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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!

 
 

Hy-Vee Root Beer

January 16, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: IA

Obtained in: trade
Head: Small Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Calories: 170 Sodium: 40mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No

just when i think i have reviewed all of the store brands, along comes another one. they are not something i seek out at all these days, but if i stumble across one or i'm making a trade and that is all the other party can get that i have not had, i'll go for it. the latter was the case here.
this has to be one of the cheesiest, lowest budget design jobs i have seen. but it is a generic store brand, so i don't expect much more. you may as well go for broke if you are going for cheap.
the taste is ok. it is very much the expected taste, pretty harsh in the carbonation, syrupy sweet. suck on a root beer barrel candy and you know what this tastes like. sometimes that is what you want. not me so much, you. well, sometimes i want candy, but actually not root beer barrels too much, surprisingly. if you have drank a store brand root beer basically ever, i am sure you have had a soda that tasted much like this. it will do but that's about it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural and artificial flavors, citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 62
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Jo Snow Sass! Root Beer Syrup

January 9, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: syrup
Available: IL, online

Obtained in: mailorder from company
Head: None Sweetener: dehydrated cane juice
Caffeine: No
Website: http://jpsnowsyrups.com

I found this one day online and put it on my Amazon wish list, more as a reminder to myself to go back and maybe buy it one day. But then someone bought it for me, so that's exciting. I put it with my other syrups and extracts and have been slowly making my way through them. then I noticed this will be past its "best by" date soon so it got bumped up in the queue. on the label, they say to go to their website for recipes and they also say it is "hand crafted syrup for soda pop." but no where on their site does it have a recipe for soda. therefore, i looked at their cocktail recipes and guessed how much other liquid is needed for the syrups to work. i figured about 2 to 1, seltzer to syrup. but that is too much syrup, even for me, so i toned it down more from there.
I like their label style pretty well, two colors are used in nice combinations. it feels much more like a county fair / circus type design style than a typical soda style, which is a nice change of pace.
it is a unique take on root beer, i will give it that. very rooty and herbal. there is a strong sarsaparilla flavor in there along with a good dose of ginger and something fruity. I am guessing the fruity thing is the raisins coming through. i find it kind of weird they have "natural root beer extract" as a flavor, so that could be almost anything. so yeah, it's pretty good and different. one of the better syrups i've had. i may have to try it as a snow cone or something as well, that could be very good.
Ingredients:organic evaporated cane juice, water, ginger, raisins, natural root beer extract, natural birch extract, vanilla extract, citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 81
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Tommyknocker All Natural Root Beer

January 2, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NC, ND, OH, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY, online

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.tommyknocker.com/ourSoda.html

so yet again, Tommyknocker have changed their recipe. although this time it seems to be a move towards being more 'natural' and 'organic' and all of that hippy dippy stuff. which, mind you, i fully support. i was not in love with their previous two recipes, they were fine and had potential, but did not quite deliver. any root beer with maple syrup is very intriguing to me i will admit. i feel like there has to be a good way to make it work with root beer.
this is a bit better than the last iterations to my taste buds. i believe it could be due to me focusing on the maple syrup aspect of it. if i forget about that for a moment and just take a drink, it is a little less enjoyable. also, the first sip is not as good as subsequent ones. strange. if i let the flavor fully dissipate from my palette, it is again not as yummy until i take another swig soon after. at first it is very herbal, strong tastes of clove and anise, then it is more sweet, maple syrup and smooth vanilla. i don't think i've encountered a soda that does that. it also has a very long lasting foamy head, which older versions lacked. i think this is an improvement, both as far as taste and impact on the planet.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, organic root beer flavor, aged organic vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, caramel color, citric acid


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Berghoff Draft Style Rootbeer

December 26, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, IL, IN, online

Obtained in: Rocket Fizz
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 187 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 46g Sugar: 46g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://berghoffbeer.com/sodas/

yes Berghoff has changed their recipe! it sort of makes the "since 1921" proclamation a little weird to me, but no matter, they HAVE been going since then i suppose, just not with the same product, but neither have a lot of businesses when you get down to it.
they have not changed their design much, but there was no need to, it is pretty great as it is. at this point it is a bit generic, but as one of the companies that defined how microbrew root beer labels look with mainly shades of brown and orange, they have the right to continue with it, i suppose that makes them iconic or something.
it has been at least 15 years since i had a bottle of Berghoff so any comparisons that can be made between the old and new really cannot be done by me.
this is indeed a root beer. if i were to try to find the prototypical root beer, this would definitely be in the running. it is kind of creamy, a bit rooty with some herbal tastes to it and reasonably carbonated. which is fine and great but i want more, i want something extraordinary! having a cook out, bbq, pizza night? this is perfect. after a hard day of yard work? grab a Berghoff! want to really savor the flavor and make the root beer the focal point, this probably isn't where i'd go.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural flavoring, yucca extract, gum arabic, ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol alginate annd triethyl citrate, preserved with citric acid and sodium benzoate


Anthony's Rating: 72
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