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Let me start off by saying that Monster is personally my favourite brand of energy drink, taste wise anyways, but I won't let that bias me into 'bigging up' this product.
Monster is indefinitely a tasty and tantalizing drink which gives you that boost of energy you need when you need it most, it has gotten me through a busy day many a time for when those cups of coffee just weren't enough or when I was just too darn tired to make one.
Not only this but it is definitely a nice sweet taste which I personally enjoy, I've tried many flavours of Monster energy drink and have enjoyed them all, Monster is one of the few brands of energy drink out there who provide a range of flavours so everyone can have their favourite to choose, I mean if you're trying to regain your energy why on Earth do it with something you didn't like the taste of?
Of course there is a lot of stick about energy drinks which we here a lot about here and there, but this is the case with many things we stick in our mouths, but if you're one of those that truly do worry about the health risks and other things then I do advise researching first to see if any apply to you in particular, for those that worry about their weight and the sugary badness that might put you off this drink then there is also Monster: Absolute Zero which is an energy drink but has no calories or sugar in it so it can easily fit into your daily diet/routine.
The only other off-putting thing which I can possibly think of about this product is the price tag. Around my area this product is around £1 in most stores and this is pretty expensive for just a 500ml can, this has led me to purchasing Monster only as a tasty treat for myself when I do have some spare cash, but I do stick to the cheaper energy drinks as regular purchases as there are many out there which are available for a much lower price, but they do lack more taste than Monster supplies.
There are always them times in life when we could use a little boost, whether that might be at work, during a sports event or even at home! Monster energy defiantly provides the kick you need when you need it the most! Monster contains caffeine and taurine, which gives it its brilliant kick. It also contains sugar, so monster should be consumed as part of a balanced diet!
Monster energy was first released in April 2002 in the USA. Since its release, it has grown to be a massive contender in the energy drink market. It is even sold in some pubs as a mixer or by itself. There is also a few chains of pubs that actually have a cocktail made with monster, it is basically vodka, monster energy drink and fruit, i have tried it and its actually really nice!
Monster is available in a huge variety of flavors. When it was first brought onto the market, it was only the original that was available, which is very tasty and has a unique flavor, but some of the other flavors are sweet, sour, some still and some fizzy. Some of them include:
Monster Rehab: Tea and lemonade. This is really nice! It is a still drink with a kick!
The Doctor. This is my absolute favorite monster drink. It has a citrus flavor which is very tasty. Serve this ice cold, by itself or even with an alcoholic spirit, i find it is really nice with gin!
Khaos: This is juice and monster, another tasty drink, but not really one that i like that much, it has 50% juice though!
Monster usually comes in 500ml cans, which is colored according to flavors, but can also be seen in 250ml cans which is more commonly seen in pubs and clubs. The only thing i would like to see is a resealable top. There is a brand of energy drink that has a resealable top, and i think it is a brilliant idea!
There are lots more flavors of monster, but these are the ones i have tried. Monster is available from nearly all newsagents, garages and supermarkets, but the price does tend to vary. In the shop near us some of them are prices at £1, and some at £1.59 but i have seen them as high as £2.50 per can, so its best to shop around before you buy. But if you need a boost, this drink should be your number one choice!
I used too drink these on a regular basis when I worked at a District hospital and was walking around all day, and was tired and bored. I drank coffee and then started drinking Monster energy drinks which became a habit at break times.
The first thing too mention if you have never had one is that these cans are massive, at 500 ml they are much bigger than a standard 330 ml can of coke. They also have more caffeine and other things like Taurine in, the caffeine works at at 160 mg for a whole can.
I managed to buy them at 2 for £1 each at the time when they were £1.39, a few years ago. They have gone up about 30 or 40 p since then and I stopped buying them when there were no more offers in Tesco.
The Monster That I used to get, and sometimes still do buy, is the green and black can as I like the taste. They have a lot of other newer ones that have more exotic tastes, like Ripper, Export and Khaos but the green one is a good taste.
The first time I drank a whole can of Monster Energy at break time I was dizzy and my head was spinning while I walked around, then my eyes were aching, so this stuff is not a light drink.
There are lots of reports at the moment about deaths due to drinking energy drinks high in caffeine, it may result in new legislation or stricter controls on the levels or an age limit.
