Top Ten Best Root Beers

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The Top Ten

1 IBC

IBC is by far my favorite root beer. I started drinking it about 10 years ago. Initially it was raised letters on the bottle that attracted me to give it a try. Now I have my local store order it by the case. I mostly drink diet root beer as I feel regular root beers are too sweet and creamy (go figure). IBC has a great balance of flavors with a strong bite. If I had to break it down I would say anise, molasses and vanilla. Unfortunately they've gone from 6 pack to 4 pack. One benefit was going from corn syrup to real sugar, but as for the diet they've said at IBC they've made no change. I can taste a change, it is a little more mild than the previous version. One question for IBC, if they've made no change to the diet version then why are the sodium numbers on the back lower than the 6 pack version of the IBC Diet? It is still my favorite with Boylan diet being second. I know lots of people say Virgil's is has the best flavor with its dominant nutmeg. Although I do agree it has a ...more

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.

Really great root beer!

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2 A&W

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.

Whilst the mighty, heavily-funded Barq's Root Beer capitulates to society's ever-growing obsession with sugar, and others mistakenly see it as a challenge to perform a 180 degree turn, A&W has been able to grow in its own right, fast becoming the greatest brand of Root Beer to grace us with its presence. Fall to the floor and weep at the sight of this great brand. Viva la A&W, viva la root beer!

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.

I don't know what planet these IBC fans are from, but there is A&W and then there is the rest. And the rest all taste like medicine compared to A&W. It's not even close.

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3 Barqs 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

My mom's family is from the Gulf Coast, Gulfport, Mississippi to be exact, and where Barq's was made for many years. I can still remember everyone being upset when the formula changed. If you ever talk to someone around during then they will tell you that it hasn't been the same since they quit using the "dirty river water", referring to the water from the Big Biloxi river. It was years before it regained the cultish following it had before it was made with filtered city water and finally figured out how to get the "bite" back. It's still my favorite root beer and I've been so happy that it's available everywhere now. It used to be just during trips to see the family that I got to have it.

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!

Yum!

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4 Dad'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!

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.

This is the one that my aunt and uncle had on tap at their soda shop, and the one I used when they taught me how to make a Black Cow, its what they used to call a root beer float

Dads is tops for me.

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5 Henry 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've been a Root beer and orange cream soda lover for over 25 years and I'm telling you this is the absolute no contest best root beer in the game. A true American standard and should be considered a game-changer.

The best High Fructose Corn Syrup root beer I've ever had! Very creamy, excellent and lasting head, decent bite. Do not drink this slightly chilled - it needs to be cold to bring out its full flavor!

Real vanilla. My favorite.

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6 Hires Root Beer

I drank Hires for many years until the company folded. I've been pleased to see it is back on the market. It has just the right blend of sweet and sassy.

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.

I think hires is the original root beer.. I don't know where to find it anymore :(

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7 Sprecher

I can't imagine anyone drinking A&W, Barq's, Dad's or any other mass-produced root beer and saying it's better than Sprecher. I would imagine you haven't tasted Sprecher then. It's the best.

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?

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.

Sprecher beats everything else period. A&W? Sure, if you like generic. Barq's? I mean, it has caffeine and is a better alternative than say Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew (I stand by it. Fight me.) And Dad's? Bland. Just bland. Sprecher is where it is at, hands down. Best served in a frosty mug.

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8 Barrelhead Root Beer

Was and still is the best. Hopefully they'll revive this long lost brand!

Was the best when it was manufactured by cadbury and in my mind still the best root beer ever made. Sorry they discontinued it..

No question it was the greatest tasting root beer ever made! Hands down...

Nothing compares.

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9 Mug

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.

I love the soft flavor. There's just enough carbonation to taste amazing

A&W has too much syrup this and IBC are the best - footballanytime

My family hates root beer but when I brought this to a family reunion they loved this

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10 Stewarts Root Beer

Ever since I've had my first bottle of Stewarts root beer, it's been my favorite.

My favorite. Has the strongest flavor yet is smooth. Some of the major brands taste just a little watered down compared to Stewart's.

Old fashioned. How is this not number one

Great place to go to enjoy the best root beer!

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The Contenders

11 Route 66 Root Beer

It has to be the worst I've ever had. could not even finish the bottle.

Nondescript. Move on to something with flavor.

Tastes great sweet and smooth

Great Root Beer.

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12 Sparky's

Sparks is delicious. Not your typical root beer taste. Definitely more robust and sharp.

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

Great root beer. Impossible to find in NC.

Pour me a beer (root)! Proverbs 3:7-8 (NIV)
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
And nourishment to your bones.

13 Hanks 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.

Absolutely amazing... wonderful head and then subsides with a following of an amazing aftertaste of sweet vanilla and a wonderfully crafted blend of spice. Just perfect. I need to do a side by side with Virgil's Bavarian Nutmeg. This absolutely has the better head and made with cane sugar.

