Reading Soda Works produces 13 soda flavors in glass bottles. They desire a true “old-fashioned” feel combined with a Pennsylvania Dutch taste. They produced handcrafted soda since 1921 and continued without interruption at its original location. They carbonate the soda 1n Grundy Tanks that contain a carbonation stone that adds carbonation under low pressure. Besides cane sugar, some say they add Splenda.
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.)
Triple filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural and/or artificial flavors, Carmel color, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness)
Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)
35 mg Sodium.
43 g (14 %) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
The brew at very little aroma. At first drink there is an off aftertaste I could not place. The sugar level is balance yet my mouth was dry after the first sip. I am not a fan of the overall taste, very little vanilla, caramel or root flavor.
Head – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
There is a full head that dissipates quickly.
Zip – 1.2 out of 3 mugs
There is a sensation of odd flavors in this well balanced carbonated beverage. It is almost hard to call a root beer.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
While I wanted this to be better, it is just not to my liking. It was almost a little over fermented (if that is possible). There is a bitter aftertaste that was not very pleasing.
Would I recommend this at 4.7 out of 12 mugs?
It is unique, and you may want to try the brew. I was not able to finish the entire bottle, so start cautiously.