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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,104
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 30.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.30% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-13-2004)
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Photo of Beastdog75
1.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hmmm... Budweiser Select. I was left wondering what new marketing gimmick Anheuser-Busch had stumbled upon in order for them to release another beer with the esteemed Budweiser name. I have to admit that the bottle does indeed catch the eye, with the dark, screen-printed label with the red crown and gold lettering set upon the dark brown bottle. The label reads "Distinct and Flavorful Beer with a Bold Taste That Finishes Clean." After drinking this beer, a more appropriate epithet would be "Foul and Unpalettable Beer with a Wretched Taste that finishes like the floor of a truck-stop latrine."

Bud Select pours a yellowish color that has some hints of gold to it. A finger's worth of foam forms and fades away into soapiness in about 15 seconds. The first sniff seemed almost too sweet and sugary. I sniffed again, and it seemed fruity. Not beery fruity mind you, but a candy-like fruitiness. After that it started to smell like a very adjuncty lager, with some soapy grains and wet cardboard scent. The mouthfeel was very fizzy, bordering seltzer-like. Some of the sweet fruitiness is present at the tip of the tongue, and there is some bready graininess detectable at first, but the soapy, musty, and wet paper/cardboard flavors take over this brew. There isn't really much in the line of bitterness, but the flavors here are enough to make one wince. The aftertaste is composed almost entirely of green apple, cooked veggies and more cardboard. The beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

I don't understand how this beer is still on the shelves. I don't think frat dudes will buy it because it isn't an established "slammin" beer (see Natty Ice, Beast, etc.) and it isn't quite in the low-carb realm (but it is a light beer) and it most certainly is not an attempt at a craft beer. I don't even think it is trying to go against the Heineken/Beck's import crowd, as I recall Anheuser World Select was supposed to tackle that niche. I don't know who AB is trying to market with this brew, and it would be well advised to anyone who wishes to conserve their taste buds that they stay far away from this one. It may be light in calories and flavor, but what flavor it does have is near putrid, unless you enjoyed having your mouth washed out with soap when you were a kid.

Beastdog75, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of harpo111
1.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a nice golden color, nice head..went away fairly quickly.
aroma: not much there, little acidity from the carbonation..but that was it.
taste: very thin. not much hops flavor. Not much flavor.
mouthfeel: thin, some zip from the carbonation..but very thin
drinkablity: not much.
comments: I expected much more. this is supposed to be a "select" beer with more to offer than the average bud. I don't think they hit their mark. This beer has a thin flavor and taste. You could drink a lot of these fast and not really be filled up...almost like a light beer. This one is all hype and marketing and no delivery.
Won't be ordering again...if i have a Bud...it will be a regular one.

harpo111, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of mooseisloose
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into my trusty goblet. Sparkly head that goes away in 30 seconds. Lacing present but not to sticky. Not much smell to speak of. Golden color with slight yellow hue. Taste is really bland. Not much carbonation. Very faint hop taste. Tastes like seltzer water. Difficult to believe this could have any alcohol in it. I think i've had more flavorful near beers. I bet this would be a good one though, playing football or softball, when it's ice cold out of a cooler in 90 degree heat and 90 percent humidity.

mooseisloose, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Byeast
1.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Byeast, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Jredner
2.45/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Skunky aroma with a touch of hops. Pale yellow with a very nice looking frothy white head. Slightly sweet in the fore with some corn and cereal (corn flakes is about right) in the finish. It’s a lot better than Budweiser, but it has very little real flavor...more hints of flavor.

Jredner, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.8/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
2.48/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After having this one a few times in the past, i decided to by a single and review it. what the hell, ya know....

Poured out exaclty like a bud or bl. Light yellow. Small white head that drops immediately.

Smells the same. light cereal. a little skunk. a little rubbery. and a little sweet.

Tastes like bud light to me. I decided to pour half out in a glass and kept the rest in the bottle. It tastes better in the bottle, i guess less air intake with each sip- not all the bad flavors come out.

Mouthfeel is empty, but for the style (light, low carb) i would say it was like the others. No hops, i.b.u. probably at 2.

