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A & W Root Beer

a-wrootbeer.com

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND/OR SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLVAORS.

Ahhhhhh..... this is THE baseline for RB goodness. Not overly sweet, a sweet-cream taste, a head of foam others wish they had and great on the tongue. This would have rated higher but I must reserve that for a brew that goes the extra mile and has that certain something special added to it. Belch factor at 9 and holding.

Ahh...Good 'ol A&W. I look at this and say, "Golden Brown". Belchers unite! You can slam a half dozen of these in a night. Poetry.I know there is better but the price is right Bob.

 
Abita Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, ROOT BEER FLAVOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID.

Good scent with lack-luster of flavor. No foam worth mentioning. Looked and tasted like a regular soda. After taste was very nutri-sweetish. Belch factor resembled mild indigestion.

I have to admit I'm a bit confused about the "Root Beer Flavor" in the ingrdients. Isn't it the ingredients that is supposed to give root beer it's flavor? Fizzy iz az fizzy doez. Enough Said.

 

AJ Stephans Boston

www.ajstephans.com

PURE CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE AS A PRESERVATIVE.

"Made with Pure Cane Sugar" and that ain't no lie! This stuff sticks to your teeth. The taste was a bit different and unplaceable, that is probably why they called it a TONIC. It makes me wonder if the rest of the 'Fructose' RB's would benefit from a little caneing. (honestly, I would drink another AJ's if I had one)

No. This is not on my happy list. At the risk of sounding offensive...I may say that the "AJ" stands for Ass Juice or Aweful Joke. And another thing what "flavor" was added per the ingredients? Can we get more specific as far as what flavor were talking about.

 
Americana Microcrafted Root Beer-Cream Style
CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, EXTRACTS OF VANILLA, LICORICE, SASSAFRAS ROOT BARK, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS, ACACIA EXTRACT AND SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS)

Here is another case of "What the heck is that taste?" This is not exactly my choice for a daily drinker. However, the taste may be appealing to you even though I will pass on it. I hate not knowing what flavor that is...

Once again I am faced with an undescribable flavor. Im not sure, but if I had to guess. I would say that this is what a purple crayon would taste like. Don't brag about this one to your friends.

 

Barrell Brothers Root Beer

www.sodabeers.com

WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SWEETNER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARAMEL COLOR, YUCCA EXTRACT, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE AND POTASSIUM SORBATE AS PRESERVATIVES, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), AND CALCIUM LACTATE.

This RB has a slightly different zip to it that I can not place. My only real disappointment was that it did not foam up as touted on the label. I do not know if I like the idea of adding vitamins to a RB to make it healthy but it won't stop me from drinking one.

More like "bottom of the Barrell" brothers. I'll give you a buck if you can tell me what the heck that tastes like. Aside from a slight flavor of brown krylon paint.....I am at a loss.

  Berghoff Famous Root Beer CARBONATED WATER, PURE CANE SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS) NATURAL FLAVOR AND CITRIC ACID,

Great scent, taste and medium carbonation. This one is all flavor and sweetness. This would contend with bottled RootBeer candies for pure enjoyment. Ever have one of those root beers that make you want to lick the bottom of the mug? This one will!

Good stuff Maynard. It has just a little bit of everything that a root beer needs. It can use just a little more of one of those things that you want, but I can't quite place which one of those wants that it needs.

  Big K Root Beer  

This RB is best left on the shelf. 3 cans out of the 6 pack tasted odd and you could only tell that after the licorice bombardment settled down inside your mouth. However, if its 107 degrees outside and you need a RB that badly...

It's like K-Mart in I can. You know what I mean. You might go there from time to time but you wouldn't go there to impress a date and you probably won't tell your friends that you went.

 
Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL YUCCA EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS)

The first RB to rate BOSS status on my list. This has it all, great scent, taste and very tantalizing to the palette. This is just short of root beer cotton candy without the mess! Do not pass this one over.

Dang Earl ! That stuff will make your goat ninny. If you like strong licorice flavor then buy this. I was entertained by the potentcy of the flavor but not really my type. Nonetheless.

 

Bulldog Root Beer

www.bulldogrootbeer.com

CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, HONEY, MALTODEXTRIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SODIUM BENZOATE, REAL VANILLA, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SALT.

