Hank’s Premium Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Trevose, Pennsylvania
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
First things first, Hank’s sodas have the best looking bottles around. From the embossed name “Hank’s” protruding from the base of the neck, to the ridges running along both the top and bottom of the body of the bottle, to the main label and the mini label on the neck of the bottle, Hank’s has a classy presentation which lets you know they take their root beer seriously and so should you. The label has the appearance of a thinly pressed gold, metal medallion. The label is the perfect look for an unquestionably premium root beer.
Hank’s was developed from an old Philadelphia root beer recipe, which is should carry some prestige, as the Hank’s website claims that Philadelphia is the birthplace of root beer. I have no idea what that claim is based on, but Philadelphia was the birthplace of the United States of America, so why not root beer as well? Although the recipe Hank’s is made from may be old, Hank’s is a relative newcomer to the root beer market. Hank’s Root Beer was introduced by Hank’s Beverage Company in 1996. Hank’s took off after finding success in Philadelphia restaurants, and is now available all over the country.
There is some overlap between root beer and cream soda genres. Hank’s straddles that line. Hank’s is a sweet and very creamy root beer. It has the vanilla tones you would expect from a cream soda, which blends with its cream soda flavor. Initially, I thought that Hank’s, although quite good, should be classified as a cream soda rather than a root beer. However, the cream soda flavor does give way to a caramel root beer finish. Regardless of whether Hank’s is more root beer or cream soda, it has both flavors and is quite tasty. I would recommend Hank’s to anyone, especially any cream soda lovers.
Overall Score: 8 of 10.