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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser SelectBudweiser Select

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1,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 30.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Beerbuddha
1.67/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - it was a watery, clear yellow color.

Smell - None.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated water

Taste - Very watered down, not much taste at all.

Drinkability - None. Would not recommend.

I used to work for AB and they hyped this beer like crazy. Part of their hype was it was a beer with no aftertaste. I happen to like the aftertaste of beer. And "no aftertaste"? More like no taste at all. AND then they told us they were marketing it towards women. OUCH if I were a women I would have been PO'd.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

got one because it was on the menu and I never see this one so what the hell right? Poured a pale golden yellow with a big fizzy white head that faded to just a thin fizzy ring on top. Lots of visible carbonation. Light grain smell, a touch of rice or corn or something else, but very light smell. The taste was ok when ice cold. Very grainy and grassy with a touch of a yeasty property to it. Crisp clean refreshing mouthfeel, perfect for when its hot. This is very drinkable coming out of an ice box when it is very hot. Overall I guess its a little better then normal Bud, I guess. It is still rather bland, but does seem to have somewhat more of a flavor profile to it. At least like they were trying to do something, though it is defiantly in the smae vane as a budweiser. A little darker maybe, but pretty much the same. I figured hell it was better then a corona right? Next maybe get water.

Photo of plaid75
2.76/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light adjunct malt with a smattering of hop.

The taste consisted of a light a mildly sweet partial adjunct grain. The use of rice prevents the beer from acquiring a cloying sweetness. That is a plus with the Budweiser line - no corn.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, yet very thin. There was heavy carbonation.

The beer was very easy to drink. It is what it is - a low carb light beer. It certainly has more flavor than Ultra.

Photo of scottblaze
1.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I really don't know why I didn't give this a straight 1.0. I guess because it wasn't exactly awful but was it ever close, too bad there isn't a 1.1.

I bought an 18 pack (or was it 15?) of this stuff in 16 oz aluminum bottles. "Select" it said on the carton (hmmm.... might be OK), I had never seen or drank it before so the name and fancy bottles tricked me.

Honestly I can't remember the last time a dozen (+or- ) beers lasted 4 weeks in my fridge. No one woud drink it voluntarily so I finally got rid of it through sheer determination. Hell my girlfriend wouldn't drink it and that was my best shot, so as not to get beaten by a beer, I drank it myself (argh).

edit: Somehow another bottle of this found its way into the fridge...was it really as bad as my first experience?...in a word, an emphatic yes, perhaps even worse... my taste # is going to 1. I really can't believe that something this bad is actually presented to the public as beer and "Select" no less.

Photo of daliandragon
1.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't even know where this came from..I assume it's leftover from the weekend barbecue..I don't even know who bought it but I know it wasn't me. I sometimes wonder how AB can just repackage the same corn and rice nonsense over and over and call it something different...and people buy it... I don't get it.

Anyhoo, extremely pale color, lighter than urine, really, with a thin cap of head and tons of visible carbonation. Faint nose of adjunct and sugars. taste is like grainy, mineral touched tap water: almost nothing at all but what is there is poor. Mouthfeel is thin to none. Even if free, this isn't much of a beer at all.

Photo of mshallah
1.8/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz slim can to appeal to the abnoxious and trendy energy drink crowd. Pours very pale yellow with large and unnatural soda-pop carbonation. Is this carbonation really a result of fermentation? Soft drink like smell that is barely there. It's a light sweet smell. Taste has just the slightest hop character to balance the slight sweetness of corn(Is this beer fermented corn-syrup?). I can drink it if there is nothing else, but I'm not proud of it. It's dryer than regular Bud, meaning a more pronounced hop bitterness, but the malt(CORN) character is also much lighter bringing a beer that has a lighter flavor than Bud. WHY?

Photo of Freshie
1.35/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Served in an aluminum bottle at the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach party. Budweiser had a monopoly on the market in terms of beer, as they were the only beer allowed at the party. See, money can get you something.

No cups provided, so I had espy the color from tilting the bottle into the sunlight streaming through city hall plaza. Clear light yellow. A bit bubbly.

Slight smell of malt grain. Very cold even after it was left to sit. Aluminum bottle? I think so.

No real taste to speak of, besides cold. Light hints of malt, and almost no trace of hops.

Of very little redeeming quality.

Photo of robocrouch
1.5/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this at a party. Trust me there was nothing better.

Yellow piss color with no smell and no head

Taste is of metal and corn. If you have had a bud light then you have had this beer before. Down right a waste of time and money on this beer.

Overall there I see no reason to ever buy this beer. I am glad that I got it for free.

Two thumbs down.

Photo of smcreator
2.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Still a bad beer, but will go down and feel much better than Bud Light.

It is slightly smoother and very refreshing if served cold. In fact, this beer tastes like vomit IF it is not served as cold as possible. Don't let it get warm and you will enjoy a refreshing beverage with no great taste.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have this beer from a 10 oz. can , i serve it in a mug it was very cold. The appearence is a light gold color and it has a foamy white head.The smell is hard to find and when you find it is nothing to be impress about. It have a very light light taste ( a lot of carbonation) , it feels good in the mouth, like refresh. This is just another "regular" beer.

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

if your hot enough and thirsty enough
after a day of very hard labor
and your mind is not remembering
tasting beers with real flavor

it is still mild refreshing
with a hint of slight taste

but of course otherwise
the good beer taster must say

do not expect everything
expect very little
could not find hops or any real malt:

suspect a corn grain type riddle

the particular bud skunk of
slight watered battery acid

A-B why do you treat us
like idiotic men?

