I'm not really a huge carbonated drinks person. There's times when I could quite easily drink a can of coke or ' pop', but most of the time not too bothered. I'm partial to the odd energy drink or Lucozade, but everything else depends on what takes my mood. I bought this drink from my local Asda store, a 2 Litre bottle, for 17p.
Why did I buy it?
I didn't really buy it to drink by itself, but on the odd occasion I have to myself, without my troublesome twosome around, I'm quite partial to a glass of some form of flavoured schnapps, and this is the only soft drink I will mix it with. To be fair, it's the only soft drink I prefer to mix with any form of alcohol. So this drink in regards to flavour is perfect, and the price even better.
How is it packaged?
Comes in a standard clear plastic bottle, quite large but it does carry 2 litres of liquid in it. The labelling is mostly white, with green lettering on the front. On the front of the label is the ' Asda ' logo. Underneath the sub brand ' smart price ' ( Asda's basic range ). Below this it states what the product is which is lemonade. There's a picture of a glass of what appears to be a lemonade on the bottom, with basic nutritional information next to it along with the statement that there's no artificial colours or flavours.
On the back it has a list of the ingredients, nutritional information and company contact details.
Carbonated Water, Citric Acid, Flavourings, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin, Sucralose, Acesulfame K), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates).
Typical values Per 100ml Energy 2kJ
of which sugars Nil
of which saturates Nil
equivalent as salt Trace
How do I find it?
The look of this drink is what you would expect-clear in colour. It has a lemon type smell to it but it could be a touch stronger and more citrusy. Not overpowering at all.
It has a good fizz to which is important, but at the same time its not over carbonated where you feel its full of air and potentially could repeat on you.
The taste I think its very good when you consider the cost of this was 17p. I really do like using this as a mixer because its overall taste doesn't overpower the alcohol but does keep it refreshing in taste. But because I tend to like things that are very sweet and don't really want a strong taste of alcohol in my drink, eg Malibu, Peach Schnapps etc, this lemonade helps keep the sweetness at a drinkable level and allows it to be very pleasant and easy to enjoy.
This drink on its own has a decent lemon flavour. Not strong, but its obviously lemon. Not too sharp and not too sweet. Clean in taste with a hint of citrus but doesn't go over the top. Personally, if I was drinking this on its own, I would like a stronger ( only a little more ) lemon taste to it but again reminding myself of the price I wont complain!
Its very easy to drink along side the majority of meals as it doesn't really interfere with other flavours.
I don't experience any weird aftertastes with this drink, but again, its used as a mixer only rarely on its own.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. As a cheap mixer its perfect and it does what I need it to do-makes my drinking experience tasty and pleasurable. This is a great drink for someone watching the pennies and on a budget, as taste wise there wont be a huge difference between this drink and its more expensive counterparts. Any difference would be forgiven by the price you pay. So if you pay 17p for a drink, you have to expect a certain quality and taste, which this one delivers above and beyond.
Regular readers of my reviews will be only too well aware that I do love my fizzy drinks. I reckon I must have tried them all. One of the better ones I drink is Asda's own brand lemonade - it's truly great stuff. I'm off work sick at the moment and so able to write to you all about my love of this great fizzy pop which I like slightly warmed in a saucepan to make it hotter and then sipped gently from a giant mug. If I have a sore throat I really find hot lemonade is great. It eases the pain of the soreness like most throat tablets are not able to do. It may be a touch unconventional but it's a trick my dear old mother used to have when I was little and I was off school with a cold or flu - it really does do the trick nicely.
This particular fizzy lemonade from Asada is part of their Smart price range and it is dirt cheap at only 18p for two litres. It comes in the standard plastic plain bottle that you would expect from this basic range and the ingredients are as follows:
Carbonated Water , Citric Acid , Natural Flavouring , Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin, Acesulfame K, Sucralose) , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates) , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).
The drink itself is incredibly fizzy and really very thirst quenching and refreshing. The pop seems to have the ability to retain its bubbles even well after the bottle ahs been opened and this is really great when you consider how quickly an expensive bottle of Coke is liable to go flat once opened.
