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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!

 
 

Avery’s Birch Beer

September 15, 2014
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: White Birch Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CT, online Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Small Sweetener: corn sweetener, sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.averysoda.com

it is sort of strange, when i know a soda is out there and not all that hard to get sometimes, i just don't get it. this one for instance i had actually gotten, then a guest at my house drank it, not knowing the universal rule that the right side of the fridge is sodas for review, the left side is for anyone to drink. geez! since then i have taken to not keeping to-review sodas in that fridge at all, instead using my exclusively root beer only fridge for such things. but this drink i knew was out there, being made a couple hours away, yet just out of reach. i knew i could mail order it if i really wanted to, but that seemed silly and too costly for something i would probably find in time. plus i had been planning a root beer questing trip to Connecticut where this is made with a couple friends for a while now, so whenever that came to pass, i would get this soda i felt certain. then i traded with Red, but i did not know what he was sending. included in there was this one, obviously he checked my "wanted" list on the lower right over there and knew this was a needed brew. funny though that it took a Canadian to get this to me once again.
so, we all remember that i really really like clear birch beers, right? yes, it is still true. i don't know what it is about them, they are just refreshing and crisp and yummy. i doubt the artificial colors added to red birch or brown birch make them taste different, but they just do. this one does not let me down. the wintergreen level could be boosted a touch, the sweetness taken down a notch, the carbonation upped, but it is excellent as it is. i like the flavor, but a little more would be even better. i like the label design, which is very classic and old school and probably not updated much in their over 100 year history. they do have their website on there, with deposit info that of course has been added with time. but the classic, generic design for all flavours in the line with the bottle cap itself having the flavor name and ingredients makes me smile. although i am doubtful there really in caramel color in here.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar and/or corn sweetener, oil of birch, natural and artificial flavor, caramel color

Anthony's Rating: 90
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Honest Fizz Diet Root Beer

September 8, 2014
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: everywhere Obtained in: Whole Foods
Head: Tiny Sweetener: stevia
Calories: 0 Sodium: 5mg
Carbs: 5g Sugar: 0g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://honesttea.com

as i may have mentioned at some point in the past, in my spare time i like to run and bicycle. sometimes i am quite thirsty after a bike ride or run. today is one of those days in fact. so i thought i would give this soda a try. i do like some flavors of Honest Tea. their Lemonade is rather tasty also. i actually did not realize they had come out with this line of sodas until i saw it in the store.
i think it was a mistake to try to use a diet drink to quench my thirst, i will state that right off the bat. but one never knows. i suppose the combo of stevia and diet would be a good tip off, but i tried it anyway.
surprisingly the seemed to go for a very licorice heavy soda here. i don't think i have ever had a diet soda that was this licorice flavored. actually it does mask the vile diet taste a little better than usual. nonetheless it is there and gross and leaving my tummy sad and my mouth still thirsty.
it is nice that it is all natural and organic and non-GMO, kudos on all of that. also on the unusual can, long and tall but still 12 oz, that is nice too. the foamy root beer keg with a straw sticking out in the graphics is surprisingly a unique take on the usual frosty mug or root beer keg. yeah, there are a few good things here. sadly, the drink itself is not one of those good things.
it seems all of the effort was put into things other than the taste. well, perhaps not, within the confines of a diet root beer you can only do so much and this is a pretty valiant attempt to try something different.
Ingredients:carbonated water, organic erythritol, organic caramel color, natural flavors, organic stevia leaf extract, citric acid

Anthony's Rating: 35
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Propeller Root Beer

September 1, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: Canada Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.drinkpropeller.ca/soda/

when i was first approached by Red to do a root beer trade, this was one brand he offered up, knowing full well that i very much needed it as he read my "sodas i need" section over on the right there. =) i don't know a lot about Canadian root beers, but occasionally i stumble across info on one and get excited but a little sad since the chance of me getting it is pretty low. but really, there is just as much chance i will go to Nova Scotia as Nebraska i would think in reality so i should not get to down after all.
i like the bottle shape here, it is unique. there is a little indentation on the neck as it approaches the wide part. it reminds me some of the crazy aerodynamic triathlon wheels i always covet. i don't think this bottle went through any wind tunnel testing but it is nice to see something different.
the label itself is pretty good too although i feel like it tries to blend too much in one thing, with the big propeller and then the old time kid & dog. the style of them does not mesh too well. the propeller and text are very sharp and line drawn while the boy and dog are more a slightly blurred painting. whatever.
the taste is ok. it is not unique as i had hoped for with the bottle shape and canada-ness and all. it starts pretty mellow and a little sharp in the carbonation but quickly fades to a caramel sweetness with a dash of creaminess to carry it. that sounds better than it is. it is fine, not wonderful and far from bad. i would definitely get it if i was up north and saw it but it is not a soda i'd specifically mail order or travel far just to get.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, gum arabix, yucca extract, natural flavours, citric acid, sodium citrate

Anthony's Rating: 78
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big8 Root Beer

August 25, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 20 oz plastic bottle
Available: Canada Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Tiny Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 150 Sodium: 75mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No

this soda is very hard to find anything about. from what i can tell Big 8 beverages is owned by Sobeys, who own a whole a lot of grocery stores in Canada like Price Chopper, IGA, Foodland and so on. i gather that this line though is only sold in Atlantic Canada, which is an area designation i have not heard of before. perhaps i am just a ridiculous American though. in the end, i have no clue really where you can buy this. i got it in my trade with the mighty Red, who i always picture as a viking of some sort. which is strange since my wife and children are redheads and i call her "Red" all the time but she is far from a viking. anyway, i digress.
i am surprised by the lack of carbonation here. it could be a bum bottle, but i will go with it being the norm. it does expire tomorrow i just noticed so i suppose it is good i picked this one next to drink. although that would be super excellent timing on their part to have it go virtually flat right on time. but the picture on the label is the usual mug with foam pouring over the edges and there is no way that would happen with the soda in this bottle. the taste itself is actually kind of fruity, which seems to be a trend in Canadian root beers. or at least the store brand ones i have had so far. curious. i wonder if that is the "standard" for up north. i have gotten A&W in Canada so i know it is there, being its standard self. yet that may not matter to their snowy, Tim Horton's loving, poutine consuming pallets. i don't mind fruity root beers too much, but on the grand scale, they fall below many other types. this fruitiness could be construed as herbal in a way i suppose but that is not how it comes off to me. so it is ok, no great shakes, but not terrible. that is about what i'd expect from a store brand though.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar/glucose-fructose, colour, sodium benzoate, citric acid, natural & artificial flavours, acacia gum

Anthony's Rating: 62
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