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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.04
pDev: 30.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | 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.

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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 18:59:27 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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ITK4ever

Maryland

1.93/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 20:16:41 | More by ITK4ever
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +52%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 23:13:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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DogFood11

California

1.35/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 23:17:51 | More by DogFood11
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Brent

Kentucky

2.48/5  rDev +21.6%
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 . . .

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 13:38:17 | More by Brent
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Drew966

Florida

2.35/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-03-2006 00:46:41 | More by Drew966
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bashiba

Iowa

2.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a dull fizzy yellow with soda like carbonation.

Smell was a very minor grassy hop odor.

Taste had a very clean crisp flavor with just a touch of hop goodness. The aftertaste is absolutely nothing.

Mouthfeel thin and bubbly.

Overall better than I expected, but still not a great beer by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 22:03:03 | More by bashiba
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acarroll413

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev +52%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- corn water apperance with a selzter water head that stuck around for like 5 seconds.

S- smelled like nothing, literally had no smell at all.

T- surprisingly crisp and refreshing. im not saying it was delicious in the same vein that other beers i enjoy are good, but for what it is, its not bad at all. there is a wheat flavor at the back end that i really enjoyed.

M- ultra thin but highly carbonated

D- definitely drinkable. i wouldnt seek this out but if i was left with bad options, i might pick this up again

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 06:07:55 | More by acarroll413
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hmmm... Budweiser Select. I was left wondering what new marketing gimmick Anheuser-Busch had stumbled upon in order for them to release another beer with the esteemed Budweiser name. I have to admit that the bottle does indeed catch the eye, with the dark, screen-printed label with the red crown and gold lettering set upon the dark brown bottle. The label reads "Distinct and Flavorful Beer with a Bold Taste That Finishes Clean." After drinking this beer, a more appropriate epithet would be "Foul and Unpalettable Beer with a Wretched Taste that finishes like the floor of a truck-stop latrine."

Bud Select pours a yellowish color that has some hints of gold to it. A finger's worth of foam forms and fades away into soapiness in about 15 seconds. The first sniff seemed almost too sweet and sugary. I sniffed again, and it seemed fruity. Not beery fruity mind you, but a candy-like fruitiness. After that it started to smell like a very adjuncty lager, with some soapy grains and wet cardboard scent. The mouthfeel was very fizzy, bordering seltzer-like. Some of the sweet fruitiness is present at the tip of the tongue, and there is some bready graininess detectable at first, but the soapy, musty, and wet paper/cardboard flavors take over this brew. There isn't really much in the line of bitterness, but the flavors here are enough to make one wince. The aftertaste is composed almost entirely of green apple, cooked veggies and more cardboard. The beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

I don't understand how this beer is still on the shelves. I don't think frat dudes will buy it because it isn't an established "slammin" beer (see Natty Ice, Beast, etc.) and it isn't quite in the low-carb realm (but it is a light beer) and it most certainly is not an attempt at a craft beer. I don't even think it is trying to go against the Heineken/Beck's import crowd, as I recall Anheuser World Select was supposed to tackle that niche. I don't know who AB is trying to market with this brew, and it would be well advised to anyone who wishes to conserve their taste buds that they stay far away from this one. It may be light in calories and flavor, but what flavor it does have is near putrid, unless you enjoyed having your mouth washed out with soap when you were a kid.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 09:12:11 | More by Beastdog75
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harpo111

Georgia

1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a nice golden color, nice head..went away fairly quickly.
aroma: not much there, little acidity from the carbonation..but that was it.
taste: very thin. not much hops flavor. Not much flavor.
mouthfeel: thin, some zip from the carbonation..but very thin
drinkablity: not much.
comments: I expected much more. this is supposed to be a "select" beer with more to offer than the average bud. I don't think they hit their mark. This beer has a thin flavor and taste. You could drink a lot of these fast and not really be filled up...almost like a light beer. This one is all hype and marketing and no delivery.
Won't be ordering again...if i have a Bud...it will be a regular one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 13:55:23 | More by harpo111
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mooseisloose