I really loved the taste and the high you get;but felt I was becoming addicted and spending a lot of money, buying 1 or 2 cans every day.
Energy per can for 100 ml 48 Kcal (x 5 for a full can )
Sparkling water, sugar, glucose syrup, acid (citric acid), flavourings, caffeine (0.03%), taurine (0.4%), acidity regulator (sodium citrate), color (E163), ginseng root extract (0.08%), L-carnitine L-tartrate (0.04%), preservatives (sobrinezuur, benzoic acid, vitamins (B2, B3, B6, B12), sodium chloride, D-glucuronolactone, inositol, guarana extract (0.002%), sweetener (sucralose), maltodextrin.
There are occasions when I feel in need of a alertness and energy boost but unlike the rest of my colleagues at work I do not drink tea or coffee so do not get the constant caffeine benefits. So I will often turn to energy drinks, I have tried quite a few different ones and try and stick to the sugar free varieties when I can. I had previously always been put off by the Monster energy drinks as they come in huge cans which seems like far to much to consume. But on a recent trip to Tesco I spotted the Monster mini cans on special offer and decided to give them a try.
The Monster mini cans contain 250ml and were on a special offer price in Tesco recently for £1.00 for 3 cans which I thought was really good value for a branded energy drink.
The Monster drink is described as a 'carbonated energy drink with taurine, l-carnitine, caffeine, ginseng and vitamins with sugars and sweeteners. The drink comes packaged in a metal can with a ring pull opening. The can is black in colour with a large green 'M' on the front in spooky looking writing. On the back of the can you can find all the detailed information that you need to know about the drink including, ingredients listings, nutritional information, storage instructions and warnings. This drink is not recommended for children, pregnant or breastfeeding women or anyone sensitive to caffeine.
The drink itself is carbonated and has a light golden colour. It has quite a fruity and sweet smell and can be drunk straight from the can or poured into a glass over ice if preferred. This drink is very sweet in taste but I find it fairly pleasant with a slight fruitiness although the exact flavour is difficult to describe. I do find that this energy drink does tend to leave a bit of a strange aftertaste which is a little off putting but it does help to increase my alertness levels. Once I had drunk the can I noticed after about 20 minutes that I felt more awake and alert which increased my concentration levels which certainly made me feel a lot better and less sleepy.
Overall I know energy drinks are quite controversial as they have a reputation of being quite bad for you with the high caffeine content but for me I try and limit my consumption of these drinks to no more than one per day and it is the only form of caffeine I get as I do not drink tea, coffee or cola. The monster energy drink is not the nicest tasting one I have tried and it is very sweet as I usually opt for sugar free versions but it certainly improved my alertness and made me feel much more awake so I would probably purchase it again in the future if it was on special offer again
Now normally I would argue that all Energy Drinks taste exactly the same, no matter what the name, the store or the brand, an energy drink, is an energy drink right? Well with Monster, this opinion goes completely out the window and hopefully with this review you will see why!
I know that this review is based on the drink, but I feel the need to comment on the logo as well as it really adds to the "drinking experience?", Monster Energy drink sports the letter "M" for the logo, which is supposedly made to look at in a "Monster" has clawed it, which I think is clever.
The slogan is "Release the beast", the "beast" supposedly living inside your can of Energy Drink, which in my opinion is quite smart and clever.
Carbonated Water, Sucrose, Glucose, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Taurine, Sodium Citrate, Color Added, Panax Ginseng, Root Extract, L-Carnitine, Caffeine, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Niacinamide, Sodium Chloride, Glucuronolactone, Inositol, Hydrochloride, Sucralose, Riboflavin, Maltodextrin and Cyanocobalamin. (not the healthiest of ingredients I realise, but what Energy Drink is healthy?)
The taste is what separates Monster from any other Energy Drink, unlike the classic unhealthy cheap energy drink taste, Monster provides a fruity drink, which supplies you with Energy while also allowing you to enjoy the drink your drinking. Monster comes in a variety of flavours including Original, Ripper, Khaos and Assault, all of which are branded as 50% juice and 50% energy, a nice blend if you ask me.
Who can drink it?
