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 tempest
2.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Born on 30 July 05

Pours a pale (piss) yellow and has a quickly disappearing head. I do have to give it some props for leaving a little lace, that's always appreciated.

I smell grain, some grain and then some more grain.

Grainy taste with a resemblance to that green-apple bud taste. Maybe a little malt, but that could just be wishful thinking. Fairly light and dry. No complexity to speak of, just a lighter version of your typical slightly sour-tasting macro.

Easy in the mouth and going down. This is touted as a beer without aftertaste and thank god they're right about that.

Not much to say about this. If you want to get drunk and avoid calories for cheap, here's a sure bet. Mo Def better than some similarly priced alternatives, but not something savor.

Best used for beer pong.

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Photo of tone77
2.7/5  rDev +26.8%
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 Mebuzzard
1.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, I gotta say that this was easy drinking. Taste, flavor didn't make much of an appearance, so it was like fizzy water.

And that's what it looks like. Pale yellow with a huge head. Looks light...like water. Water is a good refresher.

Aroma? Not much. What I do pick out is stale straw and socks.

Fizzy feel to it. Taste is watered down Bud. Grainy and musty. Not sure why anyone would drink this. If you want low calories, hit the ice water.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Don't worry folks, I didn't pay for this myself. I visited some folks after my trip to Hollingshead's last night, and this is what they had in the fridge. On to the beer:

One of my favorite quotes from Blazing Saddles is "What is it that ain't exactly earth, and it ain't exactly water? QUICKSAND!" That's where Bud Select falls into at almost every aspect. It's not as interesting as Bud, but better than Bud Light. Flavors are on the light side with a concoction of rice and bubblegum. and not terribly offensive. After that, it has a dry aftertaste. In the end, this beer is just there to grab consumers who are intersted in a light beer.

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Photo of plaid75
2.76/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light adjunct malt with a smattering of hop.

The taste consisted of a light a mildly sweet partial adjunct grain. The use of rice prevents the beer from acquiring a cloying sweetness. That is a plus with the Budweiser line - no corn.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, yet very thin. There was heavy carbonation.

The beer was very easy to drink. It is what it is - a low carb light beer. It certainly has more flavor than Ultra.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.65/5  rDev +24.4%
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 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 Halcyondays
2.31/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours yellow with a soapy white head, fair retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Has that macro grainy smell where it seems like nothing but has a faint scent, also get some apple.

T: Grain and light apple, really simple flavours with no complexity.

M: Light, watery mouthfeel, one of the cleanest beers I have ever had, give it some props for that.

D: An OK macro lager, simple mildly flavoured beer, left me with a mild headache after drinking it though.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.2/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I don't see the point of this brew. It is advertised as the "select" hops and barleys, or something like that. There's nothing here. It isn't as big (or swillish) as Bud and is heavier than Bud Light (no pun intended), but there's nothing here. The smell is faint of these so-called select hops, and the taste is like Bud but with more water. It goes down smooth, real smooth, and I think this is just a chug beer being advertised as something better than it is. For the price not worth it. I can get watery chug beers lacking flavor that are cheaper.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a one-finger white froth from the bottle being straight up, this fades quickly and there is no lace. Clear very pale amber color. Nose is not there for me, at least it is not skunky like so many from the macros. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Starts with a slight sweetness no detectable hops, watery finish. I would rather drink water than spend money on this "beer". $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of weeare138
2.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale gold with a creamy 1 finger head that fades into a film. Tiny spots of lacing is left around the glass. Huge, chunky carbonation bubbles rise to the top.
Smell is of a typical adjunct lager with cornhusk and corn syrup coming through.
Taste is about the same as the aromas...only worse. Not much flavor at all. Mild amounts of watered down corn syrup and some light pils-like malt is about all I'm getting.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a mild skunky finish.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I really cannot tell a difference between this and Bud Light. Maybe a bit more carbonation but that is it. Pours light golden with a decent head that does not last very long. Taste is pretty much water with faint hints of corn and alcohol. Just not enough character to satisfy my tastebuds. Only good thing is the "born on date". I wish other breweries would do this!

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.68/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought as a single for 95 cents.

A medium yellow colour with a average head of foam that soon shrunk to near nothing.

The smell is the usual for a beer of this style. No need to expound on that, me thinks.

The taste has nothing going on. Everything is lightly done and judging what is there, it's better off that way. Even the slight hop bitterness isn't close to being done right. Mouthfeel? Bad. This *is* an avoid beer if I've ever tasted one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Ugly weak yellow, looks like those light ass South/Central American beers in the clear bottles. Gotta admit, the head it formed and its dissipation were solid though. Aroma of old beer and whatever beechwood seems to hold.

