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Oogave Agave Root Beer

hhhmmm i am a bit suspicious about whether this is a new soda or not. you see the mighty doctor says that they reformulated this stuff when they took off Esteban’s name. yet the ingredients are exactly the same. the nutritional info only varies by 2 calories less in this one. my friend Michael actually got this for me some time ago but i thought it was the old formula so i put it aside for a while. but now it seems to be time to pop it open. it was refrigerated the whole time and it is before the “enjoy by” date on there so i am not too worried.
i want to like agave, i really do. i consume too much sugar for anyone’s good so it would be nice to have a more healthful sweetener to use sometimes. but pretty much everything i have tried with agave has been bad. the one exception i think was the last version of this soda. as i recall that one was actually tasty. i will go back and read my review after i form my opinions on this one. so i hope they did not screw the one good agave thing up.
i do like the graphic design work here. pretty simple, two colors, but they use a clear label and bottle to take advantage of the soda color as a background. i think they have gotten better design with each iteration of the drink.
sadly though, this soda is pretty bad. they did screw it up. it now tastes bitter and a little sour. the sweetness level is too low and it is not a good drink. it is actually much much worse than either of the previous versions on this drink.
so this is definitely a new formulation. goes to show how different two things with the same ingredients can be i suppose. perhaps they need to re-hire Esteban since he made it quite well where as in the post-Esteban era, the quality has fallen off. that is a shame. maybe they spent his salary on getting more graphic designers, but that was unnecessary really, the last label was fine.

Anthony’s Rating: 42
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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IN, LA, MI, MT, NV, NM, NY, NC, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, online

Obtained in: Mike in Brooklyn
Head: Small Sweetener: agave nectar
Calories: 100 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 25g Sugar: 24g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: purified, carbonated water, organic agave nectar, citric acid, natural flavors and caramel for color

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  1. I told you it was a new formula, and also that it was nasty.

  2. You did tell me both, true, but I questioned both! you being my arch rival and all, it may have been a set up to discredit me in the root beer world. =)

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