Put this in your "I have got to try this RB" list, you will not be dissappointed. Well, not until your 6 pack is empty, then you weep like I did... The flavor of the honey and vanilla really bring out the best in this brew. 3 words - go get some!

This is certainly above average. I took a big o' mouthful and had to chew it first. It is a thick flavor that I enjoyed. Maybe it's the raw honey or maybe it's some secret bulldog juice that I don't wanna know about. Either way your gonna have to get on the highway to Fresno Cali or the superhighway to www.com to find this stuff.

 
Bundaberg Root Beer
WATER, SUGAR, NATURAL HERBS AND SPICES, MOLASSES, FOOS ACID (330), YEAST, PRESERVATIVES (211, 223)

Unique and tasty. It resembles a Sas'prilla more than a RB and had good flavor. It comes up short on the carbonation but that does not take any points away from it. It has a load of ingredients that look like they come from a candy bar. You might want to try at least one of these.

Ack! Plah! My eyes are bleeding. I could only take 2 drinks before I said "NO MORE"! 2 words.....Cough Syrup. I just can't handle this flavor.

 

 

Capt’n Eli

http://www.captneli.com/store.php
Water, cane sugar, caramel coloring. Natural & artificial flavors including wintergreen oil, anise, vanilla, spices, herbs, citric acid, sodium benzoate as a preservative.  

Dark enough that you can not see light through it. The licorice flavor is slightly above average and so is the sweet factor. It does have an aftertaste that is bothersome but it only lasts about five seconds, then you want another sip. I would classify this as a casual root beer, not to be chugged or you might go into sugar overload.

Holy thick liquid Eli Mae. You can’t see through this dark cup of softly melted candy but you don’t need to. The foam sticks to the glass like fuzz on Velcro. This will pleasantly cover the taste of aunt Martha’s worst meatloaf.

 

Cool Mountain Gourmet Soda Root Beer

http://www.collegefund.org/

FILTERED WATER, PURE CANE SUGAR AND/OR HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARAMEL COLOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, AND POTASSIUM (PRESERVES FRESHNESS)

Here is a good classic root beer taste. It is not a superb blend that tops the scales but rather one that you should not pass up if given the opportunity. Excellent belch factor, even though I toned it down a bit for office mates. Check out thier web site, these folks are benefitting a good cause with a good product.

Let's drop the widely mis-used word "gourmet". The word refers to the person serving the food/drink. It has absolutely nothing to do with the food/drink itself. I liked this one. I would have liked it even if it was called "Root Beer #5." The aftermath lingers a bit. Brrrrrrrrrpe! I just experienced a gourmet burp.

  Dad's Classic Draft Root Beer CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND/OR SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS

I like this one! It has a good head of foam, rich color and great taste. This is another prime example of a well crafted RB. Go get some.

Weak. The brew was watered down. It was hard to form a decision on taste beacause it was so faint. Can I get a Dad's Root Beer to wash down this glass of water?

  Dog N Suds Root Beer CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, PHOSPHORIC ACID.

Smooth RB flavor, good initial tase, very easy to drink, sip or chug.  Light carbonation equals low burps. I think this is from a fast food chain in Indiana, regardless, it is a good brew, get some.

Surprise hit. I must confess that I expected very little from this bottle. But what I got was one awesome Root Beer. Head, color, odor, fizz are all right on. The flavor hints of a fine Birch Beer. The aftertaste is welcomed.

 
Dr. Browns Draft Style Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, GUM ACACIA AND CITRIC ACID.

Great Root Beer scent.  Licorice taste was medium-high.  Light carbonation meant less gut busters.  Belchness Midrange.

Sharp taste at the beginning with a mild licorice after taste. Belch ability factor is low. Good for pic-nics I'm sure. Not bad…Not good.

 

Faygo Draft Style Root Beer

www.faygo.com

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, POTASSIUM BENZOATE (AS A PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, GUM ARABIC

It's a 20 ounce bottle of very dark root beer that is best left for picnics. There is absolutely nothing special about this drink and there is nothing terrible about it either. Mediocre sums it up in one word. If you like to belch, this drink can help. Belched at 8 decibles.

