Review: Source Burn Energy Drink

Drink it like you stole it.


I like the potent stuff — quite a bit, actually — but those aren’t everyday drinks. If I were to start every morning with 400 mg of caffeine, not only would my co-workers kill me, but my tolerance would go out the window fast. Before too long I’d be racing headlong down that slippery slope towards Vivarin/espresso cocktails and chronic arrhythmia. Don’t get me wrong, I’m about a third of the way there as it is. It’s just that I’m working on a nice, leisurely cruise down that slope so I can enjoy the ride. Drinks like Burn will help with that. It’s strong enough to be worth drinking, but they haven’t crossed the line over into silly-land.

First of all, I have to say that I really like the fact that the Burn people put the caffeine content right on the can. This should be an industry standard. An 8 oz. can has 118mg between the actual caffeine and the guarana, which puts it a bit above a Red Bull for the same caloric punch. Burn is now in a 16oz can with 199mg caffeine (Jan 2008). Otherwise, it’s the usual suspects: Taurine, B vitamins, Ginseng, blah, blah, blah. We all know buzz is subjective, so you all should be able to look at those numbers and judge for yourself what it’s gonna do. I drank two in a day and it felt good, not like stop and wrestle strangers on the street good, but just happy at my desk good.


As far as taste goes, I really liked both the sugary and sugar free models. I was feeling kind of a citrusy, lemony-limey kind of thing, but I couldn’t quite place it so I went to the closest thing to an authority that I could: this guy Henry that I know. The dude’s a card carrying oenophile and his palette is 100% bulletproof. Seriously, he can taste what the cook had for breakfast. He can taste air. Also, he drinks almost as much of this crap as I do, so you know, he’s one of us. Come to think of it, he should probably be doing this instead of me so I’ll just stop with the Henry worship now before anyone else catches on.

So I pour him a glass. He holds it up, swirls it around, and takes a swig, and then he sits there with that intense, thoughtful look that the wine people get and I’m on the edge of my seat, baited breath and the whole thing. As if it were my new vintage and he was Robert freaking Parker. It was exciting. Really.

So….pineapple. There you go. You can take that to the bank. I’d love to second it, but when I’m not on the go juice I’m usually either into some chocolate milk or a pint of Guinness. That tells you where I’m at on the sophisticate scale. The most descriptive term I could come up with was fizzy.

Whatever. Trust me when I say that Burn tastes a lot better than most drinks I’ve had. Top three or four, easy. You won’t be disappointed.


Despite that whole “Drink it like you stole it” bit, Burn actually hits what I think is kind of a sweet spot on the obnoxious spectrum. By that I mean the packaging wasn’t self-consciously cool or trendy and you won’t feel like a schmuck drinking one (i.e., the can wasn’t bigger than my head and covered in shiny camouflage). That’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

I appreciate the fact that the people behind Burn keep the hyperbole to a minimum. The website is generally focused on the drink rather than people jumping off of things. I’m not really into marketing to the crooked hat crowd. Something about the whole EXXTREEMME!!!! thing just strikes me as distasteful. Maybe I’m just old or maybe it’s the mountains of sweetener or the gigantic cans with the overly creative opening mechanisms. I don’t know, but I’d just as soon stay away. It’s too much like soda, which we are all obviously way too cool for.

The Burn though, I could seriously see myself buying this stuff in the future if not making it my everyday drink. To you all, I say try it and to the boys in Greensboro I say job well done.

Actually, I’m sure you have women in Greensboro too and I mean no disrespect, but, well, you know what I mean.

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  • Thesecretaznman

    It sounds nice.

    Or una.

    Or both. At the same time.

  • bonger

    cocacola burn energy drink is now sold in most of europe

    its a redbull clone, same small can, but black, with caffeine and glycoronlacton

  • stasia

    my company was actually doing business with the makers of burn. i think the taste is more peachy/nectarine-y than pineapple-y.

  • garrett

    You might be right. Let’s say peach with some subtle pineapple undertones and a brave, citrusy nose. That sounds a lot better than fizzy.

  • Ronaldo Luis Nazario De Lima

    Sparkling wiggles use mountains of sweetener.

  • AndSirMan

    Loved the review. I was actually drinking Burn in the Spring of 2004 in Madrid, Spain. Burn was on sale for 1 euro/can for months. Definitey pineapple.

  • silas

    I tried this first in Poland and I’m not quite sure if it was a different version but it was red and tasted of cherry, lemon and lime.
    And yes it was a coca-cola brand product, not a fake.

  • ann

    Burn is my all-time fav drink for a heavy dose of caffeine. I think they have the best tasting diet energy drinks out there. The 8.3 oz size hasn’t been discontinued, either. It is still sold side-by-side with its 16 oz friends.

  • levi

    they should seriously make ,pepsi,mixed with coke,engery drinks………….its the moxt gut renching stimulative thing iv ever drank,and iv drank alot of energy drinks……..i think the 2 companys should make a collaberation drink…i really do,mix pepsi with coke,and throw some coffee in there for shits and giggles,guarna,ginseng,b-vitamins,u name it,its all goin in the stomache’s of the most biggest tweakers on the planet.

  • small can??? 500ml iz small? i drink todai, must say quite good, u all mean thiz drink right?

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