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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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393 Reviews

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 1,223
Avg: 2.13
pDev: 51.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 237 | 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:
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 Fenris244
2.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Friend and I went to a bar and he bought me this because its the "best"

Came in a mug... so cold...

Didn't look bad at least pale yellow through the frosted glass and a fizzy head that may have stayed because it was too cold.

Couldnt smell much, cooked grain mostly, very weak.

Tasted very watery, cooked grain again, weakest bit of bitterness ever.

Crisp, very light, refreshing in the sense that cold water is on a hot day not much like a refreshing beer.

Overall, perhaps in not giving this beer a fair shake based on how cold it was and my predisposition towards macros but still, it's bland, thin and not tasty. Though I might have a worse opinion if it was served at room temp, I'll take a Boston lager over this every minute of everyday over this....

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bud Select is much better than regular Bud....at least to me. But common...lets face it....there is not much a brewery can do to mix up an american style adjunct lager. Its pretty basic....appearance is yellow/gold...with decent carbonation and head to start and then if fades quickly. Smell and taste contain grain/barley and some hops. Mouthfeel is fine...its not gross tasting...but its not noteworthy. Overall its drinkable in a pinch. I wounder if roles were reversed...meaning IPAs were as marco as adjunct and the general population trying the adjunct for a first time if reactions to this style would be different.

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

Poured into a pilsener.

It's pretty yellow with some hoppin' carbonation and a head that quickly disappears.

It doesn't smell like much, some malts? Adjuncts?

It tastes like straw, corn, a touckl of hops.

It's really carbonated and watery.

It's better than Bud Light and Miller Light. But I think I'd still rather have a Bud.

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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 JoLight
3/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very clear, straw color, like regular Budweiser or Bud Light; with a minimal soapy head and no lacing - and the head dissipates quickly into a small foamy ring.

With the aroma, you get that typical beer smell, with the rice presence that all Anheuser-Busch products tend to have (with rice being the main adjunct Anheuser-Busch uses).

This is supposed to be 50% Budweiser, 50% Bud Light. And that's exactly what you get. It has the same ricey, Budweiser, typical flavor, but the mouthfeel and palate feel are both super light, just like Bud Light.

The taste is grainy, watery, some slight barley malt notes are there, too.

It's easy-drinking, and full of aroma and flavor for a light beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
1/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another beauty I drank out of a can.

Poured this can into a plastic cup. It poured a plae straw color and it has very nice clarity. It produced a pathetic white head with horrible head retention. Little to no lacing. Aroma....what aroma? I think i might have smelled a grain....yes A grain. The taste of this light lager is almost no existent....if there is a taste of malt or grain or hops,,, it is barely existent. What is this crap?

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser Select has a thin, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is a typical American-style lager smell, but it is a good smell. Taste is very sweet, with some grain and a touch of hops across the sip. This beer is balanced and not too light. The aftertaste is even tart, too some extent. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Budweiser Select finishes crisp, clean, dry, and refreshing. Overall, this is one of the better light beers on the market, and I think it's at least worth a try.


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Photo of drowninginhops
1.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From notes and a soon to be ex friend who recommended it.

A: Light yellow, white head lasted 10 seconds.

S: Kinda smells like beer. Grains, hops(?) corn.

T: Kinda tastes like beer. See smell

M: Alka Seltzer.

D: Yea this sure is... not worth my time.

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Photo of JizackFH
1.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a clear pale golden straw color. It has a small 1-finger pure white head on it. The head falls rather quickly, leaving a little bit of lace behind. There are also some rising carbonation bubbles visible in the glass.

S - It smells of corn adjunct sweetness and grain. It smells pretty much like every other macro adjunct lager out there.

T - The taste here is almost non-existent. Its pretty crazy how little taste there really is. Mostly there is just some watered down corn adjunct sweetness.

M - This has a light body and high carbonation. It goes down like water.

O - This beer is highly drinkable, but that is mostly due to the lack of flavor and water-like consistency. Overall, it's not an offensive beer, it just has no flavor, except corn and some grain. I don't recommend this, it's definitely not worth the money.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from my neighbor. Thanks John!

24oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear light yellow with not much of a white head that lasted all of 30 seconds.

S - light grainy aroma.

T - much the same as the aroma, it's got a light grainy taste.

F - light and thin bodied.

O - it kinda sucks.

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Photo of 1229design
2/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i cant really say this beer tastes bad, it would actually have to taste like something to taste bad.
almost like a highly carbonated seltzer water that someone poured a few ounces of bud into.
a bit of grainy astringent flavor
bone dry, as soon as you think your are tasting something it quickly dissipates.
not good but not offensive either.

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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 bnes09
3.1/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color. Some head which maintains itself for about ten minutes or so.

Clean smell of mild grain and some grits.

Leafy, spinach-like hop. Corn adjuncts. Just the faintest hint of malts.

Light as water. Highly carbonated. Crisp finish.

For a light beer, its ok. Not much flavor or body. Nothing special.

