Waialua Soda Works Root Beer

Bottle and Label: Bottle is clear and very plain with no raised lettering. The label is unique and attests to the Hawaiian origins of this brew

Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, maui natural white cane sugar, natural flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate (for freshness), citric acid, Hawaiian vanilla extract

Smell: Strong, traditional root beer smell with a hint of vanilla

Carbonation: moderate level of carbonation (gives the drink a little bit of bite)

Color: When poured in a glass the root beer has a very dark color

Head: Very little foam when poured into a frosted glass

Flavor: Taste is not artificial but does leave a slightly bitter aftertaste, perhaps due to the vanilla extract. The flavor is not as smooth as some other root beers. It also has a bit more bite than most because of the carbonation. It is certainly full flavored with out a hint of being watered down, but it avoids being so strong as to make it unpleasant.

Conclusion: Overall this is a solid brew, but it gets a few dings on its record. I prefer a root beer with a foamier head, slightly smoother, and without the bitter aftertaste. Still, if you like a drink that has a little bit of a kick on the end of it, this might be the one for you.

RBR’s Grade- B-

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