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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!

 
 

Country Folk Soda Root Beer

November 13, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MO, online

Obtained in: order from company
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 45mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No
Website: countryfolksoda.com

at this point I am not quite sure how I came upon this company and their drinks. not that is matters too much, but i do like to explain and offer a potentially amusing anecdote whenever possible. in any case, it arrived at my home one day along with the diet version after i sent them some money. I am assuming the Bobby Joe from Branson, MO on the label is someone they know? or perhaps it is just a fictional person? i really don't know but having their home town on there makes it seem like a real person. this fella has only 3 teeth, no shirt with his denim overalls, a barbed wire arm band and a hat that is curiously both camo and black & white. now if that was me, i am not sure how happy i would be about it. but then again, i am not country folk, so maybe this is a positive portrayal for this lad. the label also features a scene of presumably a county folk's typical home? that being a trailer, satalite dish, couch outside, outhouse, moonshine barrel, green water filled above ground pool, a chicken and a lawnmower.
the flavor of this drink is very vanilla heavy, very creamy. i don't mind that exactly, of the different recipe directions that brewers often go, this is not my favorite, but still closer to the top than the bottom. it also comes across as a little bit fruity and that is where it loses a few points for me. i taste hints of a few herbs here, maybe clove and wintergreen but they are not really upfront enough to combat the fruity herbal thing going on. it is still not bad yet i'm not buying more anytime soon.
Ingredients:filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavors and citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 71
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Baumeister Old Fashioned Root Beer

November 6, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:04 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: WI, online

Obtained in: Rocket Fizz
Head: Small Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 45mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 43g
Caffeine: No

it has been 12 years or so since i last had Baumeister Root Beer. my memory is not good to begin with so trying to remember this drink is not happening. they claim on the label that a certain Heine Baumeister tapped into some artesian water in 1907 and ever since Baumeister sodas have been made with the same local tradition. it is possible, sure. i hope that is true. yet most sodas have not been continuously produced for that whole period. any the who… they changed their recipe a bit in the 12 years since i tried it, but of course they adhered in the local tradition and used corn syrup still. =)
when i think of Wisconsin, it definitely does not occur to me that they would have lighthouses there in abundance. yet there is a lighthouse on this label, shining its light on a barrel of what i assume is root beer. i suppose i should go educate myself on Wisconsin some more ASAP. although the one represented here may be the anomalous light house in all of the state. no idea.
this tastes pretty good. it is one of those that seems to taste better as you drink more. it is quite creamy and mellow, not tons of carbonation, just enough to let you know you are having a carbonated drink but not so much that it takes away from the flavor. the flavor is basically standard, which is why it does not rate higher in my book. i like it, yes, but i can get pretty much the same taste from at least 30 other root beers that are easier for me to get. if i was in Wisconsin, this might be more my go-to root beer or my standard to judge against. yet, i do not, so it is not. although i don't really have a standard to judge against anyway so maybe that was all a big lie.
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, caramel color, artificial and natural flavors, citric acid, gum acacia, preserved with sodium benzoate


Anthony's Rating: 78
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Glacier Brewing Co. Root Beer

October 30, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, On Tap
Available: MT

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.glacierbrewing.com/

ok, i did not expect that! i opened the cap, it fizzed a bit which was a good sign, i took a sip and it began to fizz excessively, in my face, on my keyboard, etc. luckily i have a washable keyboard! phew! wow, this is by far the most carbonated drink i have ever had! i can barely drink it even, it just starts bubbling up into my mouth and excessive amounts of CO2 are then in there, causes a whole load of coughing and sputtering. i am not sure either if i want to drink much as it tastes quite awful. it really tastes yeast carbonated, which is a horrible flavor. i would love to give this a great review but it is among the worst sodas i have had. it is undrinkable on both fronts, it makes a huge mess every time i try to have a taste and they flavor is vile. maybe this appeals to someone somewhere, perhaps a beer drinker who likes the taste of yeast? i just don't even know. i hope i just got a bad bottle and usually this stuff is much different. if anyone else has any experience with this soda, either bottled or on tap do let me know. the head does last a very long time, if that scores point for you. but beyond that, I see nothing redeeming about it. maybe the label, it is kind of nice looking at least.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar (white cane sugar, brown sugar), root beer extract (natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, gum arabic), vanilla extract (vanilla bean extractives in water, alcohol(35%), sugar), sodium benzoate, sarsaparilla extracts, citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 8
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Dog n Suds Drive-in Style Root Beer

October 23, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, OH, OK, online

Obtained in: at Rocket Fizz
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 30g Sugar: 30g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.dognsudsbrand.com/

The original version of this was one of the first sodas i found on my first business trip. i was pretty excited about sneaking away from my hotel to root beer hunt at night where ever i could walk as the company only sprang for one car for three people and I was not the person with the keys. how i obtained this one was a bit less exciting. i went to the nearest Rocket Fizz and spent some time looking at ingredients to see what had changed since i had reviewed them. luckily this one also when from "Draft Style" to "Drive-in Style." now, there are numerous sodas that claim to be 'draft style' but 'drive-in style' is a new one for me. i do not have any real idea what that means. not that i know what 'draft style' really means, but i take it to be extra carbonated, foamy and fresh. i imagine 'drive-in style' to be delivered by young folk on roller skates but not really have any effect on flavor or anything.
i must say i do not recall what the old recipe tasted like but this one is rather tasty. rich, caramel flavor with a smooth mouth feel. it goes down well and pairs with the usual suspects (pizza, veggie burgers, etc) well. its one flaw really is that it is predictable and there are many sodas much like it. it has a very good blend of tastes and for this "regular micro brew" flavor it is quite good. to set it apart it needs a little extra but if you want standard excellence, grab some of it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate (as preservative), natural and artificial flavor


Anthony's Rating: 87
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