the 16 oz bottle is quite unique and a nice thing really. since i would like to savor this fine beverage for a while. some drinks that try to do the sweetened with honey thing are overwhelmed by it, but not sprecher. i would think it would be even better if they used cane sugar instead of corn syrup. maybe be a little less syrupy. not that it is overwhelmingly so or anything. not very carbonated either, surprisingly, maybe i just ended up with a weird bottle. a good brew here though anyway!
Anthony’s Rating: 89
User’s Rating: 89
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||16oz glass bottle|
|Available:||CA, OK, WI, online||Obtained in:||mail from Stuart in WI|
|Head:||Medium||Sweetener:||high fructose corn syrup, honey, maltodextrin|
Ingredients: carbonated water, fructose corn syrup, malto dextrin, raw Wisconsin honey, natural and artificial flavors, vanilla, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative)
I just wanted to give you a heads up that you can get sprecher in FL. i just found it through a distributor and ordered it through a local wine/spirits store.
You can also get it in Minnesota!
Wow, I’ve found a new favorite. If it used cane sugar and had a bigger head I would gave it a 99.
i have i 4 pack in my frige write now you can get it in Illinois!
In many parts of WI you can get this on draft and it’s stupendous – even better than the bottle, with a much better head and carbonation.
Bottle I am drinking right now lists Glucose Syrup instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Scott is right the draft version is much better. It makes GREAT rootbeer floats
I just completed a tasting of 54 root beers side by side — not a wise thing to do because a good 40 or so are bound to be awful. Sprecher’s was one of the keepers. Balanced, pleasing, it produced a fine creamy head with plenty of small-bubble carbonation. This one goes on my short list.
This is one of the best root beers I have tasted. If they used cane sugar instead of glucose syrup, then I think it would taste better.
They claim that if you pour it right, then it will develop a frothy head. This is not true. Sprecher needs to make their root beer have a better head and use cane sugar.
I’m a cane sugar fan like the next guy, but Sprecher is proof that it matters less than you think. To give perspective on my tastes so you can judge my comment; I enjoy different root beers like Virgils (anise, but the more fruity special edition was better), So Duh (personal favorite honey brew, nice head), and Sparky’s (??? what all is that in there?). I don’t like Weinhard’s – well, I do but its smooth and creamy flavor is interesting for awhile, but seems to me to be more like a five star cream soda hybrid rather than a top tier root beer.
I also don’t think you can judge a root beer based on one bottle. Tastes change on mood, hunger/thirst level, other food or drink consumed, etc. It takes at least a four pack or two over a period of weeks to make a truly relative initial rating and the real test is what you reach for down the road (and what you reach past to get it).
To me, having enjoyed hundreds of brands, Sprecher is THE master-class just-a-root-beer root beer. Nothing crazy or strikingly unique as with the others I mentioned, but you may not find a better ROOT BEER with a subtle hint of honey. If you want something different and off the beaten path, this isn’t it. If you want a root beer as it’s meant to be, man, this is it. I’m in AZ and can only find it at Total Wine & More, BevMo and Rocket Burger, but it has outlasted every other brand-kick I’ve ever had and remains my go-to beverage.
I gave this a 75, It is ok.
I have to say that this has become and has remained for over a year the standard to which I compare all root beers. (BTW: the brand I purchase by the case is honey sweetened, not HFCS). It has a great first impression which is followed by the fullest-bodied middle and best after taste of all root beers. And I never detect any metallic of herbal subtleties to distract or take it off course. And Sprecher’s is SO CONSISTENT! It’s hard for me to believe that this is a large, mass-produced root beer it is so good! My Number 1 All-time Favorite Root Beer! I give it a rating of 98.
Just realized that the product I thought I was commenting on was Sprecher’s Root Beer, not the Root Beer SODA. That’s why it doesn’t have the HFCS and has honey as its sweetener.
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The ingredients now say glucose syrup, maltodextrin, raw WI honey.
oh, interesting, thanks! I will have to get a new bottle!