i really don’t go to Aldi stores much. in fact, the two times i have gone have both been to get random root beers that readers told me they found there. it always strikes me as a weird place, like it is a sort of club store, such as Costco, where i am supposed to be a member and know the secret ways to shop there. or maybe i am just weird and paranoid or something myself. anyway, both times i went to Aldi, in addition to the glass bottled microbrew i had gone there to get, they also had a seeming store brand, last time it was Sweet Valley and this time it is this one. now it has not been all that long between visits, maybe a year or so, keep that in mind as i ramble for a moment or two. from what i can gather this soda is only sold at Aldi. it proclaims itself as “New & Improved!” so unless it is really Sweet Valley in disguise, they new and improved it might quickly, since like i said, it was a short time ago. the old and un-improved recipe must have been really bad. but perhaps they came out of the valley and reached the summit of flavor. tee hee. but then again, Sweet Valley could have been around for many years, unknown to me and i just happened to frequent the store at the right times.
now the message on the side of the can also has me confused: “to those seeking fun and refreshment or performance-driven energy, Summit is the quality brand of colas and carbonated beverages that brings flavor and function to fit your lifestyle.” i just don’t even know where to start with that. are colas not carbonated beverages? is this supposed to appeal more to people who refer to all soda as “cola?” what sort of performance driven energy will this give me? i run and cycle a good amount so perhaps i should replace my usual pre- or during drink to this if it is so wonderful. i don’t think it would fit my lifestyle as promised though, carbonated beverages in the water bottle are often a bad combo.
so does it taste good? it is decent. generic mostly. the carbonation is not as harsh as some generic sodas. the flavor is lacking. it is decently sweet but there not really much to it. i would say it is in fact a little better than the Sweet Valley, but i still would get many other sodas first, even store brands and definitely some mainstream ones.
Anthony’s Rating: 65
User’s Rating: 60
# of ratings:8
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||12 oz can|
|Available:||AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI||Obtained in:||Aldi supermarket in NJ|
|Head:||Medium||Sweetener:||high fructose corn syrup|
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, and potassium benzoate (a preservative)