Category Archives: 4 out of 10

Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer

Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer

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Website: http://www.realsoda.com

Sweetener: 100% Cane Sugar

Bottled at: Bristol, Rhode Island

Purchase Location: Total Wine & More

Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer is one of several root beers made under the California company Real soda in Real Bottles, Inc.’s business umbrella.  Recognizing that Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer really can’t be Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer unless it is made in Rhode Island, Empire Bottling Works bottles the brew for Real Soda in Bristol, Rhode Island.  This “Olde” root beer is made from an old New England recipe.  I hope that old New England recipe is in fact an old Rhode Island, New England Recipe, and not a Vermont, New England recipe masquerading as a Rhode Island root beer.

The label for this root beer is as simple and bland as a label can be.  The  message it coveys is, “We are so Olde that our label was created at a time before people realized there was value in advertising, and in making one’s product look interesting, appealing, or desirable.”  The label displays an image of what I believe to be a poorly drawn pitcher, which appears to have a tail, sitting in front of a root beer stained background.  Not very enticing, but not at all relevant to the actual taste of the brew.

I expected Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer to have a dark, heavy flavor based on molasses being the headline ingredient.  In actual fact, it had quite a light flavor.  Two flavors dominate this root beer, wintergreen and molasses.  The wintergreen gives the root beer a light, bubbly, and slightly biting air, while the molasses under-girds the wintergreen with a slightly stronger molasses bite.  Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer tastes somewhat unique, but is not delicious.  I must point out that several other root beer review websites enjoyed this brew much more than I.   Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer does have a molasses taste, so if you like wintergreen and molasses, you should give this soda a try.

Overall Score: 4 of 10.

Waialua Root Beer

Waialua Root Beer

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Website: http://www.waialuasodaworks.com/

Sweetener: Sugar Blend (cane sugar and Maui natural white cane sugar)

Bottled at: Waialua, Hawaii

Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket

Waialua Root Beer has a winning presentation.  It flaunts its Hawaiianness with delectable sounding ingredients like Maui natural white cane sugar and  Hawaiian vanilla extract, with the image of a hula dancer on both the label and the bottle cap, and with the promise that its root beer is made with the “finest Hawaiian quality.”  Hawaii is a most excellent place, and there is no reason to believe this Hawaiian root beer will be anything less than fantastic.

Unfortunately, the soda does not live up to its presentation.  I like the clear bottle the root beer comes in, showing the color of the root beer.  However, perhaps the very light brown shade of the soda seen through the clear glass should have been a warning sign.  Not only is the color of the soda much lighter than the typical root beer, but its taste is as well.  Waialua is fairly bland and watery.  There just is not much going on with this soda.  It isn’t terrible, but it is not a root beer I would go out of my way to have again.

Overall Score: 4 of 10.

Dog n Suds Root Beer

Dog n Suds Root Beer

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Website: http://supplies.dog-n-suds.com/page.php?5

Obtained at Raley’s Supermarket

Dog n Suds hearkens back to the days when hamburgers and soda were delivered to your car by rollerskating waiter dogs, as it claims to be “Drive-In Style” root beer.  Those were the days!  Dog n Suds has been making root beer for over 45 years. The brand started as a drive-in  hot dog stand in Michigan.  In their heyday, they grew to over 50 locations in the state of Michigan.  Today, two original locations remain open.

The root beer has a nice bottle, displaying a frosty glass root beer mug and a hot dog being delivered by the aforementioned dog waiter.

The root beer initially has a pleasant, soft vanilla flavor.  Unfortunately that flavor lasts for only a fleeting moment.  Almost instantly, the flavor is gone and you’re left with the flavorless liquid in your mouth.  You think “hey that flavor was kind of good, where did it go?  I want it back.”  But you won’t get it back, not until the next sip, and then it will be immediately gone once again.

 Overall Score: 4 of 10.