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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 1,211
Avg: 2.13
pDev: 51.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 230 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-13-2004

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.
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Photo of kylehay2004
1.8/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Straw colored and clear with a very thin head and no lacing. Aroma is very light and mostly light malt and some bready biscuity notes. Flavor is not very offensive but not good either. Mostly light malt and breads. No bad aftertaste or bitterness which is nice from this genre. Refreshing, light body and high carbonation. Better than budweiser but still a Budweiser.

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Photo of metter98
1.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of grainy malts and corn adjuncts. It's not sweet, but no bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and somewhat watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't offer much in terms of pleasant aromas or flavors.

Note: Canned on 3/13/13

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.06/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes, although it's hard to forget this.

Pours as if someone put two drops of yellow food coloring inside of a glass of water. Pours with a bit of white head, but that quickly recedes into nothing and leaves zero lacing. Smells like a stale loaf of bread in between slices of cardboard. Tastes about the same, although thankfully tames it down a bit. Feel and drinkability is about the same as carbonated water.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really wasn't able to come up with anything special about this beer. To me in still just Budweiser in a different bottle. So with that being said this beer is yellow in color, malts and corn aromas on the nose, the head fades quickly. The mouthfeel is pretty light. The best thing about this beer is the design on the label. That's about it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On the bright side, I've had worse...yea really. Looks poorly yellow and clear with high carbonation, the same head you get from a diet sprite, and no lacing at all. Smells like spoiled water (is that even possible?) Grainy, vegetive, sour, and almost no sweetness. Tastes more grainy, corn-like (among other cerial grains), sharp and metalic. Body is watery and over carbonated. Finishes crisp and a bit scrubbed. Aftertaste is non existant. Basically a waste of grains, hops, water, and yeast.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.21/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My only other exposure to this particular beer was at Lollapalooza 2006, where the choices were Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select. Scenes of that Simpsons' gag where Homer visits the Duff brewery came immediately to mind...and I drank Bud Select all bloody afternoon, because it was still a better deal than the bottled water they were shilling...

This beer pours a perfectly clear, very pale straw hue, with two fingers of rapidly disappearing soapy white head, which leaves some sparse strands of lace around the glass. It smells of mild corn grain, and timid earthy, weedy hops. The taste is soft corn, and pretty much nothing else. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light and airy, and it finishes mostly sweet, the thin corn grain trumping the long absent greenish hops.

Nothing proffered, nothing rejected. The absence of anything to critique makes this one unfair fight. Drink it if you just don't care, and you won't know any better...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.71/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Time for another macro head-to-head matchup, this time with light beer. I was originally going to pit Bud Select against Bud, but figured that it wasn't a fair fight given the different styles. The contender is a can of Milwaukee's Best Light that I picked up on a whim the other day. Since it's now A-B vs. Miller, the competition now has a 'true rivals' kind of feel. There's the opening bell...

Clear, pale amber with the occasional bubble ascending within. At first I thought that the two beers were exactly the same color. It's extremely close, but the Bud is just a bit paler, a bit more yellow than the MBL. The Bud has slightly less visible carbonation, but again, they're nearly the same. The head is bright white, soft and indistinguished. It falls moderately quickly and leaves only small scraps of lace behind.

Neither aroma is anything to get excited about and neither is horrible. The Bud nose is the loser here. It smells of grain, but has a musty, 'off' smell that seems chemical-like or artificial somehow. Thankfully, it isn't aromatic enough to get into too much trouble.

Again, it's a near thing, but the flavor edge goes to Milwaukee's Best Light. The intensity of the flavor, needless to say, isn't on the high end. Having said that, these are two of the more flavorful light beers that I've had. The Bud is drier and slightly more bitter. There's also a woody taste (for want of a better word); I hope that the Beechwood-aged thing isn't playing havoc with my mind.

The finish is exceedingly short, if not absent. Mission accomplished, no doubt. The mouthfeel is thin and is more carbonated than the MBL; which is probably why there's still a thin disk of foam on top in comparison to the near absence of the MBL head.

There you have it, a close contest between two lightweights that didn't settle much of anything. Bud Select looks better (the slightly paler color is more than offset by the superior head) and feels a little better in the mouth since it maintains its carbonation longer. Milwaukee's Best Light smells and tastes a little better. Pretty much a draw if you ask me.

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Photo of zeff80
2.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A -Pours out a pale yellow. Highly carbonated. Small, short-lived head.

S - It actuallt smells like there are some hops. Corn smell is also present.