Get a lot of brew for your buck. This is a 20oz. bottle of pure Root Beer mediocrity. If you want a low cost taste at a low cost price then go get a big ol belching bottle of Faygo.

 
Frostie Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND/OR SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS

This hit the mug and foamed up nicely. It sampled a bit on the sweet-cream side and finished off with a well rounded satisfied belch. I liked it, 'nuff said.

Good 'ol Frostee. A rather dark Root Beer with a rather strong "???" taste. If you don't mind belching between drinks then you might like it. I'm thinking of giving it a 2 and/or 3 mugs. Not really what I would look for.

 

Genuine Hank's Premium Philadelphia Recipe Root Beer

www.hanksbeverages.com

FILTERED CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SODIUM BENZOATE (A PRESERVATIVE), QUILLAIA AND YUCCA EXTRACTS, CITRIC ACID AND ACACIA.

Has my palette become tainted or was this nasty after taste from a dirty glass? The color, scent, foam and initial flavor were good and I can not fault it there but the friggin after taste... gawd allmighty... bleh. I bet Jeff liked it.

Ichiwawa, I may have found my new favorite. This is like liquid candy. Have your sweet tooth polished up for this mug of grub. This dark bark makes coffee look like crystal water. Belchorama!!!

  Henry Weinhard's Root Beer Premium Draught Style Head CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, VANILLA EXTRACT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS,PHOSPHORIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS), HONEY ESSENCE, ACACIA SASAFRASS EXTRACT.

If you were to paint a picture of the perfect frosted mug of root beer with a head of foam it would look like a Weinhard's. I honestly was put off a bit my the initial licorice scent, thankfully it did not linger. This RB is exquisite with its own flavor and richness. I could down a 6 pack and belch like a happy man!

Watch out Hank..Henry has just upped the ante. If this brew were any better, I would go try to beat up Loren and steal his glass full. I can't say enough good about this drink so let's call it Root Beer Nirvana.

 

Hires Root Beer

 

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND/OR SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE) NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, PHOSPHORIC ACID.

Instant foam, dark color, great RB fragrance, how could you go wrong? Let's start with a rusty bottle cap and say that it tainted the contents so that everything tasted like you just chewed an antacid tablet. This bottle of Hires was not up to par. Be on the lookout for a second rating!!

I label this as A&W's twin brother with a bit more sugar taste. Another Root Beer that has made a name that people recognize. If ever in doubt, Hire's will work.

 

 

Hosmer Mountain Root Beer

 

CARBONATED NON CHLORINATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SWEETENER, BROWN SUGAR, CARAMEL COLORING, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORING, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS OR CAFFEINE

In my opinion, this turned out to be a well balanced RB between the good taste (creamy) and sweetness. This one has all the qualities for an "All-arounder". Belch factor of 8.

Ah...At last, something that I would not be embarrased to offer my friends. Tasted smooth from the get go. After-taste was quite exciting too I must say. I probly would have givin it Boss status if Loren would not have launched a 30 ft. Sushi burp off the second sip.

  Hot Rod Magazine Root Beer CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, CAFFEINE, BRAZILIAN GUARANA, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, RED NO.40.

This is almost an average RB. There is absolutely nothing extra special that would make me drink another one of these. It kind of had a tin can taste to it, maybe it was Jeff's infamous missing clove, I dunno.

Yes, I was biased from the beginning on this one. It looked like crap and yes it tastes like crap. Stick to making car magazines. Leave the Root Beer making to Hank.

  HyVee Root Beer  

It is dark, and has its flavor to set it slightly apart. This is a good picnic RB and is easy to drink. It does not rise above the microbrews or the specials therefore it does not get any extra points. Pack a cooler with these and you won't be disappointed in the pocketbook either.

Hy-vee root beer
This majestic drink shares the throne with royalty to the likes of Big K cola and Sams Club Soda. I think they sell for $.25(I would try to pick it up on sale if you can)

 
IBC Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR AND/OR CORN SWEETENER, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS, FOOD STARCH MODIFIED AND CITRIC ACID

It smells good, a tinge of licorice lingers around and tends to foul it up. Smooth going down but the indigestion from Fazoli's screwed up the belch factor. This one was a bit sweet for my taste buds.

