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Manufacturer: A.G Barr / Type: Soft Drink

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      12.11.2012 23:26
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      Great refreshing different drink which hits the right spot

      When I was little my mum always had tizer in the house, I can always remember my dad watching the advert with the man with a big red head on. I always wondered what that man was all about, this was the first time that I tried tizer. I did indeed love this juice as it was intensely fizzy and kept the fizz a lot longer than other soft drinks such as coca cola and fanta.

      However tizer, for me anyway disappeared into thin air for a few years, I wondered where it had vanished too, until one day my mum came home from her weekly shop at morissons with a 9 pack of tizer cans. Since that day I have been able to find tizer everywhere, in Tesco where you can get the 2L bottles for around £1.99. I find this is a reasonable price as Tizer has a very acquired taste and tastes great and is very refreshing however the fizz can sometimes hit your throat.

      The can for tizer these days is very much as it always was, the can is red with various splashes of colour all over the sides and around the back. The tops and bottoms of the cans like all drinks is silver. The colours which are liberally splashed on the sides of the can are colours such as blue, green, yellow, orange and purple. It is like a splash of colour, like someone has taken a paintbrush and just flicked it towards the can. The writing on the can is in large white writing, and we cannot forget the sponsors make, which is written in smaller lettering on the side and it says BARR, also the makers or Irn Bru.

      The juice itself is intesively fizzy and gets you right in the throat, for best taste I would suggest cooling in the fridge and drinking straight from the can as it is very refreshing when cold. The juice is of a red colour, obviously a lot of additives have been added. This however does not taint the taste and it tastes good. If you fancy a nice alternative to coke and fanta then Tizer is definitely the drink for you, it is unlike anything I have ever tried before. Go for it, what have you got to lose?

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      17.10.2012 01:02
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      Nice enough, but nothing too special

      I am not a big fan of fizzy drinks. I only tend to drink them when I go out and I am driving so can't have alcoholic drinks.
      I would never think to buy fizzy drinks in the weekly shop unless I was having a party.
      My fiancé drinks fizzy drinks more often than I do and during a recent hangover he had we went to the local shop in search of Sunny Delight which he'd set his heart on. When we got there, he changed his mind when he saw a large 2 litre bottle of Tizer on the shelf which he purchased for just 99p.

      Tonight I noticed that he'd left the bottle, with half of the contents gone, lying around the house so I randomly asked for a taste.
      The last time I'd had Tizer was in the late 90's. My uncle used to buy it for me and my sisters and I thought it might bring back memories as I genuinely couldn't remember what it tasted like.
      I poured a little bit into a plastic beaker and tasted.

      ~ History ~
      I declared to my fiancé that I could remember when this drink first came out. I then asked him to guess what year it came out and was going to look it up, but when he guessed a date in the 1970's, before I was born, I was shocked. I thought it had only come out in the mid 1990's.
      An internet search confirms that this drink was first launched back in 1924! Ok, so I definitely don't remember when this first came out! It was launched by a man called Fred Pickup from Manchester, United Kingdom and when he died it was owned by the Armour Trust who eventually sold it to Barr in 1972 for £2.5 million!

      ~ What is Tizer? ~
      Tizer is a bright red coloured fizzy drink which is made by Barr. It is fizzy and fruity. The exact flavour is difficult to put your finger on. I think it is a mix of different fruit. I recognised the taste from my last sip of Tizer back in the 1990's! Tizer describes itself as a sparkling mixed flavour soft drink with sugar and sweetener. It tastes very sweet and fruity and has quite an artificial taste. It has a nicer after taste that brings out the fruity flavour a bit more and it makes you want to drink more of it. It is very different to the other fizzy drinks available on the market being a more fruity alternative.

      ~ Packaging ~
      The 2 litre clear plastic bottle is wrapped in a red label with Tizer written across the front in white letters and a simple yellow and green scribbly design and the Barr logo. The bottle I have has a yellow band going round the top of the label with 99p written on. Below the logo are the words "The Great British Pop". This is one of their advertising slogans.
      It is also available in smaller bottles and 330ml cans.

      ~ Advertising ~
      To be honest it has been a while since I have seen an advert for Tizer. The advertising campaign that I remember from the mid 1990's had the slogan "Refresh your head" and ran from 1996 - 2003 and featured Ed the Head (a man's head that was red and was featured on Tizer's packaging as well as their advertising campaigns). I believe this was the introduction of Ed the Head to Tizer's campaigns.
      I also remember when Tizer sponsored ITV's Saturday morning pop music TV show, CD:UK, which was between 1999 - 2003 featuring Ed the Head.
      Tizer have had a few different slogans over the years including "You can tell it's Tizer when your eyes are shut", "I'se got the Ize", "Refresh your head", "!tz a red thing" and "the great british pop".

