Review: SANS Ginger Ale


Last fall we reviewed SANS Natural Diet Soda, a stevia-sweetened lineup from the folks who make Big Red. They’ve got a new flavor out, Sans Ginger Ale, so let’s give it a taste!

SANS Ginger Ale

SANS Ginger Ale

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.

Comparison: Old Design vs. New Design

Comparison: Old Design vs. New Design

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.

New Design: SANS Cola

New Design: SANS Cola

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.

New Design: SANS Lemon Lime

New Design: SANS Lemon Lime

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!)

New Design: SANS Black Cherry

New Design: SANS Black Cherry

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.

New Design: SANS Root Beer

New Design: SANS Root Beer

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