Bud Dry | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
122
Avg:
2.32
pDev:
58.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 122
Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the first beers I ever tried, way back when. I remember it was on a float trip, and I had a buddy that always bought this or Natty Light, because it was some of the cheapest beer you could get. I tried one and the flavor reminded me of sandy pond water. Absolutely disgusting. Even at dirt cheap prices, it isn't worth drinking beer that tastes just like that, dirt.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of TechMyst
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: n/a

Cost: cheap

Head: none

Lace: none

Color:
Reflected- yellow
Transmitted- yellow

Aroma: unpleasant

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: does not adjust

Taste: like all the other BudMillOors

Comments: not much better than BUD, why is this the most consumed style of beer? why do they continue to do a poor job in this style

Conditions:
Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- n
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

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Photo of rye726
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Possibly one of my least favorites of the entire Bud family. Yellow, near clear color with a very poor white bubbly head. Stale nose of grass and rice. No hops in the nose either. Thin body should go down like water, but doesn't. If you must go with AB, I suggest regular old bud.

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Photo of Overlord
1.08/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I go to a party, and guess what they have in the cooler? Bud Dry and Bud Light. Jesus f*** Christ.

This was awful. Why even bother inputting a review? To warn, inform, and record, I guess,

Pours a watery looking yellow, white, sudsy foam. Unappealing to the eye. Smells like skunky water, tastes like skunky seltzer water, what the hell is the "dry" supposed to be? Tastes pretty damn similar to Bud Light.

I ended up drinking wine instead. And I don't care for wine.

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Photo of Gusler
1.32/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The beer pours from the 12-ounce brown bottle a limpid gold with a modest white frothy head and the left over lace a thin sheet. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean, start is lightly sweet and the top skeletal. Finish is caustic in its acidity, hops benign and the aftertaste dry, it has been almost 4 years since I sampled one of these, now I know why.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.34/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours from a 16oz tallboy can a very clear light yellow color with a large white head that displays surprisingly nice retention for a while till it fades to near nothingness.

The nose is pretty nappy, as a bunch of light fruitiness and wet grains are present. Even for an AAL, this one smells like a fart.

Taste is not pleasant either...pretty offensive actually. It's not all that "dry" finishing as I get quite a bit of sweetness. There is virtually no hop balancing and the main flavors are carbonation and cardboard topped with a bit of corn syrup. Pretty sure my sink will be drinking about half this can. I see no reason why anyone should drink this beer, there are plenty of better adjunct lager options out there.

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Photo of mynie
1.45/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A strange beer to search for, I know, but I've been wanting to try Bud Dry ever since I was 7 years old. Yes, 7. Back when the smell of beer was absolutely repugnant and the thought of being drunk terrified me nearly as much as the thought of being dead. For some reason, those lame Bud Dry commercials really appealed to me. The slogan--"Why Ask Why; Try Bud Dry"--stuck in my head. It just seemed neat, somehow. Not quite cool or appetizing. Just neat.

It was 9 more years until I was of the age that I would want to drink, and by that point Bud Dry had been pulled off the national stage and (to the best of my knowledge) was available only in it native Texas. I've never been to Texas. So, umm, that's that.

But then I saw a thirty pack of this just sitting in a cooler in Dickeyville, WI when I was on a New Glarus run. 12 bucks? Sure, what the hell. Someone will drink it.

Regular old AB pour. Light gold, almost seltzery. No head.

Smells like AB funk grain with the teeniest tiniest hint of hop and a little acrid kiss of exceedingly dry rubbing alcohol (hence the name? Probably not.)

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Not even as tolerable as Bud Heavy. Like old, stale Bud Ice that's had a little cheap gin added to it.

It went down okay, consider its awful taste. And I didn't get any of the trademark AB stomach cramps. But this is still a subpar beer, even for its price. You can get Old Style, Pabst, Red Dog, and Special Export for cheaper.

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Photo of proc
1.47/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This pops up on the shelves from time to time and make one wonder about why the dry beer fad ever existed. Pours out to a very pale, almost translucent color. Taste reminded me of cardboard and popcorn for some reason mixed with soda water. Might I say...Yuck.

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Photo of changeup45
1.5/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty much on par with their other selections. So it looks like all other Bud beers, pretty much tastes like them, grainy, watery, corn and not good. Very pale looking and when poured generates a modest white head that fizzles away quickly. Perhaps a touch dry, I guess. I don't know, it's supposed to, right?

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Photo of Lupe
1.52/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

"Why ask why? Drink Bud Dry" And that is the most memorable thing about this one. It's Budweiser, only drier. Now thats a novel idea. Too bad they forgot about taste.

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Photo of bierman2000
1.7/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

How can I review a beer so horrible, It's macrogarbage at its worst. I don't even care to think about how bad this is, one taste will tell you, damn what am I thinking and drinking. Stick to WATER as with all AB products, it doesn't matter which beer it is Dry, Ice, Original, or Light. They are all lousy and of poor quality and that born on date doesn't matter if you drank it from the brewery itself.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.78/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Better than I thought it would be. Quite cheap, but not as cheap as Bud Ice. I don't understand why it has the 'Dry' moniker.
Pours a yellowish color with a slight white head.
Smells of adjuncts -- small malts, some grains, and slight hops.
Tastes mostly like Bud Light but lighter -- less nasty.
Mouthfeel is like most adjuncts.
Drinkability is not as bad as other adjuncts.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.82/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains adjuncts, light malts, grain and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste mainly consists of the typical adjunct sweetness along with bready flavors of grain and a light malt character. The hops presence is very mild even for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and is not too filling since there isn't much to this beer, mild kick, not really sure what difference the "DryBrew" process makes since it seems like just another fizzy yellow beer from A-B.