T - The hop flavor comes through. It isn't great but not bad. The malt and corn flavor is also there.

M - It was crisp and sharp It was light, though.

D - As far as light beers go, it isn't too bad. It actually has some flavor.

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

got one because it was on the menu and I never see this one so what the hell right? Poured a pale golden yellow with a big fizzy white head that faded to just a thin fizzy ring on top. Lots of visible carbonation. Light grain smell, a touch of rice or corn or something else, but very light smell. The taste was ok when ice cold. Very grainy and grassy with a touch of a yeasty property to it. Crisp clean refreshing mouthfeel, perfect for when its hot. This is very drinkable coming out of an ice box when it is very hot. Overall I guess its a little better then normal Bud, I guess. It is still rather bland, but does seem to have somewhat more of a flavor profile to it. At least like they were trying to do something, though it is defiantly in the smae vane as a budweiser. A little darker maybe, but pretty much the same. I figured hell it was better then a corona right? Next maybe get water.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this obscure beer, Bobby.

A: The pour is a pale golden straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Smells like nothing. Mostly just water. There is a little bit of straw aroma, but that's almost all that I can pick up from it. The lightest hint of pale malt and a decent corn note.

T: There is actually a little bit of flavor to it. Some pale cracker type malts with a fair amount of corn to it. Very light all around with just a little bit of straw.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Less awful than many of the other Budweiser variants. Still wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Born on: September 11th, 2008. The World Trade Center tragedy, like this shameful nightmare, will never be forgotten!

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a thin, painfully brief, white head.

Smell: Feh! Another lifeless, uninspired aroma of tired, musty grains.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with a tiny hint of bored grains. Faintly spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes relatively drying and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: As is the case with so many of these macro lager, there's really just not much to it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.26/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served...on a boat. That is all I will say.

Found this for fifty cents at a local bait shop/general store during Man's Weekend. A pour results in a clear jaundice topped by over a finger of short-lived white suds. The nose comprises corn, corn syrup, and hard water. The taste is nearly identical, though the calcium from the hard water is intensified a bit and some aluminum foil is added for "good measure". The body is rather light, with a heavy moderate carbonation and a relatively easy-going feel. Overall, not the worst thing I've put in my mouth, but not something I'd generally go after at a bar or something without a harsh lack of choice about it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.11/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Budweiser Select delivers the beautiful appearance of a crystal-clear gold body that's capped by a long-lasting head of bright white foam that leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose is clean and delicate, revealing some softly sweet malt, a whiff of apple-like fruitiness, and a flicker of yeasty sulphur.

In the mouth it's crisp with a mildy effervescent carbonation amid its medium-light body.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests. It's well-balanced between it's malt and yeast constituents, but there's very little hop flavor to be found other than a minor smear that appears in the finishh.

In comparison to the standard Budweiser, this is lighter and less flavorful, as if it'd simply been watered down. On the other hand, it doesn't have the sweet maltiness of the regular version, and therefore appears slightly more balanced. It's like a halfway point between Bud and Bud Light.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.53/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a very tiny touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and light malts. Then there's an adjunct sweetness that comes in. There's very little hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful but it goes down easily and is not too filling since there isn't much to it, mild kick, decent representation of a lackluster style, overall it's just another fizzy yellow beer, but it's at least better than AB's other light beer.

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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 WVbeergeek
1.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Crystal clear straw golden forms a nice sized egg shell white colored head large bubbles leaves specks of lacing around my pint. Aroma: Cooked vegetables low amount of hops come across the radar corn and rice evident mild sweetness typical beer not very "select". Taste: Creamed corn flavor comes through with a low sweetness, no real hop flavor some chemical manufactured design going on here not that crisp sort of rogh going down definitely not a good competitor to Miller Lite. MOuthfeel: Thin light bodied high carbonation burps are almost immediately within the first few sips, the fizziness almost makes you choke with each sip. Drinkability: Typical macro lager Bud calls something Select expect it to be mediocre at best that 's what this beer is to me.

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Photo of jwc215
2.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white foamy head that becomes barely a thin covering within a short time. It does leave some lacing.

The smell is thin - almost non-existant. Some vague grain smell is there, but not easily detectable.

The taste is watery and airy. The is a slight touch of sweet malt. No hops are noticeable. Some vague adjuncts come through.

The feel is somewhat dry despite ridiculous amounts of water.

