Budweiser Select | Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser SelectBudweiser Select

Brewed by:
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 scarfacecrowe
3.02/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive golden color into a plastic cup. Slight aroma of grain and fruit but very weak. Bud Select tastes alot like a Budweiser and is also very drinkable.

Overall not a bad beer, goes well with pizza or any other kind of food. A good everyday drinker. Sometimes less is more.

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Photo of jaycount
1.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Corny clear yellow. Icky. Small bright white head, disappeared within about 15-20 seconds.

S - Like most poor domestic macrobrews. Corn, cereal, and water.

T - Like cereal-corn water. Reminds me alot of Bud-Light.

M - Feels like soda-water in my mouth, very light and carbonated.

D - Bad. For folks that are into Bud Light and other popular Macro-lagers I must say that the taste isn't far off, so I suppose it's a good "low-cal" option for them. For me? I won't drink it again.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.25/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Grabbed a can of this from the grocery store for $1.49. I figured, why not? I used to drink this exclusively when it first came out (before my eyes were opened), so how bad could it be now.

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a huge billowy white head on top. Decent retention; left some sticky lace in its wake. Scents of corn, grains, and crackers. The body is extremely thin and wet. No crisp bite at all, even though I can see plenty of carbonation in this beer. Flavors of buttered corn and white bread. Very weak. Drinkability is high as it's like drinking corn flavored-water, but who'd want to? If you're gonna get a macro, there's better than this out there.

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Photo of zimm421
1.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A - A light straw, almost piss colored pour with a small amount of head that dissipates very quickly

S - Smell is just horrible, smells of corn and wheat, but honestly nothing appetizing

T - Nearly no taste at all, maybe a little corn and wheat, matching the smell, but honestly it is almost water.

M - Very thin, expected from a light macro-brew, a decent amount of carbonation, but did not help out at all

D - Easy to drink because of nearly no taste and very thin makeup

Not a great beer, but something to make us college kids feel like they're drinking something classic. Not something I'll buy, and this one was given to me by a friend.

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Photo of mattwjones
2.56/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is not the worst macrobrew that I have ever tried.

A: Light gold

S: Little to no smell off this beer

T: decent beer taste but no complexity or body

M: very light and crisp

D: This is the high point of the beer, you could drink it all day long if you like the taste.

Crisp taste and good drinkability for a light lager keep this beer from being a total flop. I definitely would not recommend this beer to anyone in search of a decent beer.

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Photo of TLove
2.25/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm confused. How did this beer end up being put in the American light lager category? This is supposed to be Budweiser's great step up. Oops. Apparently, this is the best they can do.

There was a touch of maltiness in this beer if one really looks hard for it, giving the mouthfeel a moderate leg up on the norm for light lagers. Finishes well, as a Bud should. Other than that, it looks, smells, and tastes like yellow dye and Dasani.

Not as grainy as its predecessors, which is probably a good thing. Not as metallic either. But this is still an unacceptable brew for a American beer. Expensive for the category.

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Photo of roddwolff
1.68/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'll begin saying i'm not a fan of regular Budweiser and fewer light beers.

A: Golden color, the head of foam have a finger thick and comes in a giant black can, which seems like a energy drink.

S: Musty, the aluminum from the can hits your nose;

T: Acceptable, classic lager malt with floral background and grains;

M: Watery and warm, light body and insignificant carbonation, i felt like i was drinking a non-alcoholic beer;

D: A bad beer + 99 calories = lousy beer.

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Photo of originalsin
2.75/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color with little head that disappears almost instantly. There's really not too much going on with this one: and that's why I think it's not an awful beer. Rice and grain come through. That's all. I don't mind drinking these during the game...they're incredibly light and boring. Drinkability is really what this is all about. I suppose that's the difference.

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Photo of MadTown1000
2.65/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Never realized this qualified as a light lager until I saw it here, but it looks the part - light straw reminiscent if a Miller Lite or the ilk. About an 3/4 inch of head in a pint glass quickly foams down to just a bit of residue on top. Smell reminds me a bit of a Mexican macro lager as opposed to an American one - i.e. it smells like fermented grain instead of just... grain. Taste is weak even for an American light beer. It does have a bit of maltiness in the aftertaste, but it fades quickly. The initial taste (and lingering aftertaste) is only slightly different from seltzer water. It is, of course, highly drinkable, but doesn't score perfect marks even in that category - it's problematic when I have to keep looking back to remember what I'm drinking. You like Bud? Get a Bud Light and save some money. You like beer? Look elsewhere.

