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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 30.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 palffyfan
2.45/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow with lots of bubbles. Succeeded in forming a third-inch head that looked very soapy.

Smell - Soapy smell...is A-B they trying to copy Coors Light?..Leaves a lot to be desired...

Taste - Budweiser, but with a soapy smell. I'll give Taste a 3 as I did for Bud, but I have to lower the grade on the smell, because everytime you try to take a sip, you get a wiff of soap.

Drinkability - Nothing Select about this brew. Stick with regular Bud if you're a fan of that beer.

palffyfan, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Sosh
1.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer made me angry. I wasn't expecting it to be good, I wasn't expecting to like it, but I did expect it to be at least different. I didn't care how, or what exactly was going to be different, but just something that distinguished it from Bud or Bud Light. Unfortunatley, I had no idea what this beer was trying to be. Has anyone ever drank this and thought to his or herself "Wow, this is a new idea." No, this beer is all about marketing, they put the same fucking beer in a different bottle, and I see people everyone ordering this crap.

Sosh, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
1.27/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I would be nicer and say this was easy to drink, cause most light beers are, but this was just bad tasting, and it didn't even have much flavor. It's like bud light with a little twang, barely just touches your front taste buds, i like a beer to go a little further back on my tongue.
This beer sucks. There is no aftertaste cause it attacks the front taste buds. Seriously i monitor what taste buds are active when i drink.
This beer is thin, has no smell, and tastes like crap. I could barely drink it.

jasonjlewis, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of assmasterson
1.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Just about as thin as it gets. Barely yellow with a whole lot of carbonation when it is first opened.

Smell - Basically nothing. If you concentrate it may smell like a beer. Iced tea has a stronger smell than this.

Taste - Pretty bad. Overly bitter, but a fairly clean finish. Pretty rough to drink when cold, downright hard to drink when cool.

Mouthfeel - Beer or water? There's bubbles to tell the difference, but there is no stickyness whatsoever. Again, very thin.

Drinkability - You might be able to drink a few on a hot day, but any other time should be avoided. More of a headache-giver than a beer.

This being "Select" and the pride of a company is downright comical. And that is coming from someone who lives near St. Louis.

assmasterson, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
1.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

There's just so little smell and taste. It's hard to describe nothing. I guess there's a bit of a corn taste. It looks as pale and thin as it smells and tastes. The mouthfeel is super light like water. This is incredibly drinkable for it's water-like qualities, but the utter lack of desire to drink this nearly flavorless beverage makes me bring down the drinkability score to a 3.

JayTheFinn, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of rabsten
2.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into a pint glass. Pale yellow, thin head. Carbonated as a soft drink. No lacing at all.

Smell, well, there was almost no smell. Slight malt, I suppose.

Identical in flavor to Bud Light. I mean, dead on. I tried one after the other to make sure. The. Same.

Bubbly beer with carbonation bouncing in the mouth. Not what I want in a beer. Not very dinkable either. The overcarbonation left me feeling somewhat bloated.

Bottom line: AB has spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing and marketing this mess. Why? Avoid it. At least Bud Light is drinkable.

rabsten, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of CharlesRiver
2.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle. Label claims to have a "bold taste". Pours out a bit darker than I expected but still your basic yellow straw. Good size white head seems to stay. Smell seems light and crisp. Some malt and something a bit grainy. Not much for hops.

Taste is much as I expected. Very light in body and mouthfeel. A tiny bit of malt can be detected if you search but still mostly corn flavors. The hops are a stretch as well. After the first couple of sips it really fads to nothingness.

I think they may need to try and "Select" a few other things and give it another go. I would like to taste more malt and def more hops in the ending and smell.

CharlesRiver, May 26, 2006
Photo of nortmand
1.53/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Straw yellow, white head.

Old hay smell. Vinegar.

Slightly less flavor than club soda. Ass-ftertaste

Over carbonated, not in a good way.
OK, so this beer has fooled millions into thinking they are drinking good beer. Which is cool, if lack of flavor = better.

nortmand, May 25, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
1.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served frosty cold, to numb the taste buds...

A: Bubbly and yellow. Two fingers of head when poured hard. Head disappears quickly.

