Birch beer can be really good, or it can be really one note. I feel like the Hippo Size brand ends up falling more into the one note variety.

The only flavor used in this drink is white birch extract…and sugar. Birch extract tastes a lot like wintergreen which is why birch beer and root beer can be so similar. This particular birch beer was straight forward. It tasted like wintergreen. It was smooth. You notice the cane sugar, but besides that there wasn’t much nuance to it.

The label is a bit misleading. If you advertise a “BIG” taste, you should deliver. It’s not a bad drink, but I won’t go higher than 6 out of 10. I’d be willing to try it again, though.

Sampled on October 12, 2013. Purchased at Double DD Meats in Mountlake Terrace for $1.79.