“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Energy Drink „
I first purchased this product a few months back, i had always loved redbull but just find the brand way to expensive to keep stocked up on, so i deicded to browse the isle at asda to see if i could find anything similar but cheaper and i came across this. I consumed an awful lot of energy drinks at the time as i worked night shifts and just used them as a pick me up to keep me going through my shift. The first time i purchased them i just purchased 3 as i was just trying them .
I took them to work tried them and they tasted just like redbull except maybe a little sweeter but this didnt matter i had finally found a energy drink i could afford, the product is great it is just as good as the big brands and is also great with vodka. For all you that enjoy a vodka and red bull this stuff tastes excally the same. I would never go back to paying ridiculous prices now for the big name brands and am sorry i did not find this sooner.
Overall this is a great product, cheap and affordable and does excally the same as the expensive brands, highly reccommend.
I first was introduced to the world of energy drinks around 14 years ago ( I was only 6! I wish! ) I was a student on a college course who signed up to volunteer at a music event. I cant even remember whether the event was being sponsored by Redbull at the time, but they had cans of the stuff in barrels everywhere. We were free to take as many or as little as we wanted. Never having the is drink before and not knowing much about it ( and knowing it was free ) helped turn me into a caffeine junkie!
I remember taking and drinking 3 cans and clearly remembering the effect. The first can gave me so much energy and made me very hyper. Made me feel very alert and ready for anything. The second maintained that level for me and the third just made me feel ill! Despite my first mixed experience I have a can if and when needed from a variety of different brands.
Why did I chose this one?
I didn't buy this from Asda but my local Home Bargain store. I cant recall exactly how much it cost ( as I bought it awhile ago ) but it would have been between 25-35p. I bought it simply because I needed a boost in energy but not willing to pay a silly price for it. I recall there were another two flavours, but went for this one as I didn't know how sickly the flavoured versions would be.
How is it packaged?
Typical 250ml pull ring can. Tall and thin in look. Similar to the above picture but more updated. Red and silver in colouring with 'Emerge ' in big black bold lettering down the front of the can with ' stimulation drink 'in small down next to it. On the back it lists ingredients, nutritional information, who this drink is not suitable for and caffeine content.
Carbonated Water , Sugar , Glucose-Fructose Syrup , Citric Acid , Taurine (0.4%) , Flavourings (including Caffeine (0.03%)) , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates) , Inositol , Colours (Ammonia Caramel, Riboflavin) , Preservative (Sodium Benzoate) , Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12) .
Typical values Per 100ml:
Carbohydrate 10.0g of which sugars 9.8g
Fat 0.0g of which saturates 0.0g
Salt equivalent Trace
Niacin 6.40 mg (40% RDA*)
Vitamin B6 0.56 mg (40% RDA*)
Pantothenic Acid 2.0 mg (33% RDA*)
Vitamin B12 0.50 µg (20% RDA*)
* Recommended Daily Allowance
Not recommended for pregnant/breastfeeding women or people with a sensitivity to caffeine.
How does it taste?
For me it has the standard taste of an energy drink, similar to Red Bull. The main difference I get is this particular one isn't as sweet as other equivalents, but no where near bland in taste as the sugar free variety ( which are horrid! ). Carbonated obviously, but not too fizzy. Quite refreshing ( especially straight out of the fridge ) and had no weird aftertaste to it. Anyone that doesn't like the taste of a typical energy drink will not like this one.
Despite the cheap price, to be honest, it didn't taste cheap. It didn't taste that much different to other varieties. Not exactly the same, but very similar. I really think with some of them you are paying for the name, not whats inside it as they share similar ingredients. The only real difference I can see is that with the cheaper variety of energy drinks, not all but some, have a slightly lesser caffeine content (30g per 100ml ) where as the branded its 32g per 100ml. Small difference but a difference all the same.
So for me overall a decent drink.
Would I buy again? Yes I would. Buying this costs only a third ( if not less ) than the Red Bull equivalent. If it does the job, why should I buy the other just for the label?
