Budweiser Select 55 - Anheuser-Busch
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1.95/5 rDev +21.9%
Been watching my caloric intake so I saw this the other day and figured let's try it just to see how bad it is and also to see it filled a void that I had for my beer cravings. This is literally watered down Bud Select. Pours a fizzy yellow golden color with a highly carbonated quickly fleeting head, leaves sparse speckled lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma has cooked vegetable, corn, generic beer nose, no actual hop component with a bit of metallic character going on. The first sip has a watery non discrete grainy quality with some more of the cooked corn rough husk quality, no herbal no hops just generic mass produced beer flavor. Ferments out to only 2.4% alcohol this is a glorified non alcoholic beer. Labeled as premium light beer, I'm just surprised that it's only 55 calories the only other drink other than water that I've had on a regular basis has been Gatorade G2 at 45 calories. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation pretty rough just because of the graininess light flavors and high carbonation.
01-29-2012 15:36:41 | More by WVbeergeek
1.93/5 rDev +20.6%
Poured into my Stella glass for maximum enjoyment.
A - Appears as ginger ale with a foamy one finger head that quickly dissipates. Clear and straw colored with very apparent over-carbonation.
S - Smells like chalk, tin, and cheap booze.
T - Completely bland and almost tasteless. It's as if they put cornflakes into a bowl of water and sprinkled dried paint chips in. Grainy aftertaste.
M - Very light but the carbonation is harsh. Not enjoyable.
D - I guess you could session this is you wanted. I would take almost any other light beer over it, though.
12-29-2010 02:02:45 | More by BeerPhan86
1.9/5 rDev +18.8%
Pours golden with a white head that becomes a white patch - Lacing sticks. Decent appearance for the style.
The smell is of mild grain - maybe...not much of anything in aroma, though. Clean, but vacant.
The taste is cardboard-ish with tonic water - a bit of sweetness. Extremely bland, even for a very light "beer".
The feel is all fizz.
This is not good, even for a macro light lager. Why bother... might as well drink tonic water...in fact, I probably would prefer to, would be less cardboardy.
05-11-2010 19:14:52 | More by jwc215
1.85/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance: Clear medium golden in color, with a moderate, persistent white head, good patchy lacing, and an abundance of small fast-rising bubbles.
Aroma: Dusty, with mineral notes, and a faint caramel presence. There seems to be a slight herbal hop presence.
Taste: Opens with slightly toasted caramel malt, as the taste progresses, a mild vegetable note appears, somewhat like cooked corn. Finishes with a lingering graininess, somewhat like unsalted, air-popped popcorn kernels.
Mouth feel: Rather thin, with aggressive, slightly stinging carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: I am not trying to be excessively critical, but at fifty-five calories, and an ABV of 4.8 percent, I wonder how different this would be from a "normal" 110 calorie, 5.0% ABV lager cut with fifty percent carbonated mineral water.
Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a standard Pilsener glass.
02-25-2012 16:57:22 | More by Pegasus
1.85/5 rDev +15.6%
Had this today at the brewery after the tour.
Pours a familiar clear golden color and was presented with no head, although a bright white foam circled the edges of the glass.
The aroma was pathetic. There was basically nothing there. Very bland, but a bit of malt, and slightly sweet.
The taste was even worse. There was just nothing to it. With a lot of Macro beers there is at least a bad taste, this has no taste. I compare it to carbonated water. My fiancee said it's like when the fountain soda machine runs out of syrup.
Mouthfeel is thin, on the watery side with a high level carbonation using a very fine tingley bubble.
Drinkability depends how you look at it. The sessionability is ridiculous so in that regard yes it's drinkable. On the other han I like to consider the flavor profile and whether it brings me back for another sip. In that regard, this is easily the most boring beer I've ever had. I've found more enjoyment and flavor in nonalcoholic beer. Just really a bad gimic beer and it's sad to think that this will pass as beer to the masses.
10-23-2009 21:43:13 | More by Goliath
1.83/5 rDev +14.4%
Got this one for free out of a buddy's fridge. Had just gotten back from the Foothills Baltic Porter release and needed to sober up some, this was my first choice. Served from bottle into a Corona Extra shaker. Poured golden yellow with a one finger white head that died a very swift death. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, wheat, and URINE!? The flavor was of water, grain, and malt; mostly water however. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall my question is, where did the flavor go??? However, I am glad that the urine I picked up on in the aroma stayed in the aroma and didn't hit my palate. This one was nice for sobering up, but that's about it...
08-16-2010 18:56:01 | More by thagr81us
1.83/5 rDev +14.4%
12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. Born on 08OCT09.
A - Pours a decently golden yellow color. Clear and effervescent, the white head disappears instantly. I expected it to be almost clear in color.
S - An initial burst of sulfery skunky aroma comes out. At this point I'd just stop but I'm never going to buy this beer again, so let's go. It disappears in favor of an insanely light rice aroma. Almost indistinguishable as a beer aroma-wise.
T - A bit sulfury and very watery. Almost no real beer flavor. Actually, if the skunked flavor wasn't there, there would be no flavor. haha.
M - Thin, watery, and sharply carbonated. As close to water as you'll get. In fact, have a Perrier instead.
D - Why would you ever want this? A pointless beer geared to guilt-filled individuals who lead horrible lives if their beer drinking comes to this...
At less than 4% you'd be bloated from drinking this before even feeling a slight buzz, but I suppose, as water, it's drinkable.
11-08-2009 19:25:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
1.83/5 rDev +14.4%
A - Urine. Seriously, it looks like a glass of urine. It leaves a decent lacing on the glass but, yeah, so does urine.
S - Ever strain the water out of a can of corn? It's like a shot of that dumped into a gallon of distilled water.
T - What taste? Seriously, there's nothing. At least with tap water I taste flouride and metal. Know how the Marlboro Man welcomes you to flavor country? This beer gets you kicked the hell out into, like, Delaware. This is the Dane Cook of light beers.
M - Frothy and unpleasant, like a worn-out whore. Alka-Seltzerish.
D - If drinkability is characteristic of a beer's ease of consumption, sho' nuff. If I was struck blind, and asked someone for a glass of water, they could fool me with this. Thought I might accuse them of having peed in my glass.
03-05-2010 02:04:42 | More by glamphetamine
1.8/5 rDev +12.5%
Select 55 has a thick, yet quickly dissipating head and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance. The aroma is very slight, but some sweet graininess is picked up. Taste is quite dull and mineral water like. A little grain and not much more is detected. The overriding taste is tap water. Mouthfeel is super-light and watery, and the finish of Select 55 is like water finishes. So dull! Overall, this is poor, and I advise you to stay away.
06-20-2011 23:42:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
Budweiser Select 55 from Anheuser-Busch
42 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.