Friday, April 8, 2011

Malta Goya


First off, I apologize for the blurriness of the picture. I only took one and it looked fine on my camera, so I didn't worry about it. It is therefore only natural according to Murphy's Law that the picture actually be out of focus.

Anyway, I spotted Malta Goya several days ago in the Latin foods section of a local Wal-Mart. I've seen it before and unconsciously never really thought much of it, but I decided to pick one up this time. I have had one malt beverage before in my life, but it was a long time ago, and I think that it was some sort of weird powdered mix, so I don't really remember anything about how it tasted. I wasn't really sure what to expect from a carbonated malt beverage, but I was finally able to give this one a try a few days ago, and there is no way that I could have prepared myself for the taste with which I was met.

This is going to sound dramatic, but Malta Goya tastes like bran cereal. A friend of mine who I was with at the time agreed, specifying further that it tastes very much like the bran flakes out of Raisin Bran cereal, in particular. The drink is sweetened, but...even sweet bran flakes still taste like bran flakes.

The only word that I can think of to describe Malta Goya is "strange." I only took a few drinks of it before pouring the rest out, but throughout the drinks that I did have, I could not shake the feeling that this should not have been a beverage. It honestly tastes like a food, and it is difficult to get over the idea that you are drinking a bran-flavored substance in liquid form.

Verdict: Not recommended

Purchased: Wal-Mart [Columbia, SC]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355 mL]
Price: $0.89

22 comments:

  1. Lmao i drink it all of the time, infact I'm drinking one now lol. I read that Malta is actually a non fermented bear originated in germany. But market like its from Latin-American. Peace

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  2. I actually find it "strange" that you think Malta tastes like food (cereal), I personally think it tastes delicious, I can't get enough of it, but then again, I guess what you like or dislike in terms of food does somewhat depend on and/or is influenced by where you come from since there are several American foods that I don't like and similar to what happened to you with Malta, I wouldn't recommend. Taste is very suggestive.

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  3. Drank an I Malta India a few hours ago and will go far and out of my way to stock up on a bunch at a time and save them for special occasions, but Goyas are quite similar. Both are favorite drinks of mine and 2 friends and everyone i've gotten to try some has said wow that's interesting, most don't ever buy them again i am pretty sure.

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  4. I'm having one now - I spotted it in the grocery store and like you wondered what it was like. I used to brew beer, and if you have ever brewed beer you will recognize its scent because it is the same as the malt extract you use when brewing. Which makes sense given its ingredients. I like it.

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  5. The way I figure, the less people like it, the less trouble I have locating it at the local store. I clean out the shelves every chance I get. Unlike soda, it quenches the thirst and is refreshing. I have located where they make it and will be driving to the factory to buy several cases.

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    1. Wish they had it where i live cuz id be doing exactly the exactly the same thing. Definitely a selective taste though. Not everyone will like it

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  6. I'm glad that so many of you like it! Maybe I'll have to revisit it some day.

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  7. i think it is used as a meal substiture in a lot of caribbean cultures......i see it at many places down there.....when you don't have the time for a full meal...you can drink one and not be so hungry..

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  8. Ha. I tried this one a while ago, and thought it was way too bizarre. But, as is somewhat typical of me, I kept sipping it. By the time I'd finished the bottle, I was actually somewhat fond of the stuff, although I'd seek out other Goya drinks first (but malta is one of the easiest to get for me).

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  9. When I was much younger, I used to drink Malta Guiness, a non-alcoholic beverage. This Malta Goya brings back that taste though sweeter. I love it and can't get enough of it.

    VERDICT: Please buy this drink! it's rich in taste and satisfying.

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  10. Grew up drinking Malta.. Love it with a passion. I'm from the Caribbean and I've been drinking Malta since a small child. It is however an acquired taste.

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    1. Is it better to drink it with milk or with nothing.

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    2. I was told it makes you sleep real good is that true?

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  11. I LOVE malta! I used to hate it but I think it is an acquired taste!

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  12. I just acquired some Malta Goya. Would you recommend drinking it warm or cold? I let ya Know what I think

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    1. My gut reaction would be cold, but I'm really not sure. It may actually hold up pretty well at room temperature. If you try it warm, you'll have to let me know how it is!

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  13. It is best cold. Malta is oh so good!!!. It is an acquired taste. You will see many third world countries drinking Malta; it’s a go to beverage for parties, and functions. My family loves it.

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  14. Malta is so so so delicious and I'm glad this drink isn't super popular where I live because hey that means more for me!!! :)

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  15. I grew up drinking it in West Africa, where the version I drank was bottled by Biere Benin. It's definitely an acquired taste, but I love it. It's kind of like a meal in a bottle. I think I got my love of stout from drinking malta growing up.

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  16. Man Leave it alone it's a well kept drink in American gets me mad when the supemarket runs out. I actually work out on Malta goya whatevers in it makes me strong hell with Redbull. everyone's different in my opinion redbull is for lazy people.

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  17. I am trying to quit drinking alcohol, including beer, which I love. I got some Malta Goya, and mixed it with plain Perrier water, over ice, and a squeeze of lime. It's really good, and satisfies my craving for an evening beer. I think it's high in calories, but mixed with Perrier, which has 0 calories, it's all good. So glad I found it in the Latin section of the groc. store.

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  18. I just finished drinking Malta Regal from Puerto Rico, like other fellow that posted before me, I quit drinking wine, I don 't actually go for beer to much, however, I saw this at the check out and bought it thinking it was more like a "near beer" but it is nothing like that. I discovered that it is really good icy cold on the rocks with black beans and fried plantain. I read that a splash of condensed milk is good in it, I may try that.
    It is very sweet but I find it refreshing after a long walk.

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