Monday, March 26, 2012

Pepsi Next [Review]


Thanks to my mother's keen shopping eye, I got a hold of an early release of a can sized bottle of Pepsi Next.  Though I got the beverage on Saturday, I felt like it would be better to release this review today to coincide with the official, nationwide release.  Like we told you in the past news report on Friday, Pepsi Next is attempting to conquer the currently empty mid-calorie cola market.  While it's hard to figure out what market segment this cola is really for, it'll never go anywhere if it doesn't taste good.



On first glance of the labeling and subtle design changes could possibly fool people into thinking that they're buying a traditional Pepsi.  While it is a different shade of blue and the word Next is clearly there, the design is pretty consistent.  The biggest area of difference is the carb, sugar, and calorie departments, where traditionally diet killing totals have been transformed into borderline sensible numbers.


Upon looking at the ingredient listings, it becomes quite clear that Pepsi Next is one quite conflicted cola.  The ingredients combine to look like a regular cola and diet cola simultaneously.  The second ingredient behind the water is high fructose corn syrup, which is quite alarming.  All the way down near the bottom, is the dreaded, baby killing, aspartame.  It remains to be seen whether having a smaller dosage of both is better for your body than a fully loaded pill of one or the other, but I've come to deduce that it's all a crap shoot with sodas regardless.


Moving along to what really matters, the taste.  Pouring my tiny bottle into a ice filled glass, I noticed that the cola resembled and bubbled just like any cola I've ever poured.  Ripping into a full figured sip, I was presented with a very smooth body.  Next doesn't have the bite most colas have, lacking the overly carbonated texture most exhibit.  I honestly barely noticed the artificial sweetener bite that most diet sodas have as well. For the better part of the beverage I was pretty much fooled into thinking I was drinking a full calorie regular beverage. Overall this is a very drinkable soda, with smooth, not overpowering carbonation and sweet, sugary flavor.


While it remains to be seen if Pepsi Next has a true market, with it's kinda fatty, kinda diet ideals, I can say for sure, this pop won't fail due to flavor problems.  Three stars for Pepsi Next.

Pepsi Next: 3/5


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34 comments:

Michael said...

I'd be curious what Pepsi or Coke would taste like with simply half the sugar and no other sweetener. Whenever they lose their carbonation you can tell how sweet they really are.

Bigmen Everywhere said...

Pepsi should make a cola with 30g of protein. Call it BigMan Pepsi. Cause after a big workout nothing says cool down like Pepsi.

Anonymous said...

Why the sweetner? I'd like to try it with the reduced sugar. I was excited to try it with the claim of 60 percent less sugar until I found out they put sweetner in it. So disappointed I won't even try it now.

Anonymous said...

conquer not concur

Anonymous said...

My wife bought me a sodastream machine for my birthday that you use to make your own soda...the regular "cola" flavor (without natural sugar) is only 35 calories per 8 oz serving and it tastes like a cross between coke and maybe the old RC cola.... Really good and 1/3 the calories... I think they could come up with something because truthfully the burn of the carbonated water goes a long way to cover up the sweetness of the drink--sometimes coke and pepsi are too sweet

Anonymous said...

So stupid!

Any "diet" pop tastes terrible, ie that artificial taste.

If you have to drink pop, drink pop with "sugar" 2nd place is "high fructose corn syrup", diet is the worst of the bunch.

diet pop makes you fatter than sugar sweetened pops.

Unknown said...

How disappointing they put artificial sweetener in it! Why not just less sugar?

Anonymous said...

True disappointment waved over me as I read the ingredients. The "pop guys" just don't get it! Pop drinkers do NOT want high fructose corn syrup, aspartame (or any other artificial sweetener), or tons of sugar in pop! Can't they give us a low calorie pop that won't KILL US!

Anonymous said...

I am waiting for Pepsi to release a "natural cane sugar sweetened" version instead of the High Fructose Corn Syrup... It is not sugar, it has way too many negatives, and then to add aspartame to add DNA and chromosome damage on top of it makes Next more dangerous than regular Pepsi or Diet... Stick to natural ingredients and try organic colas, they taste great.

Anonymous said...

Try Pepsi Retro (if you can find it). No HFCS.

I'd like to see a reduced sugar, using a combination of cane sugar and maybe a tiny bit of stevia.

Cece said...

I agree someone needs to comeout with a stevia soda thatdoesnt cost a fortune..

Anonymous said...

I've waited for years for Coke or Pepsi to simply cut the sugar
or high fructose corn syrup in half.
I've made this 50 percent drink at
fountains were you can add plain soda
water to your cup. It's perfect!
Pepsi came so close to pulling off the
smartest move in Colas in 30 years and
dropped the ball at the one yard line
with the Aspartame.

Anonymous said...

Pepsi Next has a very weak - almost medicinal - taste combined with a strong artificial sweetener aftertaste. Very disappointing. I agree with the posters here that want just a regular Cola with less sugar.

