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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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1,021 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.04
pDev: 29.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.

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Photo of woodychandler


1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

"After trying 3 other horrible macro adjunct lagers, you can say Im less than thrilled to try another." - fellow BA MOB210SA

"Oh! The Places You'll Go! You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't. I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups CAN happen to you. You CAN get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You'll be left in a Lurch. You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump. And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done." - Dr. Seuss

When I embarked on the CANQuest, I had no idea just how much macroswill existed in CANs, although I know now. Seeing "Light Lager" or "American Adjunct Lager" in the Style column only reminds me of the Slump part of all of the places that the CANQuest has taken me. And on that note ...

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of foamy, bone-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles that fell like a souffle when the door is banged closed. It did leave some nice lacing as a parting gift, though. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-plus clarity (it gave me X-ray vision, allowing me to see through walls). Nose was an unholy combo of metallic, cereal, and a light lager-ish sweetness as a reminder of what could have been. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a bland, watery taste in the mouth. "Full flavor" read the CAN and yet I found myself wondering, "Full of what?" Finish was equally bland and boring. It is not that this tasted bad or foul, it just did not taste at all. Oof.

Serving type: can

02-13-2010 23:08:02 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jsprain1


1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a straw yellow. No head.
S- Almost no smell whatsoever. Maybe some graininess to it.
T- Not much here at all. Carbonation crispness, maybe a bit of grain taste. Largely... nothing.
M- Thin, but not as much as some light lagers i guess. The intense carbonation feels like it's scrubbing your tongue for you.
D- Like all BMC this beer is made with drinkability in mind. That being said, there are other AB products I prefer if you are sticking to this brand.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 06:47:49 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Overlord


1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 22:02:37 | More by Overlord
Photo of PopeJonPaul


1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This isn't World Select, it's Select. So what's the difference? Heck if I know.

This beer was seriously unimpressive. Thick bone white head on top of what looked like regular Budweiser with extra Yellow No.5. Smelled like...sweat socks. Stronger malt flavor than the regular Bud, heavy corn sugar sweetness and very mild, practically nonexistent hop flavor. Good lacing down the glass, and no aftertaste at all. The "Vitamin Water" of American beer, except without the vitamins. If you want taste..get it somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 01:15:31 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of MSchae1017


1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner glass from a can

This beer pours with a white frothy head with a golden yellow color. The head holds moderately well and laces decently. The smell is quite harsh, not very apealing. It smells of rice and corn. This is probably a worse smell than skunk. There is hardly any taste at all. The taste is harsh like the smell, it is almost chemical. There are worse beers out there though. This beer is overcarbonated, watery, and not smooth at all. This should only be used for beer pong.

Serving type: can

12-12-2005 03:05:23 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of hardy008


1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pale straw color with a thin white head. Not impressive. Smells like some grain and mostly water. Taste the same. Why is this even produced? Mouthfeel is as thin as anything I have had before. Over carbonated. Some metallic aftertaste...from a bottle? Yuck.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 02:44:30 | More by hardy008
Photo of Byeast


1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried one of these. I honestly think there is more taste in bud light! Poured slightly more golden than bud light. Small head. Smells of something. Taste is really just nothing , honestly. It is chuggable though. More so than Bud light Not hard to get down or anything , i just wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 00:59:56 | More by Byeast
Photo of LordofTime25


1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale yellow! Very high carbination rapid disappearing head.

Smells slight hops and some grains very little smell.

Not much flavor at all!

Very watery in the mouth with lots of bubbles from the carbination

Unless you want to drink a lot of over priced beer avoid!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 04:08:56 | More by LordofTime25
Photo of harpo111


1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a nice golden color, nice head..went away fairly quickly.
aroma: not much there, little acidity from the carbonation..but that was it.
taste: very thin. not much hops flavor. Not much flavor.
mouthfeel: thin, some zip from the carbonation..but very thin
drinkablity: not much.
comments: I expected much more. this is supposed to be a "select" beer with more to offer than the average bud. I don't think they hit their mark. This beer has a thin flavor and taste. You could drink a lot of these fast and not really be filled up...almost like a light beer. This one is all hype and marketing and no delivery.
Won't be ordering again...if i have a Bud...it will be a regular one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 13:55:23 | More by harpo111
Photo of bearrunner44


1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow, perfect clarity. Looks like yellowish water.

Smell: Nothing really makes an impression; some light, husky grain is all that's there.

Taste: Somewhat dry, and very crisp. Thin grain, a little cereal-like. It seems like they're trying to mimic Heineken and other Eurolagers with the taste. They got the dry, lightly tanniny taste right, but there's no body to it. Almost no malt flavor, either. It tastes like grassy club soda.

Verdict: Don't bother. You might as well put the beer down and drink a Pepsi instead; the Pepsi will have more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 20:01:44 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of bigdeuce


1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is awful!! I bought this a couple of months ago in the summer cause, if worse comes to worse, I can deal with Budweiser regular. But this is way too thin, missing everything except water. No hop presence whatsoever. No malt presence either. I couldn't figure out what they were trying to accomplish except sell at bars to young drinkers who need to drink 40 beers to get a buzz off this stuff. If you are going anh-busch, stick with Michelob or Bud, if you have to.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 19:01:19 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of soulfly967


1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This poured a crystal clear light yellow color with a small white head. There honestly was not much to the smell, only a few traces of grain. The taste was very weak, with only hints of malt and a bit of hops near the end. What little taste there was vanished quickly. The mouthfeel was very thin, like carbonated water. As for drinkability... its certainly drinkable, but you won't want to drink more than one. I'm not at all impressed with this one, as usual when it comes to AB products.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 16:58:17 | More by soulfly967
Photo of skeetermoses


1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Okay this one is an alright bargain beer, although I some how tend to get headaches when drinking any bud products. I would probably never buy this beer but some one happened to leave it in my fridge. I would imagine this would be a good beer to buy for the kids in front of the convenience store, or even a beer to get a rippin good hang-over. But the enjoyablility is not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 07:57:42 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of witster18


1.9/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2007 17:04:59 | More by witster18
Photo of atigerlife


1.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:03:49 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Jables


1.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Served from twelve oz. bottle

Pours light yellow with effervescent bubblies all over. Bright white, quickly dissipating head rises and falls quickly. Bubbles persist and persist.

