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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-13-2004

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.99/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Born on: September 11th, 2008. The World Trade Center tragedy, like this shameful nightmare, will never be forgotten!

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a thin, painfully brief, white head.

Smell: Feh! Another lifeless, uninspired aroma of tired, musty grains.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with a tiny hint of bored grains. Faintly spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes relatively drying and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: As is the case with so many of these macro lager, there's really just not much to it.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
2.45/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of duceswild
1.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.71/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Time for another macro head-to-head matchup, this time with light beer. I was originally going to pit Bud Select against Bud, but figured that it wasn't a fair fight given the different styles. The contender is a can of Milwaukee's Best Light that I picked up on a whim the other day. Since it's now A-B vs. Miller, the competition now has a 'true rivals' kind of feel. There's the opening bell...

Clear, pale amber with the occasional bubble ascending within. At first I thought that the two beers were exactly the same color. It's extremely close, but the Bud is just a bit paler, a bit more yellow than the MBL. The Bud has slightly less visible carbonation, but again, they're nearly the same. The head is bright white, soft and indistinguished. It falls moderately quickly and leaves only small scraps of lace behind.

Neither aroma is anything to get excited about and neither is horrible. The Bud nose is the loser here. It smells of grain, but has a musty, 'off' smell that seems chemical-like or artificial somehow. Thankfully, it isn't aromatic enough to get into too much trouble.

Again, it's a near thing, but the flavor edge goes to Milwaukee's Best Light. The intensity of the flavor, needless to say, isn't on the high end. Having said that, these are two of the more flavorful light beers that I've had. The Bud is drier and slightly more bitter. There's also a woody taste (for want of a better word); I hope that the Beechwood-aged thing isn't playing havoc with my mind.

The finish is exceedingly short, if not absent. Mission accomplished, no doubt. The mouthfeel is thin and is more carbonated than the MBL; which is probably why there's still a thin disk of foam on top in comparison to the near absence of the MBL head.

There you have it, a close contest between two lightweights that didn't settle much of anything. Bud Select looks better (the slightly paler color is more than offset by the superior head) and feels a little better in the mouth since it maintains its carbonation longer. Milwaukee's Best Light smells and tastes a little better. Pretty much a draw if you ask me.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

"After trying 3 other horrible macro adjunct lagers, you can say Im less than thrilled to try another." - fellow BA MOB210SA

"Oh! The Places You'll Go! You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't. I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups CAN happen to you. You CAN get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You'll be left in a Lurch. You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump. And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done." - Dr. Seuss

When I embarked on the CANQuest, I had no idea just how much macroswill existed in CANs, although I know now. Seeing "Light Lager" or "American Adjunct Lager" in the Style column only reminds me of the Slump part of all of the places that the CANQuest has taken me. And on that note ...

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of foamy, bone-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles that fell like a souffle when the door is banged closed. It did leave some nice lacing as a parting gift, though. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-plus clarity (it gave me X-ray vision, allowing me to see through walls). Nose was an unholy combo of metallic, cereal, and a light lager-ish sweetness as a reminder of what could have been. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a bland, watery taste in the mouth. "Full flavor" read the CAN and yet I found myself wondering, "Full of what?" Finish was equally bland and boring. It is not that this tasted bad or foul, it just did not taste at all. Oof.

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Photo of Jason
1.74/5  rDev -14.7%
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 ZEB89
2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.35/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

got one because it was on the menu and I never see this one so what the hell right? Poured a pale golden yellow with a big fizzy white head that faded to just a thin fizzy ring on top. Lots of visible carbonation. Light grain smell, a touch of rice or corn or something else, but very light smell. The taste was ok when ice cold. Very grainy and grassy with a touch of a yeasty property to it. Crisp clean refreshing mouthfeel, perfect for when its hot. This is very drinkable coming out of an ice box when it is very hot. Overall I guess its a little better then normal Bud, I guess. It is still rather bland, but does seem to have somewhat more of a flavor profile to it. At least like they were trying to do something, though it is defiantly in the smae vane as a budweiser. A little darker maybe, but pretty much the same. I figured hell it was better then a corona right? Next maybe get water.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this obscure beer, Bobby.

