Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 30.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
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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 Samalamahamdam
2.97/5  rDev +46.3%
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.

Photo of LWG1970
1.8/5  rDev -11.3%
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,,

Photo of bierguru
1.77/5  rDev -12.8%
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

Photo of JayS2629
1.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.42/5  rDev +68.5%
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.

Photo of beerprovedwright
1.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of larrytm56
3.7/5  rDev +82.3%
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.

Photo of ramseye4
2/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of Aphexwolf
2.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.47/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow. No foam or lacing, but definitely a lot of active carbonation. Looks a bit like Sprite.

Smell: Nothing awful here to be honest. Smells pretty neutral, with the exception of some faint metal. It's just ok.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Kind of a stale, sour grain taste. Definitely a dry beer. Mouthfeel is actually kind of rough and first, but gets smooth as you drink. Pretty sure this is because it flattens pretty quick.

Drinkability: The odd mouthfeel makes this one tough.

Overall: Find a better light lager.

Photo of alleykatking
2.41/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can. Please note that this review is to style and not personal taste.

A- Pours a pale golden straw color. Two finger white head shows light retention and dies to a cap on the beer (hard pour). Light streaky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet malts and cereal grains make up most of the aroma. The nose is very sweet and a light alcohol is present but nothing over the top. The aroma is typical adjunct aroma but a bit on the muted side.

T- Sweet malts come in the front with a cereal grainy veggy taste as well. There is a artifical presence in the backing but I can't seem to make out what it is. The hops if any are hidding in the backing of the beer. The alcohol comes out in the final moments in a sweet non-offensive matter.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is higher for me but dead on for the style. Light overall sweetness left on the palate. More cornlike flavor and sweetness from the alcohol left in the aftertaste. Flavors were balanced and well..very sweet and muted overall. Clean tasting but I woudn't include crisp in the same breath. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This is a drinkable beer but would I want a sixer of this? Nope. The ABV is low enough that a sixer plus is very doable. I would pick this out of my choice of mainstream light lagers though for what it is worth.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a sickly looking pale straw yellow with a thin white soapy head and no lacing. Smells of grain and corn maybe a little yeast. Tastes of bitterness and sweetness although nothing is really prominent enough to pick out other than some corn or rice. High carbonation. Thin mouthfeel. Low drinkability. Quite nasty.

Photo of beersensei305
1/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

AWFUL. This 'beer' just smells from moldly boiled rice and has no scent of alcohol. Pale yellowish color, no head no lacing, and almost clear. Makes me wonder why I am drinking this. The flavor is mostly like a bitter moldy rice soda. The beer if flat... AVOID!!!

Photo of Thorpe429
1.06/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
2.56/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Very light golden hue, but not quite pale light. Very little head. Slow but steady carbonation.

Smell - I honestly can't smell a thing.

Taste - very little taste as well. Almost no bitterness..maybe just a very little bit toward the back of the palate, almost undiscernable.

Mouthfeel - very watery in texture, but not quite as much so as some of the other super adjunct lagers.

Drinkability - it would be easy enough to drink something like this like water due to the almost complete lack of smell, taste, and aftertaste. As far as wanting to drink it, it's fairly boring.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.26/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of tvljr
2.31/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle at the local bar selling Bud Select for a buck. I've had worse I guess is what I'd say. It actually has more flavor than its other light beer counterparts but it's still a relatively light workout for the taste buds.

Pours with a 2 finger head that disappears quickly with some plastic like lace remaining on the glass.

Light bodied, pale appearance. Probably not bad if you're at an outside event in the broiling sun.

Photo of biboergosum
2.21/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

Photo of uhhhaaron
1.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

consumed 03-29-2009, 12oz can into pint glass

appearance: pours a light straw color with little to no head and no lacing.

smell: maybe a hint of grain? not much aroma.

taste: somewhat like the smell. very close to water with a slight grain note. almost not aftertaste.

mouthfeel: very thin mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

drinkability: if you can drink sparkling water, you can drink this. its not offensive in any way, just very bland with little to no flavor.

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.63/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of ronniebruner
2.72/5  rDev +34%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, this is one of the better AB brews and it still isn't very good, although it is better than regular Budweiser. I would not recommend to anyone to spend their hard earned money on one of these, but if youre at a party and all they have is this stuff and its free, go for it, other than that, keep on moving, spend your $6 on lottery tickets or charity.

Photo of RedSpecial1
1.8/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has a little more heaviness than regular Bud, which is a slight plus. However, it's still a very bland, faintly corn-flavored beer. If not poured right you'll get a ton of head from all of the carbonation. It's pretty much as pale of an amber as you can get without being yellow. Smells of corn, as well as tastes like it. While better than their light beers, it's still nothing great.

Photo of jsprain1
1.86/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a straw yellow. No head.
S- Almost no smell whatsoever. Maybe some graininess to it.
T- Not much here at all. Carbonation crispness, maybe a bit of grain taste. Largely... nothing.
M- Thin, but not as much as some light lagers i guess. The intense carbonation feels like it's scrubbing your tongue for you.
D- Like all BMC this beer is made with drinkability in mind. That being said, there are other AB products I prefer if you are sticking to this brand.

Photo of pasdachuri
2.8/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appears, smells, and has the same mouthfeel as every other American light beer I've tried before. It's body however is a little fuller than the rest so I would place this one a bit higher if we were comparing apples to apples. For those nights I feel like re-living the fantasy days of college and taking down a two-four, then this the one for me.

Photo of kneeland
2.95/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boring with a capital B.

The color makes it look more like champagne instead of beer. The taste is just so lite and domestic, not exciting at all.

It's a good choice for beer pong I've discovered. More beer with fewer calories, but I will never order one of these at a bar, or pop one open to enjoy on my veranda.

Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.