Rebiana (24 reviews)

True Lemon Original Lemonade

True Lemon Original Lemonade

In the era of the diet obsessed 80’s Crystal Light reined supreme. For those of you who don’t know it was/is a flavored, artificially sweetened powder that you would mix in with water to make your very own “healthy” drink at home. While they have come a long way in recent years, the original flavors tasted like poison to me. It was just one big pile of diet grossness.

The True company is following in the same footsteps, except they decided to make their product from 100% natural ingredients. Instead of sweetening them with aspartame or sucralose they opted for stevia. While that has made a world of a difference with their other drinks, I don’t think this lemonade ever stood a chance. Lemonade by definition is sugar sweetened lemon juice and water. If you deviate from that at all things start falling apart. The flavor of the stevia is far too overpowering in this to an extent that it’s a little hard to make out the lemon flavor. Instead of tasting like lemonade it ends up resembling a creation that was brought to life by some cheap skate teenager at a local Dennys. I’ve been there before, in my formative years. You order a water with lemon and then put sweetener in it to create your own dull version of lemonade. The problem is this particular restaurant had stevia packets instead of sugar and everything just went wrong.

Website
http://www.truelemon.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Lemonade, Mix/Concentrate
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 19th, 2013
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True Lemon Lemonade Bulk Pack, Original, 30 Count

Genesis Today Power Rangers Samurai Berry Power Blast

Genesis Today Power Rangers Samurai Berry Power Blast

The Mighty Morpin Power Rangers were just after my time. My brother who is 3 years younger than me was into them, but I had no interest in the show/toys. I'm assuming I was "too old" for it, even though I knew of at least one friend of mine in my grade that watched the show and bought the action figures.

I haven't heard about the Power Rangers in a long time, a decade or so probably. I attribute this to not watching TV, not frequenting Toys 'R' Us, and not paying attention to the toys my younger cousins play with. I found this juice box at Big Lots, the store where drinks go to die. I just assumed it was 5 years old and would probably make me puke. Like a true Thirsty Dude, I obviously bought it.

I totally forgot I bought it until December 25th when I saw my cousin opening a new Power Rangers toy. It was puzzling to me, and reminded me of the juice boxes I had purchased. So I did a little research and found out Power Rangers have continually been on the air in one form or another since it first aired in 1993. Power Rangers Samurai, which is what series this juice box is from, is the 18th season. Eighteen! That is ridiculous. Seinfeld only had 9 seasons, so Power Rangers has been on twice as long.

Anyways, this juice box taste like every other "berry" juice box I’ve ever had. I don't know how I enjoyed these things when I was a kid. It's bland and has a bitter/sour aftertaste. No thank you.

Website
http://www.genesistoday.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Juice
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on December 31st, 2012
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Twist West Indies Lime

Twist West Indies Lime

Question: If this is supposed to be flavored water then why are there any sweeteners in here at all? There is both agave nectar and rebiana. That is two unnecessary sweeteners for “water with a twist.” This could have just been lime juice in water and it would have tasted fairly comparable. I certainly would have enjoyed it more. It’s not sweet enough for the rebiana flavor to be justified. It takes away from the flavor of the limes. Those aren’t just any limes either. They are West Indies limes. Those little bits of citrus traveled a long way to make it into this bottle and that dumb natural zero calorie sweetener is ruining it for them. There should have been a red carpet rolled out for them and teams of reporters. Instead they are walking over the old tattered rug into a by the hour motel that they are now sharing with a complete stranger. The glamour of the exotic is long gone my friends.

Website
http://www.talkingrain.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Sports/Dietary Supplement, Water
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 23rd, 2012
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Twist Lightly Flavored Water, West Indies Lime, 19-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)

V8 V-Fusion Sparkling Tangerine Raspberry

V8 V-Fusion Sparkling Tangerine Raspberry

If you think that all of the research that the United States government is of the nuclear genre then you my friend are a damn fool. Truth be told only 3% of the money the government ponies up is actually spent on working to harness the power created by nuclear fusion. The other 97% is given to the V8 company in order to create superior beverages. You see the United States realized that the original V8 was absolutely disgusting, but that was because tomato juice is revolting by nature. In order to help it’s citizens the government started giving the company money to make a line of beverages that rated from decent to great.

