Guaraná Antarctica is an international soda reviewed by request of one of my faithful followers. The drink comes from Brazil, but is available produced and sold in a few other countries as well. In the US we’re drinking an import (most likely made in Brazil). Lesson of the day, guarana is a berry grown in Brazil that’s considered to have some health benefits. This is far from the first time that a weird tasting berry has been marketed as a miracle elixir, but fortunately this soda makes no such claims.
Cosmetically, this looks like ginger ale, and I think my brain was programmed to expect a bottled ginger ale flavor. That goes away quickly, and what stuck with me was sort of an overripe apple taste. I don’t mean that in a negative way, it’s like apple with a bit more character (but not to the fermented state of a hard cider…I’d assume). It finished a little bit fruity. Sort of a generic berry flavor. Overall, I enjoyed it. Probably a bit too sweet for me, but for people that enjoy a mild flavored soda with a bit of nuance this would be right up your alley. I give it a 6.5 out of 10. That’s a decent score for a mass produced canned soda. Well done, Anheuser-Busch. Your flavor scientists did a nice job.
I’ll bet you can find this stuff at some high-end grocery stores, but if you want to invest in a case of 12 you can find it on Amazon with Prime Shipping ($23 right now).
Sampled on 9/8/2016, gifted to me by a devoted fan of sodafry.com
You can find now in a lot of places, including regular supermarkets in the US and Europe. I think it has the typical South American “bubble-gum” after-taste. It’s good though. And gives you a little lift afterwards.