Although enjoyed by kids all over the world, Monster is recommended to only be ingested by people who aren't under 18 and who don't have a High Caffeine Problem as this drink includes a high dose of Caffeine.
Best served with ice!
I first discovered Monster Energy at Download Festival 2008 when they put on a motocross show as some entertainment. As part of this they were giving away free cans.
I'd been aware of other energy drinks such as Red Bull and Rockstar for a while and they all tasted the same to me.
Monster has such a distinctive taste that it's almost easy to forget that this is an energy drink rather than a standard soft drink. Containing a number of 'B' Vitamins as well as Taurine and Ginseng, Monster uses different ingredients from the other big players in the market.
I have at least 1 can of Monster a day. Some people need a morning coffee, I need a morning Monster. I feel alert after drinking one and will sometimes have another in the afternoon purely because it tastes so good! Whilst I know this level of consumption isn't necessarily good for me, it can't be much worse than a coffee or two a day can it? Can it? Let's hope not!
It's not just the taste that I love this for. Even the cans look great. Pure black with a bright green 'M' in the middle of the can, it looks great. It's also a cool brand now, around my local area you can't go a day without seeing a Monster sticker on a car or motorcycle. It's definitely a cool brand for the younger(ish) generation.
Highly recommended for its effectiveness and taste.
I have this in Wetherspoons as you can have a free can with any burger.
The size of the can I usually have is 250ml but you can also buy the drink in 500ml cans.
Monster tastes VERY sweet so if you dislike sweet drinks I would suggest avoiding this. The drink is a caramel colour and it's carbonated. However it's not too fizzy and drinking this with food doesn't cause any problems. It actually helps my food (my burgers more like!) to digest and I love the sweet aftertaste that it leaves in your mouth after drinking. The drink is about as fizzy as Red Bull but you can leave Monster in the fridge, come back to it later on in the day and it'd still be as fizzy as when you opened it. That's the great thing about this drink. It really keeps it's fizz and it doesn't go off.
The drink perks me up when I am feeling a little tired. I usually drink this drink during days out where I need to keep my energy levels balanced. Luckily this drink seems to do that. It perks me up almost straight away and it keeps my energy levels up for most of the day. The energy boost that Monster gives me doesn't seem to wear off too quickly and I am able to concentrate better on what I am doing. Monster tastes great too and it's taste is quite quirky and unique. It's great poured over some ice but it's also great drunk straight out of the can.
I would recommend this energy drink. It's great!
This drink comes in a can. The can is generally black. On the front is a large green M, which is the logo of Monster Energy (in other versions, there is a different color M on the front of the can). Underneath is the word "Monster" written. Underneath in green letters is "Energy" written. At the top of the can says: L-Carnite, Taurine, Ginseng, B Vitamins. On the back are the ingredients, nutritional content, barcode and text.
On the can is writen:
'Tear in a can of the meanest energy on the planet, MONSTER energy.
We went down into the lab and cooked up a double shot if our killer energy brew.
It's a wicked mega hit that delivers twice the buzz of a regular 250ml energy drink.
MONSTER packs a vicious punch but has a smooth flavor you can really pound down.'
This drink has a very sweet taste and also the fragrance is very sweet. When you tast the drink you can already taste that way too much sugar in it. Personally I like the taste, but I am sure that not everybody will agree. The carbonation in the drink I find an advantage, because I personally really love the tingling sensation.
The effects of Monster Energy are:
- This drink makes your brains no longer produces melatonin when it is time to sleep. This material makes sure that you fall asleep. It is not smart to drink Monster Energy drink in the evening, unless of course you try to stay awake.
- It gives you a short energy boost of up to 2.5 hours. This is useful for example during exercise
- This drink also ensures that you can concentrate better, so it is also useful if you need to pass an important exam at school.
- Due to the high amount of caffeine and taurine, this drink is also very addictive.
I think this is a delicious drink. The can is beautiful and easily to find in the supermarket. It is a disadvantage that there is so much sugar in it. But then again it does have a delicious, sweet taste. It is also a handy drink if you want to stay awake. For me a great energy drink.
These are the nutritional value per 100 ml.
