My wife Vicky is absolutely addicted to soft drinks. There's not a day goes by where she isn't craving her 'fizzy fix'. Unfortunately brand name drinks are an expensive option and the bottles don't last long enough to warrant the expense. That's where the selection in our local Asda comes in handy. The Asda priced fizzy drinks are fantastic value in the 4 bottles for £2 deal, and are; for the most part, surprisingly good quality drinks. It is unfortunate that the drink I am reviewing here is the exception to that rule. I was really looking forward to trying this one too.
- The Packaging -
My reasons for getting excited should become evidenced as soon as you lay your eyes on the bottle. The similarities between the name and a certain popular brand name are undeniable, so if you like Dr Pepper it already has your interest. However the label itself carries a far more Vimto vibe to it. The bold Purple and White swirls rippling out of the vibrant Pink centre conveys an attractive message. Then, in simple white font you are informed of what you are buying. "Zero added sugar: Dr Thunder: Mixed fruit flavour carbonated drink." Being a lover of both Vimto and Dr Pepper I couldn't wait to crack open the bottle.
- The Drink -
On initial inspection the liquid inside the bottle carries an appealing dark colour consistent with other caffeinated soft drinks such as Coke and Dr Pepper. Holding the bottle up to the light however reveals that the colour of the drink has more in common with Caramel than most other soft drinks, and I had hoped this would indicate a slightly milder flavour.
The first time I opened the bottle it gave off an appropriately loud fizz, and I was pleased to discover an appealingly fruity fragrance. The smell was kind of similar to Vimto but with a distinct hint of vanilla. I have never had a good experience with vanilla flavoured soft drinks, but something about the smell always gets my taste buds going.
So I poured the liquid into my glass and found the task surprisingly easy. Dr Thunder was not overly fizzy even without me holding the glass at an angle, and so I could just hold the bottle over the glass and prepare myself. Alas the flavour did not prove worth the wait, and so the drink crumbled at the final hurdle.
The first time it hits the tongue Dr Thunder has a pleasant fruity flavour not dissimilar to Vimto, but in under a second mixes in a distinctly metallic sweetness that sabotages your palate. On swallowing the drink you find it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste that could almost be described as vegetable in nature. So the drink ends up having a sweet fruity flavour with a distinctly salady aftertaste. Not exactly what my other senses had led me to anticipate, and so I cannot force myself to overrate a drink that scores in all areas except for flavour.
- The After Effects -
As with all soft drinks you get a very bloated feeling and the need for a satisfying burp immediately after drinking. Sadly this does not last for long. By the end of the first day the drink was already starting to lose its fizz, and before long the drink was flat. I am normally very happy to drink a flat coke, but in this case it only served to make the taste even worse.
- Value for Money -
All of the drinks in this range carry the same price. 65p for a 2 litre bottle; or 4 bottles for £2, is admittedly a fantastic deal. Whether it's worth the price for this particular flavour is up to you to decide, but I would personally recommend you try the others instead.
- Dietary Information -
A 100ml glass of Dr Thunder contains only three calories, which is amazing in comparison to its branded counterparts. All sugars within it are naturally occurring and it is suitable for vegetarians. It contains no artificial colours or flavours and so shouldn't drive the kids too haywire. However those with allergies to Gluten or Barley should steer clear.
- The Final Verdict -
Dr Thunder appeals to all of your senses except for your taste buds and thereby proves a waste of money. I have been foolish enough to try it a few times as I fancied a change enough to give it a second chance. However Vicky and I are both in agreement that we won't bother getting it again.
Carbonated water, Natural flavourings, Barley malt extract, Phosphoric acid, Sweeteners (Sucralose, Acesfulfame K), Preservative (Potassium sorbate), Caffeine.
I love Dr Pepper. I don't love the £1.50 price ticket.
When I noticed that Asda had released a line of own brand ripof....er, homages to a few of the branded drinks I thought it was a godsend and immediately snuck a bottle of this into the trolley.
At its 50p introductory price I wasn't expecting the world, but in this case the word 'disappointment' doesn't even come close.
Lets just establish that there is no mistaking that this is a Dr Pepper clone. I had therefore expected the taste to be pretty close to its branded counterpart with the fruity cherry aroma and almost coca-cola aftertaste.
At first whiff my hopes were high, the smell was very close to the original. I poured a glass and all at once my hopes were dashed. The taste was totally synthetic, with syrupy texture and an overpowering sense of the sweeteners and flavour enhancers used. The more natural fruity tones of Dr P were nowhere in evidence and I thought it was far too fizzy - although it was a freshly opened bottle.
