Virgil's Zero Sugar Root Beer

Virgil's Zero Sugar Root Beer

I don’t really want to write this review because I’m afraid I won’t like the soda. There have been several sodas over the last 10 years that I didn’t think I’d like, but that never really bothered me until now. The soda in front of me is Virgil’s Zero Sugar Root Beer.

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Oogave Loca Ginger Ale

Been a long time since I’ve reviewed an Oogave product.  If I had to guess I’d say it’s been over a year.  If I had to look it up and give you an exact date I’d say June 5th, 2013.  Loca is the diet brand of Oogave and today I’ll be reviewing their ginger ale.  It’s an all natural 10 calorie drink sweetened with both stevia (boo) and agave nectar (yay).  I don’t think I’ve ever had a diet ginger ale so this should be an interesting experience.

Twist wanted to use the same Cypress Hill Gang joke as last time, but I wouldn't allow it.

Even though my sniffer isn’t at full functionality I can still discern the scent of ginger ale when I put my nose up to the can.  It’s a lighter aroma than Canada Dry, but perhaps the fact that it’s diet subdues the scent.

Upon first swig the ginger taste is very apparent, which is quite pleasing to my taste buds.  It’s not as sweet as most ginger ales, but if you’d read the first paragraph or even glanced at the picture of the can you could probably figure out why on your own.  The taste is light and easy to return to, leaving no syrupy feel in my mouth afterwards.

On the negative side of things it feels a little over carbonated.  It’s a rush of foamy bubbles with each sip.  Something I think would work better with a root beer instead of a ginger ale.  You can tell it’s a low calorie beverage without looking at the can.  The flavor, while pleasant, feels weakened and you get that diet vibe on the back end of each sip.  At no point does it taste chemical, but it may not be as rich as you would like a ginger ale to be.

All in all (a phrase I use entirely too much), Loca Ginger Ale is a great addition to the country of diet sodas, perhaps even the governor of a state.  In the world of sodas however it’s more along the lines of a nice next door neighbor.  Did that analogy even make sense?  Probably not, but I’m done anyway.

Verdict -  Buy a Bottle

~A

Oogave Loca Diet Cola

In front of me I have a soda made by one of my favorite companies, All-Natural Oogave.  On the same note, I have a soda in front of me that contains an ingredient that I’m not all that fond of, stevia.  Here’s the twist.  The company I love used an ingredient I’m not thrilled about and now all I can do about it is review the can of Loca Diet Cola in front of me.  First off our history with Oogave is well documented.  They were one of the first believers of this site and supplied us with many a tasty beverage.  Heck they’re the only company we’ve done a “company review” on (there was supposed to be more of those, but we got lazy).  So as I said before, we like Oogave.  Now for my beef with stevia.

Stevia, if you are not aware, is a natural sweetener that is very low cal.  Stevia is a great alternative to sugar in diet beverages, but for me and many others it leaves a disheartening aftertaste.  Any beverage I’ve ever had that was solely sweetened with stevia has not been in my good graces.  Never fear, stevia fans.  Once upon a time we stumbled upon a beverage that was “split sweetened”.  It used both sugar and stevia and the results were fantastic.  It seems that sharing the duties with a delicious sweetener was right in the wheel-house of stevia.  Fortunately Loca Diet Cola deals with stevia the awesome way.

Loca Diet Cola uses both stevia and agave nectar (an Oogave staple) to tastify their soda.  This results in a 10 calorie cola which may still leave you skeptical, but hopefully I’m about to sway you to the positive.  Aside from the sweetener, Loca Diet Cola is an all-natural beverage, but if you’re a fan of Oogave like we are that shouldn’t surprise you in the slightest.  Even though I’m a fan of their products I too still have my doubts that this diet cola is going to knock my socks off in the taste department.  I guess there’s only one way to find out.

A noticeable cola scent rises from the mouth of the can.  It doesn’t have the “chemical scent” that many diet colas have and for that I mark down a point in the “nice” column.