Energy: 48 Kcal
Protein: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 12 g
Fat: 0 g
Dietary fiber: 0 g
Sodium: 0.08 g
Sparkling water, sugar, glucose syrup, acid (citric acid), flavorings, caffeine (0.03%), taurine (0.4%), acidity regulator (sodium citrate), color (E163), ginseng root extract (0.08%), L-carnitine L-tartrate (0.04%), preservatives (sobrinezuur, benzoic acid, vitamins (B2, B3, B6, B12), sodium chloride, D-glucuronolactone, inositol, guarana extract (0.002%), sweetener (sucralose), maltodextrin.
I have found myself reaching for the odd larger tin of Energy drink thesedays. Perhaps it is more psychological as I don't think that these drinks really help me wake up any more but I still drink these for a change. I think the other brands in the 500ml tins (Relentless and Rockstar) are all much the same as this brand but I chop and change more so due to the price.
You can expect to pay anything up to £1.60 in most places where I stay for a tin of this, but my Poundworld stock a few different varieties - for the price of £1 strangely enough.
The tin design is alright. The branding is a M on the front and I think the design of the M looks a bit like an animal scratch but I think that is the idea.
So how do these drinks taste? Well I have drank the 1 that is on the picture on here and that one is more the original one. This tastes a bit like the drink Emerge and is a nice enough tasting Juice. I have just tried the Sugar free one which hasn't been out all that long and that just tastes like a watered down version - which I find is the usual taste when you go from normal to Sugar free. It's fine though.
Calorie wise these drinks aren't all that good for you. The Sugar free one is alright as it has 3 calories per 100ml so 15 calories per tin - I can live with that, but you are talking over 200 calories for the normal one so not great if you are trying to watch your calorie intake.
Do I find this wakes me up any more than normal? I wouldn't say so. It is just a nice drink to drink at the start of my working day at 7am and I hope that it helps me along the way.
A good Energy drink from a good brand.
A little nostalgia
Whilst studying at University I was introduced to a pleasant, tall friend who I'd heard was quite popular around campus: Monster. Tales of late night partying with Monster and various spirits, circulated the University. It was quite the party animal, and yet still students also turned to Monster to help them in their studies and revision and to work late into the evening.
A few years back, when I was but a spritely teenager trying to gain access to the 'cool' nightclubs with my fake I.D (I thought it was amazing - this was BEFORE the 'no passport, no drivers license, no entry' generation) I was very familiar with the good old redbull / vodka combination offered by most bars and clubs. It was THE energy drink and there weren't a good many alternatives available.
Fast forward to my mid-twenties and now you have a plethora of energy drinks dominating the supermarket fridges with their enormous cans and bold lettering. Of the three prominent ones that come to mind are Relentless, Rockstar and this particular brand, Monster. All possessing a very distinct taste, I have only recently branched out into trying Monster and it is indeed a very satisfying product.
Alike many of the new energy drinks brands that now adorn the newsagent and supermarket fridges, Monster comes in a variety of different offerings. The traditional 'energy drink taste' that I became accustomed to with Red Bull isn't one of my favourite tastes; in fact, after many hangovers inspired by the taste of redbull and vodka mixed together, I had become quite repulsed by the thought of drinking such a beverage in any scenario other than a night out!
However, Monster offers a plethora of flavours, each corresponding to a delightfully different colour on the front of the can. Each flavour is quite starkly different, though perhaps not clearly enough labelled on the cans exterior. The flavours carry varied and zany sounding names such as Khaos and Ripper, which aren't particularly useful for determining the flavour; this is something especially worrying for somebody who would instantly projectile vomit if they ever dared to sip a red-bull-esque drink again (redbull and vodka is serious aversion therapy!).
There are more flavours available in say America, and some have petitioned for these to be reflected in the UK market, though as of yet we have less of a range in the good old British Empire than the States. However they still do offer a refreshing alternative to other brands with less optional flavourings.
Being quite a creative person (no, really!) I am quite partial to the designs that adorn the front of each Monster can. Each is decorated with a very apt monster's claw mark vertically to create the image of a capitalised 'M', and this is where the design, corresponding to each flavour, is differed. Ripper, for example, carries a yellow mark; Khaos is orange. The same applies to the lettering used to print each name onto the can.
