Diet Stewart’s is the diet version of the mass-market Stewart’s Root Beer. I don’t know why this product even exists. I can understand diet cola – some people drink five or six colas a day, and the calories add up – but a diet root beer? Who needs that? Does anyone worry about being fattened by all of the root beer they consume? It’s like having a low-fat Kit-Kat bar. Why?
I will admit that Diet Stewart’s starts off OK. It has a nice, classic bottle design, and it smells OK – typical, with a whiff of carbon dioxide, but not bad. When I poured it into a glass for a visual inspection, however, I began to get suspicious. It looked thin, with no head and a pallid, tea-like colour. The taste – or lack of taste – was worse. Diet Stewart’s has absolutely NO flavour. Honest. If I were to do a blind taste test, I would say it tastes most like watered down, flavourless, carbonated diet cider – certainly NOT root beer! And I’m an expert on root beer. It has an aftertaste of pulverized alkaline battery. Upon inspection of the label, I learned that this is a zero-calorie root beer, sweetened with root beer, and with no recognizable ingredients aside from water. Strangely, it contains some dessert plant extracts, for what purpose I cannot fathom (definitely not the taste).
I poured the rest of the bottle down the sink. I will never drink this vile shadow of an excuse for root beer again.