I never used to like energy drinks - until the Dutch Bros' Blue Rebel completely changed my mind.

Now I just can't get enough!

Join me as I dive into the facts behind the electric blue drink that's been making waves since 2012.

  • Dutch Bros' Blue Rebel is a highly popular carbonated energy drink 
  • This tasty energy drink was originally introduced in 2012 and can be found iced, blended, or canned
  • Blue Rebels are citrusy fruity energy drinks that are a gorgeous electric blue color
  • There are over 35 flavor variations available that you can customize with toppings and syrups
  • A 355 ml Blue Rebel can contains 160 mg caffeine, 0 g fat, 39 g carbs, 37 g sugar, and 1 g protein 

What Is The Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink?

The Blue Rebel is Dutch Bros' own company energy drink that has been a cult-classic among Bros fans since 2012.

The sweet and fruity flavor is definitely better than any other I've tried - it definitely beats every other energy drink I've had. The electric blue color looks so cool (though my inner child was sad to discover it didn't dye my tongue blue!)

And, of course, it provides a straight jolt of energy to the system.

One of the best things about Blue Rebel is the 38 colorful blended or iced flavors available in-store - I'm still making my way through them all! [1]

As with all their drinks, you have the added benefit of being able to customize them with the flavored syrups of your choice and ask for them on ice or blended!

When I just want to grab one and go, the canned versions are a super convenient way to get that fruity caffeine rush. I love that Dutch Bros kept it local by hiring the Portland Bottling Company to can Dutch Bros Coffee energy drinks.

Dutch Bros Rebel Energy Drink can

Dutch Bros Blue Rebel (Taste, Size, Caffeine & Calories)

What sets the Dutch Bros Blue Rebel apart from other energy drink brands and other beverages from Dutch Bros? Let’s take a look!

Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Nutritional Breakdown 

(In Can - 355 mL)

Calories

Total Fat

Total Carbs

Sugar

Protein

Caffeine

160

0 g

39 g

37 g

1 g

113 mg

Taste

If you’ve had a Red Bull before, the “regular” Blue Rebel isn’t all that different in flavor. That’s not including any extra flavored syrup.

It does taste a bit more citrusy and bright but still has that familiar acidic bite characteristic of pretty much every popular energy drink out there.

Appearance

The drink itself looks almost identical to a Red Bull - however, the cans are either light blue or dark blue.

The light blue is the sugar-free Dutch Bros Rebel Energy, while the dark blue is the regular version.

Sizes Available

There are 3 different cup sizes available if you get them iced or blended: Small, Medium, and Large. However, you can also purchase them in their 8.5 fl oz cans.

The Small has the 8.5 fl oz size, the Medium has 12 fl oz, and the Large has 16 fl oz.

Caffeine Content

When talking about energy drinks, caffeine is kinda important. So, how much caffeine is in the Blue Rebel?

The Rebel Energy drink contains 80 mg of caffeine per each 8.5-ounce can.

The FDA says that we shouldn’t consume more than 400 mg of caffeine a day, which means you’ll be well within healthy limits (for the average person).[2]

For reference, cold brew has around 100 mg per 8 oz serving.

The high content of nutrients like B vitamins can also boost energy levels, making the Blue Rebel a better alternative than coffee or espresso-based drinks like a latte or Americano, if you're looking to energize your body.

Dutch Bros Rebel Energy Cans In Cooler

Calorie Content

When looking through the Dutch Bros Rebel nutrition facts, I found about 160 calories in one serving of Blue Rebel. That calorie count isn't actually that bad, generally speaking.

However, the vast majority of these calories come from sugar, which isn't ideal (more on that up next).

The sugar-free version is much lighter on calories, with just 38 calories for an entire can!

If you're adding in extra flavors, toppings, etc., then remember those also have calories!

Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink nutritional label

Sugar Content

A regular Blue Rebel is a fantastic stimulant but probably not the best for your metabolism as it's packed with 38g of sugar and 39g of total carbs.

That's the equivalent of about 9 teaspoons of sugar!

According to the American Heart Association, men should generally consume no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day.[3]

Women, on the other hand, should max out at around 6 teaspoons per day.

I love that you can get a sugar-free version of any flavor - this really helps me keep an eye on my sugar intake.

The sugar-free Blue Rebel has literally zero grams of sugar and no sugar alcohols to avoid stomach upset!

With the SF version, they simply replace sugar with sucralose - no other artificial sweeteners. If you’re worried the regular Rebel is unhealthy, sucralose has been known to not spike blood sugar.

Dutch Bros Rebel Energy Drink can

6 Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Variations To Try

These infused energy drink recipes completely transform the traditional experience of just chugging a can of caffeine and sugar!

As their flavors are always changing, here are the 6 that always remain available at every Dutch Bros Coffee location:

  • Electric Berry - Lime and Blue Raspberry
  • Aftershock - Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Lime
  • Shark Attack - Blue Raspberry, Coconut, Lime, Pomegranate Drizzle (See image below from my order the other day!)
  • Double Rainbro - Strawberry, Peach, Coconut
  • Peach - Peach
  • Midnight Rebel - Blackberry, Pomegranate

If you'd like to add different flavors or syrups, you'll get 1 pump in a Small or Medium and 2 pumps in a large.

