sometime in the past 23 or so years Smucker’s changed the recipe to this root beer. really I have no clue when it happened. I see it in my local supermarkets and such often but never thought to check the ingredients and nutritional info. but I was getting rather desperate to find new sodas so I started to check every soda I came across and realized this one was different. woo hoo!!
I think I have only had this a couple times in the intervening decades since I first reviewed this. people have purchased it for me to have at their house for parties and the like I think as it is pretty readily available. I recall it being pretty decent.
I suppose that would be a good overall evaluation of this, “decent.” at first it is kind of bad and weird tasting but that settles into a much better taste. the anise and licorice seem to make for a rather bitter start that it takes the vanilla and wintergreen a bit to catch up with and balance out. for a natural root beer it is actually better than most. it makes me a little conflicted to review as overall it is not awesome from first sip to aftertaste but the end is good so I will mainly base it upon that.
Anthony’s Rating: 71
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle|
|Available:||AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, online, everywhere||Obtained in:||East Brunswick, NJ|
Ingredients: sparkling filtered water, sugar, caramel color, citric acid, natural flavors, bourbon vanilla extract, anise, licorice root, birch oil, wintergreen oil