Review: Bundaberg Australian Ginger Beer
I love a good ginger ale now and then, so I’m always excited when I find a new variety that claims to be the best on the market, but I was not expecting to actually find the best on the market on a recent visit to Cost Plus World Market. Bundaberg from Australia is brewed to be better, and they ain’t lying. Good heavens, or should I say, “good Ginger!”
Bundaberg Ginger Beer Ingredients
Bundaberg’s Ginger Beer is made with cane sugar. No crappy American corn syrup here. To me, this gives it a better baseline flavor to begin with. But then they throw in tons of ginger and actually brew it with yeast. It’s non-alcoholic, so don’t let the yeast throw you. But that yeast does lend a great flavor and color to the product.
Bundaberg Ginger Beer is Full of Ginger
The label says, “It’s always cloudy in a bottle of good, old-fashioned ginger beer. Hold this bottle to the light and you’ll see it’s full of real ginger pieces, traditionally brewed to a genuine old recipe to release the natural flavors of ginger.” Well, that is very true, as you can see here:
Bundaberg Ginger Beer is Phenomenally Better than Canada Dry, Schweppes, and Vernors
These other stupid mass distributed ginger “ales” shouldn’t even be allowed to carry ginger in their name. And you actually won’t find it in their ingredient list. Ginger is included in their “natural flavors” ingredient listing. And though I’m sure there is actually ginger used in the flavor processing somewhere along the lines, it’s so mild that it seems you are drinking a caramel colored sugary syrup with a touch of funk rather than a ginger beverage. Vernors is actually the best tasting of the three, and I give them kudos for that. I supposed these “mild” drinks are good for mixers and such, but if you’re looking for a drink that lets you know you are drinking ginger, pass them by and go straight to Bundaberg.
Bundaberg’s Ginger Beer reminds me of Asian ginger candy put in a carbonated liquid form. It’s very intense, but not hot. Just smooth, clean, sweet, delicious gingery goodness. There’s so much ginger in it that it actually leaves your stomach feeling a touch warm when you’ve finished the bottle, which leads me to believe this stuff would be exceptional on an upset stomach (from the flu, motion sickness, etc.).
Great job Bundaberg. You’ve got my business for life!
The Bald Gourmet seeks the best carbonated ginger beverages, and finds it in Bundaberg Australian Ginger Beer.