NOS Energy Drink Review

NOS Energy DrinkI have to admit I put off writing a NOS energy drink review. In large part, my reluctance was due to the unattractive bottle that seems to mimic an oxygen tank. The market strategy was to name NOS energy drinks after a type of nitrous oxide system used to make import cars faster. The implication is NOS Energy Drink will make the consumer faster, too.

The name is a gimmick and the packaging is overly themed. The question is, if you buy NOS energy drinks, do they provide the energy they promise?   The NOS ingredients rely on caffeine, taurine and ginseng to provide a kick of energy. Nothing new there though the 260 mg of caffeine should be enough to restore alertness.

I found only a citrus flavor available. The taste was nothing like Red Bull but there was something that tasted “off”. Perhaps it is the sweetness of the drink or an aftertaste of the taurine but this is not an energy drink you would use as a mixer.

The kick provided by NOS energy drink is great and lasted over three hours. The energy wore off gradually rather than causing a sharp crash as some energy drinks do. Though I like the energy level provided, the taste put me off. If you are going to buy NOS energy drinks I suggest you drink them straight from the container. If you pour it into a glass you might not want to drink it as it doesn’t look or smell inviting.

The taste did not grow on me and combined with the cutesy container NOS energy drink will never become a favorite. I might score it higher based on the great energy burst provided but I’d rather find energy and taste in one bottle. I give it a 5.5 on a scale of 10.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason Holloway February 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Ironically I drink NOS for the taste. Other than Red Bull it’s my favorite tasting energy drink. I think it taste best on ice so when I buy it at a gas station I always purchase a cup of ice to go with it. For a while I was drinking up to 5 cans a day because its all that sounded good. I had to stop though. What I don’t like about NOS is the high levels of caffeine it has. Simply put its dangerous. Studies have shown that for healthy adults 700+ milligrams of caffeine a day can be dangerous, even cause death. I’ve cut myself down to 1 can a week, and it wasn’t easy.

I’m a huge NOS fan, and for the taste alone. If they came out with a less caffeinated version that held a similar taste I would drink it daily. While its my favorite, as it stand its just a little too much for my heart to handle.


Michael Wilkerson July 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Same here the only reason i drink NOS is because of its taste and also because of the gradual decrease of energy instead of a sharp crash.


Damian Corbeil October 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

700 MG of caffeine is deadly? Who conducts your studies? I’m 16 and drink 3-4 a day. Usually 3 in the morning.


Jason Holloway October 2, 2011 at 9:20 am

You’re right, I got that wrong. I don’t know what site I pulled it from but I can’t find it back. I started looking for University research and found a figure from John Hopkins University stating that 5000-10000mg is deadly. A friend of mine died at 23 from too much caffeine, just dropped dead of a hear attack at work while his wife and new born baby were at home. The culprit was two NOS, Three NoDoz, and a pot of Coffee, possibly more seeing that caffeine stays in your system for 12 hours.
Another friend drank four NOS a day for a year and ended up having a testicular hernia which the doctor told him was a result of high caffeine intake (I don’t know how that works, but I’m not a doctor either, soooo).


Preston May 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Couldnt agree more. I love the taste. If they made a caffeine free nos I would still drink it.


Peter Herz August 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I know ‘off’ ? Nos is the only energy drink that taste good to me next to Monster, followed by Redbull which does the best energy induction with the worst taste imo.. I admit the packaging designs are a bit funky.. but aren’t they all?


Stephanie M. April 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I love any and all energy drinks. I like the feeling of the awareness it gives me. I prefer the taste of AMP but NOS doesn’t have that bad of a taste to it, and the after taste doesn’t stay for to long so I think it’s acceptable.


Klay in Pittsburgh April 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

I have to agree with Jason, I love the taste of Nos (I’ve only had the one with the orange label) To me it almost tastes like peach schnapps, and the energy kick I get from it out matches any other drink I’ve had. I probably drink at least 3 a week and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an alternative to the horrible taste of Monster or the ‘not so great of a kick’ from Amp.

I encourage anyone to give this drink a chance. 9/10 in my books.


Destiny S May 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I have recently had a NOS energy drink. I found the taste good and the energy satisfying, but I was shaking for a couple days after drinking 1 can!!!!! and my friend Chris once drank 17 bottles of it and now has to get his stomach pumped and were both 13!!!


Ryan Abbott May 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

i drink two 22oz. Nos everyday it keeps me alert and i will not drink anything different….


