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:
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Added by Todd on 06-05-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

This is the first time I have paid my own money for an A-B beer in living memory. Whoever these top brewmasters from around the world are, they obviously spent countless hours and spared no expense...coming up with the name. The beer is below average, which is the highest praise I have ever given a macro. Pours a clear and bubbly gold color with a thin white head and little lacing. Mild hops aroma. Light and crisp with a weak hops flavor and maybe even some nuttyness. The finish is thin and lightly bitter, and it seems they are hoping for the Pilsner Urquell skunk after this sits on the shelves in the green bottle for awhile. Luckily I got a fresh bottle. Satisfied my curiosity but I won’t ever get it again.

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Photo of brewQ
2.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I did not know what style this beer was when I saw the script neon sign at the busy bar/restaurant. My server said they had it on tap and it was "some kind of red, heavier beer". I thought they pulled the Bud handle when she delivered it to the table.

It was a darker gold than Bud, but had the same thin white head. My less than subtle sniffer couldn't really pick up strong hop or floral scents- just some grain. It had a quality taste but not much body to it. Pilsner is not my favorite style- especially after I was prepped for something more substantial.

Drinkable- yes. Without the green bottle and some other marketing hype though, this looks a loser for them on tap.

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Photo of budgood1
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the "sophisticated" green bottle a brilliant golden colour with fast rising bubbles keeping a minor head in business. soft pale malts and grassy graininess greet the nose. pleasant enough. tastes like what you would expect from A-B mimicking the a euro style lager. just enough hints of the grain and hops and with a fuller than average body propping up the show. finishes with a crisp and refreshing smack with a lingering bitterness that teases you into believing your savouring some hops. basically it's a beefed up michelob with less hop flavour....i'm sure pitchers of this would be a good thing after a day in the sun....but if your looking for an american pilsener to compare to the euro selections...this isn't it.

overall...not a bad beer...just not worthy of any hype.

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

12 oz green glass bottle. "Born on date" on the label.

I happened to be in a bar when an AB rep handed out free bottles of this beer to everyone. Who am I to refuse a free beer? I must say that I was surprised and disappointed by this beer. It is obviously packaged and named to compete with imported green-bottled Euro lagers, but it falls far short. It is much more akin to Bud Light than to Becks or Heineken.

This beer poured a clear, yellow color with white foam that settled completely to leave a flat surface. There was no carbonation action, either. The smell was slightly sweet (corn?) and malty with a very faint hint of sulfur (not skunked, just the typical Euro lager sulfur smell). The taste was lightly sweet with touches of hops and grain. The taste was similar to Bud Light, but with a touch more hops (though the hop bitterness was still rather low). The mouthfeel was smooth and clean with medium-light body and modest carbonation. This was a light, easy drinking lager, but it does not live up the standards set by its European cousins.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tiny, white, fizzy head. Clear, darkish yellow/gold beer. No lacing. Lotsa stank in the nose, but that's fine with me. Sweetish, with crackers. More sweet and crackers in the front. A fizzy middle with some fruit, but kind of sour, too. Lots of cooked crackers in the finish. Quite bitter. Cheesy aftertaste. Interesting. There's definitely more flavor than your standard American pale lager. I think AB probably hit the mark they were shooting for.

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Photo of koolkat
2.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this at the grocery store and figured I see what the best AB can do would taste to my palate. (for 6.99 a six pack Ill never get it again)

Pours a nice yellow much more color that a normal bud and looks like a nice pilsner. Upon tasting it though all I could think was rollingrock. There was a fair bit of dimethylsulfide that just detracts horribly from beers in my opinion. If it was aged a little longer over some yeast to pick up some of that DMS or maybe boiled with the kettle open or something it would actually be a decent beer but DMS is just nasty to me.

The body is decent for a light pilsner and overall everything else is just average nothing great but average. It is a little sweet and some corn definately comes through in the flavor, but not in a horrible way just in a minor annoyance. If they could fix the DMS problem I would get it again but I am doubtful that they will fix it. I just keep on wondering why with 10 master brewers working on this beer at least one didnt think that they had too much DMS and tried to fix it.

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

Well the restaurant we went to had this and some other macro's on tap so I thought I would give it a try.

The brew was a very clear yellow color with a slight white head that was gone in a short amount of time.

The aroma is slight in both hops and malt. Not much of a smell to the brew, what’s there does not smell to bad though.

This is a crisp brew with a small hop to it. Possibly some fruit flavors but not sure. Over all it was more than I expected from this brew but still seems to be to blah for me.

Over all it is probably one of the best brews I have had from AB, something that I could drink in the summer if need be.

