Posted: Mar 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
(Last Updated: Mar 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM)
Golazo’s “Mandarina” flavor is a relatively pleasant tasting orange flavored energy drink. They’ve decided to use stevia (along with sugar) to keep the calories under 100 per can (it has 90). Compared with their other flavors, the stevia is definitely more noticeable in this variety as it typically is with most orange flavored drinks that use it. Despite the stevia note and aftertaste, Golazo Mandarina is still a pleasing product to drink. Functionally, each 12 oz. can has 100mg of caffeine, electrolytes, and D-ribose. This should make the performance of the drink within the realm of other energy drinks. The can uses a soccer themed design, which gives the drink a sports orientation that is a nice change from competing drinks that typically go for aggressive or chic imagery. However, there are things on the can that could be eliminated and more emphasis could be placed on the Golazo logo. Finally, the name “Mandarina” (for mandarin orange) is something that an American consumer will likely associate as an Asian flavor, despite its popularity in South America. Overall, this is a good start that, with some refinement, definitely has potential to be a good part of the Golazo brand.