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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.04
pDev: 30.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 51 | 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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TheBierBand

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev +4.4%

So.... this is the best they've got?? I expected something superior to the standard Bud.... but all they did was take any personality that bud had (which ain't much).... and remove it! This beer is not even as good as their standard offering.

Pours about the same as regular Bud. Rapidly forming head that dissipates immediately. No Lacing.

The smell is bland... nothing there.

The taste is similer to a mass produced lite beer. No hoppiness, no malt.

I expected something a little more than this.... after all it's called SELECT!

Their marketting department must've been trying to sucker in us beer snobs but it'll only work once.... I'll never get it again... anybody need 23 cans?

10-11-2006 23:33:37 | More by TheBierBand
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zeff80

Missouri

2.31/5  rDev +13.2%

A -Pours out a pale yellow. Highly carbonated. Small, short-lived head.

S - It actuallt smells like there are some hops. Corn smell is also present.

T - The hop flavor comes through. It isn't great but not bad. The malt and corn flavor is also there.

M - It was crisp and sharp It was light, though.

D - As far as light beers go, it isn't too bad. It actually has some flavor.

09-26-2006 03:45:36 | More by zeff80
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shirfan

New York

1.55/5  rDev -24%

Appearance is medium-yellow with a passable head of average longevity.

Aroma: very faint grain and nothing more.

Taste: The label claims this is "distinct and flavorful beer with a bold taste that finishes clean". It would be hard to claim something further from the truth, except perhaps the clean part.

This literally tastes like nothing. It's not a watery, adjunct-tasting bad beer, it is the complete devolution of beer. Mildly alcoholic carbonated water. Zero malt. Zero hops.

I want to give this all ones for being such an abomination, yet it does have an average appearance and is easily drinkable, although not enjoyable.

I would *love* to swap some Arrogant Bastard into these bottles and unleash them on unsuspecting bar patrons. They would probably burst into fire.

09-15-2006 21:31:58 | More by shirfan
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TechMyst

Illinois

1/5  rDev -51%

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: bottle
FRESH: y
PURCHASED @: Hilanders
COST: 5/6pack
HEAD: minimal
LACE: none COLOR:yellow
AROMA: lager
MOUTHFEEL: light
TASTE: how is this different than bud light?
COMMENTS: marketing ploy

CONDITIONS: MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n WITH FRIENDS- n SIPPING- n GET MY BUZZ ON- n

09-14-2006 05:57:34 | More by TechMyst
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ghostmech007

Virginia

1.68/5  rDev -17.6%

Pale yellow, good clarity with a thin bone white lacing.

This smelled vaguely of grain … that's it.

I would say that this is offensive to me, don't even offer it to me. It tasted very dry and very light bodied. A bite at the beginning and a soft grain husk and that was it. I had one sip in my mouth for twenty seconds and still nothing. Even if I thought that there was something there it wasn't.

Absolutely awful. I was very offened that my friends got me this.

09-13-2006 20:01:30 | More by ghostmech007
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -2%

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white foamy head that becomes barely a thin covering within a short time. It does leave some lacing.

The smell is thin - almost non-existant. Some vague grain smell is there, but not easily detectable.

The taste is watery and airy. The is a slight touch of sweet malt. No hops are noticeable. Some vague adjuncts come through.

The feel is somewhat dry despite ridiculous amounts of water.

It is less smooth than most macros. It is a lot of water and with a harsh edge that mysteriously arises. This is a below-average macro to say the least. I would take a regular bud over this easily.

09-10-2006 23:09:53 | More by jwc215
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DrinkinBoy

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev +21.6%

After being poured it had a decent head with little retention. Its a fairly clean looking gold with noticeable carbonation.

The smell was faint, but smelled just like your average beer.

It had a lack of flavor, but was crisp and clean. Had a sweet taste with a slight bite.

The beer was light and watery, with a high feel of carbonation. Somewhat refreshing.

Bud Select is easy to drink. Its has a bit more taste than soda water, but not much.

09-08-2006 19:17:42 | More by DrinkinBoy
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IntriqKen

California

2.35/5  rDev +15.2%

Fills the glass with an extremely pale crystal clear yellow and moderate white head that disappears far too quickly.
Aroma is sort of sweet and orange citrus. Extra hops seem present in this brew.
Ice cold taste was immediately refreshing...cooling (It's 100 degrees at the ball park tonight)...bright, bright citrus and lots of tiny carbonation to create a dry finish.
Ohhh, oh...
Don't know what happened...beer warmed...mouth woke up...I don't know, but now half way through the glass and this has become very disappointing. Watery....thin mouthfeel....very little flavor. What happened to the hops I definately saw in the beginning.?
I no longer find this drinkable. Sad...I was really enjoying the first couple of sips as something unusual and unique.

