Product Type: Rockstar Soft Drink
Newest Review: ... energy. I would agree that the taste of this particular flavour drink is quite sweet, and mentioned by others, but I actually like that... more
Nice but too sweet
Rockstar Energy Drink
Member Name: Gorjess
Rockstar Energy Drink
Advantages: Looks nice, tastes nice to some people
Disadvantages: too sweet for me
If you have looked through my reviews before you will know that I am, or at least was, a big Red Bull fan. This never really meant that I was a fan of any old energy drink, I didn't even drink Red Bull to give me energy. I think I did to start with but as time went on and I got more used to the contents of the drink, the less it did for me. The reason I stopped drinking Red Bull was because of a lot of health risks that were associated with it. Stupidly the main reason that I stopped drinking it was because my dentist pointed out that although my teeth were in really good shape, there was evidence of damage, I put this down to that energy drink and all the rubbish that was in it. The other reason that stopped me was the fact that I seemed to be suffering from palpitations. I wasn't sure whether this was stress in my life or small panic attacks as it would only happen when I was nervous, but it soon seemed to happen at times when I was actually relaxed and so I could only put this down to my possible excessive intake of an energy drink.
So now I am reviewing a different energy drink, I assure you this is only a one off purchase, I fancied trying it and don't worry I will not be getting back into drinking something that is so obviously bad for me!
ROCK STAR ENERGY DRINK
I think that all these drinks are a bit too expensive really, especially if you were to buy them from the rip off petrol station that I go to, I will not mention any SHELL names. I was going to go for a different can of drink that I was planning on sharing with my boyfriend, but because the Rockstar drinks were on offer we decided to get one each.. He got the original flavour, and I got the Punched version which is the Tropical Guava flavour. To be honest it didn't appeal to me so much as I imagined it to be a little sweeter than I might have liked, but we didn't see the point in getting two cans of the same flavour when neither of us had tried this drink before.
I hadn't even heard of Rockstar energy drinks really, I don't often look in that section anymore, but the cans did stand out to me. They were very large and the one I bought was a type of purple red colour which appealed to me, especially with the big shiny golden star on the front.
Well any way, let's give the review a go!
If you do a search for Rockstar energy drink you come across their website which is www.rockstar69.com. They appear to be a company who mainly do energy drinks, whether it is fruity flavours, or the little shots that you sometimes see other energy companys producing which are a more concentrated form of quick energy, and probably really not that good for you in high quantities, Rockstar also appears to do a chewing gum too but I don't think I've ever seen this. Rockstar seems to support other things like sports or music, if you go to their website you can have quite an in-depth browse through all the things that interest them.
Here is a quote that I found on their website about their company and what they produce.
"Rockstar is the world's most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, Rockstar is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles - from athletes to rock stars. Rockstar Energy Drink is available in fourteen amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Juiced Mango, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Energy Cola, Recovery Lemonade, Roasted
Pictures of Rockstar Punched Energy
Just a few of the Rockstar Energy products
Mocha, Roasted Latte, Roasted Light Vanilla, and Roasted Espresso. Rockstar energy shots are available in Wild Berry and Tropical Punch flavors, and coming in 2010 - Rockstar energy gum. Rockstar energy drink is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United Kingdom."
As I mentioned before these types of drinks are quite expensive, you are getting quite a big can though; almost as big as a pint as this drink is in a 500ml can. I bought mine at Shell which is usually quite a bit more expensive than any other shop, a singular can there would set you back £1.80ish, (I can hear my mum asking 'Whaaaat?!') which I think is just way too expensive; as this was a one off though I thought i'd try one of these. They are currently on offer at two for £2.50 so that explains why we got two instead of one.
I think if this is a drink you enjoy then it is definitely worthwhile for you to do some research and finding out the best places to buy them otherwise you may end up out of money! It definitely isn't a drink that I can justify spending that much money on too often.
