Mason’s Keg Brewed Root Beer

Bottle and Label: A very unique short, clear bottle makes this brew stand out from the crowd. The simply colored label looks like something right out of a soda shop from days gone by

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Caramel Color, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate as a preservative, natural and artificial flavors

Smell: The brew has a very pleasing and traditional smell both from the bottle and when poured. This is one of the better smelling brews I have encountered in some time

Carbonation: Mason’s has a good amount of carbonation. It is on the higher end of the brews I have tried even bordering on something like Barq’s, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It means this brew does not have the smooth mouth feel of some, but it does have a refreshing bite as it goes down and it is not enough to detract from the flavor

Color: The color is very dark brown and almost looks black when viewed from some angles

Head: This brew has a short but consistent head all through the pour. After being poured, the foamy head lingers for a couple of minutes. The long lasting head is a nice feature of this brew and something that has been lacking in many root beers I have tried of late

Flavor: The flavor of Mason’s is definitely on the bitter side. It tastes like a very traditional root beer until the brew hits the back of the tongue. Once it gets to the back of the mouth there is a decidedly bitter flavor and aftertaste. It is not overpowering, but it is definitely there. Once I noticed the bitterness I had a hard time noticing anything else

Conclusion: Mason’s Keg Brewed Flavor Root Beer started out looking like a stellar brew. It has a unique bottle, a great smell, and a long lasting head. Unfortunately, it does not live up to those expectations in the all important “flavor” category. A root beer can do everything well, but if it does not have a good flavor it will not get high marks from me. Now, it is possible that people who like root beers that are less sweet and have a more bitter flavor will like this brew, but I like my root beers to taste smooth and not leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth. That said, since this root beer does everything else well, it still merits a solid “C.”

RBR’s Grade- C


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