Either my glass was dirty or this Root Beer smells like dirt. Nothing fancy. Just what us brainwashed humans would expect from a Root Beer I guess. Pick it up on sale.

 
Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, CAFFEINE, BRAZILIAN GUARANA, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, RED #40.

Different, kind of spicy (as in cinnamon-clove spice, not jalapeno-esque) since the ingredients do not list anything in particular, it is to remain a mystery. It really did not tase like a bonafide root beer. This stuff gave me the jitters. Try one so you know what to avoid.

This does not quite meet the requirements to be labeled Root Beer. I would go as far as to say that it does not meet the soda requirement either. This crap makes the X-Drink taste pretty good. Weak as it gets.

 

Jeff's Amazing New York Egg Cream Root Beer Float

www.getcreamed.com

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MILK, CREAM, VEGETABLE GUM STABILIZERS, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARMEL COLOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID, POTASSIUM BENZOATE & POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS), RED NO.40.

It kind of smells like root beer and tastes like Milk of Magnesia. This must be an aquired taste that I do not have. I think I just heard Jeff (the other reviewer) make one of those feline hairball retching noises.

1st drink = Carbonated Milk

2nd drink = Those little orange circus peanuts in liquid form.

After taste = Just short of pig vomit.

 

Jones Soda Co. Root Beer

www.jonessoda.com

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARAMEL COLOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE AND POTASSIUM SORBATE (AS PRESERVATIVES)

This is another of the mid-range good drinkers, on a hot day. It has a bite of something unrecognizable, smells a little like cream soda, yet it tastes ... did I say unrecognizable?. I wouldn't kick it out of the sack. Belch factor of 7.

The taste was more confusing than solving Chinese math in Western Bohemian braille. It started out with a creamy roach killer flavor and ended up tasteing like recycled plastic. If Loren liked it then I'm not his friend anymore. (Probably made in Canada)

 

Journey Great Northern Root Beer

www.journeyfood.com

PURE SPARKLING WATER, NATURAL SWEETENER BLEND, FRUCTOSE, PURE NATURAL CANE SUGAR, EXTRACT OF BOURBON VANILLA, EXTRACT OF STAR ANISE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS.

I am trying real hard not to frown on this beverage. It tastes a little burnt, sweet, and leaves your mouth as dry as spoonful of powdered cocoa. I can not positively describe the flavor without mentioning licorice or cough syrup. This stuff is so dark that I took my mug outside, held it up to the sun and only a thin, faint red dot was visible. This is not my bottle of bliss.

I'll take "Fluids that have absolutely no recognizable flavors" for $400 Chuck.

What is Journey Root Beer?

I'll take "Things that are darker than the color black" for $600.

What is Journey Root Beer?

Give me "Things that are Flatter than the state of Nebraska" for the win.

What is Journey Root Beer?

  Kist Root Beer CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND/OR SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.

Not bad. This is the stuff you take to a picnic by the case. It is not special by any means yet maintains classic RB flavor at a great price.

Remember that marketing genius that made those little chalk looking candy cigarettes for kids to develop an early life threatening addiction? Well that is what this tastes like. The flavor is OK and you really feel like you are drinking Root Beer.

 

Levi's Root Beer Soda

 

FILTERED CARBONATED WATER, PURE CANE SUGAR AND/OR HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SWEETENER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORINGS, CITRIC ACID, LESS 0.1% SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), YUCCA FOAM EXTRACT, CARAMEL COLORING.

As far as RB goes, this stuff is O.K. but, it is more af a sarsaparilla (that's Sas'prilla in laymens terms) than it is a RB. If you like a good Sas'prilla, this is da shiz! If you are wanting a good RB, this will put you off a bit. Gutbuster of 6.

This is the first time a Root Beer has givin me "Bitter Beer Face". Bring it to a Belching contest but don't bring it to dinner. I have nothing more to tell you about this sub average beverage.

  Mad River Brewhouse Root Beer PURE CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR, VANILLA AND OTHER NATURAL FLAVORS,ACACIA, NO CAFFEINE, NO PRESERVATIVES.

A vanilla flavor stands out but does not overwhelm the rootbeer goodness. The brew is dark and sweet. This is a good one to open up and enjoy anytime.

