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Good-tasting Proteins

As I was slamming back 2 scoops of Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey mixed with a scoop of Power Drive today, I thought to myself… “This can’t be life.” Every single flavor I’ve tried by that company has tasted like what I imagine urine mixed with cheap flavoring tastes like. Absolute shit.

Stu recommended Cytosport Whey in another thread, so I’m gonna be ordering a couple of those bad boys (since I trust Stu)… Tried looking for protein shake reviews for other ideas, and couldn’t find anything, so figured: why not start a thread about this?

Speaking from my own experience:

1a. Biotest’s very own Grow! Whey - still a favorite for cooking and adding my own flavoring to.

1b. Biotest’s MD - possibly best-tasting protein I’ve tried, good profile, buuuut more expensive than whey.

  1. Syntrax Nectar - Great profile, taste isn’t bad, but didn’t do it for me. It was basically like a slightly synthetic juice feel, and I prefer richer flavors and textures (chocolate, vanilla, etc) which they do not do.

  2. Multipower Formula 80 - Tastes GREAT when mixed with milk! Like a very tasty milkshake. That is, at first. While it has a good, slow-digesting profile (high casein content), there is a bunch of very synthetic stuff in it. After a little while, I started realising this as I explored the taste further and discontinued the product. Also, not much good with water.

  3. BSN’s Lean Dessert - Slow-digesting, tastes fantastic, up there with Metabolic Drive in terms of taste. However, also seems to have a little too much crap in it, as well as 7g of carbs and 3g of fat in each serving. Since there’s only 20g of protein in the same serving, you’re getting around 40% of the calories from carbs and fat, which is not something I need.

I think Met. Drive is the best tasting protein powder I’ve ever tried.

I actually like ON’s Double chocolate flavor.

I also love chocolate Surge.

Isopure was OKAY.

I just use bulk whey now, unflavored usually. Taste doesn’t bother me as much as it use to.

I really like:

  1. Metabolic Drive too (I’ve only tried Vanilla flavor)

  2. Jay Robb

  • dude on packaging “Jay Robb?” is well…I’ll let you decide
  • the protein itself tastes really frickin’ good
  1. For PWO I really like Ultragen and Surge

I’ve tried the Orange Creamsicle and Cappuccino flavors and really love the Cappuccino flavor one. Especially after a morning workout it’s just the right flavor.

Up!

Whaaaa?

Have you tried ON’s-

Extreme Milk Chocolate
Rocky Road
Caramel Toffee Fudge

? I think they’re all pretty fire, personally…

I was a huge fan of Grow! when I used it last, mixed with V8 PWO. I recently bought a thing of MD vanilla flavor, and it tastes amazing by itself. Mixed with juice, not so much.
I used to use Syntrax Nectar, and I liked the Pina Colada flavor alot. I found that the strawberry flavor always foamed up like crazy when I mixed it though. The pricing isn’t great, being about $35 for a 2.5lb tub.

I rarely ever drink protein by itself now, so I currently prefer something that is either unflavored (like Grow!) or anything vanilla.
In the past I’ve used whey from GNC, the vanilla and chocolate don’t taste bad at all, but I’m not sure what the profile is like on it. Haven’t used it in years. In terms of price, it’s about the same as a tub of Grow!, but with half the weight.

[quote]SSC wrote:
Whaaaa?

Have you tried ON’s-

Extreme Milk Chocolate
Rocky Road
Caramel Toffee Fudge

? I think they’re all pretty fire, personally…[/quote]

Do you mix with milk or water?

I’ve tried:

cookies and cream
double rich chocolate
Some limited edition thing… Mighta been fudge?

Cookies and cream is passable with milk, but with water sucks. Double rich chocolate sucks, period. The limited edition one was worst of all.

Thing is, why would I buy a protein that only tastes good with milk? Metabolic Drive tastes like a tasty dessert when you mix it with water alone.

I might get a pound of one of those flavors you’re advertising, but only because you always seemed like a pretty reasonable dude. :))

I’m not sure if I mentioned this or not, but Metabolic Drive is the best tasting protein EVER! It’s a fact. I seen it under a Snapple cap.

[quote]elusive wrote:
I’m not sure if I mentioned this or not, but Metabolic Drive is the best tasting protein EVER! It’s a fact. I seen it under a Snapple cap.[/quote]

Praise by to Biotest, brother!

LOL. Lean Dessert is up there with MD to me, but there’s a lot of fats and carbs in it, so MD wins.

As for the Surge… I am with you. I was mad as shit when I ran out of Chocolate Surge and had to make my own PWO shakes for a month. I just got a tub of Surge two days ago… It was f*cking “original.” I ordered a tub of original by mistake. I should have 3 chocolate tubs coming in anyday now, but I needs that chocolate Surge nowwwww.

Did they ever say what/when the new flavors will be?

[quote]G87 wrote:
Did they ever say what/when the new flavors will be?[/quote]

I never seen anything. Chocolate keeps me plenty happy. They might as well discontinue all the other flavors and just develop a Chocolate Met. Drive and Surge Recovery protein cooler.

Ultra Peptide Pro 2.0 tastes excellent. It also has more fat in it, which makes it better for a nighttime shake.

I liked IDS whey protein, I tried the vanilla cinnamon and it was delicious with water or milk! Also it’s fairly cheap, the same price as ON 100% Whey.

I know you don’t generally like me because of the NO threads, but you should really give this stuff a go.

Also of course Pronos by MRI is pretty good, but overly expensive.

