Cooper’s Cave Ale Company Diet Root Beer

October 31, 2004
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:26 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, keg, 64 oz glass growler, On Tap
Available: NY

Obtained in: Glens Falls, NY
Head: None Sweetener:
Caffeine: No

wow, i really put off the review of this. well, not as badly as i have done with some sodas in the past i am sure, but i just don't like diet sodas if you did not realize that already. i am not sure of the sweetener here but i will guess aspertame as it has that bitter aftertaste and doesn't taste good to begin with. yes, it it gross. look, i just ran 16 miles, and i NEED to refuel and hydrate and i don't even want to drink this. it is just bitter and bad. no hint of root beer taste that i can find. maybe i let it sit in the fridge too long? i need to cleanse my pallete

Anthony's Rating: 13
User's Rating: 100
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Dad’s Diet Root Beer

December 19, 2007
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 6:26 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, 20 oz 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 convience store
Head: Tiny Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No

ug, another diet soda from another highly respected root beer name. i am sure it will be vile, but i suppose i should not form an opinion already, before i even try it. this could be the one! a tasty diet soda! nah, what are the chances of that actually happening?
actually it is not awful. at least there is not that huge terrible aftertaste, for whatever reason. that is a huge step! granted the taste is not good. at least what there is of the taste. if you can even call this "taste." i think i would term it "a kind of bitter, medicine-esque hint in my water."
i think i have mentioned once or twice that i don't enjoy diet sodas much so this should really be no surprise. perhaps i should hire someone who enjoys diet beverages to evaluate them. and by "hire" i mean hand them a bottle and publish what they write about it when i get around to it. but does anyone actually truly enjoy this stuff? maybe if i had to… well, this is better than a lot of them i guess.

Anthony's Rating: 30
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Dang! That’s Good Diet Root Beer

November 12, 2012
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:01 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: WI, online

Obtained in: mail order
Head: None Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No

i am not quite sure when this was released. i know when i reviewed the two full sugar (and i really do mean FULL SUGAR) versions a few years ago, they did not have a diet so it is semi-recent at least. i would be very interested if they could pull off the Butterscotch Root Beer in a diet version as that was an insane amount of sweet right there. but alas, they just made a diet of the regular root beer. whatever, in the end it just matters if it is good or not, right?
more than any other brand, i think i get more searches coming in for "Dang Butterscotch Root Beer." which is probably due to my reviewing it for the Modern Marvels TV show in 2008, but perhaps i just rank highly for that search term. anyway, i feel slightly more connected to this brand for such reasons and i hope extra that this will be tasty.
the label and packaging are fine although they lack nutritional info of any sort. surprising that that is legal… oh well. maybe they just haven't gotten caught yet. i still feel like the "That's Good" part should be bigger, bolder, something. it just blends in and disappears too much if it is to be recognized as part of the name.
this has really no head at all. the carbonation is very low also which could be a problem with the bottles i got but i think a sample size of two should allow for one to be correct, yet both are the same. the taste is decent, surprisingly. i don't get the aftertaste! i wonder why? interesting… maybe some of the "natural flavors" is really sugar and that is why there is no nutritional info… doubtful of course. it is not great but it would suffice in a pinch. the flavor is a bit watered down also. i want a bit more taste in my drinks. so it is alright. definitely one to keep in mind if you are avoiding sugar.
Ingredients:filtered water, natural & artificial flavors, caramel color, xanthan gum, aspertame, acesulfame potassium, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), citric acid

Anthony's Rating: 61
User's Rating: 0
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Deerfield Diet Root Beer

January 7, 2008
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 6:00 pm
Type: Comes In:
Available: Obtained in:
Head: Sweetener:

indeed, it is time for the diet version of this soda line to step up to the plate and be judged by yours truly! will it stack up to the regular kind or fall flat on its bubbles like so many other diet beverages before it? i suspect the latter as it is diet and all.
they went with sucrolose here, which i think is probably the best of the diet sugars. it makes little sense to me to include the "No High Fructose Corn Syrup" proclamation though, i mean, it is diet and would not be if it had the HFCS, now then would it?
there are about 3 or 4 waves of flavor with this drink, i don't think i have ever experienced that before. first you get this slightly bitter, slightly root beer-ish flavor which quickly vanishes. it then becomes more metallic and "diet-soda-ish" with the more bitter thing happening. that lasts about 2 seconds and it becomes a sweeter flavor which is nice and happy but then that fades and the diet soda thing overwhelms you, but slowly. your tongue starts to feel like it has been painted, your tummy aches a little in protest. i can't do it, i must stop. i don't like it.

