Review: Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade – Honey with Ginseng

Back in April, we talked about the 3 flavors of Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade, reviewing the Strawberry Lemonade and Mango Lemonade varieties. At the time of writing, the Honey flavor was not yet available from our local Arizona distributor here in Chicago. Time has passed, so let’s dig into the flagship flavor of the lineup, Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade – Honey with Ginseng.

Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade - Honey with Ginseng

Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade – Honey with Ginseng

If you’d like to read more about the history and details of this lemonade line, click on over to our Strawberry & Mango reviews. Like these other two flavors, Honey with Ginseng is packaged in a 23 oz aluminum can, which is pretty standard for Arizona Beverage.

As for what’s on the can, let’s excerpt from the press release :

Each can features portraits of Nicklaus and his family during memorable personal and athletic achievements. Included are images of Nicklaus clutching the Claret Jug after his 1978 British Open Victory; the Golden Bear carrying son Gary off the green during his win at the 1973 PGA Championship, where he set the mark for major championship victories; and even a teenaged Nicklaus during his all-star days playing basketball for Upper Arlington High School — ironically known as the Golden Bears.

The Strawberry flavor showcased a red/yellow design, while the Mango utilized orange/green. Honey plays up its namesake gold color, with highlights in red and yellow.

Pop the tab and you are greeted with a predictable lemonade scent. The difference occurs, however, when you start sipping the beverage. This drink isn’t tart or bitter like many lemonades. It’s quite sweet and smooth, an obvious result of the use of honey to cut down on the normal flavor outcomes of the lemon. High fructose corn syrup is the primary sweetener, with just a tad of sucralose and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K) thrown in to help cut the calorie count.

The unique twist with this flavor is the addition of ginseng, which you don’t find in the Strawberry or Mango options. That changes this Golden Bear flavor from just a standard lemonade option to one that is more of a “pick me up,” i.e. a light energy drink. It’s an interesting play by Arizona to subtly shift this out of the traditional lemonade space.

I’m going to guess that the Golden Bear lineup is doing pretty well for Arizona, as they’ve already announced a 10-calorie version of the Lemonade with Honey flavor.

Overall, if you like a tart lemonade, this drink won’t be your favorite. If you like a sweet lemonade, this is probably more to your liking, though you might even argue that it could have even more honey flavor. It’s a very good tasting drink and we recommend it!

Jack Nicklaus Gold Bear Lemonade – Honey with Ginseng
Filtered water, high fructose corn syrup (glucose-fructose syrup), lemon juice from concentrate, pear juice from concentrate, natural flavor, honey, citric acid, beta carotene for color, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), sucralose (Splenda brand), sucrose, acefulfame potassium, ginseng extract

A 23 oz can contains approximately 3 servings. If you were to drink the entire can, it contains a little over 201 calories, 28.8 mg sodium, and 54.6 g carbs (51.8 g sugars). “Contains 10% juice.”