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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 30.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 94 | 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:
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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Photo of hero27
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear, pale yellow..bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass.
Sweet, grainy malt aroma..subtle & clean but pretty bland.
Flavor is sweet corn mash, a wave of lemongrass, and a soft, clean finish. Refreshing, but ultimately very watery..a bit like seltzer water.
Stick with regular Budweiser if you're given the choice between the two..

hero27, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
1.8/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had a bottle of this during a late night poker game at the bar and yeah this is some fowl swill that's being sold. I tried to be fair with this, but finishing a whole bottle of this stuff is truly hard to stomach.

Appearance looks like yellow club soda with no head at all.

Smell is high of wet, stale rice and cheap corn. It smelled very cheap.

Taste was pretty expected. It's a twice watered down Budweiser with a strong wet rice flavor and a very aluminum flavored aftertaste. Even out of the bottle I could still taste the can.

Mouthfeel was average, if not bad. It was just like carbonated water with no froth.

Drinkability is not really in the cards. Unless you're tailgating or doing something rushed, this isn't worth it.

Getinthevan, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.05/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I actually rather enjoyed this beer. It is what it is, just a light lager so I'll rate it that way. Appearance is ok, straw yellow with a bit of lacing but no head. Smell is weak, light malt and only a bit of hops. Taste is average for the style, nice and clean. Mouthfeel is a bit weak even for a light lager but not too bad. Drinkability is good.

supercolter, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
2.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Just a little darker than the usual light golden yellow color. One finger white head quickly fades into nothing. Almost no lacing.

S - Faint grainy aroma.

T - Crisp bite and a little sweet grainy flavor. Nothing of note.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Well carbonated. A drinkable beer, but nothing I would ever stock in my fridge.

ckeegan04, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale ass yellow, perfectly clear. A couple of fingers of head (with a hard pour) stick around for a little while, but fall to nothing. Minimal lacing. Looks better than most light lagers.

S - DMS all the way, with some sweet malt hiding out.

T - Grain and water. Slight sweetness early on. Dries out a little, but the brew never really gets "dry," there's residual sweetness even in the aftertaste. Noticable sweetness puts it a little above the average light beer.

M - Watery, with moderate carbonation. The watery-ness I can understand, but why this beer is so lightly carbonated is beyond me.

D - Eh. Not great. Budweiser is better, and this is just a sweeter Bud Light. Wouldn't even drink this if I had to.

PatrickJR, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of cubbyswans
1.15/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is bad. Bud Light is bad enough, but this is like they took Bud Light, and squeezed the last drop of taste out of the beer.

It really has no body, smell, or flavor whatsoever.

I really wish I could have given this a zero on T, M, and D.

The only purpose I can see for this beer is when it's 100 degrees outside, you're parched, and you need something you can slam real quick to quench your thirst.

cubbyswans, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
1.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I had these when I was on a trip to Louisville, KY. It was late and I bought a 12 because I'd never tried it. I couldn't get a refund. Oh well. Here goes.

A: Light yellow, mild carb bubbles, no head, no lace.

S: Candy, like sweet tarts, then left a processed, candy and water remainder.

M: Soda water. Slight amount of bitter that faded fast. Other than that, soda water. A little rice husk?

T: Not Bud Light. Not Miller Lite. A bit more flavor than Coors Light. Bud light with everything removed. Weak candy, touch of the soda, a little alcohol burn. Yikes.

Gee, this was the last of the 12. I actually drank the 12 pack and don't remember anything about it.

Ricochet, May 30, 2008
Photo of matty
3.13/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color light beer with a quickly fading head.Taste and aroma are your basic barley rice and corn.This beer is a bit watery but it does go down pretty smooth.Another beer that won't be winning any prissy awards but perfect for a hot day,BBQ,or family outing.

matty, May 10, 2008
Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.55/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can you say, it's a Budweiser product. It's brewed in MASS quanity with a great sacrifice to quality.

It pours a light-medium, clear gold with a small amount of head. Like all Budweisers, it has a watered down taste and body. It has a small wheat taste that can only be described as the Bud taste, very unsifisticated.