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Diet A & W Root Beer

December 20, 2009
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 1:57 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can, 2L plastic bottle
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: someplace
Head: Small Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No

yes, that is right, i have been doing this thing for over 13 years and i have never reviewed Diet A & W! i am quite shocked myself. i believe a reader pointed it out a few months ago. i tried to rectify it then but i accidentally bought a six pack of A&W cream soda instead… oops. i quickly dumped it all down the drain and recycled the empties so that it would not corrupt anything else in my home. perhaps it was just my subconscious not wanting to subject me to another diet soda. although my love of root beer probably started with an A&W way back when, it was certainly not a diet one. well, on with it, best get it over with. hey, maybe it is good?
you know what? it actually is ok. well, for about 20 seconds until the aftertaste comes in to get you. wow, i am shocked, i fully expected this to be awful. it tastes like a generic, fully sugared root beer for that first little bit, fooling your mouth and innards. yet then it kicks your teeth, subtly mind you, with the metallic aftertaste. that initial taste is not amazing but what the normal "root beer" flavor is thought of to be, if there is such a thing. i guess it tastes like regular A & W if that helps you. hhhmm, interesting indeed.
on a sidenote, this is the 750th root beer i have added to my database, but about the 420th to be reviewed which means there are a ton out there i have not tried. granted i probably never WILL try 90% of those, but still, it gives me hope.
Ingredients:carbonated water, caramel color, sodium benzoate (protects flavor), aspartame, natural and artificial flavors, acesulfame potassium, malic acid

Anthony's Rating: 50
User's Rating: 53
# of ratings:20

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Dog n Suds Sugar Free Root Beer

December 3, 2007
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 1:23 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, 32 oz plastic bottle
Available: AK, IL, IN, MI, MS, OH, WI

Obtained in: store in IL
Head: Small Sweetener: sucralose/splenda
Caffeine: No

alright, so two days in a row I am endangering my innards for you loyal readers by ingesting a diet drink?! i really must have issues. or perhaps full-on subscriptions! hey that is a good idea, a subscription root beer service! i suppose there was a Root Beer of the Month club but i did not join since it was pricey and all they mentioned was sodas i had had. so who am i to talk about good ideas when i don't even support them when they actually happen? so yeh, this soda…
i guess i don't hate this. unlike 95% of diet sodas, the aftertaste on this one is bareable. granted it is still there and all bitter and metalic and yucky but it seems to take longer to happen so i actually do have about five seconds to enjoy the taste before that kicks in. to me, that is a very long time, for a diet soda. perhaps you could time it better and then take a sip of water or something right before the time when that aftertaste makes your mouth into a cesspool. the taste is even semi-rootbeer-ish! a creamy, pretty smooth flow and mouth feel, rare in a diet soda. among the diet brands, i would rank this pretty highly. the problem is, this is also being compared against sugar-filled sodas which do not make my stomach feel weird and iffy.

Anthony's Rating: 31
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Empire Bottling Works Diet Root Beer

February 15, 2013
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 4:54 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NY, RI, online

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Medium Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No

