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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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51
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1,056 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.04
pDev: 30.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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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Tundruth

New Hampshire

1.68/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

02-27-2011 20:46:49 | More by Tundruth
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DCon

Missouri

2.85/5  rDev +39.7%

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.

02-18-2011 20:17:34 | More by DCon
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JCBears

Germany

1.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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

01-31-2011 21:34:28 | More by JCBears
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Samalamahamdam

Missouri

3/5  rDev +47.1%

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.

01-22-2011 05:29:14 | More by Samalamahamdam
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LWG1970

Ohio

1.78/5  rDev -12.7%

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,,

01-20-2011 03:36:40 | More by LWG1970
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bierguru

Florida

1.78/5  rDev -12.7%

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

01-07-2011 19:16:22 | More by bierguru
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JayS2629

Alabama

1.95/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

01-05-2011 14:01:42 | More by JayS2629
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +69.1%

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.

12-31-2010 01:47:13 | More by jrallen34
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

12-24-2010 22:25:02 | More by beerprovedwright
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larrytm56

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +83.8%

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.

12-24-2010 20:23:46 | More by larrytm56
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ramseye4

Virginia

1.98/5  rDev -2.9%

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

12-20-2010 07:01:12 | More by ramseye4
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Aphexwolf

Texas

2.4/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

11-23-2010 06:24:51 | More by Aphexwolf
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

11-16-2010 01:19:11 | More by tjsdomer2
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

10-27-2010 03:32:54 | More by alleykatking
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.38/5  rDev -32.4%

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.

10-25-2010 12:30:23 | More by TheKingofWichita
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beersensei305

Florida

1/5  rDev -51%

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!!!

10-16-2010 22:49:39 | More by beersensei305
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.05/5  rDev -48.5%

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.

10-08-2010 01:18:39 | More by Thorpe429
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Nerudamann

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev +26.5%

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.

09-29-2010 05:13:55 | More by Nerudamann
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

09-20-2010 03:37:27 | More by TMoney2591
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tvljr

Virginia

2.33/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

09-17-2010 18:13:28 | More by tvljr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev +7.8%

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...

08-22-2010 03:03:09 | More by biboergosum
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uhhhaaron

California

1.68/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

08-11-2010 09:53:51 | More by uhhhaaron
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

1.65/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

08-09-2010 19:08:54 | More by Mebuzzard
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bundy462

Texas

2.63/5  rDev +28.9%

A: Fizzy yellow straw beer with a white fizzy head that had zero retention.

S: Very sweet graininess.

T: Sweetness up front that persists throughout. Very crisp and very clean in the finish, almost nothing.

M: Thin and crisp, as is called for per the style.

O: You can drink plenty, it's thin, it's unoffensive, it's fizzy yellow beer.

08-08-2010 02:37:22 | More by bundy462
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ronniebruner

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev +34.8%

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.

07-18-2010 04:33:16 | More by ronniebruner
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
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