Wild Berry (10 reviews)

Saratoga Flavored Sparkling Spring Water Wild Berry

Saratoga Flavored Sparkling Spring Water Wild Berry

Yes we live in Buffalo, NY. No, that is not a part of New York City. In fact we live the furthest you can be from NYC and still live in New York State. Whenever I travel people always assume I live near the city, and tell me how awesome it must be to be able to go there all the time. I’m sorry to tell you folks, but if you live in the North Eastern US, you probably live closer to “the city” than I do. It’s actually about six and a half hours away from us. The only times I have been there outside of touring was once right after high school and once again about five years ago. I actually can’t stand the place, but that is neither here nor there. My point was to point out that NY is a huge state with many cities and towns, many of which I haven’t even visited. I was reminded that by this beverage. Saratoga Springs, where this is made is near Albany and it’s famous for its mineral water springs. It was a hot spot back in the day for the rich and famous. I am neither of those things, and even though it’s out of vogue, I have still yet to visit this location to experience its naturally carbonated mineral water.

I doubt the water in this bottle is in the state it is found in nature. I mean I’m sure they added some bubbles, but it is spring water that is carbonated. It also has a nice mind berry taste to it. My ladyfriend says that it’s sweeter than she wants it to be, and I told her she was crazy, because there is no sweetener in it, just water, carbon dioxide and natural flavor. Luckily this doesn’t have that dry/bitter seltzer water taste, and I actually enjoyed it a great deal. Sometimes you just need bubbles to tickle your throat and not have any sugar to go along with that. These are the times for Saratoga.

Website
http://www.sswc.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Sparkling, Water
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 14th, 2014
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Fitness Edge Protein Drink Wild Berry

Fitness Edge Protein Drink Wild Berry

I sat down at my desk while I was drinking this pondering what exactly I had to say about this beverage when my decision was made for me. I had put it down after taking a sip to open up my browser and my cat, Other Barry, jumped up and instantly started licking it. After that there was no stopping him. It was like a killer dog getting it’s first taste of blood. Barry needed more and he needed it instantly. I kept pulling it away from him and he kept moving towards the bottle. I covered the top with my hand and he started pawing at me to get me to move it. When I finally put the cap back on, he just started gnawing at the bottle to get the sweet nectar that was inside. He’s not the type of cat to eat “people food,” so Fitness Edge should take it as a great compliment.

I don’t know if cats taste the same things us humans do, but to me this tastes like a decent berry juice with whole milk mixed in. That’s the whey protein doing its work. I normally not a fan of protein drinks, because I think milk is gross, and whey is grosser still. The berry in this does a good job masking the whey, but it’s still there. That weird thick chalky aftertaste as if it’s starting to spoil is just not for me. Keep in mind this drink isn’t as bad as others I have tried, so I will give it decent marks. I mean it’s a drink with a certain function, so you should expect some sort of weird taste to it. I’d give this a three, but Other Barry would give it top marks. He’s still trying to break into the bottle.

Website
http://www.drinkfitnessedge.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 29th, 2012
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FRS Healthy Energy Wild Berry

FRS Healthy Energy Wild Berry

Mike hates FRS. I think it’s probably in his top five most hated drinks. Up until now the only flavor I had tried was the orange protein one. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. It’s a functional drink and those generally have issues. I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Mike thought maybe he was mistaken about the company, so he tried another one and absolutely hated it yet again. I still did not think this could be all that terrible, so today I cracked this open before I went to the gym. The first sip was decent enough. It had a nice berry flavor that I couldn’t argue with. The problem started when I kept drinking it. Some flavor I had never tasted before kept getting stronger and grosser. I can only imagine that it was the quercetin. I hope I never have to taste that again. I was able to drink the whole bottle, but by the third sip I was not enjoying it at all. Actually I just looked it up and quercetin is found in tea, so I’m sure I will be having it again. It must be something else in here. It smells like the milk that a wheat heavy cereal had soaked in. Now that I realize that I feel like it kind of tastes like overly sweetened wheat, which is really gross. This will not enter my body again.

Website
http://www.frs.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 5th, 2012
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X Games Energy Wild Berry

X Games Energy Wild Berry

One of the fun things about being a scientist is that you can take one sip of a beverage, mull it over and within seconds know exactly how to recreate it. Are you feeling beat from bombing hills and grinding rails all day? Do you need a pick me up, but don’t have the $2 to drop at the gas station for an energy drink? Well just follow these simple steps and you will be on your way.

First take some fruit punch and water it down a little. You don’t need to add much water. You still want the flavor, but you just want to dilute the syrupiness of it. Next, mix in about seven red Pixie Stix. Make sure you mix them in nice and proper. You don’t want any grit to your drink. Finally you need to dissolve four sour Warhead candies. This is a crucial step, or else your lips won’t pucker correctly.

Now I can’t vouch that this drink will give you a ton of energy. I’m sure it will give you a sugar rush though. It will also taste exactly like this can of X Games Energy. It was fairly gross, and sour enough to make me pucker my lips as you’ve read above. I drank this as a little pick me up for a 9 hour drive home from Richmond, VA. It certainly kept me up and gave me the jitters, which is probably not something you want when you’re driving that long. If you’re carving up the sidewalks on a board though it might work just fine.

So there you have it. The flavor is not very good, but it’s easy to replicate and you can shake slightly for several hours with a single can.

