Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Whitestone, NY
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
Sioux City Sarsaparilla is a soda with an Old West vibe. Instead of a paper label, the dark brown bottle has the image of a cowboy walking through the swinging doors of a Wild West saloon printed right on it. The words “SIOUX CITY” are embossed at the bottom of the neck of the bottle. Although Sioux City also sells a root beer soda, Sioux City Sarsaparilla claims to be “The Granddaddy of all Root Beers.” I checked to make sure Sioux City Root Beer does not make the same claim. It does not. So, if you are looking for “The Granddaddy of all Root Beers” DO NOT DRINK SIOUX CITY ROOT BEER! Drink Sioux City Sarsaparilla.
This sarsaparilla has a soft flavor. No strong flavors or bite here. The most prominent flavor is a light and smooth wintergreen. The wintergreen becomes recognizable just after the initial root beer flavor reaches your tongue, and lingers after all other tangs have dissipated. The wintergreen is pleasant, but I wish the soda had more complexity, more flavors, and more bite. If you just want a mild, smooth wintergreen soda, this may be the drink for you. For me, although the flavor was good, I was looking for more.
Overall Score: 6 of 10.