Sprecher Hard Root Beer

Tonight’s selection is another one that Val picked out. I do find the verbiage of their internet ad campaign very similar to another hard root beer that seems to be very popular.


ABV: 5%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “NOT YOUR GRANDADDY’S ROOT BEER. OR IS IT? An adult version of our famous Root Beer with a kick, sure to please the bootlegger in you!”

Random: This is available year-round, which isn’t surprising given the popularity of hard sodas these days.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of khaki colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had vanilla, woodiness and sassafras. The booze was apparent on the nose, despite the low ABV. There was a green, medicinal note that was bordering on spearmint. The taste was like drinking root beer mixed with booze and chalky antacid. The vanilla note was there too, but it was artificial. The mint note didn’t come through as much in the taste, but it was most likely because the chalky note was prevalent. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with white chalk and sassafras. A bottle of this was $1.21 ($.10 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I’m not a huge fan of hard root beers, but if you’re into that, give this a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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