Dorothy Molter who lives just outside of Ely, Minnesota originated this brew. Being from North Dakota, I fondly heard of the “Root Beer Lady” years ago but never visited her location. However, several years ago someone brought me a bottle of her root beer (before she passed on) and I liked it. It was not the best, but it had a unique flavor that was not overly street.
Looking at the bottle, I immediately realized this would not be the same. Since Dorothy passed, it appears they commercialized the beverage and filled it with High Fructose Corn Syrup and other artificial ingredients. WHAT A SHAME!
Now for the official root beer review. (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Ingredients: water, sugar and High Fructose Corn Sweetener, natural and artificial flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), Citric Acid, Acacia and Quillaia Extract
Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)
18 mg Sodium.
46g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
Upon opening the bottle, it had a commercial root beer aroma, much like that of a Barq’s. The first sip was mixed between enjoyable yet disappointment. There was such a strange aftertaste. I recalled having this tasted in the past. After searching, I realized it was the Acacia, also in Big Bens, which scored 4 of 12. Just as I was mixed on my positive impression of Big Bens, I am also mixed on this brew. Just left me confused more than disappointed or excited.
Head – 1 out of 3 mugs
The head was not noteworthy! It disappeared in less than 15 second and you had no clue there was ever a head, even at the rim. It is possible this may be a great root beer for a float?
Zip – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
There is nothing special or unique as far as a spice blend or carbonation. It is actually lower end of carbonation, which I prefer. At best, the Acacia is the only notable spice. Even the stated caramel flavor is faint.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
This was a root beer that had nothing special. It is a shame that whoever bought the rights to the brew used HFCS and that alone altered the taste.
Would I recommend this at 5.0 out of 12 mugs?
While I would recommend you try it, I suggest doing so with the purchase of a single bottle. You may find you are not going to enjoy the rest of a six-pack.