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Budweiser Select 55 - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser Select 55Budweiser Select 55

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473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 1.6
pDev: 40%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  2.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jsh420 on 09-09-2009)
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Photo of TippySelenoid
2/5  rDev +25%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured intoa pint glass.

It's yellow with a rim of white lace. Not a lot of carbonation.

It doesn't really smell like anything, water?

The first taste was more flavorful than I expected, but after that it was rather flavorless.

It's watery and crisp, but the fizziness disappears immediately.

If the beer world is slowly seeing the emergence of craft beer into a dominant force, maybe AB thinks there's a shift in the opposite direction as well, ultra light beers. I've had much worse products than this one, but artistically this beer is like Thomas Kincaid. This may be good business for AB and macro brewers, but it is not driven from a deep and abiding love for beer.

TippySelenoid, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of nheinzie57
2/5  rDev +25%

nheinzie57, May 30, 2012
Photo of pascilla
2/5  rDev +25%

pascilla, Jun 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev +25%

flynn1648, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2/5  rDev +25%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev +25%

canders0927, May 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev +25%

dubmax, Sep 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev +25%

dmargittai, May 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev +25%

BigOtaku, Nov 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev +25%

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2/5  rDev +25%

RockOnKatie, Apr 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev +25%

hncowden50, Nov 17, 2011
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2/5  rDev +25%

rabbitguy, Aug 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev +25%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Thecasehead
2/5  rDev +25%

Thecasehead, May 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev +25%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jun 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev +25%

Iowacraft, Jun 25, 2014
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2/5  rDev +25%

Roland45s, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BeerPhan86
1.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

BeerPhan86, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of jwc215
1.9/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

jwc215, May 11, 2010
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

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 (1) - poured into a glass. nothing. No lace, no head.

Smell (1.5) - Smell is faint but includes whiifs of stale cornbread, malts, mildewy grain. Some corn husks. The core of which is wrapped up in an artificial adjunct dextrin smell.

Taste (2) - a cornbread seltzer that quickly evaporates into plain water and then, mysteriously...vanishes. If you drink beers fast, it goes down smooth. I like the fizz, its exciting like pop rocks. But for character and taste, this beer has nothing. Slight malt and slight husk. A mildly artificial sweet adjuncty finish.

Mouthfeel (2) - Fizz. Aaaaand More fizz. Water. Easy drinking and refreshing so it gets 2 points. Mixes great with tomato juice.

Overall (1.87) - a true light beer cut in half. 2.4% ABV, 55 calories. So a 1/4 of a real beer. Naturally a terrible beer OR a refreshing mildly alcoholic seltzer, depending on how you look at it. Good for those who dont like the taste of beer or extremely hot days when you want to pound two or three in five minutes without consequence (enjoyment?) of taste. Again, easy drinking, Ill give it that.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
1.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Pegasus, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Goliath
1.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Goliath, Oct 23, 2009
Budweiser Select 55 from Anheuser-Busch
42 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.