Budweiser Select
Anheuser-Busch

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From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #138
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
51
Ranked #30,073
Avg:
2.07 | pDev: 31.88%
Ratings:
1,347
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 03, 2022
Added:
Nov 13, 2004
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  310
SCORE
51
Awful
Budweiser SelectBudweiser Select
Notes: Brewed with two-row and roasted caramel malt for a rich color, and a blend of hand-selected premium American and Bavarian hops for balance and flavor. Budweiser Select spends approximately twice as long as regular beers in the brewhouse, which results in lower carbohydrate and calorie content after fermentation.
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3.5/5  rDev +69.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by sglooney316 from Texas

This is my favorite backyard all-nighter beer. In my fridge you find 3 types of beer: a Stout buy-of-the-week, miller lite, Budweiser Select. Love Budweiser Select can't complain. Full of memories of the good ole college years where we all chip in to buy a 24-pk or two.

May 03, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev +106.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dudon from Maine

One of the better light macro beers out there - it'll never compare to the craft beer, but it's excellent for what it is. Great lawn mowing / fishing / golfing beer on a hot day.

Dec 31, 2021
 
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3 by KT3418 from Colorado on Oct 29, 2021
 
2.02 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 18, 2021
 
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2.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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This is just a big nothing. Or a small nothing. Smells like water. Tastes like water with a little beer poured innit.

Not feeling this one

Jul 31, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev +57%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by jkblr from Indiana

25oz can stamped 20NOV21 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 4.3% ABV. The beer pours bright very light gold in color with minimal nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is faint with a minerally vegetable note. The taste is barely sweet and tart with a mild toasted malt note and plenty of movie popcorn butter. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, ok. It's nice that they put some toasted malt in this beer, but the vegetable and butter notes are too much to forgive.

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3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Jun 25, 2021
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2.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by Sabtos from Ohio

Lightly chill hazed pale amber with a persistent off-white creamy head leaving fine curtains on the glass.

Oh, so it's a less-light Bud Light--just a little toastier, and less ricey, waxy or sweet of grape notes. Unfortunately, while slightly reduced, those notes are all still there, accompanied by a slightly more present touch of bread that's missing from the lighter brother.

The medium body is fluffy but wet.

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3.11 by Hazey92 from New York on May 05, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +104.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
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taste really good for a light beer, good if you want to drink a lot, but not suffer

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5/5  rDev +141.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Richi3Rich from Texas

This beer is great. It’s one of, if not my favorite beer. The taste isn’t too strong, so for the novice beer drinker it’s a great choice. It is very refreshing and goes down easy. Not very filling, and easy to drink! I hope that Budweiser does not stop the production of this beer because it is one of kind and I have very fond memories of drinking this with my friends. I highly recommend this beer.

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2.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Gold in color with excellent clarity and plenty of carbonation bubbles. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering a quarter of the top. I get the faintest corn aroma, but I really have to seek it out. I’m tasting faint corn. The mouth is watery and highly quaffable.

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1/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by KSE-BRIGUY from Ohio

Is there an option less than 1?

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2.09 by SFC21 from Florida on Mar 29, 2020
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4.82/5  rDev +132.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by tp1962 from Illinois

This is a good beer. An “Awful rating” just isn’t accurate or appropriate. This beer tastes good.... light .... crisp... session able ... and great with family and friends..
Not all beer needs to cost $6 or more for ten ounces... don’t get caught in the hype... drink it because you like it....don’t let opinions sway what you like!

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5/5  rDev +141.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by AphenomAnon

*For "Lite" beer* #beer flavored water that tastes good.

When I first drank it I thought of iced tea, they managed to get the flavor without the body.
Advertised as an UltraLite low cal blahblahblah, This is one of the best tasting of all light beers. No floral hops but I do not enjoy that in a light. Just a smooth aftertaste from fresh bread.

