So after the last HEB soda SNAFU I’ve checked and double checked to make sure I haven’t reviewed HEB Old Fashioned Root Beer. Guess what? I haven’t! This means I can continue this review with a clear conscience.
HEB Old Fashioned Root Beer is sweetened with pure cane sugar and I’m guessing has a pop cap which I will now have to remove. Do you think this will be a “bite” root beer or a “cream” root beer? My guess is cream.
Judging by the smell it’s more of a “bite” root beer than a “cream”. Don’t you just love how I’ve now created two sub-categories of root beer. Let’s go ahead and make these the standard.
Hurray, this is a “bite”! Hurray, this is… a fairly average root beer. Eh, now that I say that the aftertaste is really shining through as a positive. HEB Old Fashioned Root Beer has a good amount of flavor with minimal syrupy mouth feel. The carbonation levels are fizzy and fun. A barrage of larger bubbles flowing over my tongue and teeth, bursting into a smaller more intense fizz.
As I said prior, this is a “bite” root beer where the initial taste sizzles in your mouth just a little. Let’s you know you’re alive. As the journey progresses the soda attempts to transform into a “cream” or at least tries to be somewhat smooth. This transition isn’t exactly flawless as the bite never fully allows for it.
All in all though, HEB Old Fashioned Root Beer is still average by my count. I like that it’s sugar sweetened and I like that it’s in a glass bottle. I don’t like that it’s called “Old Fashioned” yet has potassium benzoate and artificial flavors. That said it’s still worth picking up a bottle to try for yourself.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This was purchased at an HEB grocery store