Not too long ago, we reviewed Capone Family Secret Root Beer. It was a average product that banked on the familiar Chicago gangster name. That same product line offers something with a little more bite, Capone Family Secret Ginger Beer.
Like the Root Beer, this caffeine free product again plays up the Al Capone connection to Chicago, and is filled in a 12 oz brown glass bottle. Slightly yellow in color, there is a strong ginger scent emanating from this beverage. And while the root beer was sweetened with sugar, this Ginger Beer uses high fructose corn syrup.
I like a good ginger ale or ginger beer that burns the back of my throat. That's what it's all about, not the watered down stuff found in the likes of Canada Dry, Schweppes, or Seagrams. Capone has a somewhat light initial flavor, almost watered down. It's sweet, and that's notable in the mid-taste, where the flavor really starts to build.
Towards the end of the taste, that's when the ginger beer-ness of this product shines. There's a smooth bitterness to the finish, with a nice ginger burn lingering in your throat. It's not too syrupy, either, which is surprising. The burn is a great cap to the flavor experience, while the sweetness brings you back for another sip. It may not be at the same level as something from Reed's or Bruce Cost's Ginger Ale, but it's got a great mouthfeel overall. This Ginger Beer is rather tasty, and outshines the company's Root Beer by a long shot.
Capone Family Secret Ginger Beer
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, natural flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), caramel color, modified food starch, glyceryl abietate, brominated vegetable oil.
A 12 oz bottle contains 170 calories, 25 mg sodium, and 42 g carbs (42 g sugars). Caffeine free.
Official Website: CaponeFamilySecret.com