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Red Bull was one of the first of it's kind to offer an "Energy Drink" that boosted you or at least made you feel like you were been boosted. I usually have Red Bull in the morning as it helps wake me up before my lectures however been perfectly honest I'd recommend a cheaper alternative.
The taste of Red Bull is emulated by many and to be honest theres not much difference between them all, the biggest difference I see is price. Red Bull in my local shop costs £1.20, a cheap version of Red Bull costs 30p, when they both do the same job I find it hard to pay extra.
It can be refreshing if very cool and it has a very sweet taste, a lot sweeter than the other ones on the market. I find the cans are quite small and not really worth it however I have been informed they have bigger cans available in some places so that's something.
I personally have Red Bull with vodka now and it tastes even better with the Vodka in it, I'd recommend if you was to have Red Bull make sure it is very cold.
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Water , Sucrose , Glucose , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates, Magnesium Carbonate) , Carbon Dioxide , Acidifier Citric Acid , Taurine (0.4%) , Caffeine (0.03%) , Glucuronolactone , Inositol , Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B12) , Flavourings , Colours (Caramel, Riboflavin) .
RED BULL ENERGY DRINK (ORIGINAL)
This energy drink comes in variety of sizes including 8.4 oz, 12.0 oz, 16.0 oz, and 20.0 oz. This company has been around since the late 80's and have sponsored numerous sports and events since that time. Sponsorship includes biking, surfing, snowboarding etc...
The original Red Bull flavor is definitely my favorite when compared to the other flavors that Red Bull has produced (including their cola and colored cans [Blueberry, Raspberry, and Citrus]). I also like this product better than I like the sugar or calorie free version.
As a college student I consume quite a bit of caffeine and energy supplement products. This product is a great alternative for coffee for me. Along with being a college student and having a higher than usual rate of consumption of caffeine I try to keep an eye on how much caffeine I am actually consuming, and the other stuff that tends to go with it. This product has about 83 mg of caffeine per 8.4 oz serving, which is actually less than some other popular energy drinks including Monster, NOS, Xyience, and 5-hour energy. However, I wouldn't consider this to be a fault. This product has numerous vitamins and minerals that are added specifically for energy supplementation; without the load of caffeine (which I love).The taste of this drink is also something that I really enjoy. It has a bit of sourness to it and tends to be very refreshing (WHEN SERVED VERY CHILLED, as they suggest on the can). For a while last year I was actually using this product as my only form of energy supplement and I found no adverse effects and it was a wonderful coffee replacement.
This product definitely supplies the boost I am looking for when I go for an energy supplement of this type. It tends to supply consistent and sustained energy for hours after consumption. This product doesn't seem to give me jitters during or a crash after (when I have taken certain precautions like making sure I have eaten food and have drunk plenty of water), which is really nice because so many energy supplements have this effect on me. After drinking this product I feel that I can focus easily and be very productive, even on days where I seemed to lack energy before consumption.
Energy drinks and supplements are not for everybody, however if you do like (and are able) to consume these types of products I would very much so suggest, at the very least, trying this product. It provides sustained focus and energy for a long period of time and it has a great taste (that I really enjoy).
(review also on ciao)
I bought a Red Bull energy last week for the first time in afew years. I really needed a pick me up on a day I had a million and one things to do. It cost £1.35, and to be honest, if I was paying it out of my own pocket I would not have bothered. At the time I had a choice between this one, and a cheap energy drink at the cost of 35p. I went for this one because to be honest I had not had one for such a long time, I could not really remember what it tasted like and wanted a reminder. Not convinced on my choice.
The thing about Red Bull now is the fact, yes, it was the original and started a massive trend in the drinks market. Roll forward around 12 years and there are so many brands its mind boogling. Red bull have tried to compete by bringing out suger free version, different sizes.But when you have some brands that have different flavors, some carbonated and some mixed with fruit juice and have their product double the size and alot cheaper, why would you go for Red Bull? The taste is not that much different to some out there which are the same size and at around the third of the prize. Its crazy, but each to their own.
It still does what it says, to a certain degree, of giving energy. Purely down to caffeine content and some added vitamins, but so do all the other brands out there.