      ~ Overall ~
      Overall I think this is a pleasant drink, but it seems very artificial. The fact that it does not even reveal more than the fact that it is a 'mixed flavour' drink on the packaging makes me think that the flavour is very artificial and the drink does have an artificial taste to it.
      Although it is not bad, it will not be the top of my list next time I fancy a fizzy drink and I will not hurry to buy this it again. My fiancé says that it depends on his mood as to whether this will be his choice next time he fancies a fizzy drink, but will definitely consider buying it again.
      It is very different to other drinks available on the market, but I don't feel that it is anything special.

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        15.08.2011 09:33
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        A tasty drink from Barr.

        I probably drink far more fizzy pop than I should, it's one of my indulgences in life and I just love slugging back a can of the fizzy stuff on a hot summers day. I like a lot of fizzy drinks, in fact there's few I don't like (cream soda being one, yuck!) Today folks I will be reviewing one of Barr's offerings, the fruity drink that is Tizer.

        Tizer is a sparkling mixed flavour soft drink, what it tastes of I can't really put my finger on, but it is rather sweet I can tell you that. At a guess I would say that it is supposed to taste of various fruits, again, what fruits they are I don't have a clue. The taste of Tizer is quite synthetic and sugary, in one can there is 21.8g of sugar which is 24% of your recommended daily amount if you're interested.

        In one can you get the bog standard 330ml which I find is just enough to quench your thirst without being overbearingly sugary. The ingredients are as followed: carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, flavourings, concentrates (carrot, safflower), preservative (potassium sorbate), sweetener (acesulfame k).

        This drink is available in both cans and bottles, a can will usually retail at 45p. In conclusion I am a fan of Tizer but I know that lots of people can't stand the stuff! This will probably be due to the fact that it has a very sugary taste, the flavour to me doesn't taste in the least bit natural but I don't mind that at all. Hey, I guess it's just not everyone's cup of tea!

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          19.03.2010 14:35
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          A 'nice' fruity drink

          Like its sister drink, Irn Bru, this is a sweet, fruity fizzy drink with a flavour which I cannot pin down. It is a deep red in colour and it really does look as sickly as it tastes.

          When people speak of Tizer, they speak of childhood. Although I did drink this as a child, it didn't feature heavily back then, so I am really revewing it with an adult taste rather than through the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia.

          What you are getting here is a drink that will appeal to childrens' sweet sickly tastes. It is even a colour that children will love, for it looks ripe to be spilled onto that nice clean white T-shirt your mom just put on you that morning.

          A can of this is enough for me, and believe me, I could drink fizzy drinks all day, so that is saying something. That might have you thinking I don't like this, I do, it is just that after one can I am getting to feel a little Tizered-out.

          I don't recall seeing this in bottles (plastic or otherwise) for years. My last Tizer experience did indeed come in a can.

          Expect something fruity, with an indefinite flavour, maybe a little sugar rush, and a queasiness afterwards. Not bad if you are really thirsty, and there is no other choice. For me I am sticking to Irn Bru.

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            18.02.2010 18:08
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            A good memory sadly ruined.

            When I was a much, much younger man and dinosaurs still walked the earth Tizer was part of my staple diet, if I wasn't slugging Tizer then it would be Irn Bru I was on. Funnily though over the years I have continued to drink Irn Bru but forgotten all about Tizer.

            The other day on a visit to Poundland (I was actually being dragged round it) I happened to see an offer on Tizer, 6 tins for, you guessed it one pound. I couldn't pass up the chance to find out if Tizer was still as good as I had remember it so long ago.

            After a good few hours in the fridge I grabbed a tin opened it and began to slurp but wait what was this sickly, sugary sweet, odd tasting drink?

            Surely this could not be the same Tizer I enjoyed so much, could it?

            I have checked and cannot find any note of it having changed over the years so i guess it is just my taste has outgrown it or something because I couldn't even finish one tin of the drink I used to love.

            Tizer is essentially a mixed fruit drink but usually in most mixed fruit drinks you can pick out one or two of the flavours used but with this it is just a random taste with no single fruit noticeable, it does tell you in the ingredients that lemon, orange and blackcurrant are the main ingredients but it also worryingly makes mention of artificial flavourings and whatever those might be I reckon they certainly over power the fruits.

            I think the fact that this is so very, very sweet also takes away from the taste of the fruits and whilst I am sure the sugar was a plus factor for me all those years ago it is a definite minus now, half a tin of this left my mouth very sticky and me feeling a bit squeamish and it also quite oddly for a so called refreshing drink, left me feeling thirsty rather than quenched.

            Years ago i would have told everyone to drink this but now I have to say I find it horrid and I certainly would not recommend it to anyone and due to the amount of sugar in it I certainly would not advise letting kids gulp it down either although I have to admit my grandson finished the 5 tins we had but over a week I have to say.

