Jul 132016

Sno-Cap Root Beer BottleAnother winter themed brew to go along with Frostie and … uh … Frostie vanilla? I guess there’s only two winter themed brands. And Frostie is kind of Christmas themed. Anyhow, Sno-Cap is made by Titletown Brewing company in Green Bay, WI in an historic rail depot that was built in the late 1800’s. For those who aren’t from the area or don’t follow the NFL, Titletown is the nickname for Green Bay, as they’ve won (as of the time of writing) 13 NFL Championships including 4 Superbowls. The root beer itself uses the original recipe of the founders’ grandmother, Gladys. It has it’s own mascot, Clyde the Penguin. He’s named after Gladys’ husband which I’m not sure is a good thing. I guess it depends on how you feel about the personality traits of penguins as they apply to people. As there isn’t anyplace online that currently ships this I had to get it custom sent by the brewery. So thanks guys.

It has a sweet and caramely Body that is a little syrupy in texture. There’s some vanilla in there as well. The Bite is very prickly on carbonation but light on spices. The Head is very tall with adequate staying power, but I’ve seen better. The Aftertaste is on the light side, some vanilla and caramel, that turns a bit bitter.

This is pretty good, but just doesn’t quite do it for me. I’m not sure what it is about it, but I just finish and say, “Wow, that was spectacular” which is pretty much what I’ve got to say for every Seal of Approval root beer. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Jul 062016

Wurst Sodas Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalIf you don’t like bad puns, you should probably leave now because this will be the wurst review ever. Indeed, the brau made by Hermann Wurst Haus is the wurst root beer I’ve ever had. They even put on the label that it is the “Best of the Wurst”, which I’ve actually seen before from an even wurst place in Leavenworth. These folks make a bunch of different types of sausages and other gourmet foods and craft beers and sodas. The label makes me feel blue and it really gets up in my grill. It’s one of the wurst I’ve ever seen. The knives, however, do make it look sharper than most others.

The Body is sweet and spicy with vanilla and wintergreen surfacing after the initial contact. It seems like there’s some birch flavor in there as well. The Bite is an intense array of spice assaulting, though it isn’t harsh, just spicy burn. The Head is tall and frothy as it should be and lasts throughout the entire drinking experience. The Aftertaste is wintergreen and lovely vanilla with spice accents.

This one’s unique and spicy and tasty. Whilst I was expecting to get pun-ished by it, I found myself enjoying every slurp, sip, and swallow. This is more like the “wurst of the best” than the “best of the wurst”. They should probably change their label to reflect that. And add the Seal of Approval, because they’ve earned it. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs

Jun 292016

LostRhino_Big From the Lost Rhino Brewery in Virginia comes this brew. This is named after big wave seeking surfers (rhino chasers) and not extinct subspecies of Rhinocerotidae as the name and label seem to imply. Indeed the ghostly black silhouette of the rhino hoisting a gushing keg of brew on its back is almost whispering, “Pour out a keg in honor of our dear West African Black brethren who are no more, and our Northern White brethren soon to follow. This root beer’s for you…” Wow, that’s really sad now that I’ve written it. The travesty that is the disappearance of this horned mega-fauna was not lost on the brewers either, and they actively donate a portion of their proceeds to conservation efforts and rhino sanctuaries. Thus the solemn label leads to good things. It comes in a rhino-sized 22 oz bottle (see that Hippo Size? That’s how it’s done) that has a rhino shaped bar code with a surfboard on its back. I didn’t even know you were allowed to make a non rectangular bar code. One final interesting fact, the brewers were some of the original brewers at the original Old Dominion Brewery, before it moved from Virginia.

This has a very dark Body with prominent licorice and wintergreen flavors. There’s a bit of honey buried in there as well, but you really have to search. Additionally, it really isn’t very sweet for a root beer. The Bite is rather mild with a little spice and light carbonation. The Head is medium-short but with good staying power. It just needs more carbonation. The Aftertaste is licorice and wintergreen that turns a little bitter.

This really isn’t my style. It might appeal to the folks who really love the licorice wintergreen brews with low carbonation, but not so much me. I prefer creamier stuff. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs