Sunday, November 4, 2012

Kutztown root beer

Background information: (from the website) "The KUTZTOWN BOTTLING WORKS INC. has the distinction of being one of Kutztown's oldest continually operated businesses. In 1851, Ed Immel began bottling beverages from an excellent spring near Main St. & Constitution Blvd. until 1888, when he sold the business to Cyrus Rhode and his son John."

(from the bottle - and yes, I spelled it exactly as shown on the bottle) "When you're bad for something mighty good, reach for a foamy mug of Kutztown Root Beer!  Tastes chust like old-fashioned, 'cause you know we make it that way.  Drink 'til you ouch, there's more back."

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  Bottled under the authority of Kutztown Soda works, Kutztown, PA 19530.  160 calories, 39g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Triple-filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavo, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), yucca extractives and acacia.

My thoughts: In life, there are winners and losers.  And then there are those that fall somewhere in between, quickly fading from memory.  That's how I feel about this root beer.  It has a so-so root beer taste, moderately artificial and of average strength.  Hints of additional herbs, spices, or flavorings are completely absent.  The flavor falls off pretty rapidly, with no aftertaste other than a smidgen of soda water flavor.  Sweetness is likewise just as blah and the carbonation, which shouldn't be a surprise considering the precedence set by the other attributes, is perfectly mediocre.  For some reason, all the average plainness adds up to a decidedly less than average experience.  At least most of the less-than-good root beers I've had failed because they were trying to do something different or extraordinary, but it just didn't work out.  This root beer is worse for not even attempting to achieve greatness, instead settling for being a nobody in the world of root beers.

Rating: D
flavor: D+
aftertaste: F+
sweetness: C
smoothness: C-
carbonation: C

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