Anheuser World Lager (World Select) | Anheuser-Busch

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Anheuser World Lager (World Select)Anheuser World Lager (World Select)

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Missouri, United States

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-05-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of animal
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a rather bordering on mediocre attempt by Anheuser-Busch to create a classic-style pilsner-type beer. I got a six pack for a recent party at my older sister's house. While it is at least a drinkable beer, it is unlikely that Anheuser Select will ever win any contests or awards, or recieve any rave reviews.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright straw color with a decent white head at first but thins quickly. Good carbonation with no lace. Grassy hop aroma at first but turns more grainy as time goes on. Crisp dry flavor with good balance and earthy grassy hop tones. Light bodied with a dry bitter finish.

Overall not too bad for an A-B product but not quite as good as I'd hoped ... certainly not one I'd turn down but glad I bought it on sale vs. paying full price.

Label states: "...Lager Beer"

Born On: 10/25/03
Tasted: 12/13/03

($11.99 / 12-pack)

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Photo of worldsbeer
3.89/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I cannot say I have had a beer from AB lately..but after reading about it on my weekly beer journal I figured what the heck.

It honestly is an interesting beer for being a Pilsner "style" beer. A bit too dark for the style...poor head retention common of most Pilsners...use of bittering hops apparant...also munich malt gives it a interesting malt character not typical of most Pilsners I have had. Would prefer more late additions of aromatic hops for more nose to the finishes of sweet...but what do you expect when you combine brewmasters from 10 countries to come up w/ 1 beer?

All in all a decent beer that will please the masses....but Not NASCAR approved...too much flavor. ;-)

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No skunks for me -- I managed to get a bottle out of a fresh case. And as a reward, I was treated to an aroma that was actually, well, pleasant! Grainy with just a faint allusion to hops. Fairly nice looking, too -- crystyal clear gold with a thinnish head and a fair bit of carbonation. Surprisingly un-piss-like color. And what's that in the flavor? Is it....why yes...I think it is...hops! Hops of the pansy European variety, all "floral" and whatnot, but hops nonetheless! Actually they fit fairly well over the nice husky grain flavor. Quite a bit more substantial than the King o' Beers in mouthfeel, but still pretty crisp. If it weren't produced by the Evil Empire, I'd probably drink this on planes in preference to Heini.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.84/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clean crisp malt and hop nose. No fruity esters. Hops are very gentle. Slight graininess.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden. Bright white head that spider webs the surface and rings the sides of the glass. Half way through the beer there is no head at all. Like glass.

Flavor: Low Pilsen malt character that's slightly sweet. Crisp and refreshing, clean fermented with no off flavors. Gentle hop flavor and a spicy hop bitterness that lingers just a bit and is actually thirst quenching. Hints of wood character.

Mouthfeel: Medium low bodied. Medium-medium low CO2. Alcohol is present but low.

Overall Impression: A very refreshing smooth Pilsner. I would take this beer over a Budweiser or Bud Light any day. You have to try this one. I'm sure you'd enjoy it especially on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pry-off cap on an AB beer? Listing a bunch of countries that have nothing to do with the beer? Calling itself "world Select"? Boy, is this beer putting on airs...
12 oz. green bottle, very fancy looking. Bottled on 2-31-05, consumed on 3/29/05 (very fresh. Clear gold color on the pour, lots of visible carbonation, big fluffy white head. Good retention. Smell is malt dominated, very fuill and grassy. Taste has a nice hops kick to it, after the grassy maltiness. Slightly metallic, but this is a pretty good beer for AB to produce, who knew?

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head, crystal clear beer with a light golden color. The aroma is crisp, clean, with some malty character and a touch of spiciness (honey or floral, probably from hops). The flavor is good, not super bold but about what you expect for style, perhaps better. There is a nice balanced malt and hops blend at first, some bitterness for balance at the end, and overall a very crisp, dry and clean profile. I suspect people would score this better if they were tasting it blind. This is way better than a Heinekin but not quite at the level of a good fresh Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of pezoids
3.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured bright and clean and was golden in color with a perfect clarity. Low and sporadic carbonation. A creamy head of white foam topped this beer off and left small bits of lace on the glass. The aroma is soft and light with lemony grainy malts. Are these guys afraid to use hops or what? The taste is pleasant and nicely balanced, grainy and light hop bitterness is evident. This seems to share the same characteristics as a nice pilsner, but just not as bold. Light and flavorful body. A good base of a beer to work with – now dry hop the hell out the bastard and you might have something really special. This is very easy to drink and for have being brewed by a corporate macro behemoth, this beer is a baby step in right direction.

