A & W Ten Root Beer

July 7, 2014
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can, 20 oz plastic bottle, 2L plastic bottle
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: grocery store somewhere
Head: Small Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, aspartame (NutraSweet)
Calories: 10 Sodium: 80mg
Carbs: 3g Sugar: 2g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://rootbeer.com

when i heard about this drink and this "ten" line of sodas in general, i expected it to disappear quicker than Pepsi Blue. so i wanted to be sure that i got some to review. so far, it is sticking around, but i am not sure how long it will last. we shall see. i think the general idea is this is diet soda for dudes. men don't want any frilly drink with NO calories, there has to be at least SOME! or perhaps guys don't like the diet taste. i don't know really.
i do know though that this is not a good soda. i don't think it is quite at the level of bad as a lot of diet drinks, but it is way below any sugared soda. it tastes like a diet soda, complete with the weird sticky sweetness that fades to a metallic ick. granted the 'ick' is not quite as big as usual, but it is there regardless.
the design here seems to try to stray from the usual diet pitfalls of light colors, lower case fonts and a general cheerful, happy look. instead it is more industrial with lots of capitalization. again, i think to appeal to the male audience. or maybe the new "sort of diet, sort of not" soda market, whatever demographic that is comprised of. they are blazing new territory here, making up the rules as they go! well, sort of, Sprecher has been doing it for years, not on this scale though. i have yet to encounter anyone this appeals to, although my scope is small i do admit. i wish them luck, it is A&W after all. yet their "float" line seemed an utter failure too.
Ingredients:water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sodium benzoate, natural and artificial flavors, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, malic acid, quillaia extract


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A-Treat Diet Root Beer

August 23, 2005
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 4:41 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can, 20 oz plastic bottle, 2L plastic bottle
Available: NJ, PA, online

Obtained in: somewhere in PA
Head: Small Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.a-treat.com/

as with most diet sodas, you take a sip and think it is not so bad, perhaps THIS is the diet soda that breaks the trend of awful diet sodas. and then it hits you, the terrible aftertaste. then it is all ruined and you dread the next sip because you know what will happen. way too much carbonation also, i am all burpy now! tee hee. i think my stomach is unhappy with my decision to give another diet soda a chance also. it tastes remotely like root beer if that is any consolation.

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Adirondack Waist Watcher Diet Root Beer

January 17, 2002
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 4:51 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: CT, DE, FL, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV

Obtained in: Poughkeepsie, NY
Head: Small Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.adirondackbeverages.com/

ok, so i have had this for like 3 years in my refrigerator and just noticed it. i am a bit wary to drink it, but i shall, for you, my loyal readers. ok, it sucks. very high carbonation, which seems to be the case often for diet sodas. probably in a futile attempt to mask the awful diet sweetener taste. have i mentioned that i hate diet sodas lately? cuz i do. especially root beers. they taste nothing like root beer. this one especially. it is more of a very fizzy seltzer with a very faint root beer hint. whatever, i am dumping the rest of this out.
Ingredients:crystal clear carbonated water, caramel color, potassium benzoate (preservative), citric acid, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, and natural and artificial flavor


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After The Fall All Natural Diet Root Beer Spritzer

January 19, 2002
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 4:42 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: discontinued

Obtained in: Atlanta, GA
Head: Tiny Sweetener: fruit extract
Caffeine: No

alright, so i got a 6 pack of this stuff when i was visiting people in Atlanta. it was at one of those natural grocery stores. i tried a couple of cans there but brought a couple home to try too. why, i do not know. especially now when i try it again. this is SO bad. granted it has no artificial sweeteners which is a plus. which means no cancer or brain tumor or liver damage risk i guess. but it tastes just like this medicine i used to have to have to take as a child to control my coughing from the asthma. the after taste is actually decent. it is that initial kick that stinks up the joint. it does sort of taste like some tropical fruit gone wrong.

