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Sugar free version of Red Bull energy drink.

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      31.10.2013 15:33
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      great energy drink

      Red bull is a favourite for a whole variety of people both as a drink on its own or as a mixer. I myself have it as both and I enjoy it both ways.

      Price/Availability

      Red bull is available in a normal "full fat" sugar version and a sugar free "diet" version. I personally if I can buy the SF version, 1 I don't really like sugary drinks and 2 if Im on a diet SF is better for me. "Red Bull" as a brand is stocked in the shops along side supermarket own versions and other branded types of energy drinks. Sizes available are 355ml single cans, 250ml single cans, 250ml x 4, 250ml x 6 and 250ml x 10. In the supermarkets these sizes should be available in both FF and SF versions but it will depend on the size of the store. Price wise expect to pay around £1 per can, if you buy a pack it can work out cheaper and many places do have these on offer such as 6 pack for only £4 or 10 pack for £8 so it is possible to get them slightly cheaper than £1 each. In pubs and clubs "Red Bull" type of drink is often served but it may or may not be the proper branded one so its worth asking or checking first, here expect to pay around £2 per 255ml can. It is also served as a Jagerbomb or vodkabull, both of which contain alcohol and very popular with students and other young people due its quick drinking and fairly cheap pricing, expect to pay around £2-£2.50 for one of these.

      Taste

      Red Bull has quite a distinctive taste and flavour, even as a sugar free version it still has a lovely sweet smell to it which isn't to overpowering or sickly. If you pour it into a class it has a slightly yellow/brown colour to it, the cheaper version of this are normally bright yellow and usually UV but this is a much mellower yellow and does look nice. To taste its fizzed well, not to much and has a lovely refreshing taste to it, I personally don't notice the difference between normal and diet versions but others might. To drink this is must be chilled, warm Red Bull would not taste as nice. To me this is a lovely drink to have any time of the day, I most often have it in the morning but some prefer it at night, its down to your own preference. As an alcoholic mixer I sometimes have it with vodka before a night out and occasionally as a Jagerbomb although Im not a massive fan of these! Now I can only really drink about 2/3 cans of these max, anymore and I do end up have real bad stomach cramps and gas but 2/3 is fine, anymore and I will get problems! I wouldn't recommend drinking anymore than this anyway as it is a stimulate so it must be consumed carefully.

      Overall

      I like RB both as a mixer and as casual drink. Its not for everybody, some people will taste the taste and others love it. There are cheaper branded and supermarket types of energy drinks which do taste similar and I have had myself many times however RB is still the best and when its on offer I will buy this over any others. Its worth a try

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        13.02.2013 21:02
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        10/10

        I am one of the those types of people that hates getting up in the mornings, I actually dread the sound of the morning alarm going off, and having to pop out of my nice warm bed. Usually it takes quite a while for me to fully wake up, even after having a morning coffee I find myself feeling tired within a few hours.

        With a busy work schedule, and the need for concentration and focus during my work meetings and the to need for pre-scion when going through paper work , I find myself needing a kick and a pick me up, and so I reach out for the can of Red Bull to help me fly through the day.
        WHAT IS RED BULL?

        Red Bull is a famous sparkling fizzy drink that contains ingredients to help boost energy . Red Bull was originally developed in the early 1970's and is now the worlds most popular energy drink, and still til this day continuously outsells its competitors.
        The Sugar free version of Red Bull was introduced in 2003, and has been a great added contribution to the energy drink market for those health concious individuals (like myself).

        I usually opt for the sugar free version, as stated above I am quite health concious. If there any way I can reduce my calorie intake then I will definitely jump at the chance at taking the lighter version.
        The Sugar free version contains all the same ingredients as the original but only contains 10 calories per can (Per 250ml) , while the Original Red Bull contains 110 calories per can. This is in my opinion is quite a huge difference. Therefore having a energy drink without consuming the added sugar, calories or the added guilt of being unhealthy, is a big plus for me.


        INGREDIENTS
        Water , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates, Magnesium Carbonate) , Acidifier Citric Acid , Carbon Dioxide , Taurine (0.4%) , Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame) , Caffeine (0.03%) , Glucuronolactone , Inositol , Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B12) , Flavourings , Thickener , Xanthan Gum , Colours (Caramel, Riboflavin) , Contains a source of Phenylalanine .

