Bundaberg Root Beer

Bundaberg Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Obtained at Costco
Bundaberg Root Beer is Austrailian root beer.  Does Australia have any other root beer brands?  Who knows?
Bundaberg comes in a “stubby” bottle with a kangaroo on the label and a pull tab top.  Nearly perfect so far.  The initial taste of the root beer improves the experience.  Cane sugar, molasses, ginger root, sarsaparilla root, licorice root, and vanilla bean combine to deliver a delicious licorice flavor.
Now it is time for a root beer flashback.  My only attempt to make homemade root beer took place in college with my friend Jacob.  We made several attempts to make root beer using yeast to carbonate the soda.  A 3 liter bottle from one batch was aging in my dark bedroom closet when it suddenly exploded, covering everything in sticky liquid.  But even worse, and much to our dismay, our homemade root beer was never successful because it always tasted too yeasty.
Flash forward to my Bundaburg tasting.  All of the sudden I recognize a strong yeast flavor.  It overcomes the licorice taste and any other good qualities possessed by Bundaberg.  Unfortunately, like my homemade root beer, this yeasty soda is irredeemable.
Overall Score: 2 of 10.

4 thoughts on “Bundaberg Root Beer

  1. I didnt notice any yeasty flavour either. Australia doesnt really have “root beer” as you americans know it (we dont have wintergreen in australia). We do have a LOT of sarsaprilla though. Again, its very different to your sarsaparilla. Where North America uses wintergreen as the primary flavour, we use anise. All of our sarsaparillas are HEAVY on anise. I am not really a fan of them. To be honest, bundaberg sarsaparilla is our best one because it has the LEAST anise flavour to it. Its only labeled “root beer” outside of australia, here its labelled Sarsaparilla.

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    1. Thanks for your post. I am hoping to get my hands on other Australian root beers like Angus O’Neil’s Root Beer and Bickford’s Old Style Sarsaparilla. Let me know if there are others I should try.


  2. The best bottled* sarsaparilla that’s commercially available ranked dead last, words fail me.
    We do have a handcrafted local (Portland, OR) root beer that gives Bundaberg a bit of a run for its money; but, not being bottled, it may only be enjoyed “in-house” unless one cares to purchase an entire keg.


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