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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser SelectBudweiser Select

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1,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 30.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 154 | 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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Ratings: 1,164 | Reviews: 396
Photo of awester462
1.65/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Once again with the macros.

This is a bad attempt for budweiser to redeem themselves for the original budweiser.

It's straw colored yellow, the smeel isn't noteworthy, and the taste is severly lacking.

I would only reccomend drining if there was nothing else to drink.

Lots of people buy it so somebody likes it, whether it be marketing or opinion...probally marketing.

Photo of BadRockBeer
1.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color: Oddly bright yellow.
Clarity: Superb
Head Size: 3 fingers
Head Retention: Poor
Head Texture: Flat

Aroma: Sweet, corn / dimethyl sulfide

Taste: The flavor of corn is very prevalent. Otherwise this beer is quite tasteless.

Body: Light
Carbonation: Medium-high
Warmth: Low-Medium
Creaminess: Very Low
Astringency: High

Drinkability: To some this may be the perfect beer. Personally it lacks everything I like in a beer.
Stylistic Accuracy: Good

Photo of mnesporov
1.54/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: A 12 oz brown bottle with a “Born On Date”

Appearance: An extremely pale straw yellow with amazing clarity. Head disappears leaving a thin ugly lace.

Smell: A tiny smell of corn and grain but not much here at all.

Taste: I just don’t understand why some would drink this almost tasteless piece of crap. There is a little grain/corn taste to it but other than that there is not much going on here in this department.

Mouth-Feel: A very crisp very light beer with an extremely dry mouth-feel.

Drink-Ability: Like I said this beer tastes like crap! I tried to be fair but there is just to much lacking here to drink. If I am going to drink a Macro then this will definitely not be the one, stick to something with flavor.

Photo of gmfessen
2.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Donated a double duce for free. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very clear, light golden color. Smell is not very apparent, but is of corn malt and some other off-putting smells. Taste is like the nose with a slight metallic taste and dry finish. Goes down like water, I would actually be impressed if someone could make a "beer" that had less flavor and body than this masterpiece. As I stated, this goes down like water, but I wouldn't buy this beer.

Photo of tesguino
2.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

another piss water from anheuser, its name dont remember that represents, then this beer is a little better than bud and bud light, beers rich in corn and sugar; i try this with mexican totopos in a footbla soccer match, in a pilsner glass off course; but in general i recommended this beer a 55%.

Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fizzy with a little thin cap. Cleat light hay yellow. Spotty lacing.

Almost no smell at all, can't pick anything up but maybe a little bit of adjuncts.

Strong adjunct taste that quickly goes away. Maybe the slightest hop presence, or maybe it's just more adjuncts. Super thin, high carbonation. The finish is very clean with mostly fading grain.

Pretty much your standard Macro Lager. I don't think this is any better than a regular Budweiser. Marketing.

Photo of pweis909
2.31/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It is always difficult for me to review an American macro beer, largely because I am prone to comparing them to some style with flavor and aroma.

The question is, when should I "Select" this beer? When offered to me, by a friend, when other choices are non-existent or flat-out bad.

"Select" is neutral in every way. It's hops and malt character are just sufficient to recognize the product as American lager. It has no aroma that I detected, although I had some aromatic food with it and maybe was not up to smelling anything subtle.

The body is a bit fuller than other macros.

It does quench thirst, and it does not offend in any way except its lack of interesting features.

Photo of f355x3
2.31/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like your common canned beer when poured. Smells like nothing that I could tell, but had a surprisingly crisp mouthfeel when drinking it.

Was a pretty decent beer to take along camping, a time when you aren't focused so much on quality as you are on quantity.

Photo of mynie
1.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly decent pour, dark gold with a decently retentive head.

Smells like absolutely nothing. I'm really getting a big huff in, here. Nothing. Even tapwater has more of a smell.

Tastes like nothing up front, sour, cheap grain in the back.

Like so many other light lagers, only a vestige of taste remains. As is the case with AB light lagers, that remaining taste is more or less cheap crap. Select is a little better than Bud Lite, though, as it's crapiness is cut dramatically by a nicely crisp mouthfeel.

Photo of treehugger02010
2.5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Your average beer. I got this at Prime Time Sports Grill and there was nothing really that select about it. I thought it was very average, very very average. There wasn't any head, if any at all. There was no lace at all. I've struggled to lable the macro smell, and I haven't come up with anything yet, but that's what it smelled like, a macro. The taste was the same, macro. It was a decent beer. It's main saving grace was that it didn't give me a splitting headache like bud light. Don't drink and review.

Photo of megatron0259
2.89/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. Best enjoyed from a bottle, bud select is what I'd describe as a party beer. Something you take to a party since I wouldnt care if someone took a couple bottles since its not very expensive at all. Ive had it in a can, which makes it taste bland and frothy. I was lucky enough to actually find a place that has it on tap, but they served it in a chilled, way too cold, mug, which ruins the taste. The best bet is from a bottle. It looks and tastes like any other budweiser beer, but does have smooth aftertaste as advertised. Its smell is practically nonexistant. Its smooth aftertaste makes it an ideal party beer. Not a bad beer, but its still not a superb beer.

Photo of jmbranum
2.34/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(This review is of the Oklahoma 3.2%ABW/4.0%ABV version that is sold in convenience stores)

Very light golden colored brew with 1/2" white head.