A very misfortunate accident on my part. I put the brew in the freezer to chill it faster.....well it got a little slushy. I therefore demand a retaste. We will go buy another one of these and try again.

 

Mason's Keg Brewed Flavor Root Beer

www.realsoda.com

CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR,CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (preservative), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL NAD ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS

It could'a been a contender but just couldn't shake the aftertaste. That is my only gripe. Keep on chugging and its good, take a break and your mouth starts to complain. Good color, scent, initial flavor, medium carbonation and plenty of yik afterwards.

Originally I said no. However, after the 2nd or 3rd swig, the flavor started to grow on me. I would describe it more as a "birch beer trapped inside of a root beer bottle". Sounds like someone needs to come out of the soda closet.

 

Milligan's Island Awesome Root Beer

www.milligans-island.com

CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR OR HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SWEETENER, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE)

Good foam, flavor and color. The first few sips left me with a chalky, sugar substitute taste. Halfway down the mug the flavor set in and was fairly pleasant. Maybe that was the "Fooling" part that the label suggests. All around, this was merely OK. Belched at 5 decibels.

Nothing fancy here. Just another set of the same ingredients that you would find in your average Root Beer. The good news is that it seems to be a well balanced mix of the same old, same old. Add it to your collection but don't brag about it. Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrp.

 
Mystic Seaport All Natural Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PURE VANILLA EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVORS AND OILS(INCLUDING ANISE,CHAMOMILE, CASSIA,GINGER,SWEET BIRCH, TARRAGON, WINTERGREEN), CARAMEL COLOR.

Flat, very low carbonation with a burnt caramel taste. Zero belch factor.

 

Extremely smooth. The color Rootbeer should be. I somehow conjured up a low level burpola despite of it’s low carbonation. Slight dusty flavor afterwords.

  Old Fashioned Root Beer SPARKLING SPRING WATER, FRUCTOSE, MOLASSES, OUR OWN NATURAL FLAVORING OF HERBAL EXTRACTS, NATURAL ESSENCES OF ANISE AND NUTMEG.

Light color , that of a cream soda. Wicked taste, that of a soap bucket. Something lingers afterwards that is unpleasant and tends to upset the tummy. (say that with a manly tone!)

Holy Moses this smells like un-cooked pigs feet. And it tastes like liquid spaghetti. Old fashioned, maybe…good tasting, NO!

 
Pearson Bros. of San Francisco Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, POTASSIUM BENZOATE (AS A PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND AFTIFICIAL FLAVORS, AND GUM ACACIA.

Another classic Root Beer scent and flavor but, slightly sweet. The carbonation was near the high end and tended to react strongly. If I was inclined to drink another one, I would. Belch factor 8.

Not a very strong flavor at first. However the after taste left me lickin my lips. The ingredients resembled that of a bubble gum wrapper. Consider it candy that you don't chew.

 

Pirate's Keg Root Beer

www.pirateskeg.com

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.

Burpola! This one gets the belch factor going quickly at a 8! This is an easy drinker and won't let you down. I think you can find this at your local Red Lobster right on the menu. I can't imagine that RB goes well with Cajun Blackened VooDoo Salmon but, give it a whirl anyway.

That went down easy. If I had to chug a brew in record time, this is the one. It went straight to the lower abdominal area and commanded a time consuming belcharro. I went above average just for the chug factor.

  Purple Cane Road Root Beer CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, CITIRC ACID, SODIUM BENSOATE (PRESERVATION), GUM ACACIA FLAVOR, VANILLA.

Low carbonation, in fact it is non-existant. What is present is a full flavored beverage that is very, very sweet. The fact that it comes in a wine bottle (with a CORK!) proves that it is a micro-brew that demands attention.If you live in Iowa or have friends there, get a bottle and drink it slowly.

As the name implies, it is rather sugary tasting. We were caught off guard because we didn't have one of them corkscrews to open the bottle. My mom found this one in Iowa and sent it out to us. So if you want one of these rare babies then either ask mom or call the Purple Cane people.

 

Rat Bastard Root Beer

www.skeleteens.com

CARBONATED WATER, FRUCTOSE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, MOLASSES, JASMINE, DONG QUAI, CAFFEINE, GINSENG, MAD DOG WEED, SKULL CAP, YOHIMBE, GINKO BILOBA, GOTU KOLA, GOLDEN SEAL, ECHINACEA, AFRICAN CASPSICUM, REISHI, SHIITAKI & CORDYCEPS, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE.

