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SLC1
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Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:15 pm

Why is it that every single European I've introduced Root Beer to says that it tastes like a certain product, we Americans, especially Utahns love our Root Beer, yet all Europeans (except one that I know who loves it) absolutely hate it? Just to test my theory I brought Root Beer to German exchange students who all said the exact same thing in reaction. Not sure about Non-European,non-Americans though. So what are your thoughts on the issue?


































If you think it tastes like toothpaste...you have the reaction that 99.99% of your non-American comrades also have.
 
Newark777
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:22 pm

I love root beer! Of course, I'm not European...

Harry
 
garnetpalmetto
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:25 pm

Root beer is one of my weaknesses and I certainly do NOT think it tastes like toothpaste...maybe the mass market crap like Mug does, but the microbrewed stuff like Virgil's tastes good.
 
mdsh00
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:58 pm

I love Weinhards and Thomas Kemper Root Beers!

This reminds me of a thread almost a year ago with a German member asking the forum where he can get root beer in Germany.
 
Fokker Lover
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 2:20 pm

I'm thinking that I want to get some European toothpaste. If it tastes like rootbeer, that would be great.
 
LAS757300
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 2:36 pm

Germans like a pop which isn't so sweet, which is probably why I've only seen Coke, Coke-Light, Pepsi, Pepsi-Light, Sprite, and Mezomix over there. In fact I was talked to some Germans this summer who were at an American military base in Germany as part of their military service. They sampled rootbeer and mountain dew and hated both.
 
UTA_flyinghigh
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 4:55 pm

Canada Dry ! Yayers ! (but is it really Canadian  Big grin )

UTA
 
SLC1
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:21 pm

UTA, all my Canadian family is addicted to it, as am I. It's a symbol of national pride if it is Canadian or not.
 
707CMF
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:22 pm

Actually, Canada Dry is quite well enjoyed in France and Elbonia as well.

Cheers,

707
 
Biggles20
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:26 pm

Hello All,

Unless I'm being really stupid, isn't root beer just another very sugary soft drink? Or at least the stuff I've tried in the past tastes like that. Over the past few years I've been cutting back on the amount of sugar in my diet, and to be honest, root-beer won't help me achieve this!

it is a soft drink isn't it?

Biggles
 
keno
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:30 pm

We have loads of A&W outlets in Malaysia so we are very much aware of rootbeer. I'm surprised that there are NONE in the UK. Haven't seen an outlet in mainland Europe either.
 
SLC1
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:34 pm

root beer
n.
A carbonated soft drink made from extracts of certain plant roots and herbs.

-dictionary.com

Root Beer is a sweet, dark soda that should have a bite and a frothy taste, commonly served in a frosty mug. Sasparilla is similar with a bit more bite.

It's good with Ice Cream mixed in.

http://www.root-beer.org
http://www.rootbeer.net

Common brands in the US include A&W, Mug, IBC, Hires, Dad's, Barq's, and there are many better, less mass-market Root Beers.
 
FLY 8
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:15 pm

I´m from Austria and I really like Root Beer. I remémber my first contact with root beer in 1995. It tasted awfull. You need to drink some and than it will get better and better.
Like slc1 said it is VERY good with vanilla ice cream!!
 
SLC1
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:23 pm

btw... with vanilla ice cream it's a Root Bear Float or, depending on the dialect, Root Beer Freeze.
 
LO231
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:45 pm

I LOVE IT!!!

It reminds me a bit of Dr Pepper which also is not so popular here.

And Dr Pepper smells "cinnamonny" which I find a lot in America - even the bagels smell of cinnamon and I'm a big lover of that, too!

Regards,
LO231
 
BA380
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:51 pm

I used to work for the compnay that owns A&W and we tested selling Root Beer in a few outlets in Germany. Most people did not like it all. 99.99999% said it tasted like mouthwash/toothpaste. However, those that did like it absolutley LOVED it (me included), partic US expats...
 
Sabena332
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:03 am

I like root beer as well, I drink it quite often when I am in the USA and sometimes also here in Germany (hard to get it here).

