before i begin, i must admit that this is probably the first time i have really been a bit scared to try a root beer. i mean, i am a pretty healthy guy, i take some weird supplements sometimes, i run and bike and junk a lot. but look at some of those ingredients, do you want to drink something with “bladderwrack” in it? that really sounds awful. and how did they put “whole apple” in here? what is “chlorella cracked cell?” it sounds messy whatever it is. but it also intrigues me. heck, if it works, why not? well, maybe because it is like $5 a bottle is why not! i find it funny that the label has photos of 2 sizes of root beer floats with soft serve ice cream, that seems very counter to their healthy message. although if it tasted like a root beer float (or even normal root beer) that would be a huge plus. i forget what the other flavors had on their labels but besides those photos, the design is very “health food” with leaves and vegetables and so on. they promise “a farmer’s market in every bottle” and “cleanse energize alkalinize daily.” plus it is vegan, gluten free and organic. nothing wrong with any of that, good stuff indeed. it has 332% of your vitamin E 405% of vitamin C, some calcium, iron and vitamin A along with protein and fiber.
you know it is not half bad. i’d rather have this than a diet root beer i must say. but i would rather, taste-wise, have a different “normal” root beer. you really have to shake it between every drink as it really settles quickly. that is sort of gross i will admit. i wish i had taken a better shot of the bottom of the bottle with the bits floating in it. my wife, when she saw i had this in queue to drink, said she wanted to try it. then i told her to turn it over and look at it. she changed her mind. this is devoid of carbonation, luckily as all that shaking would be a disaster otherwise. it is also devoid of tasting like root beer. it does though smell a little like root beer. i have to draw the line somewhere and just because you threw a whole butt-load of roots and herbs together does not make something a root beer. it does taste all leafy and herby and extracty but not in a terrible way. i would drink this to start my day or something if it was like $1 a bottle. it is not as gritty as i thought it would be. you can feel/taste the ground down junk in here but it does not get stuck in my teeth or anything. weird weird stuff, but interesting at the same time. i have to grade it as a root beer and compare it to others on all levels. the nutritional junk adds a few points but the taste does it no favors. there is indeed caffeine in here, but very low levels, like 1/15th what is in a cup of coffee or something.
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|12oz glass bottle
|Wegman’s in Bridgewater, NJ
Ingredients: purified water, cell-nique “integrative physician formula” blend (organic bleu green algae (afa), organic spirulina, organic hemp protein, organic chlorella cracked cell, organic brown rice protein, organic quinoa, organic noni, organic alfalfa sprouts, organic barley sprouts, organic whole apple, organic goji, organic north atlantic kelp, organic bladderwrack, organic alfalfa juice, organic barley grass juice, organic wheat grass juice, organic acai, organic lotus blossum leaf, organic dulse, organic lecithin, organic garcinia cambogia, organic olive leaf, organic gotu kola, organic ginko biloba, organic maca, organic licorice root, organic bilberry, organic grape seed extract, organic green tea extract) organic agave, organic tapioca, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), organic compliant natural flavors and lots and lots of love and gratitude