Anheuser World Lager (World Select) | Anheuser-Busch

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

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 06-05-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little bit more malts and hops than their regular offerrings; otherwise it was still a fairly generic pale lager at inflated prices. Drinkable but the price is telling why its no longer made.

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Photo of nickd717
2.11/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review dated 12/19/2008 from 12oz bottle.

Looks like Bud - pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Mild hops and malt on the aroma with adjunk. This is the best their top brewmasters could come up with? It is BARELY better than Budweiser. Watery and ricey. Faint grassy hops. Carbonated yet weak mouthfeel. Wow, A-B is bad. I am really happy they are Belgium's problem now.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head and little lacing. Nose brings forth some grain and a bit of some Czech/German hops. Taste is about the same, with a bit of grain but mostly just faint hops and some carbonation. Light feel with a good amount of carbonation to carry what little flavor there is. Drinks okay, but probably has a bit too much carbonation and not much real flavor.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.32/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know this beer is retired but I tested at the brewery before it was out and still had my notes. I know it is going back a minute but hey I never even noticed it was on BA before.They told us it was supposed to resemble a Dutch brand that will remain nameless. It had a good finger and a half of head sitting in the clear plastic sampling cup they gave us. Alright lace and body carbonation. The body was brass/gold color. The aroma did smell like a mass produced Euro lager with some tones of grass and malt. There was bit of bitterness to the flavor but was primarily malty. Thin feel and overall drinkability was pretty good.

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Photo of nick76
2.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A bitter beer that is more astringent than flavorful. Not too much in the way of sweet malt to balance it out either (rather dry). I think calling this beer world select is a little humorous unless you are comparing it to Bud Light. The aroma is somewhat malty with a strange hop character. The mouthfeel is thin. Pass.

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Photo of kinger
2.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Been looking for this one for a while now so when I came across one I quickly grabbed it. Deep dark ruby pour with a thick tan head and some nice lacing. The aroma is very malty with a good sweetness to it. Great smokey flavor with a nice roasted quality. Licorice, coffee, and a touch of chocolate complete a tasty brew. Mouthfeel could be a touch thicker but it works. Overall a good porter.

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Photo of KI9A
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured golden pale yellow from a bottle. Smelled decent, but nothing special..much less skunky than similiar imports ( Heinie).

Lots of carbonation, taste of light hops, no fruits, nothing really special.

Finishes clean, this is what Budweiser should be. Not over bearing. Not real bitter. But, a better flavor than run-of-the-mill macros.

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Photo of jp32
2.04/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Cheers on attempting to cash in on the green-bottle, european import, high class appearance niche! This beer, to me, seems to be nothing more than another marketing scam infecting the truth of what otherwise is an outstanding growth of the American craft beer industry.

If youve had more than 40 or 50 beers, the descriptions are probably fairly predictable: Pours a fizzy golden/yellow color with nearly no head retention. The aroma is a bit sweet, a bit adjuncty, and just maybe you could pick out some hops (good luck). Taste follows suit, as its just a hair better than most other a-b products. . . but you also run the risk of getting a skunked one, as someont had the brilliant idea of bringing out everybodys favorite green bottles. They really put their guns in on this one to compete with the heinekens and grolschs.

My guess is we wont see this one in stores much longer than another few months, if at all.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer was garbage. The fact that they "challenged our top brewmasters representing 10 countries around the globe to collaborate and create something extraordinary" and this is the end result. I would be upset if I spent all that money and this is the final product. No smell. Poured a straw color with thin to no head. Musty taste and no aftertaste. They even changed th name of this beer. It used to be called Anheuser World Select but then AB came out with Bud Select so they changed names.

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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 cjgator3
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Born on date: 20Feb07

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a decent looking white head that leaves some sporadic lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is grain, some euro hops and a detracting metallic quality. The taste is much like the aroma with some grain and mild hopping. The mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery. Overall, I am not at all impressed with this offering from A-B.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok, so A/B is courting the world now, eh? Well, I'll give it a least they're trying to branch out.
I can smell it already. A bit of skunk. Is this deliberate? Are they marketing to Americans who like skunky imports? Or are they trying to grab the "foreign" style? Anyway, not a good smell.
Pours light. Pale yellow body, a good size head...that just went away.
Taste: Hmmm. Like Bud but with a slight twinge to it. More malty? More skunk! Still, not that bad, just a bit weak.

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Photo of tesguino
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the american version of heineken, in style an image; good option over the heineken and grolsch, but its blondy color and poor lacing is not made for me; the only think good for me of this beer is its bottle of aluminum in monoblock; i try two of 4 bottles and the other two i cant drink; bad for mexican food; try in a pilsner glass; i recommend 51%

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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 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 ghostmech007
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner.

Bubbles right when you pour. A pale straw color when you look at it but a quickly fading head. A little disappointing.

Hops in the nose, then that is it. Based on grain. Very clean.