Florida

2.35/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into my trusty goblet. Sparkly head that goes away in 30 seconds. Lacing present but not to sticky. Not much smell to speak of. Golden color with slight yellow hue. Taste is really bland. Not much carbonation. Very faint hop taste. Tastes like seltzer water. Difficult to believe this could have any alcohol in it. I think i've had more flavorful near beers. I bet this would be a good one though, playing football or softball, when it's ice cold out of a cooler in 90 degree heat and 90 percent humidity.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 04:06:23 | More by mooseisloose
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Byeast

Florida

1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried one of these. I honestly think there is more taste in bud light! Poured slightly more golden than bud light. Small head. Smells of something. Taste is really just nothing , honestly. It is chuggable though. More so than Bud light Not hard to get down or anything , i just wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 00:59:56 | More by Byeast
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Jredner

Florida

2.45/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Skunky aroma with a touch of hops. Pale yellow with a very nice looking frothy white head. Slightly sweet in the fore with some corn and cereal (corn flakes is about right) in the finish. It’s a lot better than Budweiser, but it has very little real flavor...more hints of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 16:11:26 | More by Jredner
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Crystal clear straw golden forms a nice sized egg shell white colored head large bubbles leaves specks of lacing around my pint. Aroma: Cooked vegetables low amount of hops come across the radar corn and rice evident mild sweetness typical beer not very "select". Taste: Creamed corn flavor comes through with a low sweetness, no real hop flavor some chemical manufactured design going on here not that crisp sort of rogh going down definitely not a good competitor to Miller Lite. MOuthfeel: Thin light bodied high carbonation burps are almost immediately within the first few sips, the fizziness almost makes you choke with each sip. Drinkability: Typical macro lager Bud calls something Select expect it to be mediocre at best that 's what this beer is to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 09:55:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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acrawf6

Louisiana

2.48/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After having this one a few times in the past, i decided to by a single and review it. what the hell, ya know....

Poured out exaclty like a bud or bl. Light yellow. Small white head that drops immediately.

Smells the same. light cereal. a little skunk. a little rubbery. and a little sweet.

Tastes like bud light to me. I decided to pour half out in a glass and kept the rest in the bottle. It tastes better in the bottle, i guess less air intake with each sip- not all the bad flavors come out.

Mouthfeel is empty, but for the style (light, low carb) i would say it was like the others. No hops, i.b.u. probably at 2.

Overall one to avoid, unless it is with the selections of all the other BMC, then get what ever you want. This tastes the same. Drink it in the bottle.
It may be a good choice with many types of food since it is so light.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 02:07:58 | More by acrawf6
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badbeer

Iowa

2.1/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a decent head that dissipates and leaves a spotty lacing. Smell is of cream corn maybe, yeast, alcohol, it just doesn't smell the least bit enticing. Taste is better than smell, but that isn't saying much, very bland flavor, it has a corn flavor, but it's very watery. Mouthfeel is very light, I would rate it higher but the carbonation is way too high. Honestly it's pretty easy to drink, it's not necessarily bad, but it just isn't that good either.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 02:20:27 | More by badbeer
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Kulrak

Australia

2/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very light straw color with a big fluffy head that settles down to a thin creamy layer pretty quickly. Smells very slightly of yeast, and nothing else. Tastes like it smells.. like nothing. Slight bitterness without any hop flavor, slight sweetness without any malt flavor. It's like AB waved some malt over the kettle and showed it a picture of some hops, then just used rice and hop oil to make the beer. The mouthfeel is really watery with a slight tingling on the back of the tongue. Not good at all. It's drinkable, but so is water. And water is cheaper. Just water down vodka, it's the same experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 02:30:02 | More by Kulrak
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I figured the only way I could pay the least amount to actually try this was to have it at a bar. Cause after having it, there is no way I'd ever want another again. Just... boring. No smell. None. In fact the only reason it didn't get a 1 is because it didn't smell just plain bad. As far as taste goes, it was basically a slightly more flavorful Bud. But not by much, as far as I remember.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 04:06:39 | More by objectivemonkey
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ommegangpbr

New York

2.38/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I finally broke down and got a can of this. My curiosity would not let me be.
This is... average. Nothing select about it. Mouthfeel is very watery and almost soapy. This is also one of those beers that you're better off drinking out of a bottle or can as cold as you can so the "flavors" and wateryness doesn't open up.
If you're going to buy a bud product like this you may as well go for bud light or natural light which will probably be much cheaper with about the same characteristics.

