Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2009
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Received sample 12-oz bottle of Budweiser Select 55 (I’ll call it BS-55 for short). Pours a clear golden straw colored brew with a fast dissolving white head that dissipates clean. BS-55 has an aroma of light corn cereal and a hint of corn husk. BS-55 taste is very light bodied, loaded with carbonation and has a flavor profile almost like drinking seltzer water with a little food coloring. Sorry AB-InBev, I could not finish BS-55 so I had to torture my InSinkErator once again. The only thing I can think of using this so-called colored soda water is, "A little song, a little dance, a little BS-55 down your pants."
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2009
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Thin and pale yellow, almost no activity or head. The aroma is corn-flakey. Surprisingly there actually is SOME flavor here -- primarily light cereal and sweet malt. Not so disgusting for a beer that was created for the distinct purpose of being vapid. (#3738, 11/15/2009)
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours clear, medium gold with a small, bright white head that is diminishing down to a very thin, white ring. Mild skunk and sweet corn nose, mostly inoffensive. Metallic flavor with some mildly sweet grains. Bland, white bread finish is gone in literally a second. Watery palate with moderate-to-high carbonation. Overall, this is largely inoffensive in flavor and aroma, but severely lacking in flavor. Now, let me get on my soapbox: don’t be a pansy and drink low calorie beer - drink something with flavor and take the stairs instead of the elevator. Thanks to Narnad for giving this to me (it saved me from having to waste my own money on it!)
heemer77 (5154) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2009
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Light gold colored body with lots of carbonation but the head faded quickly. The nose was initially a little skunked with some sweat sock and a little bit of rotting corn. The taste is like soda water with a little bit of salt and hints of corn flakes. Actually, this is easy to drink, but keep it ice cold.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2009
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
12 oz. bottle from a friend. Lord knows I would never buy any. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick white head that faded pretty quick. Very light lacing. Aroma is your typical grain and herbal hops, and a hint of skunk. It’s a little stronger than BL. Flavor is where this beer quickly takes a dive. Basically, there’s not much there. Light body. Overall, a pretty lame beer. A can’t believe the people at A-B wasted their time developing this concoction. My new lowest rated beer. Thanks Graham!
bhensonb (12012) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Thanks for the tick! Pours light gold with very little white head. Noble hop aroma. Near medium body with creamy carbonation. Quite grainy. Sort of clean. There’s some grassiness, but not much bitter in the end. Better than a sugar coke.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2009
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
absolute water.........cereal aroma. Pale golden color, water on the palate.....pound these all night and still not be griggy in the morning
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
skunky and grainy nose though not as offensive as a lot of swill. At colder temps, it was somewhat drinkable and not overly adjuncty or offensive. At warmer temps, it all fell apart and tasted like cum-stained bed sheets. This is 2.4% alcohol? Why wouldn’t you just drink a berliner weisse? What a bunch of douchebags...america’s finest.
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2009
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pours pale, highly effervescent amber with a tiny film of a head sustained by constant bubbling, looks a little like an amber cider that somebody spit in. Aroma is old sweet corn (if it isn’t ice cold), metal and stale velveeta, very difficult to pick up any aroma at all, honestly. Flavor is mineral water, canned corn, metal, slate velveeta and a little salt, again difficult to pick anything up at all, beyond the light mineral notes that is. Honestly this stuff tastes like 1 part Miller Light to 6 parts sparkling mineral water. Palate is very watery highly carbonated and slightly dry to the finish, just like mineral water. If I had a cold and couldn’t see what I was drinking you could probably pass this off for carbonated mineral water to me. What’s the point? This is worse than Michelob Ultra, which I guess forces me to hand out my first 0.5 score. This is really, really aweful, knock it off A-B.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. It’s water....fizzy straw yellow water that does not even need to be called a beer. The little flavor it has comes from very hard to detect hops. I would have been thrilled shitless to even taste a hint of grain. Oddly enough, there is an aroma to it, just slight hop aroma. There is absolutely no reason to drink this. People are wasting money when they buy this and the people that keep buying it are plain crazy. A beer for those who do not like beer but think they do. AB must be laughing their asses off from all the money this shit is bringing in....It’s just not right......