09-08-2006 04:46:08 | More by IntriqKen
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev +48.5%

12 oz bottle, born on 17 Jul 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pale yellow and clear with a 1 inch bright white foamy head, quickly fizzles away, laces like swiss cheese

S—sweet grains, wheat, corn, rice, mild and not very impressive

T—not much for flavor and therefore nothing really offensive, some mild grains, very crisp and clean, a touch sweet

M—thin and watery, crisp and clean, lightest body, good carbonation

D—It is what it is, a macro lager that is lacking overall. However, it’s light and refreshing and probably my choice when drinking a macro brew.

09-05-2006 01:32:30 | More by hanco005
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BuffaloBilly

New York

2.48/5  rDev +21.6%

I was at a party, and the usual bud light drinking crowd hosted, and I suppose they got caught up in the hype and bought "budwesier select". It's light bodied, crisp and dry. It tastes better than budlight, more flavor, hops and less aftertaste. This is just a marketing beer, not worth it and it seems like its time has already passed.

08-25-2006 01:42:22 | More by BuffaloBilly
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rodrot

North Carolina

1.98/5  rDev -2.9%

This beer poured a very pale yellow color with a one finger head that disappeared quickly. Aroma was slightly malty with a little bit of that vegetable adjunct smell mixed in. Taste was typical for a light macro lager- very light malt flavor, barely perceptable hop character and some corn flavors mixed in. Mouthfeel was very thin, watery and bland. Drinkability was low for me due to the almost total absence of taste. At least I didn't pay for this. I'll take a Sam Adams Light or Amstel Light over this any day. Not recommended.

07-31-2006 14:41:36 | More by rodrot
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev +44.6%

Okay, a macro review ... pours a medium/light golen color with a decent stark white head with good retention. Lots of lacing in the pilsner glass. Nose is predominantly of roasted malts. Just a slight hop presence, but nothing to write home about. Palate is a little bit more hoppy than a standard bud and tastes a bit more balanced in it's malt/hop profile. Mouthfeel is light, of course, with just a tad of hop bitterness remaining. Still a typical malt heavy macro overall. Not a topnotch beer, but maybe better by a nose than most light lagers.

07-31-2006 00:07:29 | More by beerphilosopher
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scottoale

California

1.78/5  rDev -12.7%

From a 24oz. can with a born on date on the bottom pours a light yellow straw colored water with a non-lasting thin white head.

The smell didn't really exist when served cold, as it warmed it smelled sweet and corn adjunct-like, more so than malted barley.

The flavor is sweet, sickly and rather horrible. It too sweet and dusty metallic for the most part and as it warms, it becomes very un-drinkable.

Mouthfeel? Water feels much better.

Light, if any body, fair carbonation...regular Bud almost puts this stuff too shame. I opted to "select", throw the last 12ozs. away...seriously!

07-18-2006 22:30:41 | More by scottoale
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cooncat

Ohio

2.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Serving from a 12 oz. longneck.

The pour produced a very light gold colored brew, with small white head and minimal lacing (if any). I tried to get a sense of the nose, but could detect nothing .. I had my nose so far into the glass I thought I would be snorting the stuff, but no aroma was detected. My first taste was much like the last .. very disappointing, in that it had no remarkable taste. A VERY light maltiness, typical of lagers was detected, but where are the hops they talk about in the commercials? This is, indeed, a very light lager. Its a 'light' without the nomenclature. To end on a positive note, I will say that it is, in my opinion, better than 'standard Bud', for whatever that is worth. In my opinion, not worth the extra bucks. They'd be better spent on a Micro .. or even a Pete's Wicked.

Cheers

07-10-2006 10:27:08 | More by cooncat
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maniac

Virginia

1.48/5  rDev -27.5%

Appearance was a pale golden color with a frothy white head.
Aroma of lightly sweet grain.
Flavor was barely noticable, just some very light honey and hints of grain.
The boring lack of taste is still better than the horrid taste of some of their other products.

06-27-2006 19:59:08 | More by maniac
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palffyfan

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance - Pale yellow with lots of bubbles. Succeeded in forming a third-inch head that looked very soapy.

Smell - Soapy smell...is A-B they trying to copy Coors Light?..Leaves a lot to be desired...

Taste - Budweiser, but with a soapy smell. I'll give Taste a 3 as I did for Bud, but I have to lower the grade on the smell, because everytime you try to take a sip, you get a wiff of soap.

Drinkability - Nothing Select about this brew. Stick with regular Bud if you're a fan of that beer.

06-27-2006 03:03:10 | More by palffyfan
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Sosh

Indiana

1.73/5  rDev -15.2%

This beer made me angry. I wasn't expecting it to be good, I wasn't expecting to like it, but I did expect it to be at least different. I didn't care how, or what exactly was going to be different, but just something that distinguished it from Bud or Bud Light. Unfortunatley, I had no idea what this beer was trying to be. Has anyone ever drank this and thought to his or herself "Wow, this is a new idea." No, this beer is all about marketing, they put the same fucking beer in a different bottle, and I see people everyone ordering this crap.