DesMoinesMike, May 08, 2008
Photo of rye726
1/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You know, I thought Bud and Bud light were bad, but this one takes the cake. It taste like half water and half Budweiser. Its a good thing they have a quality marketing campaign. The color is yellow with not much of a head. Doesn't smell like much. Maybe some grain. Body is lighter than water. I wish I could give this a zero.

rye726, May 07, 2008
Photo of Portertime
1.8/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When Anheuser-Busch came out with Select I'm pretty sure they closed there eyes and looked the other way when they "selected" the ingredients they used. Pours a pale yellow (cold pee?) Barely any taste with a hint of malt and some dead hops. This is a beer oyu drink hard and fast so you can act like a jackass with your frat buddies.

Portertime, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of generallee
2.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is not much to say or taste here. It pours very light yellow. The body is very clean and clear with lively carbonation that forms a thick white head. The aroma is light, mostly of rice and hay. There is not a bit of hops anywhere. The flavor is also very light. Mostly of rice, paper and hay, that leads you to a crisp clean finish. Overall its low carbohydrate, low calories and low on flavor.

generallee, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.42/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had at the company Christmas Party as it was the only beer available at the bar that I hadn't rated. Smell was an average pale lager like malt and yeast. Drank out of the bottle, but assuming it was pale clear yellow like all other pale lagers mostly. Taste was a definite corn like sweet malt, moderate bitterness for the style, and moderate to high carbonation. Very drinkable, especially out of the bottle. and actually I thought it was worthy of much better than the bottom 5% of the lowest style of beer. No bad or off flavors really. Just bland corn, crisp malt.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of becktone
1.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Eye: Nothing. Looks like tonic water with a drop of yellow food coloring, or even the color of someone's piss as they are becoming more hydrated.

Nose: At first whiff, oddly enough I got some banana esters....strange. Typical macro aroma, light malt, virtually no hops and adjunct aroma. To me, it smells more like banana water than beer.

Tongue: Light cereal grain taste. Nothing more. I am suddenly reminded of the Lucky Charms Leprechaun as this beer tastes much like the "unfun" part of that cereal.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light fizzy beer, easy to quaff, though for all the fratties out there this one might be way to full in body to play beer pong or other drinking games with. You do know that this is bud select, it is way better than any beer ever brewed...yeah brody! This is a beer I drink when I want to get drunk, there is no other reason for its existance, and usually when I buy it I'll have already drank enough to the point where I don't care what it tastes like, as long as I can continue my feel good buzz.

becktone, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of Overlord
1.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aye dios mio.

Pours a bubbly yellow. Super carbonated. Obnoxiously so. Smells like ... water ... with maybe a bit o' grain/corn.

Taste is bland, no hops, no real malt, just some lingering vegetable flavoring. The carbonation again makes this seem more like seltzer water.

This was the only option at a recent visit to a friend's house. Ugh.

Overlord, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I don't see the point of this brew. It is advertised as the "select" hops and barleys, or something like that. There's nothing here. It isn't as big (or swillish) as Bud and is heavier than Bud Light (no pun intended), but there's nothing here. The smell is faint of these so-called select hops, and the taste is like Bud but with more water. It goes down smooth, real smooth, and I think this is just a chug beer being advertised as something better than it is. For the price not worth it. I can get watery chug beers lacking flavor that are cheaper.

clayrock81, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
2.13/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Don't worry folks, I didn't pay for this myself. I visited some folks after my trip to Hollingshead's last night, and this is what they had in the fridge. On to the beer:

One of my favorite quotes from Blazing Saddles is "What is it that ain't exactly earth, and it ain't exactly water? QUICKSAND!" That's where Bud Select falls into at almost every aspect. It's not as interesting as Bud, but better than Bud Light. Flavors are on the light side with a concoction of rice and bubblegum. and not terribly offensive. After that, it has a dry aftertaste. In the end, this beer is just there to grab consumers who are intersted in a light beer.

DoubleJ, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
2.38/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unlike most beer I'm used to, this HAS to be drunk extra extra cold. That should tell you something (no offense to those enjoying Guinness draught cans). Not much color here; minimal aroma, average head. A little heavy on the carbonation; mass-produced taste with a little bitterness. Not much on the finish; slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Would do in a pinch - maybe good for the racetrack that allows you to bring a cooler to the stands.

IBUnit63, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Deadstar
2.48/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz can into a glass, served very cold but warming up as I write this.

