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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 30.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 99 | 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 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
1.65/5  rDev -18.7%
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
1.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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
1.9/5  rDev -6.4%
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
2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
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
2.9/5  rDev +42.9%
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
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
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
1.08/5  rDev -46.8%
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
2.95/5  rDev +45.3%
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
2.6/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.