Mr Z's Soda Reviews

Abita*: Delicious. It’s sweeter than all the other root beers.

Americana Honey Cream: This is the third Americana I’ve tried. Although it’s not as strong flavored as the Huckleberry and Orange Cream, it does have a modest honey flavor as well as some hints of vanilla.

Americana Huckleberry*: Fantastic. This is the best alternative from grape sodas. Huckleberry tastes similar to a grape, but with the tartness of a raspberry. Unlike most grape sodas, this is pretty well carbonated and perfect for a soda you just want to relax with and enjoy. Plus, there’s not even a hint of a bad aftertaste!

Americana Orange Cream*: Remember the orangesicle? This is exactly that. It’s not as strong carbonated as the Huckleberry, but, come on, it’s emulating a popsicle.

Kitty Piddle*: Avery’s makes some good stuff. This one is flavored pineapple and orange. It’s a bit stronger on the pineapple, but this isn’t heavy on citrus; it’s more sugary.

Toxic Slime: This is the third Avery’s I have tried and it’s the same sweet quality as the others. Despite being blue in color, which is cool, it tastes more like cotton candy. Blue raspberry and orange.

Zombie Brain Juice: If the label sounds “totally gross”, then it’s probably Avery’s. I’ve tried this soda twice. The first time was great! The experience was similar to Americana Huckleberry; I could just sip and relax with it. Strawberry and orange is a good combination here. Avery’s is not juicy, it’s sugary sweet and glorious. But the second time I had it, it tasted watered down. Would I try it a third time? Yes. It wouldn’t be fair to rule it out so quickly.

Bawls Guarana Exotic Blue: Bawls is a high caffeinated energy soda. This one is, obviously, guarana berry flavor. Some people don’t like the flavor, but isn’t it sometimes tough to embrace something new the first time? And don’t be afraid of the caffeine content; compared to what FDA recommends, you’d have to drink 6 of these 10oz bottles to reach their “limit”. Check out www.bawls.com for more information.

Bawls Root Beer*: There are not many root beers that have caffeine, but this one does. Because of its caffeine content, it’s a little difficult to pick out all the flavors in it. But, it is well balanced and doesn’t have a bad aftertaste. If you like a bite, it has little.

Bawls Cherry*: It’s clear! This is the third Bawls soda I’ve tried and it is by far my favorite so far. It’s made with high fructose syrup, which is a little bummer. But it’s way too good to dismiss. It has only 90 calories, the cherry flavor is not overpowering, and the bottle is cool enough to be a trophy.

Blenheim Ginger Ale: Before I started working here, I loved Canada Dry ginger ale. It’s as basic as possible without becoming water. Blenheim is the first soda I tried here…..fire! Yes, unknown to me, it is our “spiciest” ginger ale. If you can get pass the burn, it really is a great drink. Some people will even add some pepper flavor to it!

Boylan’s Creamy Red Birch*: Yes, you will find “*” next to each Boylan’s soda. I love all of them. Birch beer, to me, is like a mellow root beer or sarsaparilla. And although it’s not really creamy, it does make this birch beer even more tamed than others.

Boylan’s Black Cherry*: One of the things you need to know about Boylan’s sodas is that they’re light on carbonation. But that easy carbonated water really lets you get a better experience to taste how dark the black cherry flavor is.

Boylans’s Crème*: Basic crème soda. It’s a little more caramel flavored that some others, but still light.

Boylan’s Ginger Ale*: After my Blenheim mishap, I was determined to find a ginger ale similar to Canada Dry. Here it is. The most basic ginger ale we have. The most special thing I’ll say about it is that it tastes a little like the glass it’s in. I’m perfectly fine with that; it’s a nice reminder that I’m not drinking from a plastic bottle or an aluminum can.

Boylan’s Root Beer*: It’s been a while since I had it, but I don’t remember anything bad about it. As I mentioned above, Boylan’s sodas are lightly carbonated. Some people may turn away because of that, but it’s easier to drink with less.

Bubble Up*: Lemon/lime soda. It’s refreshing and not as complicated as 7up or Sprite. It’s one of the few sodas that, when I’m done with it, I’ll say a healthy “awh”.