06-25-2006 18:29:58 | More by Sosh
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jasonjlewis

Texas

1.27/5  rDev -37.7%

I would be nicer and say this was easy to drink, cause most light beers are, but this was just bad tasting, and it didn't even have much flavor. It's like bud light with a little twang, barely just touches your front taste buds, i like a beer to go a little further back on my tongue.
This beer sucks. There is no aftertaste cause it attacks the front taste buds. Seriously i monitor what taste buds are active when i drink.
This beer is thin, has no smell, and tastes like crap. I could barely drink it.

06-25-2006 03:15:28 | More by jasonjlewis
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assmasterson

Missouri

1.7/5  rDev -16.7%

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Just about as thin as it gets. Barely yellow with a whole lot of carbonation when it is first opened.

Smell - Basically nothing. If you concentrate it may smell like a beer. Iced tea has a stronger smell than this.

Taste - Pretty bad. Overly bitter, but a fairly clean finish. Pretty rough to drink when cold, downright hard to drink when cool.

Mouthfeel - Beer or water? There's bubbles to tell the difference, but there is no stickyness whatsoever. Again, very thin.

Drinkability - You might be able to drink a few on a hot day, but any other time should be avoided. More of a headache-giver than a beer.

This being "Select" and the pride of a company is downright comical. And that is coming from someone who lives near St. Louis.

06-14-2006 20:31:12 | More by assmasterson
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JayTheFinn

California

1.75/5  rDev -14.2%

There's just so little smell and taste. It's hard to describe nothing. I guess there's a bit of a corn taste. It looks as pale and thin as it smells and tastes. The mouthfeel is super light like water. This is incredibly drinkable for it's water-like qualities, but the utter lack of desire to drink this nearly flavorless beverage makes me bring down the drinkability score to a 3.

06-10-2006 22:20:33 | More by JayTheFinn
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rabsten

West Virginia

2.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle into a pint glass. Pale yellow, thin head. Carbonated as a soft drink. No lacing at all.

Smell, well, there was almost no smell. Slight malt, I suppose.

Identical in flavor to Bud Light. I mean, dead on. I tried one after the other to make sure. The. Same.

Bubbly beer with carbonation bouncing in the mouth. Not what I want in a beer. Not very dinkable either. The overcarbonation left me feeling somewhat bloated.

Bottom line: AB has spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing and marketing this mess. Why? Avoid it. At least Bud Light is drinkable.

06-02-2006 21:21:57 | More by rabsten
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

2.08/5  rDev +2%

12 oz brown bottle. Label claims to have a "bold taste". Pours out a bit darker than I expected but still your basic yellow straw. Good size white head seems to stay. Smell seems light and crisp. Some malt and something a bit grainy. Not much for hops.

Taste is much as I expected. Very light in body and mouthfeel. A tiny bit of malt can be detected if you search but still mostly corn flavors. The hops are a stretch as well. After the first couple of sips it really fads to nothingness.

I think they may need to try and "Select" a few other things and give it another go. I would like to taste more malt and def more hops in the ending and smell.

05-26-2006 22:09:16 | More by CharlesRiver
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nortmand

Virginia

1.53/5  rDev -25%

Straw yellow, white head.

Old hay smell. Vinegar.

Slightly less flavor than club soda. Ass-ftertaste

Over carbonated, not in a good way.
OK, so this beer has fooled millions into thinking they are drinking good beer. Which is cool, if lack of flavor = better.

05-25-2006 21:52:41 | More by nortmand
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kdmorse

California

1.78/5  rDev -12.7%

Served frosty cold, to numb the taste buds...

A: Bubbly and yellow. Two fingers of head when poured hard. Head disappears quickly.

S: Painfully sweet, corn malt. Repulsive bitter scent. Can't stand to stick my nose in this any more.

T/M: Water? Hints of malt. Whispers of hops. No flavor to note. Light and watery in the mouth. Carbonation is appropriate.

D: Easy drinking. Could drink all day/night, but wouldn't want to. Great beer for college/binge drinking. Looks classier than Bud/Bud Light, but is worse.

05-25-2006 01:46:42 | More by kdmorse
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

1.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Got this at the grocery, I was curious and it was on sale.
Appearance - I like the can, but the beer is super pale yellow. Few bubbles.
Smells light and airy, maybe a little hint of wet rice.
The can states it has a 'Bold Taste'. For a bud product this may be true, while in general there is little to no taste/flavor at all. It does very clean.
Mouthfeel is thin, almost like water but a tad sticky.
I find it to be more drinkable than regular Bud.

05-23-2006 20:25:28 | More by hungryghost
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.