A: The pour is a pale golden straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Smells like nothing. Mostly just water. There is a little bit of straw aroma, but that's almost all that I can pick up from it. The lightest hint of pale malt and a decent corn note.

T: There is actually a little bit of flavor to it. Some pale cracker type malts with a fair amount of corn to it. Very light all around with just a little bit of straw.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Less awful than many of the other Budweiser variants. Still wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of orangesol
2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Zaphog
1.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.26/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served...on a boat. That is all I will say.

Found this for fifty cents at a local bait shop/general store during Man's Weekend. A pour results in a clear jaundice topped by over a finger of short-lived white suds. The nose comprises corn, corn syrup, and hard water. The taste is nearly identical, though the calcium from the hard water is intensified a bit and some aluminum foil is added for "good measure". The body is rather light, with a heavy moderate carbonation and a relatively easy-going feel. Overall, not the worst thing I've put in my mouth, but not something I'd generally go after at a bar or something without a harsh lack of choice about it.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
2.5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.66/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bud Select is much better than regular Bud....at least to me. But common...lets face it....there is not much a brewery can do to mix up an american style adjunct lager. Its pretty basic....appearance is yellow/gold...with decent carbonation and head to start and then if fades quickly. Smell and taste contain grain/barley and some hops. Mouthfeel is fine...its not gross tasting...but its not noteworthy. Overall its drinkable in a pinch. I wounder if roles were reversed...meaning IPAs were as marco as adjunct and the general population trying the adjunct for a first time if reactions to this style would be different.

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Photo of jgunther71
2.5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Crystal clear straw golden forms a nice sized egg shell white colored head large bubbles leaves specks of lacing around my pint. Aroma: Cooked vegetables low amount of hops come across the radar corn and rice evident mild sweetness typical beer not very "select". Taste: Creamed corn flavor comes through with a low sweetness, no real hop flavor some chemical manufactured design going on here not that crisp sort of rogh going down definitely not a good competitor to Miller Lite. MOuthfeel: Thin light bodied high carbonation burps are almost immediately within the first few sips, the fizziness almost makes you choke with each sip. Drinkability: Typical macro lager Bud calls something Select expect it to be mediocre at best that 's what this beer is to me.

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Photo of InspectorBob
2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - copper-gold with a loose, soapy, white head that fades away quickly; huge amounts of carbonation rising to the top like soda

S - grainy, sweet, corn

T - sweet, like, corn, grainy, faint bitter finish

M - crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, light bodied

This is a typical adjunct light lager. It's crisp, lightly flavored (ultimately unoffensive), and goes down easily and quickly. Status quo for adjunct light lagers.

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Photo of ejimhof
2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of chippo33
1/5  rDev -51%

Photo of rolltide8425
2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BEER88
2/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Billolick
1.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ouncer sampled. Born on dating. Pours very light straw, nose is non existant. Taste is ultra thin, Body is watery This is worthless swill. More wasting of decent water by AB. The best feature of this product is the "born on dating " concept. I wish many other brewery case us Beer drinkers that kind of usefull info. Pass this stuff by, support Micro brewers.

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Photo of jwc215
2.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white foamy head that becomes barely a thin covering within a short time. It does leave some lacing.

The smell is thin - almost non-existant. Some vague grain smell is there, but not easily detectable.

The taste is watery and airy. The is a slight touch of sweet malt. No hops are noticeable. Some vague adjuncts come through.

The feel is somewhat dry despite ridiculous amounts of water.

It is less smooth than most macros. It is a lot of water and with a harsh edge that mysteriously arises. This is a below-average macro to say the least. I would take a regular bud over this easily.

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