Overall one to avoid, unless it is with the selections of all the other BMC, then get what ever you want. This tastes the same. Drink it in the bottle.
It may be a good choice with many types of food since it is so light.

acrawf6, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of badbeer
2.1/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

badbeer, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Kulrak
2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very light straw color with a big fluffy head that settles down to a thin creamy layer pretty quickly. Smells very slightly of yeast, and nothing else. Tastes like it smells.. like nothing. Slight bitterness without any hop flavor, slight sweetness without any malt flavor. It's like AB waved some malt over the kettle and showed it a picture of some hops, then just used rice and hop oil to make the beer. The mouthfeel is really watery with a slight tingling on the back of the tongue. Not good at all. It's drinkable, but so is water. And water is cheaper. Just water down vodka, it's the same experience.

Kulrak, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I figured the only way I could pay the least amount to actually try this was to have it at a bar. Cause after having it, there is no way I'd ever want another again. Just... boring. No smell. None. In fact the only reason it didn't get a 1 is because it didn't smell just plain bad. As far as taste goes, it was basically a slightly more flavorful Bud. But not by much, as far as I remember.

objectivemonkey, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
2.38/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I finally broke down and got a can of this. My curiosity would not let me be.
This is... average. Nothing select about it. Mouthfeel is very watery and almost soapy. This is also one of those beers that you're better off drinking out of a bottle or can as cold as you can so the "flavors" and wateryness doesn't open up.
If you're going to buy a bud product like this you may as well go for bud light or natural light which will probably be much cheaper with about the same characteristics.

ommegangpbr, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of weeare138
2.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale gold with a creamy 1 finger head that fades into a film. Tiny spots of lacing is left around the glass. Huge, chunky carbonation bubbles rise to the top.
Smell is of a typical adjunct lager with cornhusk and corn syrup coming through.
Taste is about the same as the aromas...only worse. Not much flavor at all. Mild amounts of watered down corn syrup and some light pils-like malt is about all I'm getting.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a mild skunky finish.

weeare138, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
1.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is awful!! I bought this a couple of months ago in the summer cause, if worse comes to worse, I can deal with Budweiser regular. But this is way too thin, missing everything except water. No hop presence whatsoever. No malt presence either. I couldn't figure out what they were trying to accomplish except sell at bars to young drinkers who need to drink 40 beers to get a buzz off this stuff. If you are going anh-busch, stick with Michelob or Bud, if you have to.

bigdeuce, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of blackie
2.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour creates a .3" bone white head that quickly disappears. The beer is a very pale golden.

smell: rice, an off sweetness, artificial fruitiness, water, hops hard to find

mouthfeel: Carbonation medium, body light

taste: rice, grain, water, very slight hop bitterness lingers with a watery flavor

drinkability: easy to drink, but lacking in every other department

Born on date Nov. 23, 2005

blackie, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
1.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A 24 oz. big old silver, red, and black can poured into a standard pint glass. The "Born on Date" on the bottom of the can read "31AUG05."

The beer poured a a pale straw with a white, fizzy bubbled head that rose to just over a finger and dissipated quickly. The carbonation was very visible with little bubbles rapidly traveling to the top of the glass. The aroma was nearly non existent, but after nearly touching my nose to the liquid I picked up some graininess. The taste was quick and insanely clean. Some residual graininess lingers on the tongue with the very dry sensation to the finish. This beer has a very thin mouthfeel, and not the best of what is often thought to be a very flawed style. I would love to see a dry, hoppier finish, like a true european pils. This beer would be quite adqueate with that one addition, but instead it remains quick and bland. This is an easily drinkable beer, but not in the way one would want: the manner in which water is drinkable. Budweiser Select, whose marketing program manifests a step forward for AB - in some way - still needs something more.

edmundfitzoil, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of MSchae1017
1.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner glass from a can

This beer pours with a white frothy head with a golden yellow color. The head holds moderately well and laces decently. The smell is quite harsh, not very apealing. It smells of rice and corn. This is probably a worse smell than skunk. There is hardly any taste at all. The taste is harsh like the smell, it is almost chemical. There are worse beers out there though. This beer is overcarbonated, watery, and not smooth at all. This should only be used for beer pong.

