k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Expensive beer for the taste. It has a smoother finish than its European brothers. This is not a typical AB product.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 World select ...... hmm. Tastes like a slightly more concentrated version of Michelob. I’m beginning to wonder if AB has a clue about what good beer actually represents, because if this is their idea of a world select lager, it must have been introduced on April 1. On the other hand, it is better than Heineken, but as y’all know, that ain’t saying much.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Whatever they are charging for this beer, it definitely isn't worth it. Light on the malt, has a cheap husky taste to it, with some hop presence. Nice gold color. Boring.
Aurelius (4638) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Planned skunkiness. This is purely a market share move designed to elbow Heineken and Beck's. A little maltier than Bud, but even if they'd have actually pulled off a Eurolager clone, this would still be a mediocre attempt.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was amazed at how much Anheuser attempted to replicate Heineken. Overall, it's not too bad, especially for A-B. The after-taste isn't nearly as poor as most A-B products.
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2005 Orange yellow with white foam. Flower-malt aroma. Full bodied. Solid malt beer. The flavor is actually relatively smooth, understated malt ... OK, it’s way better than Bud Light. Not too bad.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Clear and straw/light golden. Moderately carbonated. Texture was light and creamy; a bit watery here and there. Malts were unproportionally sweet; grainy and cracker-like, with a slightly roasted quality that begged for attention, but not worthy of it. Extremely low bitterness; not nearly enough to balance this beer. A half step up above Budweiser. And what the hell were they thinking with the green bottles? ...all marketing, with NO PURPOSE.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2003
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 After trying Red by Budweiser, which actually DID appear to be a good faith effort by A-B to brew something other than an American Standard, I was disappointed to taste this World Select beer and discover that appearance isn't the only thing it has in common with Heineken. To its credit, it's a bit more bitter than your run-of-the-mill BudMillerCoors product, but otherwise the taste is exactly what you would expect - whiffs of malt and hints of bitterness (more than in a Bud) in a watery body.
Ernest (6699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is clear light yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), with a light note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Same old stuff, just a new label. You expected something else?