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Budweiser Select 55 - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser Select 55Budweiser Select 55

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 551
Avg: 1.74
pDev: 73.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  2.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsh420 on 09-09-2009

Select 55 is brewed with specialty malts and a blend of imported and domestic hopping. Select 55 has a light golden color and offers aroma notes of toasted malt and subtle hopping.
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Photo of WesMantooth
1.51/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

55 calories? I thought it tasted like 50, tops. It is better than Mich Ultra, but so is the water you would squeeze out of a wet cardboard box that a cat pissed in.

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Photo of Roguer
2.46/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Fairly dark orange appearance; looks like cider. Good sized white head, slightly wispy, with poor retention; quickly fades to mere residue and glass lining.

Muted corn aroma with herbal, floral hop notes. Not overly malty and sweet.

Flavor is as watery and thin as the body. However, it's not without a decent bite to it. Light caramel grains, a little sweet - but again, not as bad in this respect as its kin - and a crisp hoppiness fighting to be noticed.

Thin body, lively in a seltzer water kind of way, with an oily, lingering, cloying finish. Altogether leans toward unpleasant.

Simply put, I've had worse beers, even masquerading as craft. This is overall not that terrible, and is far more drinkable than its AAL brethren - even those made by the same company. The extremely low ABV is, for some, a selling point; I would prefer more body and take the caloric hit.

Still, as with all AALs: drink it cold. Opening up is not something you want from this brew.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Look - Drank straight from the can so I don't know.

Smell - brings me back to the first time I had regular Bud select. Smells like corn flake cereal and nothing more.

Taste - It would be like taking stale corn flakes and putting them in a bowl of water and letting it sit over night before consuming.

Feel - Light bodied, low carbonation. Watery.

Overall - As IGN said, " Too much water ".

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Photo of mamaraza
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this one at a minor league hockey game. Was basically water. If someone gave me a blind taste test with this and a bottle of water I would say this was the water 4 out of 10 times.

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Photo of Cisco680
1.06/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Really to call this beer is an insult to beer. Quite honestly even given the lousy beer Budweiser produces these days, this one takes the cake. This is the most watered down beer I have ever tasted. I find myself adding things to it just to give it a taste. I would write about the taste if it had one. To give this a review on flavor would be like giving a review on the taste of water. True it only has 55 calories, and it tastes like it. I would just as soon not drink than drink this stuff. Really.

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Photo of DrainBamage
1.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a surprising dark copper color, but no head whatsoever. Smells like pretty much all other adjunct lagers. Goes down real smooth, only because there is no flavor or hops, a tad dry though. If you want to drink a lot of beer with no taste this is the beer for you.

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Photo of wvofficer
1.5/5  rDev -13.8%

It pretty much tastes like water but I suppose that is what you get with a 55 calorie beer. It is a good bargain for people that like the taste of beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.24/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I have one of these left sitting lonely at the back of the fridge. Thought I'd take time to give it a fair shot.

Appearance - Very small ring of head that vaporizes almost instantly. A simple ring of carbonation is left at the top. The body is absolutely clear, and straw in appearance. Read a novel through it.

Smell - Stale cornbread, malts, and mildewy barn grain. Some artificial adjunct dextrin, as well. Bouquet is very weak.

Taste - Very cornbready. Stale malt and corn husks. Mostly just malt and seltzer water. A slight hint of overripe cherry tomato.

Mouthfeel - Very fizzy. Refreshing though. Easy to drink if you're guzzling it down for hydration.

Overall - Budweiser 55 shouldn't be looked at as a total failure. It's the lowest calorie beer in existence and still manages to have some balance. I don't mind these once in awhile, and you can have at least 4 or 5 before you feel anything. Great beer for when you want to have a lot with friends but need to sober up quick and drive home afterwards. It's cheap and available and won't raise your cholesterol. It's a nice option to have, so thanks A-B.

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Photo of TheCondor
1.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

While I am still questing to knock out as many of the Beers of Fame as I possibly can, it is also interesting to review the Bottom of the Barrel beers, the anti-Beers of Fame. These are some the most awful beers known to mankind. I will not put as much effort into these reviews as I would a legitimate brew, but it is still fun nonetheless.