Dec 06, 2019
 
2 by seakayak from Massachusetts on Oct 16, 2019
 
2.1 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Oct 14, 2019
 
2 by craigbelly from Iowa on Oct 11, 2019
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2.95/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

This one's got some noble hops in the nose, plus a little caramel. The flavor has a hint of toast with pilsner malt. It's got a bit of flavor but watery as fuck.

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2.5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by robed from California

Of the Budweiser products probably one of the better ones. The black can at least makes you look a bit cool when drinking it. If you find one fresh, cold, it's probably better than average

Jul 15, 2019
 
3.18 by Bear1964 from Nebraska on Jul 10, 2019
 
2.1 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts on Jun 01, 2019
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1.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Pale straw yellow two finger head with little lacing and dissipating quickly.

S: Almost no smell but bready water.

T: Watered down grain - this may be an improvement from the standard, but without a side by side I'd be hard to convince.

F: Thin but carbonated.

O: Another Midwest staple for those who think they found class.

May 31, 2019
 
2.58 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on May 11, 2019
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2.15/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

Quite possibly my least favorite from the Bud family. Had it on a few occasions and always thought it was kind of skunky. Always just tasted off. Just a notch above poor

May 05, 2019
 
2 by Electros from Canada (ON) on May 01, 2019
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3.3/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

BOTTLE:

I'm finding this surprisingly flavorful for a light lager of 99kcal, and surprisingly flavorful even compared to regular Budweiser. The caramel malt actually comes through in its taste, giving it a more diverse malt backbone than comparable light lagers with a bit more sweetness and body. Refreshing and nicely balanced, with a glimmer of floral hop flavour working its way in in addition to the usual grassiness.

Not watery or syrupy, nor is it redolent of any off-flavours (or overt adjunct). You can't say that about many value beers, let alone light lagers (so many are shallow simple watery garbage).

I don't see how one couldn't rate this at least above average in terms of the style; it's got more complexity and better balance than most I've tried. In terms of sheer flavor to kCal ratio, it's pretty strong (though Guinness probably wins out). I can imagine it better, but all in all it's rather well executed for what it is. I imagine many raters are just knocking it for being an AB-InBev product; I quite like it and definitely want another in this sitting.

Low B- / WORTHY

Mar 07, 2019
 
2.44 by Ryan_Hosford from Illinois on Mar 01, 2019
 
2.86 by Epicschale from Missouri on Feb 06, 2019
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2.5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Nass from Florida

The taste is quite similar to the regular Budweiser, it's okay but nothing to write home about. Cheers! C

Feb 02, 2019
 
2.3 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev +69.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

It actually has decent flavor. It is not a traditional heavy lager. It is the best low calorie light beer made. Select 55 is water, much like Bud Light and Ultra Light. I also like Rolling Rock Light and Heineken Light. I wish this was more readily available, and I hope they continue to make it.

Oct 19, 2018
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2.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by CR2036 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12oz can marked with a fresh by date 18 SEP 18 into a Victory tall glass.

L: Pours a very light and clear yellow/gold with half a finger of bone white head.
S: Smells much like standard Budweiser with an ever so slight smell of mustiness. Not sure if this is because it's past its sell by date.
T: Tastes much like regular Budweiser at first with its distinct beechwood taste, followed by light corn and grain taste with some sweet malt. Very little hops taste and bitterness. Finishes with a slight bitterness that I can only attribute to the aftertaste of seltzer water.
F: Quite watery with okay carbonation. If this were any more carbonated I'd mistake it for seltzer water.

O: I paid $26 for a 30 pack of this. I bought it on the premise that it would be the middle ground between Budweiser and Bud Light. It does taste much like that, but it's lighter than both. It doesn't make me full like Bud or even Bud Light. These are so crushable. Only downside: there isn't much flavor. But the flavor that's there is just fine. For a 99 calorie beer it's actually pretty good. I can only imagine what the 55 calorie version tastes like, though. Maybe I'll try that after I'm finished with these...

Oct 19, 2018
 
4.38 by DaveCash from New York on Sep 30, 2018
Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 51 out of 100 with 1347 ratings