Ginger Ale Blind Tasting (Soda Tasting #147)

Ginger Ale Blind Tasting (Soda Tasting #147)

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Ginger Ale Blind Tasting (Soda Tasting #147)

Ginger ale was invented in the mid-1800s. Typically, there are two two types of ginger ale: Golden and dry. When I was doing research for this episode, I found different people describing them in different ways. But, generally speaking, golden ginger ale is described as having a stronger ginger flavor, a darker, more gold color and sometimes as being sweeter. Meanwhile, dry ginger ale has a more muted ginger flavor and is paler in color. That tends to be the more mainstream, accepted ginger flavor.

Many regard golden ginger ale and ginger beer as the same thing. Some are very picky about how the terms are used. This is a friendly show and I try not to be too difficult about these things. If it helps, you can simply call them ginger soda and think of this as a ginger soda blind tasting.

Disclosure: This bottle of Ale-8-One was provided by Ale-8-One Beverage Company.

Thank you to TheBigOReview ( for the request.

What’s your favorite ginger ale? Please let me know in the comments.

Here is a run down of the sodas featured in this blind tasting:

Ale-8-One (see my review:
Company: Ale-8-One Beverage Company
Calories (per 12 oz.): 120
Caffeine (per 12 oz): 37 mg
Sweetener: Sugar and HFCS

Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale
Company: Buffalo Rock Company
Calories (per 12 oz.): 160
Caffeine (per 12 oz): Free
Sweetener: Sugar and HFCS

Canada Dry Ginger Ale
Company: Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Calories (per 12 oz.): 140
Caffeine (per 12 oz): Free
Sweetener: HFCS

Hansen’s Natural Ginger Ale Cane Soda
Company: Hansen Beverage Company
Calories (per 12 oz.): 135
Caffeine (per 12 oz): Free
Sweetener: Sugar

Reed’s Original Ginger Brew (see my review:
Company: REED’S
Calories (per 12 oz.): 145
Caffeine (per 12 oz): Free
Sweetener: Fructose, Pineapple Juice and Honey

Schweppes Ginger Ale
Company: Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Calories (per 12 oz.): 120
Caffeine (per 12 oz): Free
Sweetener: HFCS

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  1. drunkinmaster1

    All weak sauce compared to vernors

  2. YAY! My favorite Canada Dry won!😀

  3. Where's Seagrams?

  4. Blenheim #1
    Red Rock #2

  5. Schweppes is litt

  6. no Vernors???

  7. ale 8 is better than all of them it should be the winner

  8. Should i call you the ginger guy?

  9. Seriously you need to try Red Rock Ginger ale….Some of my cousins gave me some and it's SPICY! I think it's only available for purchase in the state my cousins live in…But it's so good! 

  10. My favorite is seen as a ginger beer and that's from the ginger people but all there ginger products are great and help me with headaches I get 

  11. abby frizzell

    In my opinion ale-8 is the best and that may be because I've drank it my whole life but all the others Taste very chemical-ish.

  12. ever heard of Vernor's? it will make all of these taste like sprite in comparison!

  13. Christopher Lee

    My preference is Seagram's. Why did you not include that one?

  14. Ross Roberson

    I dont know if it is just me but canada dry is just so refreshing to me after like a hot time mowing grass or so but it is just so good 

  15. Trevor MacLeod

    sussex golden ginger ale is my favorite

  16. You should try Vernors if you can find it where you are. 

  17. Canada Dry is my fave!

  18. the ones i can get here in sweden, schweppes and canada dry, both pretty much taste the same.. :)

  19. I got here because I was drinking Canada Dry and was on YouTube. Cool channel, man

  20. CanadianCharlie64

    The Ginger Ale I get here in Southern Europe the bottles are marked with both the Schweppes and Canada Dry logos. They are bottled in the UK

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