root beers

A & W Root Beer

there is a distinctly different taste difference in buying this in the store and at their restaurants. perhaps because you get it in a rad mug at the restaurant or perhaps it is that fountain / bottled difference. in any case, they are both good. sweet without being syrupy, creamy so it goes down like silk. i think it is the best of the huge brands.

Anthony’s Rating: 71
User’s Rating: 74
# of ratings:1653

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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, 12 oz can, 20 oz plastic bottle, 1L plastic bottle, 2L plastic bottle, 3L plastic bottle, fountain
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: random convenience store, edison, NJ
Head: Large Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 55mg
Carbs: 44g Sugar: 44g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural and artificial flavors

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  1. A&W is a solid root beer. The best root beer for root beer floats, in my opinion. You can’t go wrong with a good glass of this grand old standard.

  2. marcphoto1 says:

    I think it is as bad as their diet brand.

    I remember the “good old days” when I would go to their drive in get a burger and root beer in a glass mug.
    Damn, does memory fail, cause I think it was very, very good back then!

  3. Aurora Ket says:

    Still the best one, and the first one I turn to when I want one. Especially now that Snapple seems to have stopped making their all natural version at all. >.<

    Was the first brand of root beer that I drank. In can/bottle or from tap at Watertown, SD A&W (long since closed, it was a long time ago). Found Snapple and was with it a while, but when it vanished, and even before sometimes… this is the one I go to.

  4. GlassKeyPhoto says:

    There is nothing quite like an A&W in a frosty mug from the tap at the local A&W drive in. A hot summer day, sitting in the orange vinyl booth with those little patches of ice floating on the top…yep, nothing quite like it. Bottled and canned cannot hold a candle to having it in the restaurant!

  5. ande k says:

    this root beer is awesome but does it have caffeine??
    i gave up caffeine for lint and im dying for a root beer

    ps. i am catholic

  6. ande k says:

    oh my bad didnt read it all thx for the review

  7. is says:

    Did this root beer have cane sugar in it?

  8. nope. well, maybe at one time it did, but not in the past decade or so.

  9. dmblanch says:

    There is a reason why A&W is the only root beer to go global and remain global — its taste is universally appealing and never off-putting. You also know it when you taste it. I’ve done blind tastings in frosty mugs and folks can almost always spot the A&W even though they can’t identify anything else. This says a lot about why the king is king. Tasting lots of root beers is fun, but when you’re done, no one wants to ever buy more than a few of them a second time. A&W always makes everyone’s short list. Nuff said.

  10. is says:

    Hmmm… If this A&W was from West Jefferson Dr. Pepper, then it would of had to have been made with cane sugar, right?

  11. Just tried A&W on draft at an A&W Restaurant. All I can say is that it is waaaay better than the junk you can buy at the market. It’s freshly made with cane sugar, on draft in a frosty glass mug. It just has a full, delicious flavor that the store bought stuff cannot live up to. I’d rate the restaurant version as an 88. The typical A&W you can buy at the store I’d rate as a 62.

  12. Jeff says:

    Their tap root beer at the restaurants is clearly better than their bottled.

  13. I recently bought a case of the A&W root beer from Dr. Pepper West Jefferson bottling company. It has cane sugar in it. Absolutely delicious. Not top ten best, but still good. Kinda artificial tasting. However, a nice bold flavor, with a hint of sarsaparilla. I’d give it an 88. Especially in a frosted mug it really quenches the thirst. Smooth. Cane sugar really comes through and you can taste it. Kinda comes off a bit like “aspartame”, but like if aspartame actually tasted good.

  14. So, when we going to get a review of the draft A&W root beer from an A&W restaurant? The A&W from the restaurant……I rate that stuff like a 91 or 92.

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