REVIEW: Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale

Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale Can

What is Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale?

Canada Dry Bold teases a more intense ginger flavor in this variety of its sweet, dry ginger soda.

How is it?

Greetings from the land of illness and misery, otherwise known as Julie’s place of employment. Luckily, my immune system of steel has prevented me from falling prey to a cocktail of insidious germs, but my poor colleagues can’t say the same. On a lunchtime run to pick up Kleenex and hand sanitizer, I stumbled upon Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale, a new product from, in my opinion, the best commercial ginger ale brand out there. Although I associate the beverage primarily as a panacea for everything from colds to hangovers, I always enjoy a fizzy ginger drink…but is bolder better?

Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale Fizzy

Upon first pour, Canada Dry Bold has a richer, gold color and more fizz compared to the original variety, along with a sharper scent that brought a tickle to my nose. The first sip tasted very similar to Canada Dry or any other standard ginger ale: sweet and refreshing, with a hint of ginger, although missing a hint of its characteristic crispness. With another sip, the ginger taste became more noticeably more pronounced. But at this point, “bold” seemed like a strong word — more like “enhanced” or “elevated.”

Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale Color

After a few moments, the drink built up to spicy sensation, a peppery warmth without flavor, that lingered in the throat for several minutes. The feeling was definitely pleasant, and because of my tendency to rely on the brand for comfort in times of sickness, I appreciated the “burn” as an extra kick in a still-soothing, palatable drink.

Because that kick hesitates, the drink may disappoint enthusiasts looking for a fresher, more robust flavor in the vein of ginger beer.

Is there anything else you need to know?

You don’t NEED to know this, but I found it interesting: Both the original and bold varieties contain less than 2% ginger extract, which is apparently not enough to merit the claim that Canada Dry is “made with real ginger” and boasts related health benefits. After a 2019 false advertisement lawsuit, the brand opted to relinquish that statement, instead describing their drinks as having “real ginger taste.” Don’t let that knowledge ruin the placebo effect the next time you reach for a Canada Dry to soothe your queasy stomach.

Conclusion:

Canada Dry Bold is more like Canada Dry Moderate, but its enhanced ginger taste and resulting warm spice sensation will still refresh and soothe whatever might ail you.

Purchased Price: $5.79
Size: 12 pack of 12-ounce cans (2-liter size also available at some locations)
Purchased at: Giant Eagle
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (per 12 oz. can) 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 50 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 36 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

25 thoughts to “REVIEW: Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale”

  1. I love ginger ale it is my first choice in soda. I just bought a one liter bottle of the new BOLD Ginger Ale. It should come with this warning label. This soda will make you throat and lips burn. I don’t think there is more ginger in this soda. I think someone had the bright idea to use a chemical in order to give it more flavor. I have had ginger in different foods and this has never happened to me before. I still like ginger ale but not that junk with a “bold ginger flavor. Throw it out.”

    1. “I think someone had the bright idea to use a chemical in order to give it more flavor.”

      This is simply not true.
      A quick look at the ingredients will tell you this.

      Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Less Than 2% of: Ginger Extract, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Caramel Color.

  2. This drink burns the front of the throat as it goes down and doesn’t get better with each sip. After a few seconds, there is a warmth, and it has a pepper hotness to it. The taste isn’t there. It doesn’t hurt as bad if it is icy cold. Unfortunately for me, I bought a 24 pack at BJs. 23 cans are going to sit in my garage for several months before I finally throw the lot in the trash. My bet is that it will be discontinued by the Dr. Pepper company within a year.

    1. Just bought a 12-pack at Walmart after passing the vacant toilet paper shelves?!? I like ginger ale occasionally but not this stuff! If you have some vodka and want to make it taste like a whiskey-and-soda, mix it with a can of this. Unfortunately, it was drilled into my head to never waste food (and I’m a cheapskate, too!) so I have to suffer through 11 more cans of this. My wife’s on keto so she won’t drink it and I wouldn’t give one to a friend or neighbor because I wish to remain on speaking terms with all of them. Agree with your prediction of product life.

