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Bud Dry | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud DryBud Dry

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 123
Photo of Vancer
2.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this one along with a Bud Select – thought they may be the same. But no, they’re close cousins, but a little different. The Dry is clear, amber yellow, slightly lighter than the Select. Little less hoppy in the finish over Dry. Awfully plain and generally tasteless, but still, not an unpleasant beer, was drinkable outside for an afternoon session. Yeah, many more better ones are out there waiting.

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Photo of moocey
2.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bud Dry. It's like Budweiser, but less! Less flavor, less color, less smell.... Everything but less alcohol content. It's like water that will give me a buzz if I drink enough - except that beer will dehydrate you? Like most beers of this type, I reccomend it for a good yardwork session. It's all those blissfully wonderful things Anheuser Busch says about their beers on television - light, crisp, refreshing.... still.

After I run a few miles tomorrow, I think I'll stick to water.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Fizzy yellow beer with a thin short lived white head leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Grainy sweetness corn and rice adjuncts kicking with a husky malt tone. Taste: Sweet blend of two row malt and corn very evident sweetness is bland and finishes extremely dry with a touch of hops. Mouthfeel: Thin body over carbonated completely uninteresting. Drinkability: I wouldn't recommend this beer to my friends or foes in that matter, but a better and cheaper alternative to Bud only offered in select markets.

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Photo of Zorro
2.4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an ultra clear pale yellow brew. Looks like Budweiser.

Smell is mildly sweet mild grain and that is about all.

Taste is less sweet than Budweiser, mild grains and a clean finish. No hops tasted.

Mouthfeel is Budweiser.

Drinkable in a bland sort of way.

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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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Photo of Tballz420
2.15/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a drier version of bud heavy. I think that this one has less of a taste (a little easier to go down than its big brother). Nothing special with this one, it is what it says it is, a dry bud. Not the worst beer to have if the goal is putting down a large amount to forget your name.

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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 Jason
2.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a born on date on the bottom of the can.

Appearance: Very thin head after some quick rising foam, filtered clarity is ordinary for this type of beer.

Smell: Coarse huskiness of grain, dusty flour and adjuncts.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Driest beer I have ever had, I was not surprised either though its dryness is right up there with some Japanese beers. Crispness is right on target with a very light body. Minimal malt flavour and a dusting hop bitterness to balance. Clean neutral flavour which must be rice. Immaculate after taste.

Notes: Not bad for what it is, they brewed exactly what they were going for … a drier version of Bud. I’d pick this over Bud, hopefully I’ll never be put in that position.

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Photo of Kwak
3.02/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bud Dry is the best that bud makes.
Nothing much to talk about the appearance,but the drinkability
was uncanny crisp and refreshing ,also verry dry .
its not bad for bud .

I realy like the dry aftertaste

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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 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 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 Pegasus
2.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw golden color with a decent head with lots of fat bubbles constantly rising to the surface to renew it, decent lace. Aroma is very faint, a little grain and some very faint hops. Taste begins with a little grain, hops, and faint alcohol, overlaid by strong carbonation, finishes a bit dry with a little hop bitterness. Not a very substantial beer, but easy to drink and inoffensive. A pleasant hot weather beer that is far better than Budweiser.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.64/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bud Dry pours a faint and very light straw yellow from a brown 12 oz bottle with a twist off cap. Head goes to around two fingers then back to a ring at the surface of the Beer.

Nose is a pleasant grainy hopsy, with a slight whiff of alcohol. Palate is an up front dry bitter then sweet corn with pinch of barley malt. The carbonation levels where right on, and very welcomed. After taste is long and drying, but not to the point of puckering.

I found that Bud Dry exceeded my expectations and was a pleasant Beer drinking experience on this hot and humid ninety four degree day.

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Photo of beerbill
3.95/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good smooth beer that goes down easy. It may not have a sophisticated taste; it may not win any awards, but it simply an enjoyable beer. It is the type of beer you could drink by the 6 or 12 pack with no problem.
Bud Dry is a first rate beer in a second rate group. It is indeed macro-swill, but as macro-swill goes, its pretty good.

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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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Bud Dry from Anheuser-Busch
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