Mike Likes Root Beer

My name is Mike Rastiello, and I like root beer. I like root beer so much that I started this blog dedicated to root beer reviews because I don't have enough to do apparently.

My favorite root beer is Stewart's, but the best root beer I've had (so far) is Henry Weinhard’s.

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Ratings: 5 stars | 4 stars | 3 stars | 2 stars | 1 star

Mike's Picks

Oct 27 '13
Root Beer: Palio Pizzeria Root BeerWebsite: http://www.paliopizzeria.com/menu/Rating: **/***** 
A few weeks ago I was on vacation with my wife on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We decided to go to a pizza place in Hyannis, called Palio Pizzeria.
Root beer is my favorite drink to have with pizza, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they sold their own root beer.
However, once I got my hands on the bottle I realized it was a private label root beer that they bought and attach their own branding to.
I was really let down by this root beer. It poured out flat, with no head. It was a mediocre root beer that had no real defining flavor.

Root Beer: Palio Pizzeria Root Beer
Website: http://www.paliopizzeria.com/menu/
Rating: **/***** 

A few weeks ago I was on vacation with my wife on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We decided to go to a pizza place in Hyannis, called Palio Pizzeria.

Root beer is my favorite drink to have with pizza, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they sold their own root beer.

However, once I got my hands on the bottle I realized it was a private label root beer that they bought and attach their own branding to.

I was really let down by this root beer. It poured out flat, with no head. It was a mediocre root beer that had no real defining flavor.

Tags: root beer 2 stars palio pizzeria root beer

Aug 25 '13
Root Beer: Dublin Texas Root BeerWebsite: http://dublinbottlingworks.nrostores.com/dublin-texas-root-beer-12oz.htmlRating: ***/***** 
I was pretty excited when I turned the corner in H.E.B. and saw a huge display of Dublin sodas.
For those of you who don’t live in Texas, Dublin is where the infamous Dublin Dr. Pepper was produced using pure Texas cane sugar. Due to a lawsuit from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Dublin Dr. Pepper is no longer produced.
Luckily the plant has since started producing their own sodas, including Dublin Texas Root Beer.
Dublin Texas Root beer poured into my cold mug with a dark color, and very large foamy head.
It didn’t have anything that made it stand out, but it did have a really good taste. It’s just missing that little something to really deliver a punch. Because of that I can only give it 3 stars, but it is definitely a root beer I’d drink often.

Root Beer: Dublin Texas Root Beer
Website: http://dublinbottlingworks.nrostores.com/dublin-texas-root-beer-12oz.html
Rating: ***/***** 

I was pretty excited when I turned the corner in H.E.B. and saw a huge display of Dublin sodas.

For those of you who don’t live in Texas, Dublin is where the infamous Dublin Dr. Pepper was produced using pure Texas cane sugar. Due to a lawsuit from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Dublin Dr. Pepper is no longer produced.

Luckily the plant has since started producing their own sodas, including Dublin Texas Root Beer.

Dublin Texas Root beer poured into my cold mug with a dark color, and very large foamy head.

It didn’t have anything that made it stand out, but it did have a really good taste. It’s just missing that little something to really deliver a punch. Because of that I can only give it 3 stars, but it is definitely a root beer I’d drink often.

6 notes Tags: root beer dublin texas root beer 3 stars

Jul 10 '13
Root Beer:  Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda Creamy Root BeerWebsite: http://www.hansens.com/us/en/products/soda/hansens-soda/creamy-root-beer/Rating: ***/***** 
Unfortunately it seems like I’ve ran out of root beer in glass bottles in my area to review, so I’m working on aluminum cans.
I picked up Hansen’s Creamy Root Beer in a Sprouts grocery store. I was hoping Sprouts would have a few selections like Whole Foods did, but that was not the case.
This root beer poured out in a medium color and was very foamy.
It had a creamy, but sharp taste, which was a first for me.
It wasn’t a bad root beer, but it’s definitely in the average category.

Root Beer:  Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda Creamy Root Beer
Website: http://www.hansens.com/us/en/products/soda/hansens-soda/creamy-root-beer/
Rating: ***/***** 

Unfortunately it seems like I’ve ran out of root beer in glass bottles in my area to review, so I’m working on aluminum cans.

I picked up Hansen’s Creamy Root Beer in a Sprouts grocery store. I was hoping Sprouts would have a few selections like Whole Foods did, but that was not the case.

This root beer poured out in a medium color and was very foamy.

It had a creamy, but sharp taste, which was a first for me.

It wasn’t a bad root beer, but it’s definitely in the average category.

Tags: Hansen's Root Beer root beer 3 stars

May 9 '13
Root Beer: Hill Country Fare Root Beer Soda (HEB Grocery Store brand)Website: No siteRating: **/***** 
I’ve been staying away from root beer in cans, but I’m starting to hit my limit of root beer in bottles in the San Antonino area. I’m going to have to start ordering them on the internet!
First up is Hill Country Fare Root Beer Soda which is one of the HEB Grocery Store brands.
This root beer pours out in a dark color with a big foamy head. It has a sharp taste, and kind of bitter.
This was not a very good root beer. It has high fructose corn syrup, which is to be expected from a cheap store brand. It is also not creamy.
This root beer was a let down. It’s been a while since I’ve had one this poor.

Root Beer: Hill Country Fare Root Beer Soda (HEB Grocery Store brand)
Website: No site
Rating: **/***** 

I’ve been staying away from root beer in cans, but I’m starting to hit my limit of root beer in bottles in the San Antonino area. I’m going to have to start ordering them on the internet!