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Photo of TwinSox33
2.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unremarkably unremarkable....

A: Whispy golden yellow, shallow lacing.

S: Wet cereal grains.

T: Who knows? It sort of tastes like dry grain, fades diacetal twangy and fades into nothingness. Water really.

M: Poland Springs

What is this supposed to be? The website says it uses Bavarian Hops...really? That's interesting, because it would appear they are nowhere to be found. "Full Flavor"..yeah it sure is full of diacetal twang. Although, you sure can pound em. Hence the drinkability score. (although you want to stop hurting your liver for the flavor equivalence of water.)

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Photo of Flightoficarus
2.17/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type - can

Appearance - To be honest, I drank this straight out of the can, but judging by the style of beer it is, I'm pretty sure it would be similar to other BMC light beers.

Smell - Barely anything to it, but it has that light beer smell to it.

Taste - What the hell is this? I know this is supposed to be a light beer, but there's minimal flavor going on here. I've had worse, but this is insanely watered down.

Mouthfeel - Like carbonated water with a hint of beer flavor to it.

Drinkability - Even if it's like water, the taste will prevent you from wanting too much of this stuff.

Overall - I try to cut the BMC stuff some slack (it serves it's purpose), but this is just bad. There are plenty of other, better marco lagers if that's what you're after.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.53/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a very tiny touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and light malts. Then there's an adjunct sweetness that comes in. There's very little hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful but it goes down easily and is not too filling since there isn't much to it, mild kick, decent representation of a lackluster style, overall it's just another fizzy yellow beer, but it's at least better than AB's other light beer.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bud Select huh... lets see. 4.3% alcohol huh?

P- Brown bottle like most Bud products. Red crown "Budweiser Select" emblems on bottle. Born on date May 22,2009. ( Close on the Date )

A- Pours a typical american light beer look with the straw light yellow look and mild tight bubbly head that falls to a small ring. Leaves little lacing.

S- Smell is of mild grains with maybe a little malt.

T- Bland mixes of artifical sweetness with hints of metallic notes followed by very light malts.

M- Smooth with a thin watery feel.

D- Drinkable for situation where drinking alot is the main idea.

Note: To me this is a Bud Light mixed with regular Bud. But hey Full flavor only 99 calories!

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Photo of tone77
2.7/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some maltiness. Taste is, uh, missing for the most part. Crisp and flavorless. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is good, great for drinking games. Overall this is a fairly unimpressive beer.

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Photo of scottyshades
2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So funny story behind this one. I went to high school with a direct relative of the Busch family and drank this brew in front of this person. The whole time, my brother and I got a lecture on how this brew used "the choicest hops" and "the finest ingredients," which turned out to be his biggest mistake.

My brother then proceeded to go into a rant on how this brew was simply a mixture of Bud and Bud Light and thrown into a bottle. Going on further to explain to this person how he, nor Busch, knows what hops are or what they taste like. Got pretty heated, but he was a stubborn one.

A: Pours a transparent golden straw color that produces a modest bone white cap that retains poorly. Bubbles are constantly flowing from the bottom and this one looks alot like seltzer.

S: Not too much here, some subtle grain, corn, wheat, and a metallic note that I seem to pick up with all brews of the style.

T: Same as the nose. Generally flavorless, watery, and corny.

MF/D: I never knew beer could be this carbonated; it is comparable to soda! Light light body, short wheat finish.

So after this whole ordeal, what have I learned you ask? I have learned that relatives of the people that own these giant breweries are just as ignorant as the people they advertise to. That is all.

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Photo of pmccallum86
1.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow where to begin...

Very poor appearance, looks like light golden colored water with very little head.

Very little smell, faint malt aroma.

The taste is very light malt with faint hop taste, very watery.

Decent mouthfeel, although the carbonation is much too high.

The drinkability is poor, there is not much flavor and doesn't satisfy a beer craving at all. Weak...

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Photo of puboflyons
2.65/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 24 fl. oz. can marked 27 JUN09-WB07. Sampled on August 3, 2009. The pour is an ultra carbonated pale yellow with about an inch thick puffy white head. The smell is of corn, grain, and a glimmer of hops and not quite as metallic as its older brother Budweiser regular. The mouthfeel is fairly thin. The taste is slightly hopped and grassy but not as horrible as other reviewers have noted and it leaves no aftertaste. It goes down pretty quickly like water.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
3.38/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is i would say an good hot day beer. A wheat beer would be more preferable but i havent one.

