Root Naturals Apothecary Craft Soda Root Beer

May 21, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, IN, MD, MO, NH, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA, online

Obtained in: mailorder from company
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://rootbeverage.com/

i like the cut of this company's jib. they seem to be harkening back to a time when apothecaries sold sodas and there were strange little decorations on the packaging or advertising or whatever of said places. the claim is 'since 1937' and the story on the website of the originator seems to back it up, although it could all be false. they do not really mention if the sodas were made at the apothecaries for the entire period or just a short time, but i will trust that this has been a consistent product, just recently bottled. it is impressive if they were an actual apothecary until recently as well, not many of those around.
in any case, how the soda actually tastes is the important thing here! it is not bad at all! but then again it is not wow amazing or standing out from the crowded field at this level. it is very smooth, quite creamy and has a little bit of an herbal taste on the normal root beer, sassafras type flavor. i hoped for something that really focused on the herbal stuff but this drink played it safe and didn't do that. it is still good and deserving of drinking but i don't love it and i'd rather not have bought a whole case, but it is what it is.
Ingredients:triple filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, botanical extract blend, natural flavor, caramelized cane sugar


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Kroger’s Real Sugar Root Beer

May 14, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: AL, AK, GA, IL, KY, MI, MS, MO, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 190 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 47g Sugar: 46g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.kroger.com

this is a curious step in a good direction. i mean, often when a brand decides to do a real sugar variety, they make it seem more upscale and fancy and all of that and put it in glass, charging triple the usual price. but Kroger's did not do that. they did cane sugar in a can. which is fine by me. they did make the cane more fancy, with some old time black and white photo of a Kroger's on it. i do find it curious that the ingredients is just "sugar" and not "cane sugar" which would be more what the fuss is about. but whatever, i'll take it.
so if you want something that tastes like ROOT BEER! this would be a good example, it is very sweet, with a little bit of a bite and a slightly too harsh mouth feel. it is fine, it is good for enjoying with pizza or some barbecued thing and that is about what i would expect from a store brand that is rather cheap. i do find the carbonation too high, which causes that harsh mouth feel and also some not so fun burps. and yes, some burps are kind of fun, these hurt a little and come out my nose for whatever reason. and they are not clearing my sinuses either!
Ingredients:carbonated water. sugar, caramel color, potassium benzoate (preservative), citric acid, natural and artificial flavor


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Real Soda in Real Bottles Judge For Yourself Root Beer

May 7, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, online

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 190 Sodium: 65mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://realsoda.com

i don't know if this is a direct response to the Judge Wapner root beer or just another judicial themed root beer in a (very short) string of such things. the label has some kinda silly judge-related slogans on it, "so good it should be banned!" and "Judgement Day Cometh To Those Who Have Lost Their Fizz." and then a gavel about to strike a very concerned looking mug of root beer which happens to be placed on one of those desktop gavel smacker things which i am sure have an actual name but which i do not know the name of.
the drink at hand falls into that big pile of root beers that are very good but not exceptional and pretty much taste the same. it isn't a bad thing, just not exciting. it is kinda rich and creamy and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation, a nice caramel taste to it and it just goes down well. i thoroughly am enjoying this drink but i won't be able to tell it apart from about 20 others if i was pressed with a blind taste test. some sodas stand out, this does not. yet, does it matter if it is good? probably not too much but it loses a little for that.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, sodium benzoate (preservative)


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Sioux City Cane Sugar Birch Beer

April 30, 2018
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Red Birch Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: Shoprite, bound brook, NJ
Head: Tiny Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 180 Sodium: 45mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 43g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.siouxcitybeverages.com

another reformulated drink! and a red birch beer at that. nice. granted i would prefer a red birch without artificial colors, especially red #40, but i doubt that will ever happen. why even make it red in that case? i suppose visual appeal which is why the artificial colors are in there as well. or maybe i am just getting too old and concerned about things that may or may not cause havoc with my well maintained temple of a flesh sack.
i have always had a bit of a soft spot for this brand. they were one of the first i ever reviewed and they are the only smaller brewer with constant presence in my local grocery store for all these years. granted i do not buy their soda too much but i really don't buy soda in general much anyway.
this tastes a little too weak for my liking. nothing really pops out at me. it has some wintergreen birchy flavor in there so it is more than just sweetened water but i want more. the almost complete lack of carbonation does not help matters much either. if you just want a drink to drink that tastes pretty decent that won't take away from your meal, this is a good choice. as a drink to enjoy on its own, it is just okay.
Ingredients:purified carbonated water. pure cane sugar, artificial flavors, caramel color, citric acid, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), artificial color (red #40)


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