        The main active ingredients in red bull that give the energy effect is the caffeine and Taurine. Caffiene content is quite high at 64ml per can. Which for me is great, as I need a good amount to help me get through the day, and this definitely helps as I do not want to keep making cups of coffee.
        I also like the fact that it has the added bonus of containing Vitamin B, which is a great added factor for boosting energy.

        PACKAGING
        I buy my Red Bull drinks in a multi pack, consisting of a 6 beverages each containing 250ml of Fluid. (6x250ml) . Each can is thin and sleek looking, and has a blue and silver colour scheme. The sugar free version uses a lighter blue colour than that of the original Red Bull version for its beverages.
        The Red Bull logo is clearly seen on the front of both the packaging and the can, and consists of two red colour bulls colliding towards each other.

        MY OPINION
        I for the review poured the contents of the can into a cgass to describe the colour (for those that are interested). On appearance the liquid had a gold like colour effect and looks very similar to the original version of red bull.
        The drink has a sweet, candy like smell and has a small fragrance of fruit, almost like an essence of citrus.

        Taste wise, it tastes a lot like original red bull, but a little less sweeter. I found it had a bit of an after taste that lingers for few seconds. But I love the candy like taste as well the added citrus element to it.
        It also felt a little lighter in the mouth, and not actually that overpoweringly fizzy like you would expect from fizzy drinks, which in my opinion is good thing.

        It terms of energy, I would say that I definitely felt a kick after drinking this. I found I was able to concentrate for longer periods of time and felt more awake.
        I bought Red Bull Sugar Free in a six can multi pack from Asda and was priced at £6.00. It is also available at all other major supermarkets and is similarly priced.
        The only down side would be the cost, £1.00 per 250ml can is very expensive and I think is way over priced.

        Overall I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an alternative way of getting caffeine into the system, or even for a good tasting cool beverage.

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          01.11.2012 12:39
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          Not worth the price

          Summary
          Red Bull is a well know energy drink with their famous catch phrase "it gives you wings"! Red Bull claims to vitalise boyd and mind!This is a sugar free version of their drink.

          Ingredients
          Caffeine, taurine, Glucuronolactone (sugar derivative), B group vitamens, aspartamen and acesulfame k (sweetners), Alpine Spring Water.

          Taste
          The original Red Bull tastes slightly like fizzy ribena, its sweet and sryrupy and packs a punch ! The taste of the sugar free version is a little bit of a let down in my opinion. There is a chemical taste and it has a very slight bitter sweet taste. Whilst I am a Red Bull fan I don't like the taste of this sugar free product at all.

          Calories - As this is sugar free its only 3 calories per 100ml which is pretty low.

          Does it give you wings - This product gave me the same caffeine "pick me up" as the original version so no complaints on this front.

          Price - Red Bull is a premium product and this is just as expensive! Its c £1.30 - £1.50 for a 330 ml can depending on where you buy.

          Overall - I will be sticking with the full sugar version as I just can't get past the chemical flavour of this product.

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          28.07.2012 22:58

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          a great sugar-free alternative

          I work shift work and have often found red bull to be the ideal pick me up to get me through a long day or night- however, I was often put off by the sky-high sugar content. Therefore I was thrilled when I discovered the sugar free red bull, which comes in at under 10 calories a can. The taste is slightly different to the standard red bull as it's slightly less sweat and appears to be less carbonated, but in fact I personally prefer this. I do believe to truly appreciate the flavour and the appeal of the drink it needs to be ice cold. The metal can helps facilitate this, making the drink easier to chill quicker and the pressure of the can making sure the drink itself is perfectly crisp. The energy high I get from the sugar-free variety is strikingly similar to that received from the standard red bull- this can be attributed to the similar amount of caffeine found in each variety. The red bull brand is expensive and the sugar-free variety is no different, retailing between £1.30 and £1.70 in most shops per can. This may seem expensive compared to some of the cheap energy drinks on offer, for example the Euroshopper's variety which is priced at 29p. But I find the quality to be far superior with the red bull drinks, both in the depth of flavour and the energy provided. I also love the attention to detail and the physical quality of the product, small touches add to have a big impact. For example little things like having the red bull logo cut into the actual can lid I think it a really great touch of quality.

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          05.07.2012 17:25
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          I unfortunately drink an energy drink every morning. It is a habit I have got into and although I didn't drink it when I was on holiday (2 tins for $5 did put me off I admit) I do like to drink it. Normally I plump for cheaper brands than this one, but although the cheaper ones are fine this brand I do like a lot.

