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Budweiser Select 55 - Anheuser-Busch

Budweiser Select 55Budweiser Select 55

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BA SCORE
43
awful

377 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 377
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 1.63
pDev: 41.1%


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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mckenziac


1.55/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale golden color. Has a small, thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to nothing.

Smell: Has a very light, practically nonexistent, grainy smell. Really nothing here.

Taste: Very lightly bitter up front. Finishes grainy and slightly sweet with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. This barely even tastes like beer, more like fizzy, grainy water.

Mouthfeel: The only thing separating this beer from water is that it's slightly carbonated. However, I get that they're trying to make this beer go down like water, so I won't hold it against them too much.

Overall: If you don't think of this as beer, it's a refreshing, mildly alcoholic, low calorie refreshment. If you do think of it as beer, it's a bland, tasteless excuse for a beer. I guess it depends on what you're looking for.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 19:33:47 | More by mckenziac
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.55/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 20:30:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.58/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Born on: Jan 25, 2010.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, pale gold body with a fizzy white head that gasses out in mere seconds.

Smell: "Ugh, it smells awful." --TheLibrarianGirl. Come on, TLG, no spoilers. Sourish, stale-scented grains in the nose that gets mustier as it warms. Very unappealing.

Taste: Grainy, slightly metallic taste with very, very little sweetness. No real hop character or bitterness. Weak, watery finish. Unpleasant and unenjoyable like off-tasting seltzer water. There are no real redeeming factors here.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied with a truly watery mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeesh. The stuff they have the nerve to slap the word "premium" onto... Steer clear of this one, friends. Bud 55 is an awful beverage for those that feel Bud Light is simply too rich and filling.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 19:25:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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biggred1

Indiana

1.6/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear urine yellow with a fizzy white head that burns off quickly. The nose on this beer is not offensive because there is none. Very light tasting, almost like a non-alcoholic beer with a sourness in the finish. Watery with seltzery carbonation. Another low alcohol diet beer with no flavor. Why bother?

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:56:24 | More by biggred1
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

1.61/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:38:48 | More by dbrauneis
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

1.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bud Select 55 pours a light pale yellow. The skunky aroma covers up anything else that might be there. The flavor is sulfery and slightly grainy. More proof that a clear bottle is a bad idea. This beer is about as close to water as it gets. Not worth it, if you're dieting, go for mixed drinks or go without.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 21:01:31 | More by ericj551
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

1.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for AKBelgianBeast for this one in that I lost the LNBA FF.

Alright so the Select variety of bud is supposed to be better then regular bud, at least that is the theory. Since I haven't had the regular Select version I don't know how this is supposed to be. But I'll give it a shot, and I'm stuck with two of them.

A- This looks like someone added a little bit of beer and poured water into it. My wife even asked if I watered down my beer.

S- Smells like barley tea and not much else. There is something sort of sweet smelling too.

T- Did someone accidentally put a touch of beer into my water? Wow this is weak sauce. Why even bother with this? I'm completely blown away on how much this is just carbinated water with a bit of beer in it. I wonder if the people at bud said, "Hey lets increase profit by taking our beer and cutting it down in half and selling it for the same as our regular line up." Well if people buy this beer on a regular basis they are stupid. Yeah you only get 55 calories, but you'll be drinking a case and a half before you get a buzz.

M- Thin as tonic water.

D- Yeah though a bong this would go down smooth.

Serving type: can

03-23-2010 03:57:19 | More by Wetpaperbag
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rfgetz

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale fizzy yellow. Almost non existant scent and taste save for some faint kiss of cooked corn. Bubbly and uber light. Lifeless and uninspired, the weakest alcoholic beverage I have ever sampled. But when faced with this or other BMC Light products, maybe its almost better to not have anything to smell or taste or digest.

Serving type: can

06-25-2012 15:40:44 | More by rfgetz
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TheChrisK

Nebraska

1.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:51:03 | More by TheChrisK
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afinepilsner

Iowa

1.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz clear bottle

Select 55 was pale yellow in color with good clarity. It had a fizzy white head that disappeared instantly. The smell was very light and clean with a bit of cereal grain. The taste was water with a touch of grain thrown in. The mouthfeel was as close to water as you can get with light carbonation. Drinkability was poor. This is the wateriest beer that I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:42:37 | More by afinepilsner
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tdm168

North Carolina

1.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden copper with some soapy white head that quickly fades. The nose has a strong corn presence and some apple fruitiness. The flavor is very, very faint; grainy and fruity with some apple notes. It's very sweet and has a faint metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is super light and highly carbonated.

Well, this is a very light beer so mission accomplished but this lacks any kind of flavor and the apple-like off notes dominate both the smell and the flavor. Pass.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 00:27:52 | More by tdm168
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bashiba

Iowa

1.7/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured a dark yellow with a soap ring of a head.

The smell was a bit funky like a bad euro lager with a touch of skunky hops.

Its tag line of the worlds lightest beer quickly holds true in the flavor, I have had glasses of water that didn't taste this watery.
No beer flavor at all.

Mouthfeel = Water

Its as drinkable as a cold glass of tap water, so I guess ok, but why bother.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:38:23 | More by bashiba
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beershrine

California

1.7/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A- Ordered this at the Baseball game right! thinking anything will taste good. In the thin plastic cup it's appearance was cloudy.

