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Budweiser Select 55 - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser Select 55Budweiser Select 55

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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 1.59
pDev: 40.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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2/5  rDev +25.8%
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
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1.95/5  rDev +22.6%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.95/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 (N/A) - poured into glass. One small ring of lacing that's almost invisible. It disappears into a tiny bubbled carbonation circle. As far as beer is concerned, this one fails at appearance. But, considering most aren't going to be pouring this into a pint glass (and I don't know who in their right mind would serve this on tap, I'm going to give it an N/A score.

Smell (1.5) - Stale cornbread, malts, and mildewy barn grain. Some artificial adjunct dextrin, as well. Bouquet is very weak.

Taste (2) - Very cornbready. Stale malt and corn husks. It's dry.

Mouthfeel (2) - Very fizzy. Refreshing though. Easy to drink if you're guzzling it down for hydration.

Overall (1.87) - Bud 55 is truly a light beer cut in half. 2.4% ABV, 55 calories. As a beer it is not a shining example. For a quick refresher or something light with lunch, it goes well. It's guaranteed to not offend, and it drinks easy. It has its place, although it's not as good as Miller 64.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Jul 19, 2014
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1.93/5  rDev +21.4%
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
Budweiser Select 55 from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.