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steveu
09-02-2002, 02:07 PM
How would you compare Hires, Barq's and IBC? Also, I found (but didn't try) "Dad's Root Beer" in Huntsville yesterday. Anyone tried that?

Please rate all the root beers you've tried. Thanks.

RunWithDaLilGuy
09-02-2002, 02:18 PM
i think dad's root beer is terrible.

i haven't seen hires in forever because when pepsi bought mug root beer, they stopped bottling a&w root beer and so 7up took that over and stopped bottling hires, therefore, i haven't seen or had a hires rootbeer in ages, i actually yearn for one.

i'm not a barq's fan.

IBC is aaaaaaaaaaaalright.

a&w is great.

So is GOose Island/Frosttop.

chrisok
09-02-2002, 02:23 PM
Of the four you mentioned, I'd have to rate IBC #1, Dad's #2, Barq's #3, and Hire's #4. My favorite is A&W at the restaurant in a one gallon jug.

steveu
09-02-2002, 03:23 PM
Yeaaahhh, A&W on tap IS good.

Ok, so it's...

Mug
Hires
Barq's
A&W
IBC
Goose Island/Frost Top?

Please continue, friends.

SURGE
09-02-2002, 04:01 PM
Never had Hires, Dad's is OK, IBC is pretty good but very rare. MUG is total horse ****, Barq's is good for a cheap soda. A&W fountain style in a big class mug. Its just heavenly thinking about it. So but even in a bottle or can its still #1. But Barq's does have bite ;)

Hacksaw
11-28-2002, 06:48 PM
The best Root Beers IMHO, in no particluar order:

Abita
Boylan's
Frostie
Stewart's
Route 66
Dog N' Suds(nothing to do with bathtime for Fido!)
Milligan's Island
Henry Weinhard's

A&W is the best mass production RB, but down a notch from the 1975 launch product. I liked Ramblin', but it's gone. Barq's and Hires can be good on tap, but only fair in cans or bottles. Sam's choice was one of the better generics. Barq's was better before CC bought them.

[ 11-28-2002, 07:29 PM: Message edited by: Hacksaw ]

bigrich
11-28-2002, 07:01 PM
Here's my opinion:
1. Hires
2. Briars
3. Frostie
4. Barqs
5. I.B.C
6. A&W
7. Dads
American Bottlings is like water without fizz.
8. Mug (Pepsi's "On-Tap" was better)
Mug tastes like dish soap!

bigrich
11-28-2002, 07:04 PM
I have seen Ramblin Rootbeer in Central Illinois recently I believe. I'll keep my eyes open next time I'm there.

drpep
11-28-2002, 08:44 PM
www.annoyances.com (http://www.annoyances.com) Click on Root Beer.

BottleBoss
11-29-2002, 08:23 AM
Here is my opinion on the subject. In no particular order:
1. Sprecher
2. Goose Island
3. Berghoffs
4. A&W out of the tap
5. Hanks
6. Henry Weinhards
7. Howies
There are a few others I can't remember right now.

yumsoda
12-03-2002, 01:03 AM
Lemme add mine (in no order):
Abita
Sparky's
Sprechers
Frostie

Gary C
12-03-2002, 09:40 AM
1. Hires
2. Boylan's Creamy Red
3. Stewart's
4. A&W
5. Barq's

Fixx
12-03-2002, 02:06 PM
In no particular order I would have to say:
-Hanks
-Henry Weinhards
-Abita
-BJ's Chicago Pizza Rootbeer. (goes great with their pizza)
-Barq's from Baton Rouge because it is pure cane sugar and not the mass produced garbage of Coke

Later

Hacksaw
12-08-2002, 11:19 PM
Silly me. I forgot Frostop, a great Root Beer. If you like maple, then Tommyknocker is good.

sodasommelier
12-20-2002, 03:05 AM
I'll rate the root beers in glass bottles:

