Summit Vintage Soda Pop is a store brand root beer from the ALDI stores. I had never really heard of ALDI, despite them being all over the world. I’ve never seen one on the West Coast or the mountain states though. Researching for this review turned up that Trader Joe’s is actually owned by one of the ALDI group’s owners, so I guess that ALDI kind of owns Trader Joe’s. Maybe that’s why there are no ALDI stores around here. But they are around the East Coast, so anthony was able to get some for me. I don’t really like their label. Why must they have everything in a different font? What is that supposed to accomplish? The rest is rather plain, but it is just a store brand so I suppose I should be grateful that they even bottle in glass. I wish Safeway would follow their example.
The Body is a little hollow with a generic creamy root beer flavor. There’s some sweet vanilla but nothing else really sticks out. The Bite is sharp from carbonation and spice. It even finishes prickly on your tongue after you’ve swallowed. The Head has good height but lacks staying power. The Aftertaste is sort of bitter and sticky with a slight wintergreen flavor.
Well, this really isn’t horrible, but really isn’t good either. It tastes like a cheap store brand which is what it is. Every category is just sub-par. I wouldn’t ever drink it again, even if there were no other root beers around. See how it rates against other root beers.