root beers

Olde Brooklyn Williamsburg Root Beer – old

so I believe it was Eric who alerted me to the fact that Olde Brooklyn had changed their recipe since i had reviewed it. checking the nutritional info it is obvious that they messed with it. but is it for good or bad? i shall soon tell you what i think.
they changed the bottle slightly also, the top sticker on the neck is different and the drawing of the Brooklyn bridge seems to have less white although the drawing is pretty much the same otherwise. there is a new white band around that whole area and a “pure cane sugar” assertion next to it. i suppose 15 years ago people did not care so much about cane sugar vs corn syrup so they may as well flaunt their cane sugar contents in this day and age.
trying the soda out makes it even more obvious that the recipe changed. my old review mentions how it tasted like licorice. now it does not at all. that aspect is completely gone. now it is just a straight up creamy smooth root beer. it is very sweet also. not quite too much for me, but for some people i could see it being syrupy almost, even with the lack of corn syrup now. it is still very good, just very different than it once was. i wonder what prompted the change? i actually have bought this a few times over the years but probably with years between so i did not even notice they changed recipes. cut me a break, I have drank hundred of sodas, i can’t recall what each one tasted like for decades on end. =)

Anthony’s Rating: 88
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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: discontinued

Obtained in: Marshall’s, bridgewater, NJ
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 180 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 44g Sugar: 43g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: triple filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate (as preservative), citric acid

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  1. Karen says:

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one. Thanks for the heads-up.

  2. It’s a shame they didn’t slightly rename their root beer, I’m in the greatest of conundrums about how to deal with those that change their recipes but not their names.

  3. Tried this one again. Been a while. Really enjoyed it. The best part of this root beer is that it just goes down so smoothly. No harshness. No crazy acidity. No weird bitterness. Not to minty. Just a solid flavor. A basic flavor, yet done well. I really like it. There are better root beers out there, so I won’t buy a case of this anytime soon, but I’d love to gulp this one down at a 4th of July party. Very basic rooty flavor, but it has a nice vanilla flavor that adds to the smooth flavor. Highly recommend. And as usual, Anthony and I align very close. I give this one an 87.

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