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Again when I was working part-time in a local convience store last summer, I was dealing with the Glaxo-Smith-Kline representitive who came in, promoting this new product. The Lucozade Alert shot, came in individual 250ml shot size bottles, and claimed to be an instant energy hit, with a pleasent flavour.
After a phone call with my boss I was advised, to buy in some on a trial basis. The rep also gave me one to trial myself, claiming that it would be easier to sell a product once, I had consumed it myself.
As the packaging claimed it to orange flavoured, and I was feeling a bit hungover, I decided, trying an energy shot wasn't such a bad idea.
Upon doing the test taste though the result was not good. I had been expecting from the advertising on the bottle, for it to taste similar to the orange flavoured lucozade energy predecessor. It most certainly did not however.
It was a kind of murky clear in colour, and was thick like syrup. The taste itself was horrible, it was sickly sweet, and had a bitter orange, medicine style taste to it.
The rep advised me to retail it anywhere between £1.50 and £2.00 per shot.
It most definetly did not live up to its expectations, and is pricey for what it is. It also did nothing to help cure my hangover.
It also has an extremly high level of sugar, and calories included in this tiny bottle.
I also note customers didn't seem to take to it, after first try either, and most of the order lay there for ages, until it was eventually sent back with the rep.
It was also meant to only be sold to over 16's, which in my opinion can only be a good thing, to save kids from wasting their pocket money, on this useless item....
All in all, in my opinion a complete waste of money!!!
A few weeks ago I was stood in the queue at my local convenience store, feeling rather hungover from the night before. That's when I spotted Lucozade alert, strategically placed next to the till. It was £1 for a 250ml bottle, and feeling like I could do with a pick me up I decided to buy a bottle.
**********The taste test ************
When I opened the bottle I was expecting it to taste like a more intense version of Lucozade, but it didn't. It tasted flat and weaker than other products within the range.
I didn't particularly enjoy the taste of teh drink and it didn't quench my thirst (at all), I didn't feel particularly alert either, so the whole thing just seemed pointless. I was left wondering why I'd spent £1 on it.
********** The effects********
I didn't feel anything in particular after drinking this. I know it has a high level of caffeine (33mg), but personally this didn't really affect me. I think this might be because I drink a lot of fizzy drinks and coffee, however I would have expected a markedly different effect as a result by drinking something entited - "Lucozade Alert."
********** Would I buy it again? *********
I wouldn't buy this again because I think it is a complete waste of time.
This product only contains 45 calories (a lot less than usual Lucozade products), but in my opinion it contains 45 too many calories considering the effects and the taste.
In future, if I need to feel alert I will buy a bottle of diet coke, that why I'll get my caffeine kick, a nice drink that quenches my thirst, and no calories at all.
Yesterday I say some Lucozade Alert which turns out to be Lucozade caffine version, but before we get straight to the point lets have a history lesson. Lucozade was created by the company now called GlaxoSmithKline in the 1920s as a sugar heavy drink bearing more similarities to medicine than a normal drink. In 1965 Gatorade became the first Isotonic drink on the market changing the landscape for sports drinks entirely though never really breaking into the UK markets, Lucozade joined this with sports range. Then came the movement towards Caffine drinks lead by Red Bull and followed by Rockstar, Relentless, Monster and plenty of others. So here we are with Lucozade Alert the perfect styles clash.
I've had varying experiences with caffine drinks. The nightmare of Relentless ("Please call the Halifax monkeys") to the brilliant Red Bull ("Duracell in a can") with Rockstar and Red Rooster in between the two.
With Lucozade I've yet to be disappointed whether it was the original Energy drink (Glucose syrup based drink) or their isotonic one (Sport version). Lucozade to me means high quality drink and I've been happy to say high prices for for it in the past. So when I saw this for around 60p i had to try it.
The can looks familiar but different blending the silver can of rival Red Bull with the yellow of lemon flavour Lucozade, to create something that looks a bit like the two together. Smart isn't it.