I love to drink this lemonade straight from the fridge so it is icy cold - I never drink it at room temperature as I find it quite sickly. I like this drink as I can detect the definite taste of lemons in it. It isn't an artificial taste at all - it is fresh and natural tasting and very moreish. It is certainly not too sweet or sickly and doesn't leave a nasty taste in my mouth like some other lemonades I have had recently. It is also great as a mixer and the little lad likes it with a large helping of vanilla ice cream in his in a tall glass.
Overall, I am well pleased with this drink and the fact that it costs less than 20p for a 2 litre bottle makes me a very happy man. I will continue to buy this great pop - I simply love it and it is great value for money to boot.
I usually do my weekly shopping in Asda as its the most convenient shop for me to get to really. As I've been going there so long now I pretty much know what I do and don't like and the best buys and the likes. Most of the time I don't mind the Smart Price range. I find it good value for money and although theres some stuff I really don't like there are some like the mozzarella cheese, washing powder when I'm broke toilet roll and the likes!
With it being Christmas I have been desperately trying to make little cut backs, like a lot of us have been I guess and at 18p a bottle I decided that I must give this lemonade a go as my usual choice was over a pound a bottle and thats quite a saving to make when you get through a couple of bottles a week as I do!
The bottle is see through and plastic and holds 2L of the lemonade, has a bright green and white label around it and a twist on/off white plastic cap/lid to the top of it. On the front of the bottle we are told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Lemonade and there is a picture depicted of a glass of it on there and then on the back of the bottle other information is listed such as ingredients and nutritional information and contact details for Asda are also listed. This is very cheap looking packaging but a good size for the money in appearance and informative enough too.
The Lemonade Itself:
So the lemonade is a clear liquid and when you twist off the lid you get a weird sot of sweetener smell and a lot of fizz escaping the bottle. This is a very fizzy drink indeed, even when poured however I really hate this drink! Its too fizzy and even looking at the ingredient list given on the back of the bottle I can't even see a lemon or juice of a lemon or anything added to this at all and to me this is just a fizzy sort of water in flavour with far too much sweetener added to it and it leaves a really odd tinny after taste after consuming it and isn't one bit thirst quenching at all!
Cheap and nasty is the best description of this drink and I'm going to list the ingredients within this so someone can tell me where the lemon is within it an all lol.
Carbonated Water , Citric Acid , Natural Flavouring , Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin, Acesulfame K, Sucralose) , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates) , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).
Nutritional Information per 250ml Serving (The important Bits):
Energy: 1 Kcal
Only available in Asda stores and from Asda.com
I admit I am always on the lookout for to save a bit of money. I'm not trying to be snobby and say that I don't have to save my money, but it's more about me looking to see if a cheaper thing is alright tasting as there is no point in paying more for something when a cheaper thing is perhaps just as good. The good thing I think about buying products from the Smart Price or Value range is that if you really don't like the product then you haven't really spent much to try it have you?
This comes in a 2 litre bottle and when I bought this last month I think I only paid 14p for it. So a bit of a bargain don't you think? The brand named Lemonades can be around the £1.20 price tag, but often a little cheaper than this due to offers.
The bottle for this is just a normal shaped bottle. Just a clear plastic bottle and you can see the clear liquid through the bottle. There is just a simple paper label around the middle of this and it's aright. It looks cheap because of the Smart Price colouring on the label which is a lime green colour.
When I opened this bottle I thought that this was pretty flat but wasn't sure if the bottle had been getting shook about when packing the shelves or that. There was a bit fizz to it, but considering it can take me about 4 days to get through a bottle myself in the house then after the 1st day I couldn't taste any fizz from this. I couldn't see any bubbles through the juice either. There wasn't that much of a Lemon taste from this. You did get a Lemon-y tang, and there is a bit of sweetness to this but there isn't that much flavouring.
I didn't see this in a Diet version and per 100ml this has 44 calories.
Would I buy this again? No. I find that the supermarket own brand version of Lemonade has lots more flavour and fizz and although it is more expensive at 44p then it is more worth it that buying this.
