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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 PittBeerGirl
1.38/5  rDev -32%
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
1.45/5  rDev -28.6%
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
2.8/5  rDev +37.9%
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
1.9/5  rDev -6.4%
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
2.2/5  rDev +8.4%
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
2.68/5  rDev +32%
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
1.63/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of BadRockBeer
1.68/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color: Oddly bright yellow.
Clarity: Superb
Head Size: 3 fingers
Head Retention: Poor
Head Texture: Flat

Aroma: Sweet, corn / dimethyl sulfide

Taste: The flavor of corn is very prevalent. Otherwise this beer is quite tasteless.

Body: Light
Carbonation: Medium-high
Warmth: Low-Medium
Creaminess: Very Low
Astringency: High

Drinkability: To some this may be the perfect beer. Personally it lacks everything I like in a beer.
Stylistic Accuracy: Good

Photo of mnesporov
1.5/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: A 12 oz brown bottle with a “Born On Date”

Appearance: An extremely pale straw yellow with amazing clarity. Head disappears leaving a thin ugly lace.

Smell: A tiny smell of corn and grain but not much here at all.

Taste: I just don’t understand why some would drink this almost tasteless piece of crap. There is a little grain/corn taste to it but other than that there is not much going on here in this department.

Mouth-Feel: A very crisp very light beer with an extremely dry mouth-feel.

Drink-Ability: Like I said this beer tastes like crap! I tried to be fair but there is just to much lacking here to drink. If I am going to drink a Macro then this will definitely not be the one, stick to something with flavor.

Photo of gmfessen
2.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Donated a double duce for free. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very clear, light golden color. Smell is not very apparent, but is of corn malt and some other off-putting smells. Taste is like the nose with a slight metallic taste and dry finish. Goes down like water, I would actually be impressed if someone could make a "beer" that had less flavor and body than this masterpiece. As I stated, this goes down like water, but I wouldn't buy this beer.

Photo of tesguino
2.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

another piss water from anheuser, its name dont remember that represents, then this beer is a little better than bud and bud light, beers rich in corn and sugar; i try this with mexican totopos in a footbla soccer match, in a pilsner glass off course; but in general i recommended this beer a 55%.

Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fizzy with a little thin cap. Cleat light hay yellow. Spotty lacing.

Almost no smell at all, can't pick anything up but maybe a little bit of adjuncts.

Strong adjunct taste that quickly goes away. Maybe the slightest hop presence, or maybe it's just more adjuncts. Super thin, high carbonation. The finish is very clean with mostly fading grain.

Pretty much your standard Macro Lager. I don't think this is any better than a regular Budweiser. Marketing.

Photo of pweis909
2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It is always difficult for me to review an American macro beer, largely because I am prone to comparing them to some style with flavor and aroma.

The question is, when should I "Select" this beer? When offered to me, by a friend, when other choices are non-existent or flat-out bad.

"Select" is neutral in every way. It's hops and malt character are just sufficient to recognize the product as American lager. It has no aroma that I detected, although I had some aromatic food with it and maybe was not up to smelling anything subtle.

The body is a bit fuller than other macros.

It does quench thirst, and it does not offend in any way except its lack of interesting features.

Photo of f355x3
2.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like your common canned beer when poured. Smells like nothing that I could tell, but had a surprisingly crisp mouthfeel when drinking it.

Was a pretty decent beer to take along camping, a time when you aren't focused so much on quality as you are on quantity.

Photo of mynie
1.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly decent pour, dark gold with a decently retentive head.

Smells like absolutely nothing. I'm really getting a big huff in, here. Nothing. Even tapwater has more of a smell.

Tastes like nothing up front, sour, cheap grain in the back.

Like so many other light lagers, only a vestige of taste remains. As is the case with AB light lagers, that remaining taste is more or less cheap crap. Select is a little better than Bud Lite, though, as it's crapiness is cut dramatically by a nicely crisp mouthfeel.

