Row Hard Root Beer | Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub

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Brewed by:
Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
Missouri, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by egrace84 on 03-21-2015

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Schlafly33:
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3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This (root) beer has a ridiculous amount of calories due to both ALCOHOL and SUGAR. I vow to not drink these very often and I'm doing this for science :-)

Appearance : Looks like root beer, maybe a shade darker at 100% opacity. Dark brown-black. Head actually forms (much to my surprise) but dissipates about 30 seconds in.

Smell : Rubbing alcohol/antiseptic notes come out immediately, letting you know this is indeed an alcoholic beer. It actually smells a bit like Vodka and A&W. Beyond that, there's vanilla extract, a bit of molasses, sassafras, and a touch of medicine. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste : Starts like a Root Beer Schnapps, ends like a malt liquor. Sugary sweetness with alcohol burn, fit for a shot glass...vanilla, sarsaparilla, root, clove, honey glazed carrot, root beer barrels, with caramel malts and dank grain smoothing out the finish.

Feel : As carbonated as a soda, with a slight smoothness to it thanks to alcohol and a hefty pitch of vanilla. No ending to speak of.

Overall : Not my type of beer. It was interesting to try, but overall it's too sweet to be a beer, and too heavy to satisfy the palate wanting a pop. A happy medium for some? Sure. But for me, it's just two categories that don't mix.

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Photo of JeepCop
4.54/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For what this beer is, I cannot imagine finding a better representation of the style. The alcohol is dangerously hidden. I would highly suggest trying this before the word gets out and it begins flying off the shelves! Well done Weston Brewing Company, well done indeed!

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Photo of Jaddict
2.29/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

If you you screw up making root beer, why put alcohol in it. Worst tasting root beer ever! I'd rather drink my own urine! Don't waste your money, like I did. Thought maybe it was just me, had multiple people try it. No one likes it. Had to dump it down the drain. Stick with NYFRB

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice alcoholic Rootbeer. Looks like a cola with a sizzling head that faded rather quickly. Smell was that of traditional Rootbeer with light scents of licorice and molasses. Tastes like alcoholic Rootbeer barrel candy. Very tasty without the the syrupy sugar-bomb that you get from NYFRB. I could actually drink multiple cans of this without the stomach ache! The feel was kinda thin, but acceptable in this case. My favorite bar just picked this up yesterday, so I will be getting back to these this weekend.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jigglymig
1.82/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Look: dark cola with some red, had a 2 inch head that dispersed almost instantly.
smell: liquor, liquorice, sweet molasses
taste: putrid, old root beer + a strong vodka, sweetner
feel: felt like I was drinking a mixed drink, goes down very smooth

I mix Everclear with diet A&W when I diet so I thought I'd like this drink much more, especially since it had 400cal per can (I can get double the alc with diet+ever). So I picked up 2 16oz cans for about 2.50ea thinking it would be an above average beer at that price range. I was sorely mistaken. It taste more like a mixed drink that used expired root beer. Just imagine taking a low end root beer and adding beer, sugar, and vodka to it. This is what you get. I poured out the rest of the first can and will give the other one away. A waste of 5 dollars.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morimech
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not really a beer but alcopop. Lacks any head or lacing despite the dark color. Acts like any other one of those malt beverages. A weak smelling and tasting root beer is what we have here. NYFRB has much better flavor. Maybe Row Hard is not as sweet. Body and carbonation is done well enough.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beardown
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of everyhumanist
1.9/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very sweet root beer taste at first, but overwhelmed by horrible aftertaste of cheap alcohol, reminiscent of Four Loko. Purchased a four pack of 16 ounce cans for $2 on clearance, and even at that price, I don't know if I would buy this again.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexR
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not the best root beer-beer I have ever had, but not bad. If Not Your Father's Root Beer isn't available, I will settle for this.

Look: It is very dark, but with not much head or lacing.
Smell: It actually smells great. Nice vanilla scent going on.
Taste: It's a bit boozy, especially for a root beer. The vanilla is kind of a let-down compared to the way it smells.
Feel: Definitely not as smooth as others I've had. It's still very easy to drink, though.
Overall: Pretty decent. I would say it's much better than their ginger beer, but not as good as some other root beers I have had.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
1.71/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Row Hard has a thick, frothy, beige, quickly-dissipating head, a bubbly, dark-brown appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of an initial burst of root beer, and then, nothing, really. Taste is of sweet, sugary, flavorings, cane syrup, and cheap wine (Wild Irish Rose?). Mouthfeel is medium and semi-syrupy. The finish is thirst-inducing, making the drinker crave water.


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Photo of BradSmith
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm rating a bit better than individual number would suggest for a couple reasons. My First experience was at the brewery at probably from tap, we liked it so I bought a case, definately a weaker kinda weird taste out of the can. Secondly before you knock it try a root beer float with it, the couple other "root beers" I've tried didn't work, one even kinda clumped for lack a better word. Not its not perfect and the flavor is off some but try it at O'Malley's and ask the waitress for ice cream (they have soft serve).

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
4.57/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkazemi
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbcrunch
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophead723
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poured a dark cola color with a subtle reddish glow when held up to the light. There was no head whatsoever even when poured with vigor into a goblet. There is for some reason zero carbonation in this. Strange.

Smell: Anise, molasses, licorice, and vanilla throughout the aroma. The smell is reminiscent of Jägermeister and contains traces of the alcohol within.

Taste: Much like a normal root beer but with low-humming hints of molasses, vanilla, and anise. The alcohol is somewhat detectable but is swiftly overpowered by a sweet vanilla-like flavor that dominates. The back end is entirely molasses and lingers on the palate.

Feel: Zero carbonation! Much lighter than expected, I wish it had a thicker and creamier body. Overall quite loose.

Overall: In general a pleasant drinking experience but if you can make a really good root beer without alcohol than one with alcohol should be exceptional. There is no carbonation whatsoever in this. Mug root beer has more depth and character so this was a mild disappointment.

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Row Hard Root Beer from Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
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