If I had the choice of Red Bull at £1.35 and 250ml, or for example Rockstar at 500ml for 99p in a variety of flavours, whether I was paying for it or not I would choose the other. Saying that, one thing you can bet on is everywhere will sell Red Bull so availablity will never be an issue, where as others maybe not so much
So thank you for bringing out a drink that to be fair is enjoyable, gives you alittle added energy but abit behind the times.
02 April 2013
During a supermarket shop today, I noticed Redbull have brought out new flavours, one being blueberry, as in a new brand new spanking can.Looked nice, but still at £2.00 for 2 ( on offer ) not convinced.
I always remember when I was a young kid, all the cool kids were strolling around supping cans of Rebull!
It actually wasn't until the age of 16 that I decided to try a can.
Obviously Red Bull is marketed in a way that makes the consumer believe it will 'give you wings'.
What is meant by this advertising plea is that if you need a quick energy boost, a can of Red Bull will do the trick.
Well before I give my opinion on this, let me start with the taste. If I had to choose 1 word to describe the taste, it would be 'bland'. It really is tasteless. I can't understand how any body could ever admit to liking the taste of Red Bull. It's almost a blend of sweet and sour, with a blend of bitterness.
But, let's not forget the real reason people choose to buy Red Bull. Does it give you wings.
Well after reading other reviews on here, I understand that there are mixed opinions on this.
From my experience from over the years, I honestly don't think it has any effect. I know there are huge amounts of caffeine in the drink, but I believe it's the placebo effect that makes people believe they are full of energy.
As a quick reference, standard cans of Red Bull retail at around £1.29.
There is also a sugar free version, and of course you can find larger cans at selected stores.
I drink redbull daily as it provides a great morning alternative to coffee, I find it stimulating and although alternative energy drinks come in larger cans I think redbull is something you enjoy more for the quality not the quantity, it has a distinct sweet and slightly addictive taste that you either love or hate. Redbull tastes refreshing and is a great way to start the day providing you dont drink too much. On occasson I have suffered bad acid reflux or chest palpatations on over indulgence so i would advise people not to over do it and drink in modesty. Redvbull does seem to help me concentrate at work when I have a fuzzy head I find it a refreshing wake up drink and its great to take on long journeys. Redbull is a little pricey but for what it does I dont mind paying that price as I find it works better than other energy drinks.
Ever since my university days I have enjoyed energy drinks, all nighters cramming in assignment work or last minute revisions just didn't work without at least a few cans of Red Bull.
Now while working I still turn to the cans, I find the taste fantastic and is a quicker and often nicer way to give a quick boost of energy that with me seems to last at least a couple of hours.
I usually purchase the packs from a supermarket as opposed to single cans, it works out at much better value and you can keep the ones you don't use immediately in the fridge. I recommend drinking them chilled, for me it adds to the overall taste.
On a night out I also enjoy it as a mixer with vodka, it interacts well with alcohol, allowing you to feel the social benefits of alcohol while staying perfectly awake.
Red bull is an energy drink that comes standard (larger sizes are available) in a 250ml can that is decorated in silver and blue with two manly red bulls fighting on the front. It is well known around the world for its advertisement attachments to the air race, formula 1 and numerous celebrities endorsing its "Energy boosting qualities". I am a fan of energy drinks, I like the taste, and by taste I mean the majority of them all taste the same. Red bull is no better or worse than competing brands such as monster yet it actively charges significantly higher prices. People buy red bull, even though it is more expensive because they are more familiar with its eye catching label and presence in everyday media compared to other energy drink brands that taste just as good, if not better and are cheaper to buy. The advertisers have done a wonderful job with this brand, but from a consumers point of view, you can get the same taste from a cheaper product. I also find that even though I live a busy life of two jobs and a full time university degree... I never feel that "give you wings" energy boost that it promises on the can when I drink it. I feel exactly the same, the only difference being that I know have the slightly metallic taste of energy drink in my mouth. For half the price, and its probably more healthy for you as well, you would be better placed purchasing a cup of coffee or tea for that caffeine boost you are craving.
Red bull is tasty if like me you are an energy drink fan, but its a fashion statement more than a sensible purchase. It also lacked to give me that so desired energy boost . On a scale of 1-10 (10 being awesome) Red bull rates a 4 for me...
