- Bottled under authority of PolarCorp., Worcester, MA 01615-0011, USA
- The Pitch:
- First Soft Drink of the Old West
- The Ingredients:
- Contains carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, natural and artificial
flavors, caramel color, potassium benzoate (a preservative), citric
- The box:
- I have many issues with this alleged root beer.
First, it calls itself the "First soft drink of the old west".
I must dispute that. I've lived in the San Francisco area and in Denver,
both certainly western cities. I've never heard of this stuff. The only
place I've ever seen it is at some grocery store south of the Finger
Lakes region in New York. The parent company is in MA. Puh-leeze. What
else. It comes in a plastic 1 liter bottle. Don't care much for that.
This root beer is flatter than the Mojave Desert (to get into the western
spirit) yet the bottle has a warning on it in red letters:
- Warning: Contents under pressure. Cap
may blow off causing eye or other serious injury. Point away from people,
especially while opening.
- "Especially while opening"? Yes, it's
dangerous to point this at people all the time, "especially while
opening". This stuff is so flat I thought I had a bad bottle and
opened another to be sure (I always buy a few when reviewing). No head,
no fizz past the initial buzz, very little color. This taste isn't anything
to write home about either. Medium sweet with a bitter edge. Generic
extract taste whose blandness is accentuated by the flatness.
- So what does this stuff have going for it? Um, well, the bottle is
recycled, and it's apparently affiliated with the "Diamond K"
dude ranch. Sure, there's a little K in a little diamond on the label
right next to the end of "Sarsaparilla". Ok, I'm just fooling
you, that's not a brand, it's a symbol of kosherness. Specifically,
"The 'Diamond-K' Kosher Supervision, Beth Din Of Congregation Lubavitch
Of Massachusetts". I knew it was a kosher symbol but didn't know
exactly what it stood for. So I went searching on the web. Before coming
across a site that had a comrehensive list of kosher agencies (www.koshermall.com)
google.com returned matches on white supremicist sites railing against
kosher symbols, blah blah blah. I'm a white guy and I think these white
supremecist types are scum. But I digress. I guess the only good thing
about this root beer is if you're Jewish, you can drink it. A quick
check of the other root beers laying around the basement shows about
half are made to kosher standards.
- Ok...never has so mediocre a root beer had just a long review. Flatness
makes it just nasty to me. More carbonation would at least make it a
C-, maybe. Instead, it loses a full letter grade and gets a D-.