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Mason’s Root Beer

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Distributed by Real Soda, bottled by the Monarch Company Inc. in Atlanta. I decided to try this because A. I kind of liked the label B. I’m always down for an obscure brand and C. the proprietors of the soda shop I frequent think pretty highly of it. So, let’s delve right in!

First taste tells me this isn’t quite like every other root beer. It’s got an odd flavor, but I can’t yet tell what it is.

Really, I don’t know how to describe it. It doesn’t really taste like root beer at all. What does it taste like?

I couldn’t say. It’s not very sweet. I can taste a bit of the citric acid which is apparently an ingredient, but it’s not really a citrus flavor.

Yeah, there’s a very vague sourness underneath the expected vanilla/cream flavors, but it’s still…this is not really a root beer.

The bottle proclaims a “keg brewed flavor”, whatever that means.

I won’t call it bad. It’s not unpleasant by any means. It’s totally drinkable. But I’m not satisfied by it either. It’s an oddity, but it’s not a particularly interesting one.

Now that it’s nearing the bottom and has warmed up a bit, I can taste a hint more fruitiness in the flavor. Not enough to make it distinctive, but it’s worth noting.

Overall, Mason’s isn’t bad or anything, but as far as I’m concerned, only root beer diehards need apply.


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