Have you ever had one of those days when all you want to do is curl up and sleep? I seem to have them frequently but can generally perk myself up with some hot, strong coffee. When you are out and about coffee is not always available and so one day last week I ended up browsing the energy drinks aisle in Asda. I was amazed at the diversity of the offerings from the slim cans of Red Bull at £1.99 a pop to the huge cans of stuff that looked like lager. I settled on the Emerge energy drink which I believe is Asda's own brand. A 250ml can cost just 29p so it was the cheapest drink on the shelf.
Emerge is described as a carbonated mixed fruit flavour drink with taurine, caffeine and B vitamins. It has 30mg of caffeine per 100ml giving a total of 75mg of caffeine per can. To give a rough comparison, an espresso shot also gives this level of caffeine so really it is not a massive amount of caffeine to drink in oe go.
I find it difficult to describe the taste of emerge; although claiming to be fruit flavoured it was like no fruit I have ever tasted. It smells of bubble gum, a very sweet smell but it actually feels very dry and is sour to drink. It is extremely fizzy, far fizzier than the likes of a coke. The bubbles feel really tiny for some reason and it did make me burp a couple of times. It was drinkable but not a drink I would choose again for the taste.
The taste is less important in this drink than how it made me feel and I've got to say it made very little, if any, difference to my energy levels. I needed to drive home after I drank the Emerge and I managed to do this without falling asleep but after my 20 minute or so drive all I wanted to do was lie down and have a nap. I did not feel alert or mentally sharp, I still felt tired and fuzzy headed. The drink also gave me palpitations; something which happens when I drink too much coffee and although I know they are harmless I always worry that I am going to become ill.
I wouldn't recommend Emerge from Asda as a way to boost your energy levels as it did absolutely nothing to help me and didn't taste great either. At least it didn't keep me awake that night, I slept like a baby!
EMERGE ENERGY DRINKS
Emerge energy drinks come in 250ml, That are silver and red in colour with black bold writting on the front and back of the can.
They can be bought from asda, home bargains and poundland, and vary in price depending on where you purchase them from.
I get mine from poundland as you get 4 cans for £1, You can also buy emerge light.
On the back of the can it clearly states that emerge is not suitable for people sensitive to caffine, pregnant women and young children.
Emerge contains caffine, taurine and b-vitamins, and has a high caffine content (30mg/100ml)
I have to admit that I drink emerge at least 3 times a week and I find it better to drink them cold, straight from the fridge, and out of all the energy drinks that I have tried I find this one to be the best, as it doesn't make me feel bloated and doesn't taste to sickly like others.
I also find that it does give me some energy, it's not an instant energy hit or one that lasts all day, But it's great if im starting to feel sluggish around tea-time and keeps me going to get tea done and the kids sorted.
These drinks were a bit of an impulse buy for me. I bought them on a "4 for £1" offer.
The drinks come in 250ml cans and they taste similar to Red Bull. I would describe the taste of the drink as quite sweet and fruity. They do taste a little sugary but this adds to the sweetness of the drink and I like the sweet taste so this doesn't bother me too much. The drink is carbonated but it's not too fizzy, it's not as fizzy as Lucozade in my opinion. The drink can be drunk either at room temperature or chilled. I prefer to drink the drink chilled as it tastes much more refreshing then. The drink can be drunk on it's own or with food. I do prefer to drink the drink on it's own, usually after food as it helps to freshen my mouth up. Also, the drink can sometimes leave me feeling a little bloated if I have drunk it with food. Drinking it just as it is seems the better option out of the two.
The drink is great for perking me up if I am feeling a little tired/ sluggish. It kicks in almost straight away and the energy boost lasts for a decent length of time before disappearing. The drink leaves a pleasant aftertaste in your mouth after consuming and it manages to quench my thirst without any problems.
I would recommend these drinks. Individually they're priced at around 30p a can, much cheaper than Red Bull and there's no different in the taste!
