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Thursday, December 3, 2009


Who Made This Stuff? Culver's

Website: www.culvers.com

Where’d It Come From? Culver's restaurant, Wausau, WI

Review Date: 11/24/09

Commentary: For anyone who does not know about Culver's -- it is a Wisconsin-based restaurant chain that specializes in great frozen custard (so much better than ice cream!) and "butter burgers." We stopped by their location in Wausau, WI on our recent Thanksgiving Root Beer Road Trip because I had heard good things about the root beer available in their fountains. That's right, this one is a fountain-only root beer. According to an employee, it is Culver's own recipe, but it is not brewed up at each store. They just get the syrup delivered to them. They do not bottle or can their brew, nor is it available in kegs of any sort. But that is enough about the restaurant and how to get their root beer....

This brew had an awesome head on it when I filled my cup at the fountain. Don't believe me? Just take another look at the picture. I only wish I had been able to enjoy this in a mug so that you could better comprehend the true magnitude of the head on this one. The head stuck around for a long time, too. This root beer has a nice, simple bite to start but transitions well to a pleasant, creamy finish. There is good sweetness in this one, but not too much to be distracting. The carbonation was good in this one throughout the (brief) time it was in my cup. It had some large bubbles in it, which I am not usually crazy about, but it worked for me this time.

As far as fountain root beers go, this may be the best I have had. It tasted like a true root beer instead of a root beer-flavored fountain drink. And the best part? Free refills!

What do you think? Have you ever tried this one? Have you come across any other fountain root beers that taste great? In my opinion, this one definitely deserves a score of...................................84.


  1. Scott, I have not had their Root Beer but will next time. They have amazing custard!! I go out of my way to visit when I am up north. We don't have good custard on the southside of Atlanta. Take care, Alan

  2. Rumor has it, Culver's root beer is a mix of Mug and Pepsi.

  3. Interesting. I don't think I can believe that rumor, though. I don't recall any hints of cola in that one. I've never been crazy about Mug either, so I don't see how mixing Mug and Pepsi could result in anything good. I'll pay closer attention the next time I have the opportunity to visit a Culver's and will report back with my findings.

  4. My first visit to a Culvers was in Milwaukee about 3 years ago. I swear the fountain was labeled Sprecher's and tasted like the glass bottle version. I just had a fountain Culver's root beer today and I'm going on record saying it's either Sprecher with a Culver's label or they are 'twins'. Either way, I'm hooked!!

  5. Culver's Root Beer is the best stuff out there!
    Strong Vanilla notes, just the right amount of sweetness. Absolutely not a mix of Mug and Pepsi, that's outlandish!

  6. I have to drink diet Root beer and it is the best diet I've ever tasted!

  7. I had Culver's root beer for the first time and I loved it! It made me me so happy.all of the employees were super friendly and had a permanent smile. I swear it's in the root beer. I'm going to need a 12 step program! !