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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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393 Reviews

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 1,223
Avg: 2.13
pDev: 51.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 237 | 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:
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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Reviews: 393 | Hads: 1,223
Photo of Zorro
2.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 OZ bottle with a "Born on Date" of 17Feb05, 8 days old. This is as good as this beer is ever going to get.

Color is ultra clear extra pale yellow with a bit of a white head.

Smell is strong sweet corn and some grain with a detectable hop scent.

Taste is a little bit of corn sweetness and a faint sourness; very mild herbal hop hint and no bitterness. Really there isn't much flavor here.

Mouthfeel isn't there it is seltzer water.

This is drinkable in the same sense that water is drinkable, not much there to offend. This probably does taste a bit better than Budweiser Light does but there just isn't anything here for a beer advocate.

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Photo of weeare138
2.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale gold with a creamy 1 finger head that fades into a film. Tiny spots of lacing is left around the glass. Huge, chunky carbonation bubbles rise to the top.
Smell is of a typical adjunct lager with cornhusk and corn syrup coming through.
Taste is about the same as the aromas...only worse. Not much flavor at all. Mild amounts of watered down corn syrup and some light pils-like malt is about all I'm getting.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a mild skunky finish.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bud Select is much better than regular Bud....at least to me. But common...lets face it....there is not much a brewery can do to mix up an american style adjunct lager. Its pretty basic....appearance is yellow/gold...with decent carbonation and head to start and then if fades quickly. Smell and taste contain grain/barley and some hops. Mouthfeel is fine...its not gross tasting...but its not noteworthy. Overall its drinkable in a pinch. I wounder if roles were reversed...meaning IPAs were as marco as adjunct and the general population trying the adjunct for a first time if reactions to this style would be different.

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Photo of plaid75
2.76/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a one-finger white froth from the bottle being straight up, this fades quickly and there is no lace. Clear very pale amber color. Nose is not there for me, at least it is not skunky like so many from the macros. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Starts with a slight sweetness no detectable hops, watery finish. I would rather drink water than spend money on this "beer". $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Tone
2.2/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, clear yellow with no head/retention/lacing. Smells very weak, but you can still pick up on adjuncts in a watery lager. Fits the style well enough. Tastes of adjunct in lager, but very weak body overall. It is smooth and crisp though. Overall, wow this is barely beer at all - not recommended.

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Photo of tone77
2.7/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some maltiness. Taste is, uh, missing for the most part. Crisp and flavorless. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is good, great for drinking games. Overall this is a fairly unimpressive beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a gas station on a lark in a 24 oz. can. The color is pale yellow, head is just a tiny layer of foam. The aroma is a typical macro beer light sweetness. Nothing special going on with the taste either, just light malts and adjunct sweetness with a very clean finish. I guess drinkability is okay, this doesn't have any off-tastes and is refreshing enough. I wonder, with Bud Light already on the market was there really any reason to release Bud Select.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.65/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 24 fl. oz. can marked 27 JUN09-WB07. Sampled on August 3, 2009. The pour is an ultra carbonated pale yellow with about an inch thick puffy white head. The smell is of corn, grain, and a glimmer of hops and not quite as metallic as its older brother Budweiser regular. The mouthfeel is fairly thin. The taste is slightly hopped and grassy but not as horrible as other reviewers have noted and it leaves no aftertaste. It goes down pretty quickly like water.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.68/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I really cannot tell a difference between this and Bud Light. Maybe a bit more carbonation but that is it. Pours light golden with a decent head that does not last very long. Taste is pretty much water with faint hints of corn and alcohol. Just not enough character to satisfy my tastebuds. Only good thing is the "born on date". I wish other breweries would do this!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.2/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured out an ugly straw yellow color, barely distinguishable as beer. It did form over 1" head though, and the lacing and retention were decent.

Aroma was that bland rice and beechwood aging staleness.

Taste is about what bud light has going for it, lots of carbonation, little in the way of barley, hops or alcohol. Lots of water. Mouthfeel is just like carbonated water with a little more bitterness. Some corn sugar like flavoring in the water. Really doesn't taste like what I've come to know as beer for the last 20 years.

I can't even see drinking this if you're on a diet. You're gonna have to drink a ton of them, which kind of defeats the point I would think.

No purpose.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.03/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, born on date of 6/26/07. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Smells like sweet malt and corn. The aroma isn't bad at all, it's non-offensive. Taste is similar to the aroma, tastes like sweet malt and corn, no hops noticable but for a light lager I don't expect to smell any hops either. No offensive flavors at all, although the corn taste is a little strong. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery but finishes clean. However, it's very easy to drink. In the bottle or on tap, it's pretty easy to drink. For the style, it's not bad. It's hard to believe, but if you want a light lager there are certainly a lot worse choices out there.

