The root beer is a real family business product. Ronald Filbertand his wife Karen continue to run the family business that started in 1926 when George Filbert and family delivered milk, ice and coal to homes in the Bridgeport neighborhood by horse-drawn wagon. The family added root beer when it became popular during Prohibition. It was manufactured in half barrels and supplied mostly to taverns across five nearby states. Known best for its namesake root beer, Filbert’s also produces 17 flavors of soda.
Now for the review. (Click here for rating criteria information)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, sugar and/or corn sweetener, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (as a preservative)
Aroma and Flavor
When I open the bottle, there is not much to notice other than this is one of the darkest root beers I have seen. Carbonation is not noticeable and the aroma is faint. The brew has a sweet taste, more like a root beer barrel candy. While I did not dislike the brew, it was just there. There is a taste I cannot identify yet it is slightly smooth. A slight hint sugar and vanilla, but it is nowhere near enough for my liking. I also think Cane Sugar for part of the sweetener may be what is missing? I really am beginning to tell the difference in sweeteners.
It scores a 1.5 out of 3 for aroma and flavor.
The head is solid with a god deal of froth. I really resemble a real draft head. Would make a great float!
The score is 2.4 out of 3 for the head
This is really a bland root beer. Carbonation is slightly above the low side. The flavor is great to wash down a meal, but lacks in the overall sensation one get from a solid brew.
The Score is 1.4 out of 3 for zip.
Post Consumption Impression
This is a root beer that would be ok in the restaurant or at the dinner table. It needs to be enjoyed with food to balance out the flavor. It would be a 2.4 with food and a 1 as a stand-alone.
It scores a 1.7 out of 3 for post consumption impression.
Would I recommend this?
I really do not like it when they put “sugar and/or corn sweetener” in the ingredients. Why the “or” as opposed to just picking one or the other, or both? Overall, I would recommend this for a root beer float or with a nice burger. I would not suggest the brew if you are just sitting out on a cool autumn night, enjoying nature or looking for a refreshment after a hot day outside.
Overall score is a 7 out of 12 mugs
Eric's - 3.5 of 5
Eric's - 3.5 of 5