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

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 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 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 oberon
3.31/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I never thought about buying this until a co worker who likes good beer as well said this wasnt half bad and well he is not completely wrong.Starts out nicely pouring a light golden with a nice well retained fluffy head with good carbonation,aromas are light some German-like iron and faint grass.A light flavored lager some definant hop presence lightly grassy with a sweet backbone but pretty light.Pretty crisp easy drinker head and shoulders above any other A-B product and Iam not ashamed to say so the price is ridiculous for this brew but it really isnt half bad at all.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Green(?) 12 oz. bottle with born-on date on the label, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale gold color, poured a decent head that faded into a single layer that remained.

Aroma: Euro hops smell, nothing spectacular, but not skunky either.

Taste: Light and grainy to start, hops take over in the middle and remain through the finish. Overall, crisp and inoffensive.

Overall: Nothing special here. If it's free I'll have one, but in my opinion Budweiser is better, and that's not exactly a big compliment.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Notes. I've actually been saving this review for my "mug review". My first review was an AB product, so I am making this milestone also an AB product review. Consumed at a neighbor's house after an evening shoveling snow. From a pilsner glass.

Apperance: Bright, clear, gold. Decent head (at least 1/2-inch), fell to a ring around the glass, minimal lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, light malt, no "Euro skunk" or any skunking detectable.

Taste: Although definitely toned down (typical for AB) there is a nice balance of hops and light malts. No adjunct-like flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, lightly carbonated (for AB). crisp clean finish.

Drinkability: Typical for AB, I guess - Easy to drink and inoffensive. Part of me hoped for something big and bold, yet the realist in me said its AB, they must make it weak and not complex for the masses. Oh well, it is better than Heineken IMO, and the born on date will ensure freshness. But the big drawback- the price. I had a free bottle, when I actually search this out when I bought Bud Select I discovered that it goes for between $7.49 and $7.99 a six! Incredible! Import prices for a beer "imported" from St. Louis? Or did I miss something an this is actually brewed in one of the 10 countries their brewmasters are from? So, its drinkable, but for me not buyable.

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

Anheuser “World Select” pours a dark amber from a 12oz green glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers before disappearing to a well defined ring of foam with bits of lace here and there on the glass sides.

Nose is a damp barley malt with a side of PVC, Poly(vinyl chloride). Palate is a drying hops bitter with a faint base of barley malt and some unidentifiable saccharide... corn?

I have had very good barley malt beers, this is not one of them.

Epilogue... Very drying... Very bitter... and Very unwelcome.

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.07/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearence of this beer was good, a very nice golden color with a great head that lasted well. However, it lacked on smell with only a slite hint of malt and hops, though more so than regular bud.

The taste wasn't bad, a slite malt flavor with a little hop spicyness, but nothing to get very excited over. It had good carbonation with a thin, weak mouthfeel, that is very drinkable. Basically just your usual offering from A-B, that would probably be excellent on a hot day.

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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 Backer2004
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best beer around is free beer . . . unless the free beer is Anheuser World Select. Actually, this compares quite closely to Heineken. Pours a golden hue with little carbonation or lacing. Tastes a bit sweeter and easier to drink than its import original. Will not buy this in the store or restaurant . . . will accept another complimentary one.

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Photo of mynie
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprisingly nice pour. Dark golden with a nice head, very bubbly.

Smells like faint euro hops with grain, along with a hint of Bud-ish malt.

Tastes pretty good, light hops up front, sweet grain and malt in back. No complexity, really. A bitter, slightly soapy aftertaste.

Goes down smooth with a crisp body that's nothing special.

This sixer was worth the $4.00 the grocery store charged, but I wouldn't pay much more.

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Photo of barleysangel
2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color was pale golden. The head was white and foamy that turned creamy. Not exciting to look at. It smells like a Bud. It has a slight aftertaste and not much taste. Very thin. I wouldn't have another because it tastes just like a Budweiser, which is cheaper.

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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 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 rousee
3.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Green 12 oz bottle with born-on date of Feb 04--This was October 04--should be okay. Straight gold straw color forms a 2 finger cap fades to 1mm very quickly. Surpisingly decent lace on glass with good, continual carbonation.
Smell is slightly skunky and grassy. No malt with the faint hint of hops present.Taste is very straight forward clean and no frills --much better than a regular bud. Finishes a little soapy and bubbly but decent. Very drinkable. I am pleasantly surpised.

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Photo of Tang07
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, I just went to the AB compound in St. Louis.

After the tour it was time for the "two" samples at the hospitality bar. I tryed this one first. I had seen it in the store and (rightfully) had been a bit skeptical about paying that much for a AB product.

So I drank a 8 oz. sample.

