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 ADR
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, it looks like this has finally made it to the upper midwest...crystal clear light gold appearance. One quarter inch very white head, soupy with about 30 seconds duration. Laces in widely-spaced commas. Aroma is pale honey, with no detectable sulfurous qualities. Not well carbonated to begin with, thickened water. Maltiness is reserved, hop is apparent and lends an apple core (even with seed-like alkaloids) impression mid mouth. Lingering astringency, could be dryer at the close. Sense of carbonation seems to come on in the throat and stomach. Not a horrendous beer, but not a particularly good value for a European Lager clone....

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Photo of Gusler
1.36/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well at almost $9.00 a sixer, I’m sure this must be truly the “King Of Beers”. As it pours from the quite cute green bottle the color an unclouded gold, the head modest in size, the texture frothy and the color a bright white, lace a patchy sheet to not cover the glass. Nose as expected, sweet malt, fresh, crisp yada yada, start is sweet, modest malt profile, top cadaverous. Finish is moderate in carbonation, hops unimpressive, dry aftertaste “Loser”, nuff said.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Straw golden color with a decent sized head with an ample amount of lacing formed that sticks around for awhile. Aroma: Sweet grassy grainy tone with the typical Euro lager herbal hop aroma, definitely a marketing campaign to compete with one of the top selling imports Heineken. Taste: Clean grainy sweetness with a nice hop bitterness not bad just has the same characteristic "skunky" tone with those herbal hops in the mix. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied strong carbonation. Drinkability: Decent shot at copying a green bottled Euro lager reasonably refreshing just I would rather taste more complex brews than this one.

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Photo of merlin48
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking, non-returnable green bottle with born on date of Dec 30, 03. First time I've seen this in my area. Pours a clear, pale yellow. Small white head with an aggressive pour, no head otherwise. Spotty lacing. Very weak aroma, maybe a hint of sweet grain and floral hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. Taste is light bodied and well carbonated. Nothing skunky or disagreable. Goes down very easy. A very well balanced weak beer. Am I missing something here? I've had Budweisers with more flavor and aroma. It's more drinkable than a Heineken or a Rolling Rock, but I'm finding this expensive new AB product to be lacking in character and complexity.The label proclaims this to be a "sophisticated continental pilsner". Hmmm. It finishes clean, dry, and a tad bitter. Very drinkable and refreshing, but no significant taste or aroma. Disappointing, especially for the price.

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Photo of jtw5877
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a standard macro yellow with a white head, and a skunky aroma. A fairly mainstream lager I can't really figure out how all these brewers from so many nations chipped in to make such an uninspired beer. Maybe they spent all their time designing the bottle, and put regular bud in it?

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$7.99 a six at the local grocery.

Packaged in a 12 oz. green bottle with a cool looking gold, white and black label. It suggests something new from an old company.

Pours a pale golden color with minimal head that dissappears quickly. Light carbonation.

The smell is sweet and vaguely champagne like.

The initial taste is the trademark A-B punch of harsh graininess. After that it develops some interesting flavor. There is a complex malt flavor and a bit of nice, bitter hops that lingers.

The mouthfeel is similar to a Bud, but a little thicker.

The drinkability is OK. This is the first A-B product I would consider drinking again without being under duress. I could almost say I liked it. I liked some aspects of the flavor and could get used to it.

A step in the right direction for A-B, but too pricey for what it delivers.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-B's shot at Heini drinkers. They got the smell pretty darn close, similar skunky hop aroma. Small, active, bright white head that fades to a scattered film. Clear, light gollden amber colored beer. Tastes like a Busch-Heineken hybrid. Sweet corn and not so bitter hop flavor. Light body, fairly clean aftertaste. At $8 a six pack it's way too expensive. The packaging and price suggest upscale, but the taste falls short.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light yellowish-orange in the body with a moderate head.

Smell – There’s actually a touch of floral hopping to cover the typical Bud grain along with a musty grass aroma.