[quote]chimera182 wrote:
Ultra Peptide Pro 2.0 tastes excellent. It also has more fat in it, which makes it better for a nighttime shake.[/quote]

Can you elaborate on how fats make for a better protein shake?

Isopure Zero Carb Cookies and Creme…mmm

Optimum 100% Casein (vanilla). Terrible. However, when mixed with whey, it makes for a great thicker shake.

Syntrax nectar: great! Although it does foam quite a bit

NOW whey isolate: weak taste but not bad at all. Can’t really complain for the price you pay to get CFM isolate.

I got sick of Metabolic Drive and Grow! Whey. I’m sure a little stomach bug I had had something to do with it… Right now I’m liking ON’s stuff (Mocha Cappuccino for Whey and Chocolate Supreme for Casein)

[quote]G87 wrote:
SSC wrote:
Whaaaa?

Have you tried ON’s-

Extreme Milk Chocolate
Rocky Road
Caramel Toffee Fudge

? I think they’re all pretty fire, personally…

Do you mix with milk or water?

I’ve tried:

cookies and cream
double rich chocolate
Some limited edition thing… Mighta been fudge?

Cookies and cream is passable with milk, but with water sucks. Double rich chocolate sucks, period. The limited edition one was worst of all.

Thing is, why would I buy a protein that only tastes good with milk? Metabolic Drive tastes like a tasty dessert when you mix it with water alone.

I might get a pound of one of those flavors you’re advertising, but only because you always seemed like a pretty reasonable dude. :))[/quote]

Actually, those were two of the worst ones I’ve tasted, besides Mint Chocolate. I’m telling ya… give any of the three ones I mentioned a try… especially Rocky Road or Extreme Milk Chocolate.

I mix with milk and water both… milk early but then sometimes late if I have a shake it’ll be in water because I observe carb cut-offs. It’s tasty stuff.

[quote]G87 wrote:
chimera182 wrote:
Ultra Peptide Pro 2.0 tastes excellent. It also has more fat in it, which makes it better for a nighttime shake.

Can you elaborate on how fats make for a better protein shake?[/quote]

Fats slow digestion, some people want that for when they go to sleep.

[quote]Sharp4850 wrote:
G87 wrote:
chimera182 wrote:
Ultra Peptide Pro 2.0 tastes excellent. It also has more fat in it, which makes it better for a nighttime shake.

Can you elaborate on how fats make for a better protein shake?

Fats slow digestion, some people want that for when they go to sleep.[/quote]

What he said. Also, it makes it very tasty.

[quote]SSC wrote:
G87 wrote:
SSC wrote:
Whaaaa?

Have you tried ON’s-

Extreme Milk Chocolate
Rocky Road
Caramel Toffee Fudge

? I think they’re all pretty fire, personally…

Do you mix with milk or water?

I’ve tried:

cookies and cream
double rich chocolate
Some limited edition thing… Mighta been fudge?

Cookies and cream is passable with milk, but with water sucks. Double rich chocolate sucks, period. The limited edition one was worst of all.

Thing is, why would I buy a protein that only tastes good with milk? Metabolic Drive tastes like a tasty dessert when you mix it with water alone.

I might get a pound of one of those flavors you’re advertising, but only because you always seemed like a pretty reasonable dude. :))

Actually, those were two of the worst ones I’ve tasted, besides Mint Chocolate. I’m telling ya… give any of the three ones I mentioned a try… especially Rocky Road or Extreme Milk Chocolate.

I mix with milk and water both… milk early but then sometimes late if I have a shake it’ll be in water because I observe carb cut-offs. It’s tasty stuff.[/quote]

You’ve confused me now. Which ones are the worst you’ve tasted? And how bad is Mint Choc, exactly? :smiley: What’s the Rocky Road like?

[quote]G87 wrote:
SSC wrote:
G87 wrote:
SSC wrote:
Whaaaa?

Have you tried ON’s-

Extreme Milk Chocolate
Rocky Road
Caramel Toffee Fudge

? I think they’re all pretty fire, personally…

Do you mix with milk or water?

I’ve tried:

cookies and cream
double rich chocolate
Some limited edition thing… Mighta been fudge?

Cookies and cream is passable with milk, but with water sucks. Double rich chocolate sucks, period. The limited edition one was worst of all.

Thing is, why would I buy a protein that only tastes good with milk? Metabolic Drive tastes like a tasty dessert when you mix it with water alone.

I might get a pound of one of those flavors you’re advertising, but only because you always seemed like a pretty reasonable dude. :))

Actually, those were two of the worst ones I’ve tasted, besides Mint Chocolate. I’m telling ya… give any of the three ones I mentioned a try… especially Rocky Road or Extreme Milk Chocolate.

I mix with milk and water both… milk early but then sometimes late if I have a shake it’ll be in water because I observe carb cut-offs. It’s tasty stuff.

You’ve confused me now. Which ones are the worst you’ve tasted? And how bad is Mint Choc, exactly? :smiley: What’s the Rocky Road like?[/quote]

I thought the ones you listed were fairly bad… I really didn’t like the Double Chocolate. I don’t know what it is, but the Extreme Milk Chocolate is 1,000,000X better than it. I don’t even know why they have the Double Chocolate.

The Mint Chocolate wasn’t unstandable, but it tasted more like a York than it did compared to like those mint Girl Scout cookies, which I’m not a big fan of that kind of mint chocolate, haha.

The Rocky Road is definitely good. It’s got a nice, chocolatey flavor, but also has another taste in it that’s hard to explain. Think of a good-tasting candy bar put into protein, really.

Again, as far as ON is concerned, I’ve also had good luck with their Caramel-incorporated proteins.