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After The Fall All Natural Diet Rootbeer

July 15, 2002
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 4:40 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: discontinued

Obtained in: Newburg, NY
Head: Tiny Sweetener: fruit extract
Caffeine: No

when i got this i had forgotten about the spritzer thing, probably since the packaging is so different. when i got home i was not sure if they had just renamed and remarketed the "spritzer" as just simply a diet soda. but when i try this, i know it is different. granted it is still awful but it is an intensified version of the awfulness that is the spritzer. what is root beer-like about either of these i do not know. or who the foolrod was who decided that this was what to put out into the market. it is a bitter, almost metal tasting mess. i will now dump the rest in the sink, after clearing it of anything it might splash on and taint forever.

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America’s Choice Diet Root Beer

June 17, 2011
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 1:40 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 2L plastic bottle
Available: CT, LA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA

Obtained in: A&P and Pathmark stores
Head: Small Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.apsupermarket.com/our_brands.asp

i don't much like to review store brand sodas. i don't much like diet root beers. ergo when the two come together in a diet store brand root beer, i sort of dread it. alas. so this is the store brand for A&P and also Pathmark, maybe others? i don't know. Pathmark used to have their own line of soda. granted they were pretty terrible, yet there are not a lot of store brand birch beers out there. it could be that A&P and Pathmark merged at some point and i am unaware of it of course. ah, ok, so yeah they did and now i am aware of it. interesting.
the drink at hand is better than i thought but still not good. really it does not taste like a lot, rather like the regular root beer i reviewed years back. it is sharply carbonated at first which fades into a metallic diet soda ick. i don't feel sick yet, so that is a plus. i am not sure why most diet sodas make me feel ill in the belly, but they do. oh wait, i feel it, a little nausea taking over. oh well. plus the graphic design is pretty awful. granted it is a generic root beer, but i would think you could try a little more. the sort of retro-future root beer mug with bubbles is not so bad but otherwise it fails all tests. even that they have to put "carbonated beverage" on it makes me concerned. who does not know that soda is carbonated? or that this is a beverage and not a weed killer or something? guess you have to cover your bases against law suits or something…
Ingredients:carbonated water, caramel color, aspertame, potassium benzoate (a preservative), citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, gum acacia, acesulfame potassium.


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Appalachian Brewing Co Diet Rootbeer

September 10, 2012
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 6:20 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: PA

Obtained in: supermarket in Harrisburg, PA
Head: Medium Sweetener: honey, stevia
Calories: 15 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 1g Sugar: 0g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://abcbrew.com

i was unaware that Appalachian Brewing Company even made a diet version of their soda until i happened upon it at a supermarket while fleeing a hurricane. so good things happen at unexpected times i suppose. if a diet soda can ever be a good thing… i will say it is here though, as i always am looking for new sodas and Appalachian Brewing Co's regular root beer is fantastic. thus perhaps this one will be the odd diet soda that is also tasty. i somewhat doubt that as stevia sweetened drinks have so far been pretty vile. i am not sure how this has no sugar content in it since it does have honey, but whatever, i will take the nutritional info at its word.
you see, i want to like this. i absolutely LOVE ABC's regular root beer. i served it at my wedding. but this right here is a vile concoction. ug. for a split second it almost tastes like root beer, spices and herbs and junk, but then it just hits like a ton of rotten, moist bricks and i want to wash my mouth out. it is bitter and harsh and metallic and just not at all anything close to good. my high hopes have been dashed. my low hopes were also dashed at the same time. i had expected better ABC, sorry to say this is terrible.
Ingredients:filtered and carbonated brewery water, natural and artificial flavorings, honey, stevia rebsudioside (all natural sweetener), sodium benzoate and citric acid (a preservative and activator)


