root beers

B&S Soda Pop Rootz #45

wow, this is a very eagerly anticipated soda for me. i had found out about it the people behind it and immediately knew i had to try some of their drinks. they make this, their basic root beer, as well as several variations on it. i was able to get the chili root beer also so expect a review of that soon. hopefully i can get some of their coffee and chocolate root beers also soon. we shall see. the tricky part is that they yeast carbonate. as you may or may not know, yeast carbonated when the drink is at room temperature. and you allow it to do its work for about 2 or 3 days or so, then refrigerate it to stop the process. thus they basically have to send it immediately after bottling so that the time in transit allows for carbonation. i would think there must be a way to stop it otherwise, as Fentiman’s does it as well as other home brewers. also, being straight edge myself, i was hesitant to try it as the yeast does produce a slight amount of alcohol. after talking to the brewers some, they showed me that 7-Up actually has more alcohol from the ethanol in the flavoring than their soda. ok, so i am onboard with this.
the yeast carbonation definitely adds a unique type of bubble, smoother, smaller, not as sharp and harsh for sure. the taste though, i am not too excited about. it is rather subtle, not too upfront, perhaps weak? i did get two bottles of this one so hopefully the other one will be stronger. what is there i like. it is different. i am trying to put my finger on it but it is tough. i would say it is “hearty” and “hardy” both. i suppose it is a little yeasty but not very much. it comes across as more “root”-y than most other root beers. i feel more like i am drinking something authentic and natural. i enjoyed it for the change of pace but it is not as wonderful as i had hoped it might be.

Anthony’s Rating: 80
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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 16oz glass bottle
Available: MO

Obtained in: special mail order from company
Head: Small Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: filtered water, sugar, natural flavors…

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  1. Karen says:

    Y’know, this is odd because I was just having a conversation a few days ago about old-fashioned (yeast-brewed) root beer–I really want to try this. Are they aware of your review?

    BTW, I don’t think Fentimans brews in the bottle. I believe they ferment the flavor bases, then blend them with carbonated water.

  2. ikuul says:

    Fetimans state that they use natural carbonation.

  3. yes indeed, Fentimans does, like i said. but they stop the process somehow without the use of constant refrigeration. whether that is through killing the yeast with heat or radiation or what i do not know.

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