Halivia McBride May 28, 2011 at 2:52 am

Yes!! NOS is the best tasting!! But boy oh boy does that drink do funny things to me!! No other energy drink has that effect one me!! As yes it does wake me up it also puts me very much on edge and idk funky!! Yet it still is the best… for my health probably not the bestest to be drinking.. (:


Jason Holloway June 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I put my first comment on here over a year ago, and for the most part I’ve let NOS go. My 5 cans a day went down to 1 can a week, and then none at all. My fiance’ brought me a can home the other day as a surprise and I drank one for old times. Wow!! What I’ve been missing. I might have started an old habit back up again. There’s only one thing missing….NOS pj pants. If anyone knows where I can get a pair let me know. lol Just wanted to follow up. See ya next year!


Chris Smith June 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

NOS energy drink is the best thing ever made! No other energy drink even comes close to what NOS can do for me. All of the flavors are excellent… even though I drink the original more than any others. Jason, I haven’t found any NOS pj pants, been looking myself lol… what they really need is NOS chewing gum!


Jason Holloway June 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

NOS chewing gum would be wonderful. Hey where are the NOS marketing guys? They should be in on this forum.


radek June 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I second that…


Kwame July 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

NO no NO…. Try the RED fruit punch nos… or even the Grape… I am 29 and have been drinking a bottle a day for the last 4 years. 22 oz…no crash… I also Run Nitros in my cars—2000 Formula Trans/Bird


Shitbird July 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm

NOS is amazing!! Taste is great!


Abstract August 4, 2011 at 8:32 am

I absolutely love Nos. It’s my favorite energy drink by far. I’ve had all of the flavors and the original is still my favorite but I also like the sugar free. It gives the best boost of energy that I’ve experienced over all of the other energy drinks and tastes great! No gross after taste like you get with a lot of other energy drinks.


Salvador August 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I’ve been drinkin 1 or more cans every day since 3 years back for wake up or recovery more likely for workout, grape or fruit punch tasted better than orange and not mention the other energy drinks, red bull it’s inoffensive compared with NOS, Monster it’s good even if we talk about flavor but it makes you shake and nervous, so NOS make you feel happy strong and alert..But it’s so addictive I’ve tried to leave it but I can’t, Being Honestly I became a real addict, if u drink too often this drink I recommend do some workouts because elevate your blood pressure and don’t let you lay down. and that can turn you anxious…


NosManLOL October 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

Ive been up since 10:00 a.m yesterday and its 8:45am now (almost 24 hours). I worked 3rd shift and ive been running on my natural energy. Im wanting to stay up untill about 10p.m or so tonight so that’ll be a total of 36 hours of no sleep. I got off work and was so tired, that was until i stopped to get gas and bought some NOS. Just bought the 16oz can and its about half gone now or half full, but either way i am far from tired. im ready to tackle the day and ive only had about 8oz. The taste is nice and refreshing (orange flavor). This is good stuff ive had it before a few times, ive tried the grape and red and the energy is good and no crash. Idk what that first review was, he must be use to crack. 10/10 in my book it dont get any better.


Caleb Patrick March 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Don’t drink it! I’ve had my first can and was fine but I drank half of it. Today I had my second and drank 3/4 of it and I first didn’t feel anything. Its about 3 hours later. 9:41 PM I’m in middle school and its a thursday night. I won’t stop shaking, and after reading reviews I realized I can die from this and I get nervous and anxious. I have had all side effects except fevers and death. I had numbness to my fingers for a few seconds. But when you say anxiety, I am serious, I’m like OMG IM GONNA DIE right now. So scared I just poured out the rest and about 12-16oz of monster import. I don’t know if I am ever gonna drink an energy drink ever again. I probably will but, NEVER NOS! I had grape and idk what kind I had for my first, all I know it was a blue, white, I think some orange on the can. I have experienced a bad stomach, anxious, nervous, I read diarrhea but I am constipated, real jittery I can barely type this, and can hardly stand without wanting to jump! I am scared and know this will be a long night because of how fast my heart is and anxious I might be dead tomorrow! I am seriously praying at this point, NEVER EVER EVER DRINK NOS PLEASE! I am scared for you guys too! I was relieved that high amounts of caffine can kill you like 1000-2000 but I read the can I drank has 250-343 mg. So I still think I could die, but I have two exams tomorrow so if this does keep me up all night, hopefully it keeps me energetic for the tests. I’d rather it didn’t though!
Example of how I type fixing errors due to jittering fingers:
Ok, this is bery hard to type and i am erally skatered right now and i donpt know what to do i=below i am gont to type what i said and work hard to fix it. any ways tihs is the workse taeexperience in my etntire life! well on of them andtways i am very vert scred its weirdf e i eereally dont know what to do right ow please rhelp me1!!! iogmg this si so hard to type!
Fixed: Ok, this is very hard to type and I am really scared right now and I don’t know what to do. Below I am going to type what I said and work hard to fix it. Anyways this is the worse experience in my entire life! Well one of them, anyways, I am very very scared and its weird! I really don’t know what to do right now, Please help me!!!! Omg this is so hard to type!
This is bad. Again Don’t drink NOS!