Perhaps some people may find this ok, but unless you are going the drink this in about half a day then fizz wise it won't last.
Smart price lemonade is not the best tasting lemonade in the world but is great for mixing with other drinks.
I don't see the point in buying expensive lemonade when I am going to mix it with wine, spirits or squash so as this lemonade only costs 18p for a 2 litre bottle it is perfect and is a complete bargain. The packaging is the standard Smart price white and green but that does not put me off at all.
What I really like about it is that it has hardly any calories in it. Even though it doesn't say no added sugar on it it is only 1 calorie per 250ml serving so it means I can drink as much of it as I like without having to worry about the calories.
It has a slight lemon taste but is not really lemony enough to drink on its own because it tastes too carbonated but when mixed with something else like squash you don't notice that it doesn't taste of lemon but makes a nice fizzy drink. I also like the fact that it holds its fizz well so the day after I have opened the bottle it is still nice and fizzy.
I would definately recommend Smart price lemonade because it is a good product that is not the best quality but to use as a mixer is definately the best cheapest product that you can get.
== ASDA smart price lemonade ==
== How I came by it ==
Well whilst on my monthly visit to my mother's it was warm and was like actually I'm thirsty so lets go find something to drink. Now you may consider this an easy task for most but when your pregnant everything is far from easy as you have to sit and think about each drinkable product in turn and whether its likely to make me vomit everywhere or quench my thirst!!!
After consulting the all mighty growing my belly; coffee, tea, fresh orange squash, cyanide, Apple juice. It eventually said that a small offering of lemonade would be considered an appropriate for such a holy one. (I have a very fussy unborn child!!!)
And I found this in my mums cupboard (she has a son aka my brother, who goes through pop like it's going out of fashion and leaves the tops off leaving it to go flat, so she refuses to spend £1.50 on a bottle of pop!!) and decided to give it a go!
== What is it ==
Well if you stare hard enough at the bottle a packet of lemons will actually fall out- seriously try it only works once mind you, and if you're a true believer... didn't work for husband you see but that's properly because he's an idiot.
On a serious note its actually a bottle of lemonade no fancy tricks just a bottle of bottom of the barrel supermarket's basic range of fizzy lemonade. Nothing special, nothing added to it, just basic lemonade!
== Any good ==
Well depends what frame of mind you're in! If your expecting the world beating it rocks my world like Mick jagger would rock my world if he climbed into bed world. Then sorry your going to be disappointed but if your in the right frame mind and willing to accept this is a bottom of line lemonade then your not going to be setting your taste buds for huge monster disappointment.
First off after cracking open the bottle smells reasonably lemony so we're off to a good start.
After pouring the first glass seems very fizzy which is a another plus point!
The first taste test- well not bad at all not overloaded with sugar and not too over lemony just the right sort of balance of flavour a well blended lemonade mixture for a supermarkets basic range.
If you like a very lemony lemonade, then this may be a little bland for you, but I like my pop very unsweet- if I am making cordial I only put a tiny bit in the glass and fill it with a pint of water!
== Price ==
Well for a 2 litre bottle of ASDA smart price lemonade it's 18p which is cracking good value for a basic range.
For a bottle of normal ASDA lemonade its 44p and for the leading brand- Schweppes it is £1.05.
So quite a large price difference over the range so some very large savings could be made if your will to downgrade just a little, especially if it is just drunk all day by kids!!
== Ingredients ==
Carbonated Water , Citric Acid , Natural Flavouring , Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin, Acesulfame K, Sucralose) , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates) , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) .
Asda smart price:
Right I will be bluntly honest about this lemonade. It tastes absolutely horrendous. I drank less than a quarter of the bottle before I poured it down the sink in disgust. Yuck.
I am not sure why but when I sent my man shopping (this being my key mistake) he came home with 2 bottles of this. The reason was probably the 19p price tag, but believe me when I say that's all it has going for it. I can't quite bring myself to say lemonade because it just tastes nothing like the real thing.
