We Taste Tested 9 Root Beers!

By Brian Lemay 18 comments

welcome Glen welcome friends so we made
our own root beer this is a naturally fermented root beer and a soda mix root
beer and we thought let’s do it taste off with a bunch of root beers that we
this is only a little intimidating only a little intimidating there’s lots to
taste here and this is just what we can get you know within like a 15 minute
walk of our house so we didn’t go to any great lengths to find the really
difficult ones although this one from Philadelphia is a bit of a wild-card
so we’ve already tasted ours first up is a and W now AM W is probably the
quintessential root beer to me that it’s the one that as a child I always had
it’s very sweet normally it’s very comely and very sweet than the ones that
we made um you know even as a kid we would go to a W you drive in and they
bring the tray over and put it on your window weird that too
yeah so this one’s fairly sweet as well and has that same caramel II kind of
flavor again I think that’s why you love it so much as a kid right it’s sweet
it’s sweet is caramel II know some of these have citric acid in them and some
of them don’t which i think is very interesting some of them have anise
seeds some of them have things that are fairly off-piste for a root beer I think
as long as you have sassafras you can call it a root beer let me taste
slightly different still very root berry um yes but I call it muted slightly
different slightly different slightly different well he’s like a coffee I want to say a
coffee overtone but I’m not sure yeah I’m not a you know yeah so meliae I am
not I do not have a well-trained palate four flavors but there’s something
that’s a bigger flavor in the beginner zone that’s not the root
yes the sassafras definitely not I don’t know what’s in that again so far they’re
all very lovely but they’re older all they’re all they’re all very different
they all have a different kind of no one’s got like a cherry yeah what is
that of barks yeah it’s got like a cherry this is the deep root beer root
beer so far that one’s got an interesting creamy
second flavor yes that’s very creamy for lack of a better word like a cream soda
I kind of undertone to it so I would put these as that first flavor that you get
is not super root Berry on either of these but the the Boylan’s have it has a
that creamy aftertaste it’s kind of interesting but I wouldn’t call it a
root beer it wouldn’t call it a classic repair
that I like that one’s got a kind of yeah okay it could just be that it’s the
last one of this many no okay so this one that Jones
sorry Jones not a root beer it’s funny because that one is the most rooty of
the root beer of all of these that one has that very strong root the hole ever
to it yes like that is the plant it’s there it’s not it doesn’t have any of
the additional flavors in it like the caramel flavor or though it doesn’t yeah
it doesn’t have those other it doesn’t or the berry flavors or the other ones
it is straight up root so I would say if you like it was barks if you like barks
root beer and you’ve tried this homemade root beer very different very different
because this has our homemade root beer is very sassafras forward and that’s the
other thing none of these have the full sassafras
root in them because they have to remove the suffer all which changes the flavor
yeah I don’t think I need them hat no none of them have that kind of unbe full
of bubbles soon I’d say one that’s I have no calm I mean I can’t really rate
them they’re all different they’re not they’re not they’re a little bit like
this but not a whole lot like this yeah okay
and I wouldn’t declare any of them to be you know something I wouldn’t drink yeah
I’ve declared did you I declare when declared he was not afraid he declared
banished from the side is it even in frame oh it’s just at the edges bring it
right back into the banished over there and in in my own rating system I would
say I would if I had our own because I like the bigger flavor and then I would
have a and W and then maybe the Stewart’s this one was a bit of a wild
card it had a similar flavor to the NW but I don’t see this yeah the Hanks you
know hmm suddenly maybe not the pop shop no the pop shop just to right cuz you
know pop shop of course as we’ve mentioned it’s a good thing but you know
I’ll live I do really like the creamy back end of this one of the Boylan’s a
pop shop isn’t root beer either is it it’s too sweet and at the for the Roo
deist I would say the rudest and hours hours and and these two are the rudest
but all this has an interesting creamy back-end the Bark’s is almost just one
up from the Jones so there you have it it’s artful Stan’s bar our own expert
opinion of a dozen of these and the great thing about making this at home is
that once you make the first batch you can play with it and you can make it
sweeter you can change the routes that you’re using you can add other things
and in the in the description I will put in some of the other ingredients that I
I know are in these because some of these brands brag about what they put in
as well as the routes and others aren’t gonna tell you anything
so I’ll put in what other people are putting in their in their root beers as
well as yours yeah that’s the great thing about doing it at home thanks for
stopping by see you again soon take care


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May 5, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

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Jul 7, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

I made your homemade root beer recipe yesterday, came out really good, better than anything you'll find in the store.

Joshua Hendricks

Jul 7, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

The Barq’s was that the spiced cherry drink? The doesn’t look like the Barq’s RootBeer.

travis tritt

Jul 7, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

Mug root beer and Dads are my top two. IBC is a close third.

SOUTHERN SEARCHER formerly NCbottles

Jul 7, 2019, 12:13 am Reply

Ramblin Root Beer was the best I ever tasted.

Colin RedBird

Aug 8, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

Thanks for the rootbeer videos, hard thing to find in the UK and is my drink of choice, will give your recipe a crack.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:27 pm Reply

Root Beer taste test without Bundaberg Root Beer? Fail!

v TV

Aug 8, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

I haven't tasted your root beer but I can tell you none of the other flavors have anything on Virgil's. I was really hoping it would be part of your taste test, as it's the most actual "root beer" root beer of any I've tried, and tasting different root beers is a hobby of mine. Where I lived, there were more than 100 root beer brands available from around the US.

Ike Specht

Sep 9, 2019, 7:03 pm Reply

bout MUG

Big Bertha

Sep 9, 2019, 6:28 am Reply

Love A&W and Hanks. There was a Frosties Root Beer….but A&W and Hanks…love it.


Sep 9, 2019, 4:54 pm Reply

You can't go to A&W and not drink a root beer.


Oct 10, 2019, 10:31 pm Reply

You won't find sassafras in commercial root beer drinks. It was banned by the FDA in 1960.

Jesse Hires

Nov 11, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

Hires root beer was my family’s go to growing up. (Imagine that). We drink a lot of A&W as well as Barq’s now that you can’t find Hires now. Agree with you on the Jones Soda.

Tom Foolery

Nov 11, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

Barqs is the best of the big store brands. It's extra bite makes it the best choice for Root Beer floats! The best best is probably Henry Weinhard root beer or Virgil's.

Off Road Utah

Nov 11, 2019, 5:20 pm Reply

Try Virgils and Henry Weinhards

C McLaughlin

Dec 12, 2019, 9:20 pm Reply

You keep saying sassafras but I thought rootbeer was made from sarsaparilla. Are they the same?

Alex Santos

Dec 12, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

Se vc tem que se esforçar muito pra saber a diferença então simplesmente não vale a pena pagar caro por isso

Freddie Mac_ 82

Dec 12, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

Barqs came before a&w in 1898

Arik Riehl

Dec 12, 2019, 6:16 am Reply

Modern root beer is usually flavored with wintergreen. Commercial root beer does not contain sassafras root as safrol was classified as a carcinogen in the 60's as was removed. Still your recipe would be a good mix and provide a different flavor. I use a slightly different recipe using wintergreen and omitting the ginger and cinnamon.

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