            Tizer is made by Barr, the same people that bring us Irn Bru but take it from me this is nothing near as good as the fantastic Irn Bru which has stood the test of time and my changing tastes where this most certainly has not!

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              10.12.2009 18:49
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              I love it

              Tizer is a great mixed fruit soft drink. I buy the multipack from the super market to take to work in my pack lunch.
              The mulitpack usually costs around £2.20 which is great value for money.
              It tastes great and is cheaper than the average coca cola multipack etc.
              This has been around for as long as I remember and have always enjoyed it.
              As soon as you crack open a can the mixed fruity smell hits you straight away and makes me want to down it in one.
              The packaging is very colourful and very bright and it attracts me instantly to pick some up like a bee to a flower.
              You can get Tizer in a 330g can, 2 litre bottle and 500ml bottle from most supermarkets and shops.

              Ingredients are as follows -

              Sugar
              Carbonated water
              Citric acid
              flavourings
              Concentrates (Carrot, Safflower)
              Preswevative (potassium sorbate)
              Sweetener (acesulfame K)

              Nutrition Information are as follows

              Typical values per 100ml
              Energy - 28kcal /117kj
              Protein - 0.0g
              Carbohydrate - 6.6g
              of which sugar - 6.6g
              Fat - 0.0g
              of which saturates - 0.0g
              Fibre - 0.0g
              Sodium - Trace

              Each 330g serving contains

              Calories 92 5%
              Sugar 21.g 24%
              Fat 0.0g 0%
              Saturates 0.0g 0%
              Salt Trace <1%

              This is an adults guideline daily amount.

              Give it a try it tastes brilliant

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              29.10.2009 10:18
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              A taste of the past that should stay in the past.

              **This is review is based on the 500ml bottle**

              Tizer is a sparkling mixed flavour soft drink which I remember from my younger days. I didnt even know if was still available to buy until I saw it recently in Tesco on offer at £1.60 for two 500ml bottles.

              Feeling nostalgic and fancying something different I purchased a couple of bottles. The first thing I noticed is that the brand name and packaging seems to have undergone a bit of a revamp, the bottle is still a deep orange but now has swirls of yellow and green and bubbles are illustrated. The "Tizer" logo itself sits in the middle on a white label.

              Upon opening the screw top you are met with a sweet sugary smell, not at all unpleasant but slightly artificial, it certainly is fizzy though and you can see bubbles escaping from the top of the bottle.

              Tasting the drink you notice immediately a sweet, syrupy sensation on your tastebuds and in your mouth. The flavours are quite hard to describe, but lemon, lime (presumably represented by the yellow and green swirls on the bottle) and orange seem to come through but is masked by the overbearing sweetness. Maybe my tastes have changed over the years but I cant remember Tizer tasting that sweet before.

              After only a few sips I ended up putting the top back onto the bottle and putting it back into the fridge, I certainly couldnt manage to drink the whole 500ml in one sitting and when you read the GDA information its a good job really. A 250ml serving will provide:

              70 calories
              16.5g sugar
              No fat, no saturates and only a trace of salt.

              That means in the whole 500ml bottle there are 33gs of sugar! representing 36% of your recommended daily allowance just in one bottle of pop.

              I know all fizzy drinks contain large amounts of sugar but I do have to say I was very suprised by the amount contained in a single bottle of Tizer, and for this reason alone Im afraid I will not be buying it again.

              Ingredients and a "Try me Free" promotion are on Tizers website at www.tizer.co.uk if you want to check it out and the drink itself is manufactured by A.G Barr plc.

              2/5 stars from me, too sweet & artificial tasting. Yuk!

              ** edited to add that the Try me free promo is no longer valid, thanks for pointing this out **

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                28.10.2009 21:32
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                Not the greatest but worth a try

                Tizer Drink

                Description: Manufacturer: A.G Barr / Type: Soft Drink

                When I was a kid, I used to drink Tizer from time to time. I remember it being in clear plastic 2 liter bottles and it was a bright red colour. The taste was fruity and refreshing, and quite unlike other fizzy drinks on the market.

                So, when I noticed that this was on sale in the supermarket, I bought it immediately. I paid £1.98 for a 6 pack of 330ml tins.

                When I got home, I put this in the fridge for a while and then poured it into a glass. The first thing that I noticed was that it was a much lighter colour than it used to be. It was a pink colour instead of the red that it used to be. When I tasted it, it didn't taste the same either. It is hard to describe but seemed to be less vibrant in both colour and taste than I remember.

                It was still quite nice, just not as nice as I had hoped it would be. I probably would buy it again but wouldn't neccessarily select it over other drinks, as it didn't taste particularly special. 3 stars from me, simply because it used to be better.

                Nutritional Information Per 330ml Can:

                Calories: 92
                Sugar: 21.8g
                Fat: 0.0g
                Saturates: 0.0g
                Salt: Trace

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                  23.10.2009 01:23
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                  Great if you don't mind a red tongue!

