The major difference between Mountain Breeze and the original Mountain Dew, aside from the price, is that Moutain Dew actually tastes alright as it starts going a little flat, whereas the aforementioned knock-off tastes terrible. As a person who buys several 12-packs of each per week (Mountain Breeze runs about 24 cans for US$3 at the time of this writing, but Mountain Dew is on sale right now for 24 cans/US$5), I feel I have the authority to make such judgements.

Also, Mountain Breeze is completely revolting when it is warm. Hence, I buy the clone for home use, and the real Mountain Dew for the workplace, where there is no fridge.