Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda

In the spirit of Christmas I am posting a review of a beverage that is not a root beer but will likely catch your eye if you see it while out doing some last minute Christmas shopping.

Bottle and Label: The bottle and label are in the same vein as Maine Root’s Root Beer. It has a brown bottle and label that trumpets the organic and fair trade ingredients.

Ingredients: Carbonated pure water, organic fair trade certified cane juice and spices.

Smell: There is a decidedly fruity smell from the bottle that is even more pronounced after being poured.

Carbonation: Medium level of carbonation that feels good in the mouth.

Color: Pale orange.

Head: Medium head the dissipates very quickly.

Flavor: The flavor tastes nothing like pumpkin pie. There are some hints of the spices you might find in a pumpkin pie but other than that it does not live up the billing. It also leaves a decidedly bitter aftertaste almost like you would find in a diet drink that is not sweetened with real sugar.

Conclusion: Unfortunately, my first non-root beer review is hard to recommend. Sure it has all the fair trade and organic stuff on the label to make you feel good about buying it, but you won’t feel good about drinking it. Still, if you are feeling adventurous and you like oddly flavored beverages, this might appeal to you. However, I think most people would agree with me that this beverage is a novelty that is better seen than tasted. This is unfortunate considering the high marks that I gave the Maine Root Root Beer.

RBR’s Grade- D

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3 thoughts on “Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda

  1. check out the home made root beer at:

    Schilo’s Delicatessen
    424 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

    (210) 223-6692

  2. Just found it at Wegmans today, $6.50 for a 4-pack. Yeah, strangely enough, “pumpkin” is missing as an ingredient. It tastes good, a light, autumn spiced flavor (along the lines of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice), almost like a very light rootbeer, but definitely not pumpkin.

  3. Wow, I tried this too, and I would never describe the flavor as “tastes good”. I found it rather revolting. A lot of the weird ones spend too much time being weird, and not enough time developing something that’s actually drinkable. I wish the one I had tried had any of the flavors listed in melissa’s post.

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