Killebrew Root Beer 


Brewed under the authority of KK Minnesota, LLC for Killebrew Beverages.
P.O. Box 1609 W. City. Rd. 42 #244 Burnsville, MN 55306
The Pitch:
With the Hall of Fame Taste
The Ingredients:
Pure natural spring water, high fructose corn syrup, pure Minnesota honey, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, and citric acid.
The Website:
Spike says:
This was free stuff, sent by the brewer. Even though I'm a lifelong A's fan, how could I not want to try something with "Killer's" name (last name, anyway) and number, 3, on it?

Just based on the wrapping job they did I was ready to give this product an "A", but I thought I'd press on and actually drink the stuff. After all, it's made "using an old family recipe for rootbeer"...since I've never seen a family recipe that calls for high fructose corn syrup I had to give it a go.

Lightly carbonated, fairly headless when poured. I don't really like reviewing root beer sent by the brewer, because if I don't like it I feel bad writing, "thanks for the free stuff, I'm going to tell people it sucks." (see Sparky's) A great name is no guarantee of great taste (see McCaffrey's) and my concern was redoubled when, after agreeing to review the root beer, I read on their site that the root beer has a "nice birch flavor"...uh oh! (see birch) Fortunately they're using some new non-wintergreen birch because this stuff isn't minty at all. It does have some bite, not particularly would probably go good over vanilla ice cream. I was surprised at how drinkable it is - I was fairly gulping the stuff. The sweetness is a bit different, somewhat reminiscent of cane sugar, must be the honey. There's a long-lasting acidic aftertaste and my lips were sticky when I was done (maybe from the gulping), but the kids had no complaint.

Update: I picked up some Breyer's vanilla ice cream and made floats for me and the kids (Mrs. Spike still won't touch the stuff)...definitely the way to go.

All in all a good brew, worth checking out. I call 'em like I see ''s got a good taste, a little different, but the aftertaste holds it back. B

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