root beers

Dad’s Root Beer – old

quite a tasty blend. a bit weak but it has a hint of licorice and perhaps cinnamon that keeps it distinct if you pay enough attention. not exactly my first choice, but definitely a solid contender among the big brands. many claim it is too medicine-like but i’d have to dis-agree on that one. i have been having a harder and harder time finding this stuff though. it was semi-plentiful in cans at Costco and a couple other big box stores but it has slowly gone away. and in bottles? very little chance of that, much like most brands i suppose.

Anthony’s Rating: 67
User’s Rating: 70
# of ratings:900

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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, 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, Canada, everywhere

Obtained in: Montreal, Canada
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 65mg
Carbs: 20g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (a preservative), and citric acid

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  1. I’ve just had the canned version of Dad’s regular. I’m not a big licorice fan, but it was a pleasant presence this time. A bit more complex than most cheapie root beers I’ve had for a while, but still fairly tame.
    I guess I’d buy it again, especially at $2 for a 12-pack.

  2. Karen says:

    I ran across Dad’s for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-many-years at Kmart recently and it wasn’t half bad. I noticed, however, that even though the label’s color scheme looked to be the same, “Dad” himself (who I always thought looked like my Uncle Stanley) is, alas!, gone (as is, incidentally, Uncle Stanley).

  3. traczie says:

    as far as basic stop by xyz megacenter and pick up some root beer, this is definitely my favorite. the flavor isn’t very strong, and a little more licoricey then i generally like, but something about it works really well for me.

  4. marcphoto1 says:

    It’s all right. I wish I could write something better, but nothing stands out.

  5. Team_Tia says:

    One of my favourites for “locally” available root beers.

    Here in BC and down in Washington it’s not at all hard to find in bottles.

  6. Mark says:

    I had fond memories of Dad’s Root Beer from when I was a kid, but when I tried it again as an adult, it tasted like soap. Figuring I just got a bad batch, I tried again a few years later. Still soapy. Definitely one of my least favorite root beers.

  7. Michelle says:

    I came across it today at a dollar store. A buck for a liter called “Big Daddy Size.” I couldn’t remember the rating you gave, but figured for a dollar, it couldn’t hurt. I gave it a 65 myself. I have definately tasted better. Needed more carbonation & tasted a little watered down to me.

  8. Drew Fisher says:

    Another “commercial” root beer found in many convenience stores on the road. I much prefer this one to Barq’s, Faygo, or A&W–despite it’s usually having high fructose corn syrup.

  9. Daniel says:

    I am a fan of Dad’s rootbeer. Here in Rhode Island I see the 1 litre bottles @ a dollar tree for a buck a bottle and a little more at K-Mart. My favorite rootbeer.

  10. Jeff says:

    Drinking dads is like drinking a root beer with black pepper, which is fine with me, I like black pepper. Overall I enjoy the flavor.

  11. I just picked up a new root beer called, Mom’s.

    i have not opened it yet and I hope it’s better than dads. I am not a fan of dads root beer, I give this a 45

  12. O says:

    Responding to Drew Fisher : You can get Dad’s with cane sugar, but it’s rare and hard to find. Look up “Orca Beverage Inc” – they make it the old fashioned way.
    Your review sums up my sentiments exactly. Dad’s easily tops all those brands, and I would even throw Mug, Stewart’s and IBC on that list as well.

    It’s a 75.

  13. Chris Valente says:

    When I was a kid, back in the 60’s, For my birthdays, my Dad would buy a block of ice for the old galvanized washtub and he would stock it with a couple of 1 gallon glass bottles of Dads root beer. It was my favorite. It was smooth & rich & creamy. Fast forward to 2016 and I found Dads in the local Big Lots store for $1 a litre. I bought ALL they had. It’s still my favorite and it brings back those wonderful memories of warm summer days going to the ice house with my Dad and sharing an ice cold root beer together. THAT’S a good root beer!

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