Shasta root beer has the distinction of being one of the only canned root beers that I would consider drinkable. It has a very strong root beer aroma when opened – always a good sign. There is no metallic taste, which is rare for tinned brews, and excellent carbonation. While Shasta lacks complexity, it makes up for it in creaminess. In many ways it is like A&W root beer – creamy, satisfying, and artificial (it is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup).
One thing to note is that the can design is dreadful. The design is ugly, and the can is plastered with tacky claims, such as “Very Low in Sodium!” (no mention of Dangerously High in Sugar!), and “No caffeine!” (is any root beer caffeinated?). Don’t let this deter you though – the next time you see Shasta in a pop can dispensing machine, buy it!Shasta Root Beer,