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Vilniaus Alus Retro Baikal

Yes, i know this has nothing to do with christmas or any other holiday, but i felt it was better to continue a tradition of reviewing a semi-strange, fringe root beer type foreign beverage for my christmas time review. even calling this a ‘root beer’ is a stretch i know. yet, it has many of the characteristics common to a root beer, that is being flavored by tree roots and pieces. in this case it is pine and eucalyptus along with siberian ginseng and licorice. when Sagi messaged me about this, asking where i would classify it, i pondered. does a soda have to have the words “root beer” on it to be one? and if it has those magic words is it automatically one? i say this is a root beer in its most basic definition, a carbonated beverage flavored by roots, so onward i go!
i don’t know what a baikal usually tastes like, but this is highly unusual. it is very herbal and sharp, almost like what i’d imagine drinking a sweetened tea made with a cleaning product would taste like, but in a good way if that makes sense? the lemon, ginger, eucalyptus and pine each present themselves very boldly, combining in a not always awesome way. this is not my favorite thing, but not at all the worst.

Anthony’s Rating: 52
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Type: Other Comes In: 500ml glass bottle
Available: CA

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 150 Sodium: mg
Carbs: 35g Sugar: 35g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, caramel color, black tea, licorice root and rhizome, eleutherococ root, natural flavourings

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1 Comment

  1. I tried this one a few months ago. It was not bad at all. From your review, I’m surprised you didn’t’ rate it a bit higher; however I rate it an 80 – because it’s very unique, and it’s better than most other drinks out there. The thing that you did not mention about this was how “tea-like” the flavor of this soda is. This stuff almost doesn’t even taste like soda, but carbonated tea! That part kind of caught me off guard; however the thing that made me really want to try this drink was that it had licorice in it. I would buy this again…. I mean it comes in a nice big bottle and is decent. Another thing is that this is a kind of hard to find drink. I’d recommend looking for it at a middle eastern grocery store (that’s where I found it).

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