Made by Chef Gale Gand, that’s what the bottle reads. She is an acclaimed pastry chef, author, restaurateur, television personality, root beer maker and mom. She professes “I can’t live without root beer”.
Her craft soda testing started years ago in England where root beer was scarce. She would get her root beer from McDonalds by sending others to the restaurant, as she and her staff could not be seen in the place.
Gale had a dog name Rootie, a Terrier. When she arrived to America she made her own root beer, containing cold-pressed Nielsen-Massey Vanilla. About 50,000 bottles of Gale’s Root Beer are produced every year. Rootie, and I assume a younger Gale, appear on the label.
So it is time for the review. (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Caramel Color, natural and artificial flavors, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate.
Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)
40 mg Sodium.
41 g (14%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
I was intrigued when I read “Cinnamon, Ginger and Vanilla” on the bottle. Unique mix. Upon opening there was a mild hint of cinnamon the bottle. The vanilla noted yet the cinnamon-ginger infusion with with vanilla and cane sugar. My first sip was rather a letdown. I was not a fan of the cinnamon. Little hard to swallow. It also had a slight rancid taste.
Head – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
A very fizzy, small head that was fast dissipating. A small ring remained long after the head disappeared.
Zip – 1.75 out of 3 mugs
This brew is complex. A little too complex for my preference. The variety of flavors is an interesting blend. At no time did I find any one flavor dominate.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
This is not the brew for me. While I have reviewed many that are significantly lower scoring than Gale’s, there are also many I would suggest before Gale’s.
Would I recommend this at 5.75 out of 12 mugs?
This is more like a solid soda without a real identity than a root beer.