First sold in 1987 in Austria, Red Bull is now one of the hottest selling energy drinks worldwide.
Red Bull’s exact composition varies in different countries. Its main ingredients include carbonated water, sugar, baking soda, citric acid, glucuronolactone, magnesium carbonate, and artificial colors and flavors.
Caffeine and taurine are the two main ingredients that are responsible for providing the boost of energy. It also contains lots of added sugars, which make up most of its carb contents. Plus, it is high in vitamin B, which is essential for energy production in the body. But what about Red Bulls flavors?
Short Answer: Red Bull has the flavor of a carbonated drink with a mix of sour and sweet soda. It also has a cough syrup-type taste that gives it a sweet tang to the beverage.
Let’s find out more about how Red Bull tastes and review some of its flavors, including the brand’s original flavor.
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Red Bull Nutrition Facts
Here is a table of all the nutrient values of 8.4 fl oz of Red Bull:
|Nutrients Fact||Red Bull|
|Thiamine (vitamin B1)||7% of the Daily Value (DV)|
|Riboflavin (vitamin B2)||16% of the DV|
|Niacin (vitamin B3)||128% of the DV|
|Vitamin B6||282% of the DV|
|Vitamin B12||85% of the DV|
Red Bull Ingredients
Listed below are the ingredients in a regular can of Red Bull:
- Carbonated Water
- Citric Acid
- Sodium Bicarbonate
- Magnesium Carbonate
- Calcium Pantothenate
- Pyridoxine HCl
- Vitamin B12
- Natural and artificial flavors
I’ll discuss some of its important nutrition facts below.
One can of 8.4 fl oz. of Red Bull has 110 calories.
The recommended calorie intake for healthy adults is 2000 for women and 2500 for men. That only means that a can of Red Bull serving is safe for your daily calorie limit. However, it is still high in calories compared to other energy drinks that come with zero calories.
Red Bull can eventually pile up on your calories if you don’t limit your intake.
If you are on a diet or want to avoid calories altogether, I suggest you take Sugar-free Red Bull, which provides the same benefits but without the extra calories.
One can of Red Bull energy drink contains 80mg of caffeine which is the same as a regular cup of coffee.
Red Bull contains natural caffeine which is sourced from plants and can be found in many foods like coffee, tea, and chocolate. Caffeine is the primary stimulant that improves cognitive functions and increases alertness.
Red Bull Energy contains the safest amount of caffeine that is equivalent to one cup of coffee (96mg of caffeine). Other famous brands have a much higher amount of caffeine which can pose adverse effects on your health, such as:
- Restlessness and shakiness
That being said, if your metabolism is high and you don’t get enough boost of energy from 100mg caffeine, then you probably need more than one can of Red Bull. All in all, we all have different metabolism rates and we all react differently to caffeine.
The downside of Red Bull is its high content of sugar. One can of 8.4 fl oz. contain 27g of sugar.
If you take Red Bull once in a while, it might not impact your health, however, do remember that high intake can pose some dangers such as:
- Weight gain
- Cardiovascular diseases
- High blood pressure
- Aging skin
High sugar can also cause sugar crashes, which you do not want to go through. That’s why it’s essential to limit your intake of Red Bull and eliminate sugar from your regular diet as well.
Have a look at this video to see how sugar affects our body:
Red Bull contains water-soluble B-group vitamins, including:
- niacinamide (vitamin B3)
- pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
- vitamin B6
- vitamin B12
These water-soluble vitamins don’t sort out as quickly as fat-soluble ones in the body.
These vitamins are essential micronutrients for your body as they maintain body functions. Red Bull contains all these in sensible amounts which are really good for your body.
If you wanna read more about Red Bull and its ingredients, check out my other article.
What are the different flavors of Red Bull?
Red Bull has a variety of flavors, some discontinued and some you can still find in your nearby supermarket or online.
