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Hires Root Beer

Hires. they invented root beer, what can you really say? among the big brands, they are still one of the best out there. creamy, bubbly, just a bit too sweet at times though. you can get some great bottles and some ones that are too syrupy. seems a bit hard to find anymore in the northeast especially. hope they are not slowly dieing or anything. a nice bottle design also, simply yet classic.

Anthony’s Rating: 68
User’s Rating: 77
# of ratings:686

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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
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: Edison, NJ
Head: Medium Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, sugar
Caffeine: No

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

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  1. Stacey E says:

    I’ve been gradually reviewing root beers for about the last 4-5 years, and I just noticed this is the only national brand on my list not found yet.
    I remember this being one of the biggest brands, yet I haven’t seen it in what must be at least 5 years.
    I live in Arizona, so I wonder if whoever bottles it doesn’t distribute it here.
    We also can’t get Mr Pibb, which is the biggest pain in the a^^ in the world.

  2. is says:

    Wow. This root beer was really hard to find. Unfortunately, they now only make this in cans with hfcs. Still, for a first time drinker of Hires I think I can say this is one of the best out of the commercialized root beers. It tastes very traditional, yet very very good, and the sweetness is just right. It can’t compete with gourmet root beers such as Sprecher, yet it is worthy of an 80 out of 100.

  3. The company that owns A&W also owns Hires so they seemed to have been pushing A&W nationwide but not wanting to kill off the original. I would like to drink them both but I’ve only found Hires on I’m glad after many many years I was able to try Hires again.

  4. Drew Fisher says:

    My childhood favorite (back when it was using refined white sugar as its sweetener) it still retains a taste I enjoy–for a “commercial” soda product. I’d still probably take it over Frostie, Dad’s, Faygo or A&W.

  5. rick b says:

    I just got my hands on some of this. I ordered it through the root beer store online.

    They told me it is no longer made in bottles and if you order it through the online root beer store, it is not listed, you must call them and ask for it in the can.

    I like this, I gave it a 70, not the best out their, but good.

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