Sunday, December 28, 2014

Budweiser Select 55

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (1250) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014

I didn’t think light beer drinkers would want anything lighter than Bud Light, but somehow the major macro breweries have all churned out sub-100 calorie lagers with Budweiser Select 55 being the lightest of them. At only 2.4% ABV it’s sessionable to say the least – but is it enjoyable? No.

I poured a 12oz can into a shaker glass. It was “born on” 7/18/14 and was given to me by my girlfriend’s girlfriend (thanks, Jodi!).

Appearance: Surprisingly dark gold hue, nearly copper. Crystal clear. Highly effervescent at first, but quickly becomes completely flat. Pours to a small, off-white, soda-like fizz that evaporates quickly.

Smell: Essentially the same as Bud Light or any comparable light macro lager, but even milder (and, thankfully, less offensive). Not so much offensive as it is neutral.

Taste: There isn’t much to say about the palette here since there’s so little genuine flavor. It has that classic taste found adjunct light lagers, but is even milder (which I didn’t know was possible until now). I do detect a modicum of sweetest here; something almost reminiscent of hard cider as there’s a slight tartness. Perhaps that apple character is just acetaldehyde – which the AB/InBev brands are notorious for having. In this presentation it actually works to the beer’s advantage since it’s so ridiculously mild overall. Don’t get me wrong, there really isn’t anything to genuinely enjoy here. The palette is offensive in that it’s so overtly bland, at least if it tasted like fizzy yellow beer there would actually be something to taste.

Drinkability: If AB/InBev was smart, they would market Budweiser Select 55 as the ultimate session beer since that’s really what it is at only 2.4% and 55 calories. I could see this being fairly refreshing on a hot summer’s day. The problem is the beer not only has a watered-down taste, but the actual delivery is equally watery. The carbonation dies out quickly, so it’s lacking the classic crisp mouthfeel you expect in a beer of this style. 
Grade: 2/10

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