Listed below are a wide variety of flavors that Red Bull comes in:
- Sugar-free (reduced calories)
- Total Zero (no calories)
- Red (cranberry)
- Ruby/Red (grapefruit)
- Blue (blueberry)
- Yellow/Tropical (tropical fruit)
- Orange Sugar-free (orange)
- Yellow/Tropical Sugar-free (tropical)
- Peach (peach-nectarine)
- Pear Sugar-Free (pear)
- Orange/Mandarin (mandarin/orange/orange-kumkvat)
- Green/Kiwi (kiwi-apple)
- White/Coconut (coconut berry/acai)
- Lime Sugar-Free (lime)
- Purple/Acai Sugar-Free (açai)
- Purple/Acai (acai berry)
- Lime (lime-lemon)
- Winter Edition (plum-cinnamon/rumtopf)
- Summer Edition (beach breeze)
Let’s look into some of the famous flavors of the Red Bull Energy drink:
1. Red Bull’s original flavor
The Original Red Bull has a signature energy drink taste, that is, carbonated with the balance of sweet and sour taste. The flavor is often tangy and citrus and it is less bitter than the sugar-free and caffeine-free flavors.
Red Bull’s original flavor is similar to soda mixed with cough medicine.
It might taste weird to some people. Some even speculate that Red Bull tastes like candy or bubble gum but sometimes it tastes tangy-sweet with some metallic taste of caffeine.
All in all, it has an acquired taste that everyone gets used to. Some might love it, others might hate it completely.
If you find the original flavor not up to your taste buds, then you should try out Red Bull’s wide selection of fruit-inspired flavors that might suit your taste.
2. Red Bull Sugar-Free
The Sugar-free version of Red bull contains aspartame and acesulfame K as a sugar alternative.
You can expect a taste of the carbonated drink except it will be less sweet. It is perfect for you if you prefer subtle sweet drinks.
People who are diabetic or conscious about their weight should also choose Red Bull sugar-free.
3. Red Bull Zero
Red Bull Zero is similar to the sugar-free version. It also has zero sugar and contains acesulfame K and sucralose to create subtle sweetness. The only difference is Zero is a total calorie-free energy drink and a much better option than the Sugar-free version of Red bull.
You should drink the Red Bull Zero and Sugar-free chilled, as room temperature drink might taste more acidic because it doesn’t contain regular sugar.
4. Red Bull Yellow Edition (Tropical)
The Red Bull Yellow edition has a tropical flavor that is created by artificial flavoring agents.
Consumers often describe this flavor as fruity, like lemon and apple. Some also claim it tastes like it has pineapple and papaya flavoring. Well, I can say the general taste is a phenomenon.
5. Red Bull Blue Edition (Blueberry)
Red Bull Blue Edition has an artificial blueberry flavor, perfect for blueberry lovers.
Some might find the taste unpleasant as it tastes mild at first and then has an after taste of a sweet and sour mix.
6. Red Bull Red Edition (Watermelon)
Red Bull red edition uses an artificial flavoring agent to create a watermelon taste.
This one tastes much more refreshing than other fruit-inspired flavors. People who are not fans of energy drinks might find this drink better compared to others because it tastes more like juice rather than a carbonated drink.
7. Red Bull Green Edition (Kiwi-Apple)
The Red Bull Green edition is another grapefruit-inspired version with the perfect balance of kiwi and apple,
This one tastes more gentle, which is perfect for hot summer days.
8. Red Bull Coconut Edition (Coconut Berry)
Red Bull Coconut Edition is the perfect combo of blueberry and tropical fruit coconut.
Coconut has always been a refreshing ingredient for the beverage industry. With the hint of berries, coconut is one of the most loved flavors of the Red Bull series.
9. Red Bull Peach Edition (Peach-Nectarine)
Red Bull Peach Edition has a distinct peach-like taste with nectarine artificial flavor.
It has a surprisingly relaxing flavor with a mix of sour and sweet tastes.
10. Red Bull Summer Edition (Dragon Fruit)
Red Bull Summer Edition (Dragon Fruit) was introduced in 2021 and had tropical fruit flavors.
Dragon fruits are said to taste like a combination of pear and watermelon. It comes in an eye-catching pink color can and tastes more exotic and unique compared to the other flavors.
Red Bull tastes the same as how a signature carbonated drink should taste, which is sweet and sour with a cough syrup-ish taste.
Red Bull can taste different depending on a few things, such as:
1. Temperature can change how Red Bull tastes
2. Additive ingredients can alter Red Bull’s flavor.
3. Caffeine content can affect your taste buds.
Just make sure to keep these in mind if you want to experience the full flavors offered by Red Bull. Chill your Red Bull energy drink and enjoy.