Bottle and Label: Bottle is brown with a very well designed label that actually makes you want to read it. It includes a short history of American root beer and an easily recognizable picture.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, vanilla extract, natural and artificial flavors, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), honey essence, acacia, sassafras extract
Smell: mild root beer smell
Carbonation: A moderate level of carbonation gives this brew a slight bite without venturing into the realm of typical canned fare. While I tend to favor a smooth drink, Weinhard’s strikes a great balance between bite and smoothness.
Color: When poured color is dark brown
Head: This root beer has the best head I have ever seen. I know from experience that it is the brew of choice for root beer floats because of the great head of foam you get when pouring over ice cream.
Flavor: Here is where the Weinhard’s starts to pull away from the pack. Although it does not use cane sugar as a sweetener, it still has a smooth and natural flavor. It has a flavor that every root beer drinker can appreciate, whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or just need something to quench your thirst on a dry day. This brew is smooth but has just the right amount of bite. It is sweet without tasting artificial. You can definitely catch the hints of honey and vanilla in the flavor and I think it is the mix of those two flavorings that make it work.
Conclusion: Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer is a great brew, in fact, I would say it is my favorite thus far. HW does not try to be something it is not. It is a straightforward brew with great flavor, an excellent head, and just the right amount of carbonation. There should not be a second thought in your mind if you ever have the opportunity to drink this wonderful beverage.
RBR’s Grade- A+ (Editor’s Choice!)