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Budweiser Select | Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser SelectBudweiser Select

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Missouri, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps Bud Ultra Light is a more suitable name. Poured out to a light yellow golden color, with a short lived white lacy head. Medium light carbonation. Not much of a nose, but hints of stewed veggies and earthy notes were observed. Light airy taste of corn and hops could be a whole lot stronger, but considering this is low carb, it's not bad. Less flavor than Miller light, but a nice change and a bit less abrasive mouthfeel. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
1.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, there isn't a whole heck of a lot to comment on here. I can definatly understand why people drink this stuff, it's very easy to drink, there is hardly anything to it.

Pours a very pale light gold in color with a very slight thin lace head that doesn't stick around. Nose is a little sweet and grainy, but only slightly, not much going on. Taste is squeaky clean, crisp as advertised, slight corn profile and a very, very slight bit of hops in there somewhere, barely detectable. Also a bit of fruitiness, also very slight, almost banana-like in a vague sort of way. Mainly there is only corn and that dies quickly into nothing at all. Mouthfeel is light, watery. There is no aftertaste at all to speak of. Drinkability is excellent, but so is water, I'm giving it a lower drinkability rating however because this just isn't interesting enough to make me want more. The finish is odd, it slams into nothing in the taste department, very dry... dry to the point where it almost gives me cotton mouth. You almost want to drink more just so your mouth doesn't stay like that. Maybe it's designed that way, hm.

So yeah, I can see why people drink this stuff, it's easy. Nothing to it. But I'm not interested, just another macro, but as light beer goes, it's probably a bit better than the competition except for the fact that you feel dehydrated after drinking one. Jables hit it right on.

Slàinte! (sort of)

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Photo of soulfly967
1.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This poured a crystal clear light yellow color with a small white head. There honestly was not much to the smell, only a few traces of grain. The taste was very weak, with only hints of malt and a bit of hops near the end. What little taste there was vanished quickly. The mouthfeel was very thin, like carbonated water. As for drinkability... its certainly drinkable, but you won't want to drink more than one. I'm not at all impressed with this one, as usual when it comes to AB products.

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Photo of Jables
1.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Served from twelve oz. bottle

Pours light yellow with effervescent bubblies all over. Bright white, quickly dissipating head rises and falls quickly. Bubbles persist and persist.

Aroma is lightly accented with some sweetness and maybe a hint, nay, a whisper of bitterness. Not exactly promising and perhaps a bit dissappointing from a brew claiming to be heavier on the hops.

Upon drinking I not only find it to be light, but completely void of body. Bud Select is a veritable black hole of body, and you can quote me on that. This bitch sucks the life out of your will to consume lighter beverages for an evening. The mouthfeel demands that you immediately pick up the next decent brew you see and let it coat your mouth to regain feeling in your mouth again. Otherwise you will feel dry and parched like you just walked eight miles through the desert just north of scottsdale in June with a pack and a snakebite.

The flavor is a tad shy of Budweiser. Actually it tastes like Budweiser for the first couple fractions of a second, then flavors of club soda take over for another half a second and then nothing, nothing has flavor until a better beer is consumed. I suspect you could go your whole life without tasting a damn thing after having this. I reckon any food would taste like boiled un buttered potatoes until you had a better beer to coat and re establish your mouth after this.

I've had dry Italian wines that made your tongue feel like a dry sponge, but this is worse, worse to the point of being a punch-line, seriously.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – This Light Lager looks just like it should. It is a light yellow in color and crystal clear with a nice, white head that came up an inch or so then dissipated rather quickly.

Smell – The grain here is typical American and very light. There’s also a nasty kind of sweetness here that seems a bit much.

Taste – The American grain comes off more like lemon-lime soda then malts. The sugars are vegetal and, contrary to the advertisement on the bottle, linger through a long, interminable finish.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and highly carbonated. The “crisp, clean, refreshing finish,” promised by AB and required by the BJCP is absent.

Drinkability – I enjoy a good Light Lager, but this just didn’t cut it. It wasn’t refreshing, it had a long sweet finish, and the sugars were on par if not bigger than the malts.

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Photo of swamiswamu
2.58/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes a lot like Michelob. A little hoppier than regular Bud, but with no nose whatsoever. The only notable feature of this beer is the complete absense of a bouquet, hence asinine "no aftertaste" marketing. The flavor stops with almost surgecal precision after the beer is gone. It freaked me out. On the brightside, this beer is about as drinkable as they come. If I got suckered into playing drinking games, etc, this would be a good way to go.

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Photo of ADR
2.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light gold color, darker by a shade than Budweiser. Head is very foamy and white, rises high and sinks lke a stone. Some limited comma-like lace. Aroma is a little pear-like with a standard malt sweetness, sharp, not seemingly hoppy. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation medium and toned down compared to some macros. Flavor echos the pear impression, a little too sharp and metallic with a bare sense of dry hops. The brew takes a powder mid mouth, fades out of any perspective, but unlike some Light/Low Carbs , doesn't finish quite as watery. Not good, not offensive, mildly drinkable with an OK mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jason
1.74/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a stuck-on plastic film label, “Born On Date” on the back label for freshness.