Look: Light yellow when held up to a light (maybe a very lite-gold), a three finger head dissipated somewhat quickly. (I poured it pretty fast)

Smell: Some malt, but really not too much else.

Taste: Not a whole lot of taste here, it's very light and leaves little flavor behind on the tongue and in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Almost like drinking water with some fine carbonation in it.

Drinkability: This is a beer that you could drink and drink and drink. Not saying that I'd want to drink and drink and drink it, but hey, it's cheap and if you're passing some time watching a game or something like that, it won't knock you on your rear.

Deadstar, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of AshevilleSippin
2.13/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Short Version:
Watery and fizzy with light bland macro-beer taste. Moderately dry with a small tad of a crisp citrus smell/taste.

Details:
If you are a member on this site and haven't had Budweiser then you should get yourself examined. Bud Select is like Bud mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with clean tapwater. (Is this competing with Bud Light?)

You pour a glass of this and you get just what you expect. The same as it smelled and tasted in elementary school.

Pours light fizzy like a soda. 1/2" white head that fades quickly. Near odorless and near flavorless. Very slight citrus on the nose. Relatively dry. Mouthfeel is ultra thin and watery. Finish is quick and to the point. Aftertaste isn't so bad actually.

Not enough flavor to really break down much more. If you've had one light macro lager you've pretty much had them all. They are either on the skunky team or the non-skunky team. This one is the quarterback of the non-skunkies. Which makes it very drinkable. You could ingest a thirty pack during halftime no problem.

Like my wise big brother likes to opine; perfect for throwing down a couple dozen inferno wings.

Or if your radiator overheats in front of the liquor store.

I wouldn't buy this beer but aways enjoy when someone hands me one on a hot day. This is certainly the last time I'll pour it in a glass though. Much better out of the bottle (or funnel) for some reason.

AshevilleSippin, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of lawman834
2.58/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: I am judging this beer within it's category (which we should). Remember it's competition is BL, ML, CL, etc.

A-Looks like every other Domestic Macro Light. Really pale yellow. Has a bit of white head for the category.

S-Smells pretty decent. It smells a little malty, but no corn like alot of others of it's kind.

T-Clean and Crisp. It is suprisingly malty. No hops at all as far as I can tell.

M-Thin and Watery. Kinda high on the carbonation.

D-Very drinkable. The perfect beer if you are going knock back a bunch at a game or something.

This has become my crap beer of choice. It is Clean and Crisp with a decent taste to it. It is low on calories, has decent alcohol levels, isn't expensive and is really easy to drink. If you want to drink all the way through a double header grab a case and have at.

lawman834, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, born on date of 6/26/07. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Smells like sweet malt and corn. The aroma isn't bad at all, it's non-offensive. Taste is similar to the aroma, tastes like sweet malt and corn, no hops noticable but for a light lager I don't expect to smell any hops either. No offensive flavors at all, although the corn taste is a little strong. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery but finishes clean. However, it's very easy to drink. In the bottle or on tap, it's pretty easy to drink. For the style, it's not bad. It's hard to believe, but if you want a light lager there are certainly a lot worse choices out there.

bluejacket74, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.7/5  rDev +33%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

This stuff pours piss yellow with quite a bit of snow white head,it smells like cardboard,not much taste like crappy bottled water,I'm sure thats what they were going for,too much carbonation and very watery.The upside that I can see is that it's supposed to be good for you(low carb),I could drink as many of these as are left in the fridge (23)...thats why I love BUD SELECT!!!

orangemoustache, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of stagman
1.15/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a pale yellow with absolutely no head. Can't smell anything, and since this is in the Bud Family, I'm not surprised. The rice doesn't little for the malt flavor - there's already very little - and there isn't any hops flavor.

I was supposed to "Expect Everything" from Select, but got absolutely nothing from it. I'd like my money back.

stagman, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of ntillemans
3.48/5  rDev +71.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A staple beer. :)

A: Like any other cheap beer, competently manufactured/processed
S: Smelled nice, better than regular Bud or Coors or High Life, etc....
T:Very malty and sweet. Like candy.
M:Nothing notable for mouthfeel...tingly on the tongue enough to make me feel alive
D:Very drinkable. I could drink this all day long and drink many more without incident.

ntillemans, Dec 11, 2007
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.