          I've noticed the price of this creeping up over the last few years. It used to cost around 88p in my local Asda but I think an individual tin is nearer to £1.20 in a Supermarket. Buying in bulk is better as you would expect and you can pick this drink up in a 4 pack, 8 pack and 12 pack. Just now there is an offer in Asda for a 12 pack for £8 so a bit saving to be had from buying it this way. Still works out a bit expensive though.

          The tin looks like the picture on here. It is a 250ml tin and I think it looks alright. Being Sugar free it is better calorie wise compared to the normal one and there is under 10 calories in this tin.

          This does taste a bit better than the cheaper brands. It is best drank nice and cold and although there is not much Fizz to this drink there is a few bubbles through this drink. This smells quite sweet and has a sweet-ish taste to it.

          This drink is meant to wake you up and "give you wings". I probably don't find that this wakes me bolt upright from my sleepy self first thing in the morning, but I would like to think that it does help.

          Although I usually just drink this how it comes I do like to mix this with Vodka and this makes a nice alcoholic drink too.

          A good energy drink, just wished it was a bit cheaper.

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          04.06.2012 20:46
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          a quick, tasty energy boosting drink

          I started drinking energy drinks a few years ago when I took on a second job, this could often see me working over 12 hours a day and to help me feel more alert I found that caffeine in an energy drink really helped. Personally I usually choose to drink the shops own brand energy drinks but on a recent trip to a Sainsbury's local store I found that they only had Red Bull so reluctantly paid the price.

          I purchased a single 250ml can of the sugar free red bull from a Sainsbury's local store for a whopping £1.40. In my opinion this is far overpriced as generally the stores own brand equivalents retail for around a third of this cost.

          The sugar free red bull comes packaged in an aluminium can which is light blue and silver in colour. The can has the logo of two bulls on the front with the slogan 'vitalizes body and mind'. On the back of the can you can find more detailed information about the drink including ingredients listings, nutritional information and a description of apparent the beneficial effects:
          - Improves performance
          - Increases concentration and reaction speed
          - Improves vigilance
          - Stimulates metabolism
          The can has the traditional ring pull opening at the top, with the ring pull having a bull image cut out of it. You can drink the red bull straight from the can or easily pour it into a glass.

          Although I have occasionally drunk the traditional red bull I personally prefer the sugar free version as it contains all the same benefits as the traditional but without the sugar. This cuts down the on calories contained in the drink and I think it tastes less sweet and sickly. I find that the sugar free red bull really makes a difference to how alert I feel when I drink it, leaving me feeling much more awake and able to focus on my work better. I also really like the taste and drink it straight from the can or pour into a glass with ice. I find that one can of the drink is enough to keep me feeling more awake for a good couple of hours providing just the boost that I need.

          The sugar free red bull also makes a great mixer for alcoholic drinks such as vodka or jagermeister.

          Overall I much prefer this sugar free version of red bull and as I do not drink tea or coffee it gives me the caffeine boost I need on occasions to give me that extra bit of alertness. But I do not make a habit of purchasing this drink due to the high cost as I believe it is very overpriced for what it is.

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          16.04.2012 23:38
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          Not living up to the hype, but not terrible

          I wouldn't know how to compare this to the regular Red Bull, because as a diet drink afficionado, I don't think I've ever tasted the stuff (except with a triple measure of vodka and at the time, I was mostly tasting the vodka).

          Either way, the sugar free version comes in a variation of the familiar silver and blue can, with the colours slightly more faded than the regular Red Bull can. The taste taste is pleasant but completely artificial, with a flavour that most reminds me of generic kids' bubble gum ,though if I recall my taste of original Red Bull correctly, that's due more to the drink flavour itself than the sweeteners. If anything, Red Bull sugar free is one fizzy drink where you don't have to compromise too much on flavour with the diet version. Either way the flavour is what it is: either you enjoy it, or you don't.

          As for the actual effect...well, we've all seen the commercial and know the slogan. I still maintain that none of the energy drinks can hold a candle to a strong cup of coffee, but if you're mainlining caffeine in order to stay awake for the sake of your studies/deadline/night of partying, it's not realistic (or probably good for your stomach) to drink coffee all night, and Red Bull is a refreshing alternative. I definitely felt slightly more alert after consuming one, though having a few in a row leaves you feeling slightly ill from all the fizziness and overwhelmingly sweet taste. It makes a great drink mixer (and produces some interesting effects if you have several vodka and red bulls), but given that it can cost over 2 pounds in an off-licence (1.35 per can in Sainsbury's), it's not a cheap one.

