Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane sugar, Caramel Color, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium Benzoate
Smell: Mild wintergreen smell from the bottle with a nice hint of vanilla. Once poured the smell becomes somewhat bitter with more of a molasses vibe
Carbonation: Nicely balanced carbonation that provides a good bite without overpowering the flavor and without feeling flat
Color: Dark brown, almost black
Head: Medium head that is very fizzy and long lasting
Flavor: The flavor is mostly wintergreen and licorice. It is pretty inoffensive, but also nothing especially impressive. It also leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste
Conclusion: Judge Wapner Root Beer is the definition of an average brew. The average flavor and slightly unpleasant aftertaste are what keep this brew from moving ahead of the pack. That said, the foamy head would make this a fine choice for a root beer float. The vanilla in the float would also help smooth out the aftertaste. This would probably be a fine brew for most people and would work well with a meal since the flavor is not one that you will want to savor by itself.
RBR’s Grade- C