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A while back I was drinking a drink from Taiwan and I thought it was so delicious. I didnt realize til later that it was root beer. Up until that point I had always hated root beer, but after this I changed my mind. I decided to go out and try every root beer I could find. In this thread I will post pictures and comments about them. Feel free to join in.


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Hey Song Sarsaparilla - This is the one that started it all. I loved it at first, but as I went further down my journey I found it too sweet, too medicinal, and lacking in the mellow mintiness of some other root beers. I still drink it, but less as a root beer and more of its own beverage.

Judging it as a root beet I would give it a 4/10


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Barq's - This is the best mass market root beer. Where A&W is more widely known as a quality root beer. Barq's has a more balanced flavor. It is also the only major root beer that contains caffeine, as root beer does not contain root beer naturally.



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Great Value (Wal-Mart brand) - This one tricked me. It was cheap, but when I opened it, it had a good aroma, it also had a good head of foam. Because of this, I expected it to be a pleasant surprise. However, when I drank it, none of the flavor which was hinted at by the aroma carried through. It basically tasted like sugar water.



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A&W - One of the most famous American root beers. This one puts a higher focus on the vanilla flavor as you can see on the can. I find it to be overall very pleasant and just below barq's in the world of mass market root beer.



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Mug - not my picture. This is another mass market root beer. It did not agree with my palette. I found it to be closest to the Wal-Mart brand root beer. Its flavors were not pronounced enough.



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Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer - Not strictly a root beer, but birch beer comes from a similar tradition as root beer and hits the same spot (unlike ginger beer, which is altogether different). I found this one quite enjoyable with a nice wintergreen flavor. I enjoyed it only slightly less than the barq's and A&W that I had in the same week.



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Dads - I enjoyed this one. It has a strong flavor which I thought tasted a bit like caramel. This gave it a distinctive taste.



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Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer - Disgusting. I only finished it so that I wouldnt waste it. Dont ever buy this. It doesnt taste like root beer. It tastes overly sweet and disgusting.

Participation Ribbon/10


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Stewarts - Stewarts actually started from a root beer stand and grew into a soda company. This is pretty good, but its not my favorite. It is a nice, solid root beer



Barq's is my favorite between it, a&w and mug. You should review alcoholic root beers as well, or at least try not your fathers root beer; it's my favorite of the alcoholic ones


Yeah, if i were to go to a store that carried all root beers i would pick barq's more than any other root beer.

i dont really drink alcohol regularly enough to buy six packs of alcoholic root beer, but i have seen it and it does interest me. if i could find singles i would definitely give it a shot


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Sioux City Sarsaparilla - This was god damn good. It had a really mellow taste and an excellent balance of all of the things that you enjoy in a root beer.



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Virgil's - This one is made with all natural gourmet ingredients and costs $2 a bottle where I live. It tastes a bit on the medicinal side, but is definitely enjoyable and well balanced.



I found this one in a local supermarket, so I bought and tried this one just now. I like it, although the vanilla is just a bit too much for my taste. I agree with the 7.5, it's still enjoyable.


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Did you guys think this was over? Its not!

Dr. Browns - This is a regional thing that is mostly popular in Jewish delis in New York. This one is really good and has a nice mint flavor.



I fucking love Virgils


Try Sarsi if you ever see it, I like it, it's a Filipino "rootbeer". It's not too sweet, which I like.


yeah sarsi or a a similar word seems to be the asian way of saying sarsaparilla. all of the taiwanese root beers i tried were called sashi.

i will literally try any root beer, so if i see it, expect to see it on this thread. i still have quite a few that i havent posted yet.


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Eli's Root Beer - Too sweet. The root beer flavor was pretty good, but I wouldnt buy it again because of the sweetness.



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Best Yet - Another store brand. I think this huge bottle cost $.79. It was pretty similar to the Wal-Mart brand. It tasted like a cheap version of A&W, but with less root beer flavor.



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Dum Dums Root Beer Lollipop - Tastes a lot like the generic root beers, mostly sugary with a weak root beer flavor. I barely detected any wintergreen.



yeah, I was gonna buy one yesterday, but the store was all out.


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Boylans Root Beer - too mild for me. It wasn't gross but I didn't really enjoy it. I'd rank this only slightly above the generic root beers.



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Enjoying this A&W in St Maarten


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So, I guess it is time to get into the more exotic root beers.

Hey Song Sarsaparill with Salt - In Taiwan it is believed that Sarsaparilla with salt in it is a remedy for colds and dehydration. When I found out that this existed, I knew that the next time I went to Taiwan that I had to try it. On the very first day of my most recent trip to Taiwan I found this in a Family Mart (like a 7/11) and bought When cold it tastes very similar to regular Hey Song Sarsaparilla, but when it warms up a bit you can really taste the salt and it tastes like you are drinking seawater.

I gave Hey Song 4/10 so this would probably get a 2/10.

Remember, I do like Hey Song, but as its own drink. As a root beer it is a bit strange.


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金车麦根沙士 - Literally "Golden Car Wheat Root Sarsaparilla." Out of all of the Taiwanese root beers, this one tasted the most like an American root beer. It was not super sweet like some the American root beers, but it had a nice mix of mint and vanilla and reminded me a bit of the Dr. Browns.



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IBC Root Beer

Pretty good, however I noticed that it was bottled by Dr Pepper/7up and I couldn't help but notice the sinilarities better IBC and A&W. it was pretty well rounded and no one flavor stuck out, but because of that it didn't have any special quality.



Virgil's is the only root beer I treat myself to. I wish it lingered on the mouth more though.


Continuing on, I bought Lester's Fixins Bacon Soda With Chocolate. This is one you should only get as a joke though maybe it could be mixed with alcohol. The sweet chocolate (like in a cake) flavor hits your tongue first followed by a smoky, charred aftertaste.




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