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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 30.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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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 Tone
2.2/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, clear yellow with no head/retention/lacing. Smells very weak, but you can still pick up on adjuncts in a watery lager. Fits the style well enough. Tastes of adjunct in lager, but very weak body overall. It is smooth and crisp though. Overall, wow this is barely beer at all - not recommended.

Photo of PintOHops
2.2/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a pale straw yellow with high carbonation & a thin head that dissipates very fast. Very clear with very large bubbles. Smells very clean with mostly lite malts, cereal grains & rice that dominate. Some citrus & grape notes as well. As it warms more of a citrus/fruity aroma develops (A little unpleasant)

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes crisp, clean, watery, and mostly of rice & cooked vegetables. Lite malts, a little fruity, and no hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, thin, and very watery. Very lite bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - While one could put down a 12 pack of these with ease, I don't see why anyone would. I couldn't stand drinking this alone (Far to lite!) However, I found it's actually tolerable with food. I liked the fact that I could drink as many a I pleased without getting full. All in all though its to watery & lite. Wheres the body? Wheres the flavor? It's not in this beer, that's for sure.

The only thing this beer has going for it is the drinkability. Other than that, nothing. If your looking for a lite beer, than try Bud light, or any of the other lite macro/adjunct lagers out there. Just don't wast your money on this folks. Not recommended!

Photo of colts9016
2.1/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a pale yellow with a thin white head and carbonation
Nose is corn wheat and not much else.
Taste is thin and drawn out there is corn and wheat.
Finish is Nil
Overall not a very good beer, except for slamming. I find it funny that Budweiser put select on the label. There is nothing about this beer that is very special.

Photo of magictrokini
2.1/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Unlike some others on this site, I'm not above drinking an Anheuser-Busch product from time to time. I'm also not below trashing their products. But come on, if you're going to call yourself "Select," at least taste like something other than Bud Light. It pours clear yellow with the tell-tale foamy white head. More corn and sugar in the nose, but with a bit of metal (even though this came out of a bottle). Taste is sugar-water mixed with rice Chex. Excuse me while I burp again from the carbonation.

Photo of Bagman007
2.62/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap poured into a pint glass.

A- Yellow/orange coloring. Very transparent. Some head, but not much.

S- A little bit of hops noticeable as well as the scent of alcohol, but that much smell to it.

T- I prefer the taste of this to Bud Light. I think this is a little sweeter than Bud Light, but it still seems watered down. I guess it is what you would expect from this kind of beer.

M- Goes down smoothly, not much taste or bitterness.

D- Definitely drinkable in large quantities. Goes down easily.

Photo of LordofTime25
1.9/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale yellow! Very high carbination rapid disappearing head.

Smells slight hops and some grains very little smell.

Not much flavor at all!

Very watery in the mouth with lots of bubbles from the carbination

Unless you want to drink a lot of over priced beer avoid!

Photo of morimech
2.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can. Pale straw yellow color with one inch of white head that quickly disappeared. A little lacing is left on the glass. The smell and taste tells me this is very watered down macro lager. Just a little grainyness but no hops and no malt. Light body and the carbonation is a little lower than Bud. Drinks like a low alcoholic water so it goes down quickly. Even for a light lager this is poor.

Photo of CampusCrew
1.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not much different than Mich Ultra. Very low low on taste.

appearance: light yellow, to basically clear, even more clear than others

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, basically just a clear refresher

mouthfeel: watery adn very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. only good for long hot days.

Photo of nlmartin
1.53/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer was served cold. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear fizzy yellow coloration. The head is white and short lived. No lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: Clean grain aromas.

Taste: Corny cereal flavor no hops detectable.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a thin body. The carbonation is limp at best. Dam near a drain pour. Just a piss poor beer drinking experience.

Photo of Rhynes2
2.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Im really not sure of the direction they were going with Bud Select. I'm with everyone else when I say I don't particularly like this beer. Nothing special in the color or aroma of this beer, little head retention also does little to boost it's score. I think that it does have a slightly better taste than regular Bud but that doesn't do much if you like stronger more flavorful beers. I would go with another choice before buying this one.

Photo of righlander
3.1/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well I see everyone hates this beer because of lack of flavor and all that. but to me it's better than regular bud or bud light. Very light macro kind of thing going on here. The thing i like about this beer is no aftertaste...And I like that in a macro. I mean, who wants a lot of after taste in a macro light lager? Do you really want to taste a super light macro lager??? Do you think a super light macro lager is going to be some flavor explosion?

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In order to fill my mixed six pack it was between this and corona light...we'll see how it goes.

A: pale, watery gold, pale white head, that recedes to a film, no lacing at all. Lots of bubbles. Looks exactly right for the style. Is it appealing, no, but its right on with the style.

S: corn, water, alcohol, smells exactly like a bud light, no hops, ha ha this has no "beer" smells.

T: corn malts, tastes a lot like cornflakes, and water, a slight hint of bitterness, but no hop flavors. tastes like a maltier bud light, but just a hint more. pretty bland and flavorless.

M: crisp, bubbly carbonation, slick, and thin, not a whole lot going on, but it doesn't feel out of place.

D: i can't even really give this points on drinkability, its just not anything that i'd drink on a night out, there's a bunch of other beers in this style that i'd rather drink.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer before but was never impressed...I got it for free since some of my friends left it at my house recently. I'm out of beer so looks like I'll review this one.

Poured from a can, has a tall head at first and with an aggressive pour seems to last a little bit. Head color is cream.

Smells of corn or green apple? Not strong enough to tell.