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Barq’s Diet Root Beer

June 4, 2012
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:56 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can, 2L plastic 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: some supermarket
Head: Small Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.barqs.com

i know, i know, another soda i should have reviewed years and years ago. but see, i don't like regular Barq's so the expectations for a diet version are quite low, thus i put it off a lot. i am rather surprised that this does not have caffeine like the full sugar version has. weird, but to each their own. plus a lot of people have written to tell me that the regular Barq's they buy does NOT have caffeine. i personally have never seen that though so perhaps it is a regional thing? or based on the actual bottler of the syrup? i don't know. whatever, this is about the diet version, i am off track.
the problem here is the usual diet soda problem, i take a sip, it actually tastes pretty good, i think "hhhhmm, how about THEM apples?! it is decent!" but then the aftertaste happens and i feel a little sick and i think "oh yeah, it is diet afterall, oh well." but for that first 2 seconds it is tasty. the flavor is that of regular Barq's, kind of herby, kind of sharp, not awesome, but not bad. a little different than other hugely distributed root beers which is a bonus. but in the end, i still feel a little sick and i don't want to drink more of it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, caramel color, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (to protect taste), aspartame, citric acid, acesulfame potassium, artificial and natural flavors, acacia, potassium chloride


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Begley’s and Bill’s Root Beer

May 25, 2015
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: online

Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: stevia, erythritol
Calories: 8 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 0g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://begleysandbills.com

so Ed Begley Jr has started a soda company. i know he is an actor but i have no idea what he was in or is famous for. besides his more recent fame for green fanaticism. that carries through to this product as it is all natural. that includes a proprietary mix of natural sweeteners, both of which i have found vile in the past so i have little hope for this. whether that is a good thing and it will be a pleasant surprise or it will be bad as expected remains to be seen. it only has 8 calories per bottle but they don't mention it being diet, probably to help sales. nonetheless i classify it as diet.
the label is fine. they seem to be ready to market to a french Canadian market as well as english since all of the info on it is in french as well as english.
well, let me try it… hhhmmm, not as awful as i expected. it is not good really, but it is better than some. it tastes a little like traditional root beer, sort of creamy for a moment, but it is overtaken by a not good harsh taste. it is not really bitter or sour, but just 'off' to me. but, for a diet, it is decent. i won't be drinking at more of it mind you, but i would not be too ashamed to give it out to my friends who do drink diet sodas.
Ingredients:purified carbonated water, sweetenFX (our proprietary blend of erythritol, steviol gylcosides and natural flavor), lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors, and natural caramel color


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Berghoff Diet Rootbeer

May 3, 2011
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 1:49 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, IL, IN, OK, online

Obtained in: mailorder
Head: Medium Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No

ah, so i see Clover Club has taken over bottling Berghoff from a little note on the bottlecap! that solves the mystery of how the brand kept going after the restaurant seemed to get rid of the soft drink side of the business. interesting indeed. i am not quite sure that a diet version of this existed prior to that divestiture actually. i was quite surprised to see it for sale when i ordered it, but i try not to pay too much attention to the goings on in the diet world so maybe i just blocked it out. or forgot, which is more likely as my memory seems to be going more and more as age takes a hold of me.
strange i always though the brand was "Berghoff's" but no, it is just "Berghoff" with no possessive. interesting indeed. i recall the first time i got the regular Berghoff, it was my first business trip ever. the car we got was in the other guy's name and all so i was basically stuck after dinner at the hotel off a highway in a suburb of Chicago. i decided to go for a walk, see what there was. i found a gas station/convenience store and a 32 oz bottle of Berghoff! woot! i carefully wrapped it up and hoped it survived the plane trip home so i could properly photograph and review it. it did. but this one i just mail ordered, much easier.
i quite like their graphic design, very classic and classy and a little circus-y but in a good way. stripes and unfurling banners and metallic copper ink and so on.
hhhmmm it smells good… and it does not taste horrible actually. i only get a little of that metal diet aftertaste. wow, that seems like such an achievement for a diet soda, which is sad. it does not actually taste like root beer in the usually sense or even in an alternate, unique take on the old stand by sense. it tastes like a diet soda without the diet aftertaste. that is a step up but still it is harsh and bitter. if you are inclined, give it a shot. or find something better. your call.
Ingredients:carbonated water, caramel color, potassium benzoate, aspertame (nutrasweet brand), artifical (sic) and natural flavors, malic acid


Anthony's Rating: 41
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