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Photo of StevieW
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Free Sample. 12 oz green bottle. Is it trying to look like a Heineken ? Why ?
Touch darker shade of golden yellow than a regular Bud-Heavy. Tight white rocky head faded, small drops of lace stuck here and there. Less harsh, more subtle grainy smells, with hints of butter.
Taste also is more full than a Bud, Heineken on the way to a Urequell. Slight bready malt flavors with a hint of buttery sweetness underneath. Overall smooth and nicely balanced, no harsh and grainy undertones I expected. Moderatly carbonated, and fresh tasting. Small shot of cleansing bitterness, small amount of hop presence.
Overall better than I expected, a decent stab at a Pilsener, but why bother ? If they spend so much money on something, I would like to see them make a hoppy pale ale, hopefully leading the masses to something different, I don't think this does, I think this is trying to be the domestic Heineken for some reason.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with a “Born On Date” for freshness. Thanks to my good buddy John B. for the sample.

Appearance: Quite bubbly during the pour which lead me to think that there is some crispness involved. A patch white head drops some lacing on the glass, clarity is what I expected in a pilsner as well.

Smell: Faint Euro hop aroma, very clean with a neutral grain in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Still a good amount of crispness after a hard pour, moderate body with a malty slickness. Subtle sting of hop bitterness from beginning to middle which eludes to being refreshing. Fresh grassy malted graininess leads the palate from middle to end with a faint lingering hop presence.

Notes: Tastes very similar to a fresh Heineken or Carlsberg from the source, very well done replicating the typical mass-produced Euro Lager.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow! When did they decide to start brewing halfway decent beer? Thank God they decided to. I was getting tired of the same of crap from them. The appearance was a golden straw color with a white foamy head. The head actually lasted quite a while, before dieing out to a laceing. The smell and taste were there, which is a bump up for AB. The smell was a little malty and grainy, with a snip of the hops. The taste was actually different. It was a little more on the hops side, but there was still the taste of malt. This is not a bad brew at all from the "Evil Empire". Go out and get some, you might be suprised, especially at the high price at $7.99 a sixer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant gold with a generous dusting of fine particulates. It's hard to believe that this head is on an A-B product because it actually looks good. I don't believe that any adjuncts are used in the brewing, so maybe that helps. The cap is ivory in color and is substantive enough to last for a bit. A more than respectable amount of lace is a pleasant surprise as well.

The nose is classic Euro pale lager with musky noble hops at the forefront. Fresh grain is present as well, although I can't appreciate the Munich malt that the brewery claims is in there. No off-aromas are a definite plus in beer of this style. I've often thought that I'd like EPLs more if they reached these shores sooner after bottling. This one makes me think that might actually be the case.

World Lager is good beer, I don't care who brewed it. The most surprising thing to me (among many surprising things) is the solidity of the lightly caramel malty backbone. That judiciously sweet, toasted malt flavor puts this version far ahead of the majority of European lagers as far as I'm concerned. If this beer was brewed in order to kick Heineken Lager's ass back to Zoeterwoude, then it's time to break out the 'mission accomplished' signs.

I like the fact that World Lager gives the taste buds something other than grassy, somewhat spicy noble hops to keep them occupied. This is balanced beer in the best sense of that term. It's both sweet and bitter, with neither one dominating at any point along the flavor arc. It tastes like the brewery took their time with this one and got it just right.

I'm also impressed with the mouthfeel. It's on the light side of medium, as it should be for the style. A modest mouthfilling creaminess (that is being maintained nicely as I enter the bottom half of the bottle) pulls it well above average and keeps it there.

I couldn't be more suprised by Anheuser World Lager. I expected more dreck from a brewery that specializes in barely palatable beer. I hope the reps don't strong-arm establishments into keeping this one at a temperature in the low 40s, as they do with most of their offerings, because the last thing that a World Lager drinker needs is numb taste buds. After all, this is just about the only A-B beer worth tasting.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden. Not a trace of particulates in the glass at all. The head was essentially not there at all. It retreated in an instant to the edges of the surface and only slightly laced the glass.

The aroma was saaz hops and slight malt, but not much of either. Perhaps a slight Munich malt aroma in the background.

The flavor was crisp and slightly fruity. The munich malt is apparent in the flavor and gives the beer a slight nuttiness.

The finish was dry and fruity. The body was medium to medium light.

I expected a cleaner beer from AB, but it is nice for them to have one out that has some flavor and is above average. The price on this has dropped as of late. I only purchased a single bottle, but the sixer price has dropped over a dollar.

Green 12 ounce bottle. Born on date of December 30, 2003

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Photo of francisweizen
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best AB beer iv'e had, by far! Classic golden appearance with a bleached white head of foam. Aromas are of husky grains, lightly floral hops, and juicy malts. Taste is malty up front, with euro-hops in the middle and a nice husky/grainy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing and the drinkability is great. Like fresh heineken, but a bit better...

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow. A thick short lived white head on top. Head gave away to a thin lace then nothing. Aroma at first was a powerful grass/ wet hay smell but it mellowed out as the beer went down the glass. Malt tones are mixed in the aroma and I’m reminded of a few European pilsners that I have had. A malt start for the taste with the hops mixed in for a subtle hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel is average; there is always some movement with the beer pearling (bubbles racing to the top.) in the glass. I thought it was a bit filling in the gut and couldn’t drink it all night. Overall, a bit above average brew.

Side note; I had the 22 0z bomber and the next morning, only drinking this one beer, I had a “Bud Head Ache” .

