root beers

Saranac 1888 Root Beer – old

near perfection. an incredible head and a great smooth flavor really make this brew stand out from the crowd. not too sweet and the sweetness it has got is just nice, the corn syrup doesn’t come off as too syrupy and gooey like in some other brands. sadly they started brewing this right after i moved back to NJ from college so i have to content myself with buying a bunch of it when i go back to the area.

Anthony’s Rating: 94
User’s Rating: 87
# of ratings:337

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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, On Tap
Available: NJ, NY, online

Obtained in: Poughkeepsie, NY
Head: Huge Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Calories: 180 Sodium: 55mg
Carbs: 46g Sugar: 46g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: filtered water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), natural and artificial flavors, citric acid and modified food starch

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  1. Mattthew says:

    This one definitely lived up to the hype. I would still put Capt’n Eli slightly ahead, though.

  2. ikuul says:

    Yeah, Capt’n Eli deserves like the top ten in my opinion. Saranac really let me down. I only tried it once, yet it didn’t have a lot of flavor and it was too foamy. To top it off it had the type of intense carbonation that hurts your tongue.

  3. David says:

    Definitely one of my favorites and widely available here in central NY.

  4. I just tried this one again! It is gross. It almost doesn’t even taste like root beer. It has an ok flavor, yet it is kind of weak. I think the HFCS may be what’s killing it, yet I think it’s mostly the flavor that is just not too great. To me, this is the epitome of a mediocre root beer. A&W is better than this. I’ll give Saranac a 65.

  5. I just love how we all have different ideas and tastes.

    You gave it a 94. I gave it a 70. I thought it had a good creamy taste and good mouth feel. Not to sweet for me, But not a strong root beer flavor. Kind of reminded me of a marshmallow.

    I would buy it again though.

  6. Jim says:

    This one’s my favorite so far. I love the head when you pour it and the creamy old-fashioned taste. That said, I’m going on a mission to track down some of these other favorites for fun.

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