Right off the bat, the biggest difference we note is a change in packaging design compared to when we last looked at Sans in October 2011. Gone are references to “diet,” replaced with the tagline of “all natural soda.” Additionally, the cans are less white in design, with a small faded color associated with the flavor now found on the lower portion. “Zero Calorie” is still very strongly branded.
The drinks now also feature a “Sweetened with Stevia” line underneath the flavor. As noted in our previous review, Truvia is the stevia sweetener used in the Sans lineup. It should also be observed that Sans is participating in The Non-GMO Project.
In the case of Sans Ginger Ale, the packaging is white and green. When you open a can, it smells pretty much like Canada Dry. Poured into a glass, it’s quite bubbly, with a slightly yellow tint.
As for the taste, I was skeptical, given that I didn’t really fall in love with the Sans flavors the first time around. That said, I think Ginger Ale is probably the best flavor now. It starts out like a traditional ginger ale, and there is obvious use of alternate sweeteners in the taste (can’t hide the stevia here!)
What I did not expect was the burn in the back of my throat typically found in more premium ginger ale products. I actually think that stronger ginger ale finish helps mask some of the sweetener taste with the burning. Not bad at all! You won’t confuse this drink for something full calorie, and if given the option I’d probably opt for Canada Dry Ten. That said, if you are looking for zero calories and something sweetened with stevia, then Sans Ginger Ale should be on your shortlist.
Unrelated, while I can understand the market demands for an update in the Sans package design, I actually think the new look seems more generic and less striking, especially with the move away from all white with highlights. It fells more like a generic store brand now, in my opinion.
Also, it should be noted that with the addition of Sans Ginger Ale, Sans Orange has been discontinued.
Sans Ginger Ale
Triple filtered carbonated water, caramel color, citric acid, tartaric acid, stevia leaf extract, and natural flavors
A 12 oz. can contains 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, and 1 g carbs (0 g sugars). Caffeine free.
Official Website: SansSoda.com
Full Disclosure: These beverages were provided compliments of Big Red