It had a nice head, looked good in the translucent plastic cup, and had an OK smell, and it tasted like an AB product. It seems like all AB products taste like modified Bud.

If you like Bud with a twist this is OK. If you don't, avoid this product. Not bad, but I would not purchase it.

[ serving type: bottle ]

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Photo of stirgy
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 blitheringidiot
2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Just had a freebie bottle poured into a pilsener glass at me local.

Poured an unimaginative pale clear bubbley champagne at best looking roll. Nothing special to gander.

Scents were a barely present cabbage and broccolli like leaf notes thatblended into the flavor which reminded me of nothing more than an absolutely 100% Heineken wanna-be rip off clone, but more grainy and watery.

Barely drinkable, but went back with a struggle.

Fear this beer!

Beer is good, if free. Happy beering.

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Photo of twi1609372
1.68/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

had this at a bar, wanted to see first hand anheisers attempt at a good beeer,they came "socos" to making a descent beer. a watered down beck is the first thing that comes to mind.tastes not quite as skunky as heineken, nothing really overtly impressive here, not impressed with buds attempt at a good beer, why drink an attempt when you can drink the real thing, and cheaper too.

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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 Rio
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. green bottle with 'Born On' dating. Nice raised glass on the bottle, good presentation. Reviewed from notes.

Poured pale with a light head that quickly disappeared, good bit of carbonation that seemed to remain, though. Smelled a bit of hops, pretty much like what I would expect from a pilsner beer, with a bit of a 'skunky' smell to it. Grassy hoppy flavor to it, with less of the skunky taste that I had expected. Nice, crisp feel to it.

All in all, I had to try it. Not much different than I expected from the green bottled pilsners, but the crisp feel of it was enjoyable. Good job on making an American version of what seems to be primarily a Euro style (I could be wrong on that), and worth recommending to people who enjoy the Heinekins and Carlsbergs and the like.

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

12 ounce bottle, with Brewed on dating information. Pours pale and clear with a white head which quickly departs. Large bubbles, light to medium body. Bit of malt detectable, sort of skunky notes. grassy hop flavors. Crisp and refreshing pilsner, goes down easy, lawn mower quaffer at best. Fancy bottle, same crap inside.

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Photo of cokes
2.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden sheen topped with white froth. Moderate, scattered carbonation.
There's a faint sulphur blast upon opening the bottle, but that seems to vanish once it's poured. Now, there's grain and a strange honeyed artificial vanilla bean sense. Dry, grassy hops in the background.
Grainy in the mouth, but not especially crisp or sharp. Seems to lean a bit sweet, with a near sugar sensation (possible adjuncts?). Then again, it's not especially sweet either. Dry honey towards the middle. Ends grassy and mostly vacant.
Light bodied, drainable and that's about it. Carbonation dies about halfway through.
This is a passable Macro Euro-lager attempt. But who cares?

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Photo of Waltman
3.31/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Anheuser Busch, being the king of America's mass produced brews, has developed their World Select to mirror the mass produced brews of Europe such as Heineken or Becks. While the flavor is not quite as sharp as the aforementioned Europeans, it is nonetheless an easy drinking and enjoyable Pilsner.

If this style of beer is your thing, I suggest you sample this beer now because I doubt it will be around very long. The price tag ($7.49 for six pack at my grocery store) and the stigma of the A-B name in the premium marketplace will no doubt cause its extinction.

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Photo of ngandhi
1.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Canopy Club (Urbana, IL): 1.00/pint

World Select's rich malt profile has a touch of grain on the finish, but is much smoother than most lagers.

I can't go so far as to classify this as a German pilsener, however, even if it is Anheuser-Busch's foray into craft beer. There are no hops on the nose and no bitterness on the palette. The water profile is clean and unintrusive, a nice canvas for the flabby malts, but not charismatic enough for a German pilsener.

And though the malt tastes pure, it's also laden with the same muddy qualities so true to Budweiser. Perhaps it's death by association, but World Select offers very little to the beer world outside of yet another lager beer. This is better than their other offerings, but still largely unpalatable. If you try hard enough, you can detect a little helles, as if the brewer was drinking one with his pastrami sandwich right before he brewed this batch. Overall, it's too malt-driven and shies away from hops like every mass-produced American lager beer.

If Budweiser is beer after it's passed through the human body, World Select is what was left behind.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour is little different than any other A-B product, light golden and clear, a bit darker than typical. Nose is strongly skunked and grassy, very off-putting. Date on bottle confirms this sample is still fresh.

Taste is corn, corn and more sweet corn. Cloyingly sweet and one-dimensional, no hop bite, nothing to explore more than the syrupy malt-corn sweetness. If this is a competitor to Heineken, they waaay overshot the taste.

Slightly stronger and richer than the typical Budweiser product, but I think I even prefer a standard Bud to something like this.

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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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