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ON Gold Standard 16 flavor review.

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by mcfc98, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. mcfc98

    mcfc98 Well-Known Member

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    ON Gold Standard Whey 16 flavor review.

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    I just took delivery of one of these flavor packs to try all the different ones they do before I buy a 5lb tub.
    I've had chocolate mint off them before and liked it but I've seen mixed reviews for some of the others so I think this is a good way of finding out for myself.

    Each flavor pack is 1x31g (approx) of whey blend packing 24g of protein and I'll be mixing it with 8 oz of water in a hand shaker bottle to test (shaken for at least 10 seconds).
    Let me just say for the record that I'm not a particularly sweet tooth sort of guy, I'm more of a salty/savory person so what might be too sweet for me might be great for someone else.

    As I try each one I'll be sticking a review up here and linking the first post to each flavor review. I hope this helps someone with their buying decisions in the future.
    I welcome feedback so if you want me to be more detailed, have specific questions or would like me try a particular one early in the game then fire away.

    So let's get on with it!

    Reviews (now in order of taste preference)
    Banana Cream
    Double Rich Chocolate
    Rocky Road
    Mocha Cappucino
    Cookies and Cream
    Extreme Milk Chocolate
    Chocolate Malt
    Caramel Toffee Fudge
    Chocolate Mint
    French Vanilla Creme
    Tropical Punch
    Vanilla Ice Cream
    Root Beer Float
    Delicious Strawberry
    Orange Cream
    Strawberry Banana


    ...and so the journey is over :(

    Through the process it became pretty clear that for mixing with water the chocolate based ones are the best options (in my eyes). The only ones that really stuck out in the non chocolate brigade for me were the Banana Creme and Cookies and Cream varieties.

    It was well worth buying this variety pack as it's made my decision on what to do for the long term. I'm going to be getting 5lbs of the Double Rich Chocolate each time I purchase as my staple but in addition I'll likely get a 2lb jug of one of the other flavors I liked too. Here's the ones that will potentially be on that shopping list:


    Staple (5lb) purchase:
    Double Rich Chocolate

    Secondary (2lb) purchase options:
    Rocky Road, Mocha Cappucino, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Malt (at a push) and the Banana Creme.

    *Bonus Review*
    Chocolate Banana
     
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  2. mcfc98

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    Chocolate Malt

    Let me just say for starters that this was the flavor I bought this pack for. I really liked the sound of a Maltesers tasting shake but I had seen mixed reviews of it online.

    First mouthful is really quite pleasant, was surprised to discover it actually does taste like Maltesers. Not as strong a flavor as that but still very reminiscent of them.
    I don't know if any of you have tried Ovaltine before but it's kind of like a chocolaty version of that.
    The aftertaste is pleasant however it does leave a kind of chalky feeling behind which is common with the chocolate/cocoa based ones I find (when mixed with water).
    It was a touch sweeter than I would have liked but not completely overpowering. I think if you were to put any additives like metamucil in or anything that contains sugar/is sweetened it might push it over the top though (for my tastes).

    It mixed very well, no clumps at all and cleaning the shaker only required a rinse.

    I think this one would taste great with milk but with just water it was still very nice and I would put it on my possible purchase list so far.

    Overall: 8/10
     
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    Subscribed! Great idea
     
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    Strawberry Banana

    I'm not too keen on this one. It tastes nice at first but leaves a very chemical like taste in the mouth afterwards. The Banana taste comes through more than the Strawberry I would say and it's quite sweet/sticky tasting.
    It reminds me of some really cheap sweets I had as a kid that I wasn't too keen on even then.

    I notice this one didn't mix brilliantly either, had a few clumps in it and cleaning was more of a pain as lumps had stuck to the lid and mixing mesh of the shaker.

    I won't be buying any more of this flavor.

    Overall: 4.5/10
     
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    Vanilla Ice Cream

    Haven't tried many different powders to compare but I really like this flavor, with milk it is fantastic, with water it is bearable.

    Good quality, I always mix with a blender but I have used a shaker before, some lumps the first time i did it, but vigorous shaking the next time produced little to no lumps, just make sure you put the powder on the liquid not the other way around.

    Have bought two large tubs, two normal ones and my last purchase was the big bag, bigger the bag, the cheaper the servings.

    Can add other flavors I have heard, like adding Milo to make a chocolate shake, but have never tried (would be hard to do with a strawberry flavor)

    9/10

    Rate it highly and would recommend it.
     
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    Cheers for the contribution PhillyP. I'll try that flavor next myself and see if I come to the same conclusion.
     
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    Vanilla Ice Cream

    First impressions suggest it's one of the better Vanilla flavored protein shakes I've had in the past. It isn't too sweet and it has a nicer aftertaste than some of the others I've tried (some of which made me gag).
    That being said this as I find with all Vanilla ones it doesn't taste very nice mixed in water. I'm sure in milk it would be much better but if you mix with water like I do then it's not a good choice.