          My verdict: a nice treat once in a while, but you might as well stick to coffee or cheaper soft drinks.

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          17.08.2011 01:05

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          red bull gives you wings

          Red Bull is well known for its line...red bull gives you wings, i can honestly say for me it does!
          I love energy drinks i must say red bull is my favourite, but sometimes its not always affordable as now days its retailing at £1.19 (savers) where you can ge the likes of kick, or energy which start at 49p which is a huge difference but generally give the same effects.

          The tastes are very similar, and its a brillant drink for either day time if you have had a late night the night before and need a pick me up, or for me i use it first thing in a morning to wake me up for work! Also a beautiful drink for the evening a vodka and red bull, now that does give you wings on the dancefloor!
          I can honestly say i swear by it, love the stuff.

          Only downside that puts me off buying red bull is the price.

          Thanks for reading
          Laura x

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          28.01.2011 13:58

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          Great Taste... Great Buzz... No Sugar!!! Its AWESOME

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          07.06.2010 11:31
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          We tend to have a lot of the cheaper Energy drink version in our household. They taste much the same as the brand name, but I have to admit they aren't quite as good. Then again since the brand name can be about 3 times the price of the cheaper ones then you have to weight up the advantages and disadvantages.

          Now and again we have the real stuff in the house and me and the wife got a 4 pack each the other week as Tesco was doing buy one get one free. Per 4 can pack it costs around £3.60, which I can admit is pretty expensive.

          Although I usually have the full calorie one, I tried the Sugar free one the other day. Probably because I had finished all my tins and these were the only ones left in the fridge.

          So good points about this version is that it only has 8 calories in the 250ml tin. It is easily identifiable as the blue colour on the tin is a lot lighter coloured than the dark blue for the full fat one. The bad points for me is that although you got the Red Bull taste and i'm sure it gave me wings just the same, it just tasted that bit more watery. It wasn't so sweet but I would expect all of that since it is listed as Sugar Free.

          Perhaps nice enough if you are watching your weight, and you will probably be used to less sweeter drinks, but my favourite will always be the original full of sugar one.

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          07.05.2010 13:31
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          Nice if you want to drink something with not too much calories

          *Red Bull light* Since I started to drink Red Bull I was a bit bothered by the amounts of sugar in one can. I noticed I got a lot of energy after drinking the reguilar Red Bull, but my sugarlevel crashed dramatically when the drink was wearing off. So that was a bit annoying, it made me very tired and lame.
          Red Bull light doesnt have that many sugars which means it does have the Taurine and Cafeine to keep you awake, but just not the (calorie adding) sugars. Unfortunately without the sugars, this energy drink does not taste as great as the original version. It's not bad at all, just a little less weet (which is logical as it cointains less sugar). Nice to know that one can of Red Bull light, only has 3 calories! Really!
          Price of one can is the same as the Regular Red Bull version, around 1,30 euros in supermarket .

          *Ingredients
          Cafeine (to keep you awake, same effect as coffee has)
          Taurine (a natural pep-ingredient)
          Vitamine B (Inasotol)

          * Remember this* Drinks like Red Bull are never too great for your teeth and I wouldn't drink it daily as it is addictive (the cafeine part) just like coffee. When I had some broken nights because of a crying baby I took two Red Bull lights a day, but when I stopped doing that, I noticed I had quite some headaches the week after stopping.

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            27.02.2010 16:32

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            unpleasant

            I haven't been drinking carbonated drinks for a couple of years and the whole energy drink craze had sort of passed me by so out of curiosity I purchased a can of red bull light and a can of relentless.

            health warning:
            I bought the sugar free version in a vain attempt to be healthy however energy drinks such as red bull are bad for you mainly because it is harmful to consume such a large amount of caffeine regularly.

            taste:
            God it's awful. It's a bit like calpol or something covering up a medicinal taste (the caffeine?). It is very sweet, I imagine that the real one has truly scary amounts in sugar. I struggled o drink one smallish 250 ml can as it was so sickly.

            effects:
            I didn't really feel much of an effect. I drink about a cup of coffe a day so maybe it has given me a slight tolerance for caffeine.