  3. This is the like a true “Remedy” for ginger ale lovers. Omg…..I am hooked and they better not stop selling this bc I will now miss and yern for this phenomenal BURN and rich, bold flavor of pure ginger root. Best when really cold. Feels so good going down oh my Gooooodness!!!! “2020” Drink of the year for sure!!! #Canadadryrocks #feeltheburn #therealdeal ???

    1. from ur comment this is what ive been looking for for 40 yrs there used to be a ginger ale called tiger brand ginger ale n it had a burn n a bite but they stopped making it

      1. If you like the bite of real ginger, look for Blenheim brand. It’s hard to find in stores, but you can mail order it directly from their website. A bit pricey, but soooo worth it!

  4. Your bold gingerale suck its horrible it burn my throat husband n granddaughter i throw out the rest5 hours later my throat still hurts

  5. I didn’t really taste “more” ginger. It was ok as far as ginger ale is concerned but not what I expected. My sons and husband complained of the hot, burning in their throats but I really didn’t get that. Come or go, doesn’t bother me. I will just stick to the original.

  6. Well, I wrote to Canada Dry a couple of years ago asking them to “step up their game” and make a ginger beer, a ginger ale soda with a lot more kick than the weak ginger drink then in production. Along comes ‘BOLD’. Sorry, but Bold misses the mark by quite a bit. There is barely any improvement over the pale, weak excuse for a ginger drink. I switched from Camada Dry to Schweps because their ginger drink was better, stronger and more refreshing. Why not add to your selection, a real “Ginger Beer”? You’re getting there, but not there yet…. Thanks for the try though.

    1. Ginger beer is vastly different from ginger ale.
      Ginger beer utilizes an actual fermentation process very much like regular beer.
      Soda production plants are not equipped with multiple stage fermentation tanks, wort vats, etc.
      To produce ginger beer, they would have to build a whole new production facility entirely.

  7. Definitely more akin to a ginger beer than ginger ale. We also bought the big pack at BJs Wholesale and endured the burning, coughing and sneezing it caused. Barely enjoyable. We’ll go back to the original as soon as we finish this 24 pack. 2 Cans to go…

  8. HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!!
    I just made a pre-covid19-hunkering-down run to BJ’s to stock up the pantry and freezer. Lo and behold I see THE 24 “BOLD” PACK!!!! I should have known; if it’s still on the shelf, run… don’t walk. The takeaway: It’s like drinking moonshine. It’s been an hour and my esophagus is still burning. So, if it’s the fire-without-a-buzz drink you’re looking for, this is it.

  9. I tried it.. expecting a real ginger taste and sharpness… no such luck… It just tasted a lot sweeter than the regular Canada Dry Ginger Ale. If you are looking for more of a Ginger taste – go straight to Gosling’s Ginger Beer… Great stuff.. and makes the official Dark & Stormy… ummm!
    But I remember as a youth up in New England, Cott soda… and they had a regular ginger ale… and then there was Cott’s Extra Dry Ginger Ale… and it was Golden and GREAT! Super ginger taste and just the right amount of sweetness (light) and the right sharpness or shock value… I wish it was still made… the best Ginger Ale ever…
    Now if you want a real soda with a great “bite” to it… try Old Fashion MOXIE! The Best soda ever!

    1. Both Cott’s Extra Dry Ginger Ale and Cott’s Diet Ginger Ale, produced by the American Beverage Corporation, College Point, NY were recalled in 1981 for “sedimentation and mold”.
      I believe that was the beginning of the end for the product.

      1. I have terrible gastric reflux. CD Bond soothes my stomach almost instantly. I have been drinking CD for years but the Bond is so much better for my daily sick stomach!! Love it!

  10. Verners have a burnt wood taste from the wood barrels it is made in and it overpowers the ginger. What a disappointment! My daughter and I are on our 2nd pack of 24 CD Bold. Refreshing with a kick!

  11. After trying this new ginger ale i was disappointed. The original is in my opinion better tasting and more refreshing! Might be better as a mixer for alcohol!

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