S- Tiny whiff of alcohol and co2

T- tasted useless...little malt zero hops.

M- i almost wanted my money back. Quite tasteless I guess for some people it's all what your use to.

D- If I drank these all day these will never quench my thirst. A useless product that doesn't do what it is supposed to do.

Serving type: Draft - 16oz for $ 7.50 -- baseball price

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 20:56:18 | More by beershrine
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LuthersMug

Virginia

1.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is not a beer I would spend money on, but I was over at my in-laws and was offered one, so I gave it a try.

A - The beer was amber in color with a large light head that dissipated after a minute in the glass. No lacing during the remainder of the drink.

S - Not much going, maybe rice or corn.

T - I recently watched King Corn and in the documentary the producers bemoaned the fact that almost all the corn produced in the US is inedible and bland. The corn is only useful after being manipulated in some way. The taste of the beer reminded me of the corn, tasteless, bland. Why not just drink water?

M - Carbonation was light and decent.

D - You would probably have to drink 3 or 4 fairly quickly to feel the effects. Not worth it to me, but maybe for some.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:25:40 | More by LuthersMug
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BeanBone

Texas

1.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A perfectly clear golden-straw body capped by about a finger of white head that fizzles out quickly and leaves just a hint of sudsy lacing.

Aroma: A faint and watery mix of sweet grains and a hint of grassy hops.

Flavor: A twangy and sweetish rice body accompanied by some weak, almost-implied grassy bitterness. A crisp, clean, and damn-near flavorless aftertaste. Have you ever had Bud Light? How about water? Mix 'em up and this is pretty much what you get.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: Besides the fact that it's bland, industrial beer-water this is a highly drinkable summbitch.

Verdict: If you want a buzz without too many calories, Bud Light already exists. If you don't like the taste of beer, there are plenty of alternatives out there. If you want to cut the flavor, calorie count, and alcohol content off a Bud Light in half, potable tap water is available in almost all American households. So why the hell does this exist?

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:51:09 | More by BeanBone
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

1.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Select 55 hits the glass with a fizzy, over-carbonated pour with lots of aggression and anger. Straw in color, the beer is crystal clear. The carbonation fuels a light lace of foam and there's actually a bit of lacing. The appearance is on par for most German Helles.

Faint aroma of grain.... and that's about it to the nose. A quick mention of sulfurs, apple, and corn could make the notes on aroma a bit more thorough but really, it's a stretch.

More grain in the flavor, accompanied by a harsh minerally taste that kills any of the lighter malt compounds. A light corn flavored sweetness emerges in the finish and aftertaste. Metallic and grainy.

The thin mouthfeel and over carbonation gives a harsh carbonic bite that nearly stings the tongue. The beer feels (and tastes) a lot like Alka-Seltzer.

I was hoping to find a clean beer that was void of both meaningful flavor and flaws. Looks like I was right about the meaningful flavor omition....

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 02:52:06 | More by BEERchitect
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DrJay

Massachusetts

1.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear and a darker yellow (almost gold) than I expected. A fizzy white cap disappeared shortly after the pour, leaving nothing on the sides of the glass. Light grainy aroma, faint apple, slightly vegetal - not much to talk about really. Low bitterness, minerals, cereal grains, metallic and watery finish. Thin bodied, sharp carbonation, super dry. Sort of tastes like carbonated water with a little bit of flavour added. Not much point here, as I expected - time to move along.

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 23:11:55 | More by DrJay
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JayS2629

Alabama

1.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin, watery pale yellow with fizzy white head that fades fast. Looks like gingerale.

S- There is a smell? I tried to find a smell and ended up snorting beer. Faint, faint hint of sweet malt and maybe citrus.

T- Its like watered down, watered down beer. No wonder its low in calories, its basically water with a splash of beer. Very faint sweet taste of malt and corn and thats it.

M- Overly carbonated, thin and watery

D- Harsh and fizzy, watery, boring, and unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 14:12:47 | More by JayS2629
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alexgash

Connecticut

1.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle.

Super clean and clear light straw yellow body. Fizzy, soda-pop finger of eggshell-white head. Dissipates down to a few small bubbles after 30 seconds. Faint nose with very light notes of honey and rice chex cereal.

Slightly astringent grainy malt and mineral water bitterness up front. Watered down faint cereal malt flavors mid-palate. Not even a hint of sweetness. Mineral water bitterness into the finish. Light bodied with a very lively, soda-like feel. Watery and almost tasteless. I'd rather have 4 oz. of a good beer if I were watching my beer calories...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:56:45 | More by alexgash
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Blakaeris

Iowa

1.8/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear golden yellow with a modest head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma has an odd musty vegetal quality with an underlying corn adjunct sweetness.

Taste is pale malt with a very light crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with an unusual powdery quality that coats the tongue.

Very thin and watery flavor. I won't have another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:43:47 | More by Blakaeris
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

1.8/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:42:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

1.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 19:25:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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glamphetamine

Virginia

1.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 02:04:42 | More by glamphetamine
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thagr81us

South Carolina

1.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 18:56:01 | More by thagr81us
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Goliath

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 21:43:13 | More by Goliath
Budweiser Select 55 from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.