give it the ol' "A" for effort. It's a definite step up from the low standards set by other low-carb beers. The splashy packaging and Anheiser-Busch pedigree will probably be enough to make this a market leader if it ever gets released into distribution. Judging by the half-full displays and cold cases, it's a brisk seller here in the Austin test-market.

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Photo of lackenhauser
1.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ok as an avid Bud fan I felt I owed it to the people (whoever they are) to review this one. Pours a pale golden color with a big head that rapidly receedes. Other then that it looks totally FLAT. No bubbles rising or anything. Aroma-what aroma? Nowhere to be found. Flavor is best described as if Rainman was describing it-"wet,very wet". Other then that-nothing. Fair mouthfeel-thin but theres something there. Overall-forget it. Im a big believer in a place and time for everything but this is sad. Has to be the worst lite beer I have ever tried or been offered.

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Photo of davemarc87
1.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of RoyalT
2.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – This Light Lager looks just like it should. It is a light yellow in color and crystal clear with a nice, white head that came up an inch or so then dissipated rather quickly.

Smell – The grain here is typical American and very light. There’s also a nasty kind of sweetness here that seems a bit much.

Taste – The American grain comes off more like lemon-lime soda then malts. The sugars are vegetal and, contrary to the advertisement on the bottle, linger through a long, interminable finish.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and highly carbonated. The “crisp, clean, refreshing finish,” promised by AB and required by the BJCP is absent.

Drinkability – I enjoy a good Light Lager, but this just didn’t cut it. It wasn’t refreshing, it had a long sweet finish, and the sugars were on par if not bigger than the malts.

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Photo of tohe9384
1.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bud Select huh... lets see. 4.3% alcohol huh?

P- Brown bottle like most Bud products. Red crown "Budweiser Select" emblems on bottle. Born on date May 22,2009. ( Close on the Date )

A- Pours a typical american light beer look with the straw light yellow look and mild tight bubbly head that falls to a small ring. Leaves little lacing.

S- Smell is of mild grains with maybe a little malt.

T- Bland mixes of artifical sweetness with hints of metallic notes followed by very light malts.

M- Smooth with a thin watery feel.

D- Drinkable for situation where drinking alot is the main idea.

Note: To me this is a Bud Light mixed with regular Bud. But hey Full flavor only 99 calories!

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Photo of tbryan5
1/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of MikeC144
1.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have this beer from a 10 oz. can , i serve it in a mug it was very cold. The appearence is a light gold color and it has a foamy white head.The smell is hard to find and when you find it is nothing to be impress about. It have a very light light taste ( a lot of carbonation) , it feels good in the mouth, like refresh. This is just another "regular" beer.

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Photo of twi1609372
2.35/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I fail to see what is "select" about bedweiser select. This beer is quite tasteless. It does have a bit more taste than bud light or michelob ultra, but it isnt much more noticeable. this is a drinkable beer if you want water but for taste stay far away from this.

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Photo of generallee
2.33/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is not much to say or taste here. It pours very light yellow. The body is very clean and clear with lively carbonation that forms a thick white head. The aroma is light, mostly of rice and hay. There is not a bit of hops anywhere. The flavor is also very light. Mostly of rice, paper and hay, that leads you to a crisp clean finish. Overall its low carbohydrate, low calories and low on flavor.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
2.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
1.06/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't want to be offensive, but this is probably the worst ber I have ever had.

Appearance - Looks like very carbonated light golden lager with zero head retention. The head is more along the lines of soda, as well as the carbonation.

Smell- What smell?

Taste - What taste? Seriously...At least regular Bud has some semblance of flavor. This supposedly is a step up?! Nope. It seriously has ZERO flavor. THE definition of alcoholic water. Zero aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Soda water.

Drinkability - The drain loves this beer.

Fin.

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Photo of iemailjack
2/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Jason
1.74/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a stuck-on plastic film label, “Born On Date” on the back label for freshness.

Appearance: Very pale yellow straw, perfect clarity with a thin stark-white lace on top.

Smell: Vague grain … very little to the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: I would have said it was nearly bone dry but there is a bitty slickness on the mouth feel … sort of dextrin-like, odd. Very crisp and extremely light bodied. Up front is an immaculate crisp bite, light dusty grain husk and that is about it. As soon as I thought I could taste something … everything vanished.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is absolute rubbish … I can find more flavor in NA Beer.

Why? This beer was probably created to chip away at the macro-lager market. I am sure they are looking to grab more of the market even if it mildly cannibalizes some of their own brands.