So on to the drink it does as you expect taste of a sharp lemon flavour with a bitter yet sweet combination that tickles the tongue on impact. A delightful combination of the two that goes down wonderfully well and is like extreme lemonade. However with there sorts of drinks it sure isnt the flavour that comes first but the energy and excuse the pun, the alertness so this is where the the product really needs to provide and boy did it do that. Half way through the can I felt my my head buzzing and by the end a collegue said I looked demented. As far as I am concerned thats a success. But the true test is what I call the yawn test. If an energy drink prevents me yawning on to customers answer phones it passes and this worked brilliantly well almost leaving me like a giddy hyper child in a sweet shop not a bored call centre worker talking to answering machines (worst creation even, they should be outlawed).
Nutritional information (per can of 250ml)
32mg Caffine per 100ml.
To be honest I will happyly describe this as demented lemonade with a great big caffine kick in the nuts. A great drink and an excellent energy one that truely competes with Red Bull. What may have been an extension of Lucozade name could very easily become another great range under the Lucozade umbrella we may see extend into many more flavours like the other ranges. We may even see a sugar free version in the future. For now though demented lemonade is the best out there.
So i was passing a convinience store and fancied a soft drink. I didnt want the usual and thought i would try lucozade alert lemon zing.
I have tried other energy drinks in the part and was hoping for a five minute buzz and a funky new taste.
Unfortunately neither of my expectations were met. There was a distinct lack of lemon zing. The taste was quite poor and spoilt by the familiar high sugar after taste that you can experience from other cheaper energy drinks. There was no convincing high experienced either.
I think now that lemon is the fragrance because it smells more than it tastes.
I paid over a quid for this drink. I wont be drinking this again.
Its a shame because i have long enjoyed the other lucozade products in particular the original flavour. Next time i fancy an energy drink i will opt for a cheaper brand as it appears to make no difference to taste.
calories - 45, sugars - 9.8g, fat - nil, saturates - nil, salt - trace. High caffine.
Noticed this in the shop today, and thought why not. I love trying new drinks, so grabbed a can. (They appear to have replaced the previous bottles with a can, which seems more sensible as there isn't enough in there to put the lid back on to save for later.) The can was 97p, which is a lot for not very much, but you have to try things once.
Difficult to comment on the energy boost of the product, however me and my friend both felt very dizzy and light headed directly after drinking, upon exiting a lift. This could be due to the drink, or it could be due to the lift, but probably due to the fact we were jumping up and down all the way up the lift as there was someone who didn't like lifts in there... Anyway, a point to note none the less, it may (a strong may) cause dizziness. Also, when I got home and had a game of Halo I was on top form, so maybe my alertness was raised. Whether it's worth it for the alertness (or placebo...) is up to you to decide I suppose. Definitely no notable increase over Rockstar or Relentless.
The flavour... This is where it falls down slightly, would be nice to have a nice strong lemon flavour, so you feel it may be doing something, but all you get is a sort of standard lemonade flavour, with a slight twist. For a while I couldn't put my finger on it, then I realise it has a slight twang of Paracetamol, or Dissolvable Aspirin... Not a strong one, but you will taste it if you keep your taste buds about you.
In summary this seems like a high price for a poor tasting drink, and you get very little in there, regardless of whether it wakes you or increases your alertness or not. Doubt I'll buy it again, maybe just before my next exam to make me feel it's done something, until then bring on the Rockstar! I would not recommend this to others as such, but if, like me, you feel you should try it rather than taking my word for I; hey it's only 97p, and you can get that back by writing an almost half decent review with some ratings on here anyway, so go for it!
Pretty much any new product, you will find that I am nosy and I want to try this. I would say it is for the sake of Dooyoo, but I done that long before I was on Dooyoo.
I drink an energy drink pretty much every morning, who knows if they work, but in my mind they do. This drink came out about 6 months ago and although it seems quite expensive, you find that the brand Lucozade is a bit more expensive anyway.
You can buy this drink in individual 250ml bottles and these range in price from 80p-£1.20 or 4 packs, which can cost £2.80-£3.40.
The bottle design is a clear plastic bottle and is a slight curvy shape that goes in in the middle and curves out at the bottle. The lid is a large screw lid. The wrapper is a plastic wrapping that goes all the way around the bottle.
