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BJ’s Brewhouse Handcrafted Root Beer

I would have thought this was the same thing as the brew I had reviewed when I went to their restaurant about five years ago. but on the bottle it has a little history. so in 1997 they started serving it on tap. then in 2016 they reformulated it without artificial ingredients and in 2017 they started bottling it. as I reviewed it in 2015, this is a change of recipe so fully qualifies as something new!
woo hoo! now I am extra glad I took that root beer road trip when I did.
this seems rather different from what I recall of what I had on tap. but it has been some time. it is rather standard in taste and mouth feel though. as it is just made with ‘root beer flavoring’ I did think it would be too crazy unusual but it is possible. the head is big and long lasting which has a nice visual appeal if nothing else. the flavor mellows as you drink more of it, getting smoother and a bit more creamy feeling with time. I do not love it but I’d be happy to drink it with a yummy meal. it is not a focal point beverage but fine for accompaniment.
I am ok with what they are doing here but I hope for more really. I always hope for more.

Anthony’s Rating: 77
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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, NV, NM, OH, OK, OR, TX, VA, WA

Obtained in: trade
Head: Tiny Sweetener: cane sugar, maltodextrin
Calories: 200 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 51g Sugar: 49g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: carbonated water, cane sugar, root beer flavoring (natural flavor, caramel color, gum acacia), maltodextrin (from corn), sodium benzoate (to protect flavor), citric acid (to protect flavor), propylene glycol alginate, calcium chloride

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