Don’t drink this root beer! The bottle is emblazoned with several claims and slogans, all of them either misleading or simply false. I will address each individually:
“Caffeine Free” – Most root beer is caffeine free. Why not add “pesticide free”, “BPA free” and “chicken tumour free” while you’re at it?
“Only from the finest ingredients” – high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, flavour, …
“Hand Crafted” – Meaning what? That the shift worker in coveralls used a fork lift to reload the high fructose corn syrup hopper?
“America’s Favorite” – Perhaps the owner’s daughter’s name is America?
The bottle was flat, with no carbonation, and no head formation upon pouring. It was very dark and opaque, suggesting a concentrated flavour, so I was surprised to discover it had no aroma whatsoever. The taste reminded me of a melted freezie – alarmingly sweet, syrupy, and cloying. I did detect a creamy vanilla taste, which is the only reason this root beer gets a 2/10 instead of a 0. After drinking a third of the bottle, I dumped the rest down the drain.
Some more information:
– Made in Everett, Washington. This is also where Boeing assembles the 747 jumbo jet. Perhaps the aviation lubricant and root beer lines were accidentally crossed during bottling?
– I acknowledge that the bottle may have been flat. To be fair, if I see Teddy’s again I will give it another try. Reluctantly.Teddy's Root Beer,