Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer
Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup
Bottled at: ??
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer is the gourmet root beer of my youth. My mother is a big root beer fan. Her go-to root beer was always A&W. However, occasionally she would betray her root beer loyalty and purchase Henry Weinhard’s. I also loved A&W, but looked forward to the intermittent Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer.
Because I have known this root beer for decades, I was surprised I was unable to find much information about it on the internet. The Henry Weinhard website highlights its alcoholic beverages, and mentions root beer only in passing in its discussion of the history of the brewery. During prohibition, Henry Weinhard’s premium sodas, syrups, and non-alcoholic beers kept the Portland, Oregon brewery afloat. According to Wikipedia, Henry Weinhard’s gourmet soda distribution is based out of Fort Worth, Texas.
I may be biased due to my preexisting relationship with Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer, but the Henry Wienhard’s label is well thought out and business like, conveying the image that this is a gourmet root beer that should be taken seriously. The label exhibits textured, antique root beer barrels, displays the stoic 19th Century portrait of root beer baron Henry Weinhard, and uses an eye-catching font to advertise its root beer. To pull it all together, Henry Weinhard’s black label gives it the air of a private reserve soda; like this is the root beer equivalent of the American Express Centurion Card, and you are lucky to have come into contact with one.
If you do come in contact with this root beer, what can you expect? First off, I do not regularly mention root beer head in my reviews, but the head on this root beer deserves mention. It is frothy, massive, and second to none. Quite impressive, really. As for the taste, Henry Weinhard’s is a three act play. The first act is an herbal and slightly bitter, but not unpleasant, root beer bite. The next act spotlights a deep, dark, rich caramel creaminess. Finally, Henry Weinhard’s leaves you with a pleasing, soft honey aftertaste. This is a play I would be happy to see again. Henry Weinhard’s hold’s itself together well, and provided me with a nice jaunt down memory lane.