High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar (7 reviews)

Fresca Toronja

Fresca Toronja

Well I just find this amusing. Fresca in the US is a low calorie soda. While there are other flavors the “normal” or original flavor is grapefruit. That’s not funny at all on it’s own. What makes it interesting is that normally pop from Mexico is made with cane sugar, yet for this well known “diet” grapefruit soda they decided to sweeten their version with high fructose corn syrup. Way to take things in t’other direction.

It tastes just like a non-diet American Fresca would. It’s a smooth grapefruit soda. That is slightly blended with orange and lemon. Those other fruits help to minimize the harshness of its contemporaries like Squirt. It’s got a nice flavor and due to them being smart asses and using a different sweetener that isn’t low calories, makes me have a bit of respect for them. That alone makes me give this a slightly higher rating.

Website
http://www.fresca.com
Country
Mexico
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 27th, 2013
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Baumeister The Original Orange Soda

Baumeister The Original Orange Soda

I have a romantic interest in the state of Wisconsin. Not a person that resides in the state, but with the actual state itself. It's a different world up there, full of amazing people. Every time I've been there on tour it's been nothing but good times. Okay there was that one time when fake Nazis smashed some of our records and my friend pulled a knife on them, but other then that, bright blue skies. It all started when I was in high school and Kevyn and I played Madden football on Playstation. I was always the Packers, or the Pack, for no real reason. It was my go to team, and it instilled a pride in the state of WI for me. On the first tour that took me to this magical state the obscenity of everyone's fascination with Brett Favre was out of control. The news had a nightly segment where they just showed a random picture of him. Hysterical. The night we were there it was him on a riding lawn mower. That started jokes of tattoos of him on the lawnmower wearing a cheese head and holding a beer in one hand and a brat in the other. Now that's comedy. Wisconsin is also home to Woodman's Food Markets. It's the only grocery store I've ever been to that even comes close to the greatness that is Wegmans.

Now that you know my love of Wisconsin you why I picked up this bottle of soda. It's "A Wisconsin Tradition." I don't know what oranges have to do with the northern mid-west, but I'm not going to argue. It's not the world's greatest orange soda, as it doesn't exactly taste like an orange, but it does stand above your everyday Crush, Sunkist or Fanta. It's sweet and smooth. No harshness at all. It's as if someone removed the vanilla from a cream soda, but the smoothness remained. Wisconsin don't ever change. You are a gem.

Website
http://www.baumeistersoda.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 7th, 2011
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College Club Half Grapefruit Half Lemon

College Club Half Grapefruit Half Lemon

You are a citrus demon. You can't have enough. You eat lemons for breakfast, grapefruit for lunch, and limes for dinner. Oranges are snacks to you. The acidity running through your blood would burn through the toughest metals but it somehow is contained safely in your veins. If you were stabbed, your blood would eat through the knife before it got to any vital organs.

When you're thirsty, you don't reach for an iced tea. Not even a lemon iced to can quench your acid driven thirst. Not even the sourest of lemonades can quench you at times. This time, when you are in need, look no further, for College Club has developed a secret blend of grapefruit and lemon. This isn't your grandpappy's half and half. It's tart, a bit sour, and yes, obviously tastes like Squirt. Side by side I might be able to pick out the lemon, but alone, it's a whole lot of grapefruit. Actually, now that I think about it, it was tamer than a Squirt so I wonder if the lemon calmed it down a bit and kind of turned down the grapefruit.

Either way, you'll love it and it is, without a doubt, a great summertime drink. Put some ice in a glass, and if you're some sort of fancy pants, put an umbrella in there. Also, since you love it so darn much, College Club only makes it in quarts so drive on down to Western New York and go through their drive through and pick some up. Talk to the brothers while you're down there. You won't regret it.

