Budweiser Select | Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser SelectBudweiser Select
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,287
Reviews:
408
Avg:
2.14
pDev:
29.44%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,287 |  Reviews: 408
Photo of Tone
2.2/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, clear yellow with no head/retention/lacing. Smells very weak, but you can still pick up on adjuncts in a watery lager. Fits the style well enough. Tastes of adjunct in lager, but very weak body overall. It is smooth and crisp though. Overall, wow this is barely beer at all - not recommended.

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Photo of BEER88
2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GClarkage
1.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

06/19/05- Had in Montana as a true "lawnmower beer".

Presnetation- 12oz bottle with born on date on the back label. Poured into a pilsner style glass.

Appearance- Light yellow fizzy liquid. Small head at first, gone in a second. No lacing at all.

Smell- Some grain, which did not smell good.

Taste- Very clean and crisp. Not much flavor at all. Almost like carbonated water with a touch of grain thrown in. What taste there is isn't good.

Mouthfeel- Carbonated water mouthfeel. Seltzer at best.

Drinkability- Had to mow a decent size lawn this morning, and figured with all this talk about lawnmower beers, I would give this one a try, just to quench my thirst. Lord knows you can't get Prima Pils in Montana. Ended up pouring out about a 1/3 of it and just having water instead. So, when you have to resort to water....sulfer flavored water, instead of any kind of beer....enough said. Avoid

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

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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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 Sweffin
2.25/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ShanePB
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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 tempest
2.03/5  rDev -5.1%
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 tommy5
2.5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Nichols33
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev +40.2%

Photo of plaid75
2.76/5  rDev +29%
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 Georgiabeer
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of Eziel
2.56/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I say DOWN. Drink Only When Necessary

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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 clayrock81
2.2/5  rDev +2.8%
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 wrightst
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Zorro
2.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +7.9%
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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Budweiser Select from Anheuser-Busch
2.14 out of 5 based on 1,287 ratings.
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