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Budweiser Select - Anheuser-Busch

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994 Ratings

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 2.04
pDev: 29.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | 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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-13-2004)
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Photo of jwc215


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

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white foamy head that becomes barely a thin covering within a short time. It does leave some lacing.

The smell is thin - almost non-existant. Some vague grain smell is there, but not easily detectable.

The taste is watery and airy. The is a slight touch of sweet malt. No hops are noticeable. Some vague adjuncts come through.

The feel is somewhat dry despite ridiculous amounts of water.

It is less smooth than most macros. It is a lot of water and with a harsh edge that mysteriously arises. This is a below-average macro to say the least. I would take a regular bud over this easily.

Serving type: can

09-10-2006 23:09:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -51%

12-06-2011 18:06:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Halcyondays


2.3/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-07-2008 02:51:11 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of GClarkage


1.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

06/19/05- Had in Montana as a true "lawnmower beer".

Presnetation- 12oz bottle with born on date on the back label. Poured into a pilsner style glass.

Appearance- Light yellow fizzy liquid. Small head at first, gone in a second. No lacing at all.

Smell- Some grain, which did not smell good.

Taste- Very clean and crisp. Not much flavor at all. Almost like carbonated water with a touch of grain thrown in. What taste there is isn't good.

Mouthfeel- Carbonated water mouthfeel. Seltzer at best.

Drinkability- Had to mow a decent size lawn this morning, and figured with all this talk about lawnmower beers, I would give this one a try, just to quench my thirst. Lord knows you can't get Prima Pils in Montana. Ended up pouring out about a 1/3 of it and just having water instead. So, when you have to resort to water....sulfer flavored water, instead of any kind of beer....enough said. Avoid

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 23:10:24 | More by GClarkage
Photo of beernads


2/5  rDev -2%

01-25-2013 10:28:06 | More by beernads
Photo of weeare138


2.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 16:18:26 | More by weeare138
Photo of tempest


2.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Born on 30 July 05

Pours a pale (piss) yellow and has a quickly disappearing head. I do have to give it some props for leaving a little lace, that's always appreciated.

I smell grain, some grain and then some more grain.

Grainy taste with a resemblance to that green-apple bud taste. Maybe a little malt, but that could just be wishful thinking. Fairly light and dry. No complexity to speak of, just a lighter version of your typical slightly sour-tasting macro.

Easy in the mouth and going down. This is touted as a beer without aftertaste and thank god they're right about that.

Not much to say about this. If you want to get drunk and avoid calories for cheap, here's a sure bet. Mo Def better than some similarly priced alternatives, but not something savor.

Best used for beer pong.

Serving type: can

09-21-2005 05:23:13 | More by tempest
Photo of Billolick

New York

1.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ouncer sampled. Born on dating. Pours very light straw, nose is non existant. Taste is ultra thin, Body is watery This is worthless swill. More wasting of decent water by AB. The best feature of this product is the "born on dating " concept. I wish many other brewery case us Beer drinkers that kind of usefull info. Pass this stuff by, support Micro brewers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 01:50:54 | More by Billolick
Photo of oriolesfan4


2/5  rDev -2%

02-18-2013 02:51:46 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Zorro


2/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 01:03:59 | More by Zorro
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.43/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 23:22:28 | More by jdhilt
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -2%

10-22-2013 21:19:16 | More by InspectorBob
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 orangesol


2/5  rDev -2%

03-08-2013 00:07:24 | More by orangesol
Photo of DoubleJ


2.13/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Don't worry folks, I didn't pay for this myself. I visited some folks after my trip to Hollingshead's last night, and this is what they had in the fridge. On to the beer:

One of my favorite quotes from Blazing Saddles is "What is it that ain't exactly earth, and it ain't exactly water? QUICKSAND!" That's where Bud Select falls into at almost every aspect. It's not as interesting as Bud, but better than Bud Light. Flavors are on the light side with a concoction of rice and bubblegum. and not terribly offensive. After that, it has a dry aftertaste. In the end, this beer is just there to grab consumers who are intersted in a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 18:10:17 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Georgiabeer


1/5  rDev -51%

05-12-2014 01:20:18 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Wasatch


2/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 15:11:18 | More by Wasatch
Photo of duceswild


1.5/5  rDev -26.5%

03-15-2012 01:55:36 | More by duceswild
Photo of ejimhof


2/5  rDev -2%

09-19-2013 23:58:15 | More by ejimhof
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.78/5  rDev +36.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-15-2007 02:05:53 | More by plaid75
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:21:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2/5  rDev -2%

11-29-2013 23:28:35 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - copper-gold with a loose, soapy, white head that fades away quickly; huge amounts of carbonation rising to the top like soda

S - grainy, sweet, corn

T - sweet, like, corn, grainy, faint bitter finish

M - crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, light bodied

This is a typical adjunct light lager. It's crisp, lightly flavored (ultimately unoffensive), and goes down easily and quickly. Status quo for adjunct light lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:50:23 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev +22.5%

05-09-2013 05:27:52 | More by Kelp
Photo of Mebuzzard


1.65/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, I gotta say that this was easy drinking. Taste, flavor didn't make much of an appearance, so it was like fizzy water.

And that's what it looks like. Pale yellow with a huge head. Looks light...like water. Water is a good refresher.

Aroma? Not much. What I do pick out is stale straw and socks.

Fizzy feel to it. Taste is watered down Bud. Grainy and musty. Not sure why anyone would drink this. If you want low calories, hit the ice water.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 19:08:54 | More by Mebuzzard
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.