RED BULL, ENERGY DRINK
Red bull comes in a 250ml can that is blue and silver with red writing and a list of ingredients and warnings on the side and claims to give you energy.
If you have seen the adverts you will of heard them saying red bull gives you wings, well in my case it doesn't.
In each 250ml can their is 32mg caffine, it also contains b-vitamins and taurine, It is also high in sugar, The drink itself is a dark yellow/orange colour and not overly fizzy.
A single can costs around £1.09, Red bull is also available to buy in larger size cans and in multi packs, it is also available in sugar free cans.
As a new mum again to baby number 3, I often feel tierd due to sleepless nights as well as having to look after the kids, cook, clean and play I often find im lacking energy and I don't drink coffee, so a friend recommended red bull, saying it would give me an energy rush.
The first time I drank a can I didn't feel any different at all, no extra energy, still feeling sluggish, so of course I had another and still felt the same, all I found this does is make me feel bloated and a little sick, It does have a nice taste to it though, but its not something I would recommend if your only drinking it to get that energy rush.
Well, let's just say, it gives me wings! Red bull, as unhealthy as it is, is one of those drinks that is just too addictive and has become impossible for me to give up. Therefore, if you haven't tried it yet, you're better off staying away from it.
I purchase mine at home bargains where I get it for 0.89p, which is a lot cheaper than 1.19 which is the normal retail price it sells for.
I love how it has a unique taste, some describe it as a little medicine like but I think it's just a little strong. It looks just like apple juice, has the right amount of fizz and comes in the cutest slim can. If you're wondering whether it really does give me energy then, yes, it does. If I have to stay up working till late or something then this is my go to drink. It really wakes me up, gets me alert and in the mood to take on whatever comes my way. I did try quitting it, but failed, now I have it when I need to , such as if I'm feeling sluggish. Other than that, if I'm just thirsty, I will opt for plain water or juice. And this is exactly what I think of red bull!
Red Bull is advertised as a Energy drink, a caffeine boost in a tin!
The drink itself is a yellow coloured fizzy liquid and is very sweet and syrupy - its tastes a bit like fizzy ribenna. It is very refreshing when served cold and will me a pick up within 30 mins of drinking - I would tend to drink this when hungover or if feeling sluggish and it will give me a little bit of a caffeine hit.
I am reasonably caffeine sensitive- I will get a bit of a pick me up from a cup of coffee and this works the same but is more refreshing!
There is a sugar free version but on my opinion it has a bit of chemical taste and I wouldn't recommend
- The pick me up is reasonably short lived - a hour maybe
- Very sweet so not for those with an aversion to sugar
- Probably extremely bad for your teeth
- Pretty expensive - usually £1.30 or so for a 330ml (so much cheaper to make yourself a cup of instant coffee)
- Not recommended to use as a mixer with alcohol as Red Bull is a stimulant
- Needs to be refridgerated -doesn't taste nice at room temperatur
Red Bull is a fizzy energy drink which comes in blue and silver coloured tall cans of which regular is the most common size but larger ones are sometimes available. The regular cans contain the same amount of caffeine as a standard cup of coffee. If you have ever seen the company's advertising you will know that their slogan is 'Red Bull gives you wings' which relates to the energy boosting claims of the drink.
After drinking a can of red bull I can definitely confirm that it did not give me wings! In facts, I felt absolutely no difference in terms of energy levels or anything like that at all after drinking it. I would be more willing to forgive this if it just functioned as a pleasant fizzy drink but it was not at all to my liking. I regretted pouring it into a glass as it is a pale, rather insipid yellowish colour which isn't particularly appealing. Maybe that's why it comes in cans rather than see through bottles!
However, the main reason I will not be buying this drink again is because of the taste which I found to be very sweet and not particularly pleasant. I like plenty of other fizzy drinks but Red Bull seems to lack a specific flavour and just has a generic sweet taste that can't be pinned down as a particular flavour. It wouldn't surprise me if it was made by melting down a bag of pick 'n' mix, dissolving it in lemonade and siphoning it off into a can...
Red Bull seems to be the most popular energy drink in the world so perhaps I'm all alone in my thoughts here but nonetheless I am giving it just the one star.
...Believe me, I was tempted!