William Ho October 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

nah man that just your ocd. and its 5000 – 10000 mgs of caffeine which is deadly not 1000- 2000 and its practically your fault for being so worked up about it. The same goes for coffee it has caffeine which is also deadly if drunken too much in 1 day so just relax your self and go see a doctor because you might be allergic to something in it


Kim Emerson October 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I too drink NOS for the great taste. It is the only energy drink out there that doesn’t taste at all like an energy drink and works better than any other on the market bar none.


Bob November 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

Drinking my first can ever right now. Taste good. I usually drink Red Bull or AMP…this taste so much better. Im sure it’ll give me the boost I need,as the others did. I also drink Rip-It.


Chris January 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm

The only reason I prefer NOS is because the flavor is nice refreshing and clean for the rest all energy drinks have the same effect on me but I found them impossible to drink taste too artificial especially Monster brand


Hayden April 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Ive drank monster and red bull and amp and rockstar and out of them all nos is the best the taste is ok at first id say its an acquired taste i like the red the best the orange is gross the grape like koolaid and the green like a flat sprite. I like the taste of monster better the absolute zero is the best i would get the mega version of it everyday i did that for about 4 months then it got expensive and nos is cheaper and has more caffeine. With a monster the energy boost is gradual and wears off after 3 hours. After drinking them that long it would last about 1 hour and remember thats a mega monster. But nos kicks in fast and it wears off after about 4-5 hours and after that i feel a bit of boost all day no crash ever id crash hard on monster and red bull gives me no boost at all might as well not drink it same with rockstar. And venom not that great.
Overall score:
Taste: 6 of 10 at first. 9 of 10 after a few.
Effect: 9.5 of 10 good but i like a big boost where your super hyped.
Staying power: 10 of 10 like most it wears off but is gradual so you dont notice as much
Cost: 6 of 10. Ten being as much as a monster (they are really expensive for the energy you get)
Addiction: 6 of 10. Addictive warning you now but not as bad as monster.

Last word: im not putting down monsters i actually prefer them so if you arent looking at energy drinks for the energy just the taste go monster 100% but ive gotten addicted and nos have a better effect and theyre cheaper for all you cheapos.


Michelle September 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I used to love them. My husband drinks at least six to seven a day. But they smell like cat piss. Anyone else think so?


Jed October 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

I love NOS. The 22 oz bottles were amazing. Over 300 mg of caffeine and a resealable bottle! It’s a “sharp” citrus flavor, I can understand if not everyone likes it but I prefer it to the more medicinal flavor of Monster.

Sadly NOS lost their edge once the 22 oz bottle virtually disappeared and they dropped the caffeine in their cans from 260 to 160 mg.

The taste is good, but with all the drinks out there with similar caffeine levels, I doubt I’ll drink it as much now. The value of NOS was it’s balance of potent kick and decent flavor.

As of October 2013, some of the higher caffeinated old stock is still out there, but they have been shipping the new stuff for months now, so it’s almost gone. Smaller, less busy retailers may have some left but it’s tough to find now.

I have a 260 mg can in my fridge that about to crack open. It might be the last I find, but regardless I’ve definitely enjoyed NOS over the years.

Oh, and the only flavors I truly hated were Loaded Citrus and cherry. Those are gross. Grape and original were always my faves.


rayvion November 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

some people like energy drinks and yall talking about aint going to do anything but make it worser they be like ooh yeah more caffeine im just going to get more and more hyper that’s not good and yall keep boosting it up and it going to be your fault


Jennifer November 11, 2013 at 8:37 am

After taking my very first sip, the initial words out of my mouth were…

“OMG. If ever some dude wrung out the smelly B.O. from the hairs of his dripping, sweaty pits into a carbonated beverage that tastes like Tang,…then this would be it.”

LOL. But, I suppose it’s an acquired taste. It was hard to get down, but became easier halfway through.


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