This beer pours the color of watered down urine. Side poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Has a nasty, soapy head that goes from huge to nonexistent very quickly. Smells like metal shavings. Tastes like it looks, I wish it tasted like it smelled. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, almost nonexistent. Overall, a terrible attempt at making beer drinking a healthy past time. Just like turkey bacon sucks, so does this beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Okay, I enjoy a light beer from time to time as well, but if you are looking to get your beer calories as close to water as possible, just drink water. This beer is pointless, half the calories, half the alcohol, and less than half the flavor.

Will never ever ever seek out. Was only tasted because it was a freebie.

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Photo of DanielMB
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This tastes like some sort of slightly alcoholic, grainy water. It is the most tasteless beer I have ever encountered. If you want to avoid carbs and calories, and also like lower alcohol levels, and also do not care AT ALL about taste, than this is your beer. If you care about taste, this is simply not on the table.

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Photo of cbutova
1.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Continuing on my quest to taste some of the Bottom of the List beers after a Memorial Day Weekend of superb quality brews.

A- Poured from the clear 12oz bottle to a pint glass with a translucent, pale golden body. A white cap begins to form atop the beer but fizzes out just as fast to a tiny ring. No lacing.

S- Opens up with some grain, corn and yeast notes here but fades after about two or three sips to almost nothing. Some lager yeast and adjunct funk comes out with warming.

T- Beyond the actual seltzeresque flavor of carbonation there is a faint note of corn, lager yeast, bread and light fruits.

MF- Perhaps the thinnest and most soda-like feel I have found in a beer so far. Somewhere between seltzer and soda with a watery texture. Carbonation very high and it burns the palate as there is no texture to smooth it out.

This doesn't offend me with bad flavors but it offends me because there is nothing here in flavor or body. I suppose that might be a result of stripping almost all calories out of the brew but it is not good in any way. Just a strangely unique yet terrible mouthfeel as well, it feels as if the beer was never on the palate after a sip.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nope. Was given to me for free and I drank it after work. Would have gotten the same experience out of tap water. No color, rice smell, and very little to come by in the way of taste. It didn't make me wretch like some people on this site would say, but I would never buy this beer, nor would I recommend.

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Photo of BierStein711
2.83/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle was not poured into a glass. There's no sense in that for this type of beer.

Golden yellow color, transparent head, that disappears within a minute, high carbonation

Taste: Rice, and grassy hay

Mouthfeel: Soda

Smells: Rice Soda

Overall, this is a no frills light beer. I'd have it over others of the type.

I doubt it would ever be in my fridge.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.88/5  rDev +123%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-crystal clear light gold with a snow white head that vanished fast
S-sweet grain, not sure if I smell hops, if I do it is very small
T-sweet grain taste with no hop bitterness, with the sweet grain taste that just stays with you
M-very light and high carbonation
O-What i expected is what I got. This beer is great for many that want to have a beer and be able to drink beer all night. It would be great at a party, and to drink on a summer day while I was grilling.

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Photo of TheChrisK
1.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. This beer is a pale golden yellow. Not much of a head to brag about here but it does leave a slight lacing on the glass

S: Notes of malt and rice. It took a few times to really get the scent it as there isn't much to it.

T: Very little flavor if any at all. There is virtually no taste of hops and almost no bitterness to this beer.

M: It is a very light bodied lager with high carbonation that almost stings. Consistency is like water.

O: This is a perfectly marketed beer. It is low in calories and alcohol content. It won't offend anyone's taste buds because there isn't any taste to be offended by. It is a beer to enjoy on a hot summer day by those who are watching calories. My suggestion... drink water instead.

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Photo of dbrauneis
1.63/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with significant amounts of active carbonation streaming quickly from the bottom of the glass and some hints of straw yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of grainy malts with a touch of rice adjuncts.

T: Not much flavor to this beer - light flavors of grainy malts with a hint of rice adjuncts. No perceptible hops and minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Almost prickly carbonation but still very thin/watery.

O: Slightly skunky but not that shocking since it is packaged in a clear glass bottle. The beer was not offensive but that is because there was not much too it to offend - very little flavor or smell to this beer. I probably would not grab another of these but I can see why some people could go for this when they are looking for low alcohol and low calorie options.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
1.25/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This beer is for those who want to watch their calorie intake. While it is watered down, it is refreshing in the summer heat or after a work out. Beer-wise though there is not much I can praise it for. This beer is easy to drink (like water). Definitely not worth the money purchasing this.

