160 mg/16 oz. can
240 mg/24 oz. can
EASE IN ACQUISITION—10
Rockstar Sugar Free is every bit ubiquitous as the original; if you find yourself in a location in which it is unavailable, turn around—you’re in Antarctica. Or in Rio Blanco, San Marcos, Guatemala. Either one.
For a zero calorie beverage, Rockstar Sugar Free actually holds its own in terms of packaging. It’s just the typical Rockstar motif (angled gold star, logo, etc.) with white as the background color, and stands quite well on its own.
The original Rockstar is not exactly a healthy beverage…with 62 grams of sugar in a 16-oz. can, it’s more than enough to make me cringe. Naturally, the idea behind Rockstar Sugar Free holds quite a bit of appeal to me—think of the original Rockstar with all its pineapple-ish goodness and without the sugar. Well, with your first can, you’re not going to get that—it’s good, to be sure, but scarce is the moment where it tastes like the original. The coating smoothness that was very prominent in Monster Energy—Low Carb is present here (same sweetener blend, I imagine), almost to the point of completely covering the Rockstar taste. That was my experience with the 16 oz. can—with the 24 oz. can, which I reviewed later, the sucralose taste was almost gone—and it tasted like a less sugary version and actually smoother version of the original, which I found to be quite gratifying. So I assign a taste rating to Rockstar Sugar Free based on my second can—give it two shots before you pass judgment on it.
16 OZ. CAN
KICK (INTENSITY) —10
In this respect, Rockstar Sugar Free is a Rockstar beverage to the core. I love that I got a kick that was every bit as effective as the original, with a startling degree of alertness, impressive amount of jitters, and speedy, somewhat exaggerated reactions to varying stimuli.
KICK (DURATION) —10
Performance in this category is again reminiscent of the original—5+ hours of energy, culminating with little to no crash. How I’ve missed you of late, Rockstar….
THE DRINK OVERALL—10
By my estimation, Rockstar Sugar Free is an excellent beverage that earns its place in an illustrious line of quality energy supplements. As a tasty, no-nonsense energy drink that one can imbibe without (caloric) guilt, Rockstar Sugar Free has few peers.
24 OZ. CAN
I smile just thinking of my experience with the 24 oz. Rockstar Sugar Free—there are so many ways in which I just loved it. Maybe it was the fact that I had a really nasty headache (can’t eat too late or that happens to me) and this was my medication of choice at that moment. Maybe it was the fact that this time, I actually found it to be a wonderful substitute for the original. Or maybe it was because the kick was just so dang fun. I hadn’t gone 10 minutes before I was bouncing off the freaking walls, chatting it up with the time with my wife and her family and just generally having the time of my life. This is an awesome drink with an awesome kick.
This drink will give you about 5½ hours of effective kick before it’s all over, at which point it gently sets you down and lets you go to bed—as opposed to the kick-in-the-balls crash you get out of Wired X 344.
THE DRINK OVERALL—10
Rockstar Sugar Free: I love you. Readers: drink this drink. Enjoy this drink. That’s all I have to say.
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