MuscleSport Lean Whey Review- Tasty, But Overpriced IMO

Posted on November 11th, 2015 By Allie Lewis in Protein Powder Reviews Read Time: 12 mins.

Recently updated on September 26th, 2022 at 09:52 pm

MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution is my favorite protein product the Musclesport makes. In this review I’ll tell you why. Lean Whey Revolution is actually the only protein product that I’ve tried by Musclesport so I guess calling it my ‘favorite Musclesport protein’ isn’t really saying that much. But it is what it is. In this review I’m going to do what I always do for new protein reviews in terms of the protocol itself. I’ll start by babbling about myself and what’s new and exciting in my life. As you know from reading my last review this consists of a good old-fashioned pity party since I’m going through a pre break-up. (Shutup, they still hurt). But then once I get that off my chest I’ll start telling you about the protein product that we have on hand. As with all my protein reviews I’m going to grade this one on three different criteria. And you know what? Just to switch things up we’re going to do this one backwards today. That’s right, we’re going to START with the packaging grade, and THEN move into the formula grade, and then LASTLY we’ll talk about the flavor and taste of Musclesport Lean Whey. So why don’t we get started.

Lean Whey Revolution does not cure cancer. It says it right on the label. Just in case you were wondering. You know what else it doesn’t cure? Heartache. Because believe me I’ve tried using it for this purpose. As you know, I’ve had, well, a pretty rugged week in the old love department. You know when you like someone alot and then all of a sudden you don’t really know if you’re dating or not? Well that’s about where I got to with, let’s call him ‘Cal’. Super great guy, we get along fantastically in almost every area, but, like, things have just seemed very carefree and low pressure. The way I like it. I’ll spare you all the details, but we had a little bit of a snafu when the whole ‘what are we’ question came up. I got all panicky and didn’t know what to do so I, well, left. It sucked and there’s a ton of hurt emotions flying around the both of us. If you’re name is Doctor Phil and you’re reading this review, please call/email me? Thanks. Ok. Time to set that whole thing aside and give you what you came for: A Lean Whey Revolution Review. Like I said, we’re going to do this one backwards today and start with the packaging review. 

MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Packaging Grade: 8.7

MuscleSport always seems to do a nice job on their products in terms of looks. I’ve given both the Cardio Burn and Rhino Hers pre workouts solid ‘B plus’ grades on packaging, and I’m pleased to say that Lean Whey is going to carry on the tradition of above average-cence. (Yes, that’s a combination of average and excellence). And yes that’s a Fit Life Allie original conjunction. Good luck finding another Lean Whey review that uses the word ‘average-cence’. You just won’t find it. 

Lean Whey wears a bright neon yellow-green label over it’s black plastic tub. The color contrast works beautifully, as it has for other companies that use similar color schemes, such as the ever-controversial Musclepharm. Musclesport and Muscelpharm. Such closely related names. You almost wonder if Musclesport hasn’t tried to mimic Musclepharm in some ways. After all, the brands seem to be very similar in both name and product appearance. The Lean Whey label features big, bold, mono-space fonts that offer bold direction as to the nature of the product. It reeks of legitimacy, effectiveness, and conveys to the user that the product is not for amateurs. What I find interesting, and maybe I’m reading too much into the design, is that this is a ‘fat metabolizing’ whey protein. I’ve reviewed other ‘fat loss’ proteins before (ie Protein World Slender Blend, IdealLean, Slimshake, etc) and they all tend to use graphical cues to tell you that the product is supposed to make you leaner or smaller or skinnier. 

Lean Whey does NOT really make that effort. Honestly if you showed me this and told me to just digest the overall theme and not read the text on the label, I would think that this is a mass gain protein. Everything is bold, fat, big, and loud. It’s not ugly, but I think it sort of contradicts the nature of the product. But again, maybe reading to far into things. I like the background graphic, which does a nice job of adding dimension to the product without becoming too cluttered and distracting. The chocolate flavor splash at the bottom of the label is poorly executed. Like. Really poorly. But those can be tough to do well. EHP Oxywhey and Shakeology are the kings of this element. Overall, Lean Whey is a handsome protein though. 

MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Formula Grade: 8.6

The Lean Whey formula tries so hard to be above average. You might think that I would rank it highly because of some sort of crazy ultra-high-quality protein that is used in it, and you are right. Wow. That was such a poorly-written sentence that I don’t even want to change it. Go ahead. Read it a few more times. Amazing. I didn’t even know I was capable of such horrible writing. I’m just going to stop writing sentences for a hot second and put together a list of highlights of what I like about MuscleSport Lean Whey protein: 

  1. Lean Muscle Matrix: This 6g component of the blend is one of the strong points of the product. Within this matrix, you have the Fibersol-2 Maltodextrin, which is not usually a talking point since it’s a filler. But since it’s Fibersol, it is a a low viscosity soluble dietary fiber that clinical research has indicated helps support or maintain intestinal regularity. In other words, it makes you go to the bathroom. Which is a good thing. Other good things in the matrix include Glycocarn, L-Carnitine Tartarate, and CLA. 
  2. Quality Proteins: The source of the protein in Lean Whey is super good stuff. They use cross-flow cold infused microfiltered whey isolate- some of the purest and fastest digesting forms of protein that you can buy. On top of that they use hydrolyzed peptides to add even MORE rapid digesting support. You know that I’m a fan of blended proteins such as Trutein, but this one is fine for those times when you really need to recover.
  3. Overall Macros: The third thing that I really like about Musclesport Lean Whey is the overall macros of the product. Per shake, you get just 120 calories, of which 86 come directly from protein (24 grams times 4 kcal / g for protein). There is only 2 g of fat, and zero saturated fat. The sodium content is only 200mg, and just a half gram of sugar per serving. That’s damn near unbeatable in terms of macros.

That’s pretty much all you need to know as far as this formula is concerned. Now. What I will say about the ‘fat loss’ protein powders is that you really shouldn’t buy these and expect to lose a bunch of weight because of them. If you want to get serious about fat loss you need to take a fat loss supplement. A protein is still an ‘addition’ product. You drink it and ingest calories and muscle-building proteins. Sure, you can use them as meal replacement shakes, but true fat loss support comes in the form of fat burners. But fat burners certainly don’t taste as good, that much I can tell you. 

MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Flavor Grade: 9.0

I’m going to give Lean Whey Revolution a flavor grade of 9.0. I will probably buy a few of the other flavors of this protein so that I can compare the different ones. I only had the plain-jane chocolate, and found it to be quite tasty. But other wonderfully delightful sounding flavors include ‘Lean Charms’, which has to be some sort of Lucky Charms flavor, and then also there is an Oatmeal Cookie flavor that sounds ah-mazing. I will be interested to see what those taste like and I’ll have to update my review accordingly once I do get around to trying them. Cough cough Musclesport send me some so I don’t have to buy it again LOL. Hashtag blogger probz. Ok. So what does MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Fat Metabolizing Protein taste like? Well, the chocolate flavor tastes exactly like milk chocolate. Or chocolate milk for that matter. Aren’t they sort of the same actually? I guess. Lean Whey has a very smooth consistency when you blend it up with a handful of ice cubes and some whole milk. I did really enjoy this flavor in large part due to the the smoothness and how it went through my body. And with the fiber, it really does go through your body fast. LOL. Nah that could have been the Chipotle that I’ve been using as my pre-breakup comfort food. Ugh. Go workout, Allie. Ok. Finishing up on flavor- this protein is nice and sweet and has good, bold, chocolate flavor that doesn’t taste like just artificial flavors. It’s super good and I’d recommend even this plain chocolate flavor to anyone. 

MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Review Summary

  • MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Packaging Grade: 8.7
  • MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Formula Grade: 8.6
  • MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Flavor Grade: 9.0
  • MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Value Grade: 8.2

Lean Whey, like all the Musclesport products, might be just a little bit over-priced. Eh. No. It’s over-priced. At $2 per serving, this is just too much for a non-blended whey protein. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the formula, and the taste is delicious. But at the end of the day I think the premium that they’re charging is too ambitious. You can do better than Lean Whey.*


MuscleSport Lean Whey Revolution Final Review Score: 8.6

Allie Lewis

By Allie Lewis

Hi, my name is Allie and reviewing products is my hobby. I am passionate about being fit and active, so making a blog about my experience with different products that help me stay healthy made sense to me. Please contact me at any time if you would like to guest post or advertise on-site.