Taste – Did they finally get it right? Nope. I’ll take this over the regular Bud if for no other reason than the absence of that nasty sucrose taste. But, other than that, you’ve got a slightly mellower grain mixture with a tease of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is too cheap and fizzy to please the palate, and the ultra-thin body keeps this one from feeling like a real beer.

Drinkability – I’ll take this over a Bud or Bud Light and will probably finish this bottle, but don’t expect any big deviation from the standard American macro fare.

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Photo of TinusTime
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden with a nice white foamy head.. WHen the head subsides not much lace left on top. Strangely large bubbles and even stranger the surface tension on top of the beer does not allow them to escape all the way to the top, but sort of shuffles them to the side. Smell is flowery and a bit grainy. Typical Euro Pils smell.

Taste- Typical Eurp Pils flavours up front, then it drops to nothing. Lacks the finishing bite of the Saaz hops to clear and dry things out. Sweetens as it warms up.
Mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated, and sweet. Drinkability is low as well as i just couldnt see myself having more than one of these..

Basically AB wanted to compete with Heineken but ended up competing with Mariners Lager. Not recommended

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Photo of Jables
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours just like the tried and true, good old Bud, but slightly darker, which is a good thing. Head is soapy and bubbly.

Smells very similar to grolsch, typical euro pilsner, hops, grain, and malt on the nose.

Taste is malty up front then backed up Saaz hops for that crisp pilsner bite, but then the harsh grainy taste comes in and ruins a half-decent pils.

Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery as I had anticipated.

Actually this beer exceeded my anticipation greatly. I believe all this is, despite marketing, is what Budweiser should taste like. If ingredients weren't skimped on, this would be Budweiser. AB didn't need 10 brewmasters from 4 continents to figure that out. If this comes down in price I could see buying a sixer for a party or something but otherwise I won't bother, regardless of situation. of...enjoyed this as it fit its role of being light, refreshing, and semi-flavorful

**Special thanks to my Rep for this freebie!**

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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 BeerAngel
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with bubbles racing towards a fast fading head. By the time I typed that last sentence the head was gone. The aroma consists of a fresh cut grass twang and a very faint hop note. The taste is grassy as well with a fresh crisp hop and carb bite blended with a grainy flavor. This is a very light bodied brew that finishes just slightly dry. This is actually a decent brew from a company that I didn't expect such a specimen! This beer could actually go nice with a meal. I'm in awe that I could say something positive about a beer from AB, but there I did it! Cheers!

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Photo of pio
1.93/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

holy crap this (green bottled) beer had a pry off top, how are the red necks going to get to it, use their bics? straw colored browned yellow liquid, a shade or two darker than most yellow beers. active body. whispy white head that dies almost immeadiately a halo will stay if you rouse it alot....
smells like stinky green apple rot, like bud, like a double bud.
dosen't taste very good at all, not really like beer as far as i'm concerned. i got no real malt flavor and no real hop flavor. while it was cold it went ok with buttery pretzels. that was the last one i'll ever have.
crisp carbonation, false feeling body that leaves a blunt bitter bite on the palate along with industrial after flavors, like city tap water.
i didn't finish this beer, i'll not have another one.
this sample was one of several left by the dist. at one of my watering holes, they put it up to the pio test and at first i said 'no way am i drinking that' but got pulled in. you figure the samples the rep gives should be better than what they peddle on the whole, it's like that in some cases, but if that's true here i can't see this one getting much worse.

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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 granger10
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is simply an all around average beer. I was hoping for maybe a little more considering the hype on the bottle but it wasn't bad either. Definitely had that pilsner taste to it with a slight skunky note and some sweetness. This one was a little too grainy and not as crisp or smooth as other "good" pilsners. Maybe after a few more tries they could create something that would live up to the billing on the bottle.

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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 Stingray5
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade for a Magic Hat #9. I got the better end of the deal. Attractive bottle, albiet green. Poured clear pale yellow with very little head/lace. Kinda like a Bud. Sweetness in the aroma, slight hop bite. Kinda like a Bud. The mouthful was where things began to change. Much heartier than it's Kingly counterpart. Taste had a crispness with good hop presence. Still some adjuncts detected, but an improvement. Refreshing. Good drinkability.

