Original Pappas Pizza Downtown Diet Root Beer

065 - Pappas Pizza Downtown Diet Root Beer

Producer: Original Pappas Pizza, Stamford, CT
Obtained At: Original Pappas Pizza, Stamford, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural & artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate
Calories: 0
Sugars: 0g
Caffeine: No

Another root beer from the pizza place that I walked by for several months without noticing (see first review here).  I always like it when I find a new root beer and there is also a diet root beer or a sarsaparilla. The label here is basically the same as their regular root beer. The taste is alright. It starts out like a good diet root beer but somehow the taste disappears. It has absolutely no lasting root beer flavor. It’s not bad, but overall it is pretty weak.



Frostie Root Beer


Producer: Frostie Root Beer Co. LLC, Detroit, MI
Obtained At: The Fresh Market in Avon, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate, citric acid natural and artificial flavors
Calories: 160
Sugars: 42
Caffeine: No

I was driving in Avon when I passed The Fresh Market and thought, “I bet they have root beer there.” So on my way back I stopped in and I was right: they had root beer. In fact, they had six kinds I have yet to review. I bought all six and this is the first one. I have had Frostie Root Beer before and remember liking it. They also have a vanilla root beer, which I remember liking as well. The label is clear, which is less common than the opaque labels. And after checking the Frostie Root Beer bottle I have in my collection, this is a different label than they used to use. That means I can add it to my collection! The label has a Christmas/winter theme that goes along well with the name. The taste is really good. It is rich and creamy. It is very fizzy as well. I could drink a lot of this and I suggest you do the same.


Foxon Park Draft Style Root Beer


Producer: Foxon Park Beverages, Inc., East Haven, CT
Obtained At: Frank Pepe’s, New Haven, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, and sodium benzoate
Calories: 130
Sugars: 34
Caffeine: No

This is a Connecticut-brewed root beer, so I get to drink it all the time. I actually tried it for the first time long before I moved to Connecticut. I have always enjoyed it, but never thought it was anything amazing. But Frank Pepe’s has it so I get it with the pizza there. Let’s see how it is this time. The taste is pretty good. It’s smooth but has a unique taste to it so it’s not just like every other root beer. It is worth trying if you ever see it. But it isn’t anything fantastic.



Hosmer Mountain Diet Root Beer


Producer: Hosmer Mountain Bottling Co., Willimantic, CT
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated nonchlorinated water, natural and artificial flavor, caramel color, fructose, glycine, aspartame, potassium benzoate, calcium saccharin, carbohydrate gum, citric acid, acelfame k, malic acid
Calories: Less than 2
Sugars: 5g
Caffeine: No

A Connecticut-made root beer I bought while on vacation in Minnesota. The label is truly unique. I don’t think I have seen another soda label like this one, which is saying a lot. After looking at the label, I noticed that this one has a lot more ingredients than the usual root beer. Also, it’s a diet root beer but has 5 grams of sugar and “less than 2” calories. I have had Hosmer Mountain root beer and sarsaparilla several times before and always enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I will like this one too. The taste is decent as far as diet root beer goes. It’s drinkable and everything you can really hope for in a diet root beer. But it’s not the best diet root beer I’ve ever had.