Great value energy drinks :)
Emerge is one of the many cheap version of the more expensive energy drinks like Red Bull, Relentless and Monster. Emerge is on the market for 39p in Tesco but prices can vary between 35-40p for a 250ml can which is definitely a bargain considering the ridiculous prices of the more expensive energy drinks I named earlier.
Is the bargain worth it ??
Emerge taste pretty much the same as the more popular energy drink Red Bull but is a little more on the fruity side. It is quite sweet just like any energy drink. When I drink this it always give me energy and keeps me awake just like Red Bull does. Emerge in my opinion taste best straight out the fridge because I like the refreshing feel as it goes down my throat. The drink is a little fizzy when you first drink it but after one or two sips the little bit of fizz is gone. This is one of those type of drinks that I can take down in two or 3 sips as the can is quite small only being 250ml.
Along with tasting a bit fruity the drink also has a nice fruity smell that you can smell as soon as you open the can.
Emerge contains Caffeine, Taurine and B vitamins. The Caffeine in this drink is just the right amount for me. I've noticed that cheaper energy drinks have lots of caffeine but this on has the right amount. Emerge has sugar levels of 9.8 grams per ml so it's slightly healthier than more expensive brands of energy drink which have more sugar in them. For example red bull has 11g per 100 ml and Relentless has 10.4g.
The packaging is quite boring and not attractive at first when I used to see in in shops I never bothered to pick it up. It was until I went to my nan's and saw them in her fridge and tried it that I even bothered with them. The can is mostly red will silver at the top which cut downwards making the red round off to a triangle.
250ml Can 35-40p
1ltr Bottle 90p-£1
Multipack cans £1.60-70
I would recommend this drink because it's a cheap but good alternative to the expensive energy drinks. Overall I think it's good and I don't see it any lesser than the top brands.
Exam time is back around and these again are my lifesavers, 35p a a can and around 1.60 for six, makes revision seem a hell of a lot easier, The taste is a lot better than any other cheap energy drink I have tried KX by tesco has a nasty musky aftertaste. These seem to be the best for getting rid of a dry and itchy throat, emerge has always been the drink to clear my throat. The nice taste, the extra energy is the best reason why I love emerge.
The problems I have with this is the sugar content, I'm always worried about the effects sugar has on my teeth, but trying a sugar- free option just wasnt the same taste and just not nice, so I have had to limit these to important exam dates.
Sadly this isn't a drink I would be able to drink all year around, but exam time, these are the gems.
Everyone will have heard of the drink Red Bull and their extraordinary claims that it 'Gives you wings', well, Asda have their own version and instead of it costing a couple of pound per can it costs just 29pence! Asda's 'Emerge Energy Drink' is a very similar tasting drink to its more expensive rivals' drinks and is a well presented alternative. Packaged in a red and silver can it contains a carbonated mixed fruit flavour drink. Taurine and caffeine are present, and the can states 'Emerge is NOT suitable for persons sensitive to caffeine.'
I am impressed with Asda's offering, and at this price it is a viable alternative to Red Bull and other leading brands of energy drink. My concern with this sort of drink is its effects on children and the ingredients list is a bit of a concern because at 29pence this is very cheap and priced so that kids can afford it. The ingredients list is as follows:
Carbonated water, sugar, Glusose-frutose syrup, Citric acid, Taurine, Glucuronolactone , Flavouring (including caffeine , Acidity regulator (sodium citrates), Inositol, Colours (sulfite, ammonia, caramel, carmoisine), Vitamins niacin, B5, B6, B2, B12, Preservative (sodium benzoate).
Energy kJ/kcal 179kJ/42kcal
of which sugars 9.8g
of which saturates 0.0g
Salt equivalent Trace 0.2g
Niacin 7.2mg (40% RDA*)
Vitamin B6 0.8mg (40% RDA*) 2
Pantothenic Acid 2.0mg (33% RDA*)
Vitamin B12 0.2µg (20% RDA)
These values are typical per 100ml
Personally, I wouldn't advise children regularly drinking these, and I only drink them in moderation myself. Energy drinks are very popular in pubs and clubs, and are mixed with shorts such as vodka. The quantity of sugar is quite a concern, and the fact the drink is so cheap and readily available will understandably concern health experts.
