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Capt’n Eli’s Root Beer

another purchase from this fine web store! just goes to show you that you can scour a city or whatever pretty well and miss a ton of sodas as i have been to portland a couple times in the past year or so and came up totally empty. oh well. so this is a solid soda, probably one of the better ones i have had in a while. a complex flavor, which i’d expect as it contains “wintergreen oil, anise, vanilla, spices, herbs” and more. i can taste the wintergreen but not so much the anise. i suppose very subtly. yeh, definitely, it is coming out more as i drink. in theory i don’t like anise much, but when it is not strong and overpowering as here or in a couple other brews i enjoy it. this is a unique beverage in a sea of many many sodas that taste too similar.

Anthony’s Rating: 94
User’s Rating: 84
# of ratings:160

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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, ME, OK, online

Obtained in: mailorder from company
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 165 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 39g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: water, cane sugar, caramel coloring, natural and artificial flavors including wintergreen oil, anise, vanilla, spices, herbs, citric acid, sodium benzoate as a preservative

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  1. marcphoto1 says:

    Satisfying root beer. I wish it had a little more bite to it. However good stuff

  2. It was ok. Too minty for me. It has a strong wintergreen flavor to it. But a decent brew I suppose.

  3. marc says:

    Satisfying root beer. I wish it had a little more bite to it. However very good stuff.

  4. Mattthew says:

    I was apprehensive because of the wintergreen on the label but it wasn’t strong at all. Very good root beer.

  5. Stacey E says:

    I found this to be a very weak root beer. I noticed that most of the people writing glowing reviews had been sent a free 4 pack of the stuff. I have to wonder if that had anything to do with how most people rated this.
    It tastes like something is missing, and aside from the high sugar taste, doesn’t have much of any kind of other taste. I was excited to see the inclusion of anise in the ingredient list, although to taste it, you never could tell.
    The only thing this has over the generic store brand root beers is a visible head of foam I could see inside the bottle.
    Root beer should be “full bodied”, with at least two layers of flavor, this barely had one.

  6. ikuul says:

    Just tried this today. I was really blown away by the flavor. It was perfect. Might even outdo Sprecher root beer for me. It has the perfect blend of spice and kick. 94 out of 100, for me.

  7. dmblanch says:

    I thought Cap’n Eli’s was a fine, reliable root beer but it didn’t merit stratospheric ratings or rantings like others have given it. I do compare it to Sprecher’s as another reviewer did, but I put Sprecher’s well ahead of it. I just did a 54 root beer side-by-side tasting and our one criteria was simple: which rb’s did you like enough to buy again. Only about 10 – 15 made the cut for everyone and Cap’n Eli’s was on most of our lists.

  8. is says:

    Yup, this root beer is near perfection! Totally outdoes Sparky’s root beer.

  9. fishtail says:

    Magnificent root beer. Quiet, but complex. Rich. Very much in competition with Sprecher’s and Crater Lake for the heartland of root beer title. Probably best enjoyed when you are thirsty, as opposed to with a meal, as it deserves its own spotlight, and its richness is quite enough to keep your taste buds and mind busy. Again, someone comparing it to Sparky’s. My bottle of Sparky’s must have been a brewing fluke, because it was from a different universe than this. it was like a shot of Binaca. Cap’n Eli’s is one of my favorites.

  10. About an hour ago maybe less, I had a bottle of “sea dog ” root beer.

    For some reason, this bottle of Captain Eli’s tastes exactly like the sea dog, same weak watery taste. I can only think it must be a bad bottle. For some reason I have had bad luck lately finding some good root beer.
    I also gave this a 55.

  11. Drew Fisher says:

    My first encounter with Eli’s was mind-blowing, but the second was rather disappointing, so, again, maybe it varies from batch to batch. I will not hesitate, however, to try it again! It was by far and away the top and most distinctive in a 24-root beer taste test the first time I had it.

  12. I am so sorry I have to do this, but after re-trying this root beer for a 4th time I must re-score it a 70. they must of changed their recipe or something, because there is a gross bitter-wintergreen taste that kills the great flavor that is there. I’m not against wintergreen per se, frosite has one of the best wintergreen flavor in a root beer I’ve tasted. This root beer just really needs to get rid of the gross bitter aftertaste. I’m going to email the company right away.

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