It is less smooth than most macros. It is a lot of water and with a harsh edge that mysteriously arises. This is a below-average macro to say the least. I would take a regular bud over this easily.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - copper-gold with a loose, soapy, white head that fades away quickly; huge amounts of carbonation rising to the top like soda

S - grainy, sweet, corn

T - sweet, like, corn, grainy, faint bitter finish

M - crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, light bodied

This is a typical adjunct light lager. It's crisp, lightly flavored (ultimately unoffensive), and goes down easily and quickly. Status quo for adjunct light lagers.

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Photo of GClarkage
1.77/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

06/19/05- Had in Montana as a true "lawnmower beer".

Presnetation- 12oz bottle with born on date on the back label. Poured into a pilsner style glass.

Appearance- Light yellow fizzy liquid. Small head at first, gone in a second. No lacing at all.

Smell- Some grain, which did not smell good.

Taste- Very clean and crisp. Not much flavor at all. Almost like carbonated water with a touch of grain thrown in. What taste there is isn't good.

Mouthfeel- Carbonated water mouthfeel. Seltzer at best.

Drinkability- Had to mow a decent size lawn this morning, and figured with all this talk about lawnmower beers, I would give this one a try, just to quench my thirst. Lord knows you can't get Prima Pils in Montana. Ended up pouring out about a 1/3 of it and just having water instead. So, when you have to resort to water....sulfer flavored water, instead of any kind of beer....enough said. Avoid

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Photo of woodychandler
1.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

"After trying 3 other horrible macro adjunct lagers, you can say Im less than thrilled to try another." - fellow BA MOB210SA

"Oh! The Places You'll Go! You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't. I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups CAN happen to you. You CAN get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You'll be left in a Lurch. You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump. And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done." - Dr. Seuss

When I embarked on the CANQuest, I had no idea just how much macroswill existed in CANs, although I know now. Seeing "Light Lager" or "American Adjunct Lager" in the Style column only reminds me of the Slump part of all of the places that the CANQuest has taken me. And on that note ...

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of foamy, bone-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles that fell like a souffle when the door is banged closed. It did leave some nice lacing as a parting gift, though. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-plus clarity (it gave me X-ray vision, allowing me to see through walls). Nose was an unholy combo of metallic, cereal, and a light lager-ish sweetness as a reminder of what could have been. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a bland, watery taste in the mouth. "Full flavor" read the CAN and yet I found myself wondering, "Full of what?" Finish was equally bland and boring. It is not that this tasted bad or foul, it just did not taste at all. Oof.

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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 DoubleJ
2.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Don't worry folks, I didn't pay for this myself. I visited some folks after my trip to Hollingshead's last night, and this is what they had in the fridge. On to the beer:

One of my favorite quotes from Blazing Saddles is "What is it that ain't exactly earth, and it ain't exactly water? QUICKSAND!" That's where Bud Select falls into at almost every aspect. It's not as interesting as Bud, but better than Bud Light. Flavors are on the light side with a concoction of rice and bubblegum. and not terribly offensive. After that, it has a dry aftertaste. In the end, this beer is just there to grab consumers who are intersted in a light beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, I gotta say that this was easy drinking. Taste, flavor didn't make much of an appearance, so it was like fizzy water.

And that's what it looks like. Pale yellow with a huge head. Looks light...like water. Water is a good refresher.

Aroma? Not much. What I do pick out is stale straw and socks.

Fizzy feel to it. Taste is watered down Bud. Grainy and musty. Not sure why anyone would drink this. If you want low calories, hit the ice water.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.31/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours yellow with a soapy white head, fair retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Has that macro grainy smell where it seems like nothing but has a faint scent, also get some apple.

T: Grain and light apple, really simple flavours with no complexity.

M: Light, watery mouthfeel, one of the cleanest beers I have ever had, give it some props for that.

D: An OK macro lager, simple mildly flavoured beer, left me with a mild headache after drinking it though.

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Photo of tempest
2.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Born on 30 July 05

Pours a pale (piss) yellow and has a quickly disappearing head. I do have to give it some props for leaving a little lace, that's always appreciated.

I smell grain, some grain and then some more grain.

Grainy taste with a resemblance to that green-apple bud taste. Maybe a little malt, but that could just be wishful thinking. Fairly light and dry. No complexity to speak of, just a lighter version of your typical slightly sour-tasting macro.

Easy in the mouth and going down. This is touted as a beer without aftertaste and thank god they're right about that.

Not much to say about this. If you want to get drunk and avoid calories for cheap, here's a sure bet. Mo Def better than some similarly priced alternatives, but not something savor.

Best used for beer pong.

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Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.