A- Pours lightly colored. Would have a large head if you poured it vigorously.

S- its hard to tell maybe grains, or the adjunt used to induce the grainlike effect. Either way it has no hop characteristics at all.

T- crisp and bubbly. Maybe the tiniest of a hop twinge

M- crisp and clean

D- it has the ability to be drank.
deffinately sessionable

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Photo of goblue3509
2.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a small head. The aroma is of grains and there is a small presence of hops. The smell is better than other light beers. The taste has slight floral hops and once again is better than other light beers in this class. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this beer isn't great, but it is better than others in the class.

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Photo of VictorEHuskie
2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is clearly a bud product. It tastes like every other bud product. This beer is nothing special. My friend is absolutely crazy about this beer and I have no idea why. He likes the macro lagers but I mean c'mon you have to know that this is junk. I wouldn't even drink it if it were free.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.36/5  rDev +57%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this beer in the past, before I was really into craft beer, and thought it was decent. For what it is, it is a decent beer. It has good flavor for a light lager and it is highly drinkable in the sense you could easily have many of these. Compared to something like a Goose Island IPA it is watery. I know its easy to bash the big boys but I rated this beer as to how it compares to others in its category and by that standard its a winner. Will I seek this beer out? No. I was at a festival this weekends and this was one of the three beers they had. The lesser of the three evils.

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Photo of Platinum88
2.45/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle, poured into Budweiser glass.

A: Very Light, not much color. Head and lacing disappear almost instantly.

S: Very light also, almost smells like beer.

T: Smooth and easy to drink. Very slight taste of hops, but nothing to get excited about. I'd call it the soda pop of beer.

M: Extremely light. Feels very watered down, almost non-existent beer feel.

D: Certainly easy to drink. One step up from O'Douls but less flavor. Almost like a regular Budweiser cut with 50% water, or a Bud Light cut with 25% water. If you're looking for refreshment without taste, this is the beer for you...

Overall, it's not a very good beer. This is lighter than light beer. If Dasani made beer-flavored water, this is what it would taste like.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.32/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not really sure why this was brought on the market...maybe just a marketing ploy, along with Bud's American Ale...same shit just bottled differently to make long time Bud drinkers think they're trying something "new."

This light lager has a typical Bud pale yellow color with a foamy off-white head that stays throughout. A good amount of lacing was left on the glass, but not sure what it's from as after the initial crisp, carbonated first sip, this beer quickly goes downhill until towards the end, it feels like you're drinking water from a glass that previously had a real beer in it.

Not really any worse than Bud Light or Bud, but certainly not better.

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Photo of therica
2.92/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm working on trying some cheaper, lower ABV beers for summer, lately. I don't think I've ever had a Bud product that I enjoyed, but this one is at least passable. I did wonder, when I saw it, what they meant by "Select"-- was it Bud's best selections of hops and malts, or their directive way of telling you to "select it." I'm still clueless but it's definitely not the best ingredients available to them.

A= almost clear light-light-yellow, very little head. An occasional lone bubble rising to the top.

S= yes something, but I can't quite describe it. Probably the light whiff of corn or something.

T= I've been trying bottles of this over the past week. On a clean palate it's acceptable. If you just had a conflicting beer, though, you might get a more flat taste. Basically, cold beverage with a "here's your token hop" and "here's your token corn-barley malt flavor." Very singular and uncomplicated.

M= fairly clean, slightly rusty at times.

D= you'd survive if it was the only beer at a party.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
2.41/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a twelve pack of Bud Select bottles for under $10.

A: Straw yellow, with hints of brown around the edges of the glass. For wine drinkers, this hints of an over-aged chardonnay that is way past its prime. No head retention, small bubbles are present.

S: Very faint -- after pouring the beer into a glass I still wasn't able to discern any actual aromas. Maybe a touch of crushed crackers (grain), but too little to notice.

T&M: First sips are reminiscent of drinking cold water -- very little complexity, and the carbonation hits toward the end along with a prickle of alcohol. I'd honestly feel that I was drinking ice cold club soda if poured blind. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Very, very light.

D: Definitely not worth the money -- there are many other alternatives for a lighter beer that will give you greater flavor and more bang for the buck. At the very least it goes down easy, but lacks character or intensity. Bland, bland, bland...

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Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
2.14 out of 5 based on 1,286 ratings.
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