I think it looks quite nice, it is in an ordinary can but it looks well worth buying because it is just so big; there is definitely plenty in there for one person. It seems like Rockstar's colour scheme always includes shiny gold on their packaging, I really like this as it makes it all stand out, as well as having gold on there they also have a black background with whatever colour goes with the flavour. I really like this, my favour types of colours are when there is a black background too; it really makes all the colours stand out.
The brand name is Rockstar, and it really looks like it is meant to be an expensive drink; I think this is to do with the gold and especially the big gold star that is on the front of all of their products.My can lists around the top:
Taurine is a typical ingredient in these energy drinks, there is a lot of rumours about this. Supposedly it is an extract from a Bull's testicle, but I can assure you that that is nothing more than a stupid rumour! Even if it was true, if you like the drink surely that shouldn't put you off!Up the side of my can in big black shiny letters is the word ROCK STAR again and underneath that is says 'Rockstar punched energy drink is designed for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles.' Now does this mean that for me to drink this on a day when I might not be doing anything exciting might actually be bad for me? I always heard that drinking an energy drink before doing a lot ofexercise was actually always a bad idea, and particularly bad for your heart.. I think I shall have to look this up a little later on.
On the back of the can it lists the typical things such as ingredients, nutritional information and expresses a warning about the high caffeine content.
The ingredients are as follows:
Apple Juice from concentrate (10%)
Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate)
Colours (Black carrot juice concentrate, caramel E150d)
Vitamins (Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, B6, B12)
Guarana (Paullinia Cupana) seed extract (0.01%)
Ginseng root extract (0.01%).
From having a little look through these ingredients I don't think they actually look too bad, especially not compared to many other energy drinks of this type. I don't understand why it announces that is has guarana and ginseng considering that there are just the smallest amounts in this product. Judging by the smell of it though the guava is quite strong, I wonder whether that is a 'fake' flavour as I can't seem to see any in the ingredients, unless Guava comes from one of these ingredients. There aren't as many E numbers in this product as you can get in some sugary products, although E numbers don't particularly bother me I do realise that not everyone likes them.
Per 500ml serving there is a whopping 333 calories, that is nearly as much as a sandwich! This certainly isn't a drink you should drink if you are trying to keep an eye on your weight, so maybe I should have looked at this before I bought it! This is not something you should drink a lot of, you will wonder why you are putting on weight when you don't spend your whole time eating... Let this be a warning!
"This product contains caffeine. It is not recommended for children, pregnant or breastfeeding women or individuals sensitive to caffeine. Please consume responsibly."
Finally, it is best served chilled and it gives you a link to their website which is www.rockstarenergy.co.uk.
I thought I should get to the smell of this now seeing as it is all I can smell with the can sitting next to me. I started this review a little while ago now, and the drink has long since been finished. I still have the can next to me, and all I can smell is such a sweet smell, almost like i've dipped my nose into a bag of sweets. This makes it seem like it really just is too sweet and full of rubbish. No wonder it is 333 calories. It is a relatively fruity smell, but mostly the main thing you can smell is super sweetness. I can smell the Guava which makes it smell quite tropical really. The drink is actually a Guava flavour so I think the smell is quite accurate but really it is just way too sweet.
As you can probably assume from my previous comments about the smell, this product is a very sweet tasting one. The taste has reminded me of a drink all day and I just couldn't place it, my boyfriend has just told me that I am thinking of Lilt, and that this drink doesn't really taste a thing like it.. I don't particularly like Lilt, and I don't think I really like this drink for the same reason; although it is fruity, it is just too sweet for me.
My boyfriend really liked this drink when he tried it, so if you are considering trying it do not let me put you off. I worry about my teeth a lot, as I mentioned before I have already had a little bit of damage done to them by Red Bull, so when drinking a carbonated drink like this (especially one in such a big can), the last thing I want is a drink that just tastes so sweet.
It definitely does smell and taste quite tropical, which is what is advertises itself as, it just isn't really my type of drink.
It came from the fridge in the shop and so was actually quite nice and refreshing, it certainly is best served chilled.