Patrick
 
UTA_flyinghigh
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:17 am

BTW why is it called "root" beer ? there doesn't seem to be any root in the ingredients ???

UTA
 
BA380
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:22 am

i believe it has sasparillo root in it.... can anyone confirm?
 
VSlover
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:24 am

root beer
n.
A carbonated soft drink made from extracts of certain plant roots and herbs.

-dictionary.com


most certainly is from a root.
 
UTA_flyinghigh
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:26 am

Then we can argue that Coke is root beer then  Big grin

UTA
 
trident3
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:23 am

It tastes like Dandelion and Burdock, an old english drink popular with the temperence movement. D&B is stronger but the two drinks are similar.
 
lmml 14/32
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:39 am

I love root beer. Always ask for it on a transatlantic flight. Never had it on board though. First thing I drink when I land in the US - together with Dunkin donut.
 
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:43 am

I'm wondering about the caffeine content in root beer. Many of the commercial brands contain caffeine (such as Barq's, one of the best main stream brands) but some do not. As I try to avoid caffeine, but love root beer, any help on which of the better brands are caffeine free?

Logan
 
FDXmech
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:46 am

What about Birch Beer?
 
Banco
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:52 am

It tastes like Dandelion and Burdock

It does not! Dandelion and Burdock is nice. Root beer tastes like Germolene.  Wow!

"Wintergreen" sweets are the same. I believe McDonalds did serve root beer for a time. Obviously not successfully!  Laugh out loud
 
An-225
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:06 am

But it DOES taste like toothpaste!

Alex (Born in Russia).
 
BA380
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:08 am

i think (but am not sure - don't sue me) that A&W is caffeine free.
 
LH423
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:08 am

I don't hate Root Beer, I just will not go out of my way to drink it. I'd much rather a coke/pepsi, Dr Pepper, or Sprite before Root Beer. There's just something about the taste. it's strange.

LH423
 
mdsh00
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 4:58 am

Logan,

I think many root beers are caffeine free. Mug, Barqs, and A&W.
 
Stoney
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:01 am

I don't like Root Beer at all, but I don't really think it tastes like toothpaste. I wouldn't even drink one if that was the only way to save the world. And anyway, why drink Root Beer if you can have a nice, cold real beer  Big thumbs up

And could it be that the reason why root beer is so popular with kids (When I was at camp in NC everybody drank root beer) because it sounds like beer?

Greetz
Stoney
 
Logan22L
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:06 am

Mdsh00: I've seen caffeine on the label of Barq's. Funny thing is, for most sodas, you'll see "caffeine free" or whatever, but I've never noticed it on root beer. Guess I'll just have to read the fine print and take me chances.

Thanks BA380 and Mdsh00,

Logan
 
NumberTwelve
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:07 am

Very simple, also with other products:
Drink it but don't force other people to do so  Wink/being sarcastic

We have Ebbelwoi in our area, also known as cidre or cider. It's special taste, people like or hate it.
 
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:17 am

I'd love to find an A&W that actually "brewed" their root beer like they used to. It had a consistency that was heavier and creamier than the watery stuff in bottles and cans, even the premium brands.

The A&W drive-in near my house where I grew up had carhops with a miniature golf course next door, and sold root beer to-go in waxed paper cartons with the little flip-top on them like milk used to come in.

I can still taste it, and nothing comes close at all.  Smile
 
MD11Engineer
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:20 am

What about Malzbier?  Wink/being sarcastic

Jan
 
SLC1
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:40 am

As far as the root questions go, most root beers I'm sure now use artificial ingredients to mimic the taste of the roots. As for caffeine, Barq's is the only brand I know of that has it, and some of it is caffeine free as well.
 
BREmer
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RE: Europeans And Root Beer

Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:19 am

Blargh! Root beer! Brrrr I my taste buds cramp up when I'm just thinking about that stuff!

Keep root beer in the States and finally start introducing Mountain Dew here big time!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Aaaaaah now that's something I really miss here in Germany!

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