Bundaberg, the brewery not the City in Queensland Australia, has been a crown jewel in the eyes of many Ginger Beer lovers. I’ve read reviews. I’ve seen the ratings. I’ve heard the rumors. Thank goodness for Amazon.com I acquired it for my evaluation.
Since the 1960s, Bundaberg Ginger Beer is created using Queensland, Australia sourced ingredients – spices, herbs and fruit in a glass bottle. They even recommend “…inverting the bottle for a few seconds before you pop the top, so the real pieces of fruit, herbs and spices are released into the drink…”. I almost missed this direction when I opened the top.
I broke into the four pack, inverted it, pulled the top, and took a sip. My initial impression is yeasty and citric. I reviewed the ingredients and the history of Bundaberg. It’s not my type of ginger beer. I handed it around the room, and they LOVED it.
When I look at their ingredient list, I understand why – “Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, sarsaparilla brew (water, sugar, molasses, ginger root, sarsaparilla root, licorice root, vanilla bean, yeast), colour (caramel IV), acid (citric acid), preservatives (202, 211), antioxidant (ascorbic acid), sarsaparilla flavour.” I don’t enjoy the yeast flavor.
The experience for me was A+. The flavor wasn’t my favorite, and resonated with everyone else who are true beer lovers. It’s a Ginger Beer for those who don’t want Alcohol, but desire the flavor, it’s not for me.