Cheerwine*: Sweet. It’s the sweetest cherry soda ever. And it’s not “black” cherry, which is most cherry sodas I’ve seen. Cane sugar. It’s pretty hard to find outside of North Carolina. Along with NEHI, I think Cheerwine has the largest following. It’s just easy to get like.

Diet Cheerwine: Well, it tastes like a diet soda. It’s still good, though. I warn all you regular Cheerwine drinkers that you’ll probably won’t like the diet; it’s not as beautifully sweet as the regular one. But if you haven’t tried regular Cheerwine, and you’re watching your sugar intake, try this Diet Cheerwine first.

Delaware Punch*: It’s not carbonated. For those of you wondering, it tastes similar to a fruit punch or Hawaiian punch. This is one of the most hard to find drinks ever. We have it. It’s a Louisiana drink and, believe me, there are some loyal Delaware Punch drinkers. It’s deliciously sweet! What’s odd is that it’s owned by Coca Cola Company; so why is it so difficult to find? That’s funny because a representative from the Coke came to the shop one day, just stopping by to see things, and said “Delaware Punch? I didn’t even know we owned this”.

Dog n Suds Root Beer: It’s not something I’d never drink again, but it wouldn’t be my “go-to”. It just didn’t have as much “umph” that the other root beers have. However, Dog n Suds is a piece of American history from the old drive ins and hot dog stands.

Dr. Pepper Real Cane Sugar: I’m not going to talk about the whole Dublin issue. What we should be thankful for is that the drink is still here and it tastes the same; just has a different parent. The only reason this doesn’t get a “*” is because it doesn’t have as much pepper than the normal Dr. Pepper. But for an old school Pep soda with real cane sugar, it’s worth trying.

Dr. Cane*: It’s a nice substitute from Dr. Pepper.

Dublin Vintage Cola*: For a basic cola, it’s my favorite cola in the shop. I love Coca Cola and Fukola is another favorite of mine here. But Vintage Cola is perfect all around.
Dublin Tart n Sweet Lemonade: There’s only one lemonade soda here I like. That’s Lemmy. This one isn’t bad, but it’s like a really lightly carbonated lemonade that is more “sweet” and “tart”.

Dublin Vanilla Cream: It definitely has more vanilla flavor than Jones Zilch Vanilla, which is the only Jones soda I hated. However, it’s not actually creamy. It’s a pet peeve of mine that crème soda should be creamy, which is often not the case. Still, this is part of Dublin’s new line and any Dublin Bottling Works (formerly Dublin Dr. Pepper) fan would love any of them.

Dublin Triple XXX Root Beer*: It’s good. Triple XXX and Vintage Cola are my favorite Dublins.

Dublin Cherry Limeade: Neither the cherry or lime was strong enough for me to try again. It’s a lot like the Frostie Cherry Limeade. Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were the same thing.

Dublin Orange Crème: It’s more of a tangerine than orange. If you read my review on Dublin Vanilla Cream, that’s exactly how I feel about this one.

Empire Sarsaparilla*: It’s good. Not as good as Sioux City, but Empire is brand you can trust.

Empire Spruce Beer: If you like root beer, you’ll probably like birch beer and sarsaparilla. This is no where similar to those three. Most people who like Spruce Beer are from up North; like Canada north. It’s very strong spruce, which is great if you’re into that. It did remind me of home (New York), but I couldn’t finish it. Tasted like Pine Sol. I have to give a shout out to Dottie/Dotty. She buys about four at a time.

Cocofizz: It’s a chocolate soda, but not creamy. The flavor is more like a Tootsie roll.

Faygo Vanilla Crème: It’s a neat soda. I’m not using “neat” has in “cool”. I mean it’s an overall okay soda. I’d like more vanilla, but it’s already more vanilla than other crèmes.

Curiosity Cola: Fentiman’s sodas are great, except for the abnormal stuff they add in. Curiosity Cola is basically a good cola with a prominent ginger root in it. It will probably throw you off a bit at first, and then you’ll have to decide if you actually like it.

Frostie Cherry Limeade: If you read my review on Dublin’s Cherry Limeade, you’ll know I wasn’t blown away by this one.

Fukola “Foo Koh Lah”*: It has everything a cola should have and they did a great job balancing all the ingredients. It’s not just a fun name, it’s a superior cola.

