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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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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
2.32 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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