Oogavé Root Beer
Sweetener: Organic Agave Nectar
Bottled at: Denver, Colorado
Purchase Location: Rocket Fizz
Normally, before each root beer I taste test I become excited, thinking, “this might be an absolutely delectable drink.” That thought did not cross my mind prior to tasting Oogavé Root Beer. Instead I thought, “this is likely going to be terrible.” I know it is wrong to judge a book by its cover or a root beer by the fact that it has organic agave nectar instead of cane sugar or that it proudly announces it is gluten-free, low-glycemic, and vegan. However, I have not found sodas touting their healthy properties to be very pleasing to the palate. Nevertheless, despite my trepidation about Oogavé, I tried to keep an open mind going into the review.
Oogavé is very proud about its use of agave as a principal ingredient. The label shows reflective gold carbonation bubbles rising up around a group of agave leaves. It is because of those agave leaves, and the fact that Oogavé is sweetened by agave nectar, that the company’s website boasts, “We have yet to find a traditional soda that has less sugar than Oogavé.”
To some degree having less sugar is a positive. Unfortunately in this case, the result of less sugar was a very inadequately sweetened soda. Instead of sweet soda, Oogavé Root Beer came off as bitter. It also left my mouth feeling dry. Contrary to claims on its website that Oogavé Root Beer has a “classic root beer flavor … reminiscent of the good old days,” Oogavé does not have a traditional root beer flavor, but tastes of agave. The agave flavor is not long lasting, which is a good thing, because it does not taste great. Sadly, the agave flavor is replaced only with bitterness and a dry mouth. Perhaps sometimes you can judge a root beer by its label.
Overall Score: 3 of 10.