Kutztown Root Beer
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Purchase Location: World Market
Kutztown Root Beer comes to us thanks to Kutztown Bottling Works which has been bottling beverages since 1851 in the small town – population 5,012 as of the 2010 census – of Kutztown Pennsylvania. The Kutztown label is eye-catching, due in large part to its German influence. The bottle advertises, in a very German font, that it is made with the “Original Premium Recipe.” The label further states, not only in a very German font but also in actual German, “Nix Besser” – “Nothing Better” or “None Better.” This German influence makes sense, since, according to Wikipedia, 91.6% of Kutztownians have German ancestry. This German influence also bodes well for my expectations of Kutztown Root Beer. It feels like Germans should be expert root beer brewers. I do not know if that is actually the case. Germans may hate root beer, but it just seems like they should be adept in the craft of producing large amounts of frothy, exquisite root beer.
Although not the exquisite root beer I believe German-Americans are capable of making, Kutztown is a good root beer. The root beer initially has a fairly strong bite with vanilla and anise flavors. Subsequent sips are not as strong as the first, but the soda did not taste watered down. This soda lacks a little bit of direction, but is worth a drink. Oh, by the way let me know if you can decipher the meaning of the following message found on the back of the label:
– When you’re bad for something mighty good reach for a foamy mug of Kutztown Root Beer! Tastes chust like old-fashioned, ’cause you know we make it that way. Drink ’til you ouch, there’s more back!
Overall Score: 6 of 10.