The first sip reveals that I will not be partaking in that dreaded stevia aftertaste today, so good for you Loca Diet Cola.  Now that my fear has been quelled I can focus better on the task at hand.  Each sip I take includes the following:  Cola flavor, club soda flavor, cola flavor.  I’m not really sure what’s happening in the middle there, but the cola flavor kind of ducks out for a second and I’m left with a curious experience.  I don’t find Loca Diet Cola as rich as other colas in taste, but that may be by design.  If I were to do a blind taste test on this beverage I could tell you that it’s a diet cola, but a good diet cola and that’s good because those are so far and few between.

The carbonation level in Loca Diet Cola is great as the bubbles are staying strong throughout, racing around my teeth and gums.  It’s this racing speed that surprises me as many Oogave sodas are lower in carbonation due to the agave nectar not getting along with the C02 molecules… more or less.  Apparently the addition of stevia allows those molecules to attach a little easier and create the very fun mouth feel I just experienced. 

Overall, Loca Diet Cola is a good diet soda and one I would recommend to anyone out there that either drinks diet beverages or is considering switching to diet beverages.  In a world where diet sodas are usually a chemical stew it’s really nice to see an all-natural, organic entry into this market.  Go Oogave!  Googave!

Verdict – Buy a Bottle

~A

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Who you tryin' to get crazy with ese? Don't you know I'm drinkin' loca?

Jones Zilch Pom-egranate Soda

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We tend to shy away from diet sodas because, well, they're gross.  Jones has given some hope in the diet department with their Zilch line, which, as the name implies, are zero calorie sodas.

I have hope because it's Jones, Zilch is a better name than diet, and they use sucralose rather than aspartame.  I'm cooler with sucralose, being a derivative of sugar.  Most people know it as it's brand name, Splenda.  Fun fact:  sucralose was discovered to be sweet when someone working in a lab was told to "test the powder" but heard "taste."  Good thing it wasn't poison.

Anyway, this is actually tasty, which is nice because it gives me hope for more decent diet sodas.  I've come to like pomegranate, although I never heard of it prior to about five years ago.  All I knew was if you took a shot of that "Pom" juice once a day, it was good for your health.  I don't know if I believe that.  I've had it mostly in lollipop form and it's sort of cherry-esque.  

It's not shockingly sweet like your normal soda, but it's a nice, crisp alternative with zero calories.  On top of all that it's got Vitamin C, so hey, it's better than water.

Verdict:  Buy a pack!

-Mike

(Note:  This beverage was provided to us by Jones)

Jones Zilch - Vanilla Bean Soda

   As previously stated in the black cherry review, Jones sent us a pack of their new Zilch brand sodas.  Today’s installment is Jones Zilch Vanilla Bean Soda.  The first thing I notice is the color of the soda itself.  It looks like dirty water, which isn’t very appetizing.  Had it been a little darker I think I would have been fine with it. The fact that it looks like a liquid that’s supposed to be clear, but is not, is a bit off putting.  My bottle picture today is a skateboarder in mid air over some rather sharp looking steps, God speed my good man.

   Upon opening this bottle I had to press my nose against the top, (don’t worry it’s clean), to get any kind of vanilla aroma in my olfactory glands.  As always this scares me that the flavor I’m about to ingest is going to be so faint that I won’t enjoy it.  Fears aside, it has to be consumed… bottoms up.

   I’m happy to say that you can taste the vanilla in this soda; although much like the black cherry, the best part of the flavor is in the aftertaste.  The taste that occupies your mouth prior to the vanilla aftertaste is one of seltzer water.  I really wish the initial taste was the best part of this drink, as it’s no fun waiting on an aftertaste to enjoy something.  Oddly enough the more I drink this the less I taste the slightly sweet vanilla aftertaste I initially did.  The bottom line is that this is a drinkable soda, but that’s about it.  Sadly it’s very bland, and reinforces why we rarely do “diet” reviews. 

Verdict: Buy a Bottle!

 ~A

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Twist used to skateboard, until the incident

(Note:  This beverage was provided to us by Jones)