here we go again! i was very excited to trade with Eric of Eric's Gourmet Root Beer fame. we each could easily get stuff the other needed and all went smoothly. as it usually does when i have made trades with our reviewin' sites out there. well, actually, the package i sent Eric ended up with 3 bottles he couldn't use as they came open somewhere between here and there. but i shall be replacing them soon. which, when you read this, will be quite a long time ago actually.
anyway… when i make a trade diet sodas are kind of my last resort. i know they are out there and people may be able to get them, but i would SO much rather get a sugary soda. although it is a tough call between a store brand regular soda and a glass bottle diet soda. hhhhmmm…. something to ponder. even worse, actually i asked Eric for a diet soda i had already reviewed but had accidentally left on my "need to get" list! ug. wasted! whatever.
so Empire has redesigned their labels since i last reviewed one of their sodas. i like the new style, which looks like it might in fact be an old style they brought back. it is sort of generic looking but as a vintage brand, that was the style in 1930 so it works fine here.
now, the soda… it is not bad! surprising! at first it is good even, it tastes like a decent root beer. but then after a second that fades to a metallic ting on your tongue. and that there is the problem. it is not as strong as some other diet sodas so i give them credit for that, yet it is there and wrecks whatever happened before that. a pretty good head, a creamy, sweet taste but metal aftertaste.
Ingredients:natural artesian spring water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (preservative), natural flavors, citric acid

Anthony's Rating: 68
User's Rating: 79
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Faygo Diet Root Beer

November 19, 1996
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 4:03 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 20 oz plastic bottle, 2L plastic bottle, 3L plastic bottle
Available: CT, DE, FL, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, online

Obtained in: Watchung, NJ
Head: Small Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No

this sucks. tastes nothing like root beer really at all. just crappy nutrasweet, which i though tasted a lot better when i got those free gumballs in the mail when it came out so many years ago. oh well. weird, i am sure they will never do that sort of promo again, it is not like there were free gummi worms made with Splenda or whatever when they came out with that clorinated sugar nonsense. wel, this is more proof that diet soda stinks.
Ingredients:carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, citric acid, potassium benzoate (as a preservative), natural and artificial flavor, gum arabic

Anthony's Rating: 21
User's Rating: 52
# of ratings:145

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Filbert’s Old Time Quality Diet Root Beer

February 27, 2012
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 1:31 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: IL, online

Obtained in: ordered online
Head: Tiny Sweetener: saccharin
Calories: 2 Sodium: mg
Carbs: g Sugar: 0g
Caffeine: No

i reviewed the regular root beer from Filbert's long ago. funny as the place i ordered it from is no longer in business and the place i ordered this from stopped doing mail order kind of in the middle of processing my order resulting in me only getting about 1/2 of what i ordered. that of course meant i got all of the diet sodas and only one regular one. oh well, i will just have to find another way to get the others i guess. more questing…
i was immediately struck by the label on this bottle, it seems almost fake, as if someone photocopied a real label onto regular paper and glued it on bottles of their own stuff. it is like at the local flea market where the people have bootleg cds with color photocopies of the real covers. but this is actually quite clear and precise so i am sure it is really what it says it is. it is just a very matte finish look, unlike any other i have seen, except maybe a couple of home brews i have had. i doubt this would stand up to water in any way. oh well.
i am always shocked when i see anything made with saccharin these days, i thought it was found to be both disgusting and not good for you. it served its purpose in 1977 to flavor Tab or whatever but there are better options these days. but perhaps not in the mind of Filbert's.
frankly this is not good. as i expected it would not be. it tastes awful in that way only a diet drink can, very harsh and metallic and bitter. i would never buy this if i could not drink sugared drinks and especially won't while i still can. their regular soda is tasty though, so check that out. plus the name "filbert's" is pretty cool for some reason.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sodium gluconate, carmel color, sodium saccharin (8.9mg per fl oz), natural & artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (Preservative)

Anthony's Rating: 18
User's Rating: 0
# of ratings:0

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Fitz’s Diet Premium Micro-Brewed Root Beer

January 12, 2005
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 9:07 pm
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MO, OK, online

Obtained in: mail order from company
Head: Small Sweetener: aspartame (NutraSweet)
Caffeine: No

if it were not for that awful aftertaste, this would be ok. i seem to be saying a similar thing for many of the diet sodas i have reviewed lately (can you tell i have been putting off buying and reviewing these things? still have a few to go for bear with me.) so yeh, that metallic, weird aftertaste just ruins it for me. kind of creamy and it even tastes remotely like root beer! but it still is diet and you can tell. sadly.
Ingredients:carbonated water, aspartame, caramel color, vanillin, natural flavors, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate (preservative), and citric acid

Anthony's Rating: 36
User's Rating: 68
# of ratings:8

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