Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hansen's Creamy Root Beer

Produced by the Hansen Beverage Company, Corona, CA. An all natural root beer with no preservatives.

12oz aluminum can with a colorful label. 160 calories and 43 grams of sugar. Sweetened with cane sugar, flavorings listed are: wintergreen, birch, anise, sassafras, and vanilla extracts. (Nice to see actual sassafras listed)

Medium dark with a good size head, fairly good retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma is anise mixed with sassafras and vanilla. Taste has root spiciness, vanilla, and finishes with a trail of anise. A bit of a medicinal quality which isn't bad, but there is almost an empty hole feeling in the flavor profile. Like something is missing. (Hard to describe) A somewhat thin mouthfeel and very high carbonation.

Interesting, but doesn't quite hit the mark with the key elements.
Rating: B-

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