Tons of carbonation, few and far between with the flavors. This is not the beer I'm looking for under any circumstance. There's just too many awesome session ipas and pale ales, or even shit, Rolling Rock that I could be drinking instead. I guess positively speaking, there were no 'off' flavors, but then again, kinda hard to have off flavors, when you are little to no flavors.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.03/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, born on date of 6/26/07. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Smells like sweet malt and corn. The aroma isn't bad at all, it's non-offensive. Taste is similar to the aroma, tastes like sweet malt and corn, no hops noticable but for a light lager I don't expect to smell any hops either. No offensive flavors at all, although the corn taste is a little strong. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery but finishes clean. However, it's very easy to drink. In the bottle or on tap, it's pretty easy to drink. For the style, it's not bad. It's hard to believe, but if you want a light lager there are certainly a lot worse choices out there.

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Photo of Brad007
1.4/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a standard clear yellow color with a nice head. Aroma is bland with corn adjunct standing out more than anything. Taste is much of the same, sort of dull and harsh with an unimpressive backbone. Good for a lawnmower beer but unimpressive in general.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.2/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured out an ugly straw yellow color, barely distinguishable as beer. It did form over 1" head though, and the lacing and retention were decent.

Aroma was that bland rice and beechwood aging staleness.

Taste is about what bud light has going for it, lots of carbonation, little in the way of barley, hops or alcohol. Lots of water. Mouthfeel is just like carbonated water with a little more bitterness. Some corn sugar like flavoring in the water. Really doesn't taste like what I've come to know as beer for the last 20 years.

I can't even see drinking this if you're on a diet. You're gonna have to drink a ton of them, which kind of defeats the point I would think.

No purpose.

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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 barnzy78
1.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

12oz can, left over from my sister-in-law's farm wedding. I'm not sure why the groom chose this because he is a beer guy. Not surprising that there were 22 left of the 24 pack he bought. I took one for review purposes and left the rest for someone else to drink at the farm. Can is date stamped 04JUN14.
L - golden with a thin, fizzy, white head thay dissipates to nearly nothing very quickly.
S - not much for aroma: sweet, corn, grass
T - watery beer? Beer flavored water? Flavor is weak and rather nauseating. Adjunct lager flavors of grass, cereal, corn.
F - thin as water, adequate carbonation, clean finish
O - just not worth brewing or drinking 99 calories of watery brew. I get that this is something people go for, but it's not for me.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.42/5  rDev +60.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this the other day while drinking with my non craft buddy. His little 2 year actually was his beer bitch running to get these all day so it made me reconsider kids for a split second. Anyway, drank directly from the can, going old school...The aroma actually isn't that bad, its lightly skunky but more sweet corn and some hops come through...The taste was better than expected as well, slightly skunky but really just light sweetness with hops. I crushed one of these and would drink a few of these if I had too, not bad.

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Photo of ZAP
1.06/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

As bad a brew as I've had from one of the major breweries....I thought this would be "added" flavor being it was "select"...it is not....it has little flavor and what flavor it does have is nasty...it literally tastes like I took a glass of water...dropped an ounce of Bud Light into and mixed it up...this has no redeeming qualities. I'd take a host of light beer over this that have more flavor....the worst purchase I have made in many years...stick to regular Bud if you like AB Macros..

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Photo of mynie
1.82/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly decent pour, dark gold with a decently retentive head.

Smells like absolutely nothing. I'm really getting a big huff in, here. Nothing. Even tapwater has more of a smell.

Tastes like nothing up front, sour, cheap grain in the back.

Like so many other light lagers, only a vestige of taste remains. As is the case with AB light lagers, that remaining taste is more or less cheap crap. Select is a little better than Bud Lite, though, as it's crapiness is cut dramatically by a nicely crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The clears the 12-ounce brown bottle a limpid light gold color with a portly bright white frothy head, the lace a fine coating upon the glass. Archetypal lager nose, sweet malt and little else, start is lightly sweet with a light but present grain profile, the top light. Finish is strikingly acidic, the hops light but there at least, very dry aftertaste, in all fairness, and it is what it is an everyday lager.

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

It is a typical yellowish-amber like any number of American lagers. Aroma is not strong and just a little malty. Flavor is OK, better than other mega-brewed light lagers, but that is not saying much! Smooth, not complex, it is a good party beer but not much fun for a serious connoisseur.

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Photo of morimech
2.36/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can. Pale straw yellow color with one inch of white head that quickly disappeared. A little lacing is left on the glass. The smell and taste tells me this is very watered down macro lager. Just a little grainyness but no hops and no malt. Light body and the carbonation is a little lower than Bud. Drinks like a low alcoholic water so it goes down quickly. Even for a light lager this is poor.

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