When you think lemonade the first thing that springs to mind is Lemons. Refreshing, fizzy yummy goodness. This lemonade tastes like soda water that goes flat very quickly. Now don't think I did not give this product a chance as I did try adding yummy things to the lemonade to make it drinkable.
Orange Juice - nope just made the soda water (I mean lemonade) taste flatter
Archers - I wasted alcohol on 19p lemonade
Ice- hmmmm soda water with extra water.
I can only say I shudder to think what the diet version of this drink tastes like.
The bottle is your usual 2 litre size and has no artificial ingredients. The product is suitable for vegetarians and is only 1 kcal every 250ml. Can you tell I am really fishing for good things to say about this lemonade?
The bottle has the easily recognisable smart price label which is white and bright green. The back of the label does state that if you are not happy with this product you could take it back and they will refund you 100%. Now I know that I am complaining like mad about this product but somehow I would feel a little bad if I took a 19p bottle of flat lemonade back to a shop.
Now I am not against smart price products as Asda curry sauces and other products taste perfectly fine. It's just this abomination that dares to call itself lemonade.
In my opinion if you are on a budget then I would recommend saving a bit more and maybe instead of buying two bottles of smart price lemonade just buy the one bottle of the nicer lemonade. You would really be doing your taste buds a favour.
Being on a budget I found it's the best time to start purchasing stores own brand products, Purchasing my shopping online it rough up straight away the smart price lemonade. I would have expected the more expensive ones to come up first but after seeing the price I popped a grand total of 10 bottles of lemonade into the basket. As I was ordering I thought this was great as I didn't need to carry them up the stairs to my flat.
Lemonade is a very popular drink in our household so buying the branded bottles is out of the question. Priced at only 18 pence for one 2litre bottle is a bargain. You could purchase 4 of these for the price of once branded bottle.
The lemonade itself hasn't got a major sweet taste. It doesn't taste like it's going to rot your teeth. It has a lovely fizzy lemon taste to it, but not overpowering and it doesn't fizz your brain away.
Pop this bottle in the fridge for an hour and pop a small slice of lemon in the glass and it's great on a hot day. I wouldn't recommend having it with ice, as once the ice melts it will water it down and you'll lose the fizz.
For the price this lemonade is of a high standard, but if you have more of a sweet tooth and like a lot of fizz that it really gets up your nose, then this lemonade isn't for you.
There's only one fault with this fizzy drink is that however tight you do up the bottle you'll find within a few days the lemonade has lost all its fizz and would have become very flat. So if you open a bottle don't expect it to last.
This is excellent value for money, and the bottle is recyclable but don't forget to remove the label.
The Asda smart price lemonade has extremely plain packaging, it has the typical green and white label attached around the bottom of there bottle and the bottle is a 2L bottle.
It also states on the bottle that there are no artificial flavouring put into this lemonade no is their any artificial colourings.
On the back of the label is information about nutrition and also information on ingredients.
++ Nutrition ++
Energy - 4kj
Protein - Trace
Carbohydrates - Trace
Sugars - Trace
Fat - Trace
Fibre - Trace
As you can see there isn't a great deal of nutritional values, fat and calories wise is actually fine as there is hardly any in their. The product with fizzy drinks in general is if drank constantly they can rot your teeth so I wouldn't advise you drink it every minute of the day.
++ Ingredients ++
Carbonated water, citric acid, natural flavourings, sweeteners, acidity regulator, preservatives.
++ Taste ++
Well as far as lemonade goes, yes you can tell the difference between this lemonade and branded lemonade. I would be lying if I said their is no difference, but then if it comes down to how much you REALLY need to have a branded lemonade, lets face it this product costs 18p, that's it.
It's fizzy and taste of lemon, yes there are differences and those who drink it will know that branded taste stronger and has more favour.
My partner goes through lemonade like water and Asda lemonade is a great substitute, I would only give this 3 stars as its not the most tastiest drink ive ever drank, but it does the job, quenches your thirst and only costs pence to buy!
Over a period of time I have bought and sampled quite a lot of the smart price range of groceries. Whilst some are really good and almost identical to more expensive brands. I have to say with smart price lemonade this is not the case. It is the cheapest pop I have ever tasted.
