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:
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Added by Todd on 06-05-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of TheDeuce
2.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer's name has apparantly been changed to "World Lager"

Appearance-pours a hazy golden color with a decent fizzy head that dissipitates quickly, color is alright.

Smell-Euro style hop and barley overtones, some malt and alcohol to round it out, actually has ok aromatic character.

Taste-Somewhat filtered but the flavor does break through, grainy with a slight rush of noble hop, goes down quickly and easily.

Mouthfeel-somewhat watery but other than that it's par for the course for Euro style lagers.

Drinkability-only 5% alcohol and it will quench your thirst but nothing at all to be excited about.

Overall-AB's answer to Heiniken and St. Pauli Girl, ok yet filtered Euro Style lager that is as mediocre as the rest of AB's beers.

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

I guess that this is the Anheuser-Busch answer to Heiniken. It looks very similar...Light straw, overcarbonated, stark white head that falls to a trace. Smells similar also, but not as skunked or astingent. Still a mild sweet aroma that is dominated by light striken hops souring. Tastes the same mild sweetness, but overpowered by noble hop bittering, sourness, graininess, and vegitol flavors. Unlike Heineken, World select is a bit tolerable. I won't pour it out, but I won't be buying it either.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well the kings of hype have produced another pale lager. Wow why hadn't they thought of that before? Pours yellow to golden in color, clear with high carbonation. The aroma is of mild bready malt, not much hops slight yeast. Flavor is similar and similarly mild, this is considerably maltier than Bud, not very bitter. Real crisp and clean finish. While this is not an earth shattering reinvention of the style, this is a marked improvement over their other products.

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

OK, this is the one Anheuser-Busch product which actually has something resembling a real beer color. It's a pale golden, with a foamy white head that quickly goes away. Fairly well carbonated, as expected. It has a slightly Saaz hops type aroma, very light, but noticeable. Taste is like a watered down pilsner, not world class as the name inplies, but not totally awful either, although there is a slight metallic taste that is somewhat off-putting. There's a malty backbone behind the hops. In a nutshell, while it's not a "world-class beer", it's not anywhere near as bad as the rest of the Anheuser lineup. If there's a gun to your head and you MUST choose an A-B product, make it this one.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Official beer of the WPT. So, someone decides to bring it to our poker game. Pours a clear yellow/gold. Lots of carbonation, and a decent, 1 1/2 finger head. Which, disipated in a few minutes to about a 1/8 finger head. Their is a ring of lace where the beer reached the top of the glass. Nothing more. Smells a bit skunky, but not as bad as I would have expected. I'm assuming this beer was fresh, or well cared for during shipping and at the store. Grassy hops, and a dry malt scent. Very crisp taste. Grassy bitterness, and some grain/bread malt profile as well. Mouthfeel is dry and a bit slick. I think this is what a Heineken is supposed to taste like. It's drinkable as swill, but actually okay. Probably the best selection someone else ever brought to a poker game.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like A-B is going for the import wanna be market now. Poured out to a decent looking yellow golden color with slightly lower than average carbonation. Short lived head, with a only a touch of lace. Scent of pale malts and hops were noted. Flavor was consistant with odor, mostly malt and hops, not much else. Finished crisp and clean. I'd stick to the real imports, but this is a for sure step up for A-B. Worth a try.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Green twisty, no abv, date, etc. I think it’s trying to call itself a Pilsner. Date code on the bottom, but no born on date found.

Aroma: A minty fresh hop aroma that struck me as slightly skunked. Hops smell noble and earthy. As it warms a bit some citric notes come out.

Appearance: Finger of multi-sized white bubbles crown a surprisingly dark gold glass with many carbonation traces. I’m impressed that it left a little lace!

Flavor: Full malt taste in the beginning, tastes a bit like Heineken but much less skunk. Wonder if that’s their target. Any way, some grainy notes, hops are at a fair level for style and give a mild bittering effect. As it warmed, some corn like tastes came out, but very mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a full rich texture, again, that’s surprising given the brewer.

Overall Impression: I’m not buying Pilsner, but this is a pretty good beer. I’d put it toward the top of the BMC offerings, but that’s not saying much. I really wanted to hate this beer, and I just can’t do it. For the style, which is supposed to be a hot weather refresher, this hits its mark. I don’t recommend it over any micro, but I would recommend it over any macro.

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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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Anheuser World Lager (World Select) from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.87 out of 5 with 132 ratings
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