    It mixed very well and cleaning was pretty much just a rinse.

    Overall: 6.5/10
     
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    Double Rich Chocolate

    Now this one is good. For mixing with water the Chocolate ones usually are but this one isn't too sweet and isn't accompanied by any bitterness at all.
    The slightly chalky feeling/aftertaste common with water mixed choco ones is a lot less with this compared to the Choco Malt one reviewed earlier. It's there but only a tiny amount.
    It tastes like a much less sweet Swiss Miss (though not quite as nice). I think you could actually get away with putting hot water in with this protein powder and have a nutritious Hot Chocolate. I think I'll be buying more of this one, so I'll have to give that a go!

    Mixed great, rinse clean.

    Overall: 9/10
     
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    Tropical Punch

    First impressions are...weird, I like it!
    I can only describe it as the same flavor/feeling you get eating an orange/lemon double lolly (you know what I mean right? http://www.candywarehouse.com/doublelollies.html).

    Further drinking brings through the lumps that haven't mixed as well and after a while it is getting pretty sickly.
    As a one off it's nice but I doubt I could drink this every day, especially in the morning.

    As mentioned it mixed poorly, worse than the Strawberry Banana did and cleaning was more of a pain as a lot was stuck to the mixing mesh.

    Overall: 6.5/10
     
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    Root Beer Float

    Odd this one. It's got a kind of coke taste leaving a toffee aftertaste.
    It's not unpleasant but I couldn't drink lots of it. It's too sweet for me.

    Mixed pretty well, cleaned easy only a tiny amount of clumping.

    Overall: 5.5/10
     
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    Rocky Road

    This one seems to taste just like the double rich chocolate one but with a toffee aftertaste and some extra sweetness to round it off. It's really nice.
    It's a bit sweeter than the DRC one but if you are a sweet tooth person I think this would do you better. For me I think the DRC is better as like I've said I'm not overkeen on sweet stuff.

    Mixed great, easy clean.

    Overall: 8.5/10
     
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    I always wondered how that Rocky Road would have tasted. The only other ON flavor I've had besides 2x chocolate was Cookies n Cream and I did NOT like that flavor.
     
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    Mocha Cappuccino

    Pretty good this one, kind of tastes just like a milky coffee. I had it cold but I reckon you could have this one warm in the morning instead of a regular coffee.
    That being said I'm sure you could just whack a teaspoon of instant coffee in one of the choco ones and not be that far off the same thing. I think I would prefer the versatility of that myself than buying a coffee tasting one off the bat.

    Mixed pretty good, just one clump on the mixing mesh when cleaning.

    Overall: 8.5/10
     
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    Extreme Milk Chocolate

    Nice but not as nice as the double rich chocolate. It was sweeter but with less of a chocolate flavor, maybe a little closer to swiss miss.

    Other than that pretty much the same if a little underwhelming given it's name.

    Mixed and cleaned off perfectly.

    Overall: 8.5/10
     
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    this is such a great thread! :tucool:

    its really making me want to buy a sample pack just so i can have various protein shakes all week. :lol:
     
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    Cheers.

    That's not a bad idea, if it's something you'll be buying a lot of then it's probably worth trying a flavor pack to find out what's best for you.
     
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    Cookies and Cream

    Well I'm surprised you said you didn't like this Dizmal, I think it's great! I'm a sucker for toffee flavored things and this has a definite toffee high note. Pleasant aftertaste too and quite sweet but not ridiculous.
    This is another that I think you could also drink warm too and I'm positive it would be really nice when mixed with milk.

    Mixed/cleaned perfectly.

    I'm going to mark it down just as I did with the mocha one because of it's lack of versatility. Base flavors like chocolate and vanilla can easily be mixed with other things whereas flavors like these are kind of absolute.

    Overall: 8.5/10
     
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    Delicious Strawberry

    Not bad, not great. Has the chemical aftertaste the Strawberry Banana one was guilty of but this one is a bit more palatable.
    It's not as sweet as that was and doesn't leave such a lingering aftertaste.

    I think this flavor is designed for mixing with milk, which is not what I'm looking for.

    Mixed well in contrast to the strawberry banana one and cleaned quick.

    Overall: 5/10
     
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    This is a pretty good idea. I might base some of your decisions on my next order of whey.

    I am using the Orange Cream right now, I think you should give it a go as well.

    To me, I can't stand to drink much of it. I am not sure if it's because I am just sick of it or not. The first time I thought it was good, but now it seems to be lumpy, and leaves a horrible after taste. Doesn't clean well at all either.

    I'd like to hear your reviews on it.
     
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    Caramel Toffee Fudge

    I can tell straight away that this one is just the double rich chocolate with a small amount of added toffee flavor. Without the extra sweetness that you associate with toffee it doesn't work. So in this instance unlike the Rocky Road one the addition isn't as successful, I think I'd just prefer the chocolate flavor on its own.

    Mixed and cleaned perfectly.

    Overall: 8/10
     
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