A medium body, smooth, and very lively carbonation. Hops are there all the time. Maltyness has controll during the finish as the hops are subdued. Nicely done with the carbonation and such.

Good Euro Lager.

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Photo of matty
1.85/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I bought a 6 pack of this stuff and boy am I sorry I did. The smell of skunk oozes from the bottle,and the taste is no better.The only compliment I can give is it is smooth and goes right down but skunky aftertaste destroys the smoothness.I am usually very generous and non critical of beers but I can honestly say yukkk!!!!

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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 badbeer
1.34/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a decent golden color with a pretty nice white head, and carbonation sparkling up the glass. Smell, was not appealing, had some graininess to it, but was skunked. Taste was just terribly skunky and tasted like something went wrong. Not sure if I got a bad batch, but A-B is usually pretty consistent which makes me wonder if it was designed like this. Mouthfeel is lightly bodied and highly carbonated. I couldn't even have half the bottle, not drinkable. I really didn't want to hate on A-B with this one, I thought given the extra presentation put into this beer, it might be pretty good. If this is what their top 10 brewmasters came up with, I'm scared. Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but not for a while. Hopefully it will be better then.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Get this.... top brewmasters from 10 beer....

Pours out a nice golden straw, small white head that goes down quickly.

Smell. Malty and a bit sweet. Pretty neutral though, not that much aroma here, but its not all that bad.

Taste. has a cereal maltiness to it, and is a bit much on the sweet side. First sip was nice, but the sips after are a little off, sweet and a bit like cardboard. not that bad though. taste is a little more concentrated than i thought; it is not watery.

Mouthfeel is decent. good carbonation, body is medium to slightly full. Balance is a little off.

Overall, i would think it is safe to think they were trying to target the heineken crowd.... but i'm not sure it worked out. However, i would buy this before heineken, so i guess i give it a reluctant thumb up. nice bottle though(though now it says "World lager," not World Select.

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Photo of Vancer
2.62/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking pour into a pilsner glass. Good carbonation, dense foamy white head – also noted that it was bottled on 11/5/05. Nice lacey on the glass.

Unfortunately, it’s nut cutting time, and it not passing muster. Just some hints of euro yeast, along with some grains – mostly corn. Taste is very bland and unappealing. Only a harsh, earthy tasting brew from AB, certainly not “World Lager”.

I have a feeling this one will die out due to lack of interest. Any euro lager is better than this. Also glad it was a freebie, I'm not going to pay for any of these.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color that initially had a ¼” head of small white bubbles on top. The head was gone within about 30 seconds to end up as just a small film across the top of the beer that is maintained by quite a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Very reserved aroma. There is some graininess that is evident as the beer is cold, and that is about it. As the beer warms a bit, there is a little bit of a floral hop thing going on there...but I tell you, this beer is very restrained. As the beer warms a little, there is a bit of a skunky aroma becoming noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is about as uneventful as the aroma was. There is a slight sweetness that you notice at the beginning of the profile, but then you can pick up a faint taste of hops. There is a metallic component to the flavor that is as big of a player as the hops. There really isn’t much else to say about the flavor at this point. The finish is pretty dry and well attenuated, but leaves an almost watery feeling in its wake at the same time. As the beer warms a little, there is a bit of a buttery flavor coming out.

Opinion: Obviously this isn’t my favorite beer. It is very restrained and uneventful. If I can say something in its favor, it is clean and not flawed. I would be surprised if AB hasn’t figured that one out yet. It would be good for a homebrew to come out this unflawed...but as a commercial product I wouldn’t say that was worth buying this stuff. Support craft brews!

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden color, with excellent clarity. One finger head, not much retention or lacing. Clean nose, noble hops, and probably some light-struck aroma mingled in too. Some decent pilsener-esque crisp malt flavor, but corn-syrup sweetness is dominant. Spicy saaz aftertaste; bitter-but not dry. Light -medium body and highly carbonated. Mouthfeel is not bad, but the adjunct sweetness ruins the finish and I cannot even say this is easy to drink. World class? No chance.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anheuser World Lager
24 oz green bottle
Born on date inked for October 24 2005
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow with major carbonation bubbles that rise to the top of the glass. Thin white head on top that leaves some traces of lace.

The nose is grainy and sweet to the senses.

If Anheuser-Busch is going for the Euro lager taste to compete with beers like Heineken, then they nailed it. Sweet honey, grass and grain flavors with a slight imported hop snap on the finish. The taste is rather neutral and clean on the palate.

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Photo of whynot44
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light/medium bodied, clear gold with a moderate white head.

Aroma is very mild with a bit of warm biscuits and a grassy hops note.

Taste is also mild, slightly sweet malt up front followed by some mild hops bitterness. Probably the best effort yet from Anheuser-Busch, though still not up to some of the better lagers or pilsners (whether Euro or American). Comes in a very nice classy looking GREEN bottle. Decently refreshing, crisp and drinkable.

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