Anonymous said...

The sodastream with pure sugar is grear, though much more expensive than the other sodastream flavors thar are hald artificial sweeteners, just like Pepsi Next. I too was hoping this would be sugar and a stevia sweetener. Good tip on mixing regular cola with soda water at a fountain, I plan to try that.

Anonymous said...

For those requesting a cola with only cane sugar, and not HFCS or artificial sweetener... have you been living under a rock? PEPSI THROWBACK! It's been on shelves for well over a year!

Josh B said...

It's unfortunate that so many people wish for Pepsi with half the sugar. It already existed. It was called Pepsi edge. Unfortunately, it didn't make it. I LOVED it. Fifty calories and over half less sugar. I so wish Pepsi would bring it back.

Anonymous said...

Really! So disappointed about the sweetener crap...I, too will not be trying it! We need an explanation of why they can't just cut the amount of sugar, even by 1/4th. Regular Pepsi is just way too sweet! Thanks for the information...disappointed. :(

jchall759 said...

Try GUS (Grown Up Soda)Cola, real cola nut, No phosphoric acid, 24 g of cane sugar (so almost half the sugar)....great for Rum and Cola drinks.

Anonymous said...

There is an alternative to Pepsi:
http://www.blueskysoda.com/#/products/free-soda

vlc said...

The had to do this ( and Coke too ) because a new law would have forced them to put a health warning on the bottle due to the fact that it has been proved that their high-sugar recipe causes Pancreatic Cancer.
No idea why they can't try a new, less sweet recipe. I'd call it Pepsi Dry.

Anonymous said...

WHY doesn't anyone use stevia in their drinks?? that's what I am waiting for!

Anonymous said...

This is horrible. Like others have said, why not something with cane sugar and maybe some stevia or something that won't kill us.

I'll just drink another water.

Anonymous said...

Pepsi next has ASPARTAME! It's what these stupid companies put in their DIET drinks. ASPARTAME is a sweetener that has been known to cause cancer in RATS! Yes, those things that they test things on and compare to our own bodies. PEPSI NEXT IS A JOKE!

Anonymous said...

anonymous...pepsi"throwback" is made w/sugar, not corn syrup. new pepsi next tastes like artfl.sweetener.bought one will buy NO MORE.did not pay attn to nutrition info(my bad).Artfl.sweetner is poison,and a post re weight gain is TRUE.

Anonymous said...

I never heard of Pepsi Edge. I would have liked to try that. But I simply will not go the artificial sweetener route. Yuck!

Anonymous said...

I am a Pepsi fan. I won't drink any other. That being said, I only buy cans. I drink it from the fridge, on the rocks because I like the carbonation and crisp finish.
When the high sugar content was linked to cancers, I cut down a lot. I refuse to buy ANY food or beverages with artificial sweeteners and I always read the labels to try and protect myself and especially my daughter.
I agree with Vic about cutting the sugar in half and calling it Pepsi Dry. I thought of exactly the same pitch. As for Josh, I thought Pepsi Edge had fake sugar, or I would have tried it.
The first cola company to create & advertise a moderate and responsible recipe with NO junk will conquer the market. I'll buy it - even if it is Coke.
And that says a lot.

Anonymous said...

I tried Pepsi next,and I love it,I did not taste any after taste. I hate diet drinks for that purpose,and I don't like splenda sweeter either. I will be buying more of these and hope they won't quit selling it.

Stew said...

Pretty interesting review of that new Pepsi product eh! I haven't tasted it yet but I wonder how the taste is different in terms of artificial sweeteners and pregnancy watchers.

Anonymous said...

I tried it and poured it out. The after taste was unbearable to me. I can drink diet Pepsi, though I don't really like diet drinks. But I couldn't even finish this drink. Yuck!!!

Anonymous said...

I have always been a regula cola kinda girl. I have tried numerous d,iet drinks and have yet to find one that I could tolerate.I hated the aftertaste. When I heard of Pepsi Next, again I thought well I'll give a shot although I didn't think I would like it either. I tried it and I thought,I could live with this! Also being a diabetic, type 2.I knew this would be a plus. And yes I know I should dive up cokes however it's not that easy. Just ask anyone that has to alter their diet! Some things are easy to do without, others ... not so much.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to try a soda with 60% sugar and no other sweetiners. I love soda, but alot of sodas are just way to sweet for me. I'd like to know what it would taste like with just the 60% sugar. It may be the taste I'm looking for!

Ibitz said...

For me Pepsi has a better taste than Coca-Cola. Perhaps more fruity tasting than Coke. Not sure what it is. Will drink Coke if it's all there is but normally Pepsi.

Anonymous said...

Wow the version of Pepsi Next in Canada has only sugar and stevia. No artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.

Windowman said...

This is the worst cola I have ever tasted. Diet Pepsi is way better. What a disappointment.