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I consider myself something of a lemonade snob- I once found myself forcing my partner to help me blind taste test 6 brands of still lemonade (interestingly the winner for me was This water lemon drink, closely followed by belvoir still lemonade)
This lemonade was not in the same league. It is what I consider to be a synthetic lemonade, like the ones you can buy 2l of for 50p, or if you're posh- sprite. It doesn't taste like real lemons at all, it's very bubbly and it will spit out the can when you open it, so when you take a sip you get lemonade all over your face.
It is a popular product, selling in most shops in 2l bottles and cans, it also comes in 750ml glass bottles but you can't get them in supermarkets.
Popularity aside, I won't be having it again unless i'm found in the mood for synthtic bubbly not quite lemony enough lemondade, it's better than the supermarket own brand, and it is cheap- but i'd rather drink irn bru, or splash out on real pressed lemonade, but if you want lemonade in a can, your options are limited unless you want 7up/sprite
Recently, I walked into a newsagent's in search of something cold and refreshing that I could drink; however, being on a tight budget at that time, I decided against buying my favourite Schweppes branded lemonade and tried to find myself a bargain. Almost instantly, I caught sight of the Barr soft drinks; there were quite a few lined up together in the chilled drink section. I went for the lemonade, as opposed to the many others I could have selected (for example cherryade, cream soda, etc.), doubtful that it would be anywhere near as good as the products of most reputably branded soft drinks available, but the 39p price tag was good enough for me at that time. And at any rate, I was really thirsty on that day and I could just do with any type of chilled refreshment!
39p for a can I considered to be a bargain deal for a soft drink, even if it wasn't a can of Coca Cola or 7Up. For a normal can of soft drink from another company, I would expect to pay from the 60p mark up (and that is from cheap stores). This lemonade by Barr I did not expect to be fantastic, but it did not look like the worst product in the shop, so I decided that I had nothing, or very little, to lose by giving it a chance. Plus, having been stored in a big chilled shelf, it was lovely and cold.
The packaging is what I would consider as slightly tacky, but not too much so. The can was regular sized, the likes of which you find regular soft drinks stored in, for example Pepsi or Fanta. The ring pull is firm and it keeps the fizz inside the can until it is ready to be opened; this can also be easily removed. The layout of the logo and the necessary information was not as professional as it could have been, but then, I did not expect brilliant things from a soft drinks company which obviously is not as popular and therefore does not have as much funding for the packaging. And anyway, I would rather save money than have a beautiful, exquisite yet disposable soft drinks can! I am aware that these Barr drinks are available in different types and sizes of packaging, for example bottles, though at that particular shop they were only selling the cans of lemonade.
How about the taste? Well, actually, I found it quite nice for the price and the balance between the amount of lemon flavouring and sugar was nice; not too much sugar and not too much lemon flavouring either so that it was just right. It was not too sweet and sickly; also it was nicer than diet lemonade, probably because there was more sugar in it, but I was pleased to find that there were only 28 calories in one can, or so they said at any rate. That being said, any type of fizzy soft drinks can never be exactly good for you. Though I did not find it quite as nice as a can of Schweppes lemonade, I thought it tasted excellent for the price I paid for it.
When I first opened the can and took my first sip, I found it to be very fizzy and after a few gulps I already felt fairly bloated already. This was hardly a pleasant experience for me, but if you opt for carbonated drinks this is unavoidable. However, I noticed that it seemed to lose its fizz fairly rapidly; after a matter of minutes, the lemonade tasted flat with hardly any fizz left. I found this OK, because I do not like it when drinks are too fizzy, but even so, it would have been nice if it lasted a bit longer.
Altogether, I find that this is a very refreshing drink, perfect in the sweltering heat of a typical summer's day in the UK (*sniggers*). It is great value for money, and though it is not quite as nice as lemonade from some more reputable brands, it is more than good enough for me. The price paid and the quality of the lemonade received balances out well and I would give this product 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I've recently wrote a few reviews about Barrs drinks. This is because recently I had to go to hospital, to A & E and on-route decided to pick up some drinks and munchies so I wouldn't have to pay stupid hospital prices and I knew I'd be there for ages (I was right I was there a little over four hours just to be told I had concussion lol).
I picked up four Barrs bottles in different flavours, lemonade being one of them an they cost me the small price of 29p a bottle.
This drink comes in many different sizes, 250ml (which is what I had), 330ml cans and 1L and 2L bottles though I have only even seen this available to buy in the size I bought it in.
The bottle is see-through with a blue plastic twist on/off cap/lid to the top of it and around the middle of the bottle the label is light an dark blue striped and we are told that it is Barr Lemonade 'Refreshing The Nation' an then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes ingredients and nutritional information given as well as website details for the manufacturer (www.agbarr.co.uk. Nice handy little bottle this is and its informative enough too.
The Drink Itself:
Open it up an you get a zesty aroma of lemons and a hint of fizz however this is more lightly bubbly than fizzy or anything and it does lose its bubbles rather fast when opened. Its a transparent, water in appearance drink and basically it tastes of lemons well enough but also tastes full of sweeteners and is far too sweet for me. The lemons taste fresh and natural and rather tangy and refreshing but sadly this tastes overpowered with saccharin (which is listed on the ingredient list along with sugar) and this really does overbear this drink plus if it isn't cold that taste is even more overwhelming.
I am not one bit keen on this lemonade at all sadly and I won't be buying it again!
Nutritional Information Per 250ml:
I haven't seen this widely available to buy and I got mine in an independent corner shop though do Google if interested in purchasing from this brand.