Okay so with a price tag of 18p a bottle what did I expect, well the answer to that question is, I was certainly not expecting the taste to be in the same league as Schweppes, but I did expect some degree of flavour.
The lemonade comes in a 2 litre plastic bottle. (good for recycling). Around the centre of the bottle is the white and green smart price label. lemonade is printed across the front in the most boring of letter formats. Then underneath there is a green illustration of a glass with a straw in it. Lets be honest its hardly going to scream buy me from the shelves of the supermarket. However what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in price. On the back of the bottle is a list of the ingredients and nutritional values. They also display a small cautious message on the correct way to open the pop. which to me screams of covering their backsides from today's blame and claim culture.
When you first open the pop (with your hand over the cap, pointing away from your face.) the first thing you will notice is how fizzy the pop is. As you pour it into a glass you will have to stop a couple of times in order for the fizz to calm down before proceeding. Otherwise the lemonade will just tip over the top of the glass. As you put the lemonade to your mouth there is no smell of lemon at all. Infact it is so fizzy that the bubbles go up your nose. So even if there was a smell you wouldn't be able to savour it. Then comes the taste test. The only way I can describe the taste is with the word 'nothing'. It did not taste of lemons, it wasn't particularly sweet. That's all that I could taste was the gassiness of the product. It just tasted like really gassy water. It was so gassy that I could feel my stomach bloating as I drank it. I came to the conclusion that this drink could not be taken on its own so decided to add a small amount of squash to each serving. To be honest it worked well as a mixer but the over gas of the pop still left me feeling flat!!
What springs to mind when reviewing this drink is peter kays take on cheap pop when he was a kid. He reflects back to when your mam went shopping and came back with cheap pop, rola cola. six litres for 10p!!! Well I have to say that I think smart price lemonade goes under the rola cola category. Go for a more expensive option is my advice otherwise you will be left thirsty!!
I've recently taken to drinking tequila and lemonade as a kind of budget margarita, so when I was doing my weekly shop the other day and came across this 2 litre bottle of smart price lemonade for just 18p, I thought I'd give it a try.
I'm not too keen on tequila as it is, and have been using lemonade as a way of kind of masking the smell and taste. However, as this lemonade has no discernible taste or smell, I failed in quite a big way. The drink is quite fizzy, I will give it that, but when you open it you can't smell lemons at all. I see this as being a fairly essential pre-requisite for the drink. Also when you taste it, it doesn't tast of lemons, or partiularly sweet. In fact, it largely resembles carbonated water, but without that bitter taste you get.
There's not much of anything to this drink - trace of calories, no fat, no salt etc... so probably not all that bad for you, apart from the aspartame. However, it tastes of nothing so isn't good for much either!
You could probably use this drink if you were mixing it, e.g. with Archers or with squash. However, on it's own it isn't refreshing or tasty. In future I'll shell out the extra 25p and get a bottle of lemonade which actually tastes of something..!
It amazes me to see how many negative reviews this lemonade has got.
I have to admit that this is not the best lemonade out there, and that's kind of a given with it costing under 20p per large bottle.
Now take that price into the equation and think about what you are drinking. I think if you buy this expecting to be able to sip glasses of lemonade with ice on your roof garden in the hot summer weather then you're going to be disappointed whatever the price.
Try this one. Take one large glass, a couple of ice cubes and a standard measure of your favourite fruit cordial (I recommend ASDA's double concentrated lemon myself) and make it up using this lemonade as a mixer. I think you'll be very pleased with the results. Essentially this is simply fizzy water which means you can get an excellent cheap cloudy lemonade, or cheap orangeade or whatever you prefer.
Looking at it as a lemonade, if this is all you can afford for a lemonade then go for it, it's certainly drinkable, but it's never going to be a huge taste sensation I'm afraid.
As my shopping took me to ASDA a couple of weeks ago I decided to try out some of their budget "smart price" range.
I must say that i find their packing in this range preferable to bothe the Tesco and Sainsbury's version of the budget brand. the lime green looks quite fresh against the white label.