The size of each can is very generously marketed as 500mls, a little under a pint, and though this is the same volume as a carry-sized bottle of any other brand name carbonated beverage, the fact that it is sold in an aluminium can gives the illusion of a much greater volume of liquid, something that appears to be maintained whilst drinking it (they almost seem bottomless!).
Through personal experience, the majority of shops will sell these beautifully designed cans of fuel for around £1.35 to £1.65 in the United Kingdom; this can vary heavily depending on the shop, whether it is independant or whether it is a store chain or supermarket. However some cans will be manufactured with a preset price on the tin, which is pretty good if you can find it as this will often be printed at £1.30, sometimes as low as 99p for certain flavours.
If you're lucky you may be able to find it cheaper in specific stores; arriving at Boots early in the morning, you could snap up one of these little devils for a fraction of its price by purchasing it as part of their super-value meal deal. Alternatively, you might be lucky in finding a can or two in a 99p or £1 store, though I haven't had a great deal of luck. One problem with both of these methods is that often, the store will only stock the very basic brand (a.k.a, the energy drink, taurine flavour, not the juice varieties).
Or if you're completey hooked on these drinks you could purchase them online in multipacks, much like the aforementioned stores. For the size of can, they are very good value compared to some of the other energy drink brands that are much smaller in size. Though you'd better have good dental!
Personally, I don't really know how these drinks fair in giving you an energy boost; I must say that i'm generally quite an energetic person, so I rarely need these to get me through a hard days work or keep me up late for an important project or assignment. However they do contain a huge amount of sugar and caffeine, and this inarguably helps in maintaing energy levels, particularly if you're running on fumes after a bad nights sleep, or a late night drinking energy drink and vodka in a club (though this may in fact make you vomit if the latter is true).
One thing worth noting is that you should not drink more than one or two of these in a day. Though everybody is different, some people cannot handle the huge volumes of caffeine that would be ingested through drinking multiple cans, and may suffer tachycardia (increased heartrate) or palpitations. So don't go guzzling these like a monster!
These drinks make quite a pleasant change from purchasing the generic and recycled "Orange, Cola, Lemonade" flavoured drinks that are most commonly available under various names in stores. The juice tastes great, yet also has an undertone of energy drink flavouring (taurine, ginseng etc). Pricing can be a little steep but it's definitely worth keeping an eye out for deals or buying in bulk if you're the kind of person who is going to be buying one regularly as they will soon amount to a fortune.
They will not be to everybodys taste, and some of the flavours can be extremely sweet; I know some individuals who have really disliked them purely due to this aspect of the flavour, as it has either hurt their teeth (seriously!) or just been too sweet to enjoy.
Monster energy drink is a high caffeine content, fruit flavoured drink with added vitamins and reputed performance enhancing substances such as Taurine and Ginseng.
Monster energy drinks come in a range of flavours, but the best one in my opinion is the 'original' flavour
which comes in an attractive black 500ml can, with a green 'monster like' letter 'M' on the front.
The caffeine content is 32mg per 100ml, so a 500ml can gives you 160mg of caffeine - more than enough
stimulation for an adult in need of a 'lift'.
What drew me to this product is the price - quite simply monster energy drinks offer real
value for money when you compare them to other similar products such as Red Bull.
But what lets this product down, is the taste - like most 'fruit flavoured' energy drinks it has an odd, and
perhaps unique taste, but it is way too sweet and therefore quite sickly and I can only describe the
'original' flavour as "bearable".
I bought two 500ml cans for £2 at my local convenience store (on an in-store offer ), but I belive they usually sell for around £1.59 per can, which is, like I said, good value , when you consider the ingredients and the volume of liquid.
To summarise: If you need to use a powerful energy drink and dont want to spend a lot, then I would definately recommend this product - just try and ignore the flavour.
The first thing that can be said about monster is that it's probably not something that you'd drink for pleasure. It has quite a distinctive flavour whatever flavour you have, that's not a bad thing, but I would imagine that most people drink this to wake up.
It has a very sugary taste to it; you can almost feel the enamel being taken off your teeth. That's not a criticism however, I think for a drink of this nature, you want something powerful. It isn't too fizzy either, which is a benefit, because drinking this quantity of fizzy liquid cannot be good for you. By comparison to other energy drinks, such as Red Bull and Kick, I think it has a better taste.