This drink states that it has high caffeine levels of 33mg, which the other energy drinks I have have 30mg, so not sure if 3mg makes much difference. Now to the taste. I wasn't so keen on the taste. The liquid is clear and I would say the taste tasted a bit like Lemsip - yuk! It has a slight powdery lemon taste and it left a kind of asprin taste in my mouth. When I first tasted this it was just when I got out the shop and the juice was warm, so I put this in the fridge to see if it was any better when it was colder, and it was slightly better. Again I don't know if it worked, but perhaps the bitter medicine taste to it is the way it wakes you up.
The only good thing about this is that it only has 45 calories per 250ml bottle. Although this is more calories than a can of diet energy drink, it isn't that bad for you.
I wouldn't buy this again, but at least I have tried it.
This new product looked the part but it was disgusting and i would never buy it again.
It comes in a very small 250ml bottle which looks even smaller and i have to say the design is very eyecathing and stands out among the other energy drinks, this is what drew me to it, when i got to the till the price shocked me i think it was £1.20something, which was ridiculous for all it was, so i thought this will be good i'll try it anyway, boy was i wrong.
I am a fan of energy drinks they do keep me alert and taste alright, for example i love Burn it has to be the best, however this drink was disgusting and left an awful taste in my mouth, it also didn't do what it promised and work as an energy drink, i didn't get any sort of hit out of it like i would with the likes of red bull, burn or even normal lucozade.
Really disappointed with this product, and i know its not just me as they are constantly going out of date in the shop i work in because no-one buys them.
Stick to the Lucozade original if you ask me!!!
I thought I would try this product when I saw it billed as "only 45 calories!" and this wasn't per sip or per 100mls, it was for the entire drink!- Now I know that an apple is around 65 calories, so this had fewer calories then an apple. Already I like this drink.
Its described as a drink that will give you energy, will make you more alert and basicly will turn you into a Duracell battery and make you more intelligent if the adverts in the Metro newspaper are anything to go by, where there are quizzes set that are meant to be tricky, supported by the drink and with claims that the drink will enhance your ability to do these tests. Whatever- I just wanted a pick-me up. I assumed too that this, having added stimulants in it would also give me some type of an energy boost.
I thought I would give this a run for its money. I go to the gym every Friday night (sad I know but I look forward to it) I don't go in the week very often and so I really like to get as much as I can out of my time there. But on this particular week, I had not been able to sleep properly- I had averaged about 4 or 5 hours a night. My limbs were fatigued and my mind kept drifting off, I still wanted to go to the gym, so I wondered if this drink as oppose to my apple would help me out in my circuit class.
I decided to break the "don't eat within 45 minutes of a gym workout or class" rule and drank the drink roughly 15 minutes before hand.
The drink comes in a little bottle, 250mls and is comparably smaller then its sister drinks, lucosade sport and etc. ranging around 500mls. and actually looks like a massive Duracell battery- lol! Its yellow red and silver, wonder if its just a coincidence there!
I had a read through of the ingredients, a lot of added stuff I didn't quite understand but safe as to say there are ingredients there which are well known to boost your energy levels such as the caffeine, Ginseng and Guarana and There is also glucose. Now I am a little mixed about glucose as its basicly liquid sugar. If you eat or drink glucose it gives you a sugar boost, which will then very quickly plummet to nil, and leave you feeling wasted. It can also be a very effective way of building extra weight around your middle for this very reason. Any stored calories are stored as a result of the blood sugar drop. The easiest place for your body to position it is around your waist. In addition to the cortisol, a hormone your body produces when it gets stressed, and according to scientists also encourages weight gain around your middle. I was also worried about my teeth, sugar in a drink would not be welcome to them, especially if this was going to be the last thing to pass my lips for some time. I would have to swish my mouth with water to compensate this.
On twisting open the lid, you can tell its a fizzy drink- not so great for your waist line as it can puff you out, but at least made it pallet able. The drink is labelled as 'lemon zing' and it does have a strange lemon taste to it- I wouldn't actually think it was lemon unless someone told me. Its nice, if a little sweet- but this is coming from someone who doesn't usually touch anything but water and diet lemonade- everything above that is going to taste exceptionally sweet, right?
The fizz isn't actually too powerful. Its a nice perrier small bubbled fizz rather then the assaultive diet coke fizz you get from a bottle. I think the fizz actually worked quite well, even if the combination of that and the glucose didn't do my teeth any favours! (According to dentists, apparently its the worst thing you can do- mixing carbonated fluid with sugar as the bubbles help the sugar smash against your teeth, doing even more damage then if either was taken alone.)