I quite often buy budget range lemonade as a mixer - if we are working in the garden I like nothing better than a shandy and this obviously needs lemonade.
On opening the bottle it gave me that usual fizz noise - so far so good. This was the non diet version so I expected it to be sweeter than the standard version but in the shandy this tasted OK.
later I decided to try some of the lemonade on its own - this was abit of a mistake, as I had experienced with a number of the budget range the fizz seemed to have left the drink very quickly and the lemonade was now virtually flat - the bottle had only been open a few hours.
The taste wasn't great either too sweet for me and not enough lemon flavour.
Stick to using this as a mixer - the only reason this product managed to get 3 stars
As part of my "shopping on a budget" initiative I decided to try and switch from brands or supermarket own brands to Value branded products. First up was lemonade. My reasoning was I usually drink lemonade with vodka with friends, so we do go through a fair amount of lemonade on a weekend. Drunk in reasonable quantities the vodka takes away the taste of the lemonade so I thought why not.... Smartprice lemonade cant be that bad can it??
In short ... Yes!!
****Price & Availability*****
As this is a Smartprice branded product the lemonade is only available from Asda stores. For a 2 litre bottle its 18p... so extremely cheap but be warned you certainly get what you pay for with this product... not a lot!!
As with all of the Smartprice Range the lemonade bottle wears a green and white label with "Smartprice" emblazoned on the front. Not the most attractive of bottles but certainly what you would expect from an 18p bottle of lemonade.
**As a mixer**
I have only tried this with vodka, reason being is I did not want to ruin anymore alcohol with this stuff. It's simply awful. When mixed with vodka this lemonade gives quite an unnatural plastic taste. There is a sweet taste to the drink but not sweet enough. The lemon taste that the drink has is very week and overpowered by the unnatural sweet acidic taste the lemonade leaves in your mouth. Even when this comes from a newly opened bottle the drink is virtually flat and lacks fizz.
**As a soft Drink**
After my bad experience with the vodka I am not sure why I tried this alone as a soft drink. Curiosity maybe... a bit like licking a cell battery knowing that you will get an electric shock? The lemonade tasted how I thought; awful!
The fizz seems to disappear immediately when the bottle is opened. After only a day the lemonade is completely flat.
The flat lemonade tastes very unnatural more so than other soft drinks. The lemon taste is apparent immediately in an unpleasant acidic way, albeit it is not a strong lemon taste. The drink just tastes very weak but sugary and sweet. I only managed a few mouthful of the drink as it was so awful. But for 10 minutes after drinking the lemonade I was left with a sweet acidic taste in my mouth which actually made my tongue sting a bit!
From first glance, the product has less calories than most other diet lemonades so dieters may think that this is a good purchase. For an extra calorie choose a better quality diet lemonade as the taste of the Smartprice lemonade is simply awful.
Some of the Smartprice range are excellent value for money and decent products....... The Smartprice lemonade however is a very bad example!!
Recently I have been keeping more of an eye on my money and havent been buying as much junk food as usual as a way to cut my spending.
I decided to try this lemonade as it was only 18p for 2 litres and I thought that there was nothing to lose, if I dont like it then it only cost 18p, and if I do, well thats a cheap way to enjoy lemonade.
Unfortunatly, I didnt like this lemonade at all, it kind of tastes like really watery lemons and isnt really that fizzy either, its just not that great of quality and doesnt really taste like anything, I suppose you get what you pay for really, and that isnt a lot.
Some people however may like the taste of this drink so they may have found a way to enjoy lemonade for cheaper, I just prefere drinks with a bit more taste to them, that have less of a watery taste.
The packaging is the Asdas Smart Price basic cover, nothing frilly or swanky, so at least you know your not really paying much for packaging, if only the lemonade inside tasted good.
From the nutritional information stating that there is not any calories, fat etc. in the drink, and given the taste of Asda Smart Price Lemonade, I think you would be better off paying the extra money for a good lemonade, finding a different cheap alternative, or simply just stick to water, as this lemonade is just like water anyway and water is free.