Sugar. Free. Root. Beer. I’ve never ever had a good one, but something tells me that Begley’s and Bill’s Root Beer is going to finally give me what I’ve not really been searching for. You see Begley’s and Bill’s uses something they like to call SweetenFX which is their proprietary blend of stevia and erythritol. All of their sodas are sweetened with it and their cola and cream sodas taste pretty dang good. Today is uncharted territory though. I attribute diet/sugar free root beer to poison. Something important always seems to be missing. Let’s see if SweetenFX can fill in for that missing puzzle piece.
Ok, so the aroma is a little odd. Like all the B&B sodas I’ve tried the scent is faint, but can be discovered with a little rooting around. I can’t tell if it’s a burst of vanilla I’m getting or if this sweetening process is finally catching up to B&B.
It’s not poison, that’s for sure, but this entry into the soda market isn’t as strong as their previous two had been. Let me preface all of this by saying it’s the best diet root beer I’ve had and that includes Virgil’s Zero. With that out of the way I’ll tell you that the first third of each sip is very promising and enjoyable. It’s sweet, it’s rooty, it’s good.
That quickly fades into the next leg of the experience where that initial flavor goes away and you can taste the “diet”. It’s drier than a root beer should be at this point and even though it’s all natural a chemical taste becomes known. It’s not something I’m sticking my tongue out over, but it’s noticeable enough to give me pause.
After this fades you’re left with an aftertaste that’s neither pleasant nor terrible. In fact it taste a little like diet maple syrup. Throughout this process the carbonation is slowly walking around in the background not really caring if he’s noticed or not. Now it’s my opinion that root beer can benefit from strong or weak carbonation, but B&B Root Beer needs to add a bit more.
So there you have it. While Begley’s and Bill’s Root Beer is still the best sugar free root beer I’ve tasted it still has it’s flaws. It tastes alright and isn’t poison, so it’s got that going for it.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This soda supplied to us by Begley’s and Bill’s