Aroma is lightly accented with some sweetness and maybe a hint, nay, a whisper of bitterness. Not exactly promising and perhaps a bit dissappointing from a brew claiming to be heavier on the hops.

Upon drinking I not only find it to be light, but completely void of body. Bud Select is a veritable black hole of body, and you can quote me on that. This bitch sucks the life out of your will to consume lighter beverages for an evening. The mouthfeel demands that you immediately pick up the next decent brew you see and let it coat your mouth to regain feeling in your mouth again. Otherwise you will feel dry and parched like you just walked eight miles through the desert just north of scottsdale in June with a pack and a snakebite.

The flavor is a tad shy of Budweiser. Actually it tastes like Budweiser for the first couple fractions of a second, then flavors of club soda take over for another half a second and then nothing, nothing has flavor until a better beer is consumed. I suspect you could go your whole life without tasting a damn thing after having this. I reckon any food would taste like boiled un buttered potatoes until you had a better beer to coat and re establish your mouth after this.

I've had dry Italian wines that made your tongue feel like a dry sponge, but this is worse, worse to the point of being a punch-line, seriously.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 05:35:51 | More by Jables
Photo of JizackFH

New York

1.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a clear pale golden straw color. It has a small 1-finger pure white head on it. The head falls rather quickly, leaving a little bit of lace behind. There are also some rising carbonation bubbles visible in the glass.

S - It smells of corn adjunct sweetness and grain. It smells pretty much like every other macro adjunct lager out there.

T - The taste here is almost non-existent. Its pretty crazy how little taste there really is. Mostly there is just some watered down corn adjunct sweetness.

M - This has a light body and high carbonation. It goes down like water.

O - This beer is highly drinkable, but that is mostly due to the lack of flavor and water-like consistency. Overall, it's not an offensive beer, it just has no flavor, except corn and some grain. I don't recommend this, it's definitely not worth the money.

Serving type: can

05-02-2011 06:28:30 | More by JizackFH
Photo of ITK4ever


1.93/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As a former AB wholesaler, this to me, tastes like the old Mich Dry recipe re-born in a different package. AB swears by it's clean, fleeting finish and that's exactly what Bud Select gives you...just like the old Mich Dry. Watery pour, yellow...nothing golden about this. Thin white head. Rice and malt in the nose. Hops are not present, although Augie III swears they're in there. Carbonation out the wazoo which leads to the fleeting finish. Not recommended and not just for taste, but the horrific hangover it gave my wife.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 20:16:41 | More by ITK4ever
Photo of Magpie14


1.93/5  rDev -5.4%
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?

Serving type: can

10-15-2006 23:43:02 | More by Magpie14
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


1.93/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Objectiveness right?- as much as I can. I like Bud and Bud light but this is terrible. Very watered down, quite frankly this beer does not have enough of anything that would remotely give off any indelible characteristic. Unfortunaley I purchased a six pack and have lost out on a couple of bucks.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 02:44:49 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I want to give a chance to everyone (even if I expect it would be sh*t.) So, today, here's my Bud Select review.

Apperance: A pale straw yellow colour with an average white head.

Smell: It develops a heavy adjunct aroma like the standard Bud. Not much good to say about it.

Taste: It tastes almost exactly like a regular Bud. Yikes. Also, it got an awful aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a watered down macro with a high carbonation. Really not wonderful.

Drinkability: The good news: At least, it got lower contents in carbs and calories. Also, the label is not that bad. Otherwise, the name tells you all and you knows what to do if what to drink higher quality beer: avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 18:51:27 | More by Barraclou
Photo of lackenhauser


1.93/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ok as an avid Bud fan I felt I owed it to the people (whoever they are) to review this one. Pours a pale golden color with a big head that rapidly receedes. Other then that it looks totally FLAT. No bubbles rising or anything. Aroma-what aroma? Nowhere to be found. Flavor is best described as if Rainman was describing it-"wet,very wet". Other then that-nothing. Fair mouthfeel-thin but theres something there. Overall-forget it. Im a big believer in a place and time for everything but this is sad. Has to be the worst lite beer I have ever tried or been offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 23:47:44 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of JayS2629


1.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Thin straw yellow, fizzy, foamy head that fades fast and leaves spotty lace.

S- Corn, grain, funk, water

T- Same as the nose. Watery, corn, funk, and grain. Sweet undertone, but musty aftertaste.

M- Crisp, refreshing, watery and fizzy

D- Easy to drink like water. Boring and bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 14:01:42 | More by JayS2629
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

1.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Always good to warn a fellow beer drinker when you happen to sip someone else's crappy beer. Tastes mostly like water with a little bit of corn, but more than the corn is a metallic blood flavor. If you were to play some beer pong, I guess this wouldn't be a horrible choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:47:17 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of TenEighty


1.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 18:43:15 | More by TenEighty
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.