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Photo of Tundruth
1.66/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Typical yellow straw color of a macro lager
Smell is of harsh grains and metal
Taste is just as bad as the smell, just plain bad. The taste is a mixture of sweetness and chemical-like astringency, with a little bit of grainyness in there.
MF- Harsh and extremely carbonated
Easy to put down, but for what reason? This beer is really bad, worse than anything else I've had from Budweiser. It has nothing to offer other than reduced calories in a beer that tastes like a bud-light gone wrong.

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Photo of DCon
2.81/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass at the Corner Pub in Ellisville, MO. I had a stage of buying 30-packs of this beer in Fall 2009 non-stop.

Appearance- Crystal clear with great carbonation and Golden Yellow color

Smell- Only the grains and corn are evident.

Taste- Light malt with corn and grains like always. I enjoy this one more than Bud Light.

Mouthfeel- Not much to add... Light Bodied

Drinkability- Very easy to drink. Had two more after this first one and didn't think twice about pounding them. Will be drinking again for sure.

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

App: usual straw yellow so typical of mega lagers

Smell:Sharp grainey. wants to put something in your nose to smell. trys hard. smells processed

Taste MF: Wow how bland. Like please get out of this guys mouth and down his throat before he finds how bad this is. I taste bubbles and carbonation like club soda.

Overall; Wow I really need to keep craft brew in the house at all time she can not bring this in anymore

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Photo of Samalamahamdam
2.97/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This used to be one of my go to beers. It is refeshing after working on a hot day or mowing the yard. It has to be one that you go to when it is your first that day or when your only other option is a bmc light version. It has a flavor that reminds me of my fathers beer choice but doesn't get worse until the third one. Over all there are thousands more that are better, but if your looking for an economical and lower calorie choice then this is the best that is out there of the light beer choices. I don't keep it in my fridge since my palate ahas developed.

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Photo of LWG1970
1.8/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

HMMMM This taste EXACTLY like Bud light..

If you can HONESTLY tell me you can tell the difference between THIS and Bud light you are LYING..

Very easy to drink since it taste like water, Very FLAT.. Hardly any smell... NASTY.. Just like Bud light...

Suckers are born every minute,,

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Photo of bierguru
1.77/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A -
thick head stays well body is golden in color some what cloudy high carbonation

S -
sweet malt hops

T -
fairly malty up front and then an awful hop character at the end

M -
dry and light highly carbonated

D -
taste better the more you drink or really i should say its easier to stomach

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Photo of JayS2629
1.95/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Thin straw yellow, fizzy, foamy head that fades fast and leaves spotty lace.

S- Corn, grain, funk, water

T- Same as the nose. Watery, corn, funk, and grain. Sweet undertone, but musty aftertaste.

M- Crisp, refreshing, watery and fizzy

D- Easy to drink like water. Boring and bland.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.42/5  rDev +60.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this the other day while drinking with my non craft buddy. His little 2 year actually was his beer bitch running to get these all day so it made me reconsider kids for a split second. Anyway, drank directly from the can, going old school...The aroma actually isn't that bad, its lightly skunky but more sweet corn and some hops come through...The taste was better than expected as well, slightly skunky but really just light sweetness with hops. I crushed one of these and would drink a few of these if I had too, not bad.

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

Poured a glass resulting in a two finger head of pure white foam that faded to a small ring around the glass in seconds. Lace is broken, but does cling. Color is a 2 on the SRM beer color chart. Smells like wet corn, and malt. Taste is bland flavors of wheat, corn, and malt, with maybe a hint of hops. Water has about the same mouthfeel as this beer. Just doesn't do anything for me. Lack luster flavor and feel. I guess it's only grace is it is plentiful and cheap.

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Photo of larrytm56
3.7/5  rDev +73.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another beer to mow and play golf with. It is good for that at least. I usually have this in cans when i do have it and it tastes fine smells ok drinks well, and is cheap and easy to find. It is like the rest of these mass produced beers. I would drink it again.

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Photo of ramseye4
2/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A=Pours a very thin golden straw color, minimal head minimal lacing
S=Not much going on here, just some mild grain, some corn, and water
T=Doesn't taste overly bad, it just tastes...weak and watery, with some corn, grain, and rice.... no hops to be found...
M=Decent carbonation, though the lack of taste and corny aftertaste bring it down
D=Very thin feeling, even for a light lager, might as well drink water, though me not being a jerk I won't complain or turn it down if a friend offers me one

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Photo of Aphexwolf
2.43/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale amber, clear, good head that dissipates quickly, good carbonation.
Smell: Corn and grains.
Taste: Very light malts, otherwise not much taste besides corn and grains. Very little hops here. Tastes like a light beer.
Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.
Drinkability: Medium. It's light and low calorie...but it really doesn't go down as quickly as I expected.
Summary: This is a bad beer. I gave it a 6.0/10, or a D-. The word "Select" in the title enticed me to try it, but after reading "99 calories" underneath that, I knew this wasn't going to be an exceptional beer. For a premium beer, this beer really has no taste, and is as consistent as water. It comes off as a slightly better version of Bud Light. The only saving grace is the 99 calories...but I would rather just run on a treadmill for 30 minutes and drink a good beer. I would only drink this beer again if there was nothing better available.

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