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Abita Root Beer brings a good homey feel to your root beer drinking experience. Overall, a little below average for a premium drink, it is unfortunately a little weak in flavor. What you can taste however is good flavor.

Company: Abita Brewing Company, LLC – Abita Springs, LA
Phone: 800-737-2311

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Caramel Color, Root Beer Flavor, Phosphoric Acid.



A&W is a classic brew. Not trying to be flashy or unique it thrives on the fundamentals. It is a good solid all around root beer. It’s a brew that everyone can love, and can keep going back to time and again that will never disappoint.

Company: Dr Pepper Snapple Group – Rye Brook, NY
Phone: 800-696-5891

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar (glucose-fructose), caramel, sodium benzoate, natural and artificial flavours.



Barq’s has got a few things going for it. It is one of the only caffeinated root beers on the market. Of the mass market brews it also is the only one with a distinct licorice flavor. Though not gormet, Barq’s is a solid brew.

Company: Company: Barq’s, Inc. –  Atlanta, GA
Phone: 800-201-2653

Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sodium benzoate (to protect taste), citric acid, caffeine, artificial and natural flavors, acacia.


Boylan’s is what you want if you’re looking for a root beer with a burn. Other Boylan’s highlights are the pure cane sugar, and licorice like flavor. This is an all around solid brew but not one for a pansy drinker.

Company: Boylan Bottling Co. – Moonachie, NJ
Phone: 800-289-7978

Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, natural yucca extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate(preserves freshness).



Bulldog is definitely a premium brew. With a strong, smooth and consistent flavor, it is great all around. This is a brew that is a little sweeter than some, with a natural cane sugar taste. The vanilla and honey are a great touch.

Company: Orca Beverage Soda Works – Mukilteo, WA
Phone: 425-349-5655

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Honey, Maltodextrin, Natural and Artifical Flavors, Sodium Benozoate, Real Vanilla, Phosphoric Acid, Salt.



Bundaberg root beer is a root beer that probably has the most powerful flavors of those we have tested. With a huge variety of ingredients it makes a unique flavor. Bundaberg looks like and tastes like medicine.

Company: Bundaberg Brewed Drinks PTY LTD – Australia
Phone: +61 7 4154 5400

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Molasses, Ginger Root, Sarsaparilla Root, Licoricie, Root, Vanilla Bean, Yeast, Caramel Color, Citric Acid, Potassium Benzoate, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid and Root Beer Flavor.


Capt'n Eli's

Capt’n Eli’s is an enjoyable brew. It has a good strong attack, and with this brew it’s mark is the licorice like flavor caused by the anise. This is another good solid brew, not a true stand-out but one you can sit down and enjoy.

Company: Shipyard Brewing Company, LLC – Portland, ME
Phone: 800-BREW-ALE

Ingredients: Water, Cane Sugar, Caramel Coloring, Natural and Artifical Flavors, Including Wintergreen Oil, Anise, Vanilla, Spices, and Herbs; Citric Acid and Sodium Benozoate.



Dad’s Root Beer is marked by it’s mintyness. With a very light carbonation, it has a poor body, but at the same time could be an aquired taste for some, perhaps. Dad’s was not a favorite for us.

Company: Dad’s Root Beer Company, LLC – Jasper, IN
Phone: 812-634-7622

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Carmel Color, Sodium Benozoate, Citric Acid, Natural and Artifical Flavors.



Gray’s root beer is known for it’s sweet honey flavor. Though overall it is a very average root beer with a flavor that dies off quickly. Not a bad root beer by all means, but definitely not a stand out root beer at all.

Company: Gray Brewing Company – Janesville, WI
Phone: 608-754-5150

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Honey, Malt Dextrin, Citric Acid Natural Flavors, Caramel Coloring and Sodium Benzoate.



Hank’s Root Beer is a wonderfully consistent brew. It truly is a brew that almost defines perfection in the areas of attack and carbonation. A brew that tastes and looks like it belongs in the hands of royalty.

Company: Hanks Beverage Company – Trevose, PA
Phone: 800-289-4722

Ingredients: Filtered Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Caramel Color, Natural and Artifical Flavor, Sodium Benozoate, Quillaia and Yucca Extracts, Citric Acid and Acacia.

Henry Weinhard's

Henry Weinhard’s is a root beer that is a meal in itself. With flavor that gives you a small piece of heaven it is truly an incredible root beer. With a smooth blend of vanilla and honey be prepared to have your taste buds blown away.

Company: Blitz-Weinhard Gormet Soda Co. – Hood River, OR

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Vanilla Extract, Natural and Artifical Flavors, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Benozoate, Honey Essence Acacia Sassafras Extract



IBC Root Beer is your classic root beer. One that is it often a go-to for a root beer with a meal. Though it isn’t quite the quality of your premium root beers, it is definitely the Cadillac of your mass market root beers.

Company: Dr Pepper Snapple Group – Rye Brook, NY
Phone: 800-696-5891

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Food Starch – Modified, Citric Acid.



Killebrew Root Beer is definitely a unique brew. It is probably the most divisive of root beers yet. A taste that you will either LOVE or not like, Killebrew definitely puts the root in root beer with an earthy, musty, natural flavor.

Bottled by: Cold Spring Brewing Company – Cold Spring, MN
Phone: 763-323-8389

Ingredients: Glacial Mineral Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Pure Minnesota Honey, Carmel Color, Natural and Artifical Flavors, and Citric Acid.


O-So Butterscotch

O-So Butterscotch Root Beer could probably be better described as a Butter Beer with a hint of Root Beer. If you’re in the mood to visit Hogwarts with your taste buds, this is your Root Beer. Lots of flavor and VERY sweet.

Company: Orca Beverage, INC. Mukilteo, Washington
Phone: 425-349-5655

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, Vanilla Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (a preservative).


Point Premium

Point Premium is almost a light beer. Not necessarily in calories but in the way it sits with you. Great flavor but not heavy and not as prominent as you may like. With a meal this might be a top pick for you.

Company: Stevens Point Brewery – Stevens Point, WI
Phone: 800-369-4911

Ingredients: Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Vanilla and Real Wisconsin Honey.



Sprecher Root Beer is a quality root beer. Very heavy in its nature it is not to be consumed by the faint hearted. This root beer could be better, but would also be a great substitute for someone who has to wait a while for a meal.

Company: Sprecher Brewing Company – Glendale, WI
Phone: 414-964-7837

Ingredients: Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Glucose Syrup, Maltodextrin, WI Raw Honey, Natural and Artifical Flavors, Sodium Benozoate, Phosphoric Acid, Quillaia/Yucca Extract, Sodium Choloride, Caramel Color, and Vanilla.



Virgil’s is one of the most carbonated root beers we have tested. With a taste that is as unique as the ingredients it has in it, Virgil’s is no cookie cutter brew. A good solid brew, it might even be a favorite if you like a licorice taste.

Company: Reed’s, Inc. – LA, CA
Phone: 800-99-REEDS

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Unbleached Cane Sugar, Anise from Spain, Licorice from France, Vanilla (bourbon) from Madagascar, Cinnamon from Ceylon, Clove and Nutmeg from Indonesia, Wintergreen and Cassia Oil from China, Sweet Birch and Molasses from the US, Pimento Berry Oil from Jamaica, and Balsam Oil from Peru.