S: Painfully sweet, corn malt. Repulsive bitter scent. Can't stand to stick my nose in this any more.

T/M: Water? Hints of malt. Whispers of hops. No flavor to note. Light and watery in the mouth. Carbonation is appropriate.

D: Easy drinking. Could drink all day/night, but wouldn't want to. Great beer for college/binge drinking. Looks classier than Bud/Bud Light, but is worse.

kdmorse, May 25, 2006
Photo of hungryghost
1.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the grocery, I was curious and it was on sale.
Appearance - I like the can, but the beer is super pale yellow. Few bubbles.
Smells light and airy, maybe a little hint of wet rice.
The can states it has a 'Bold Taste'. For a bud product this may be true, while in general there is little to no taste/flavor at all. It does very clean.
Mouthfeel is thin, almost like water but a tad sticky.
I find it to be more drinkable than regular Bud.

hungryghost, May 23, 2006
Photo of Crosling
1.1/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The lightest color I have ever seen, more of a white then a pale. Small white head which doesn't last. Clean aroma with hints of pear, water and light grain/corn. Disgusting fermented corn water in the flavor without a note to be noted. Terrible. Nasty.

Crosling, May 22, 2006
Photo of Pepeton
2.83/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hmmm. Select? Really?

Had this one with not too much hope, but...

Pours a golden yellow, little head and no lacing.

Smell is just malts and adjuncts, probably rice.

Taste isn't bad for a light beer, but not really too much in there.

Mouthfeel, well, it has some hops.

Drinkability: If I HAVE to have a light beer I rather go for a TJ Light or even a Regio Light.


Pepeton, May 16, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
2.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I really cannot tell a difference between this and Bud Light. Maybe a bit more carbonation but that is it. Pours light golden with a decent head that does not last very long. Taste is pretty much water with faint hints of corn and alcohol. Just not enough character to satisfy my tastebuds. Only good thing is the "born on date". I wish other breweries would do this!

cjgator3, May 15, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale yellow, with very little foam. Nothing exceptional with this beer. After awhile, all Bud's taste the same. This is a good beer on a hot day or while sitting around watching sporting events. Average taste, average, average, average.

BeerManDan, May 12, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
2.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just finished a bottle of this I got for free. I would never spend money on this beer and wouldn't suggest anyone else to either. An average beer at best. It doesn't really do much for me. The appearance did not impress me at all, the smell suggests some hints of grain and a very faint trace of hops. Taste is the same as the smell. It really does not have very much of a taste at all though as it is bland and watery. Mouthfeel has some mild carbonation. It is a bit bubbly. The mouthfeel does not seem as crisp as regular Budweiser either. Thank god it is not not overly watered down, at least compared to some other American macrobrew lagers I have had the unpleasureable experience of drinking. Very easy to drink if that is what you are looking for. In fact this beer tastes decent, notice I said decent not good, compared to some other truly shitty American macrobrew lagers I have had. What's "Select"about this beer anyways? Funny that I thought this beer tasted so bad this time because I have had this beer, as well as other Budweiser products before and do not remember them tasting this bad. Maybe it is because I had this particular beer that I am reviewing now sitting around for a few months before I opened it and its relatively short shelf life has expired? I don't know. Regardless, I cannot recommend this beer to anyone, buy Rolling Rock, Heinken (in the can), or Sam Adams instead.


neenerzig, May 10, 2006
Photo of BigBry
2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got to taste this one on a recent rip south of the border. 12 oz brown bottle with the red crown, what is select?
Very pale yellow, very clear, thin white foam, but not enough to call it head. Very little to smell, some grain, typical lager smell. Very thin and light bodied. Another crisp, clean brew, with hardly any flavor. Oh wait, tried side by side with Bud Light, and it does have more taste to it. Again, glad I didn't pay.

BigBry, May 08, 2006
Photo of jettjon
2.63/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Highs: None
Lows: Flavor

Pours golden/yellow with few bubbles. Head is thick and fluffy white, not surprisingly, it fades quickly; surprisingly, it leaves a thin sheet of lacing behind that lingers for quite awhile. Not much to the nose, some malts and grassy sweetness prevail. Flavor is pretty much as to be expected, barley malt and slightly sweet. Fortunately it is not overly watered down. Basically like a simple malt beverage without much else going on. Mouthfeel is bubbly but not overly so, watery but not too thin; not too bad. Finish is all malt (not exactly what I’d call “clean” as they advertise). Drinkability is a bit below average, unless you just love the taste of simple malts and barley.