KISS*: KISS is a grapefruit soda. If you like tarty lemonade and lemon/lime citrus sodas, you’ll probably enjoy any grapefruit soda. I haven’t found a bad one yet. KISS is just another great grapefruit soda.

Guarana Alaska*: If you’ve had the Bawls Exotic Blue and wished there was a stronger berry flavor from the guarana, this Guarana Alaska soda is your dream. Maybe it’s the way they harvested the guarana, but it’s just sweeter than the Bawls. Imported from Brazil!

Hanks Root Beer*: “Gourment” draft root beer. It’s a bit more “full” tasting than some of the other root beers and has stronger hints of vanilla. This was the first root beer I’ve tried here and I still recommend it.

Hanks Vanilla Crème*: It has that “full” taste experience like Hanks Root Beer, but it’s otherwise similar to Faygo Vanilla Crème.

Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer*: It’s a draught style root beer and it’s well made. To me, nothing is too prominent in there. It’s just a good root beer that makes you say “Man, that’s a good root beer!”.

Henry Weinhard’s Vanilla Cream*: Yes. This is, by far, the best cream soda I’ve tried. The vanilla flavor is strong, the mixture is definitely creamy, and it’s draught style (full feeling). My shout out here goes to Steve. He’s really in to A&W’s Cream Soda, but now he’s hooked on this one too. “It tastes just like it!”

IBC Root Beer*: I remember drinking this in glass bottles when I was kid. It’s still one of the best root beers ever.

Jack Black’s Dead Red Root Beer*: I’m not entirely sure, but I think this has more caffeine than Bawls. This is another great root beer I recommend. (Again, don’t drink anything caffeinated if you’re not supposed to. Don’t be stupid.) The only problem is that the caffeine content is so high, it gets in the way of how truly great the recipe is.

Jackson Hole Sarsaparilla: All the sarsaparillas are pretty similar, but this one is just slightly ahead.

Jackson Hole Huckleberry: It was good, but tasted too much like cotton candy. It didn’t have that huckleberry tart that Americana has.

Jeff’s Chocolate Egg Cream*: Best chocolate soda ever. It’s creamy, a little carbonated, and it’s chocolate flavor is perfect.

Jolt Cola*: It’s a good cola. But it’s only lightly carbonated, so don’t expect it to be like Coca Cola or Pepsi. The flavor is good. But the main thing is the caffeine. That’s what it’s all about. I remember Jolt from my childhood (the 90s) and that was before they stopped stocking it at the grocery store.

Jones Berry Lemonade*: It’s cool. Well balanced. Not too tarty. It’s more of blueberry lemonade, but the flavor is overpowering. Plus, it’s real cane sugar. And the bottles have “random” labels of pictures that people send to the company. Imported from Canada. Jones is just cool.

Jones Blue Bubblegum*: It’s a little lighter carbonated than the other Jones sodas. The bubblegum flavor is actually pretty good for being artificial. When a company gets an artificial flavor to come out just perfect and it doesn’t taste plasticky (yes, I made up that word), that’s a company to respect.

Jones Green Apple*: Oh. It’s a favorite. Delicious.

Jones Root Beer*: Nothing too special about this one, but it’s a good root beer by a great brand.

Jones Zilch Black Cherry*: This is one of the few diet sodas I like and I highly recommend it to you regardless of your blood sugar level. My blood sugar is all sorts of crazy, so I really respect good quality diet/sugar free drinks/candies. Jones Zilch means no calories and no sugar.

Kutztown Root Beer*: This is another root beer I often recommend. It’s not like it’s the best thing ever, but it’s a nice medium root beer. If you’re usually hesitant about drinking root beer, try it.

Langers Chocolate: It’s similar to Cocofizz (neither are creamy), but it’s chocolate flavor is a bit stronger.

Lemmy Lemonade*: Lemmy is the best carbonated lemonade soda you’ll find. It has a tiny bit of lemon juice in it, but it’s the perfect amount.

Leninade: It’s a pink lemonade that is light on carbonation. It’s not a bad lemonade soda, but I wasn’t fan. However, the labeling is hilarious. It’s definitely something to keep after you drink.

January 11, 2013 by admin
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