Serving type: can

01-14-2006 03:57:25 | More by ommegangpbr
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale gold with a creamy 1 finger head that fades into a film. Tiny spots of lacing is left around the glass. Huge, chunky carbonation bubbles rise to the top.
Smell is of a typical adjunct lager with cornhusk and corn syrup coming through.
Taste is about the same as the aromas...only worse. Not much flavor at all. Mild amounts of watered down corn syrup and some light pils-like malt is about all I'm getting.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a mild skunky finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 16:18:26 | More by weeare138
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is awful!! I bought this a couple of months ago in the summer cause, if worse comes to worse, I can deal with Budweiser regular. But this is way too thin, missing everything except water. No hop presence whatsoever. No malt presence either. I couldn't figure out what they were trying to accomplish except sell at bars to young drinkers who need to drink 40 beers to get a buzz off this stuff. If you are going anh-busch, stick with Michelob or Bud, if you have to.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 19:01:19 | More by bigdeuce
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blackie

Virginia

2.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour creates a .3" bone white head that quickly disappears. The beer is a very pale golden.

smell: rice, an off sweetness, artificial fruitiness, water, hops hard to find

mouthfeel: Carbonation medium, body light

taste: rice, grain, water, very slight hop bitterness lingers with a watery flavor

drinkability: easy to drink, but lacking in every other department

Born on date Nov. 23, 2005

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 02:09:49 | More by blackie
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

1.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A 24 oz. big old silver, red, and black can poured into a standard pint glass. The "Born on Date" on the bottom of the can read "31AUG05."

The beer poured a a pale straw with a white, fizzy bubbled head that rose to just over a finger and dissipated quickly. The carbonation was very visible with little bubbles rapidly traveling to the top of the glass. The aroma was nearly non existent, but after nearly touching my nose to the liquid I picked up some graininess. The taste was quick and insanely clean. Some residual graininess lingers on the tongue with the very dry sensation to the finish. This beer has a very thin mouthfeel, and not the best of what is often thought to be a very flawed style. I would love to see a dry, hoppier finish, like a true european pils. This beer would be quite adqueate with that one addition, but instead it remains quick and bland. This is an easily drinkable beer, but not in the way one would want: the manner in which water is drinkable. Budweiser Select, whose marketing program manifests a step forward for AB - in some way - still needs something more.

Serving type: can

12-15-2005 08:03:13 | More by edmundfitzoil
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MSchae1017

Georgia

1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner glass from a can

This beer pours with a white frothy head with a golden yellow color. The head holds moderately well and laces decently. The smell is quite harsh, not very apealing. It smells of rice and corn. This is probably a worse smell than skunk. There is hardly any taste at all. The taste is harsh like the smell, it is almost chemical. There are worse beers out there though. This beer is overcarbonated, watery, and not smooth at all. This should only be used for beer pong.

Serving type: can

12-12-2005 03:05:23 | More by MSchae1017
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theozag

Louisiana

2.45/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours and settles with a frothy, thick, white head that fades rapidly. Crystal clear yellow color throughout.

Smell is sharp and sweet; nearly floral in quality with a cinnamon edge.

Starts slightly sweet, very light, and mostly tasteless. Settles light bodied with wheat flavor/texture and lots of malty smoothness. Flavor is also vaguely sweet.

Finishes almost imperceptibly but oily and sour with a short-lived aftertaste.

Serving type: can

12-11-2005 17:31:59 | More by theozag
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.