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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!

 
 

Highlander Brewery Root Beer

January 15, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: MT

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Medium Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.highlanderbeer.com/

this was a surprise addition to a shipment Sagi sent to me. and a very welcome surprise it was! the bottle is super cool in itself. i am kind of a sucker for any bottle with a finger grip hole, truth be told. as i have not been to the brewery myself i can only offer my observations of what it seems like from their website. but it does looks quite cool. not unlike many breweries of course, pretty industrial and minimal, basic. that they have been around since 1910 is definitely quite a thing to be lauded.
i probably let this sit too long before drinking it, which is entirely my fault. at this point it is not very carbonated so i will give it the benefit of the doubt in that realm and assume it has good carbonation. the flavor is kind of unique. not too much off the path, but it has a fruity taste to it on top of the expected stuff. perhaps a little cherry type thing is what it is. i don't disapprove and am a little surprised that went that direction. it could backfire and taste like cough syrup and might even to some. i applaud the trying of something a little off the beaten path. still though it is not exceptional, quite tasty and yummy, more than good.

Anthony's Rating: 84
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Platteville Main Street Root Beer

January 8, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: WI

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Large Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 45mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 43g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://plattevillemainstreet.com/

of course Sagi got this for me, yes, i owe that kind fellow a massive debt. i don't know at all how he found this one or who actually makes it. the label says the design is inspired by a label used by the Platteville Brewery in 1936 and it does appear that way. it is simple yet nice. basic fonts, good color choices, i am in favor of the direction they went.
the beverage itself is very good. not excellent or amazing, but very good. it has most of the elements i look for in a root beer, it is creamy, rich, smooth, caramelly, good foam, nice mouth feel, but it lacks the extra spices or variation to make it stand above. there are many root beers very similar to this in the world and i suppose it is better that more regions have this sort of thing, a microbrew that is definitely much better than mass market drinks, yet the quest is about finding that drink that is even better, even more. the people behind this have nothing to be ashamed of, they made a good drink that i'd be happy to serve as what root beer should taste like.
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, caramel color, artificial and natural flavors, citric acid and gum acacia. preserved with sodium benzoate


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Raley’s Craft Soda Root Beer

January 1, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA

Obtained in: from Sagi
Head: Huge Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: https://www.raleys.com

from what i gather this is the store brand of the Raley's supermarkets. it is always wonderful when a store cares enough to make glass bottle sodas. apparently they also have a sarsaparilla so i will have to get that some how as well (ok, actually i have it, of course Sage got that one for me as well!). i find it funny that it says 'Root Beer' in large letters, then 'Flavored with other natural flavors' much smaller under it. why can't it just be root beer? is this some legal requirement? and are natural flavors really so wonderful? i mean it could be anything from bug shells to leaves to whale urine, they are all natural things. the label and packaging is good, a photo of their start as a soda shoppe, so that is cool. i don't like this sort of large twist off top, it always seems to not keep soda as fresh, but whatever, just being knit-picky i suppose.
i was surprised at the lack of gas release when i opened the bottle but it does not seem to effect the carbonation or head on it. in fact it has a very large, long lasting foamy head. the flavor is okay. it feels a little flat to me, nothing that grabs you or comes to the forefront. it has a sweetness and a bit of rooty flavor with some caramel notes but sticks to the regular script/recipe of a root beer flavored beverage. as a store brand it is better than most others, but as a bottled root beer it is just decent. i am curious what their red apple soda is like though….
Ingredients:carbonated water, inverted cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (as preservatives), caramel color, calcium disodium edta (to protect flavor)


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Safeway Signature Select Root Beer

December 25, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, HI, ID, MD, MT, NE, NV, NM, OR, SD, TX, VA, WA, WY

Obtained in: trade from Sagi
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 41g Sugar: 41g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://safeway.com

usually for christmas / holiday time, i find a holiday theme / kind of beverage to review which fits in my 'root beer' schema. but this year, when my review day actually falls ON christmas, i have failed to find anything new along those lines. alas and alack. no matter, perhaps next year there will be one. but you get a normal review instead, which is pretty great and the gift that comes every monday, unlike your pickle of the week subscription that is not so reliable.
Safeway is a chain of supermarkets scattered around the US, even Alaska and Hawaii apparently! huh. as many have done before them, they have introduced a line of more 'gourmet,' glass bottle, cane sugar sodas. i am fully in support of this venture and recommend every business do this. but i am no business man or financial advising person so take my advice with a huge chuck of salt, especially if you are a fountain pen manufacturer or construction worker or dentist or most other jobs really where root beer won't sell well.
the taste here is good. standard micro-brew root beer taste, it doesn't break ground but is better than the generic canned stuff. caramel flavor dominates with a creamy, sweet feel along with a little bit of a bite that ups the flavor and score a notch or two. so yeah, it is fine and it's great they are making this, I just hope others follow suit and this lasts a while as well.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavor, caramel color (sulfites), citric acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), sodium benzoate (preservative)


Anthony's Rating: 79
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