Now, for the effects. I drink Monster when I'm really tired, but need to stay awake, and it certainly provides a big caffeine hit. The cans are very large, which is good, because it means that you can get a lot of caffeine in you relatively quickly, keeping you perky and awake.
The cost of them isn't dreadful either. I often buy them as a part of a Boots Meal Deal, because it means that they are significantly lower in price, than if you simply bought them alone. As far as I am aware, they don't come in multipacks, which is probably a good thing, because ingesting that much caffeine cannot be good. I would recommend only drinking one per day (I think the can tells you the same thing).
Finally, I think some people mix them with spirits - having sampled this, it works quite well as a alcoholic beverage, taste wise at least, but I wouldn't recommend mixing alcohol and caffeine. In the words of a drugs and alcohol awareness consultant; 'alcohol gives you the idea of doing stupid things; caffeine gives you the energy to do them.'
Everyone knows Monster know a days, even if you haven't tried it you have surely seen there stickers plastered over everything, motorcycles covered in the brand's logo looking like a rolling advert. When i first saw this drink around i never really bothered, it just looked like another redbull attempt which generally all these other "energy drink" ones taste the same to me and it ain't even that nice. This i was actually pleasantly surprised with.
I first treated myself to this while with a friend as it was on a 2 for £2 offer so i thought in this day £1 for a 500 ml carbonated drink isn't actually that bad. Upon opening the can you can already smell it straight away, it has a very strong and unique smell to it but it is nice. When you first taste Monster it is great, I don't even think that i can describe the flavor but all is i can say is I love it, possibly my favorite flavor now.
Monster is often on promotional deals such as 2 for £2 or some places like Morrisons often have it on just £1 for a bottle so if you haven't tried it i think it's well worth having a try. It also comes in a variety of different flavors such as the orange, yellow and blue. The blue one is a low calorie version of this green one so a good choice for the weight conscious ones of us out there.
Regularly on offer
lots of flavors
Expensive if not on offer
Only in cans so you cannot reseal it
Don't sell multipacks
This stuff comes in a range of flavours and is advertised as having an energy affect... much like Red Bull. The benefits of monster are that for a similar price of Red Bull you get a hell of a lot more... if anything maybe to much! After a can of this stuff sometimes it makes my insides feel a bit funny.. probably because it contains loads of bad stuff!
The taste of the yellow one, branded as M-80 (probably some kind of military gun powder in there some where) is not that great and I normally struggle to finish a whole can. It tastes really sugary with a sort of dirty citrusy flavour.
I dont really like this drink but if no other energy drinks were on offer I would choose this as a begrudging alternative. I wouldn't mind using it as a mixer with Vodka at house parties and stuff as its a lot cheaper but the taste definitley isn't great.
The energy aspect of this drink doesn't seem to affect me in anyway. If I was really tired and had a can, it wouldn't miraculously wake me up or give me a sudden burst of energy.
I get the impression that this stuff would literally melt your insides if you drunk to much of it and you would actually turn into a Monster!! lol.
I have recently become addicted to energy drinks; with long shifts at work I've discovered that they really keep me going and give me that boost I need. Monster has become my favourite for several reasons, mainly because of the price and taste.
Monster comes in cheaper than its rivals - a 500ml can is £1.25 from Sainsbury's (and at the time of writing there is an offer of 2 for £2), while Red Bull at Sainsbury's is £1.35 for a can of half the size (250ml). Getting more for your money is always a bonus.
For those who have not tried Monster, the taste is very similar to Red Bull, except it is a bit sweeter and easier to drink. The caffeine content is quite high and the drink claims to have twice the buzz of that of a regular energy drink. If you are worried about calories, there is a low calorie version called Lo-Carb. Since launching in 2002, several other drinks have been added to the 'Monster' brand, including one mixed with fruit juice (Monster Ripper) and one with coffee (X-Presso).
It is hard to miss on the shelves, being a black can with a bright green 'M' on the front, it is quite eye-catching. I would definitely recommend the product to anyone who enjoys energy drinks, but obviously if you are not a fan of Red Bull then this will not be for you! Energy drinks can be quite expensive, so Monster being more cost effective has definitely been a bonus for me.