Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer

June 25, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: Bound Brook, NJ
Head: Large Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 45g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.hansens.com

hhhmmm, the ingredients are the same as those of their soda of the same name that i reviewed 17 years ago. yet the nutritional info is different so it kind of has to be a different drink. i am thinking they re-formulated but liked the old stuff, just in different proportions. well, i think it is different, hence this new review. in any case, i have not had any of the old one since i initially reviewed it so i am coming at this pretty new anyhow.
huh, this actually isn't terrible. for a natural root beer it is in fact rather tasty. for a soda in general it is even alright. huh indeed. the wintergreen is noticeable as are the birch and sassafras. the vanilla is in the back but you know it is there if you pay attention. the anise though i don't really detect. there is a strong sharp ending / after taste which sort of morphs from a harsh carbonation issue to a lingering tongue tingle. i will admit i like that end result although the initial sharpness is not the best thing. so yeah, if you want a natural soda, this could be the one for you. i wish it did not have caramel color personally but can't win em all i suppose.
Ingredients:pure triple filtered carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, natural spices of wintergreen, birch, anise, sassafras, Tahitian vanilla extract, citric acid


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Chowning’s Tavern Root Beer

June 18, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: VA

Obtained in: Delray, FL
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar, honey
Calories: 170 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No

this may very well be the current version of Dominion Root Beer but i haven't purchased that one in quite a long time so i will just assume it is not. it is probably the same thing as Hard Times Root Beer as the ingredients are the same yet i was told this is a unique recipe for them so i will go with that. most likely they lied to me though. but hey, i need some more new sodas so i will just trust the colonial people. anyway, this soda is made for the restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg by Dominion. If you have never been to Colonial Williamsburg, it is pretty much the Disney World of colonial recreation places. it is a pretty large town with people performing all of the jobs and pretending to live life as it was in colonial times. granted i have not been there in a good 30 years or so myself, but it is rather fun. blacksmiths, farmers, coopers all operate alongside kids rolling hoops, ladies dipping candles and churning butter and other such things. i will have to bring my kids one day.
so the soda you ask? well, the label is fun and sort of old time, with a pen and ink illustration of a fellow trying to uncork a bottle of what i assume to be root beer. he seems to only have two fingers and some rocking fingerless gloves on as well as a fine hat and tunic of sorts. he is very engrossed in the task at hand. very nice.
oh, how does it taste? smooth, sweet and pretty solid. the honey is there and makes itself known but doesn't take over, which is a nice thing, although i do love honey so i don't mind when it is stronger. the balance between honey tasting and overly syrupy sweet though is a tough line to tread so it is best to just avoid such matters. there is a little bit of spice in the mix that adds to the yum and the vanilla keeps it creamy and makes it go down cleanly. it is a good root beer, verging on great, but it really does come across similar to many others, even besides the two mentioned above that probably are it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, honey, root beer extract #214, root beer extract #79-400, citric acid, sodium benzoate – a preservative, yucca, vanilla


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Sapp Organic Birch Tree Water Rosehip

June 11, 2018
Filed under: other reviews — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Other Comes In: 10oz glass bottle
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: Shoprite in Bound Brook, NJ
Head: None Sweetener: none
Calories: 10 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 3g Sugar: 3g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.sapplife.co

i am quite hesitant to try this. the other two flavors were quite not tasty to say the least. of course this one could be delicious so i am keeping an open mind here. but then i think "anthony, if rose hip was a miraculous flavor enhancer, wouldn't it be in many drinks? wouldn't we see rosehip Pepsi or at least Fanta?" so my hopes are quite low here.
now i will try it. huh. maybe i am just more used to the taste of birch sap by now. this actually isn't too bad. huh. i would in fact drink this occasionally. so maybe rosehips are an amazing substance! improving vitamin c absorption (or something) and also making birch sap taste reasonably ok. i'm not saying this is super good or even nearly on the level of a good birch beer or root beer, but the intention is more to get manganese here i would say for whatever reason people try to get manganese in their system. i guess it is good for rehydration. i should have drank this after my 5:45 spin class instead of much later in the day when i am probably quite hydrated from the water i have been drinking. oh well, opportunity missed. but really this is decent tasting, better than coconut water, which it competes with i think, although much more expensive.
Ingredients:organic birch sap (96.5%), organic rosehip


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Ramblin Butterscotch Root Beer

June 4, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, GA, online

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Huge Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 150 Sodium: 5mg
Carbs: 37g Sugar: 37g
Caffeine: No

so here we have the second offering in the newly added, expanded Ramblin line up! well, the second flavored one, as the original, regular root beer is the first really. there have been a few butterscotch root beers entering the market in recent years. and much like a box of chocolates if you don't look at the top, you never know what you are going to get. sometimes they are quite good, the added flavor works. but other times things are not right, it goes very wrong and tastes like an awful chemical spill in your mouth. i hope this one is in the former camp.
nope, it is not. sorry Ramblin, this is quite terrible. the butterscotch is just too strong and not the good, Werther's Originals kind of butterscotch, but instead the very cheap bright yellow candy butterscotches which have nothing from nature four times removed in them. it is barely a root beer, or at least i have a hard time finding that flavor in there. not that that is the worst thing but i do like the taste of root beer, if that is not apparent. the foam on this is quite huge, so that is something.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, potassium benzoate (as preservative), natural flavor, quillaia extract, and phosphoric acid


Anthony's Rating: 41
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