HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Do you create unique foods? Get great advice

What is the best diet root beer?

David Kahn Feb 10, 2009 03:06 PM

I've been drinking IBC diet root beer for a while, and I like it pretty well, but today I tried a diet Boylan's and it was really good, which got me to wondering if there something really excellent out there that I haven't tried yet? Anything wonderful, spicy, artisanal yet diet that I should seek out?

  1. almansa Feb 10, 2009 03:17 PM

    My votes go to Virgil's and Hank's.

    3 Replies
    1. re: almansa
      Vetter Feb 10, 2009 06:57 PM

      I've never seen a diet Virgil's! Oh, my, I'm in trouble if I find that. What do they use as the sweetener?

      1. re: Vetter
        almansa Feb 11, 2009 03:04 AM

        I believe they use stevia.

        1. re: almansa
          almansa Feb 11, 2009 05:13 PM


          Just following up with a link. They do use stevia which is finally allowed to be added as an ingredient to soda. The pharmaceutical lobby fought hard, but stevia now has the official okey dokey.

    2. c
      cycloneillini Feb 10, 2009 05:47 PM

      Draft diet A&W in one of their restaurants.

      4 Replies
      1. re: cycloneillini
        kchurchill5 Feb 10, 2009 07:04 PM

        Ditto, grew up with A&W

        1. re: cycloneillini
          Bryn Feb 10, 2009 10:23 PM

          I like it in cans or bottles too!

          1. re: cycloneillini
            monku Mar 11, 2010 02:46 PM

            Damn that that A&W diet root beer is fantastic!!!
            Bought some on a whim at Wal Mart last week....on sale $1 for a 2 liter bottle.
            Label says they use "aged" vanilla.
            After you taste it you wonder why they call it "Diet".
            It's so good I went back and bought 8 more bottles.

            1. re: monku
              choward16980 Apr 10, 2014 06:04 PM

              I've lost over 80lb on a low car diet enjoying 4 A&W diet root beers a day for the last year. It curbs my sweets craving and it also is the only diet drink I've ever had that tastes "refreshing". Coke Zero, for some reason, I used to love, but have now identified some ingredient in it I don't like. Bummer, it's the only diet drink in my coke machine in my apartments. But seriously, That A&W diet stuff is fantastic.

          2. othervoice Feb 10, 2009 07:27 PM

            Try Barq's !

            1. a
              Alfred G Feb 10, 2009 10:13 PM

              I find Diet Barq's and Diet Mug totally acceptable and at a much more reasonable price than artisan.

              1 Reply
              1. re: Alfred G
                FrankD Aug 25, 2009 06:22 PM

                I like both of those, but rarely find them in the places I want them most - convenience stores or restaurants. Diabetics rarely seem to get a choice beyond Diet Coke (or Diet Pepsi -yechh), and if you're lucky, Fresca or diet ginger ale. Diet 7-Up is just awful.

              2. a
                aynrandgirl Feb 11, 2009 10:39 AM

                I like the Publix house brand. It's sweetened with Splenda. Generally, any diet root beer with aspartame is a no-no.

                3 Replies
                1. re: aynrandgirl
                  Delucacheesemonger Mar 16, 2009 11:53 AM

                  Why? Health or taste. New Yorker ran a report on all the leading sweeteners and found that Aspartame and stevia were the least likely to have deleterious health effects as well as closest to sugar of any of the artificials, true none were close, but these days we are getting high fructose corn syrup not sugar anyway. After that article l used up the rest of my Splenda and now use Equal again. Sort of like it, do not see any downside, if there is please let me know.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                    aynrandgirl Mar 16, 2009 11:16 PM

                    Taste. I find the taste of aspartame-sweetened drinks to be terrible.

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                      Sunshine3 Jul 19, 2012 07:56 AM

                      I wish it didn't make any difference for me - Splenda is more difficult to find. I react horribly to Aspartame - severe depression and increased appetite. IMHO when Splenda is an ingredient, they use too much. I like Pepsi One (hard to find) but they way over-use the Splenda, turns people off. I'm also quite diabetic, so regular soda is a no-no. Even this situation is depressing! If you can handle Aspartame, rethink of it as a blessing and enjoy! Ditto with sugar.

                  2. r
                    richmondfoodie Feb 11, 2009 11:19 AM

                    diet Hansen's, sweetened with Splenda. You can find it at Trader Joe's. Tasty!

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: richmondfoodie
                      bluedog67 Feb 11, 2009 11:43 AM

                      Diet Stewarts if you live on the east coast.

                      1. re: bluedog67
                        maria lorraine Mar 13, 2009 06:47 PM

                        Diet Stewarts if you live on the West Coast, too.

                        Creamy, vanilla-ish, but still low calorie. I'm wondering if others have compared other brands to Stewarts Diet Root Beer and have found a better one.

                        1. re: maria lorraine
                          bluedog67 Mar 16, 2009 10:52 AM

                          I have a hard time finding it here in PNW, but it is my fave diet root beer.

                          Kemper makes good root beer, but again diet hard to find.

                      2. re: richmondfoodie
                        Sunshine3 Jul 19, 2012 07:57 AM

                        THANK YOU! I should have read all the way down the list.

                      3. ipsedixit Mar 16, 2009 11:39 AM


                        1. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 16, 2009 12:24 PM

                          There is a fairly new one out called "Teddy's" I like it, Real fizzy and light.

                          1. bayoucook Mar 16, 2009 12:42 PM

                            Barq's for me, it's a regular in my fridge.

                            1. t
                              taboo Mar 16, 2009 12:54 PM

                              Diet Boylans or Stewarts. Both are fantastic.

                              1. porker Mar 16, 2009 11:13 PM

                                I used to import IBC soft drinks into Canada before it was fashionable (as well as Stewarts and others).
                                I tried to get the IBC diet products, but saccharin is banned in Canada, and so was never able to get it.
                                Interesting, it seems that saccharin is an 'old fashioned' sweetener thats gone out of style (that pesky lab rat thing), yet IBC seems to hold on to it.
                                So I can't vouch for diet IBC taste.

                                My vote goes to Stewart's

                                1. e
                                  Ermmy Aug 24, 2009 07:48 AM

                                  Sprecher lo-cal root beer is the best i have ever had.

                                  1. Withnail42 Aug 24, 2009 07:57 AM

                                    The OP and I agree. I am a fan of both IBC and Boylan's. But am always on the look out for other contenders. Root beer is my one indulgence in the artisan soda world. I guess its that authentic olde tyme thing.

                                    1. d
                                      Doctormhl1 Aug 25, 2009 02:01 PM

                                      Had some Dr. Pepper's Diet Root Beer this week-end. Went down quite nice and easy and left no unpleasant after-taste.

                                      1 Reply
                                      1. re: Doctormhl1
                                        aynrandgirl Sep 1, 2009 11:01 AM

                                        When did the Dr Pepper Company start doing root beer?

                                      2. s
                                        sueatmo Aug 25, 2009 06:37 PM

                                        I like Fitz's when I drink diet root beer. Local St. Louis bottler. Good root beer.

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: sueatmo
                                          pamiam Sep 1, 2009 07:12 PM

                                          Hands down, the winner is Berghoff diet root beer from Chicago. I swear, you wouldn't even know it was diet. No chemical taste, no aftertaste - just deliciousness.

                                        2. s
                                          shadee Mar 11, 2010 11:04 AM

                                          ok, I'm a sucker. If it's root beer, I'll drink it.

                                          Show Hidden Posts