Sparky's
Bavarian Nutmeg Virgil's
Abita
Root 66
Rat Bastard
Sprecher
Virgil's
Dad's [cane sugar]
Mason's
Frostie
Pearson Brothers
Hires
Barrel Brothers
Berghoff
AJ Stephans
Boylans
Empire
Hank's
Sioux City
Hosmer
A&W cane sugar
Henry Weinhard's
Pirate's Keg
Fitz's
X Root Beer
Milligan's Island
Hot Rod
Cool Mountain
Mystic Seaport
Jack Black's
IBC
Dr. Brown's
Journey Shenandoah Sassafras
Stewart's

Really, it's amazing anyone would ever buy a canned root beer with so many great ones in bottles...

fusion
04-23-2003, 04:43 PM
I found Abita at a nearby liquor store. I was suprised to find that it was a pretty subtle root beer, with no unique taste. Is this how the stuff tastes, or did I buy an old batch?

teamtitan512
04-23-2003, 07:04 PM
A&W.....oh yeah....A&W is the best root beer I've had, I had Boylan's, Frostie, and Sprecher, and they just weren't the same to me. I guess I have cheap tastebuds.

I can drink Barq's, but I prefer A&W. I hate Mug. I do wish that Coke would drop Barq's though, and pick up A&W. Used to be easier to obtain, as when it was Coke, I could get it easier. It is very hard finding products from the 3rd wheel when Dr Pepper or 7-Up wasn't under its control. Now 7-Up is, and availability isn't getting any easier. Markets have very little A&W around, and finding in a C-store up here is next to impossible, mostly just Pepsi, and a little Coke.

KanKing
04-24-2003, 06:22 PM
My favorite Root Beers are:
1. Sams Choice
2. Shasta
3. Giant super market Brand
4. Weis super market brand
5. Diet A&W with aspartame. MMMmmmmm.
They're all good!

AzamHussain
12-09-2003, 02:35 PM
Out of what you listed, I'd put IBC at the top. But there are definitely better root beers out there that made me wonder what the hell I was drinking out of those IBC bottles.

1. Harpoon's Vermont Draft
2. Hank's
3. Sprecher
4. Berghoff

A lot of people have mentioned Stewart's which baffles me. I find it to be pretty weak and sugary.

cph
12-12-2003, 07:44 PM
http://www.root-beer.info/brews/brewmain.html

this guy likes Hank's but hates the "weird" herbal brews....

cph
12-12-2003, 07:50 PM
http://www.wurlington-bros.com/rbeer/Round1.html
(with "rounds" of testing)

Jonsson8
12-13-2003, 06:22 PM
I've only tried two, Root Beer isn't very wellknown here in Sweden!

A&W was good (tried this in the US)
Old Keg was good (found this in Sweden but it's an American brand)

Here's a link to the latter, nobody has mentioned in this thread so maybe it's not very well known?

http://www.annoyances.com/rb/old_keg.shtml

drpep
12-14-2003, 09:01 PM
Originally posted by dr pepperman:
www.annoyances.com (http://www.annoyances.com) Click on Root Beer. Posted over a year ago.

Ron
12-17-2003, 02:08 PM
Lyons from a fountain keg was best (40 years ago in LA area)
Next - A&W in store
A&W cans
Dads

A&W - best diet RB

Robot
12-17-2003, 02:17 PM
Going to have to agree with many...

#1 - Goose Island (this stuff is amazing!)
#2 - A&W Draft Root Beer from Store

#3 - A&W
#4 - Barq's
#5 - IBC


I really love that Goose Island , however... and A&W/Barqs are both very good. Recently got some Hires when I was out in Rockford, IL.. but must say I dont think its all that amazing.

Never was a huge fan of Dad's or Mug.

XLS_03
12-18-2003, 06:12 PM
nobody mentioned Ramblin' root beer, that's Coke's flagship root beer brand.

BottleBoss
12-19-2003, 08:42 AM
You all need to try BullDog Root Beer. Thats my favorite now. Very Good. A&W tasting but creamier. Get some.

RunWithDaLilGuy
12-19-2003, 08:23 PM
ramblin's practically dead unless you go to an old fountain and see the sticker. i never see ramblin, it's always barq's which is crap in my eyes.