Posted: Apr 09, 2012 at 10:51 AM
(Last Updated: Apr 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM)
The Mango flavor of Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade is a sweet and slightly syrupy beverage that tastes more like an “orange mango” beverage than it does a flavored lemonade. We find little to no lemonade flavor in this can, although lemon juice from concentrate is, in fact, an ingredient. Otherwise, the drink has a four-sweetener blend of high fructose corn syrup, honey (maybe a tie in with Golden Bear?), sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. This gives the product a very sweet flavor profile but keeps the calories at 80 and sugar at 18g per serving (triple that if you drink the whole can). All in all, what’s inside the can really isn’t lemonade to us -- it’s just a juice cocktail. Adding more lemon flavor is a must in our opinion. On the outside, this product feels very much like a copycat of AriZona’s Arnold Palmer drinks. Since it’s the same company producing both drinks, this probably isn’t an issue for AriZona. However, the difference of appeal between Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer is quite big -- Jack Nicklaus doesn’t have a trademark beverage. Overall, this is an average tasting drink which would be much better if it actually tasted more like a lemonade, but we’re skeptical of the Jack Nicklaus name inspiring consumers to purchase this drink.