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

Why the hell does it take ten brewmasters to make a perfectly average beer? Don't get me wrong, this is one of the best lagers Anheuser-Busch has ever produced, which isn't really saying too much since they have a long history of being extremely below par.
The beer on pour is a clear yellow colour with a moderate head that disipates very quickly. The aroma was entirely of malts and little, if any hops. The taste was also of malts. Nothing to interesting. This is a boring pilsner, but it is a huge leap from A-B's other products. Be careful. It comes in a green bottle. Subject to skunk.

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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 proc
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser Busch's foray into a Euro-style, Heinekenesque lager. Pours out to a bright golden yellow in the glass with a large head. Aroma is that of light hops and the typical European lager. The taste is actually decent, but not powerful. The hops actually can be tasted, along with a bit of malt sweetness on the finish. This reminded me of Budweiser with hops. Not as good as a Budvar/Czechvar, Czech Rebel or Pilsner Urquell, but a nice attempt for the style

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much what I expected after reading reviews. Similar, but not as good, as Heinekin. The Macro sweetness and aftertaste creeps in. Certainly looks and tastes better than Bud, but then again, so does almost anything else. Another marketing ploy by A.B. If people are willing to pay that price for this pale imitation, let 'em. This wasn't even as good as the Sapporo I had before it. (and what a strange collection of countries listed on the neck. Where these the master brewers? Korea, China, Spain, Argentina etc? They hardly even make beer in these countries).

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - nice color, orangey gold. Small white head evaporates quickly into nothing and leaves zilch on the glass in the way of lace.

Aroma - Nasty skunk in a damn green bottle. I expected that. Fades to only slightly nasty after a few moments.

Taste - way better than it smells. Decent pilsner, a little on the sweet side. Good flavor with some depth. Even a noticeable hop bite in there. Nice job AB, but *please* put this in cans or brown bottles.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp and fairly smooth, too. Nice recovery from a poor first impression. Leaves a nice sweet residue.

Drinkability - Some good points, some very bad points. I'd enjoy it much more on tap probably. I guess if I had a sixer I could hold my nose on the pour until the heavy offensive odors dissipate, but better beers are above that, as am I.

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

Saw this in a local grocery and decided to give it a try despite the $7.99 price tag (not to mention the green glass). Besides, I had a couple of Heineken’s in the fridge, so an A-to-B test was too tempting to pass up.

The initial pour was in AB’s favor: an equal head, a somewhat darker body, similar carbonation, and a less-skunky smell (the AB was likely fresher, with a “born on” date of 28 Jan 04).

AB actually has some hops in this one, which is WAY above the standard Mich/Bud fare.

Mouthfeel was also decent for the style and I found it quite drinkable: three or four of these could go down very quickly.

If AB is indeed aiming at Heineken (the bottle shape is similar, in a near-exact shade of green glass, but standing ¾” taller), this beer is a pretty decent imitation. It even has a few advantages.

That said, this isn’t my favorite style of beer – and the price is a bit steep for the product involved.

Now, if only AB would try to match (or beat) Heineken DARK…

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Photo of bditty187
3.31/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale amber-gold hue with a white head that reached a shade over a finger in height before fading away, I noticed some animation trying to replenish the head, it didn’t have much success. The subsequent lacing was webby and prevalent. This is a typical looking Pils/Pale Lager. The nose, ah the nose, this sets it apart from anything AB has produced previously. Obviously (it is so painfully obvious after one whiff) World Select is going after the Heineken/Beck’s/green bottle sheik crowd. The aromas are of hay, grass, a soft Euro-hops twang and slender herbal notes. It is trying to be skunky with out actually being skunky. Those devils! Regardless I don’t find the smells to be inviting. The palate is crisp with a bite of herbal hops upfront, mild bitterness, in the middle a dry bland maltiness emerges and abruptly ends. The finish is clean and heavily carbonated. Throughout the taste there is some influences of grass and hay. AB completely meets their goals with this beer, they aimed to copy a Euro-Lager and they did. And frankly they did a great job at it. World Select is fresh, crisp, refreshing, and just flavorful enough to care. The carbonation is a little stiff and the mouthfeel is a little uneventful, medium in body. It is drinkable enough. It was too expensive to risk buying a six-pack of, so I went with a single bottle when I was in Iowa City for $1.40. It was a good purchase. Would I go back to it, I don’t know, but if someone says AB can’t make a good beer, I’ll point them in this direction. Seriously though, lower the freaking price of this beer!

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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 coasterfreak75
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I waited and waited to taste this beer from the first time I read about it. The pour was like any other American macro, light golden-copper hue with a 1/4 inch head that quicky dissipated quickly and left no ring on the glass. The smell was slightly fruity with an even more slight hint of euro hops. The taste starts with a very slight hop bite followed by a smooth finish. I did like the drinkability, it was very refreshing and would be a good summer beer to enjoy on the deck or the patio at the beach. I guess I just had my hopes up too high for this beer.I don't know, maybe I was hoping Anheuser-Busch would do something like a pre-prohibition Budweiser or maybe something with more hop bite.

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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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