Review: Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer Soda

We were pleasantly surprised by how much we liked Hansen’s Natural Mandarin Lime Soda, so it was with great enthusiasm that we tried another flavor in their natural soda lineup: Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer Soda.


Obviously, everyone has their own interpretation over what a “good” root beer should taste like. Some like smooth, some like more “rooty” flavors, some prefer flavors with bite. I will admit right off the bat that I’m not a root beer expert, though I do know a few (hmmm, maybe it’s time for some guest writing here at!)

That said, when I cracked open a can of Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer Soda, it smells like… well, root beer! Not much of a surprise there. Then when I tasted it… I got the same impression. It tastes like root beer. Nothing too crazy or bold. More of your run-of-the-mill A&W-style root beer. It was much better than some other root beer flavors we’ve tasted, such as Route Beer 66, but not quite as good as other cane sugar-sweetened versions we’ve had, such as Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer. That’s not to totally write off this flavor… it just didn’t “Wow!” me.

Hansen’s website describes this flavor as “made from the Tahitian vanilla extract. Our sodas are 100% natural and do not contain any preservatives, caffeine, sodium, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or colors.” I appreciate that, and compared to some of the jokes of root beer flavors we see on the shelves and in the fountains these days (Mug, I’m looking right at you — and don’t even get me started on A&W Float!), Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer Soda offered a nice, clean root beer flavor.

A full ingredient list is as follows:

Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer Soda
Pure triple filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural spices of wintergreen, birch, anise, sassafras, Tahitian vanilla extract, citric acid

What really is “Tahitian vanilla extract” anyway? Sounds exotic. Or something that a creative marketing copywriter cranked out. Either way, kudos on making the ingredient list fun to read.

So, if you need 160 calories of root beer goodness that’s sweetened with something other than high fructose corn syrup, give Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer Soda a shot!

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