Appearance: Very pale yellow straw, perfect clarity with a thin stark-white lace on top.

Smell: Vague grain … very little to the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: I would have said it was nearly bone dry but there is a bitty slickness on the mouth feel … sort of dextrin-like, odd. Very crisp and extremely light bodied. Up front is an immaculate crisp bite, light dusty grain husk and that is about it. As soon as I thought I could taste something … everything vanished.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is absolute rubbish … I can find more flavor in NA Beer.

Why? This beer was probably created to chip away at the macro-lager market. I am sure they are looking to grab more of the market even if it mildly cannibalizes some of their own brands.

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Photo of brewQ
2.43/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"Crisp" "No aftertaste" Hey- They set low goals and attain them!

This is the first On-Tap review of Select I see.

A bright gold color that the bartender insisted was darker than regular Bud. (I can't discern such minute differences). This acually had a white head that was "whipped" in consistency.

Aroma? Forget about it! We fear aroma.

I am not sure what "Crisp" is but the taste is inoffensive, at best. Light rice that disappears in the finish. It is remarkable how much AB can take something like this and make it almost taste like beer.

This is drinkable for the masses. My hypothesis: This is Light beer for people who don't yet want to admit that they like or feel the need for low calorie products emblazoned with that word "LIGHT". A positioning against Miller Lite more than a beer that stands on any merit.

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Photo of Zorro
2.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 OZ bottle with a "Born on Date" of 17Feb05, 8 days old. This is as good as this beer is ever going to get.

Color is ultra clear extra pale yellow with a bit of a white head.

Smell is strong sweet corn and some grain with a detectable hop scent.

Taste is a little bit of corn sweetness and a faint sourness; very mild herbal hop hint and no bitterness. Really there isn't much flavor here.

Mouthfeel isn't there it is seltzer water.

This is drinkable in the same sense that water is drinkable, not much there to offend. This probably does taste a bit better than Budweiser Light does but there just isn't anything here for a beer advocate.

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Photo of steinlifter
2.16/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured clear straw, no smell, maybe a slight sweet husk, taste was very watery, no real flavor, mouthfeel was like carbonated water, I was expecting something at least as good as regular Bud, but this stuff is seriously watery and tasteless, it makes Bud taste like craft beer! well....not quite, but you get my point.

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Photo of proc
2.35/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out to a standard, golden color in the glass with a moderate-sized head. The aroma is faint and smells of light malt. The taste is very light, with a slight, residual sweetness. It tastes like Budweiser, only more watered down. Honestly, this should be called Bud Light, as it is more like the "King" (tougue in cheek here) than the actual Bud Light. The finish is indeed lacking, as it has no aftertaste, just as they planned it. It isn't a bad tasting beer, but it sure could use a bump in the flavor department. When judged against Michelob Ultra, Aspen Edge and Rolling Rock Green Light, it comes out on top.

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Photo of Loki
1.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Co-worker bought this for her son in college and let us sample one since I brought 4 craft beers on a Friday to expose the office to a little better beer.

Appearance: Pale apple juice maybe? Very faint yellow, straw color. Foamy head like you'd see on a coke if you poured it too fast.

Smell: What smell? Faint hints of budweiser. Like you poured one of those 8 oz mini buds in a tall, frozen pitcher, the smell gets lost in the size and cold, but it is still there. Smells of basic malt with corn sugar. Kind of sickly sweet, but very, very muted.

Taste: More muted than the smell. It took my co-worker and I minutes to even find a taste. Try almost completely numbing your tongue then sample a bud. Hints of sickly sweet malt and corn sugar, but just hints. Its like the beer that wasn't.

Mouthfeel: Just slightly more body than Mic Ultra or water. Thin give it probably too much body. No after taste what so ever.

Drinkability: Horribly borning and plain, but still enough sickly sweetness to make me not want to go near this again.

The really should change this to Budweiser Anti-Beer.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.11/5  rDev +46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw an ad for this during the Daytona 500, first time I had heard of it. I believe this is a low carb beer, but it is not over hyped as a low carb beer. (Is the low carb fad dying out?). Sampled along with other low carb beers. In comparision to other low carb beers, I must say this one is the winner.

Appearance: Bright gold/yellow. Big foamy head that fell to a small dollop on top of the liquid with a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing, but plenty of bubbles dancing in the beer.

Smell: Minimal. Hint of hop(s), a little floral. Trace malt, or would that be the customary adjuncts?

Taste: A strict macro drinker would say, "Tastes like beer." Not quite a Bud, a little "softer".

Mouthfeel: Thin, light bodied, very carbonated.

Drinkability: OK, easy to have more than one, if you want. I still can't believe this is a low carb offering.

