Sep 162015

Bottle of Unkle Munkey's Nearly Famous Root Beer I got this as a birthday present from my wife, a six-month late birthday present, but it’s the thought that counts. Actually it wasn’t her fault. You see, this used to be called Wang Gang Nearly Famous Root Beer. She knew I needed that and ordered it. But the supplier was out of stock, as well as every other place that sold it, so she couldn’t give me anything (though she got a refund). Finally, one day, I found someplace that actually had it, but when it arrived it was Unkle Munkey’s Nearly Famous Root Beer. The label and ingredients and nutritional info are all the same. I don’t know why they changed their name. The only problem I can find with the name Wang Gang is if you have the maturity of a highschooler. Granted, if I had a gang, I probably wouldn’t call it the Wang Gang. Then again, maybe Unkle Munkey took over Wang’s gang, in some epic kung-fu battle no less. We may never know. The label itself has all the text inside of braces (or curly brackets if you prefer) like some Java or C++ function. I half expect to see a semicolon at the end of each line of text as well, but no. Maybe they had no intention of invoking computer programing (or at least not a language that I am familiar with) but that’s the vibe I get from the bottle. I’m not sure how to take the “Nearly Famous” portion of the name. Is it a joke, or some dark prophecy that they’ll never quite amount to root beer fame? That depends on their quality.

The Body is sweet and mild and fruity. It tastes like maybe there’s some cherry flavor or something, but not in a good way. The Bite is sharp from carbonation but doesn’t really have much in the way of spices, which is the opposite of what should be. The Head is short and moderately frothy. There really isn’t much Aftertaste at all, just a fruity hint.

It’s not nasty in anyway, it just also really isn’t good in any way. Its a pretty forgettable brew, and thus the Nearly Famous suits them well. It’s neither good nor bad enough to achieve any sort of fame or recognition. It makes me wonder why they even bothered to make it at all if they already knew the end results. See how it rates against other root beers.

2 out of 5 root beer kegs