Drank in moderation it can be a tasty drink and makes a good alternative to Cola or Pepsi as a mixer for vodka, but moderation is the name of the game here. I think that Red Bull have poorly advertised their product and the fact Asda sell these for such a low price is also a concern. For me, however, I am glad they are so cheap as it saves me money and must always be drunk in small quantities. A good alternative to Red Bull.
Emerge is an alternative to more expensive branded energy drinks. At around 25p it is a lot cheaper than most energy drinks out at the moment. Unlike other alternatives it doesn't claim to give you wings or anything stupid like that, it claims to be an energy drink and quite successfully fulfills that claim.
It's a cheaper brand you haven't heard of, they don't advertise on TV and you can't buy them in pubs and bars to drink with your vodka so it's probably going to taste horrible right? Wrong! I prefer the taste to most of the better known brand energy drinks myself.
The design of the product is quite pretty looking for a budget brand. The logo is clear and easy to recognize and the colours of red and silver work really well together. Sometimes i think simple is just as effective as fancy if not more effective.
The drink can also be bought in places other than ASDA, shops such as Home Bargins also sell the drink.
On a tight budget and want a cheap alternative to Red Bull or Monster? Buy This!
Emerge is at the cheaper end of the energy drink market, they are currently 25p in Asda, but can be bought in home bargains for 24p. Pennies either way. The can has a red and silver design and has 250 ml volume. The caffeine content is 30mg to a 100ml, compared to red bull which is a more expensive competitor at 32mg to a 100ml. So not a great deal of difference there.
I prefer the taste to red bull and it is very refreshing once chilled.
In one can it does have the recommended daily allowance of niacin and vitamin B6.
It does advise on the can for it not to be consumed by women who are pregnant, which is standard for any caffeine based drink. Also not suitable for children. My ten year old daughter helped herself to one once, it was not a pretty sight!!.
It is tasty, refreshing and does seem to perk you up short term. The effects do not seem to last as long, but if it is a quick boost you want, this product does it.
I always keep a healthy supply of energy drinks whenever I'm in the field, because in Rat Packs, they only give you one packet of energy drink powder.
As Red Bull was priced at 79p a can, I chose the cheaper option. Emerge is asda's knock off.
It contains many of the same ingredients as Red Bull, and to my mind it tastes the same. Per serving, it provies 44kJ/105kcal of energy, but I don't find it really helps me in any way when I exercise. I use it purely to stay awake, a definitely take a sneaky sip during stag.
The worrying ingredients are the Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin B2. 100% of your RDA for the first two are in this can, With 83% of your RDA prvided by the third, and 50% by the fourth.
The actually contents don't look particularly appetising either; a lovely yellow colour. But I will continue to buy this product, as it keeps me awake when its my turn on stag, although I do struggle to get back to sleep after.
This brand has been getting stocked in Asda for quite some time now. When it first came out it was a bargain 24p for the 250ml energy drink, which was a good bit cheaper than the brand named one, and also cheaper than the Supermarket own brand. To look at the tin it doesn't look that cheap, but with the bright enough colouring it doesn't look that classy either.
This is an energy drink, and much the same as all the other ones out there. This in in a slim tin which is 250ml. The 2 colouring on this is red and silver. The writing is in black and stands out well enough.
the juice is a light orange colour and not that fizzy. I know the brand named on isn't too fizzy either but this seemed pretty flat the other day when I had a tin. As long as you aren't leaving this lying open for ages then the fizziness should be alright through it.
You get his in a diet version and this one which is the normal one. Per 100ml this has 44 calories.
This does taste so much sweeter than the diet one. It is nice but I think the diet one is sweet enough even for me!
Although real Red Bull is the best this is great for those wanting the drink but not wanting to pay the price. Although the price has now risen to 35p a tin, you can also find these sometimes in Poundland at 4 for £1.