Website
http://www.collegeclubbeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on June 9th, 2011
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College Club Black Cherry

College Club Black Cherry

Tom, a dude that works where I work, is from Rochester, NY. When he found out about Thirsty Dudes, he instantly told me about a place by where he grew up where you could drive your car into the warehouse and the employees would bring stuff right to your car. He's in his thirties and talked about it like he was ten. He said his favorite flavor was the black cherry. I told him I had some at home and that I would bring it in next time I came in. So I brought it in, told him I brought it in, and he seemed pretty excited. Excited enough, in fact, that at about ten in the morning, he poured himself a cool glass of it.

Since he couldn't be the only guy partying down so early in the morning, we all had a glass ourselves and I've got to say, as a man drinking something I probably haven't in fifteen years, I'd be psyched to relive all of the flavors that I had as a kid. As a man who hasn't had this before and didn't know what to expect, it's a pretty average black cherry pop. It's not bad by any means, but it's nothing to write home about, unless you're writing home to say that you found some know-it-all kid who reviews drinks found something that you grew up with that you haven't had in years.

Someone please write their parents about me. I don't even care if you know me. You can get a pretty solid feel of what I'm all about in these reviews. Make stuff up, I don't give a rip, just let me know what you write. I'm interested in the tales you will make up.

Website
http://www.collegeclubbeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on June 10th, 2011
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Day's Watermelon

Day's Watermelon

You've had a watermelon, right? They're great. Seedless you get to eat and not worry about seeds. Seed-full and you get to spit seeds all across town like it is the twenties and you are some sort of fruit crazed mobster just spraying out your friend's car window. Sometimes you get a watermelon that is a bit too soft for your comfort but I think that the flavor is always pretty decent. It's just the texture that goes with old age in a watermelon. The people at Day's have never had a real watermelon a day in their life and this drink is the proof. This tastes like watered down candy watermelon. It's almost flavorless. It just tastes like carbonated sugar water and before you get all "all pop is is carbonated sugar water" this time you would be right. There’s a real lack of flavor going on in this too-big bottle.

For all of the children of yore, this is not the watermelon you remember. This is some new, space watermelon that lacks everything that made the classic watermelon great. Flavor, seeds, and the ability to see how long it would take you to spit a mouthful of seeds.

Website
http://www.dayssoda.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on August 27th, 2013
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Baumeister Cherry

Baumeister Cherry

Yes, it is January. Yes, it is cold and snowy. Yes, it is the time of year when people get sick. No, Voodoo Donuts no longer serves donuts that have cough syrup mixed in with the jelly. Yes, I think that is a great idea if not abused. Finally, no, I do not want my cherry soda to taste like cold medicine.

I often wonder if I would find such distaste in this version of cherry flavoring if it wasn’t for medicine. Has it always been a gross flavor, or has it become tainted in our minds because we associate it with being sick. I guess it doesn’t really matter because with every sip of this I feel like I should be swaddled in blankets blowing my nose.

There is a wide variety of flavors that have been called cherry in the world. Most cherry sodas gravitate towards one of those extremes. Baumeister tried to take things in a different direction and while I think that is great they took a wrong turn and ended up at Medicinal Blvd. We’re looking for Fruit St here people. How hard is it to have a soda taste like the actual fruit it is named after?

Website
http://www.baumeistersoda.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 3rd, 2016
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Baumeister Root Beer

Baumeister Root Beer

I feel like out of all of the soda flavors out there root beer is the one that can have the most nuances. Even though all of the varieties fall under a specific umbrella the differences between them can be vast. Baumeister falls on the good side of those differences and produces a dark, crisp root beer that is heavy on the wintergreen. To me that makes this stand out amongst a sea of what I like to call “store brand root beer” flavored drinks. As a general rule, the earthier a root beer tastes, the more I’ll like it. This doesn’t really taste that way at all, but something about it is really hitting all of the right buttons right now and I love it. It’s definitely very sweet, but it’s in a good way, and not a root beer barrel way. Does anyone actually like those candies for more than like 30 seconds?

Website
http://www.baumeistersoda.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 31st, 2016
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