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Photo of Brad007
1.4/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a standard clear yellow color with a nice head. Aroma is bland with corn adjunct standing out more than anything. Taste is much of the same, sort of dull and harsh with an unimpressive backbone. Good for a lawnmower beer but unimpressive in general.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.2/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I don't see the point of this brew. It is advertised as the "select" hops and barleys, or something like that. There's nothing here. It isn't as big (or swillish) as Bud and is heavier than Bud Light (no pun intended), but there's nothing here. The smell is faint of these so-called select hops, and the taste is like Bud but with more water. It goes down smooth, real smooth, and I think this is just a chug beer being advertised as something better than it is. For the price not worth it. I can get watery chug beers lacking flavor that are cheaper.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.42/5  rDev +60.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this the other day while drinking with my non craft buddy. His little 2 year actually was his beer bitch running to get these all day so it made me reconsider kids for a split second. Anyway, drank directly from the can, going old school...The aroma actually isn't that bad, its lightly skunky but more sweet corn and some hops come through...The taste was better than expected as well, slightly skunky but really just light sweetness with hops. I crushed one of these and would drink a few of these if I had too, not bad.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The clears the 12-ounce brown bottle a limpid light gold color with a portly bright white frothy head, the lace a fine coating upon the glass. Archetypal lager nose, sweet malt and little else, start is lightly sweet with a light but present grain profile, the top light. Finish is strikingly acidic, the hops light but there at least, very dry aftertaste, in all fairness, and it is what it is an everyday lager.

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Photo of barnzy78
1.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

12oz can, left over from my sister-in-law's farm wedding. I'm not sure why the groom chose this because he is a beer guy. Not surprising that there were 22 left of the 24 pack he bought. I took one for review purposes and left the rest for someone else to drink at the farm. Can is date stamped 04JUN14.
L - golden with a thin, fizzy, white head thay dissipates to nearly nothing very quickly.
S - not much for aroma: sweet, corn, grass
T - watery beer? Beer flavored water? Flavor is weak and rather nauseating. Adjunct lager flavors of grass, cereal, corn.
F - thin as water, adequate carbonation, clean finish
O - just not worth brewing or drinking 99 calories of watery brew. I get that this is something people go for, but it's not for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is a typical yellowish-amber like any number of American lagers. Aroma is not strong and just a little malty. Flavor is OK, better than other mega-brewed light lagers, but that is not saying much! Smooth, not complex, it is a good party beer but not much fun for a serious connoisseur.

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Photo of ZAP
1.06/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

As bad a brew as I've had from one of the major breweries....I thought this would be "added" flavor being it was "select"...it is not....it has little flavor and what flavor it does have is nasty...it literally tastes like I took a glass of water...dropped an ounce of Bud Light into and mixed it up...this has no redeeming qualities. I'd take a host of light beer over this that have more flavor....the worst purchase I have made in many years...stick to regular Bud if you like AB Macros..

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.23/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Is "Select" the new "Ice"? Pale yellow and bubbly with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Faint musty hops aroma, or maybe I imagined it. Seltzer-water character with no real flavor present. Don’t they use the word "bold" somewhere in the advertising? Right. The finish is equally tasteless. This beer is DOA.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – This Light Lager looks just like it should. It is a light yellow in color and crystal clear with a nice, white head that came up an inch or so then dissipated rather quickly.

Smell – The grain here is typical American and very light. There’s also a nasty kind of sweetness here that seems a bit much.

Taste – The American grain comes off more like lemon-lime soda then malts. The sugars are vegetal and, contrary to the advertisement on the bottle, linger through a long, interminable finish.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and highly carbonated. The “crisp, clean, refreshing finish,” promised by AB and required by the BJCP is absent.

Drinkability – I enjoy a good Light Lager, but this just didn’t cut it. It wasn’t refreshing, it had a long sweet finish, and the sugars were on par if not bigger than the malts.

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Photo of mynie
1.82/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Suds
2.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a couple of these on tap, over dinner during a trip this week. With little else to choose from, I thought that this would be an interesting brew to try. The beer is extraordinarily light colored with a fizzy, soda-pop head. Not much in the aroma department: cereal grain and carbonic fizz…that’s about it. The beer is lighter and has less taste than traditional Budweiser. It’s like a grain flavored water. Some hops in the finish, which is watery and hollow. Serious disappointment.

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Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.