Now I am a fan of energy drinks as some people may have gathered from my overly detailed write up of Relentless in a past review on Ciao, and I do pride myself on having tried the good majority of energy drinks that Briton has to offer. So in this review I'll go to give an overview of one of Britons most overseen and underappreciated Energy Drinks, Emerge.
What is Emerge?
Emerge is basically a low budget energy drink. If you're not familiar with the whole energy drink concept, it is basically a drink that is typically loaded up with sugar and caffeine and is meant to provide the drinker with a 'boost' of energy and awareness, basically just like drinking a coffee in the morning, but more in the style of a soft drink rather than a hot beverage.
Where to Buy Emerge?
Until recently, I have only seen Emerge sold in Netto and a few different Pound Shops usually sold in bulk. But recently and hence my aspired interest in the drink, I have found it in my local Tesco being sold for 26p, now since Tesco Kick has gone up to around 44p per can, I thought I'd give this drink a quick run around a see if it tastes like crap or not. The drink as I've said is one of the cheapest on the market and can be found in a good variety of places, although not every Tesco, Netto or Pound Shop stocks them, if found it is usually very cheap and is available in a litre format, which I've only seen in Netto.
Initial Impressions of Emerge?
I don't often judge products by their appearance, and I always tend to give them a chance, even if I presume I won't like it. Emerge give me that sort of impression, the packaging is simple and identical to the majority of energy drinks coming in the typical 250ml cans. The package design is something to cringe at however, as it is basically a red arrow/triangle with a simple silver background with the words Emerge Simulation Drink written on the front. When I first saw the drink I got the initial thought to stay away from it simply because of its unimpressive packaging and ridiculously low price, accompanied by the thought of it being sold in a place like Poundland seemed dodgy to say the least. Other drinks like Red Devil for instance is sold at around 30 - 40p in some places, but has extremely attractive packing which makes me trust the drink slightly more than I would trust Emerge's dreadfully simple 'logo'.
Taste & Effect of Emerge
I find that Emerge, just like the good majority of energy drinks have the identical taste of synthetic fruit, which honestly doesn't taste like Mixed Fruit at all and I can only identified from the description on the can. It has no taste indifference to Tesco Kick or Relentless Origin in my opinion. However the effect it has on you is much 'stronger' to say the least as it gives more of an alertness hype similar to a whole can of Relentless. This is quite a good deal as I usually drink energy drinks to get the slightly boost during College or even I'm slightly depressed with work and for 26p a can, it does its job brilliantly. But with the boost comes the crash which I found to be significantly more disarming than the other energy drinks and for a few minutes I felt almost sleepy, which is the last thing you want when doing and important assignment. I also find, and this could just be relevant to me, but I need to go to the toilet soon after.
If you wish to find out some nutritional information, check out Wikipedia. But judging from the nutritional information, drinking a beer would do more good to you than this or any other Energy Drink - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerge_Stimulation_Drink
There is a good amount of controversy going around about energy drinks relating to their high caffeine and sugar content. It is advised that people with heart conditions or health issues avoid drinking this or any other energy drink, and I understand why as the high caffeine does effect you quite dramatically (especially when the energy drinks are taken in high volumes). Also it shouldn't be taken by people who are caffeine sensitive and by women who are pregnant, once again relating to the high caffeine content. Caffeine is also known to irritate the bladder a fair amount causing you to go much often to having a bad stomach ache among other bladder and stomach related troubles. Also in my personal opinion, a drink of any sort that costs 26p is something to be to drank lightly.
So basically, this drink is of a great price and of quite a reasonable taste not being to different from other drinks like Relentless Origin. It comes in a small 250ml can and is quite a powerful drink giving the drinker a good boost, however does come with accompanied crashes which seem to be as powerful as the boost itself, which in all fairness is not the desired effect of an Energy or Simulation drink. Some health effects and controversies are something to consider. All in all, it's a cheap drink only costing 26p per 250ml can, and you can pick it up at a variety of store around the UK, typically in the cheaper budget shops and supermarkets. Personally I wouldn't make this a regular drink because of its health issues when drank in high quantity but the specific drink is not that well know and there is probably a quality reason for why it's so cheap (in both senses of quality).