Well, the next part- did it work?!
I started off the class, still feeling achy, I really by then was questioning if I could really do this, was I mad and should I go home. But I persevered- it will kick in soon, just wait!
After the warm up- which I was able to do without falling over due to lack of coordination- I still felt just as tired.
The next step was an agility part, it involved coordination and thought and not bumping into anyone as you worked on what you were doing in a team. I was slightly concerned, the one thing I notice when I am tired is my clumsiness and forgetfulness. But I have to say, I had none of that. I was actually able to do the exercise properly and efficiently.
What I will say though, is that I still felt tired throughout. I did not get a sudden burst of energy, I did not feel like I had drunken any caffeine, and 6 hours later when I was home and dry and ready for bed. I was not kept up by excess caffeine- which I normally am when I drink a cup of tea within 6 hours of sleeping. I have heard from another reviewer that this actually has more caffeine in it then tea or coffee and more then even red bull!
Which begs the question, what's it like with shots in.....!!
I don't know if it worked the way I wanted it to. I had been expecting a rush of energy, a boost or like someone had powered me up for 20 minutes, just enough to get the best of a 45 minute class. But instead, though my body still felt fatigued, my head was able to keep strong and keep focused. I would agree with the label; Lucosade Alert as it did just that for me, and I didn't get a sudden drop after 20 minutes- though this could be because as a matter of cause, I eat within 15 minutes of a class to restore my energy levels, so a slump would have been unlikely anyway. I doubt I would drink this just on the go with lunch or something as its nice, but not that nice, its a little too sweet for me and the bubbles don't do my body any favours.
I would take this again if I really needed to concentrate on something, it did do something I think as there wouldn't have been any real possibility I could have kept up my focus as I was that tired, so was able to keep going in that respect. But I guess it just goes to show, nothing beats a good nights sleep!
Switch on your Brain with Lucozade Alert
The morning after a bank holiday weekend is not a great one to go back to work on. I was feeling tired and in definite need of a caffeine hit when lo and behold I was given a sample of the new Lucozade Alert at Kings Cross station. The day was starting to look up already.
This new Lucozade was just launched in April so it's a very new product, hence the give away to entice customers. It is Lucozade's first stimulation drink (much like the benefits of Red Bull) and is meant to stimulate the mind and give mental edge rather than the body for which Lucozade is famous with its other drinks. Apparently according to their category director, Simon Kemp, the original Lucozade energy drinks are focused on people doing hard physical exercise. This new drink is aimed at office workers. He said the new drink will be supported by a substantial marketing campaign. Well, they have definitely hit their marketing target with me and by giving out their drinks at Kings Cross they are definitely reaching their key demographic.
The telling points will be if consumers like the drink. Well, what did I think of it?
The bottle was much the same as regular Lucozade bottles although the colour was yellow instead of the usual orange but you could definitely tell it was a Lucozade product. The liquid was a clear colour instead of being orange as well. The flavour I was given was Lemon Zing and I believe this is the only flavour it comes in at the moment. You could definitely taste a lemony flavour but it was not overpowering which was nice. The drink is fizzy like regular Lucozade and for any one who has ever tasted it before you still get that glucose after taste with this new product. I did like it and it was pleasant to drink.
The drink comes in a 250ml bottle which only has 45 calories which is nice. However this drink is loaded with caffeine, 32mg per 100ml to be exact. This is obviously how it gives you a boost but this is a really high content. (A can of Red Bull has approximately 26mg of caffeine and a cup of regular coffee probably has about 28mg)
The product is meant to improve your focus, alertness and concentration. Did it do it for me? It did give me a pick me up in the morning and I think for people who do not drink coffee this will be a nice alternative. I liked the fact that it was a cold drink so would definitely be good in the summer time but I don't think it is something I would drink every morning and so probably would not get all the benefits from it that it promises to give.
Advantages:-Tastes Good!:)-Low CaloriesDisadvantages-Expensive-Ridiculousy Small bottle-Overrated-Dosen't really give much energy-dissapointment!Alternative?Regular orange lucozade! or if your going for something cheap tesco's Kick-dosen't taste too bad cold :).