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Photo of biggmike
1.82/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

IWhy do they make so many of this wretched pale lager style. (Bud, Bud light, Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob Ultra, Michelob Ultra Amber, Bud Dry, Bud Ice, Bud Ice Light)? Pours light yellow with little head. Not much aroma nor taste. This is also over-carbonated and mouthfeel suffers from it. Not a very good beer.

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Photo of skeetermoses
1.83/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have to admit that this one is much like the bud ice beer that is also offered by Budwieser, I cannot say that this one is a great or even good beer, I would have to say to my students who are over 18 that this is a some what decent beer to get wasted on.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.85/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yellow pour, soft white head. Corny aroma, mildly sweet. Can't discern what separates dry from regular Bud at this point, all looks and smells the same.

Further complicating the nomenclature, the beer tastes watery, the mildest of hop connotations, the mildest of malt (seems mostly corn) presence. I liken this to the Simpsons episode where all the Duff varieties come from the same vat of beer. I doubt anyone, even a professional judge could pick Bud Dry out from Bud Light in a blind tasting.

Not horribly offensive, but I can't figure out why these cost what they do, there is no ingredients and no advertising budget for this stuff. . . so why does it cost almost as much as SNPA? Bud Light with a different label design is the conclusion.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.92/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Given by my father. A must drink over a Father-Son conversation. Doesn't mean I have to like it. Extremely pale yellow. Very clear and overcarbonated. A fizzy head that disipated quickly. Lightly malty, vegetol, and grainy to the nose. Flavors are barely detectable to cereal grains, vegtables (corn). Grainy in the body and finish. It does finish dry and flavorless. An anorexic beer. There isn't anything there to like or dislike.

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Photo of Wildman
2/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found this to be an alternative to Budweiser or Michelob. But they really do seem to all blend together, with Michelob being the best, then Bud Dry.

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Photo of Jordan
2/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very thin body, ultra pale straw yellow on the verge of being white. Virtually no head after a minute has passed. On the higher side, the flavor is very malty and sweet with a dry finish (cough). Very straight forward, not any defining characteristics.

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Photo of badbeer
2.02/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yellow color, white head, little lacing. Smell is not terrible, its got a little bit of grain and corn coming through. Very bland taste, but that could be expected, it's pretty much Budweiser, dumbed down, as if we needed that, but it does have a small amount of flavor and no hops present. This is an odd way to try and balance a beer, more water to a watery flavor instead of more flavor balanced by hops, but whatever. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with little body. I finished the whole can.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.02/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Yes, they do still make this stuff, and my brother and I were shocked when we stumpled upon it in the liquor store. It's been about a decade since I last heard "Why ask why? Try Bud Dry." To think that dry beer was a somewhat popular fad in the early 90s. I think they just added more rice and water to this in order to attempt to give it a dryer taste with little to no aftertaste. If that's what they did, well they succeeded.

Bud Dry pours just about the palest straw color that I've ever seen in a beer. The slightly foamy head disappears in a matter of seconds. The smell isn't very strong, just a tiny bit of grain and alcohol in the nose. The mouthfeel is watery and fizzy. My first impression was the metallic taste, which was probably due to the can. A weird metallicy sweetness with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Elsewhere on the palette, it tasted like water with a little bit of grain disolved in it. It finishes a little dry, like I expected. There was almost no aftertaste, like I expected. A little bit of alcohol taste in the finish is all that was there. Some alcoholic warmth in the end.

In conclusion, it tastes like a dry version of Bud Light. I think the "dry brewing" process adds a little more ABV to this stuff. Anyway, this stuff is gonna disappear off the face of the earth soon, much like its premium cousin, Michelob Dry.

Bud Dry = the New Coke of Bud

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Yellow pour with a 1/4" white head full of tiny bubbles. Aroma was like nothing.

Super watery, I thought this was Bud Dry? Nothing in terms of discernable hopping, malt, beechwood nonsense. There isn't much substance to this, still prolly some rice and corn adjunct to lighten the malt bill, super carbonated mineral water stuff.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale clear yellow, fizzy, thin white head, no retention, minimal lace.

S- Corn, bready notes, rice, earthy tones, grassy hints

T- Watery, grains, bready, faint hints of citrus, sweet malts, plain and watery

M- Thin and slight creaminess, crisp and clean, watery

D- Easy to drink, just utterly boring.

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Photo of emiricius
2.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Sort of a typical pale lager that tried to be better. Pours a light yellow, with a small, close to a 1/2 finger head. Their is a ring of lace at the top, where when you first pour the beer the head settles. Nothing underneath that. Not much of a smell. Bit of hops, some malt, and a little more bittering. Light taste. Sort of a mellow sweetness, mingled with a dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, like water. But, it is drinkable and it is thirst quenching. Extra half point for that.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.15/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this brew a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen it in years and wanted to give it a try. Too bad it only came in 30-packs.

Pale yellow color, with a slight scent of hops and alcohol. I'll give it props, it is a dry beer, but with little taste, it's pretty much irrelevant. The little flavor that was detected was that of your typical AB product, i.e. nothing special. It's worth a try if you have never had a dry beer, but see if you can get it in a sixer instead of a 30 pack incase you can't stand it.

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Bud Dry from Anheuser-Busch
2.32 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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