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 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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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 Dope
2.25/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clear, very pale golden pour. Small fizzy soda-like white head that disappears fast.. No head retention.

S: Mild cereral grain with a touch of grass.

T: Very light sweet cereal grain and almost wheaty. Touch of grass to boot.

M: Basically water.

O: No real flavor or smell like most light lagers. Surprisingly not offensive at least and 99 calories is decent for slumming it with crap beer.

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Photo of blackie
2.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour creates a .3" bone white head that quickly disappears. The beer is a very pale golden.

smell: rice, an off sweetness, artificial fruitiness, water, hops hard to find

mouthfeel: Carbonation medium, body light

taste: rice, grain, water, very slight hop bitterness lingers with a watery flavor

drinkability: easy to drink, but lacking in every other department

Born on date Nov. 23, 2005

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Photo of prototypic
1.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It arrived a clear yellow to golden color with a foamy one finger head. Virtually no retention or lacing.

Smell: It mostly corn and grains. Smell is nearly non-existent though. Very difficult to pick up much of anything.

Taste: No surprises. Mostly a watered down earth taste with some corn flavors thrown in. There is a hint of hops in there, but it's far from impressive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Easy enough to drink. Bad taste really spoils the drinkability though. Overall, it's not good. I think it's a step above Bud Light. But, I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser Select has a thin, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is a typical American-style lager smell, but it is a good smell. Taste is very sweet, with some grain and a touch of hops across the sip. This beer is balanced and not too light. The aftertaste is even tart, too some extent. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Budweiser Select finishes crisp, clean, dry, and refreshing. Overall, this is one of the better light beers on the market, and I think it's at least worth a try.


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

Ok new beer from the "Evil Empire"..lets see ..
Appearance ..well the usual urine colour of someone slightly dehydrated from a night on the town...no head..just spittle like lace.
Smell..of rice pudding not beer.
Taste? tastes like seltzer water ,with rice and cardboard.
mouthfeel is miserable..limp and rotten finishes with a wimper.
No waywould I buy more of this..usual low carb crap. Doesnt A-B know the low carb frenzy is almost over. I dont see the point in this beer they alreadyhave the abysmal Mich.Ultra..drank everywere by obese idiots with their plate of grease.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a neighborhood festival. The other option was Bud Light.

Color was a very pale yellow with neither a head nor lacing.

Smell was like your average macro which is almost none.

Taste was like heavily watering down a beer and adding sugar to it.

Light, watery, anf fizzy.

To me, Bud Select tastes no different than any other A-B product.I guess it'll work if the beer is very cold and the day is very hot.

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Photo of Brent
2.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Seemed to fall somewhere between Budweiser's standard lager and a dry beer - less husky than the standard, with a moderately tart finish that ended on a distinctively dry, astringent note. The overall effect: take a quite average, not terribly flavorful beer and then give it a bit of pucker at the finish. Nothing to see here folks, move along . . .

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from my neighbor. Thanks John!

24oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear light yellow with not much of a white head that lasted all of 30 seconds.

S - light grainy aroma.

T - much the same as the aroma, it's got a light grainy taste.

F - light and thin bodied.

O - it kinda sucks.

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Photo of merlin48
1.66/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle that I picked up while looking for a PBR. Attractive packaging is the highlight here, as the label has some eyecatching appeal and the cap reminds me of a Rogue bottlecap. "Born on date" assures me that I'm drinking me a very fresh beer. Those are the highlights.

Appearance: Pours ot of the bottle into a pils glass an almost colorless liquid, but the glass reveals a clear, very pale, straw yellow body with a one finger tall, white head that fades away in seconds. A couple of flecks of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma: Very subdued, with vague hints of grain and spicy/herbal hop. Nothing skunky here, essentially nothing at all.

Mouthfeel: Very watery and light bodied with high carbonation.

Taste: Crisp carbonation, with a hint of adjunct malt sweetness and faint bittering and aromatic hops. Clean and crisp, with no offnotes. A suggestion of corn syrup emerges as it warms, so if you're going to drink this drink it cold.

Drinkability: This is a standard, American macro light lager that has little to offer a serious beerdrinker. Crisp and refreshing, with no offnotes, but very bland and watery. A decent fizzy light yellow beer that is brewed for the masses who are not seeking any nuances or complexity. Easy to quaff, but so is soda water.

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Photo of Vancer
2.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this one along with a Bud Dry – thought they may be the same. But no, they’re close cousins, but a little different. The select is clear, amber yellow, slightly darker than the dry. Little more hoppy in the finish over Dry. (NO aftertaste say the marketing geniuses. – why would that be a good thing?) Awfully plain and generally tasteless, but still, not an unpleasant beer, was drinkable outside for an afternoon session. Yeah, better ones are out there awaiting

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Photo of tgbljb
2.83/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a pale yellow color with white puffy head. Smell is not much to talk about, maybe a slight scent of grain. Taste is slightly sweet with no trace of hops or malt. mouthfeel is refreshing, just as a glass of water might be. I tried this after a regular budweiser and had trouble telling the difference.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
1.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-not bad. yellow in color but darker than most light beers

S- eh. nothing special. some malt. I guess if you tried hard enough you can smell some hops too.

