Budweiser Select 55 - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser Select 55Budweiser Select 55

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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 1.58
pDev: 39.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 526 | Reviews: 143
Photo of Cisco680
1.06/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of aoampm
1.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

pretty friggin bad in my opinion

Photo of nebill
1.02/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Water your plants with this. That's about it.

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
2.61/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not worse than Budwiser, but not better. Low cal is a plus.

Photo of AmishLightning
1.68/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Water, that's all it is

Photo of texasspottedcow
1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Piss water How is this on the market

Photo of Lettsgo3
1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I just threw up in my mouth thinking of this beer... I wouldn't drink this beer with your mouth

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
1.06/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of these lightest & worst beers I have ever tasted.

Photo of CIBoy10
1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably the worst beer I've ever had. Give me alcoholic bitter water over this.

Photo of DrainBamage
1.68/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of MickeyTheHead
2.39/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Looks great, but not a lot of taste but very drinkable and pretty much everyone will drink it.

Photo of wvofficer
1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Photo of misternebbie
1.06/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

just not a serious beer, not more than a beer to drink when you on a diet

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.94/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of TheCondor
1.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Photo of DanielMB
1/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Photo of cbutova
1.4/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
1/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Photo of BierStein711
2.83/5  rDev +79.1%
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.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.88/5  rDev +145.6%
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.

Photo of TheChrisK
1.64/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
1.63/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
1.25/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of seymourcox
3/5  rDev +89.9%
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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Budweiser Select 55 from Anheuser-Busch
42 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.