someone had written in to tell me about this soda a bit ago. the website indicated that it is available at King’s supermarkets here in the NJ area. so of course i promptly went to one the next chance i got and did not find it. so a couple months passed and i went to King’s for another reason and happened to browse the soda aisle, as i am wont to do, and lo and behold, Zevia! i think it is the most expensive canned soda i have ever had, a six pack was $5.99 or so. which is a good price for glass bottles but not for cans. oh well, all for the sake of the website, right?
i like the concept of stevia, which is what this soda is sweetened with, an all natural sweetener with no calories or teeth rotting capacity. yet most stuff i have had with it in it was just not so tasty. it still imparts a flavor like other non-caloric sweeteners, kind of metallic.
i also like to consume as much natural stuff as possible, kind of shocking and weird for a root beer reviewer to be otherwise largely organic, but i am a enigmatic riddle or something. nonetheless most all natural root beers are pretty terrible, with a couple of exceptions of course.
thus going into this, Zevia does not make me have high expectations for my pop consumption experience this afternoon. and that leads me to the fact that *SPOILER ALERT* this kinda stinks. *END SPOILER ALERT*
i am struggling to find something redeemable about the taste, yet from start to end it is terrible. it starts off harsh and sharp then gets rather bitter before retreating after the swallow to a slightly numb feeling in your mouth and on your tongue especially. it is the color of root beer, otherwise there is little to no resemblance to anything like root beer. i suppose one of the reasons i love root beer so much is that the flavor can vary so much and still fall under the “root beer” banner, but this is outside of that. it should not be admitted to the root beer club, we need a better bouncer at the door i think.
i appreciate their efforts, really i do. i am opposed to artificial sweeteners also. who knows what the long term effects are of super chlorinated sugar or other strange chemicals are? plus the more natural stuff is, the better it seems. but it has to taste at least ok. this does not… my drain will enjoy the other 5 cans of this six pack i am sure as i dump them down there. so $5.99 for a one pack…
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|Diet Root Beer
|12 oz can
|King’s supermarket in Bedminster, NJ
Ingredients: triple Filtered carbonated water, natural erythritol, natural gmo free caramel color, stevia, citric acid and natural flavors (citrus peel oil, wintergreen oil, cassia oil, anise seed oil extract, ginger root extract)