Top Ten Best Root Beers


The Top Ten

1 A&W

Its not even close

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.

My personal fave.

Definitely the smoothest taste!


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.

Awesome root beer

Mug is bae

3 Barqs Root Beer

I've only had 7 of the 10..&Barq's is my favorite -hands down!

Makes my testicles harden

Money moves

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

4 Dad's Root Beer

Classic flavor, hasnt changed in decades

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

5 Henry Weinhard's Root Beer

The best root beer bar none. The superior ingredients shine.

There is no way that Henry's shouldn't be at the top of this list other than the fact that those voting for others simply haven't had Henry's. Without a doubt, the best root beer out there!

Any distinguishing palate will recognize this as a superior root beer. All others fall short of it's perfection.

The best on this list

6 Hires Root Beer

Found it late in the game. Hard to find now. Bring it back!

It was my childhood favorite and still is now.

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!

7 Sprecher

Excellent root beer but hard to find

Amazing only root beer I have at home

Sprecher is currently the tastiest root beer in production. I have had over 100 different root beers, and every single one on this list. The best root beer I have ever had was Flavor 8, but they are out of business. The fact that IBC is #1 is embarrassing. IBC is a mediocre root beer at best, and those who think it is the best have certainly never had a good brew.

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.

8 Barrelhead Root Beer

Drank this brand in the 70's and early 80's and then it just went poof and disappeared. I stopped drinking root beer because after being spoiled by Barrel Head nothing else would do. NO other root beer I was able to get at the grocery store kept a head on it like this stuff did. It was like drinking Guinness Stout for kids.

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...

9 Mug

So yummy!

I used to be obsessed with this

I’ve had many in my life and this comes in 2nd

Just simply amazing.

10 Stewarts Root Beer

By far the best, always bottled so has that classic, awesome taste

Great flavour

oh yea

I take a bath in this jawn. All other rootbeer is inferior and needs to be eradicated.

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

Really great root beer

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 Junior Johnson Root Beer

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

14 Hanks Gourmet Root Beer

This is a fantastic root beer! So much better than the average brands most people vote for because it is the common ones they find everywhere.

This is my best tasting root beer. Very awesome taste that is smooth with a great after taste..

The best!

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.

15 Abita Root Beer

Love it!

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

16 Berghoff's Root Beer

Great root beer

Love it! Reminds me of my Grandfathers homemade rooter.

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

17 Frosty's

Makes the best Floats with vanilla I cream.

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.

I love it

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.

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.

The best root beer around.

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

19 Sioux City Root Beer

This is a really great 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.

20 Virgil's

I have never tasted better root beer than Virgil's. It jumps into my cart when I go to the grocery store. It makes fantabulous root beer floats.

The most complex, yet drinkable, root beer on the market today. One swig and you taste vanilla, licorice, nutmeg, etc.. flavors that come together in your mouth with just the right amount of carbonation to please the palate. Enjoy a cold refreshing Virgils root beer in a nice cold, frosty mug! --- What a treat!

This root beer is so good!

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.

21 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

22 Boylan

Best root beer I have tried so far. Shame it's difficult to get in the UK though.

My favorite. The best!

Best RB out there.

Smooth. Lasting flavor. I like it.

23 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!

The waters of Saratoga are filled with iron which gives this root beer a different taste and the best after taste.

24 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.

25 Lost Trail Root Beer

Regional, and an excellent root beer, very smooth.

26 Fitz's

My favorite. Nice blend of sassafras and vanilla. Perfect for Floats.

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

27 Bundaberg Australian Root Beer

First time trying this. It is delicious! I am just savoring the flavors. I love Virgil's but Bundaberg might be my new favorite.

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!

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

Why is A&W higher than this?

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

Very smooth and tastes great

30 Thomas Kemper Root Beer

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

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?

31 Saint Arnold Root Beer

Best, easily.

The best root beer you have never heard of. Absolutely wonderful!

It is just the best...

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

32 Shasta Root Beer

More like a float with whipped cream :3

It HAS-TA be Shasta!

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

33 Bulldog Root Beer

This is the best root beer out there. Of the 50 brands I have tried.
Also has no corn syrup but real cane sugar.
I did a blind test test with 10 people and 15 root beers, and one sarsaparilla.
Bulldog first place and "The root beer companies" sarsaparilla took second place. Some RB where undrinkable. Bull Dog has a bit more fizz than I like so I steer it a bit for my personal taste.

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

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 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!

Bad, really bad.

36 Rochester

The best root beer I have tried!

37 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.

38 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.

39 Iron Horse

Just had this. Best ever!

Should be #1. No question.

Have to 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!

40 Capt'n Eli's Root Beer

Portland has a lot of great root beers. Went there from Texas couple of years ago. A store in Carrollton, Texas has 56 different kinds of root beers.

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

41 Stars & Stripes Root Beer

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

42 Abita!

Great and great price for six rather than four bottles

43 Cornwell Howler's Fancy Frost Root Beer
44 Killebrew Root Beer


45 Aldi Sudz Root Beer

Store brand root beer only at aldi

46 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.

47 Dr. McGillicuddy's Rootbeer
48 Ipswich Soda Pop

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

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.

50 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!

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