With their latest grant the V8 company decided to experiment with adding some bubbles to their juices. They did a fine job of it. They took normal seltzer water and mixed in a healthy amount of fruit and vegetables. They did it in a ratio that the drinks taste more like fruit juice, and the vegetable flavor is at a minimum if it is there at all. The problem with it is that they tend to have a general fruit flavor and not like the specific fruits the flavors are names after. A can of tangerine raspberry is quite delicious, but it doesn’t taste specifically like those flavors. The addition of the apple, grape and orange juice is to blame. It really does taste more like an apple orange drink than tangerine raspberry. I like it, but I would really enjoy more clarity in the flavor.

Also, they added some stevia extract to the mix. I don’t believe it was meant as a sweetener. I think they added it to enhance the natural flavors, as more and more companies seem to be doing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; stop it. The juice has enough flavor on it’s own and it doesn’t need stevia added to it mucking up the works.

Website
http://www.v8juice.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Juice, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 16th, 2012
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V8 V-Fusion Sparkling Tangerine Raspberry, 8.4 OZ (Case of 6)

Odwalla Superfood Mo' Beta

Odwalla Superfood Mo' Beta

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you realize, "Holy crap I'm at the Grand Canyon." Okay, by sometimes I mean once in my life, and by once I mean this morning. I've been waiting to come to the Grand Canyon basically my whole life. I'm an outdoor kid and my favorite place in the world is Letchworth State Park aka the Grand Canyon of the East. Finally I was at the real thing and it melted my brain. I knew it was big, but it was the most expansive thing I have ever seen. Seriously my brains started to leak out of my ears and nose. I think I need to see a specialist.

The thing about the Grand Canyon that you don't think about is that there is nothing really around it, so food is super expensive. I knew I needed to keep up my energy, and seeing as I'm sure as hell not eating at McDonalds (no matter what Mike says) it was either burritos or buying a loaf of bread and peanut butter (the combination of the two which ran me $10). I also picked up this bottle of Odwalla to give me a little pick me up. It was a wise choice. The majority of the flavor came from the oranges, mango and peach in it, but it was the plum that really rounded things out. On a "vacation" where I have been eating fairly terribly it was welcomed to consume something that tasted and actually was good for you. I ate some peanut butter sandwiches, pounded this bottle of juice and then started hiking into the canyon. We made it to the first rest house (1.5 miles) before a lightning storm made us turn back. While I loved the canyon I had no interest in getting burnt to a crisp by natural electricity on the sides of it's walls.

Website
http://www.odwalla.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 17th, 2012
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Cascal Fermented Soda Berry Cassis

Cascal Fermented Soda Berry Cassis

With the exception of Bright Citrus, us folks here at Thirsty Dudes have not been huge fans of Cascal sodas. I think we would have loved most of the flavors, if the whole point of the company weren’t that they make fermented sodas. Take away the fermentation and slight alcohol taste that it causes and these would be severely interesting sodas. With flavors like apple and anise things are bound to get wacky. Unfortunately that flavor that is gross to those of us who don’t drink gets in the way and ruins everything. I have to admit that my friends who do partake in alcohol like these a lot more than those of us who do not. I believe they are accustomed to that flavor.

While this flavor does tastes a bit hoppy, it didn’t bother me as much as it has with the other flavors. Perhaps I myself am becoming more accustomed to the flavor, but it wasn’t bad. It tastes like a citrus and berry soda, two flavors that normally don’t commingle. Why is that? There is berry based fruit punch and tropical citrus bases, but it’s not often that they overlap. That needs to change because if this drink is any indication they pair nicely. It’s a good tasting sparkling juice and as I said if you don’t mind the fermentation flavor grab yourself a can.

