Waialua Root Beer
Sweetener: Sugar Blend (cane sugar and Maui natural white cane sugar)
Bottled at: Waialua, Hawaii
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
Waialua Root Beer has a winning presentation. It flaunts its Hawaiianness with delectable sounding ingredients like Maui natural white cane sugar and Hawaiian vanilla extract, with the image of a hula dancer on both the label and the bottle cap, and with the promise that its root beer is made with the “finest Hawaiian quality.” Hawaii is a most excellent place, and there is no reason to believe this Hawaiian root beer will be anything less than fantastic.
Unfortunately, the soda does not live up to its presentation. I like the clear bottle the root beer comes in, showing the color of the root beer. However, perhaps the very light brown shade of the soda seen through the clear glass should have been a warning sign. Not only is the color of the soda much lighter than the typical root beer, but its taste is as well. Waialua is fairly bland and watery. There just is not much going on with this soda. It isn’t terrible, but it is not a root beer I would go out of my way to have again.