Saturday, January 31, 2009

Baumeister Root Beer

Sorry folks. I know it's been a while, but i am running out of resources for new root beers. I did however find this at the Pop Shop. Baumeister Root Beer is bottled by Lakeshore Bottling Co. in Green Bay, WS and was created in 1907 by a guy with a funny name, Heine Baumeister. So that's exciting i suppose. Baumeister also makes a few other flavors, such as cherry, cream, and orange, but it seems like that's about as far as they go. So they keep it simple, which isn't a bad thing. They seem to be very proud that they've made it over 100 years as a business. Well good for you Baumeister. Normally people as old as you are put in rest homes so they can be ignored and forgotten, but you're just hangin' in there.

The typical 12 oz. bottle has a fairly plain label to it. It's the color of brown packaging paper with big white font of the root beer's name, and there is a root beer keg and a picture of a light house on it. I think that's kind of odd to have on a root beer from Wisconsin. I mean, i know they are on the shore of Lake Michigan and are bottled by Lakeshore Bottling, but are there really light houses in Green Bay? Is that necessary? I see light houses on root beer labels for root beers from the great state of Maine all the time, and i don't have a problem with that. I mean, come on, Maine doesn't have a lot going for it. It has to be proud of something, and i suppose lighthouses are acceptable. But when i think Green Bay (or Wisconsin for that matter), i don't think light houses. It just seems like a non sequitur to me. I'm deducting points for incongruency (<-- a="" div="" don="" even="" i="" s="" t="" that="" think="" word="">

As far as taste is concerned, Baumeister doesn't have much going on. It's not bad, and certainly better then some of the other root beers i have tried recently (i'm looking at you Journey John Barleycorn), but there is nothing special to it. It's particularly sweet. I can taste the root beer flavoring in it, but it's very sugary. I almost expected it to be made with cane sugar, but the ingredients say it is made with "high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar". So whatever they are doing, they might want to back off a bit. Everything else was fine though. It had nice carbonation and it wasn't a bad root beer. It could just be better in my opinion (which is clearly the only opinion that counts, or else you wouldn't be reading this).

My official review is that Baumeister gets 5 (five) IBCs. It's just another one of those middle of the road root beers. Kinda like how Wisconsin is a middle of the road state. Or like how Green Bay is a middle of the road football team. Or how Lake Michigan is full of dead bodies (it's probably true, if you think about it). But anyway, if you want to try this root beer, there's nothing wrong with it. But it has a long way to go if it wants to measure up to IBC.

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