Photo of treehugger02010
2.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Your average beer. I got this at Prime Time Sports Grill and there was nothing really that select about it. I thought it was very average, very very average. There wasn't any head, if any at all. There was no lace at all. I've struggled to lable the macro smell, and I haven't come up with anything yet, but that's what it smelled like, a macro. The taste was the same, macro. It was a decent beer. It's main saving grace was that it didn't give me a splitting headache like bud light. Don't drink and review.

Photo of megatron0259
2.98/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. Best enjoyed from a bottle, bud select is what I'd describe as a party beer. Something you take to a party since I wouldnt care if someone took a couple bottles since its not very expensive at all. Ive had it in a can, which makes it taste bland and frothy. I was lucky enough to actually find a place that has it on tap, but they served it in a chilled, way too cold, mug, which ruins the taste. The best bet is from a bottle. It looks and tastes like any other budweiser beer, but does have smooth aftertaste as advertised. Its smell is practically nonexistant. Its smooth aftertaste makes it an ideal party beer. Not a bad beer, but its still not a superb beer.

Photo of jmbranum
2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(This review is of the Oklahoma 3.2%ABW/4.0%ABV version that is sold in convenience stores)

Very light golden colored brew with 1/2" white head.

Not horrible, but definitely a macro. The idea here seems to be inoffensiveness, with the malt and hop flavors falling into the background. About the only things that stand out are bit of corn and rice and the funky macrobeer aftertaste.

However, I've had worse in macro beers. It is very drinkable cold and would be worth buying if you're going cheap or are on the Atkins diet.

Photo of Umbra
2.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

We cruised over to a nearby dive bar--the Ponca Bird--to enjoy pit burgers, old stories and cold beer. The Ponca Bird is a place where men are men, women are 20 years past their prime, and the beer is ice cold and crappy. The beer was purchased for me when someone said that I liked "different beer."

Clear, slightly yellow liquid. Barest hints of malts on the nose. Near non-existent flavor.

This is sad, I won't be referring to this as beer. Their attempt to unseat Ultra as the low carb, light lager will probably fail. Hopefully, they will put this swill out of its misery soon

Photo of TheSarge
1.5/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A young friend of mine gave me one of these little turds in a bottle. I was of course skeptical, but actually a bit surprised. The brew had an aftertaste I've never tasted before. I suppose it was a mixture of non malted grains, such as extra corn and rice. However, it seems this is really just a marketing ploy by A-B to give themselves a new edge to the masses. A-B has done a lot in the past to keep American brewing alive, so why can't they adapt to what American beer connoisseurs really want? Full flavored beer! Don't feed me any Michelob Hefeweizen crap please!

Photo of Doomcifer
1.05/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't want to be offensive, but this is probably the worst ber I have ever had.

Appearance - Looks like very carbonated light golden lager with zero head retention. The head is more along the lines of soda, as well as the carbonation.

Smell- What smell?

Taste - What taste? Seriously...At least regular Bud has some semblance of flavor. This supposedly is a step up?! Nope. It seriously has ZERO flavor. THE definition of alcoholic water. Zero aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Soda water.

Drinkability - The drain loves this beer.


Photo of Magpie14
1.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Apperance: thin yellow color...looked like straw stuffed in a glass. Thin soapy head with some lacing

Smell: a grain smell that does not please. Mostly a smell of corn...and more corn

Taste: Oh boy! taste like it smells, some grain and mostly corn. Rather repulsive after a while, a fake unatural sweetness is present. Has a dry crisp and somewhat clean finish

Mouthfeel: it's a light beer very airy and has strong carbonation. I find myself choking it down.

it is drinkable, on a hot warm day or on the golf course? But that is it! This beer was left over from a party and I am not sure what to do with the rest?
Sort of silly really, what do you think the select means? hmmm?

Photo of afinepilsner
2.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can

Budweiser Select was very clear pale yellow color with a white head. The head was quick to fizzle away to a thin ring and completely disappeared before I finished the beer. The aroma was almost nonexistant, But there might be a little grain in there. The taste was very light and crisp with a clean dry finsh. The mouthfeel was very light with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was below average. It's slightly better then Bud Light, but that's not saying much. Avoid.

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