MSchae1017, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of theozag
2.45/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours and settles with a frothy, thick, white head that fades rapidly. Crystal clear yellow color throughout.

Smell is sharp and sweet; nearly floral in quality with a cinnamon edge.

Starts slightly sweet, very light, and mostly tasteless. Settles light bodied with wheat flavor/texture and lots of malty smoothness. Flavor is also vaguely sweet.

Finishes almost imperceptibly but oily and sour with a short-lived aftertaste.

theozag, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of skillerified
1.33/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pale and yellowish. Very little head. Head lasted about as long as the flavor.

Smell, what smell? I don't know if there was something wrong with me that day or what, but literally couldn't smell this at all. Just a faint watery, vague, generic beer scent.

Taste was about as impressive as the scent. I've had tap water with more flavor, seriously.

A slight carbonation on the tongue, but little else in the way of mouthfeel. Admittedly, it goes down easy, but so does water, or tea.

I would drink soda or even a glass of water before having this one again. There's just no point. I'm not into drinking alcohol just for the sake of drinking alcohol, so I really would skip the beer if there wasn't anything better than this available.

skillerified, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The clears the 12-ounce brown bottle a limpid light gold color with a portly bright white frothy head, the lace a fine coating upon the glass. Archetypal lager nose, sweet malt and little else, start is lightly sweet with a light but present grain profile, the top light. Finish is strikingly acidic, the hops light but there at least, very dry aftertaste, in all fairness, and it is what it is an everyday lager.

Gusler, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
1.5/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pale straw color with a soapy white rapidly dissapating head.
Aroma is grain and cat pee.
Flavor is... uh what flavor? grainy aftertaste.
I think this is Micheloeb ultra in different packaging. If I'm out at the bar that only has macros, I might drink this, otherwise I'll pass

Padron4KM, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
1.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Is "Select" the new "Ice"? Pale yellow and bubbly with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Faint musty hops aroma, or maybe I imagined it. Seltzer-water character with no real flavor present. Don’t they use the word "bold" somewhere in the advertising? Right. The finish is equally tasteless. This beer is DOA.

Dogbrick, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of dren
3.33/5  rDev +64%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This beer is nothing special but it most certainly is crisp, refined, and goes down easy! Pours just like everybody else says and yada yada with the smell and taste. We all know what bud tastes like. This is just about inbetween bud heavy and bud light, it is "just right" with the flavor. Bud light is like drinking water that somebody poured a little beer into. Bud heavy is a thicker beer that fills you up quicker. This is probably what bud heavy should be, nice and refreshing but nothing that will blow your socks off. It has easily become my beer of choice when I want to get faded for the weekend as it goes down smooth beer after beer after beer. If I just wanted to lay back and drink a beer it would most certainly be overlooked, but take it for what it is, a beer to be consumed by the mass market in mass quantities. Can't go wrong here!

dren, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of tempest
2.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

tempest, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of ChefSchipull
1.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ahh, yet another failed attempt at beer by Anheuser Busch.

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a very fizzy head that dies quickly.

S - Slight smell of hops, but not very dominant. Stale aroma as well.

T - Carbonated water with a hint of beer (I suppose this is what low carb means)

M - Very high carbonation factor, lingering even after you've swallowed. Very light lager with no density.

D - You could drink an entire case of these if they didnt have alcohol in them. This brew goes down very easily but I just cant get past the taste and aftertaste.

I would not recommend this beer for a light lager.

ChefSchipull, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of KroMagnon
2.83/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is very clear and the color is pale gold or yellow, so this isn't much more select than the usual macro. The aroma of Bud always seemed a little green apple like to me but I don't get that in this beer - maybe they used a different yeast? I DO pick up a tad more graininess than the usual Bud but not by much. Overall the beer is very crisp and clean, with a faint hint of bitterness. It seems to be more dry than the Bud or Bud Light (I should do them side-by-side but maybe next time if there is one.)

For the BJCP style American lager, I think this is about as good as it gets other than maybe that all-malt version of Michelob. I think this would get a 4.5 / 5 in that regard.

For the BA score, if I graded it according to style I'd call it at least a 4.0. I think I'd end up giving it a 2.5 or so, but for the style its pretty good.

KroMagnon, Sep 14, 2005
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.