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

Sprecher Hard Ginger Beer

Since I got transferred, I’ve been walking an average of six miles a day on the dock. I had to buy shoe inserts because my feet were hurting so much. This is one of those days that my feet are just killing me. I wish I could train the cats to rub my feet.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not too sweet with a nice dry finish, natural ginger flavor gives Sprecher Hard Ginger Beer refreshing crispness. Try it by itself, in a Moscow Mule…however you see fit.”

Random: I wish I could find a ginger beer that I really enjoy. I haven’t tried that many, but what I have tried, I haven’t been the biggest fan of.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated very quickly and didn’t leave any lacing on the glass, but a small crown remained. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with intense carbonation. On the nose, I got a note of fresh ginger and a floral note as well. The taste had ginger as well, but it tasted more like powdered ginger than fresh ginger root. It had a slight sweetness as well. The body was light with carbonation that needed to be dialed up a bit. The finish was quick with the same ginger note. A single bottle was $2.42, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. I wanted to enjoy this one, but it was very one-note and I would have appreciated more of a fresh ginger note. I can see this one doing well in a Moscow Mule.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sprecher Hard Apple Pie

When I picked up this beer, I knew it was either going to be good or absolutely awful. Let’s see how it panned out.


ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At 5% abv, this is definitely not your Grandma’s apple pie though it tastes remarkably similar. Each sip gives you every flavor you get in an apple pie — crisp yet soft apple up front followed by cinnamon and a pie crust finish. Sweet, tart and smooth with a hint of savory. Engagingly provocative, Hard Apple Pie is delicious on its own, in a float with your favorite ice cream, or mixed in a cocktail. Cheers!”

Random: This beer is a new “malternative” to their profile and was first brewed this year.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body a cloudy, straw yellow color with moderate carbonation and floaties. The nose had a lot of spice, specifically cinnamon and nutmeg along with honey. The taste was like liquid apple pie. There was sweet apples to it and then intense spice with cinnamon and nutmeg and some graham cracker too. The body with on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with apples and honey sweetness. This beer was quite affordable at $1.21 a bottle ($.10 per ounce). I fully expected not to like this beer at all and I really enjoyed it. It’s not something I could have more than one or two of, but it’s worth a try if you like apple pie.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0