Rockstar Punched Energy Drink

Here we review Rockstar Punched Energy Drink.

This fruit punch inspired energy drink has been through a few changes over the years and used to be one of the most caffeinated of all energy drinks.

Rockstar Punched Guava

rockstar-punched-guavaReaders, I am humbled. My search is over, my life is complete, angels are singing out in chorus.I have found salvation, an oasis of productivity, in the best energy drink to ever hit the market: Rockstar Punched Guava.

I always kind of knew Rockstar would be the one to make the breakthrough, I just didn’t know when. The time is now, and I am thrilled. This is the newest drink in the Rockstar Punched line-up as far as I can tell and is not to be confused with Rockstar Juiced Guava.

I have numerous other reviews I’ve been piecing together over the past week, but at the first sip of this drink I’ve committed my focus to spreading the good word. No-thing-com-pares. This is the stuff caffeine addictions are made of.

Please Note: This version of Rockstar Punched Guava is no longer available. Punched Guava now comes in a 16 fl.oz. can and looks like the formula has been adjusted as well.


Marvelous, aggressive, and kindhearted with a forgiving personality. Carbonation is perfect, the guava flavoring is not intrusive and it never gets old. Each sip, an influx of taste euphoria; each swallow, a conditioned reward for the next sip to come. This drink can be mixed with just about anything too, ranging from 7-up to Bacardi. When you first get into bed with this drink, do not hold back. Just be yourself and go all out, you will be welcomed into open arms.


Rockstar blends the best of both worlds. It does not depart from the wealth of natural energy ingredients so commonly found out there in energy drinks (ginkgo biloba, ginseng, milk thistle extract). At the same time, Rockstar acknowledges the fact that not one of these ingredients have been scientifically shown to do much of anything for you, so they hit it where it counts.

There is an incredibly thoughtful 120mg of caffeine per serving, and um… ya, hi – there’s 2.75 servings per bottle. No, that’s not 122.75mg of caffeine per bottle. The theory of multiplication would have it that this drink contains 330mg of caffeine, not to mention the ~68mg of guarana and B-vitamin content (!). Yes, that’s more than even most energy drink lovers would care to down in one sitting, But guess what, this drink comes in a bottle. Drink some now, some later! The angelic chorus grows louder…


My information processing bandwidth was just upgraded from 56K to T1. My thinking engine from an economic inline-4 to a twin turbocharged V12. The electrical conductors of my brain upgraded from nickel to gold and I’m only half-way through. My productivity has skyrocketed. I’ve basically written this entire review in about 25 minutes, no joke. After waiting a few hours, I’m happy to report I experienced no crash.


Let me add I bought this drink for $1.99. It’s just too good to be true. I feel like God kills a kitten every time I drink one. Energy drink lovers, your search is over.

Reviewed by Dusty Smith

Guava Australia and New Zealand Version

rockstar-punched-energy-guavaNews Flash! We in the Southern Hemisphere have been cheated!

I was stoked to see Rockstar Punched Guava in New Zealand stores because of the great review Dusty gave it a little while ago.

However, upon closer examination I discovered that it has a different formulation and not in the good way.

The can did create quite a bit of attention as I was sitting at the cafe eating lunch. People seemed to be amazed and strangely drawn to the huge, purple 500ml can sitting on the table.

Rockstar Energy has established a separate Australian Division to their Company and unfortunately for us has to adjust their drinks to conform to the caffeine regulations in AUS and NZ.


The good news is Rockstar Punched Guava has pretty much the same taste Dusty raved about. From the first sip I knew that it was a winner and with later gulps, I had to remind myself that I was drinking an energy drink…Yes, it is that good! Completely void of any mediciney taste whatsoever.

The only complaint about Rockstar Punched Guava would be that I found it a tad too sweet. It was great at first, but towards the end of the can the 83.5 grams of sugar was making my teeth hurt. Certainly not something you want to drink after having teeth whitening; caffeinated drinks already have a reputation for discoloring teeth!.


Ok, here’s the sad part. This version of Rockstar Guava only has 160mg of caffeine per 500ml while in the USA this energy drink has 254mg/500ml. Also, the down under version has no milk thistle. As for the rest of the ingredients they appear to be the same.


I’m sure you know the feeling, you have just eaten lunch and now you’re back to work fighting to stay awake at your desk, right? Well, drinking Rockstar Punched Guava with my lunch completely annihilated my desire for a siesta. I’m not crazy energized, but feel pretty motivated.


My number one drink in New Zealand used to be Rockstar Juiced, but then last week Demon Killa Troppo toppled it from its throne. Now it seems I have a new contender in Rockstar Punched Guava. I guess it might come down to price when I’m forced to decide between the two.

Punched Citrus

Note: This flavor has been phased out.


Photo By EnergyGuru

Rockstar has won its place among the top energy drink brands by promising its customers that they too can party like a Rockstar. And despite the decidedly “cool” aura that surrounds the drink, I’ve never been a big fan of their flavors.

The original suffers from the mediciney aftertaste that plagued many early energy drinks. The Guava Juiced flavor was hard for me to even finish. It wasn’t until I found the “Punched” can that I even gave them a second look.

The Punched flavor quickly became my goto drink and had me rethinking my stance on Rockstar. So, as you can imagine, I was intrigued when I happened upon a Rockstar Citrus Punched several months later. Let’s see how the Vegas boys do this time.


The first time I took a swig of Rockstar Citrus Punched I was hooked. It’s a classic clean flavor similar to childhood favorites like Squirt or the 7-Up punch my aunt used to make for holidays. Similar, but not the same. It has its own distinct mark on the citrus drink that I can only attribute to the acai berry listed on the front of the bright green can. Best of all, it has a dry finish that doesn’t leave your mouth gummy like it’s sibling Punched flavor.