I used to work in a busy telesales environment, and staying alert/awake was all part of the job. I decided to give Red Bull a try to see if it would help stimulate me a little and keep me on the bull... which it did.
However, at £10 for a pack it was proving to be expensive (I would drink through several packs a week).
I tried 'Emerge' from our local Asda and I am sorry to say that the quality just isn't the same. During an 8 hour day I would get through 3 - 4 Red Bull energy drinks. Drinking 3 cans of Emerge in 8 hours gave me a thumping head ache and the come down was actually a lot worse than other energy drinks I have tried. Even though the price may seem appealing, these drinks are certainly not for me.
Just because I had a bad experience, I do not want to put a negative bias on these drinks, because they certainly did help me stay awake and they definitely gave me some added energy. But the side affects and after taste made me realise I would rather pay a extra (at the time, it was 150% extra) and drink another brand of energy drink. However, I have managed to wein myself from Energy Drinks all together now, and no longer need them (I've never felt healthier).
This is my opinion of the stimulation energy drink Emerge:
I came across this product in my local Netto and as I generally like these sort of energy drinks thought there would be nothing to lose in giving it a try. It is a carbonated drink and is branded as being mixed fruit flavour which it certainly is. It seems to be most similar to Red Bull which I assume is the leading brand nationally. Depending on where you shop this is usually at least a quarter of the price of Red Bull. It has the same familiar taste and gives a nice little boost for when you need perking up. The stimulation comes from high levels of caffeine and taurine. It is available in a 250ml can or 1ltr plastic bottle.
Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant found most commonly in coffee, tea and kola nuts. It is legal but unregulated. For concise information see here:
Taurine is a naturally occuring acid found in some foods. It doesn't have conclusive evidence of being a stimulant but is good for musclo-skeletal health. For further concise information see here:
Carbonated water,sugar, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, taurine, flavourings, caffeine, sodium citrate, inositol, amonia caramel, riboflavin, sodium benzoate, niacin, pantothenic acid B6 & B12.
Caffeine is listed as being in the ratio of 30mg/100ml.
Use this link for information provided by the Red Bull official website about their drink:
http://www.redbull.com and navigate to product ingredients. The link is too long to paste into this text box.
This is noticably less forthcoming about its contents, I am assuming you must buy the product and read the can.
It is worth noting that http://www.emergestimulation.com displays a full list of ingredients which is the same as what is printed on the can. The website itself is useful with a dynamic and well laid out design containing much more than you would think.
Product information is listed as per 100ml and 250ml which is the can size. I will display both in order:
Energy 179KJ/42Kcal 447KJ/105Kcal
(of which sugars) 9.8g/24.5g
(of which saturates) 0.0g/0.0g
Salt equivalent 0.0g/0.2g
Vitamin B6 0.8mg (40%RDA)/2.0mg(100%RDA)
Pantothenic Acid 2.0mg(33%RDA)/5mg(83%RDA)
Vitamin B12 0.2ug(20%RDA)/0.5ug(50%RDA)
RDA = Recommended daily allowance.
The can is similar in size to the Red Bull option and is made from recyclable aluminium. The can design is simple but with a sharp contrast red/silver peak. It is branded a simply a stimulation drink and as such is not suitable for children, pregnant women or people who are caffeine sensitive.
A great tasting energy drink which is ideal by itself or as a mixer with alcohol. Vodka would be my personal choice there. It is very very good value at around 25p though I did pick some up for just 17p a can. This equates to about a litre of Emerge for the average price of a single can of Red Bull. An excellent product. It is available in Asda, Netto and Poundland from what I have seen.
Again, visit the website http://www.emergestimulation.com for more info.
Emerge is a product of Cott Beverages Ltd, Citrus Grove, Side Ley Kegworth,
Derby, DE74 2FJ.