Just looking at all those ingredients makes me sceptical of this brew. It has a good scent, carbonation is near perfect and it tastes decent. I liked it and will drink some more if it does not give me the jitters or turn my urine orange! Belchness of 7.

I actually enjoyed this brewsky. Not a lot like I wanted another right away but more like the type of "like" where it has a funky name so you would drink it so people would say..."hey, what is that you are drinking?"

 

Root 66 Root Beer

www.root66.com

PURE SPARKLING WATER, PURE CANE SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SARSPARILLA ROOT, SWEET BIRCH, CHICORY, ANISE, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID AND YUCCA.

The first sip was like maple syrup on waffles. Second sip was nearly exact except I started tasting the RB part of it. There was zero carbonation, so the belch factor is nil. If you have a sweet tooth for waffles and you are not hip on carbonation, this is your drink. I would like to try this with more fizz in the fuzz.

You couldn't get this stuff to fizz if you tried. Flat as an Alabama road oppossum. I think the ingredients should read more like this: Water, Sugar, Brown color #3. How I just burped, I don't know.

  Sam's Choice Root Beer  

Ick. I say again, with more authority... ICK!! I threw holy water at it, made the sign of the cross and tried to use a Jedi mind trick against it. I need to go and shave my tongue now...

Oh great mother of pearl!...I have this hidious liquid in front of me that really wants to be a Root Beer. Make it go away. The flavor is cross between North American late September Peat Moss and Vasaline.

 
Sioux City Root Beer
CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, AND CITRIC ACID

First off, it has an instant belch factor of 9. Another great all-arounder but the after taste was on the bitter side. Ain't nothing wrong with this RB, ain't nothing spectacular either.

Hey I liked it! A cross between cotton candy and little root beer barrel candies. Wait A minute...this wasn't made in Sioux City Iowa, this stuff was made in New York City. False advertising.

 

Sonora Brewing Co. Root Beer

www.sonorabrew.com

CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR AND/OR HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MALTODEXTRINE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, ARIZONA HONEY FROM THE SONORA DESERT, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE) VANILLA, PHOSPHORIC ACID.

O.K. this may sound a bit biased because its a hometown brew but, this is really good stuff. I happen to like honey and this has a good taste to it. Not too off the wall and unique all the same. Belchness of 7.

Being from Arizona you would have to imagine that I would be partial to it's sonoran roots. I'm Not. This stuff is foaming more than a rabid bulldog in a laundry room. Aint Bad but there is better.

  Sparky's Fresh Draft Root Beer CARBONATED FILTERED WATER, PURE CANE SUGAR, HONEY, NATURAL BOTANICAL EXTRACTS, IMITATION FLAVORING, SPICES, SODIUM BENZOATE TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS, PHOSPHORIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR.

Honey, sugar and spices. Just short of liquid xmas cookies and twice as sweet. Spark up a Sparky's and drink it slowly.

Sparky spunky strong and kinda funky. Golden brown in color. I think I can dilute this with a gallon of water and then have a great tasting brew. A bit too strong for my little taste buds. But that's just one guy's opinion.

 

Sprecher Root Beer Soda

www.sprecherbrewery.com

CARBONATED WATER, FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MALTO DEXTRIN, RAW WISCONSIN HONEY, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, VANILLA, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOAT(A PRESERVATIVE)

It tried to foam but nothing happened. You couldn't get any flatter unless you made a RB pancake. Way too sugary for me. Sweet, flat and bland. Rates right up there with Costco brand generic RootBeer. Save a $1.25 and get the quarter stuff. Zero belch factor.

Not your belching brew. Rather mellow flavor. The good kind of mellow. I am impressed with the big 16oz. bottle that requires two hands to handle it.

 

Stewarts Root Beer

www.drinkstewarts.com

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR, SODIUM BENZOATE ( A PRESERVATIVE) CITRIC ACID, ACACIA, QUILLAIA AND YUCCA EXTRACTS.

This is a very good mainstream RB. No real flaws nor items that standout as extraordinary. If you are looking for something special, keep looking. I tried to belch but, nothing happened...