Citrus Punched advertises as having 50% more caffeine than standard Rockstar at 120mg per serving. It backs up its potent blend with generous amounts of B Vitamins, Taurine, Ginkgo Biloba, Guarana, Inositol, L-Carnatine, Panax Ginseng Extract, and Milk Thistle Extract.


Great flavor aside, Citrus Punched stands up as a powerhouse energy drink. 240mg of caffeine per 16oz can wakes you up and the rest of the blend keeps you going for 5 hours or more of strong energy. Several weeks of using this drink as my everyday start-up did not disappoint. While high in sugars, the lack of High Fructose Corn Syrup limits the crash typically felt with such powerful drinks.

Overall, this drink is top notch in every category and has changed my opinion of Rockstar. They’ve gone from ubiquitous yet underwhelming to a premiere player.

Reviewed by TNT

Punched Safety

Some versions of Rockstar Punched have 240mg of caffeine per can and should be consumed with caution. Consume no more than 1 of these per day.

What do you think of Rockstar Punched Energy Drink?

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  • Big Bird

    $1.99 for punched guava? That really does seem really low. The cheapest I’ve ever seen it was $2.89 without tax and $3.99 without tax. $1.99 is what the local Targets that i’ve seen charge for a single can of 16oz Monster but not Punched Guava. My guess is that you got it when it just came out and Rockstar was just coming off of really promoting it and started their low price market intro because now I highly doubt that you’d find it for $1.99 if you were to go back to the same place that you got it that time. If it is the same then luck’s on your side apparently because people out here on the east coast would pounce on that really quickly.

  • Tim

    I have lived off of this stuff ever since I first found it. I have a two hour drive one way to work and rockstar has kept me awake many nights. One draw back is that it is so powerful that I feel like I just snorted something. Every now and again I catch myself grinning my teeth or talking extremly fast – but without it I would need a new job. The gauva is by far the best flavor and the punched is bad boy on the block. It is like sticking an entergizer in your back!

  • bkdude

    I had a rockstar once.

    It tasted like a watered-down monster with cigarette butts.

    Luckily I only drink coffee now. None of that carbonated shit thats been infecting the market.

  • Richard

    this drink tasted terrible, not sweet, weird medicine type flavor

    I paid $3.29 here in Los Angeles

    I would not recommend it

  • Calum

    i sell this in a 500ml bottle for £1.20

  • Rick

    lol I just had one for the first time today, it was delicious, but i beat all your prices, i bought a pack of 12 at big lots for only 12 dollars. awesome i know.

  • ted

    Rick, did you add that location/description to the cheap energy drink locator? that’s awesome!

  • Seventh Reign

    I havent been able to find the Punched “Guava” yet, but I was seriously addicted to the Original Punched. It wasnt just the best tasting ‘energy’ drink on the market, it was one of THE best tasting drinks available period. It is impossible to describe just how good the flavor is without tasting it yourself. Its incredible.

  • ted

    Funny as they only have punched guava in the southern hemisphere…maybe we could do a trade!

  • Rob

    I’d like to mention that I’ve seen Guava and original Juiced in the 24 ounce bottles at Big Lots – 12 for $12. Let me just say – these things are ROUGH! The bottles at Big Lots are either mixed wrong or are very old and the local bottler liquidated their inventory.

    Last year (2009) several local discount stores got a hold of 16 ounce Rockstar Punched and were selling these extremely cheap. From the first sip you knew something was wrong – either the bottler mixed it wrong or it was really old. Just to verify, I went and bought a full-price Punched from a grocery store and the taste was amazing.

  • ted

    You’re right Rob, Big lots and other such stores often buy out supplies of factory imperfects or beyond best by date items….you get what you pay for I guess…

  • jeff

    I just tried this prroduct and I love it! I a Nos person myself
    but after trying this im gonna start picking up one of these from now on!

  • Wi Died

    I managed to source this in the Outer Hebrides in litre bottles in my local Walmart convienience store. The last month has flown by and I have started to give it to the sheep for a bit of fun, boy how they run. I’ve now made myself a news 5 litre bottle for days out walking the fens. Oh how its made the snow look whiter than a brand new shirt washed in Daz. The long nights are now getting even longer, ah the northern lights, the lights…the lights….turn them off I need sleep! slurp!

  • Alpha Wolf Lily

    U guys, they dont just come in a bottle, they are also sold canned, making it look more… u know, popular. Many teens i’ve been with have complained that Rockstar being bottled just looks kiddish, i have no idea why…. but look, this drink is totally worth whatever price,and truly is the best flavour until someone invents a greater taste! its taste is superb! i highly recommend it to the “Newb” to energy drink tasting! ~~~Alpha Wolf Lily: The Official Alpha Of ShadowMoon Pack XD thnx guys!

  • cg

    2 for $3 here in phoenix!! 37 grams of sugar, 2 servings per can, thats 74 grams of sugar is just dumped in my stomach!!

  • Jesse D

    Why did Rockstar cancel the punched line up?

    This is devastating for those that occasionally have that 20 hour beast of a job to do. Ginko Biloba in an energy drink is priceless!

    & the Guava flavor makes a killer margarita with fresh lime and agave.

  • Ted

    It looks like the fruit punch flavor Punched is still available.

  • Ayla77

    Love these, bought two yesterday. They didn’t review it but “punch” flavour is extremely sweet (my dad threw up when he tried it) But i find them delicious.

Last Modified: July 23, 2014