Overall: Bold taste, finishes clean? Nope. Better than a Bud? Maybe. Better than a Bud Light? Hell yes. Better than most other decent beers out there? Fuhgetaboutit. Not recommended.

jettjon, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of alankwak
1.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pale. Actually water like. Very light. "Looked" lightly golden. Little head retention and could be force carbonated.

S: None to speek of. Well, there is some hops in there. A little.

T: Water like, medium carbonation. Lame but at least with some hoppiness.

M: Water with a little beer flavor mixed in.

D: Oh easy to down as is water. Get real. This is just a slightly improved version of Bud Light which is a crappy beer. Never again.

This is why American Auto makers are losing. They skip real quality even though they are fully capable of making quality beer(NO doubt). It's all about the dollar and how to get the absolute MAX per penny spent including the cost of commercials.
I mean...where's the pride??? How cheap do you get???

alankwak, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
1.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow, perfect clarity. Looks like yellowish water.

Smell: Nothing really makes an impression; some light, husky grain is all that's there.

Taste: Somewhat dry, and very crisp. Thin grain, a little cereal-like. It seems like they're trying to mimic Heineken and other Eurolagers with the taste. They got the dry, lightly tanniny taste right, but there's no body to it. Almost no malt flavor, either. It tastes like grassy club soda.

Verdict: Don't bother. You might as well put the beer down and drink a Pepsi instead; the Pepsi will have more flavor.

bearrunner44, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.2/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a light lifeless gold with a thin film of white head that was sustained by small streams of bubbles.

Smelled of sweet corn on the cob on the grill with some nacho chips and lime. Now, this smells nice, but it’s a beer for crying out loud, not a picnic!!!

Tasted terribly sour and citrusy with the same prominent tortilla chip corniness form the smell. Finishes very much like I bit into a lime with a little dry corn bread.

The mouth feel is light, lively and tingly that amplifies a lot of the citrus.

The mouth feel was the highlight of the beer, so if you’re not so much into the taste or smell, this just may be a winner for you. What’s going on here? This is as non-beer-like as you can get. Yes, it’s very different, but it’s not a lime soda; it’s supposed to be a beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of ITK4ever
1.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As a former AB wholesaler, this to me, tastes like the old Mich Dry recipe re-born in a different package. AB swears by it's clean, fleeting finish and that's exactly what Bud Select gives you...just like the old Mich Dry. Watery pour, yellow...nothing golden about this. Thin white head. Rice and malt in the nose. Hops are not present, although Augie III swears they're in there. Carbonation out the wazoo which leads to the fleeting finish. Not recommended and not just for taste, but the horrific hangover it gave my wife.

ITK4ever, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +52.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
1.35/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Fizz bomb pour that has minimal retention, Pale golden to clear in color, tons of multiple different size carbonation race to the surface.

Corn, adjunct, rice tasting lager. Highly carbonated and crisp, to the point of being harsh on the throat. Obviously Budweiser appeals to a large demo, but this comes across boring, cheap tasting and stinging on the palate.

Notes: Tasted very similar to the king of all beers, Budweiser but it falls short of its father beer. That's not a compliment to either.

DogFood11, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Brent
2.48/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Seemed to fall somewhere between Budweiser's standard lager and a dry beer - less husky than the standard, with a moderately tart finish that ended on a distinctively dry, astringent note. The overall effect: take a quite average, not terribly flavorful beer and then give it a bit of pucker at the finish. Nothing to see here folks, move along . . .

Brent, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Budweiser Select pours a urine colored yellow with minimal head from a twelve ounce can. Aroma is fairly light, consisting of adjunct. Tastes like a typical light American macro lager, in other words, it tastes of adjuncts and not much else. This is a very light beer, okay for what it is, lawnmower beer. Not recommended.

Drew966, Apr 03, 2006
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.