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Photo of merlin48
1.66/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle that I picked up while looking for a PBR. Attractive packaging is the highlight here, as the label has some eyecatching appeal and the cap reminds me of a Rogue bottlecap. "Born on date" assures me that I'm drinking me a very fresh beer. Those are the highlights.

Appearance: Pours ot of the bottle into a pils glass an almost colorless liquid, but the glass reveals a clear, very pale, straw yellow body with a one finger tall, white head that fades away in seconds. A couple of flecks of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma: Very subdued, with vague hints of grain and spicy/herbal hop. Nothing skunky here, essentially nothing at all.

Mouthfeel: Very watery and light bodied with high carbonation.

Taste: Crisp carbonation, with a hint of adjunct malt sweetness and faint bittering and aromatic hops. Clean and crisp, with no offnotes. A suggestion of corn syrup emerges as it warms, so if you're going to drink this drink it cold.

Drinkability: This is a standard, American macro light lager that has little to offer a serious beerdrinker. Crisp and refreshing, with no offnotes, but very bland and watery. A decent fizzy light yellow beer that is brewed for the masses who are not seeking any nuances or complexity. Easy to quaff, but so is soda water.

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Photo of Billolick
1.78/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ouncer sampled. Born on dating. Pours very light straw, nose is non existant. Taste is ultra thin, Body is watery This is worthless swill. More wasting of decent water by AB. The best feature of this product is the "born on dating " concept. I wish many other brewery case us Beer drinkers that kind of usefull info. Pass this stuff by, support Micro brewers.

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Photo of tmoreau713
2/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of animal
2.26/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

About the best thing that can be said about this beer is that it's relatively Atkins- friendly, being a low-carb beer. It definitely was nothing to write home about, having an extremely bland flavor and lack of character. While making a low-carb beer may be an admirable goal, it seems to me that real beer lovers would prefer one with more carbs, albeit flavor and character.

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Photo of badbeer
2.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a decent head that dissipates and leaves a spotty lacing. Smell is of cream corn maybe, yeast, alcohol, it just doesn't smell the least bit enticing. Taste is better than smell, but that isn't saying much, very bland flavor, it has a corn flavor, but it's very watery. Mouthfeel is very light, I would rate it higher but the carbonation is way too high. Honestly it's pretty easy to drink, it's not necessarily bad, but it just isn't that good either.

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Photo of SDbeerguy
2.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, as some people on here have said, I hate Bud Light. I think it has a sharp, unpleasant taste that continues to astonish me as to how people drink it so often. Budweiser is decent but far from the top. That being said, Bud Select is a pretty decent brew that I have no trouble drinking. Of course, 2.25 for a 25 oz mug here at a bar in Plantation, FL (Landlubber's Raw Bar for all you Broward folks who may read this) helps , but regardless it is something I'm having an easier time tolerating than I was expecting. The foamy head is actually pretty impressive, although it's a 25 ouncer not a pint but still. The taste is a tolerable mix of corn, hops and carbonation but not an overpowering sharpness that I get from Bud Light. It seems to me that Bud Select is very unappreciated among the beer buyers because although this isn't top of the line, it certainly beats out BL and honestly I'd rather have this than Budweiser also.

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Photo of Byeast
1.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried one of these. I honestly think there is more taste in bud light! Poured slightly more golden than bud light. Small head. Smells of something. Taste is really just nothing , honestly. It is chuggable though. More so than Bud light Not hard to get down or anything , i just wouldn't buy it.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
1.68/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Despite my usually good sense of judgement, the post-D-league softball consumption of this "beer" still occurred. I intend to atone for my transgressions by drinking something good tonight. But when the choices were Bud "Select" and IC Light, you can understand the predicament in which I founf myself.

Color is that of extremely diluted urine: barely any color and clear. Only a barely noted fizzy white head is seen. Aromas, again, are brealy noted. Is that some corny-husky scent I detect? Flavor is like fizzy water. It amazes me that people actually find this to be a beer they WANT to drink. The fizz overpowers anything in the way of "flavor". Some grain-like flavor. Husky. Finishes without a trace of any aftertaste whatsoever. It's like it evaporates on the palate. Mouthfeel is laughable. Not drinkable, to say the least.

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Photo of bsp77
1.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale and almost has an artificial neon glow. Almost no head.

Smell: Sweet, sickly grains.

Taste: Not much. A little bit of of sweet apple when cold. Starts tasting like metal as it warms.

Feel: Extremely high carbonation with almost no body.

Drinkability: Overall, it seems like carbonated water that has gone bad. On the plus side, I guess it is drinkable.

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Photo of TheRamie
2.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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