Feb 032016

Point Premium Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalMy sister first bought this for me when I was at BYU. I had a four pack and put it in the back of the fridge on the top shelf until I was ready to review it a few days later. When I dug it out I noticed that the bottles had frozen, burst their seals, and had leaked root beer below. It was a total loss. I went back to the store she bought them from and they weren’t there. It would be months before I finally found this again. Their big gimmick is that their founder, Nicholas C. Point, had some sort of pointy head or hair or something. Though, they only talk about that on the back of the label. Going by the photo, he also has a pure white chin so I don’t know why they didn’t go with White Chin Premium Root Beer. Ol’ Nic was probably sensitive about the whole albino chin and poked people who mentioned it with his pointy noggin. After while they got the “point” and focused on what he was proud of. They talk up their using the “finest sugars” but the ingredients lists that as “cane sugar and/or fructose corn sweetener”. More importantly though, is the use of honey. As an aside, this brew is made near where my great grandparents settled when they first emigrated to the US. Now, back to the point of this review.

The point of this root beer is a delicious, sweet Body with all the right stuff, a medium frothy Head that sticks around for awhile, a nice but not very spicy Bite, and a pleasant Aftertaste of vanilla and honey.

Yup, I love this stuff. They have earned the right to call it Premium Root Beer. The label boasts the Beverage Tasting Institute’s Gold Medal Winner, but I’ll one up that with Eric’s Seal of Approval. It is clear that when the standards for good root beer were laid down, they didn’t miss the point. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs

Jan 272016

Thomas Kemper Root Beer Bottle One of the first five gourmet root beers I ever had. I can’t remember when I first saw it show up at Safeway, but it was after I had fallen in love with Henry’s yet before I became The Root Beer Gourmet that I am. I almost never got it since I had Henry’s (spoiler alert: I liked the Henry’s more), even though this was made with pure Washington honey. With my small sample size (four or five root beers at that point) I was wondering if all quality root beers would be named after somebody. Another special thing about this brew is that it was one of four brews in my blind taste test. You see, someone at my work said that all of my root beer preference was just hot air and I really couldn’t tell the difference. So I went home got a bottle of Henry’s, a bottle of this, a plastic bottle of A&W, and Safeway Select in a can and had my family administer the blind taste test. I correctly identified each root beer, and reported back to my coworker in the sort of taunts you’d expect from a 17 year old working on a farm.

A better than average brew but nothing spectacular. Nice Body, Bite, Head, and Aftertaste. Good on everything but not great on any of them.

And the sort of writing you’d expect from one of my earliest of early reviews. It was creamy with a nice honey flavor as well, but below Henry’s in all aspects. It’s plenty good all around and doesn’t really have any thing wrong with it, so it’s fine for floats and meals and what not. It just had the misfortune of being in the shadow of something greater. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Jan 202016

Berghoff Root Beer Bottle I ignored this brew for quite some time, thinking that I’d already tried it and that it was no good. My parents even bought me a few bottles and I was all secretly put out since why would they buy me bad root beer. Well they were buying me new root beer. What I’d had was Berghoff Famous Root Beer which if you followed the link will notice has a different label and slightly different name. It also has different ingredients and nutritional info, which I only found out when I dug out that bottle to write the long overdue post on it. I’m sorry Mom and Dad, you knew what you were doing all along. Clearly the people at Berghoff realized they had a poor brew on their hands and set about to remedy it. Despite having reviewed 260+ root beers at this point, this still has some new ingredients including ethyl alcohol and triethyl citrate. They must not put much alcohol in it because it sells as a soda and doesn’t list an alcohol percentage on the side. I’m going with it’s perfectly legit for all ages, creeds, religions, etc.

The Body is sweet and caramely with a good sassafras flavor and some vanilla undertones. But, something seems a little out of place, some faint thing under the surface. The Bite is pretty good with some cinnamon that doesn’t overpower. The Head is adequate, medium height and frothiness. The Aftertaste is vanilla and some cinnamon and that little something-not-quite-right. That doesn’t ruin it, but it does take it down a notch.

I’m thinking that maybe the whole out of place flavor was the ethyl alcohol. But who knows, it could have been any of the “natural flavorings” or that triethyl citrate. It is better than the previous Berhoff Famous Root Beer, so there‚Äôs that. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs