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Feb 10, 2009 03:06 PM

What is the best diet root beer?

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?

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

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    1. re: almansa

      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: almansa

          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. Draft diet A&W in one of their restaurants.

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          1. re: cycloneillini

            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

              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.

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

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              1. re: Alfred G

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

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                1. re: aynrandgirl

                  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

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

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      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.