Refreshing Ravings

One woman's quest to try it all in the beverage world.

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Jun 3 '12
004. Leninade
Per 12oz bottle:…150 calories…38g sugar…35mg sodium
Ingredients:Carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, gum acacia, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl abietate, sodium benzoate, artificial color, and the joy of the workers.
About:Leninade (Russian: Ленинад) is a soda based on lemonade made by Real Soda In Real Bottles, Ltd. The name is a portmanteau of “Lenin” and “lemonade.” The slogans on the bottle make fun of old Soviet propaganda slogans. In addition, the soda is colored bright red, the traditional color of Communism. (Wikipedia)
Website: http://leninade.realsoda.com/
Impressions:Bleh. Underwhelming, and a shame because this had potential to be a great drink. Essentially a watered-down lemonade with carbonation and an unpleasant aftertaste, I found myself taking only four sips before I gave up on it. Simply, a hilarious bottle but a pretty lousy drink.

004. Leninade

Per 12oz bottle:
…150 calories
…38g sugar
…35mg sodium

Ingredients:
Carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, gum acacia, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl abietate, sodium benzoate, artificial color, and the joy of the workers.

About:
Leninade (Russian: Ленинад) is a soda based on lemonade made by Real Soda In Real Bottles, Ltd. The name is a portmanteau of “Lenin” and “lemonade.” The slogans on the bottle make fun of old Soviet propaganda slogans. In addition, the soda is colored bright red, the traditional color of Communism. (Wikipedia)

Website: http://leninade.realsoda.com/

Impressions:
Bleh. Underwhelming, and a shame because this had potential to be a great drink. Essentially a watered-down lemonade with carbonation and an unpleasant aftertaste, I found myself taking only four sips before I gave up on it. Simply, a hilarious bottle but a pretty lousy drink.

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Sep 9 '11
003. Dad’s Diet Old Fashioned Root Beer
Per 12oz bottle:…0 calories…0g sugar…10mg sodium
Ingredients:Carbonated water, caramel color, sodium benzoate, sucralose, acesulfame-k, natural & artificial flavors
About:Developed in a basement by Barney Berns and Ely Klapman in the 1930s, Dad’s Root Beer was one of the most-consumed brands of root beer throughout the US by the late 1940s. Ely’s son, Jules, brought the soda international, and the name Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer was coined in his father’s (and other fathers who home-brewed root beer) honor. Dad’s was the first product to use the six-pack format, introduced the half-gallon bottle, and marketed sizes from “Junior,” to “Mama,” and “Papa.” Sold by the families in the 1970s and changing hands a few times, as of 2007 the soda is now owned by The Dad’s Root Beer Company, LLC of Jasper, Indiana,.
Website: http://www.dadsrootbeer.com/

Impressions:Hurk. One sip and I’m done. Or at least I would be if I didn’t need another taste for reviewing purposes.
The sucralose taste is intense, and in a blind tasting test I never would have guessed it was root beer. It tastes like the carbonated lovechild of Pepto Bismol and Tums. It is, frankly, awful.
Two sips is it for me. Won’t be getting this again. I’m hoping the original Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer is better than it’s diet counterpart!

003. Dad’s Diet Old Fashioned Root Beer

Per 12oz bottle:
…0 calories
…0g sugar
…10mg sodium

Ingredients:
Carbonated water, caramel color, sodium benzoate, sucralose, acesulfame-k, natural & artificial flavors

About:
Developed in a basement by Barney Berns and Ely Klapman in the 1930s, Dad’s Root Beer was one of the most-consumed brands of root beer throughout the US by the late 1940s. Ely’s son, Jules, brought the soda international, and the name Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer was coined in his father’s (and other fathers who home-brewed root beer) honor. Dad’s was the first product to use the six-pack format, introduced the half-gallon bottle, and marketed sizes from “Junior,” to “Mama,” and “Papa.” Sold by the families in the 1970s and changing hands a few times, as of 2007 the soda is now owned by The Dad’s Root Beer Company, LLC of Jasper, Indiana,.

Website: http://www.dadsrootbeer.com/

Impressions:
Hurk. One sip and I’m done. Or at least I would be if I didn’t need another taste for reviewing purposes.

The sucralose taste is intense, and in a blind tasting test I never would have guessed it was root beer. It tastes like the carbonated lovechild of Pepto Bismol and Tums. It is, frankly, awful.

Two sips is it for me. Won’t be getting this again. I’m hoping the original Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer is better than it’s diet counterpart!

8 notes Tags: Dad's Old Fashioned root beer diet soda sodas drink drinks pop pops refreshment refreshments beverage beverages

Sep 9 '11
002. Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer
Per 12oz bottle:…170 Calories…42g sugar…35mg sodium
Ingredients:Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, natural yucca extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate
About Boylan Bottling Company:"Boylan Bottling Company is an American gourmet soft drink manufacturer. They were located in Haledon, New Jersey from the late 1950s until 2001 and then moved to Clifton for a short time before moving to Moonachie, New Jersey, where they are currently located. The Boylan Bottling Company brand was registered in 1891 and has been in operation for over 100 years. Boylan uses cane sugar in their drinks (unlike most other American beverage manufacturers which have switched to high fructose corn syrup).  Boylan’s first product was birch beer, formulated in 1891 in Paterson, New Jersey, by pharmacist William Boylan. Boylan products are known for glass bottles with distinctive, retro-styled painted ceramic labels." -Wikipedia
Website: http://www.boylanbottling.com/

Impressions:Blech, sugar!!
Too much sugar, way too sweet for my tastes. The excessive sugar vastly overpowers the classic root beer flavor. In fact, it tastes mostly like carbonated liquid sugar with just a hint of sassafras flavoring. It gets points for being sweetened with real cane sugar, but needs to ease off a bit. Okay, a lot.
Could only stomach about half of it before I’d had enough. Won’t be getting this one again.

002. Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer

Per 12oz bottle:
…170 Calories
…42g sugar
…35mg sodium

Ingredients:
Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, natural yucca extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate

About Boylan Bottling Company:
"Boylan Bottling Company is an American gourmet soft drink manufacturer. They were located in Haledon, New Jersey from the late 1950s until 2001 and then moved to Clifton for a short time before moving to Moonachie, New Jersey, where they are currently located. The Boylan Bottling Company brand was registered in 1891 and has been in operation for over 100 years. Boylan uses cane sugar in their drinks (unlike most other American beverage manufacturers which have switched to high fructose corn syrup).  Boylan’s first product was birch beer, formulated in 1891 in Paterson, New Jersey, by pharmacist William Boylan. Boylan products are known for glass bottles with distinctive, retro-styled painted ceramic labels." -Wikipedia

Website: http://www.boylanbottling.com/

Impressions:
Blech, sugar!!

Too much sugar, way too sweet for my tastes. The excessive sugar vastly overpowers the classic root beer flavor. In fact, it tastes mostly like carbonated liquid sugar with just a hint of sassafras flavoring. It gets points for being sweetened with real cane sugar, but needs to ease off a bit. Okay, a lot.

Could only stomach about half of it before I’d had enough. Won’t be getting this one again.

8 notes Tags: Boylan Bottleworks root beer soda sodas pop pops drinks drink refreshments beverage beverages refreshment