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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!

 
 

Mustache Mike’s Hand Crafted Sodas Raw Dawg Root Beer

December 11, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 22oz glass bottle
Available: CA

Obtained in: the almighty Sagi
Head: Large Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar
Calories: 119 Sodium: 22mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 33g
Caffeine: No

it is not often that you find root beers in these huge 22 oz bottles. I am not sure if the idea is to share it or what. i suppose not as the serving size is the full 22oz in the nutritional info. but perhaps that was just easier for them to put on there and less likely to trick people. I can't say i know anything about Mike or his mustache or whether he was established in 1959 or the soda company was. i would assume the soda company but perhaps not. based on the honesty quotient of the nutritional info, i will go with the soda company somehow being that old. i do like the picture of Mike and also his mustache on the label, although he reminds me of a aging professional wrestler or something. now, why did he/they name it 'Raw Dawg Root Beer?' for me, it has very weird, amusing connotations which i cannot really share on a family website but perhaps it is not that way for others. from what i can gather online, this company does not make soda anymore, but only italian ice. huh. oh well.
the flavor here is lacking a bit for my taste buds. i mean, there is a flavor, but it is low key and doesn't really pop. the taste is a bit herbal, a bit rooty, a bit bitter and a touch sweet. it's fine. nothing to write home to mom and pop about though. or really to justify wanting 22 oz of it. i, of course, am glad i tried it and if it was all there was someplace i might get it again but i wouldn't reach for it or anything.
Ingredients:carbonated water, corn syrup, pure cane sugar, citric acid, natural & artificial flavor, sodium benzoate


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Country Folk Soda Diet Root Beer

December 4, 2017
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MO, online

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

so they have a diet soda as well… the thing is, the info printed on here is for the regular, at least i think so. i mean they won't have a 160 calorie cane sugar diet soda, would they? i'd hope not. the artwork on here is similar in style to the regular root beer, but with basically a bald, grey bearded guy with no hat but a shirt under his overalls. he is missing the same teeth and has the same pose, nose, ears and eyes so i presume it is an aged version of the other fellow who is now diabetic so can only drink diet sodas? or perhaps his father in the same boat? the answer may never be known. well, unless we ask them, but who wants to do that?
well, if this is a 160 calorie soda, it is very badly done as it has a terrible after taste. if it is diet, then it is still pretty bad. you get that sickly sweet in a bad way flavor which obscures the actual root beer taste which is very quickly followed by a metallic ick that really seals the deal on not tasting the actual soda. they carries through until the yuck aftertaste settles on your tongue. despite that, i have had much worse drinks. not that i can finish even half of this mind you, but it isn't that horrible.
Ingredients:filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavor and citric acid


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Stubborn Soda Classic Root Beer

November 27, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: online, everywhere

Obtained in: Target somewhere
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar, stevia
Calories: 100 Sodium: 85mg
Carbs: 27g Sugar: 25g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.stubbornsoda.com/

i am conflicted about this drink. you see, it is made by Pepsico, makers of such things as Pepsi Cola, Diet Pepsi Cola, Pepsi Lime Cola, Crystal Pepsi Cola, Pepsi Jazz Strawberries & Cream and Caffeine Free Mountain Dew! they also make Mug Root Beer. but they saw these small, independent, local bottlers making a shred of money making small batches in glass bottles and wanted in. so they invented the 'Stubborn Soda' line. there is not really any mention of it being owned by Pepsi anywhere though so it is sort of covert. so sure I want more glass bottle sodas, more root beers, but i feel like this will make that less likely to happen. i would think enough people would buy this, thinking it is supporting a small company, instead of an actual soda from a small company that it will put a maker or three in the red. plus they also got in trouble recently for using beet sugar instead of the proclaimed fair trade cane sugar. i'm not sure how that happens but perhaps when you are a huge corporation all of that stuff looks the same.
for some reason they decided to make this one of those semi-diet sodas, using Stevia along with cane sugar to keep the calories at 100. it is not that i am opposed to the premise of that, who needs more calories really? but it seems to never work out well.
um, yeah, doesn't quite work here either. it tastes sort of fruity and weird, an off taste from the stevia. now if you love stevia, this may be the drink for you. i think it is ok, probably the best of the no/lo call sweeteners but i still wouldn't chose it over actual sugar or other highly caloric choices. it is a root beer, sure, it has that flavor profile under the fruitiness, yet it is too dominated by the bad stuff. maybe that is not the worst thing, but it could lead people to dismiss glass bottle root beers as not actually that good after they sample this stuff. oh well.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, natural flavor, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), phosphoric acid, purified stevia leaf extract, citric acid, calcium disodium edta (to protect flavor)


Anthony's Rating: 62
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Riley’s Brewing Co Hand Crafted Root Beer

November 20, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar, honey, molasses
Calories: 155 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 32g Sugar: 31g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.rileysbrewing.com/

i love so much that there are so many random breweries making root beers these days. look and ye shall find. although i look and don't find much new these days near me. but luckily others look and trade with me or are super generous and kind when they find new things. in researching this company, it seems they make four sodas actually and a bunch of other "beers" which are incidental and uninteresting, let's admit. as many breweries do, this one grew out of a guy who just really liked to brew beers and stuck with it until he got it down quite well. they don't explain how the root beer came about really, but i assume they are saving the important stuff for a later entry in their history.
the packaging is fun and kind of beachy/tropical, at least to me. nothing too complex or crazy and it seems to use the Sponge Bob font so that is a wise move. they claim this brew is full bodied and truly original. well i will see if i concur.
ok, i concur. indeed, quite a full body here. it has a very complex, multi-layered flavor and is actually quite original. the biggest taste is the molasses, which is a great thing for me. but along with it comes the cinnamon, cloves and sarsaparilla tastes. i thought i would get more of a licorice flavor going on as it has star anise and licorice root but it is subtle and has to be focused on. eventually the wintergreen settles on your tongue as well and adds a nice end note. i like this. you have done well Riley, if that is your real name. excellent stuff. carry on and forget those other beers, make a birch beer and sarsaparilla please. or the only Spruce Beer in the western US? yes, thanks.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, honey, vanilla extract, molases, caramel color, sodium benzoate (as preservative), wintergreen extract, phosphoric acid, cream of tartar, cloves, sarsaparilla root, cinnamon, star anise, all-spice, licorice root, burdock root


Anthony's Rating: 94
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