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            12.02.2010 00:15
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            Perfect for a sugar free caffeine hit

            I am a very regular drinker of Red Bull sugar free, and I truly do recommend it to most people.

            I used to drink the ordinary Red Bull, but I noticed I used to have quite a crash after it wore off as the sugar made me proper hyper, but with the sugar free version, I have never had a crash of any kind. Also I think it tastes smoother and lighter than the full sugar version, and slightly less "medicinal" taste to it too.

            The great thing I love about this drink, other than the no sugar, is that it is low in calories and has no fat in the drink either. Throw in the few vitamins and minerals that are in this drink, and I think, you are on to an all round winner of the drinks world.

            I get a great energy kick from this drink, but its not one that sends me hyper unless I drink a few of them. It keeps me alert when I am tired and I find its great when you have a long day after a long night out lol.

            You can buy Red Bull sugar free in 3 different sizes, the smallest being 250ml, I am unsure as to what the other sizes actually are in ml.
            I do find this drink can be a bit expensive, especially in garages and service stations, so try to avoid buying it there. Best value is to buy a 4 can multipack from the supermarket, as it saves you around 70p in some stores.

            This drink does have a high caffiene content, so it is not suitable for children, the elderly and pregnant women. Also not good (obviously!) if you have a problem with caffiene.

            All in all this is a great drink that tastes great, and has the added benefit of being sugar and fat free.

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              04.01.2010 22:12
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              A Nice Refreshing Drink But Not At Full Price!

              Just before Xmas I had a party to go to, the problem was the night before I'd offered to have my 2 year old sister to sleep in my room because she wasn't feeling well and kept crying for me. That meant I didn't get a lot of sleep because she came in bed with me and for a little child she takes up enough room in bed! lol

              The next day I was knackered, proper dead on my feet. I've been looking forward to this party for months so went on a mission to find something to wake me up. I brought sugary food, coffee and a few different energy drinks including sugar free Red Bull because it was on special offer in Home Bargains for 39p a can.

              I've not had Red Bull in ages but from what I can remember of it this doesn't taste much different. You could tell without even seeing the can that it's a sugar free version because it's got the same very faint bitter flavour under all the sweetners and other ingredients that give Red Bull it's distinct taste.

              It tastes nice but I like Red Bull anyway. If you're not mad keen on the metallic, weirdly chemical fruit flavour of Red Bull then you deffo won't like this! lol I think this sugar free one has got a bit of a fresher taste personally and even though the taste of it isn't actually refreshing on your tongue at least it quenches your thirst. Some of the other energy drinks I've drunk over Xmas have left me with a funny thirsty feeling but this can didn't and left me feeling like I'd had a drink.

              I don't know if it made me more alert, in the finish I had time for a couple of hours sleep before we went out and I drunk the can when I woke up. I felt loads more refreshed and ready to party but that was probably a combination of the sleep, Red Bull and tonnes of sugary food before I went out. All I know is that I didn't fall asleep at the party even though I drank my body weight in Tia Maria and shots! pmsl!

              I'd drink sugar Free Red Bull again but only if it was cheap like this can, I can't see the sense in spending loads of money on these energy drinks because they're not THAT effective and I reckon our generation will be the one that ends up with long term addictions to them. Not me though because I'm too much of a stingy cow to spend £1.00 on a skinny can of Red Bull let alone 2 or 3 a day!

              Over all, tastes nice but who knows if it worked???

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                19.11.2009 21:35
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                Red Bull is a well known energy drink, that uses a high content of Caffeine (32mg/100ml) and Taurine (0.4%), that "vitalizes body and mind"; this review is concerning the sugar free version of the product.

                Red Bull is a very popular product, and it's not hard to see why. It comes in a sleek looking can, and the sugar free version is in a tall thin can, with a silver and light blue checked design - which does look sleak and professional.

                However, in comparison to the original, I feel the taste is really poor. It is a considerably weaker tasting version, and I was really disappointed with the product.

                I feel the biggest issue with the product though is the ingredients in general. Red Bull has been critiscised in the past for all the additives present in the product, and I feel the sugar free version is even worse.

                In order for the product to be sugar free, extra additives have to be added to make it taste sweeter, and this obviously has a detrimental effect on the flavour/quality of the product: and inevitably makes it a lot worse for your health.

                For this reason, although the product is sugar free and is marketed as being better for your health, I wouldn't recommend this to the health conscious, due to all of the additives and flavourings added to the product, and its lackluster taste.

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