T- most light beers are completely unoffensive to the palate. this is not the case. It had a fairly strong bitter (but not a good bitter) taste and the nasty aftertaste stuck
D- its not. its hard to finish one of these let alone ever drink another. My choice in AB light lagers is definately Bud Light.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.62/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bud Select has a limpid straw-gold color, crystal clear, with little head retention after an initial burst of foam. The nose is very neutral, a touch grainy, but otherwise almost non-existent. The flavor is sweet malt, with no detectable bitterness. But, it's very clean and not excessively grainy. Bland is the key word for this beer.

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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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Photo of BigBry
2/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got to taste this one on a recent rip south of the border. 12 oz brown bottle with the red crown, what is select?
Very pale yellow, very clear, thin white foam, but not enough to call it head. Very little to smell, some grain, typical lager smell. Very thin and light bodied. Another crisp, clean brew, with hardly any flavor. Oh wait, tried side by side with Bud Light, and it does have more taste to it. Again, glad I didn't pay.

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Photo of Floydster
2/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce can from a six pack at my friend's house

Do not really understand the point of making this beer if there is already a light

Calorically and as far as carbohydrates go, it is in the middle of Bud Light and Budweiser

Golden yellow color with no head and no real smells

Could drink a whole lot of these because of its lightness, but not much taste here

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.53/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me, as I would not have had it on my own. Poured into my PBR chalice. The beer pours a slightly golden yellow color with a 2 finger head that falls to more than I would expect over top of the liquid. The nose is typical, with a slightly corn sweet grainey character and no hop at all. The flavor is slightly grainey and just touched with some corn sweetness. Not as harsh as others I have had from this brewery. Very clean finish, as promised. The feel is light with a very active carbonation. Overall, its ok. Not a bad beer to sit down with after some hard yard work when you want something to slam.

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Photo of Overlord
1.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aye dios mio.

Pours a bubbly yellow. Super carbonated. Obnoxiously so. Smells like ... water ... with maybe a bit o' grain/corn.

Taste is bland, no hops, no real malt, just some lingering vegetable flavoring. The carbonation again makes this seem more like seltzer water.

This was the only option at a recent visit to a friend's house. Ugh.

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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 jsprain1
1.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a straw yellow. No head.
S- Almost no smell whatsoever. Maybe some graininess to it.
T- Not much here at all. Carbonation crispness, maybe a bit of grain taste. Largely... nothing.
M- Thin, but not as much as some light lagers i guess. The intense carbonation feels like it's scrubbing your tongue for you.
D- Like all BMC this beer is made with drinkability in mind. That being said, there are other AB products I prefer if you are sticking to this brand.

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

I don't want to be offensive, but this is probably the worst ber I have ever had.

Appearance - Looks like very carbonated light golden lager with zero head retention. The head is more along the lines of soda, as well as the carbonation.

Smell- What smell?

Taste - What taste? Seriously...At least regular Bud has some semblance of flavor. This supposedly is a step up?! Nope. It seriously has ZERO flavor. THE definition of alcoholic water. Zero aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Soda water.

Drinkability - The drain loves this beer.


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Photo of Crosling
1.12/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The lightest color I have ever seen, more of a white then a pale. Small white head which doesn't last. Clean aroma with hints of pear, water and light grain/corn. Disgusting fermented corn water in the flavor without a note to be noted. Terrible. Nasty.

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Photo of bditty187
1.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After recently chatting with a few BAs in Lawrence I decided to try this new Light beer from AB. I read the press clippings but they said it wasn’t god-awful. Okay, I’m opened minded to new things.

Clear, pale gold in hue, there isn’t much shine to it nor was there much animation to liven up the liquid. The head didn’t form all that well, the white bubbles were quit compacted and at the apex the foam reached about a half finger in height. It quickly faded to a soapy cap and there was no subsequent lacing of note. The appearance, on the whole was respectable.

The nose is plum full of adjuncts, a beer brewed with a preponderance of barley smells like malt (this one doesn’t). At best I can get a whiff of grain, not bready grain but grain straight from a silo. There isn’t much sweetness, it seems stripped away and I get the feeling some “dirty” brewing tricks were used to accomplish this feet. Maybe not. Anyway, there isn’t any presence of hops. The potency of the nose is mild but oddly it isn’t saying anything anyhow. I can’t call it clean… empty is a more fitting description. Not inviting.

The palate is almost completely void of flavor, all I can find is a trace amount of sweetness that doesn’t seem derivative of malt. I get a vacant feeling drinking this beer (is it beer?). I would have to summon the literary talents of Steinbeck, Hemmingway, or Twain to articulate something more to talk about regarding taste. There is just nothing here. I’m sorry folks but beer should have flavor and it should be an agreeable flavor. Select fails to clear the first criteria. I’ll say this is true, it doesn’t taste like a typical AB beer because what is there to taste? I didn’t drink enough to see if it gave me an AB headache or not.

Light in body with firm carbonation, I’m sure the goal of this is to further hide any remaining flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit rough.

This is as bad as beer can get. It truly is a low point in the history of beer. In part because Select is not labeled a light beer or low carbohydrate, it is like AB is trying to fool the consumer yet again. Don’t believe the hype. It is a flavorless beer, it is for the masses that don’t like beer but want to get drunk or fit in. Select is as bad as Michelob Ultra. I purchased a 22-ounce bottle for $1.50 in Omaha and split it with BlueMooner. She gave up after a couple sips, I finished my glass for the sake of this review but the rest of the bottle went down the drain. I will never purchase or drink this beer again. I recommend you avoid this unfunny joke.

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