Root Beer Review #35 – Big Ben’s Root Beer

Logan’s looking pretty dapper in her new blue coat from this weekend’s ski adventure. Don’t you think?


Now for Tuesday Root Beer: Big Ben’s. I don’t think they had a graphic designer help with the font:

Big Ben's

The more I look at the label, the less it appears like “Ben’s” and more like something else. The font is wrong. I don’t want Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum, I want a deep & rich tasting root beer.

I’m a sucker for non-rectangular UPC symbols, but it’s not going to cut it.



This Pennsylvania root beer doesn’t hold up the rigorous taste testing that Logan and I give all our root beers.

Logan: “It tastes diet”

I can’t disagree with her. It wasn’t like Scrooge McDuck’s money pit, deep and rich, but closer to two bits. It wasn’t awful, but I also certainly didn’t want another one.  It’s not a good sign when one is enough.  I’m going to let this one pass: it’s not all about the looks, but the combination of the logo and the taste didn’t fare well.

Derek’s Rating: 1.7

Here are the rankings with notes of Wintergreen (W), Licorice (L), or Other (O):

9.5 Sprecher Root Beer: buy me in bulk online!
9.1 River City Root Beer
9.0 Americana Root Beer
8.8 Tower Root Beer
8.5 Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer
8.1 maine root handcrafted rootbeer: Available at b.good on tap
8.0 Virgil’s Root Beer: available at some supermarkets
7.7 Chicago Root Beer
7.4 Bulldog Root Beer
7.3 Thunder Beast
7.2 Cicero Salted Caramel Root Beer
7.2 O-So Butterscotch Root Beer (O)
7.0 Cicero Chicago Style Root Beer
6.8 J.J. Stewart Root Beer
6.7 Old Red Eye Root Beer (W)
6.6 Frostie Root Beer
6.5 Dr. Brown’s Root Beer Draft Style
6.2 Bedford’s Root Beer
5.9 Red Arrow Root Beer
5.6 Jones Root Beer (W)
5.1 Saranac Root Beer
4.8 Jack Black’s Dead Red Root Beer
4.7 Filbert’s Root Beer
4.6 Gale’s Root Beer (O)
4.3 Triple “AAA” Root Beer
4.0 Trader Joe’s Vintage Root Beer
3.9 Avery’s Root Beer
3.6 towne club root beer
3.4 Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer
3.2 Rocky Mountain Root Beer
2.5 Mug Old Fashioned Root Beer
2.0 Judge Wapner Root Beer
1.7 Big Ben’s Root Beer (W)
0.4 The Pop Shoppe
0.1 GuS Dry Root Beer (O)

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