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Photo of seymourcox
3/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, so most beer enthusiasts are going to write this one off as a beer not even worth drinking. And yeah, it's not a great beer. But, as bottled water, it's terrific. If you're trying to lose weight, drinking a great tasting beer that has 200+ calories isn't going to get it done. So, unless you're going to give up drinking entirely, something like this beer can help. I think it has a better flavor than Miller 64 and whatever that 64 cal. beer Beck's put out.

Pairs nicely with veggie dogs.

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Photo of Rddymk
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is one of the worst beers on planet earth and I am embarrassed for the makers. It is like drinking heartburn and having no ware to go to throw up. An abundant disaster by the makers of Budweiser. Would rather drink Wisconsin Club than this tragedy on a bad day.

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Photo of naireland
1.24/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Just when you though Bud Light was bad they went ahead and watered it down again, ala 55. Seriously, what is the point of this. If you are health motivated and want a beer isn't this just just going to make you want real beer even more after drinking it? Wouldn't it be better just to have yourself a Sam Adams and be satisfied than to guzzled down 6 of these water beers and feel unsatisfied?

Please do not purchase this beer. It will only take up space at the grocery store and block a more deserving brand.

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Photo of welldigger888
1.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Aggresive pour yeilds a snow white that dissipates almost instantly leaving no lacing and only a pale pissy color of no substance.

virtually non-exsistant aroma with only a hint of what could be BAD beer.

As with the nose this THING is just as tasteless, maybe making for a water substitute when potable water is not available.

Thirst quenching is all I get.

An awful table beer for modern times, when the zombie uprising occurs this would be a fine substitute for water for sure.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very light yellow beer, tons of clarity and filtering going on. White head that is fizzy and disappears into the nether realms of diet beer.

Smell is faintly recognizable as a AAL. A little bit sweet, like that kind of canned corn they seem to add sugar to (creamed corn?).

Taste? Like Mr. Tekagi: "WHAT taste?" Slightly sweet, very watery, very thin. No hopping, just comes off as seltzer water. Really feels like they thought Bud Light was too thick and strong, so they added some club soda or 7up to it.

They should ship this stuff out next time there is a hurricane or no running/safe water, this will probably hydrate you moreso than give you a buzz. Actually, this might be good for when you have to stop drinking, but you don't want a headache from your body wanting more, this might satiate it in like a methodone/heroin kind of way.

I guess the upside is also that it has no off flavors. But then again, its hard to have off flavors when you don't have "flavors".

This beer made Jon Spencer Blues Explosion "Flava" pop in my head "Who gots tha flava?" Not bud 55.

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Photo of Lee17
3.85/5  rDev +121.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Howdy from Texas, where this beer is excellent in the heat down at our ranch. I enjoy micros when traveling to Portland, IPAs in San Diego, good lagers in the east.
I rate this highly as it hits the spot when I need a few ice cold beers in the afternoon, and want to keep things in check with responsibilities on the land.
There is no need to seek the aroma, or any such nonsense. Obviously that is not the point; if you are buying this you know what you are getting, and this is a great ultra light beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from can into pint glass

I have always wondered what these super low cal beers tasted like, so when I got this one for 50 cents with an expiration date of 2/2013 I thought it was time to bit the bullet and try one.

Appearance –Pours a medium golden color with a big billowy white head. The head fades very fast to leave almost no lacing.

Smell- The smell is a bit offensive and consists of rice, paper, metal and a very light corn.

Taste – The taste is overall very light (not too surprising). It starts out with a light bready and corn flavor. Some rice comes to the tongue more toward the middle along with a light paper taste. These flavors take the taste to its end where a tiny amount of citrus and tin comes to the tongue. In the end the tastes leave a watery and decntly clean feeling on the tongue. It was quite a bit more easy drinking then I would have expected.

Mouthfeel – As expected it is quite watery with a medium level of carbonation. The watery nature is very appropriate for the very light beer style as it makes it very drinkable and refreshing, but a slightly higher carbonation may have suited the brew slightly better.

Overall- While expecting the worst, it really was not much different than the standard light beer (maybe just a little less flavor). If you are really concerned about calories (well you probably aren’t if you reviewing big beers on BA), then this may be a good option, but if like me you want something with a bit more robust flavor, then leave it on its own.

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Budweiser Select 55 from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.