Sprecher Root Beer

Bottle and Label: A big sixteen ounce bottle distinguishes Sprecher from its more traditional twelve ounce cousins. It also has a nicely designed label that touts it being rated number one by the New York Times

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Malto-Dextrin, WI Raw Honey, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Phosphoric  Acid, Quillaia/Yucca extract, Sodium Chloride, Caramel Color, and Vanilla

Smell: Strong and pleasing wintergreen smell from the bottle with hints of vanilla. It maintains the pleasing smell nicely after it is poured

Carbonation: Medium-low level of carbonation gives this brew a nice balance of smoothness and bite without feeling flat or overly bubbly

Color: Dark amber

Head: Tall head, very long lasting, and very foamy when poured into my frosted mug. Sprecher definitely gets top marks in this category

Flavor:  This brew has an incredibly smooth flavor. It leaves no bitter aftertaste and is enjoyable from start to finish. It has a nice, traditional root beer flavor with a little extra sweetness that I believe comes from the honey in the ingredients. Undoubtedly the honey also helps give it it’s awesome smoothness as well. There are also some hints of vanilla and wintergreen in there that give just a bit of complexity to this tasty beverage

Conclusion: Sprecher Root Beer is the definition of a good root beer. It has a great smell, awesome head, perfect carbonation, and stellar flavor. I really can’t think of anything that I don’t like about this brew. It has a flavor that should be a big crowd pleaser thanks to its smoothness and sweetness. This would also be a great brew for root beer floats with the awesome head that it produces. Basically, this brew is an easy “A” and an easy “Editor’s Choice.” Sometimes I really have to debate about what grade to give a brew. There is no question that this fine beverage deserves high marks and deserves a place in your fridge

RBR’s Grade- A (Editor’s Choice)

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17 thoughts on “Sprecher Root Beer

  1. I was impressed with this one recently, but was disappointed to learn they use corn syrup instead of cane sugar. With Pepsi’s throwback series reminding me how much better their soda used to taste back in the 80’s before corn subsidies forced high fructose corn syrup down our throats, anything short of cane sugar seems like a waste of time.

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  4. Sprechers’s used corn syrup and honey a short time ago, now recently they sold out to HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. It was my favorite brand of sodas, but I won’t be buying it any more.

  5. I actually don’t read the ingredients until after I have tried the root beer. I do my best to judge on taste alone and not what is in the ingredient list. If it tastes great with HFC than it tastes great. Maybe it would taste better with case sugar but that does not diminish the fact that it is still really good.

  6. We have a bottle from a couple months ago that says glucose syrup. My wife just bought more and now it says HFCS. What’s up with that? Do they just change what they make it with on any given week?

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  8. I Loved this root beer until exactly 2 min ago, it tasted very bitter and not at all like i remember it tasting. I tried my son’s bottle of cherry soda from the same company and it tasted even worse. a hard bitter after taste basically, like a dirt flavor instead of a slight earthy mellow. They have changed their recipe and i can’t drink it, I had to pour it out \\

  9. When I tried it I couldn’t get past the overwhelming flavor I can only describe as dusty. A weird, dusty taste permeated the taste and smell of it.

  10. I just gave the root beer another try, and to my surprise it tasted nothing like it did before. There’s no dusty, ashy taste, just a crisp, delicious root beer. Perhaps the one last time was from a bad batch, or was expired or some other variable?

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