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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!

 
 

Frost Creek Beverage Root Beer

September 17, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: TX

Obtained in: trade with Tony
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: https://www.frostcreekbeverage.com/

first off, my apologies for the late (yes, sometimes very late) posting pics. I just moved a couple weeks ago which was a fiasco, as i really moved twice as my old house sold before my new one closed. before that i was crazy busy packing up the twenty years worth of stuff in my old house, being a dad, working my real job, and other life things, so my queue of reviews done in advance shrank down to nothing. thus i end up doing reviews Sunday night and often don't get the photo edited in time. strangely i do usually edit them on monday but then forget to upload it. anyway, on with the show!
this could very well really be private label or some other vanity label, but i am going on the assumption that it is not. it does not say it is anywhere that it is thus it probably isn't. yet it kind of has the same font in the nutritional info area as private labels. plus, looking at the website, the other flavors come in different bottles, much like Private Label does. the orange in a more rounded bottle with the short cap and the cherry soda in a similar rounded bottle but the bigger cap. whatever. in any case, the label is pretty cool.
the soda is not bad. in fact it is rather good. yet it is good in the way at least one hundred other root beers are good. it is rather smooth and has the right amount of carbonation. the taste is a good mix of herbal sassafras, a healthy bit of vanilla and some other herbs. i am enjoying it. i just wish they had done more to make it more distinct and not something that just blends in and tastes basically identical to so many others.

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Bai Rioja Root Beer

September 3, 2018
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: discontinued

Obtained in: KMart
Head: Small Sweetener: rebiana/truvia, erythritol
Calories: 5 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 10g Sugar: 0g
Caffeine: Yes

this soda was mentioned to me some time back. I figured I'd find it eventually, i had not seen it in any local stores and did not exactly go on a quest for it. then Sagi told me he had found some at his local K Mart. since K mart is easy to get to, I didn't really prioritize it, cuz, hey I could go get it any time and i had a decent queue of root beers already to drink. but then of course K Mart had more financial issues and many were closing, including my local ones, so I rushed over there at last. luckily there were just beginning the selling process so they had a bunch of these. phew.
except for a root beer a week, I think I am a reasonably healthy fellow. i run, i bike, i race duathlons, I chase my kids around alot. so i appreciate antioxidants. my dants could always use some antioxi'ing. but i have yet to have something that tastes good that involves erythritol.
this looks cool, mostly black with some metallic copper and silver accents. even the top and pull tab are black. so that is good stuff. well done on the graphic design work at the very least.
yeah, so this is horrible. wow. it has no resemblance to root beer of any tasty sort. it is kind of like chewing on a stick, then licking a metal rod in its flavor profile. i really don't get who approved this and thought it was a good idea to make. but hey, everyone likes different stuff. i just can't fathom anyone enjoying this. there is not too terrible an aftertaste, so that is something. i give them a couple points for the design work, but this is among the worst root beers i have ever consumed. wow. why Bai, why? well, it is discontinued I have just learned when googling some of the ingredients to find out if i will be kept up all night by this or not. so maybe you can find a can or two out there if you really have a hankering for the terrible.
Ingredients:filtered carbonated water, Bai Proprietary Sweetener Blend (erythritol, stevia leaf extract), natural sassafras flavor with other natural flavors, apple extract (for color), citric acid, malic acid, white tea extract, coffeefruit extract, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), sodium citrate


Anthony's Rating: 7
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Old Original Levis Root Beer Soda

August 20, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NJ, PA, online

Obtained in: Seaside Heights, NJ boardwalk
Head: Medium Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, sucralose/splenda
Calories: 100 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 25g Sugar: 25g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://elliottsamazing.com/champ.html

every once in a while I will go to some store that has a bunch of root beers to try to find something new. 99% of the time there is not. so occasionally i decide to spend more time and look at the ingredients on pretty much all of them to see if any changed. if i am lucky, they have also changed the name at the same time so I won't have to go back and mark one 'old' or something. it is even worse when there are 3 or more different recipes with the same name. i mean, if anyone has any good suggestions on how to handle that, let me know in the comments. (yes, i know the email form doesn't work right now.) anyhow, this is one of the semi-recently changed recipes. it was pretty tasty before so it a little strange when that happens, but they seemed to have a new vision. they took out some of the caloric sweetener and decided to do one of those weird things by throwing an artificial sweetener in to try to reduce the calories but not actually make a diet drink. i can't say i really understand why this is done. it pretty much never works, the drink always has the bad aftertaste still. but hey, maybe they figured it out this time.
yeah, um, sort of i guess…. it does not have a terrible aftertaste, true. but it is not a good tasting soda anymore. it is rather bitter and watery, not a lot of root beer taste. i have not a lot worse sodas, this isn't really offensive or bad. it just isn't great. there is a little aftertaste that makes me think it is worse than it is until i take another swallow.
Ingredients:filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar and/or high fructose corn sweetener, caramel coloring, artificial and natural flavorings, citric acid, sucralose, yucca foam extract, less than 1% sodium benzoate (preservative)


Anthony's Rating: 68
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Rock Steady Gene Simmons Moneybag Root Beer

August 13, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 11.5oz glass bottle
Available: CA, online

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Huge Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 180 Sodium: 50mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 45g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.genesimmonsmoneybag.com/

well, there is a KISS root beer out there and i think Gene Simmons did not get a cut of using the name, or perhaps not big enough of a cut or whatever, so he course had to make his own root beer. and several other flavors while he was at it. or at least lend his name and likeness to the people making it. whatever, that is all a moot point. if it causes there to be more root beers in the world, I am all for it.
the labels and junk are kinda silly, lots of moneybags and dollar signs, with several hands making devil horns and Gene Simmons' signature also in a few spots. of course all is gold and brown ink.
in the end though it has to taste good. i have not had the Kiss soda so can't compare them but this is good. super smooth, very creamy, huge foamy head that lasts forever. it also has a little bit of an extra taste in there, some wintergreen i think. it is a pleasant drink and they did a good job with it. not that it is the best soda i have ever drank, but it is indeed better than most. i am pleasantly surprised, i kind of expected this to be mailed in and generic. Gene-style!
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, sodium benzoate (used as a preservative), natural flavour, and caramel colour.


Anthony's Rating: 90
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