- Canned under the authority of Personal Health Development, Inc. Ventura,
CA 93003 USA 1-800-643-2057
- The Pitch:
- Think! All Natural Root Beer is a blend of Chinese and American Herbs,
vitamins and amino acids especially formulated to enhance your mental
performance by increasing concentration, calmness and stamina.
- The Ingredients:
- Filtered Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color,
Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Extracts of (Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba
and Gotu Kola), Choline, Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin B-12
Spike says: According to their web site, the "natural flavors"
are wintergreen, anise, vanilla and sasparilla root.
- The box:
The web site:
- Spike says:
- Medium color, medium-high carbonation, good head
initially. This funky brew has a smell like anise and cleaning fluid
mixed together. Because it is rather pricey (~$1.40 for an 8.4oz can),
I did not try to clean my bathtub with it, though I bet it would do
a good job. It looks deceptively mild, just sitting there calmly in
my mug. It is not (mild, that is). I burped quite a bit drinking this
stuff, which made me think my initial assessment of its carbonation
was too low. However, I soon realized that was not the case and in actuality
my body was trying to get rid of the stuff. I would never have bought
this stuff if it weren't for my quest to review every root beer (stupid
web site). I eschew the herb remedy craze - I'm a meat and potatoes
kind of guy. The can is certainly different. Interactive? Puh-leeze.
About the only thing I was going to interact with after drinking this
was the sink...and not to wash my hands. The top rim of the can is a
title bar from a Macintosh computer, with an assortment of web browser
icons and scientific symbols underneath. And they lie on the can as
well. The pitch says this concoction is a blend of "vitamins".
Well there's only one...B12. 4166% of the RDA!! I hope B12 is passed
quickly out of the system. And in case you're wondering...gotu kola
is not something computer programmers drink. In India, it is considered
to be the most spiritual of all herbs and is used by yogis (no, not
the bear) to improve meditation. The point of all this is...I'm stalling.
How does it taste? Lousy. Bleh. Yuck. I was hard pressed to finish 8.4oz
of the stuff. This stuff makes Journey's crud taste like nectar. It's
bitter, it tastes like there is way too much anise in it, it smells
like something out of a doctor's office. So as root beer goes, it sucks,
it is the anti-Weinhard, it's the worst I've ever tasted. But I realize
the targeted group for this product a) isn't looking for the world's
greatest root beer, b) is probably used to such foul tasting herbal
brews, and c) is buying it for its magical brain-enhancing powers. After
all, it's called "Think!" and is formulated to "enhance"
my "mental performance". So after drinking it, I thought I'd
put it to the test. I've been on a losing streak at Spades on excite.com's
web site (they have the definitive on-line card gaming site, if you're
into that sort of thing), losing by the slimmest of margins game after
game. I figured this stuff should give me the boost I needed to start
winning - it would be the proverbial can of whoop-ass I could crack
open and apply to opponents. So I logged on to Excite and played one
long game (with a bad partner) against a guy and his fiancee (who were
both rated quite a bit higher than me). Our team won, amazingly enough.
It was so amazing our opponents didn't even type the customary "good
game" afterwards...they just left. So did it make me smarter? That's
up to you to decide. But consider this...if it made me smarter, why
am I still working on the web site? In any case, run away from this
stuff. This vile brew gets (no surprise here) an F.