                  One drink I used to love years ago with this particular drink. I don't know if I stopped noticing it or whether it went off the market or what but today I re-spotted it whilst out shopping! I was delighted and decided to treat myself to a couple of cans of the stuff (in case I don't see it again lol) and re visit my misspent youth!

                  The Can:

                  330ml aluminium can and it's an orangy red colour with a swish on green and yellow on there and I'm told it now has added bite and is Tizer. Other information displayed on the can tells me ingredients used, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there as well as a full nutritional chart, size is stated and contact details for A.G Bar Plc (the manufacturers of this product) are given. It's a nice simple can with a ring pull to the top of it and the best before date is clearly stamped on the base.

                  The Drink Itself:

                  Well the drink is slightly sparkling opposed to cheap and fizzy is a reddish colour and in my opinion best served cool/cold. This isn't diet or low in sugar and it does contain both sugars and sweetness to make a really sweet drink but for me with it being sparkling as well as sweet suits my taste-buds just fine. It has a sort of raspberry, strawberry tone to it though these ingredients are not listed. Surprisingly what is, is carrot and safflower (whatever that is lol). Before anyone comments yes I did say it contains carrot, it's listed on my ingredient list here in front of me lol.

                  This drink is fruity, sweet with a tang of salt to it and I find it crisp and refreshing! Not for everyone I'm sure this drink but me, I'm mighty glad I found this fruity and unusual concoction all over again and yes it's as good as remembered!

                  Nutritional Information Per 330ml Can:

                  Calories: 92
                  Sugar: 21.8g
                  Fat: 0.0g
                  Saturates: 0.0g
                  Salt: Trace

                  I paid 39p in a Nisa store for this.

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                    20.08.2009 09:15
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                    A uniquely flavured but yet very "meh" fizzy drink

                    Of all the many soft drinks I've tried in recent weeks I never once thought of trying Tizer until I saw it for the first time in years in B&M at a knock down 29p (despite the can saying 39p). To be frankly honest I couldn't remember for the life of me what it used to to taste like so I though, what's 29p for a trip down memory lane, and if nothing else I can write about my experiences anyway and either alert people to or ward people away from it. A social responsibility to try as many products as is humanly possibly and give advice regarding them.

                    So Tizer, which is manufactured by the A.G. Barr company, best known for the Irn Bru drink brewed in Scotland. Irn Bru has gone from being a single drink to spawning a brand of drinks all under the Irn Bru name but in multiple flavours as opposed to the original flavour for which the name became synonymous with. Tizer has in recent years been under going a few changes and has seemingly been unable to keep it's identity for more than a couple of years at a time so if you remember adverts with a head then sadly that's no longer the drink. The drink has however gone back to being a very minimalistic and unexciting can in red with a poor graphic of a sunset. Also gone are real fruit flavours instead using other natural flavourings (some of which are actually quite weird when considering it's a drink...). The can describes the drink as a "Sparkling mixed flavour drink with sugar and sweetner", which effectively describes any soft drink to be honest.

                    So with a boring can and an unhelpful description I was none the wiser with what I was to experience so I had to do an experiment...just for...the sake of it. I poured a few drops on a tissue for what I dubbed "the colour experiment", the colour is red. Clever really but utterly pointless as an experiment. Initial feelings were things like "Cherry" and "Raspberry" my mind racing ahead thinking this was secretly perfectly, sadly however upon tasting it I was hugely disappointed.

                    The drinks taste is peculiar and sadly not Cherry like, but unique, different and yet light and soft with faint carrot undertones, which it's self seems rather bizarre in a soft drink. There is however a very normal thing in this sort of a drink, a very sweet taste and a slight fizzyness to it that seems the norm in oft drinks (well duh). In fact thinking about it, the drink it most reminds me of is Sprite in that they both have identical textures in the mouth.

                    The can also claims the drink now has "added bite" sadly it, to me, feels like it's a pretty toothless drink, having all the bite of a 1 week old child. Admittedly the lack of a bite does mean the drink is easier to drink but the flavour despite being unique is nothing to come back for after the one can I bought is done. The flavour is surely based around the fact the drink contains 2 concentrates, a Carrot one which is slightly given away and a safflower one that I wouldn't recognise if it hit me in the face.

                    Nutritional Information (per serving of a 330ml can)
                    92 Calories (5%)
                    21.8g Sugar (24%)
                    0g Fat (and Saturates) (0%)
                    Trace Salt (<1%)

                    Overall a rather different tasting drink that is sadly rather poor overall that I'm not going to rush out and buy again any time soon. Sure it's inoffensive and easy enough to drink, but theirs nothing that really pushes the boat out and makes you want more. The flavour might be unique but the quality couldn't be any more average if it tried.

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