Frostie Root Beer

Background: The fact that the website for Frostie Root Beer hasn’t been updated since 2009 is symbolic of this drink’s journey. Originally bottled in 1939 in Catonsville, MD, Frostie was a fairly popular if more local root beer. In 1979 it was sold to Monarch Beverage Company who also owned Dad’s root beer. Frostie never really stood a chance as it was relegated to an “also offered” type of status. Do you spend most of your money on your proven product that already has a foothold across the states, or on a product that is essentially just starting out?

Frostie is now owned and bottled by Intrastate Distributors out of Detroit Michigan. From the looks of things, Frostie still isn’t getting much attention in terms of promotion.

Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, and Natural and Artificial Colors make up this list of familiar looking ingredients.

Nutrition: This will look familiar as well.

Calories: 160
Sodium: 51 mg
Sugar: 41 g
Carbohydrates: 41 g

Taste: This root beer was the sweetest of the four. As the sugar content isn’t any higher than the previous root beers, I can only surmise that there is a different enough mix (or lack) of the “natural and artificial” flavors to cause such a difference in sweetness taste.

I was unable to distinguish any flavor at all, mainly because I couldn’t seem to taste any. There was no head and very little bite. It’s almost as if they should tinker with the recipe and push this over into cream soda territory. This is the root beer you grab out of the cooler when all you have left is it and diet sodas.

Score: All scores are on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being the lowest rank possible and 10 being the highest.

Foaminess 2
Bite 3
Overall Taste 4


Next time we review: Virgil’s Root Beer