Enjoyed the flavor aside from the slight pasty after-taste. A little research uncoverd the following....Quillaia bark is used in its native country for washing clothes, and in this country is used by manufacturers and cleaners for washing or cleaning delicate materials. So next you need your mouth washed out with soap, Ask for Stewarts.

 

Thomas Kemper Hand Crafted Rootbeer

www.tksoda.com

CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PURE WASHINGTON HONEY, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL BOTANICAL FLAVORS, SODIUM BENZOATE, MALTODEXTROINE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, PURE VANILLA EXTRACT, SALT AND NATURAL SASSAFRASS BARK EXTRACT.

Classic Root Beer scent and flavor. Not too sweet or over powered by any single ingredient. Good head of foam on it's shoulders. Belch factor 7.

Not your sippin brew. To enjoy this little Kemper you gotta get a good mouth full. Tends to leave a little Fizz in your Whiz. I was satisfied but not stoked.

  Trader Joe's Root Beer  

Whoa... just take a whiff and figure out what it is. I detected honey and clove for starters. It is sweet and packed with those ingredients that fall under "Do these really belong here?" catagory. It is pumped with carbonation and set the local richter scale jumping after the second chug. Not good, not bad, kinda ugly.

If I had to sum it up in a word it would be "virgils". To clue you in...Virgils means: Unless somebody told you that this was Root Beer, you would know that you were drinking Root Beer. In fact you may not know that this is human food. If you can trade it for something else then please do.

 

Virgil's Micro Brewed Root Beer

PURIFIED CARBONATED WATER, UNBLEACHED CANE SUGAR, CARAMELISED UNREFINED CANE SUGAR, ANISE, LICORICE, VANILLA (BOURBON), CINNAMON, CLOVE, WINTERGREEN, SWEET BIRCH, MOLASSES, NUTMEG, PIMENTO BERRY OIL, BALSAM OIL AND OIL OF CASSIA.

Two words... Liquid Licorice. I can not fairly judge this RB with the rest. It tastes more like sweet cough syrup than a root beer. Mix equal parts Vicks Formula 44D and Presidents Choice Cola and you will have the flavor nearly matched. I could not finish the mug without making faces. If you like licorice then this is your cup of Ouzo soda!

Now were getting in a different class here. This is your hard core Root Beer. The flavor will catch you by surprise so get your funny face ready. Imagine eating Licorice, sucking on a Clove and gargling the soda of your choice. Not the taste I'm looking for. I hear Loren gagging over there.

  Virgil's Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer

Is the licorice scent still there? Yes. Is it as overpowering as the Virgils' Micro Brewed? No. This Virgil's is drinkable by yours truly. It is dark, smooth and has a taste that is undescribably sweet (in a good way). I could not guzzle a 6'er of this due to the monster bottle (which is a keeper!) but you should at least try one.

I've Been gazing at this bottle for many days now. Awing at it's beauty. I was not disappointed, however I was not as impressed with the taste as I was with the pretty bottle. I mean macho bottle! Had that little Clove/Licorice flavor that I do not like. Get one for the Bottle.

 

X-Drink Root Beer Riot Caffeine and Herbal Energy Drink

www.xtz.com

ARTESIAN WATER, FILTERED AND PURIFIED, CANE SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, HERBS, BOTANICAL EXTRACTS, GREEN TEA, CAFFEINE, SODIUM BENZOATE TO ENSURE FRESHNESS. ALSO LISTS:GUARANA, GINSENG, KOLA NUT, GINKO BILBOA, MATE, KAVA KAVA, YOHIMBE AND GOTU KOLA. vANILLA BEAN, MOLASSES, NUTMEG, ANISE, CLOVE, SASAFRASS, PEPPERMINT AND GINGER.

Low carbonation, tastes a lot like those fruity orange wax teeth you used to get as a kid back in the '70's. Very, very unique flavor that leaves me wondering if another 16 ounces would make me climb further up the wall. Too many of these could be lethal. With all those ingredients, is it fair to label it Root Beer? Belch factor of 5.

You ever leave the cap off of a 2 Liter bottle of 69 cent store brand diet dirty dish water then put it in a cup for one of your freinds to drink? Well somebody did. I better at least get a buzz from this.