Photo of shroompod
2.93/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color. Decent head, carbonation is apparent.

Smell has a very muted malt/hop combination, barely perceptible.

This has about as much taste as Budweiser , perhaps a cleaner finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, no residual aftertaste.

Drinkability of this is slightly better than average. A decent lawnmower beer.

Photo of stephendr
2.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle- color of , pale gold , with a decent white head - nose of sweet corn , sour , very mild hops , malt , metallic , and bubblegum – taste of corn , sour , earthy (not the good type) , malt , and some bitterness - body is light (watery) , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of grass , sweet /sour , and soap

Photo of Beerman420
2.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Really the only good thing about this beer, in my opinion, is when it was buy one get free 24 oz bottles at Brothers Bar. Other than that I would not buy this beer again. Watery Corn Juice and a shot of beer, that's about it.
A - Watery, clear yellow. Very unappealing beer in a glass.
S - What smell? Take 'em back and you'll get drunk, eventually.
M - Like gargling club soda, not appealing by any means.
T - Same as above, you can hardly tell it's beer. Corny, watery crap.
D - Oh yeah I took 'em back that night, it's easy if you don't mind pissing all night.

Overall bottom 15% for quality. I could see drinking it on a hot day after mowing the lawn, or when they're on special at your local bar and you are looking to drink a lot. Other than that nah, not a top choice.

Photo of prototypic
1.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It arrived a clear yellow to golden color with a foamy one finger head. Virtually no retention or lacing.

Smell: It mostly corn and grains. Smell is nearly non-existent though. Very difficult to pick up much of anything.

Taste: No surprises. Mostly a watered down earth taste with some corn flavors thrown in. There is a hint of hops in there, but it's far from impressive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Easy enough to drink. Bad taste really spoils the drinkability though. Overall, it's not good. I think it's a step above Bud Light. But, I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of hckyfn9999
2.37/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with a nice white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a good amount of lace. Pretty decent looking. Aroma is of slightly sweet malt and a bit of grain. Not much there really, and what is there isnt that great.

Taste is a bit fruity, sort of apple like and some grainy sweetness. Again not much here. This beer is crisp and pretty clean with a nice carbonation level, and is definitely light bodied. Not that great, as one would expect.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
1.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-not bad. yellow in color but darker than most light beers

S- eh. nothing special. some malt. I guess if you tried hard enough you can smell some hops too.

T- most light beers are completely unoffensive to the palate. this is not the case. It had a fairly strong bitter (but not a good bitter) taste and the nasty aftertaste stuck
D- its not. its hard to finish one of these let alone ever drink another. My choice in AB light lagers is definately Bud Light.

Photo of kajerm
1.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours clear, fizzy, and yellow.

The dominant notes in the aroma are:
1.) water
2.) shitty beer
3.) macro lager.
The only good thing I can say about it is that I couldn't taste any adjuncts. Or much of anything, really.

Photo of happygnome
2.78/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"enjoyed" at a Minnesota Wild hockey game out of a plastic bottle poured into a plastic cup

a: average macro yellow white head dispears fast
s: average macro adjunct smell notes of malt and hop presence
t: watery but malt and hope presence is more noticiable than other AB beer
m: light bodied

overall this is an ok beer, better than both bud and bud light but nothing to write home about

Photo of witster18
1.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours with a decent head....no nose ....no taste ....no lacing ...no beer? I wasn't aware this was only 99 calories...you'd think they would harp on that a little more.... but even in the light catagory...this is subpar. A hint of malt and hops but to the untrained palate... this might as well be yellow carbonated water. If you must go AB stick with the Michelob products.

Photo of Neehan
1.55/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Brought to me in a pint glass. This beer had the apperance of urine if you were dehydrated. Very little head, but hints of retention, its only redeeming quality. The taste was as advertised... "clean" yes so clean that it's hardly there. The mouthfeel was very weak, incredibly watery with a slight burn of carbonation on the finish. Never again.

Photo of rkuhnel
2.22/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This came from a 12 oz bottle. This one poured light yellow and was very watery. There was no head. Flavor is light malts and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was clean and fresh, and there was not much of a finish. This was actually not too bad for a light beer if you drink it really cold.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.65/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale yellow color, looks like a regular bud in color, smell is nearly nonexistent maybe some hops in there but thats it. taste is less than average nothing makes this beer stand out, nothing makes it awful though either. mouthfeel is less than average aswell, all this being said i can, and have drank this stuff all day long, be it at a nascar race or at a bbq, its good enough to drinkall day long, but not something i'd want to take over a huge multitude of other beers

Photo of pmcadamis
1/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Boring plain-ole macro lager piss yellow color with a thin cap of wispy dishsoap bubbles. Even the thin cap goes away within a minute to leave only a collar of fizz.

S - None.

T - A slightly sour hint of hop bitterness that tastes like a drop of pale ale has been added to a glass of water.

M - Fizzy and carbonated. Extremely watery.

D - Avoid at all costs.

Photo of awester462
1.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Once again with the macros.

This is a bad attempt for budweiser to redeem themselves for the original budweiser.

It's straw colored yellow, the smeel isn't noteworthy, and the taste is severly lacking.

I would only reccomend drining if there was nothing else to drink.

Lots of people buy it so somebody likes it, whether it be marketing or opinion...probally marketing.

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Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.