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent with a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is decent as well. It has a pale malt flavor with little hops and a dry lager yeast finish. It goes down smooth with good mouthfeel. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine lager. It tastes much better than most AB products; a good drinker.

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Photo of cubbyg
3.56/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me a lot of a combination of Heineken/ Canadian Macro. Actually a pretty good tasting beer considering I'm not a big fan of A-B. A little skunky smell but that is probably the norm for this style beer. I will definitely drink this again. Hopefully not a limited offering.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Certainly the best beer I've ever had that has come from Anheuser-Busch.
Has many favorable pilsner characteristics.
Pours with a nice head that quickly dissipates and leaves some faint lacing on the glass.
Good sharp, hoppy bite with mild malt flavors.
Highly drinkable; it's a nice find when all your other choices are boring big brand mainstays or possibly/probably skunked, more unusual brews.
Found this in bars a few times as a $2 or $3 special and I was pleased enough.
Certainly not world class by beer advocate standards, but it might help open the eyes of some who are enslaved by boring beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was far better than I had anticipated, I was impressed.
Still not the prettiest brew around but the pale yellow colour was pleasing to the eye. The head was very thin and the carbonation was light.
The aroma is lightly of paper and the body was as thin as the crown.
The taste was a surprize. A mild hoppiness to begin, seemingly fairly well balanced with the added malts then a partial removal of some of those balancing malts to increase that light hoppy bitterness that began. Nice!

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Photo of inebrius
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How does one review a beer so obviously created for market segment competition? If it was some obscure label from Romania would my perceptions be different?

Thoroughly inoffensive with it's slight sulfurous nose and sweet hop extract flavors. An ubiquitous airport terminal type beer that you drink because there are no really good selections then after you wonder why you didn't just do a couple gin and tonics.

To be cliché, it is what it is: an overpriced lager worthy of attention when choices are narrow.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While talking with one of A-B's operational managers about the green glass bottle I was told that it's a slightly darker green glass but that it still lets light through. Then when asked about it becoming light struck I was told "Look, the marketing people are not dumb. They're going after a certain market and it's supposed to be a certain way". From there we discussed the suggestion that they might actually skunk it in-line prior to packaging for maximum consistency! That said, it does give off a skunky aroma unless you purchase an unopened case... and it's supposed to!

Its crystal clear, deep-gold body reveals tiny, rising bubbles; and its short but creamy bright white head holds fairly well initially but leaves little more than spotty lace. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth due to its fine, standard-level carbonation. The flavor displays a grainy malt that's well infused with floral, grassy, and herbal hops that are somewhat murky. No doubt, that's intended as well! The bitterness teeters between being low-key and firm, but generally builds on the palate throughout the glass. It's partially satisfying, but it doesn't really have the bite of say... oh, perhaps, Heineken! Still, at the very least, there are some hops there in both the flavor and the bitterness; and it finishes dry with a lingering herbal hop and bitter note. Overall it's not a bad beer by any stretch, but for what it's intended to be I think it falls a little short. Personally, I'd rather have a perfect, crisp, cool Bud.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.42/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This "American Heineken" pours with a white head...a short-lived one at that. Brilliant light pale golden liquid. The nose is sweet smelling with a light maltiness the dominant feature followed by a grassy fresh hop tone & lightly adjuncty notes...not that awful actually. Taste begins malt-sweet mellowing into some brief hoppiness and a flash of yeasty fruitiness. Finishes between dry/sweet. Nice effort from A-B, but not worth the $7 I paid for the sixer.

Very cool (green, though) bottle/label design!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally, A-B craft brews a beer with a greater commitment to the actual beverage than the marketing and advertising. A rapidly fading head and thin sliding lace rests on a brassy body. The aroma, though mild actually smells of hops and malt. There's malt in that body and some hops too. Lightly herbal and some citrus and mild metallic bitterness. Similar to a Pilsner Urquell, but a little sweeter and less hop bite. This is a step in the right direction for A-B. A dark brown bottle instead of skunk inducing green would have proved a more serious commitment to the beer itself.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good job by AB, though I still think this beer is too expensive. World Select is golden in appearance, with soft, medium-sized head. Smell is clean, standard euro-macro aroma. Taste is crisp, mild hop bitterness towards the middle, with a slightly-sweet grain finish. Very easy-to-drink beer, it's above average, which is good for an AB product. If it were cheaper, I'd fall back on it often. I can get a local micro for the same general price.

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Photo of chilidog
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this long awaited AB offering that seemed to take awhile to get to my area. While its still not and may never get to many rural areas, don't get me wrong, I hope it dose well. I found it to be an ok beer. It poured a clear gold with an average holding white head. I thought carbonation was med-high but not fizzy. An improvement for AB. The aroma was a faint euro-hop and grain. The taste was also faint but a slight hop and malted grain could be noticed. The mouthfeel was crisp and clean. The drinkability is good, esp. with food. This makes a good pasta, pizza beer when say a Peroni is not available.

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Anheuser World Lager (World Select) from Anheuser-Busch
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