Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Kutztown Sarsaparilla is the third, and perhaps last, Kutztown soda to be reviewed in this site. In addition to Kutztown Root Beer, Kutztown Birch Beer, and Kutztown Sarsaparilla, Kutztown makes a white birch beer and a diet birch beer. However, Kutztown White Root Beer is sold only in plastic bottles, and Kutztown Diet Birch Beer is, well, a diet soda.
I must say that even though all three Kutztown beverages have the same label, albeit in a different color for each soda, I still really like the label. The German tone set by the lettering and overall look of the label just makes sense for root beer, birch beer, and sarsaparilla. Moreover, using the German phrase “Nix Besser,” translated to “Nothing Better” or “None Better,” on the label was a brilliant decision, regardless of whether the phrase is accurate. Like the other two Kutztown soda’s reviewed here, there is a short poem or jingle found on Kutztown Sarsaparilla’s label which states:
Ward off your thirst with an ice cold mug of Kutztown Sarsaparilla…always a sign of good luck and good taste anytime it’s enjoyed. Ach now, don’t that drink good?
Does it drink good? Kutztown Sarsaparilla tastes like root beer. It has a strong herbal root beer bite. The root beer bite is capped of with a cola flavor. The result is a soda that tastes more like root beer than sarsaparilla. Like other Kutztown sodas, Kutztown Sarsaparilla is satisfactory, but is nothing to write home about.
Overall Score: 6 of 10.