The next evening I tried it again, and I have to say it was a little nicer straight out of the fridge and a day old (not nearly as fizzy). Still, it didn't quench my thirst with that syrupy feel again so one small glass was just about enough.
By day three it was almost flat and after half a glass I gave it up as a bad job. I wrote off my 50 pence investment and down the sink went just over half a bottle.
As a budget drink it's ok but not anything I'd buy again.
The packaging is great and it looks tempting on the shelves, but when I'm on a budget there are better things to buy than this (their version of Lilt in this range is nice). Maybe I've been spoiled with the real thing, but this really is a poor relation to Dr Pepper sadly.
This Asda Dr Thunder is very similar to Dr Pepper but the best thing about it is the price is so much cheaper. I find Asda do great fizzy drink which are almost the same taste as the popular brands but cheaper.
I bought this one recently and I was able to buy three large bottls for £1 which is an absolute bargain when branded fizzy drinks are so much more expensive.
One of the things that I really like about it is that there is no added sugar which means it has hardly any calories in it so I don't have to worry about the calories when I am drinking it. Also it doesn't contain any aspertame which is good to know.
The taste is very good. It is lovely and sweet and doesn't taste like a diet drink. It doesn't taste artificial or chemically. It really does taste just like Dr Pepper. It is a unique tasting drink and is good to have for a change. It is a very refreshing drink and really quenches my thirst. It was nice and fizzy but not too fizzy that it made me bloated. It also keeps its fizz well so even the day after I open the bottle it still tastes nice and fizzy.
I would definately recommend this. If you like Dr Pepper you will definately like this and the price is fantastic.
I am currently trying to save some money and the weekly shopping seems the best place to start, so whilst browsing the fizzy pop aisle in Asda I came across this 'Dr Thunder' the immediate thought that spings to mind is 'Dr Pepper' the writing and the purple swirls of the packaging also put this into your head. Me and my boyfriend both like Dr Pepper and so thought we would give it ago as it was only 64p for a 2litre bottle bargain.
So we got it home and couldn't wait to try it. When opening the bottle it fizzed like a good fizzy pop does and I could hear the bubbles bursting as I poured it into the glass and it also bubbled so I had to give it a little while before filling the glass to the top. The pop has zero added sugar.
After all the fizzing I expected that the drink was going to be quite fizzy however when I drank it it was not very fizzy at all which actually was ok for me because I am not overly keen on really fizzy pop, think its something to do with not drinking it as a child.
The pop is suppost to be mixed fruits but I felt it smells and tastes like cherrys and would actually say it had more of cherry coke flavour than dr pepper, but we still both enjoyed it and I would buy again. It does have the Asda refund promise on it that if your not 100% happy they will refund and replace so its worth a try if your trying to save the pennies.
Every 250ml serving you have contains 1kcal so thats not bad either.
Of late I have had my best friends children popping round to my new flat rather often. They love carbonated soft drinks so the other night in Asda I made sure I had plenty in as they guzzle it at the rate of knots and this being a no added sugar variety seemed a sensible option to me!
2L clear plastic bottle that has a black screw on/off cap to the top of it and around the middle of it, it has a purple and red coloured label. On the front of the label I am told that it is Asda Dr Thunder 'Zero Added Sugar and that it does indeed contain zero added sugar, zero aspartamine, zero artificial colours & zero artificial flavours. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given (Contains: Barley), storage advice and a nutritional chart is shown, the size is stated and contact details for Asda are given. It's a nice enough, informative bottle though gives no clue to what to expect from the flavour whatsoever at immediate glance in my opinion lol.
The Drink Itself:
Dark brown, transparent and bubbly this is like a cheaper version of Dr Pepper really! It has a slight cherry flavour to it, it is sweet but in a natural way and has a slight malty taste to it, making it incredibly moorish. Although it is a sweet drink it isn't overly so and my mates kids went raving mad loving this stuff!
In my opinion this isn't as gassy as Dr Pepper which it is of course similar to as I have already pointed out and doesn't leave such an after-taste as it either. However for me as an adult it lacks a slight bite I would have appreciated however I feel for young taste-buds this seems to be an excellent purchase and at only 63p a bottle seems a mighty good buy too!
Nutritional Information Per 250ml Serving:
of which sugars: Trace
of which saturates: Nil
equivalent as salt: Trace
Only available in Asda stores.