Strong Vanilla flavor, not to sharp on the carbonation and good after taste going down the throat.

Recently did a 30 root beer taste test with my family. Winners: Hanks, IBC, Texas, Dang, St Michaels, A&W, Hansens and Albita.

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14 Junior Johnson Root Beer

Best root beer ever. Stores in western North Carolina cannot keep it in stock.

15 Abita Root Beer

Excellent! Not too sweet. Just right.

Overrated. Didn't get past the first round of our taste test.

It has a very specific calorie number. - ThatoneMetalhead

Love it!

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16 Berghoff's Root Beer

Love it! Reminds me of my Grandfathers homemade rooter.

Great root beer

No do not like served warm at berghoffs. Not good.

17 Frosty's

My all time favorite root beer. great memories of enjoying a bottle back when I was kind growing up in the 60's. Once in awhile I can find it in bottles here in Michigan but usually only around Christmas time, though other products are available year round. Thankfully I live just over the border from Indiana where I purchase it regularly in the South Bend area. For the record I have to say that I can find Frosty here in Michigan but only in plastic bottles and honestly it just does not taste the same.

All time favorite that was heads above all others, It would receive all the votes except no-one today can try it. I have not seen any in 20 years. I have seen it advertised on-line for too much money. Not sure it would be the same product as before.

Love it, too bad they don't sell it where I live.

It has to be the one in the glass bottle with pure cane suger. My favorite rootbeer and I've tried a bunch. The plastic bottles aren't fit to drink

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18 1919

This is true old fashioned root beer. So much better than the sickeningly sweet brand name sodas. There's one problem though...unless you are ordering it online, it's only available in retail stores in the Midwest.

I have tasted many on this list. To me there is none better and more balanced in flavor than 1919. If it's on tap and put in a frosty mug it's very hard to beat. So satisfying.

This is a good solid root beer that any fan of root beer should enjoy

The best root beer around.

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19 Sioux City Root Beer

Best root beer I have had, great sarsaparilla taste to it I could barely savor it and not drink it all!

This root beer has a taste unlike any other. It truly is the best out there.

Awesome root beer. Also got a good Sarsaparilla.

Has a 'true' root beer flavour

20 Jackson Hole Buckin' Root Beer

Picked it up for the first time after trying every root beer always going back to henry winhards and a&w on the tap and was surprised to find a new favorite

21 Virgil's

It "was" the best root beer hands down on the market about a year ago, I drank it regularly however in the past year they have managed to change recipe/where product is manufactured and it no longer is worth drinking.

Virgil is the best I have ever had! Not cheap but worth the price. I have tried over two dozen different root beers and Virgil's is my favorite.

Great flavor. I love the hint of anise. After Virgil's the run of the mill brands just taste like syrup.

It is most possibly quite definite that Virgil's rootbeer is the best I have ever had.

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22 Saranac 1888 Root Beer

Unfortunately when it comes to these top 10 lists, it's not the best brand that reaches the top but the brand that has the most recognition. I have done a side-by-side comparison of Saranac and IBC and, while the two definitely have different flavors, Saranac left a better impression on me. It was sweet, had a nice bite, a strong body, and a wonderful vanilla aftertaste. I still haven't scoured the globe for the best brews out there, but Saranac is my favorite so far.

Definitely lots of corn syrup but has a strong root beer taste (as opposed to a lot of the others on this list. )

Smooth and uniquely flavored! One of my favorites!

Best one saranac 1888 uuticany

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23 Carters

In England, it is all I can get my hands on, sold through a Walmart subsidiary, Asda. At first I was like 'what the he'll?! ', but then it has grown on me a little - enough to buy it by the crate, again because it's all I can get. Doesn't ring true of that original rooty flavour I enjoyed as a child in the Us though...

Honestly Carters just kind of tastes like mouthwash and fake sugar. I love rootbeer so much I usually don't even care what brand it's from, but Carters is a brand I'll never buy from again.
If you enjoy mint and fake sugar then this drink might just be for you, however if you favor a traditional rootbeer flavor I would recommend you look elsewhere.

24 Lost Trail Root Beer

Regional, and an excellent root beer, very smooth.

25 Boylan

Most beautiful and traditional root beer, absolutely delicious.

You idiots. This slaps everything

Hands down, best root beer.

By far the best I’ve had

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26 Fitz's

The best Root Beer by far. Perfect blend of sweet and root beer spice.

Wonderful taste that isn't too sweet, almost a subtle saltiness to it. Great to drink with food, ice cold.

Lets get this on paper Fitz's is a rich tasty root beer that money companies can't beat and I believe it is the best root beer out there

Fitz's is by far the best in the US. Having tried over 33 different root beers, this is the one that stands out. It also makes the best floats

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27 Thomas Kemper Root Beer

This must not be a very easy to get a hold of root beer, because I consider it to be easily one of if not the best root beer, and I've tried all the root beers in the top 10 list.