Website
http://cheerscascal.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 19th, 2012
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Cascal Berry Cassis Natural Soda (12x12 Oz)

Crystal Light Pure Mixed Berry

Crystal Light Pure Mixed Berry

Carol loves a good jog. She's in her mid-forties and has always done a good job taking care of her body. Sure, she "cheats" every once in a while. She's determined but still human. She'll have some ice cream every once in a while and loves chocolate. She eats less of it than she would like to, but she has self-control. Admirable, I know.

While making her bi-weekly shopping trip, she came across a new version of Crystal Light. She used to drink it a lot in the last 80's, early 90's but after the whole diet/cancer scare, she's tried to stay away from it. This looked like something new and used Stevia so she bought it.

So took her evening, after work jog and came home to make a glass of this drink. She took one sip and was part relieved and part unsatisfied. She liked the fruit flavor of the drink but it was a bit too sweet. It has the Stevia taste that she was used to, but it was as if it had just too much sugar in it. She mixed it correctly. She checked the size of the bottle and the directions on the box. She finished the bottle and would probably finish the rest, but just in a longer time than she thought.

It was not what she expected and although it was better than the Crystal Light she was used to, they hadn't exactly "done it" quite yet. Keep going, Carol. We're all rooting for you.

Website
http://www.crystallight.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Mix/Concentrate
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on March 1st, 2012
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Crystal Light Mixed Berry

R.W. Knudsen Recharge Tropical

R.W. Knudsen Recharge Tropical

I didn't want to review this. I just wanted something to drink. I figured, hey, I've got like eight of these things, so I can casually drink it. Oh, no. I now don't know what I'm going to do with the other approximately seven packs because this is vile. I was not at all expecting what was going to happen when I drank it. No, it's not like I got hair on my palms or anything like that. It just made me make a face every time I drank it. I thought, "Hey, tropical. Rad." and now it's like a 60/40 vegetable/fruit combo kit that is 100% undesirable. It's like someone is feeding me a pineapple, except they bored out the core and crammed a giant carrot in it and are forcing me to eat this bastard food.

Roger Waters Knudsen, or whatever R.W. stands for, this is not for me. Is that why I found it at a Big Lots? Probably. Good luck getting rid of them. I hope your customers don't read this before they buy it. I don't want to knock anyone out of business, but this is just plain terrible. Wish me luck on the grape because I bought that, too. I'm a supporter with a strange taste in my mouth.

Website
http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Mix/Concentrate, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on February 27th, 2012
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R.W. Knudsen Recharge Sports Drink, Tropical, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)

Tazo Zero Calories Iced Chai

Tazo Zero Calories Iced Chai

I always forget I love chai tea until I'm at a coffee shop and a friend offers me a sip of theirs. I never order it because I love coffee too much. I probably haven't had more than a sip of chai tea in over 10 years. This is the first iced chai tea I’ve ever had, and I really enjoy it. It's not as sweet as a coffee shop chai tea, but it has a lot of flavor while still being a light drink. I would drink this all the time if I could.

Website
http://www.tazo.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on January 16th, 2012
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Cascal Fermented Soda Bright Citrus: Lemongrass Tangerine & Pineapple

Cascal Fermented Soda Bright Citrus: Lemongrass Tangerine & Pineapple

The search is complete. We found it. A Cascal that the whole family can enjoy, rather than their skunky, old tasting drink. Here we have a genuine work of art. It's light, fruity, and quite flavorful. Also, it doesn't taste the way a cold to hot to cold to hot to open beer smells. Right away you get some lemongrass, then the tangerine and pineapple dance playfully in your mouth like there's a hootenanny and this is the dirty South circa 1800's. It's got a little fermentation taste, but that is because, number one, it's fermented, and it aids in the intricacies of this drink.

This drink makes me keep faith that there will be more awesomeness to come out of the Cascal laboratory. I've got to hand it to them because their flavor pairings are different than just about every company on the market. They're trying something new and different and this one they got right. Good job team!

Website
http://cheerscascal.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Rebiana
Categories
Diet, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 22nd, 2011
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Cascal
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