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November 14, 2011
Filed under: random junk — anthony @ 12:56 pm

Hello and welcome to the oldest, largest and frankly the best root beer reviewing site in the world! over 625 brands reviewed so far! i also throw in birch beer and sarsaparilla reviews occasionally while i am at it since to me, they are the same genre. once in a while i even detour into other branches of the root beer tree, such as spruce beer, dandelion & burdock and the like. a new review publishes every week on Monday with the random post or review of root beer related stuff every once in a while. feel free to submit your own ratings, check out the rankings from me and other visitors, see what sodas are available near you and more. make a float, tap a keg or mix some extract up and enjoy!

anthony (me) started reviewing root beer related drinks in '96 but has always loved the delicious joy of root beer and birch beer and just kept it going ever since. if you have any suggestions of features you'd like to see or sodas you want reviewed, let me know!

 
 

Hannaford Root Beer

June 1, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 4:30 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can, 2L plastic bottle
Available: ME, MA, NH, NY, VT Obtained in: Hannaford store in Rhinebeck, NY
Head: Small Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Caffeine: No
Website: http://hannaford.com

store brand soda! aw yeah!!!
i thought i had reviewed this one years ago as i have been to Hannaford a few times in the last 15 or so years. i suppose i just never got the store brand stuff for whatever reason. not that it is too pressing of a desire, to add another store brand soda to my reviews, but i will take what i can get in these lean days.

i like that they have this warning on it, just in case of lawsuits: "WARNING: CAP MAY BLOW OFF CAUSING EYE OR OTHER SERIOUS INJURY. POINT AWAY FROM PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WHILE OPENING." that sort of scares me although i have opened countless soda bottles in my time and have yet to have one blow off. this bottle is very hard and solid before i open it so perhaps they put extra carbonation in there. i will point it away from all as i now open it.
ok, that was not so bad, no eyes lost, very good.
it is not even that highly carbonated either. alas.

i am not sure what they are going for in the graphic design work here. it is bad fonts meets 70s album design or something. just lots of circles and lines and junk. i am not a fan of it so much.

the taste is actually ok. for a store brand, i'd buy this one if i lived closer to a location and really needed two liters of soda but only had 79 cents or whatever. i don't think that scenario has ever transpired for me as of yet but one does not know what tomorrow will bring. it is a bit too syrupy for my tastes, the corn syrup really shows through. but it has a bit of an edge, an artificial herbal kick going on in there which is a change of pace. beyond that it is a normal, expected root beer flavor.
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, potassium benzoate (preservative), citric acid

Anthony's Rating: 71
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Begley’s and Bill’s Root Beer

May 25, 2015
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: online Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: stevia, erythritol
Caffeine: No
Website: begleysandbills.com

so Ed Begley Jr has started a soda company. i know he is an actor but i have no idea what he was in or is famous for. besides his more recent fame for green fanaticism. that carries through to this product as it is all natural. that includes a proprietary mix of natural sweeteners, both of which i have found vile in the past so i have little hope for this. whether that is a good thing and it will be a pleasant surprise or it will be bad as expected remains to be seen. it only has 8 calories per bottle but they don't mention it being diet, probably to help sales. nonetheless i classify it as diet.
the label is fine. they seem to be ready to market to a french Canadian market as well as english since all of the info on it is in french as well as english.
well, let me try it… hhhmmm, not as awful as i expected. it is not good really, but it is better than some. it tastes a little like traditional root beer, sort of creamy for a moment, but it is overtaken by a not good harsh taste. it is not really bitter or sour, but just 'off' to me. but, for a diet, it is decent. i won't be drinking at more of it mind you, but i would not be too ashamed to give it out to my friends who do drink diet sodas.
Ingredients:purified carbonated water, sweetenFX (our proprietary blend of erythritol, steviol gylcosides and natural flavor), lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors, and natural caramel color

Anthony's Rating: 41
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Etna Brewing Co. Root Beer

May 18, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Small Sweetener: brown sugar
Calories: 120 Sodium: 25mg
Carbs: 32g Sugar: 32g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://users.sisqtel.net/krell/

there has been a very long string of root beers lately with non twist off caps. which is unusual. perhaps because most of what i reviewed lately has been root beers from breweries and they seem more likely to go that route for whatever reason. but still i don't think i have ever gotten more than two in a row, but it is at least four or five now. #rootbeerreviewproblems not a real problem, just something i noticed as i have to find my bottle opener every time. on with the show!
the design is fine. a little busy but overall it is alright. you have your browns and gold and some nature thing (an eagle in this case) as seems to happen often these days.
i must say i like the slogan of "get back to your roots" for a root beer that is trying to be "olde style." they kind of pound it in a lot of times too, "old fashioned," "what root beer used to be," "good ol' taste" as well as the two aformentioned things. fine fine, you want to be historically accurate. that is always a weird thing since what time period are you talking about? i'd guess the pre-Hires days, with roots and bark and junk actually used. what that tastes like really i don't know. but it might be like this. it is very licorice heavy and very rooty tasting. perhaps overly so a little bit. it is a very complex and rich, strong flavor that one can sip and really take in. you could chug it down but that seems a waste. it reminds me a lot of Appalachian Brewing Co Root Beer, which is one of my favorites of all time. yet this one goes a step too far in the anise/licorice area that pushes it down in the ratings. it really has little to no head despite decent carbonation levels. whatever, probably less foamy when you make a float with it this way i suppose.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure brown sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, gum acacia, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), quillaia extract

Anthony's Rating: 87
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Stone Cellar Brewery Root Beer

May 11, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, On Tap
Available: WI Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.stonecellarbrewpub.com/

i am a fan of any brewery that makes their own root beer. this one seems to make a whole line of soda flavors, so that is even better! nice work Stone Cellar peoples! you make Wisconsin a fine place to visit i am sure.
i am confused by brands which revel in their light color as this one does ("lighter than the rest but still the best") yet still add caramel color to make it some color anyway. since there is the potential that caramel color could be quite unhealthy, why put it in at all? but whatever, moving on.
i do like lighter root beers in general i think. they tend to be a different breed from the stereotypical root beer flavor in a good way. it just is lighter in feel also. this one fits those standards as well. it is sweet but also has a slightly citrus flavor on the back end that works well. it is a more refreshing soda than many root beers, not as syrup and heavy. i like both ends of the spectrum and this one does well on the light end. the flavor is rooty and herbal on the whole, starting a little sweeter, then the herbs kick in making it a little more bitter and then it fades to a slightly citrus taste, all the while being reasonably sweet. i enjoy it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, natural flavor, citric acid and sodium benzoate (preservative)

Anthony's Rating: 87
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