Okay so, everybody knows Red Bull: apart from all the people who don't. Okay - enough witticisms (or, silliness at least), let's review!
== The Taste ==
I actually saw somebody else say that this wasn't sweet at all? maybe it's just a difference in perception but to me Red Bull is very sweet.
It's got an almost 'tangy' but also quite... 'raw' quality to it. It's quite a hard taste to describe to be honest, I guess you need to try it! ahh, maybe that's why they're so successful :)
== The Energy ==
I'm used to fairly addictive intake and am quite 'low' by nature. I have actually been diagnosed as Bipolar but, have let go of that now, HAHA, oh my; bit personal for a review of Red Bull!?
Anyway, I only mentioned that as to me: this doesn't give me a whole KICK of energy as some people describe. I feel it gives me a smidgen or slightly noticeable effect at best.
I wouldn't say that's typical though, as I tend to also have three spoons of coffee in my cups so... to the average person, I would say this drink would be a boost. It's rammed with caffeine after all!
== Overall ==
Overall I would say this is a fairly nice, unique tasting drink... actually, it's not even very nice. It's almost kind of horrible, but yet still nice: think of Marmite and you have what kind of product Red Bull might be categorized as.
It's often quite expensive too, but, I think the everyday axe-wielding caffeine addict would get a kick (oh stop) out of this. Thanks for reading, drink up!
Red Bull, like many other energy drinks, contains a myriad of chemicals and stimulants to give you that (much needed) boost of energy.
This has always been the staple energy drink, with its contents being, caffeine, taurine, buckets of sugar and stuff. Though it is not particularly healthy to drink this stuff in excess, it is very good at giving you a kick up the backside for at least 30 minutes, but after that, people can experience a number of effects...
After drinking a can or two, sometimes in rapid succession, this will probably make you want to pee, a lot, it runs through you as fast as plain water.
Drinking too many cans of this, even though a 'High' amount changes from person to person, it may give you dizziness, and drowsiness after the initial boost has worn off and the 'shakes', meaning you have probably consumed too much sugar and caffeine and need to stop.
The very worst case of this kind of drink, is drinking in extreme excess (like 6+ cans) can give the consumer heart rhythm abnormalities, but that is on the super extreme side.
When all is said and done though, Red Bull does exactly what it says on the tin, albeit rather costly.
When I was a student, it meant I had a lot of late nights and early mornings. Essays, presentations, exam revision, sitting through gruelling 3 hour exams meant from time to time my energy levels would drop and I would need a pick me up to help me through it! Red bull was often consumed in light of this (when I could afford it!) and so was drank quite often!
Red bull is an energy drink, with high quantities of Caffeine. Caffeine is an ingredient known for its stimulating effects on mental and physical functions such as endurance, performance, reaction speed, alertness and concentration. Often people who drink coffee will have it first thing in the morning to wake them up, but (strangely enough!) I hate coffee or Coca-cola or most things with caffeine in, but surprisingly I can drink Red bull no problem!
Red bull also has taurine which is an amino acid and B-group vitamins which are important for the energy metabolism and neurological functions, as they have a positive impact on mental and physical performance. All these ingredients combined are to help the mind and body with intense levels of exertion and to improve mental concentration for longer periods of time.
Taste wise, red bull is hard to describe as it is a fizzy caffeinated beverage which taste a bit like carbonated juice but not sweet at all! It has an appearance which slightly resembles fizzy apple juice as it is very bubbly, and gassy and a slightly brownish-yellowish-transparent colour.
In terms of effectiveness, I have to admit at first it did work! It helped me focus on my work longer, and when revising for long periods of time, it was a great aid in allowing me to be mentally stimulated and concentrate on my work much more effectively. However, being in final year, my intake of Red bull increased and I was drinking it on almost a daily basis. Juggling a part time job, studies and a mum of a 1 year old sure was a stressful time and I needed all the energy boost I could get! So after probably 6 months or so, I would say I stopped noticing such a difference in the effect of red bull but continued to drink it more out of habit. By the end of my final year towards exam period I tried pro-plus as a more effective method of boosting my mental performance but of course with any large intake of caffeine it is important to be careful and not overdo it!