Overall, this brew displays some signs of decency. Paired nice with potato chips and Jets/Giants game. Not bad!

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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 yen157
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bright gold “pilsner” yellow, with quickly fading white head that melts into a ring that is constantly reinforced by fast carbonation. Grassy, slightly floral hops made me wonder if this was actually an A-B product. Then I tasted it. What a let down. It was plainly obvious that they nailed that “European” flavor that they were shooting for, but they missed the point of the style, THE HOPS! Bitterness was present, but very disappointing. The hop flavor was very cooked and vegetative.

I had this from the bottle not draft, but I have seen this at Andy’s Corner. I will admit that World Select has one of the coolest tap handles out there. It consists of three flat strips of “metal” that start at the base and clamp a globe in place on top. Very neat.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a brilliant pale yellow, topped with a thick, frothy pure white head. Amazing clarity, I could read through this stuff, with millions of carbonation bubbles rapidly rising to feed the head. Incredible head retention, actually gaining some head after a couple sips and never really diminishing at all. Tons of sticky lace.
The aroma is pretty much what i expected. Basically a fresher version of Heineken. Pleasant saaz hop aroma, with some crisp pils malt. No detectable adjuncts. Very clean, but a little sweet.
The flavor seems like an attempt to mimic Heineken, Becks, or something like that. Very crisp and effervescent mouthfeel, with natural feeling carbonation. Clean pils malt up front, pretty light, with a detectable rice flavor in the middle. Definitely not all malt. A nice spicy saaz flavor, but with a saccharine nutrasweet finish that doesn't taste natural. The beer is decent, and could be mistaken for an import up until the end, where an odd chemical sugary sweetness takes over, kind of cloying. Unfortunately, it also lingers into the aftertaste, which sticks around for a while. The more the beer warms, the more prominent the flavor becomes. The carbonation also gets sluggish and loses it's spritziness rather quickly, which leads me to believe the carbonation isn't natural. A bit fuller bodied than regular Bud.
I know Budweiser can brew a better beer than this. Unfortunately, they brewed a slightly better version of Bud, and failed to create a beer that's truly impressive. Lackluster at best, and I'd still buy a Heineken over this. As for the price of the six have to be kidding me. I thought this might actually be good at over $7. Luckily, I wasn't the one that paid for it.

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Photo of Suds
3.07/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, it's about what I expected: mass-market mediocrity, gimmicky concept, all-around average beer.
Pours a deep, gold color with a shiny white head (that doesn't have much staying power). Sweet malt and fresh-cut grass in the aroma...very grassy. Smell could be a little more intense, but it's not all that bad. Slightly malty up front, crisp finish. Not quite as carbonated as I expected.
In summary, it's better than almost all other AB products, but still a disappointment.

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Photo of kunzbrew
2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well I had this for the first time this past weekend and I was not inpressed.

Pours the same pale yellow as the regular Bud. Has a little more of pilsner aroma but not much.

I still taste the same bud flavor, not any more of pilsner than Bud.

Still crap for AB.


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Photo of Ianhockey91
1.2/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

flat out awful, its just like bud but with a little less corn, and a bit better head retention. Went to a paty at my fiances aunts house and her husband got this because he heard that "I like those fancy beers" So i drank it with a smile all the while wanting to spit it out.

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Photo of far333
2.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is supposed to compete with imports? This beer is the same light yellow color as regular Budweiser. It is pale and fizzy, but it did pour a nice soapy head that lingered for a little while. The flavor was a little sweeter than regular Bud, with some hints of corn. Head felt creamy, but once it was gone, this beer just turned into a glass of Bud without that regular Bud burnt rubber taste in the back of the throat. Couldn't even finish the glass. Don't bother.

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Anheuser World Lager (World Select) from Anheuser-Busch
2.87 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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