Website
http://www.xgamesenergy.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 23rd, 2012
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Vitamin Fizz Vitamin Enhanced Sparkling Water Wild Berry

Vitamin Fizz Vitamin Enhanced Sparkling Water Wild Berry

Man, I could really go for a Vitamin Water now. It would be so totally refreshing. Unfortunately I'm stuck here out in the desert and there's not a store for at least a hundred miles. I really should have thought ahead before I went on this hike. Well I guess I tried. I did buy a bunch of granola bars, some packets of Emergen-C, and I brought some water. Hey wait! If I pour the emergency into the water it would be something like a Vitamin Water. Goddamnit! I bought the wrong water! I got sparkling water and not still. This is terrible. Here I am stuck in the desert and the only fluid I have is carbonated. This blows. Oh well, I guess I could still mix it together. At least it's the berry flavored one and not citrus. Well this isn't as bad as I would have expected it to be, but it's not very good either. It tastes a bit powdery. I guess I didn't mix it together all the way. Actually this tastes exactly like the wild berry flavored Vitamin Fizz. I didn't really like it then and I don't really like it now. Too bad I have nothing else to drink and I'm dehydrating.

Website
http://www.facebook.com/drinkvitaminfizz/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 17th, 2012
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Juiceheads Smoothies Wild Berry

Juiceheads Smoothies Wild Berry

When drinks come in these tetra pack they always seem like they are going to be too small for me. Ahh my American gluttony. Truth is that these packs keep me from being a slob. I just finished this up and I'm actually pretty satisfied. I should probably start drinking more things in smaller packages. Maybe then I won't over-stuff myself.

In my world this is more of a juice than a smoothie. It's a great juice, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have the consistency of what I think of when I think smoothie. This is just a mixture of nine different fruit juices. There is nothing added to it to thicken it up. I'm okay with it. It tastes like you're eating a bunch of fresh fruit. Well done Juiceheads.

Website
http://www.juiceheads.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice, Smoothie
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 12th, 2011
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Celsius Sparkling Wild Berry

Celsius Sparkling Wild Berry

So far this has been my least favorite of the Celsius line. The sucralose in this is just overpowering. It somehow tastes like a diet ginger drink with some diet berry flavoring added to it. If you're used to the diet taste it's probably tastes fine to you. I didn't really enjoy it at all. I will still give this a three-bottle rating though as it gave me all the energy I needed to exercise. So much in fact that Mike and I rode our bikes for nearly 30 miles last night and I didn't feel exhausted at all. Hopefully it also actually burned off those extra calories like it promised to as well.

Website
http://www.celsius.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 20th, 2011
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Crystal Geyser Juice Squeeze Wild Berry

Crystal Geyser Juice Squeeze Wild Berry

Does anyone remember the incredible beverages known at Clearly Canadian? They ruled gas station coolers for years before they inexplicably went extinct. Seriously we're talking a Roanoke-esque type situation here. One day they were just all gone. Although nothing remains of them but a few empty dusty bottles scientists (the Thirsty Dudes) have recently discovered that their line of heritage did not completely die out. We have discovered that the Juice Squeeze line is a descendant of the carbonated drinks of old.

This has the scientific community in an uproar. They are screaming for more concrete proof. We here at Thirsty Dudes say the proof is in the flavor. It's a mixture of incredible naturally sweet berries and other fruit. That mixture has been slightly carbonated to make an exquisite drink. If this were available back home it would be a staple in my diet. Choke on that real scientists!

Website
http://www.crystalgeyser.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Naturally Sweetened
Categories
Juice, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 28th, 2011
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Archer Farms Italian Soda Wild Berry

Archer Farms Italian Soda Wild Berry

It's 1991. City of Compton. Rough, rough streets. Kids killing kids over things you and I would laugh at. They don't laugh, they kill, as I mentioned before. Not a day goes by where you don't hear a gun shot or at very least, a domestic dispute. These are hard times. Hard times turn people to drink. Alcohol. 40's. Big alcohol. 40's are like the party sub of malt liquor.

Here's my proposal. Let's go back in time and instead of having overpriced bodegas sell 40's of St. Ides, carry the 40(ish)'s of Archer Farms Wild Berry. People could have been in a bad mood because of financial times and street warfare, but they also could have been upset at the fact that they were drinking a clearly low quality beverage. Archer Farms Wild Berry Italian soda is a bright, clean, and crisp drink. So many flavors roll across your tongue with every sip, like elderberry and blackcurrant to name a few...and it's more than affordable.

Cleaning up the streets is a rough job and since it clearly can't be left in the under-capable hands of O'Shea Jackson, leave it up to the Archer Farms Italian soda lineup.

Website
http://sites.target.com/site/en/supertarget/page.jsp?title=brands&brand=archerFarms
Country
Italy
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on March 15th, 2011
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Pacific Simply Tea Wild Berry

Pacific Simply Tea Wild Berry

Not too shabby. It's pretty close to if you were to make iced green tea and then (somehow) flavor it with natural flavors. Maybe juice wild berries and pour the juice in your tea. Sweeten it a little bit and you are done. Enjoy your wild fruits.

It was pretty bitter and left a bit of it behind which was fine with me since I wanted to go back anyhow.

Website
http://www.pacificfoods.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 18th, 2010
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