REVIEW: Mountain Dew Dew Shine

Mountain Dew Dew Shine

Here’s a completely useless nugget of information you will never have to recall in your lifetime. Before Mountain Dew was Mountain Dew, it was slang for the clear liquor called moonshine. And now Mountain Dew is honoring its past by selling a non-alcoholic clear soda called Dew Shine.

This isn’t the first alcohol-sounding, non-alcoholic Dew the folks at Mountain Dew have developed. A few years ago, they rolled out Mountain Dew Gold, a citrus and malt liquor-flavored soda. It was supposed to roll out nationwide and it had a campaign that gave Dew fans the chance name the beverage in different regions. The nationwide rollout never happened. Instead, it was sold only in a few regions across the U.S.

However, Mountain Dew Dew Shine has been rolled out nationwide and is available in single bottles or four-packs.

There’s a lot of retro going on with bottle’s label, which looks like a weathered piece of paper and features Willie the Hillbilly, the original Mountain Dew mascot, and “It’ll Tickle Yore Innards”, the original Mountain Dew slogan. The bottle is made of glass and beverage contains real sugar, which, if you think about it, is kind of retro in this day and age of high fructose corn syrup.

The beverage is as clear as water, and to make sure it was, I filled an empty Dew Shine bottle with water, put the screw top back on, placed it next to an unopened bottle, and had someone arrange the bottle with my back turned. After comparing the two for a few moments, I couldn’t tell the difference. Can you determine which is which using the photo below?

Mountain Dew Dew Shine 2

According to the bottle, Dew Shine is a “clear citrus flavored Dew,” and with its name, I assume it might taste somewhat like moonshine. Unfortunately, I can’t confirm that since I have no idea what moonshine tastes like and I’m not willing to drink moonshine because I don’t want the internet to have photos of me walking through Waikiki with no pants.

Dew Shine has a light citrusy aroma that reminds me of a generic lemon lime soda. Its flavor also has a mild citrusiness to it that leans towards lemon. But I detect a slight maltiness too. The combination is giving me flashbacks to Mountain Dew Gold, but with a much mellower flavor. The mellow flavor and light carbonation makes Dew Shine easy to drink.

Dew Shine is refreshing, not overly sweet, pleasant, and has the same amount of caffeine as a can of regular Mountain Dew (52 mg), but I’m not sure younger Dew fans would like it because it’s not like most Mountain Dew flavors. There’s no radioactive color, no bite, and it doesn’t slap you with sweetness. It’s a different kind of Dew.

The glass bottle, the beverage’s clear color, the use of real sugar, and its flavor makes it appear and taste like its for older or sophisticated taste buds. Because of those attributes, Dew Shine could be considered a Craft Dew. I also want to call it Crystal Dew.

But with that said, if I need a soda to pick me up, I would rather have regular Mountain Dew. Dew Shine has the same amount of caffeine as regular Dew, but I feel regular Dew’s combination of a sugary punch, stronger carbonation, and caffeine content does a better job at energizing me.

But if you happen to find some Dew Shine on shelves, I think it’s definitely worth picking up.

(Nutrition Facts – 12 ounces – 160 calories, 0 grams of fat, 60 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbohydrates, 42 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 54 milligrams of caffeine.)

Item: Mountain Dew Dew Shine
Purchased Price: Way too much on eBay ($26.99)
Size: 4 pack of 12 oz bottles
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nice citrusy flavor with a bit of maltiness. A sophisticated Dew. Easy to drink. Not made with high fructose corn syrup. Same amount of caffeine as a can of regular Mountain Dew. Nifty retro label.
Cons: Younger Dew drinkers might find this flavor to be too mild when compared with other Dew flavors. Might be difficult to find. I prefer regular Dew when it comes to getting energized. The internet having photos you wish it didn’t. Only available in glass bottles.

51 thoughts to “REVIEW: Mountain Dew Dew Shine”

  1. I noticed we started selling this at my work(acme markets), in the 4 packs. I was curious and about to buy one but I saw the non alcoholic lettering on the bottle and got confused. So is this a soda made to look like moonshine or is it suppose to be like a non alcoholic beer/moonshine? I don’t drink so i don’t have a clue.

  2. It tastes like a mountain dew that was opened and left out for a couple of days, flat and syrupy. Naturally it tastes nothing like moonshine and for those who have never had shine, just take a swig of rubbing alcohol. Moonshine was never meant to have flavor, just knock you on your ass!

  3. I work for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, I would ABSOLUTELY love to bring this in as a signature drink, I had it for the first time today and it is AMAZING to myself as well as my husband (who is a shall I call him a die hard advocate for Mountain Dew.. please let me know where I can buy these by the case or can please and thank you, maybe we can be your commercial for it…thinking out loud.

    Waiting patiently,

  4. I bought a four pack at big lots for like 3.98….i bought it because the carb content per bottle is 42g.. That’s is soo much sugar lol…i would never have bought it for $26.99…

  5. Regular Mountain Dew has 55 mg. of caffeine, Dew Shine has 54mg, so not that big of a difference.

    Dew Shine tastes lighter, more “sparkly” on the tongue, really a nice drink for hot days.
    To me, has a hint of grapefruit after taste.
    The sugar adds seems to give it a lighter taste, as opposed to HFCS.

    Wonder how a Dew Shine gin gimlet would taste…hmmmmmmm.

  6. I traveled to Michigan this week & was very excited to try this. I thought it was going to be a clear Mt. Dew. Its sorta like a lighter version of lemon/lime soda. Like a bland 7up.

  7. Absolutely Delicious! Smooth and Refreshing! It’s got an old timey taste to it that really goes well with the packaging: It’s what you expect it to be. Ice cold is the way to go too. It’s not too sweet. It’s not too carbonated. It’s JUST RIGHT!

  8. The first time I tasted it, I felt a throw back to the 60’s and the original taste of 7up that was made back then with sugar. The taste is very similar, and others who have tried it and remember the old 7up notice it too. It has become my new favorite soft drink. I wish it came in a larger variety of sizes (6 packs, 2 liters, etc) but for now am happy when I find it in the grocery store or WalMart. It is very often sold out! $3.99 a 4 pack is a bit on the high side, but it tastes great and I will pay that. Of course, if your taste buds are shot from drinking the real moonshine or other crap, you might not appreciate it…but the burn from the real moonshine is thankfully missing from Dew Shine.

  9. I bought one to see if it was just a marketing gimmick. Regular Mountain Dew’s very acidic, and Dewshine turned out to be easier to stomach. It has a lighter taste but the same Mountain Dew flavor, which I prefer over other citrus-flavored sodas.

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