First up is Hill Country Fare Root Beer Soda which is one of the HEB Grocery Store brands.

This root beer pours out in a dark color with a big foamy head. It has a sharp taste, and kind of bitter.

This was not a very good root beer. It has high fructose corn syrup, which is to be expected from a cheap store brand. It is also not creamy.

This root beer was a let down. It’s been a while since I’ve had one this poor.

Tags: Hill Country Fare Root Beer Soda root beer heb hill country fare 2 stars

Mar 22 '13
Root Beer: Trade Joe’s Vintage Root BeerWebsite: http://www.traderjoes.com/ (No better site found)Rating: ***/***** 
My wife and I recently discovered Trader Joe’s. There wasn’t one in Houston when we lived there, and it took us a while to get to the one in San Antonio once we moved here.
We have loved just about everything that we’ve bought from the store, and the root beer is no different.
Trader Joe’s Vintage Root Beer pours out in a dark red color with a big foamy head. It has a crisp, sharp taste, and is a lot like birch beer. It has a full flavor and the wintergreen and pure cane sugar are very welcomed.
I wouldn’t say that Trader Joe’s Vintage Root Beer is one of my favorites, but it is a good middle of the road root beer.
I’m also a big fan of the label design.

Root Beer: Trade Joe’s Vintage Root Beer
Website: http://www.traderjoes.com/ (No better site found)
Rating: ***/***** 

My wife and I recently discovered Trader Joe’s. There wasn’t one in Houston when we lived there, and it took us a while to get to the one in San Antonio once we moved here.

We have loved just about everything that we’ve bought from the store, and the root beer is no different.

Trader Joe’s Vintage Root Beer pours out in a dark red color with a big foamy head. It has a crisp, sharp taste, and is a lot like birch beer. It has a full flavor and the wintergreen and pure cane sugar are very welcomed.

I wouldn’t say that Trader Joe’s Vintage Root Beer is one of my favorites, but it is a good middle of the road root beer.

I’m also a big fan of the label design.

Tags: root beer trader joe's vintage root beer 3 stars

Dec 12 '12
Root Beer: Maine Root Root BeerWebsite: http://maineroot.com/sodas/root-beer/Rating: ****/***** 
Maine Root Root Beer, the root beer so good they named it… No, that doesn’t work.
Maine Root Root Beer is a really good root beer. It’s very light in color, and foamy when I poured it into a frosty cold mug.
It doesn’t have a very sharp bite, however it is missing something. I’m just not sure what that is.
Maine Root Root Beer is a definite buy. I’ve seen it in a few grocery stores (mostly Whole Foods) and in the fountains in some restaurants.

Root Beer: Maine Root Root Beer
Website: http://maineroot.com/sodas/root-beer/
Rating: ****/***** 

Maine Root Root Beer, the root beer so good they named it… No, that doesn’t work.

Maine Root Root Beer is a really good root beer. It’s very light in color, and foamy when I poured it into a frosty cold mug.

It doesn’t have a very sharp bite, however it is missing something. I’m just not sure what that is.

Maine Root Root Beer is a definite buy. I’ve seen it in a few grocery stores (mostly Whole Foods) and in the fountains in some restaurants.

1 note Tags: root beer maine root root beer 4 stars

Nov 27 '12
Root Beer: Boylan Bottleworks Root BeerWebsite: http://www.boylanbottling.com/Rating: ****/*****
I’ve reviewed Boylan’s Root Beer before, however it was before my more “in depth” reviews.
Boylan poured into a frosty mug with a light brown color, almost reddish brown with zero head.
It was creamy but not overly so. There was also a unique taste, most likely thanks to the yucca.
Big plus for the real sugar, too.
Not much has changed from my initial review. Boylan’s is still a 4 star and one of the better root beers that I’ve tried.

Root Beer: Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer
Website: http://www.boylanbottling.com/
Rating: ****/*****

I’ve reviewed Boylan’s Root Beer before, however it was before my more “in depth” reviews.

Boylan poured into a frosty mug with a light brown color, almost reddish brown with zero head.

It was creamy but not overly so. There was also a unique taste, most likely thanks to the yucca.

Big plus for the real sugar, too.

Not much has changed from my initial review. Boylan’s is still a 4 star and one of the better root beers that I’ve tried.

Tags: boylan bottleworks root beer root beer 4 stars

Nov 26 '12
Root Beer: Sprecher Root BeerWebsite: http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/soda.phpRating: ****/***** 
Sprecher Root Beer poured into my frosty mug with a dark color and with a small foamy head.
There was a faint taste of honey, but not enough to overpower the taste which was unique, but in a pleasant way. It was also very creamy, which is a big bonus. The inclusion of fake sugar was less so, but not totally a deal breaker.
Sprecher is a definite buy again.

Root Beer: Sprecher Root Beer
Website: http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/soda.php
Rating: ****/***** 

Sprecher Root Beer poured into my frosty mug with a dark color and with a small foamy head.

There was a faint taste of honey, but not enough to overpower the taste which was unique, but in a pleasant way. It was also very creamy, which is a big bonus. The inclusion of fake sugar was less so, but not totally a deal breaker.

Sprecher is a definite buy again.

4 notes Tags: Specher Root Beer root beer 4 stars

Oct 16 '12
hellamike:

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this.

hellamike:

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this.

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Sep 20 '12
hellamike:

Dad’s Root Beer Candy. Yes please. (Taken with Instagram)

hellamike:

Dad’s Root Beer Candy. Yes please. (Taken with Instagram)

8 notes (via mikerastiello)Tags: root beer dad's root beer