Top ten root beers are sweetened with that corn syrup crap. This one taste the way root beer used to be.

So underrated. Why is this not in the top lists of anyone online?

Had this on tap at my wedding. Best root beer ever!

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28 Triple XXX Root Beer

Grew up on Triple XXX Root Beer. No corn syrup, just pure cane sugar. Smooth.

One of the best ones out there.

29 Faygo

I love this my son and me drink this when we go fishing

Very smooth and tastes great

30 Saint Arnold Root Beer

This always on my tops list... Fantastic root beer

Best I have ever had.

It is just the best...

1st time having it! Fell in love...will def try again.

31 Dog 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 - footballanytime

Just the right balance of creamy goodness, but best draft!

Sweet childhood memories.

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32 Bundaberg Australian Root Beer

Loved this Root Beer! Gorgeous syrupy flavour and I love the medicinal kind of taste it makes me think that there's a taste explosion in there!

There's entirely too much licorice used in this root beer. Tastes very medicinal. Has next to no head.

This is a surprisingly good root beer. Recommend all root beer lovers try one!

It's old timey recipe brings happiness when you drink refreshing and cold.

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33 Shasta Root Beer

Grew up on it had to be consumed in a glass because the head was so thick,u just had to see it!

An old favorite

34 Appalachian Brewing CO. Root Beer

Appalachian Brewing Company Root beer, is the best root beer I have ever tasted! It has a sweet, classic taste and is made with honey. It defiantly beats the classic Stewart's and IBC Root beer. Defiantly recommend Appalachian Brewing Co. Root beer to all root beer lovers!

What root beer should taste like. The best ingredients combine to give the best flavor.

Tasted the vanilla right away and Appalachian was a bit sweeter than most root beers. Savored the flavors and I loved it! Better than IBC, Stewart, A&W, and Hanks. Highly recommend this classic, with a twist, root beer.

35 Maine Root

The best out there in my opinion

Smooth, pure root beer taste.

I like the main root brand. But I prefer their sasparilla to their root beer.

Enjoyed it very much. Good flavor and no hfcs which I'm allergic to.

36 Rochester

The best root beer I have tried!

37 Mason's Root Beer

One of my favorite old time brands

Hard to find, but worth the effort

Mason's was my favorite root beer in the 1950s. I have not seen it since the 50s or 60s but I still consider it my all-time favorite. by the way those who did not get to taste Dr Pepper back then will never know what they missed.

38 Bulldog Root Beer

My son and I conducted a root beer taste test among 32 brands of root beer offered at the infamous Pops on Route 66 near Arcadia, Oklahoma in the summer of 2006. The winner? Bulldog Root Beer. Our favorite of the 32 brands.

Just simply a really good root beer without any unusual or awkward flavors over after taste and with just the right amount of bite.

Established in 1997 this is a awesome root beer with a touch of honey quickly becoming my favorite

I've tried many of these root beers and Bulldog's definitely my favorite. Very flavorful and creamy with a nice blend of root beer, vanilla and honey flavors. The only root beer I've ever tried that's better is the microbrewed root beer they sell in Schilo's Deli in San Antonio. Wish they'd bottle and distribute it, too!

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39 Capt'n Eli's Root Beer

Very strong anise flavor, but otherwise good root beer

From Ohio, traveling thourgh Portland, and picked up a case for my father in law, who loves Root beer. After having Captain Eli's, I now try different kinds everywhere I go. It's the best I've had so far

You know the one with the guy and a parrot

Love it very smooth

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40 Iron Horse

Should be #1. No question.

Have to say..it was between IBC and this. But Iron Horse definitely has an amazing taste frosted in a mug rather than IBC. Smooth...not too sweet. And just the right amount of bitterness. Yummm!

41 Aldi Sudz Root Beer

Store brand root beer only at aldi

42 Stars & Stripes Root Beer

Pretty nice. I usually drink this or A&W depending on my mood

43 Cornwell Howler's Fancy Frost Root Beer
44 Tom Wahl's Homemade Root Beer

If you're anywhere in the Rochester, NY area, Tom Wahl's has at least 12 stores in the greater Rochester area and they make their root beer by hand, daily. I love good Root Beer, especially in a root beer float. This is far better than anything from a bottle. They have it on tap at all their stores and serve it up in a frosty mug with unlimited refills. Their food is delicious too, but the root beer is totally sick.

45 Ipswich Soda Pop

Small batch soda made at the Ipswich Ale Brewery in Ipswich, MA.

46 Bawls G33K B33R

Great energy drink. Decent root beer

This is the only great caffeinated Roof Bear out there. If you like energy drinks, I recommend trying Bawls Guarana "G33K B33R" Root Beer!

47 Zia Root Beer

Great taste with nothing artificial, local, and I heard fromtwo people it's the best tasting root beer they drank.

48 Abita!
49 Filbert's Root Beer

This rootbeer has been around since 1926 and is still privately owned by the fourth generation. They also serve other flavors of soda.

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