Not horrible, but definitely a macro. The idea here seems to be inoffensiveness, with the malt and hop flavors falling into the background. About the only things that stand out are bit of corn and rice and the funky macrobeer aftertaste.

However, I've had worse in macro beers. It is very drinkable cold and would be worth buying if you're going cheap or are on the Atkins diet.

Photo of Umbra
2.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

We cruised over to a nearby dive bar--the Ponca Bird--to enjoy pit burgers, old stories and cold beer. The Ponca Bird is a place where men are men, women are 20 years past their prime, and the beer is ice cold and crappy. The beer was purchased for me when someone said that I liked "different beer."

Clear, slightly yellow liquid. Barest hints of malts on the nose. Near non-existent flavor.

This is sad, I won't be referring to this as beer. Their attempt to unseat Ultra as the low carb, light lager will probably fail. Hopefully, they will put this swill out of its misery soon

Photo of TheSarge
1.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A young friend of mine gave me one of these little turds in a bottle. I was of course skeptical, but actually a bit surprised. The brew had an aftertaste I've never tasted before. I suppose it was a mixture of non malted grains, such as extra corn and rice. However, it seems this is really just a marketing ploy by A-B to give themselves a new edge to the masses. A-B has done a lot in the past to keep American brewing alive, so why can't they adapt to what American beer connoisseurs really want? Full flavored beer! Don't feed me any Michelob Hefeweizen crap please!

Photo of Doomcifer
1.06/5  rDev -47.5%
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.


Photo of Magpie14
1.91/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Apperance: thin yellow color...looked like straw stuffed in a glass. Thin soapy head with some lacing

Smell: a grain smell that does not please. Mostly a smell of corn...and more corn

Taste: Oh boy! taste like it smells, some grain and mostly corn. Rather repulsive after a while, a fake unatural sweetness is present. Has a dry crisp and somewhat clean finish

Mouthfeel: it's a light beer very airy and has strong carbonation. I find myself choking it down.

it is drinkable, on a hot warm day or on the golf course? But that is it! This beer was left over from a party and I am not sure what to do with the rest?
Sort of silly really, what do you think the select means? hmmm?

Photo of afinepilsner
2.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can

Budweiser Select was very clear pale yellow color with a white head. The head was quick to fizzle away to a thin ring and completely disappeared before I finished the beer. The aroma was almost nonexistant, But there might be a little grain in there. The taste was very light and crisp with a clean dry finsh. The mouthfeel was very light with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was below average. It's slightly better then Bud Light, but that's not saying much. Avoid.

Photo of taez555
2.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear yellow body with a small white head.

Nose has a strong corn/rice grain malt sort of smell. Not overly inviting, but sort of a bigger than normal macro smell.

Mouth-feel is light with a HUGE soft drink style carbonation that really overwhelms the taste buds. Very light but with some nice clean crisp sawdust like, husk and grain malt flavors. Classic macro, but a little more in your face. Absolutely no hop taste with only a slight hop bitterness.

When it comes to Budwieser this is actually one of the best. It's maltier, it's got a better body, it's even slightly hoppier. It's still very mild and thin, but it's not that bad when it comes to macros.

Photo of TheBierBand
2.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So.... this is the best they've got?? I expected something superior to the standard Bud.... but all they did was take any personality that bud had (which ain't much).... and remove it! This beer is not even as good as their standard offering.

Pours about the same as regular Bud. Rapidly forming head that dissipates immediately. No Lacing.

The smell is bland... nothing there.

The taste is similer to a mass produced lite beer. No hoppiness, no malt.

I expected something a little more than this.... after all it's called SELECT!

Their marketting department must've been trying to sucker in us beer snobs but it'll only work once.... I'll never get it again... anybody need 23 cans?

Photo of zeff80
2.3/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of shirfan
1.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is medium-yellow with a passable head of average longevity.

Aroma: very faint grain and nothing more.

Taste: The label claims this is "distinct and flavorful beer with a bold taste that finishes clean". It would be hard to claim something further from the truth, except perhaps the clean part.

This literally tastes like nothing. It's not a watery, adjunct-tasting bad beer, it is the complete devolution of beer. Mildly alcoholic carbonated water. Zero malt. Zero hops.

I want to give this all ones for being such an abomination, yet it does have an average appearance and is easily drinkable, although not enjoyable.

I would *love* to swap some Arrogant Bastard into these bottles and unleash them on unsuspecting bar patrons. They would probably burst into fire.

Photo of TechMyst
1/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

PURCHASED @: Hilanders
COST: 5/6pack
HEAD: minimal
LACE: none COLOR:yellow
AROMA: lager
TASTE: how is this different than bud light?
COMMENTS: marketing ploy


Photo of ghostmech007
1.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, good clarity with a thin bone white lacing.

This smelled vaguely of grain … that's it.

I would say that this is offensive to me, don't even offer it to me. It tasted very dry and very light bodied. A bite at the beginning and a soft grain husk and that was it. I had one sip in my mouth for twenty seconds and still nothing. Even if I thought that there was something there it wasn't.

Absolutely awful. I was very offened that my friends got me this.

Photo of jwc215
2.01/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.49/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After being poured it had a decent head with little retention. Its a fairly clean looking gold with noticeable carbonation.

The smell was faint, but smelled just like your average beer.

It had a lack of flavor, but was crisp and clean. Had a sweet taste with a slight bite.

The beer was light and watery, with a high feel of carbonation. Somewhat refreshing.

Bud Select is easy to drink. Its has a bit more taste than soda water, but not much.

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Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.