When it hits the tongue it feels like water then the taste is of green apple that goes away very fast. Third mouth full now and nothing much after the apple taste just finishes clean. Very easy drinker. The finish is not dry but leaves a green apple syrup like feel on your tongue if you wait between drinks. The hops hit up front and some on the finish. No real bitterness or flavor.

After five of these it gets boring and feels a bit syrupy on the palate. If your looking for taste in a beer this is not the one, it is how ever a refreshing beer that would be nice with a heavy meal or on a very hot day. I would prefer Sam Adams Boston Ale with a meal though it offers more flavor and bite.

Photo of Bitterbill
1.68/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought as a single for 95 cents.

A medium yellow colour with a average head of foam that soon shrunk to near nothing.

The smell is the usual for a beer of this style. No need to expound on that, me thinks.

The taste has nothing going on. Everything is lightly done and judging what is there, it's better off that way. Even the slight hop bitterness isn't close to being done right. Mouthfeel? Bad. This *is* an avoid beer if I've ever tasted one.

Photo of TenEighty
1.92/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This beer is a very light, clear amber color, with a quickly dissipating head with little retention. You could pass it off as apple juice.

S: It has a kind of soapy smell to it, I don't know a better way to describe it.

T: Tastes like a typical American Macro, but with a funny aftertaste. When compared to other macros that I like, it is definitely near the bottom in this category.

M: It feels like most macros, well carbonated, fairly smooth.

D: I don't think I could have more than a couple of these, very poor considering the beers in its class.

American Macros are supposed to be inexpensive, easy to drink, and taste decent. This beer is more expensive (in my area) than all other mainstream macros by $2-4 per case. This beer fits into the easy to drink category, but fails on the decent taste category, not good, especially for a macro.

Photo of BierFan
2.2/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I knocked back a few of these at a restaurant the other night because all they had on tap was Miller and Bud products.

Appearance: Poured slightly darker than a Budweiser, but I could only tell when I held it right next to a Bud. Had no head but that's no doubt the bartender's fault.

Smell: It had a grainy and metallic smell. It didn't smell bad but their was nothing incredibly positive about it either.

Taste: The big difference for me between this and Bud is that Bud Select has a smoother taste and is easier to drink.

Photo of atigerlife
1.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

OK, so a hot day of tailgating seemed like an OK time to accept a beer offered...

Pours a light golden, decetn carb, small white head. Very clean.

Aroma is grainy. Not a lot else.

Taste was minimal. Light bitterness, light grain. Diluted beer. Not offensive, but not anything.

Mouthfeel was light, cleansing, somewhat dry.

Overall, I had several because they kept handing them to me...which seems reasonable. So, I guess these are sessionable at a hot tailgate and they are being offered. Other than that, why bother?

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

24 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours yellow with a soapy white head, fair retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Has that macro grainy smell where it seems like nothing but has a faint scent, also get some apple.

T: Grain and light apple, really simple flavours with no complexity.

M: Light, watery mouthfeel, one of the cleanest beers I have ever had, give it some props for that.

D: An OK macro lager, simple mildly flavoured beer, left me with a mild headache after drinking it though.

Photo of jdmorgan
2.1/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A light straw-color. The smell was light with a thin body and faint hop aroma. The taste was light and carbonated with a mild body and light hop profile. I expected a heavier body, but didn't find it. Medium/high carbonation and thin/medium consistency.

I expected a little bit better, but wasn't terrible. Has to be cold to be enjoyed. Crisp and clean, but lacks any substantial body or hop flavor.

Photo of changeup45
1.53/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

See Michelob Ultra... or any other light lager for that matter. It's not awful but not good either. 4.3% is actually surprising. This just isn't smooth, not good and not refreshing enough for me to want to ever drink it again though. I will select not to have this again.

Photo of MTNboy
2.88/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- It pours a light hay yellow. A lot of head not much in the lace department.

Smell- It is sort of weak a little bit of a grassy smell and that is about it.

Taste- Not horrible. I think you can tastes some of the adjuncts but it really is not that bad. I think it is pretty balanced and rounded for a beer of its nature.

Mouthfeel- Light, moderately carbonated and easy to drink.

Drinkability- It not a bad hanging out or mowing the grass beer.

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale straw, with a quickly disappearing head....wait was there a head? I don't know.

Aroma is lacking. I get corn and some grain, but not much.

Flavor is watery and bubbly. Corn and adjuncts with a lingering lager yeast dustiness that barely reminds me this is kinda beer. Very, very light hop flavor, like someone accidentally dropped some hops in the tank.

Mouthfeel is watery, but crisp and light, not much there.

I will avoid in the future. Regular Bud as bad as it is, is better.

Photo of kinger
1.09/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ah another nasty light/low-carb beer, yawn I've had tap water with more body and flavor than this. Aroma is stale gym socks, appearance is a respectable pale yellow with surprisingly good lacing and strong carbonation, mouthfeel is horrible, flavor isn't too far behind tastes like beer flavored styrofoam, overall a poor beer.

Photo of pearljam118
2.91/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a light bodied lager. It pours a watery yellow. It doesnt smell or look like anything special but this isn't that poor of a beer. This beer is pretty tasty for its price and class. Perfectly carbonated and smooth compared to others in its class. IMO one of the best beers when you're looking for a cheap, tasty beer that you can throw down one after another.

Photo of mrsoul12
2.66/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is mostly of corn and other adjuncts, same as regular bud. Maybe slightly less offensive. Boring appearance of yellow, with a white head, true to the style. The flavor is of corn, malts, other adjuncts. No hops flavor, or hoppiness in the finish. Not nearly as good as PBR.

Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.