I probably drank a 250ml can, as drinking the larger quantities just made me want to pee! This drink certainly does go straight through! At my university, this can probably cost around £1.20 at the time so on this basis it is not a cheap energy drink as there are more cheaper brands like Boost which is slightly smaller but a huge fraction of the price. There are also similar brands of energy drinks like Monster and Rockstar which are available which come in a variety of flavours, whereas Red bull only comes in one original flavour, which is a bit of a negative as I do like a range of flavours as just drinking Red Bull became a bit boring and repetitive and I like lots of variety on my palate!
Overall, Red bull is a top drink and is always going to be a leading brand in the energy drink market. It really does give a well needed pick me up, but consuming it regularly the effects will wear off as your body gets used to the levels of caffeine so I found more and more was needed to have an effect. So on that note, drink in moderation and it will give you wings just fine!
I usually avoid energy drinks because of the sugar and caffiene they contain, but I really needed an energy boost this weekend as my daughter's not been sleeping very well at all, unfortunetly! I picked up multipack of eight 250ml cans from my local Tesco's and paid £7.89. This in my opinin is pretty expensive, however it is better value than buying the individual cans, which are priced at £1.19 each. There's a smaller mulipack available which contains four 250ml cans and this retails for £3.99. A sugar free version of Red Bull is available, with sweetners including aspartame replacing the sugar. I decided to purchase the original version as I am trying to avoid sweetners. Although I was already fully aware that this is not a particullary healthy drink, upon looking at the lengthy list of ingredients I felt slightly worried about drinking it - this stuff contains some really obscure sounding things, for example 'inositol'.
Caffiene is also one of the ingredients and this makes up 0.03% of the drink, which I was quite (pleasantly) suprised by as I had expected the percentage to be a lot higher. The drink contains 45 calories per 100ml along with 11.3 grams of carbs and 0 grams of fat. The drink also has various vitamins in it including pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Red Bull is quite a well known drink but for anyone who has never heard of it, is an energy drink which the manufacturers market as a drink that increases concentration and reaction speed. It is also claimed that it improves performance and vigilance and it apparently stimulates the metabolism. The drink is aimed towards very active, busy individuals such as athletes, businessmen, students and drivers on long journeys.
The drink appealed to me because I knew that I had a very busy weekend ahead of me and due to lack of sleep I felt completely drained, unfocussed and I had a worryingly slow reaction speed - I was basically like a zombie! I decided to give this a go to keep me going as I knew that without something to keep me going I'd get no jobs done and would be incapable of cooking a sunday lunch for six people, and I knew my boyfriend wouldn't step in to help! I chose this brand of energy drink because it's a brand that I am familiar with - it was really popular while I was at school and everyone went crazy for it - I remember people saying that kids had to have an adult to buy them it because of the caffiene but I have no idea if this is true or still relevant. The drink comes in an instantly recogniseable long, slimline blue and silver can which has a pull ring. The can has the product name in red writing along with the red and yellow logo. Nutritional info etc can be found on the back of the can and the can is recycable.
I drank this straight out of the can the first time that I drank it however for the purpose of the review I have just poured some into a glass so that I am able to see what it actually looks like. The liquid is very fizzy but doesn't foam up too much like coke and pepsi can. It's dark golden yelow in colour - it actually looks quite a lot like a glass of beer! It doesn't have a very noticeable smell but the taste is very strong. It's described as being fruit flavoured by the manufacturers, but I disagree as it does not taste at all fruity to me. The taste is very sweet and pleasant with a slight undertone which is hard to describe but the drink is pleasant enough and it's easy to drink all in one go as the cans are pretty small. Because of how strongly this tastes, it'd be a perfect mixer with vodka as I imagine it'd do well at hiding the taste of vodka.
I've had four cans of this over a two day period - yesterday and today, and I have definitely noticed a difference in my energy levels and I feel better in general; more alert and not as sluggish. I still feel tired even after a can of this but it definitely helped me drag myself through today on just three hours of sleep and I felt well enough to cook a huge meal for myself, my boyfriend and some of his family. There's no weird come down or anything, however I think that this would be really easy to become addicted to due to the caffiene and sugar which is why I will not be repurchasing this. It is expensive and although it does work, I've found that a large fruit smoothie gives me the same energy and it is much healthier. Overall, 3/5.