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Photo of karst
2.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On its first day of release we selected a cold 6 pack of Budweiser Select from the fridge at Brown Derby in Springfield, Mo. It is mashed longer than the original, in order to produce a cleaner finish. Yellow-straw color with a 1-finger white head that fades before you can empty the bottle leaving minimal lace. A malt and rice aroma. Thin body cooked veggy (corn) and malt taste with high carbonation and like soda-water it finishes dry.
This low-carb beer with its multimillion dollar ads and packaging promise a "bolder" taste actually has little to offer me.
Drinkability for the macro croud is likely to be high. I am having a tough time finishing it.

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Photo of Suds
2.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a couple of these on tap, over dinner during a trip this week. With little else to choose from, I thought that this would be an interesting brew to try. The beer is extraordinarily light colored with a fizzy, soda-pop head. Not much in the aroma department: cereal grain and carbonic fizz…that’s about it. The beer is lighter and has less taste than traditional Budweiser. It’s like a grain flavored water. Some hops in the finish, which is watery and hollow. Serious disappointment.

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Photo of TinusTime
1.66/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very very pale yellow with a decent snow white head. I mean this is a pale pale beer. Aroma-- still trying to find one. Maybe a bit of crispness but nothing jumps out . Taste is intially a light touch of maltiness, followed by a crisp dryness followed by nothing. Hey they did get of the aftertaste, and damn near succeeded in getting rid of the before and during taste as well. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Honestly after a couple of sips you wonder if anything is there. My guess is that the "increase" in hops was just to let you know that you didnt pick up the bottle of seltzer instead. If you think Mich Ultra is insipid, at least it had the cojones to admit what it was. Budweiser Select makes one think its something special... which it definately is not

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.25/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, this one needs a little explanation. Budweiser Select is a test product, and I happen to be in one of the test markets. I had seen full-page print ads for this in the local newspaper, and I initially thought that it was a full-fledged new product from A-B. At first glance it has all of the trappings of success...the eye-catching packaging, the competitive pricing ($4.79 for a six-pack), the A-B pedigree to the max. Budweiser Select is actually another foray into the low-carb beer market. The packaging doesn't push this fact but the print ads do. The ads also promise a "bolder" taste, a supposed result of the looong brewing process used to create this beer.

So here's the stickler. Reviewed as a stand-alone beer, this isn't that good. Reviewed as a alternative to Rock Green Light or Michelob Ultra, it's a stand-out winner. I'm not sure if low-carb beers comprise a style yet, but I'll stick to the basic reviewing guidelines and review this against it's competition.

Select is unimpressive to look at. It didn't pour with much of a head. The color was all yellow-straw. Truly nothing to catch the eye going on here. Heavily filtered. Not a hint of anything floating around in the mug except for carbonation bubbles.

The nose was just as weak. No sense of hoppiness or anything, just a mild malt character.

The taste was....ok. Just ok. Compared to Ultra or Rock Green Light, it was great. There is a slightly more pronounced hop flavor than regular Budweiser. Bold? Not really. Definitely less sweet than regular Bud. Maybe a hint of bready malts, but nothing too much.

Mouthfeel was ok. Slight watery character. Mildly carbonated. Strictly average.

I'll score it high on drinkability relative to it's competition. It's WAY better than Ultra or Rock Green Light, for example. It might be a good summertime/lawnmower beer. It probably goes great with pretzels and a ballgame.

I'll give it the ol' "A" for effort. It's a definite step up from the low standards set by other low-carb beers. The splashy packaging and Anheiser-Busch pedigree will probably be enough to make this a market leader if it ever gets released into distribution. Judging by the half-full displays and cold cases, it's a brisk seller here in the Austin test-market.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear light golden color with a moderately-sized snow-white head. There are moderate streams of fast-rising carbonation. The lacing is remarkably good, thick and glass coating.

Aroma: Decent light malt presence is spoiled by the dreaded cooked vegetable aroma, although this is not as pronounced as it might be. The herbal hop presence is a bit more noticeable than with Budweiser, although it is still quite understated.

Taste: Begins with slightly tart light malts, which dominate the taste throughout, towards the finish there are some very mild and slightly lingering herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Quite watery and insubstantial, soft on the palette, with a bit of effervescent carbonation sting on the tongue at the finish.

Drinkability/notes: A low carbohydrate beer that is being test marketed in seven cities, including Austin, Texas, where I purchased this sample. This is in fact a stealth low carbohydrate beer; the packaging does not identify it as such, but according to the Anheuser-Busch it contains 3.1 grams of carbohydrates and ninety-nine calories. Although it is slightly better than other low carbohydrate beers I have tried, this offers no more to the beer connoisseur than other low carbohydrate beers. In my opinion, this is little more than a curiosity.

Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass twist-off longneck with black plastic labels and red and gold lettering.

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Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
2.13 out of 5 based on 1,265 ratings.
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