AJ Stephans Pure Cane Sugar Birch Beer

December 8, 2002
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 4:46 pm
Type: White Birch Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, MA, OK, online Obtained in: Boston, MA by Mike M
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 43g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.ajstephans.com/

ok, so this is the final AJ Stephans product i know of. although i have a feeling there is a cooresponding “Olde/Old Style Birch Beer” out there somewhere. (does anyone else find it odd that the Sarsaparilla is “olde style” while the root beer is “old style?” at least keep the “o” or drop it consistantly.) ok, so anyway.. my first reaction to the initial sips i took was “yum, this is good, subtle birch-ness, not too fizzy” but that sometimes fades too soon. after a few more sips it seems to have accumulated on my tongue enough that the taste sticks around. and you know what? i like it a lot. crisp, refreshing, sweet but not insanely so. a hint of mint that, if anything, is a little TOO subtle. but defintely one of the better birch beers i have had
Ingredients:pure carbonated water, cane sugar, flavor, sodium benzoate (preservative)

Anthony’s Rating: 90
User’s Rating: 78
# of ratings:26

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2 Comments for this post

 
GlassKeyPhoto Says:

Man oh man, I love this stuff! I wish it had a bit more carbonation, but it is so dang tasty either way.

 
is Says:

Ha ha. Yeah it's kind of weird that they do the whole "olde style" / "pure cane sugar" thing. I don't think they make their "olde style" root beer anymore, considering I have not been able to find it. However, this birch beer is probably my favorite birch beer so far. It's better than Boylan's birch beer, because it had better carbonation and it does not have too much mint. This one actually tastes very licoricey. I'd rate this a 90 or 91. It gets kind of thick on the back end and is a little too sweet for me. If they made it taste crisper, lessen the sweetness, and make the carbonation make your mouth tingle a little bit more; than I'd be able to give it more of a 96-98. All in all, I'd definitely say this is a great birch beer!

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