Top Ten Best Root Beers


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Perfect blend of sweetness and frothiness. When you pour it from the can into your mouth, you feel the cold yet welcoming, bubbly fizz pass from your lips to the back of your throat and you realize that at that one moment, the waltz of bubbly texture and signature A&W sweetness on your taste buds is all that matters.
A&W is not overly sweet, but gives just the right amount of slightly sugary taste to please. It is my favorite root beer by far. I also like that it's not too mainstream; it doesn't belong to Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Maybe that lets the creators put more work into it.
Not only does it taste great, but the colder you get it, even to the verge of freezing, the better it tastes. It becomes a delicacy that is rewards you with as much care as you put into preparing it for your gullet.
[Newest]All the way the greatest root beer

IBC root beer is my favorite among those I've tasted that currently are on the market. In fact, I drink the IBC DIET root beer, and it's delicious. I've had root beer from California to Virginia, and IBC is still my #1 choice. IBC has that old-fashioned root beer taste that I remember from my childhood. There are four other root beers on the list that I enjoy, but IBC truly is the best tasting to me.
IBC root beer is by far the best root beer I've ever had. It is rich and satisfying. (Satisfying as in always wanting more) IBC is refreshing, pure, and is not a gigantic mass produced brand that is shipped every where and makes you feel sick. That is why I think IBC tops almost every other root beer.
I think IBC is by far the best Root Beer on the market today. I've tried the others and nothing compares to the rich old fashioned flavor of IBC. The dark bottles are a plus for preserving freshness and taste.
[Newest]The greatest thing that has happened to root beer. Perfect blind of cream and spice.

3Barqs Root Beer
Best there is its not just my favorite root beer it's my favorite drink I have one whenever I can I love this stuff its amazing it has great bite great flavor this is an all around great root beer period
Root beer is a preference drink. You either like it smooth and creamy or with real bite. I love Barq's for the bite. Another good root beer not on the list is Triple X. So throwing my vote in for Barq's baby!
There's something about it. It's very strong, addicting, and it just makes my mouth tingle. It's like a traditional lager compared to a 'light' beer. I want the heavy stuff! Same applies here.. Barq's is just a heavier version of root beer.
[Newest]This is one I can guzzle!

4Dad's Root Beer
I made prefer Dad's over all other root beers because I grew up with it and reminds me of the good times in the 90s. But I also love its smooth but barky flavor - and I also love the design of the can itself and that it hasn't changed over time: very simple, old school looking, and classic!
Really smooth, hope it doesn't have high fructose corn syrup... Good old natural cane makes the difference, and makes this root beer healthy too...
I have been dying to try this and still haven't. Someone please tell me what stores I can find this root beer. I have tried my local grocery store Kroger and a bunch of worldwide stores.
[Newest]The best hands down! If you haven't had it your missing greatness

5Henry Weinhard's Root Beer
Every time I pop open a bottle I say to myself "this is the best root beer I've ever had". There are lots of great choices on this list. But, Henry's is definitely my favorite. Enjoy it ice cold strait from the bottle. Root beer lovers will not be disappointed.
I absolutely love Henry Weinhard's Root Beer. It causes an explosion of delicious creamy bitter-sweetness on my taste buds, and I have not yet found a better root beer. A&W used to be my favorite, but then I went and found almost a dozen new brands and this was easily my favorite (coming from a guy who has trouble deciding on just one). I recommend this root beer to anyone who hasn't had a gourmet root beer. Although beware of the head. It often overflows if the pack isn't chilled properly. But the head is probably the best part, so just guzzle it anywau
It tastes very good and has honey in it to make it even better. The first time I tried it when I was a kid and it was the coolest thing ever back then. If you haven't tried it try it!
[Newest]Best root beer I've ever tasted. It is gourmet in comparison to any other root beer brand. It will become your favorite after just one try.

6Hires Root Beer
Great Root Beer stands the test of time, and yes, Hires is the greatest!
One of the oldest brands and still great by itself and in a float.
Great with a Hires Burger - Really tasty!
[Newest]I love mugs - the fizz and smooth taste

Sprecher has one of the best tastes around. It does use high fructose corn syrup though rather than cane sugar or other higher quality sweetener.
From Milwaukee it is the best I've had when traveling around the country. Hands down the best and I have tried all the others on this list, can you say the same?
This is really number 1. I don't know how A&W is number 1; probably because so many people have tried it but not tried Sprecher. Sprecher has the best rooty flavor of any root beer out there.
[Newest]The best root beer anywhere. I have trued all on the list and none even comes close.

8Barrelhead Root Beer
Was the best when it was manufactured by cadbury and in my mind still the best root beer ever made. Sorry they discontinued it..
Was and still is the best. Hopefully they'll revive this long lost brand!
No question it was the greatest tasting root beer ever made! Hands down...

Mug is the "creamiest" and frothiest brand available, it allows for a wide, sweet flavor with no bite provided. Bite takes away from the true quality of the flavor of the beverage. Easily the greatest.
A&W has too much syrup this and IBC are the best


I love the soft flavor. There's just enough carbonation to taste amazing
[Newest]I just think it's the best.

10Route 66 Root Beer
It has to be the worst I've ever had. could not even finish the bottle.
Mom? If you're reading this, hi
Bahaha never heard of it but that other post cracked me up

The Contenders

11Hanks Gourmet Root Beer
There are some great root beers on here, but I voted for Hank's because it is an almost perfect all-around root beer. A fantastic, long lasting head, a wonderful body, and great aftertaste is hard to beat. And that's exactly what you get with this root beer. Also, I'm getting sick and tired of seeing Barq's rated so highly. It is flat out awful to anyone with a distinguished root beer palate. Therefore, if barqs is truly the favorite root beer of those who voted for it, they are likely to only be familiar with flavors in our mainstream bubble such as barqs, mug, and A&W and thus, should try some amazing root beer that you cannot just get at WalMart, but rather go hunt for some gourmet goodness. With that said, I'm done ranting.
If you can find it you won't be let down. It's really amazing.
Hanks root beer is the best out there if you can find it get it!
[Newest]The best but hard to find.

12Stewarts Root Beer
Ever since I've had my first bottle of Stewarts root beer, it's been my favorite.
Flat out kills any root beer on this planet!

Very strong pleasant tasting root beer. Smell it all over the room when you open the lid...


14Junior Johnson Root Beer

15Berghoff's Root Beer
No do not like served warm at berghoffs. Not good.

16Abita Root Beer
The best root beer by far! It's amazing!
Excellent! Not too sweet. Just right.
Best Root Beer I have ever had!

17Dog n Suds
I grew up in IL too and used to pick up Dog 'n Suds root beer by the jug. I've tried a lot of root beers over the decades but nothing comes close to the frothy awesomeness of Dog 'n Suds.
Good thing there are a few stores left


Grew up by dognsuds root beer stands! In illinois! Awesome

Grew up on this treat

The best root beer hands down
So good I mean so good
1919 is obviously the best. It has the best flavor of any root beer. The only reason it isn't higher is because of the small distribution area.

20Sioux City Root Beer

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