When we were in Aldi Monday, we passed by the soda selection, which is fairly small. See the root beer reminded me that I wanted to make the Root Beer Pulled Pork so I asked Vince if we had root beer at home. He didn’t know and said “Let’s get a 12 pack. I’ve been wanting to try it.”
We drink way less soda than we once did but we do still keep it around. When we had a Kroger here, I could often get soda on sale – 4 – 12 packs for $10, but with Kroger gone, I rarely see those kinds of deals. Walmart has 12 pack anywhere from $7.50 to $8.50 so even though we’re not drinking a lot of soda these days, price is a concern, but taste is what matters most.
When it comes to root beer, I like the sweet root beer, and don’t like root beer with a “bite”. My favorites are IBC and A&W, and I never find those on sale.
I think the last time I bought IBC, I think I paid about $6 for four bottles. The Suds root beer at Aldi was $2.69 for a 12 pack, which is about .23/can.
Comparing A&W to Suds, as far as nutrition, based on info from this site for the A&W stats, and the photo above for the Suds stats, A&W has 170 calories and Suds has 180 calories. A&W has 80 mg of sodium, while Suds has 46 mg. A&W has 47 g. carbs, while Suds has 46 g. Everything is so similar except the sodium.
As with most root beers, Suds has no caffeine.
While I didn’t have an A&W or IBC root beer for comparison, I don’t think I could tell the difference in the Suds or the A&W root beers. There’s no bite, no aftertaste. It has plenty of fizz and I didn’t feel like it was overly fizzy or lacking fizz.
Considering price and taste, this will be my root beer of choice.