This stuff is sold at target and wal-mart(and I presume many other similar stores). It's cheap at just over 12 bucks/2lb. It comes in Vanilla and Chocolate AFAIK. They offer straight whey protein and the "Super Advanced" stuff, which just means it has BCAAs, Creatine and Glutamine plus a bunch of other stuff mixed in. The bottle boasts an assload of buzzwords, and PLENTY of fine print. Everything it advertises is based on 2 sevings(70cc scoops). They use single, double, triple and quadruple asterisks, rhombuses, crosses, double crosses, and little hamburgers to fine-printify everything.
I'm reviewing vanilla.
Taste: 3/10(water) 5/10(milk) 6/10(breast milk) ---- It has very weak vanilla flavoring and a strange tang to it that probably shouldn't be present in a vanilla drink. It doesn't really matter the ratio of powder to liquid. Its just bland and strange tasting. The flavor is something like bitter cardboard with a hint of vanilla. Mixing with milk as opposed to water makes this stuff much better but its not too good even then.
Mixability: 6/10 ---- I usually add 8oz of water to 1 scoop of whey and shake vigorously for a 30 seconds to a minute. It doesn't clump at all and mixes up evenly, but no matter how much shaking I do it is always a little grainy. On top of that, this stuff bubbles up like crazy, and unlike beer, the foam never settles, it just stays there and gives you gas.
Value: 10/10 ---- One area where I CAN'T complain. 12 bucks for 2lb with creatine, glutamine, BCAAs is a pretty good deal. I was low on cash at the end of my freshman year so this stuff was a pretty nice deal.
Effect: 5/10 ---- I'm not sure if it is because of the foam that forms when I mix this, but drinking this turns me into a blimp and I burp constantly. On leg day the bloating combined with lactic acid nausea gives me a feeling like I am going to explode. It's really quite uncomfortable during a workout. Other than that, I have made solid gains in the last few months using it.
Bottom line: If you're strapped for cash grab a bottle and suck it up, if you can shell out the extra $$$ for something good, by all means do.