Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Overpriced Average: Jones Cane Sugar Soda Root Beer!

The Good: Decent taste, Not overly carbonated.
The Bad: Not terribly nutritious, Quite a bit pricier than most, Nothing superlative in the taste
The Basics: Jones Soda makes a fine Root Beer, but charges a lot more for it than other, comparable, root beers.

My wife, every now and then, picks something completely random up for me, insisting "you get yourself so little these days!" I'm to that weird point in my life where the only things I truly want tend to be expensive (new bookcases, collectibles, etc.), so I spend most of my discretionary money on her now. So, when we were out last week at a store we seldom get to, she picked up a four-pack of Jones Soda Root Beer as a simple "I love you" gift. The gesture was better than the product.

Jones Root Beer is a premium soda that is sold in glass bottles from Jones and it is fine, but there is nothing about it that is so extraordinary as to justify its inflated price.


Jones Root Beer is a bottled soda that is both sold at grocery stores and restaurants like Panera Bread (reviewed here!). Each 12 oz. glass bottle houses the dark brown liquid. The bottles look good and while Jones is a smaller company, they are big enough that their operation is completely professional. Jones Soda has photo contests to appear on the labels.

The 12 oz. bottle represents a single serving of Jones Root Beer.

Ease Of Preparation

Jones Root Beer is a liquid in a clear 12 oz. bottle. Preparation is as easy as opening the bottle by twisting the bottle cap off and drinking the liquid inside. I recommend refrigerating the bottle first as its full flavor potential is reached by having it cool. The tops of the caps give consumers something to read (I do NOT need to watch a foreign film right now, thank you Jones Soda!) and that's cute and very indie.


Jones Soda Root Beer smells like root beer. Root Beer is one of those foods that tastes like what it is: root beer is root beer flavored, slightly dry and with a slightly more spiced flavor than cola. The Jones Soda iteration of root beer is marginally sweeter and less dry than other brands I have tried, but beyond that, it is pretty indistinct.

The Jones Soda Root Beer has a mild, sweet aftertaste that fades within a minute of consumption.


As a soda, one might expect this to have many unpronounceable ingredients. However, Jones Root Beer is made primarily of carbonated water, inverted cane sugar, and caramel color. There are no unpronounceable ingredients in this.

Nutritionally, Jones Root Beer is not enough to live off of, but it could be worse. Jones Root Beer has a significant 46 grams of sugar. In addition to 180 calories per serving, there are 35 milligrams of sodium in this. Jones Root Beer has no fat, nor any other nutrients.


Jones Root Beer comes in a glass bottle and there is no clear expiration date on the bottle (unless it expires in the year 5056!). There is a batch code printed on the side of the bottle neck.

This drink is dark brown and will stain clothes that are lighter than it. Consult a fabric guide on how to prevent stains from the caramel coloring in this from your specific fabric. As well, the drink wipes off surfaces easily with a cloth, assuming they are impermeable.


Jones Root Beer is fine, but a pretty unexceptional culinary outing from Jones Soda.

For other Jones Soda pops, please check out my reviews of:
Zilch Vanilla Bean Soda
Berry Lemonade Soda
Green Apple Soda


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for a complete listing of all the foods I have reviewed!

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