Did I feel alert?
I didn't really drink this to become alert, I just fancied a nice cold and fizzy drink. Even after drinking all of this I wasn't noticeably more alert, but perhaps because I was not having a particularly active day I didn't really benefit properly from any effects.
Recommended or not?
I would recommend it to someone who fancies a refreshing drink, there is even enough if you want to share it with someone else. If you like tropical drinks, or sweet flavoured ones then this drink would definitely be something you would enjoy. Some people say Red Bull is too sweet, but it is sweet just in a different way. This one just seemed too sugary. As for the price, well I won't be buying this one again, definitely not in the flavour I am reviewing now. My boyfriend's original flavour was much nicer and just not as sickly. Really though, I can't justify spending nearly £2 on an average drink..
I love the packaging, it really stood out to me but again a lot of the energy drinks at the moment look like this so really it just isn't anything special!
Now for some health issues
What is taurine?
Taurine is often referred to as an amino acid, it's not really part of the body's structural proteins. Taurine goes around the tissues and bloodsteam, it is found in the heart, skeletal muscles and the nervous system. When you do a lot of physical exercise and get to where it really hurts your body is no loger producing the required amounts of taurine which results in a relative deficiency. Taurine acts as a metabolic transmitter and is also known to have a detoxifying effect. Apparently some researchers believe that taurine can be a beneficial dietary supplement for people who suffer form bipolar disorder which is a form of manic depression.
I find it strange looking through this website's facts, I am sure that they are genuine but you can never truly trust what you read on the internet. I say this because I am reading some things about how Taurine can help with heart illnesses and problems, but why would they put it in drinks with such high caffiene that they are actually causing a lot of people heart problems? I read in the news about a young boy who drank many cans in one sitting then went to play sports, he ended up in hospital with chest pains!
5 Negative side effects from too much caffeine
I thought I should list some effects from caffeine so you can be aware of how to know if perhaps you are drinking too much. When I was having palpitations (irregular beating of my heart) I was quite worried, I even went to the doctor who gave me an ECG which tested my heart for any signs of problems. Luckily they got in touch quite quickly to tell me that all was well, but still, it was enough to make me keep away from Red Bull, or atleast drinking it every day! I may have just one can every few months now, if that.
The five negative side effects off too much caffeine are:
1) Panic attacks
5) Emotional fatigue.
I think when I was drinking Red bull I would have had perhaps 3 out of these five, I assume I was suffering from panic attacks which made me experience slight palpitations. I was possibly slightly addicted to drinking it in the sense that before work in the mornings my routine was to drink a can, I was worried that I would be too tired without it or just have a rubbish day.. To be honest though, on days when I didn't drink it I felt absolutely fine. I might have experienced emotional fatigue, but I can't be sure if that was caused by caffeine or just problems in my life at the time.
Apparently caffeine isn't all bad though...
People go on about things being bad for you, but what I think they really ought to say is that too much of something is never good. There are also positive outcomes with having some caffeine in your system.
It can make you more alert even if this is just for an hour or two. Studies have shown that caffeine can possibly prevent the occurrence of Parkinson's disease, the reason they believe this is that caffeine keeps the dopamine in your system active, and dopamine is the chemical that activates the pleasure centers in the brain. Caffeine is said to prevent heart disease - as long as you do not already have heart problems, this is because caffeine is an antioxidant and antioxidants prevent heart ailments and some forms of cancer. I think that everyone is different though, so do not rely on these facts to be the same for everyone. It helps with diabetes in a way too, caffeine triggers the production of adrenaline and corisol, when these are released into the system they cause the liver to burn up more sugar. However, it only works with the caffeinated foods or drinks that are not sweetened. Finally it helps with stamina, consuming caffeine before workout or doing athletic activity slows down the chemicals that cause muscle fatigue.
Basically, everything in moderation can be good for you, just don't over do it.
I didn't want to write another review on an energy drink without listing some issues associated with drinks with high dosages of caffeine in them
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Summary: too expensive