Review: Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Pink Lemonade

Is there a lemonade arms race that no one told us about?

1 year ago, Arizona rolled out their Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade line, starting with just 3 flavors: Honey with Ginseng, Strawberry, and Mango. Since then, we’ve seen a rapid release of additions to the franchise, including 10 Calorie Honey with Ginseng, Mint, and now Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Pink Lemonade.

Arizona Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Pink Lemonade

Arizona Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Pink Lemonade

The packaging on this product follows a similar style to others in the Golden Bear lineup, however, in this case there are gold and pink accents contrasting the black & white color scheme on the 23 oz can. Additionally, there’s a smaller image of Jack Nicklaus featured vs. other flavors in the lineup, which his headshot cropped inside a photo frame denoted with “1978 British Open.” Instead of a colored background, a collage of black & white photos sits behind the main imagery on the can. It’s quite a different look… and I have to wonder… why?

So, pink lemonade. In contrast to regular lemonade, it’s colored pink. (No duh!) Per a quick browse through the ‘net, this is often due to coloring and flavor pulled from raspberries, cherries, red grapefruit, grapes, cranberries, and/or strawberries. This Arizona product features many juice concentrates, including lemon, pear, and cherry. Oddly enough, it also contains ginseng. Why add ginseng to this product? Other than the flagship Honey with Ginseng flavor, none of the other Golden Bear entries feature that supplement. It’s even more curious because it’s not called out on the can anywhere. Once again, this drink is this primarily sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, with just a tad bit of sucralose and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K) thrown in to help cut down the calories.

Upon opening the can, there’s a faint lemonade sent, and without looking, it would be hard to tell that this was pink lemonade. Like the rest of the Golden Bear lineup, the flavor starts out quite sweet, with a notable smoothness thanks to the inclusion of honey. The lemonade floats over your tongue nicely during the mid-point in the drink experience, with the sweet/sour combo blending nicely. The aftertaste slightly hints at the artificial sweetener usage, but it’s negligible. The flavor actually fades away into nothing quickly. Overall, it’s a pleasant flavor, but not really something that stands out. There’s just a hint of cheeriness to the overall taste, but it’s so subtle, I think the label “pink lemonade” is a bit generous.

Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Pink Lemonade

Filtered water, high fructose corn syrup (glucose-fructose syrup), lemon juice from concentrate, pear juice from concentrate, honey, citric acid, cherry juice from concentrate, fruit and vegetable juice for color, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), natural flavor, sucralose (Splenda brand), acefulfame potassium, ginseng root extract

A 23 oz can contains approximately 3 servings. If you were to drink the entire can, it contains a little over 201 calories, 28.7 mg sodium, and 48.9 g carbs (46 g sugars). “Contains 10% juice,” with 25% of your recommended daily value for Vitamin C. Caffeine free.

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Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of Arizona Beverage Company