Dutch Bros Blended Shark Attack Rebel

Electric Berry - Nutritional Facts

Electric Berry Nutritional Breakdown 

(Iced - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

190

240

390

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

49G

60G

97G

Sugar

47G

58G

93G

Protein

1G

1G

2G

Electric Berry Nutritional Breakdown 

(Blended - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

260

420

580

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

66G

107G

147G

Sugar

65G

105G

145G

Protein

1G

2G

2G

Aftershock - Nutritional Facts

Aftershock Nutritional Breakdown 

(Iced - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

190

240

380

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

48G

59G

96G

Sugar

46G

57G

91G

Protein

1G

1G

2G

Aftershock Nutritional Breakdown 

(Blended - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

260

410

570

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

66G

105G

145G

Sugar

64G

103G

142G

Protein

1G

2G

2G

Shark Attack - Nutritional Facts

Shark Attack Nutritional Breakdown 

(Iced - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

270

320

470

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

68G

79G

117G

Sugar

66G

77G

113G

Protein

1G

1G

2G

Double Rainbro - Nutritional Facts

Double Rainbro Nutritional Breakdown 

(Iced - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

200

250

390

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

50G

61G

99G

Sugar

47G

58G

94G

Protein

1G

1G

2G

Double Rainbro Nutritional Breakdown 

(Blended - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

260

430

570

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

67G

109G

144G

Sugar

66G

106G

140G

Protein

1G

2G

2G

Peach - Nutritional Facts

Peach Nutritional Breakdown 

(Iced - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

210

260

420

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

51G

63G

103G

Sugar

49G

60G

97G

Protein

1G

1G

2G

Peach Nutritional Breakdown 

(Blended - Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

270

450

620

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

69G

112G

156G

Sugar

67G

109G

151G

Protein

1G

2G

2G

Midnight Rebel - Nutritional Facts

Midnight Rebel Nutritional Breakdown 

(Iced- Without Modification)

Nutrients

Small (8.5 fl oz)

Medium (12 fl oz)

Large (16 fl oz)

Calories

190

240

380

Total Fat

0G

0G

0G

Total Carbs

47G

58G

93G

Sugar

45G

56G

89G

Protein

1G

1G

2G

How To Order A Blue Rebel At Dutch Bros

As with any other Dutch Bros drink, you’ll start out with the size you want, then the name of the drink, and how you’d like it prepared or customized.

When you arrive at the drive-thru, they’ll make your drink in a to-go cup for your convenience.

1. Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink Size

  • Small (16 fl oz)
  • Medium (24 fl oz)
  • Large (32 fl oz)

2. Form

As I've mentioned a few times, you can get your Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drinks either iced or blended. The blended drinks are prepared like a slushie or Frappuccino, and they're called Dutch Bros freezes.

The iced version is simply the Blue Rebel Energy Drink on ice.

3. Blue Rebel Drink Name or Flavored Syrup(s)

You can either order it by the drink name (for example, a Midnight Rebel or Double Rainbro) or ask for a Rebel with whichever flavors you'd like to add.

4. Toppings

Finally, choose which toppings you'd like to add, like a drizzle, soft top, or other ingredients.

Put It All Together: I'd like a Medium Iced Aftershock Rebel with a Soft Top," or "I'd like a Large Rebel with Vanilla and Strawberry Syrups with a Soft Top and Raspberry Drizzle.
Dutch Bros Rebel drinks lined up on a table

Blue Rebel Energy Drink Alternatives (How Does It Compare?)

If you're an energy drink fanatic, you probably already have a favorite incorporated into your routine.

So let's take a look at how the Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink stacks up against some of the most popular beverages out there!

Red Bull

I'll be honest - I've never liked Red Bull and never got the hype.

Blue Rebel has pretty similar ingredients and its base tastes similar to Red Bull, and they are almost exactly the same in caffeine content.

However, Blue Rebel tastes way better in both its canned versions and incredible variety of syrup flavors available in-store. I will always choose a Blue Rebel over Red Bull, no contest!

Ghost Gamer

Ghost Gamer is quite different from other energy drinks, as it comes in the form of a powder. Each “drink” contains 150 mg of caffeine per serving, but keep in mind that 1 serving is 2 scoops.

You could easily just do a single scoop, and you’d be back around Blue Rebel levels of caffeine content.

Overall, Ghost Gamer has a more artificial taste, but it does have its place. If you're gaming at home, for example, it's perfect.

For a refreshing, delicious beverage that gives you an all-day boost of energy, go with Blue Rebel Energy Drink.

AMP Energy Drink

AMP Energy Drink contains around 80 mg of caffeine per 8 fl oz, about the same as Blue Rebel energy drinks.

However, the flavor just outright tastes like Mountain Dew with that citric acid/caffeine bite.

AMP has a very sweet flavor profile that may be too much for some - like drinking a can of soda. If you prefer natural flavors, you'll prefer the Blue Rebel, which tastes more mild and citrusy.

How To Make Dutch Bros Blue Rebel At Home (Copycat Recipe)

Making a Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink copycat is pretty easy!

  • 1
    12 fl oz Can of Sugar-Free Red Bull - We need some caffeine, and Red Bull is similar yet much easier to find (gas stations, grocery stores, etc.). Of course, if Dutch Bros is nearby, stop in for a can of Blue Rebel!
  • 2
    Flavored Syrup - Now, we need some flavor! Dutch Bros Coffee prefers Torani, and you can grab those at your local store or online. Raspberry, Coconut, Vanilla, and Peach, in particular, seem to go really well with the flavors of Rebels.
  • 3
    Quantity of Syrup - You can add 1 pump per 12 fl oz, the same amount they'd use at the actual Dutch Bros Coffee location, but there are no rules! Use more if you'd like, but Torani syrups tend to be pretty sweet.
  • 4
    Ice - Now, add ice! Alternatively, you can pour everything into a blender to smoothly mix all flavors together.
Dutch Bros Blue Rebel at home

Frequently Asked Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Questions

Is Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink suitable for everyone?

The Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink may not be suitable everyone due to its high caffeine and sugar level. If you're sensitive to caffeine or sugar, opt for the sugar-free Blue Rebel.

Is a Rebel carbonated?

Yes, the Dutch Bros Blue Rebel is made with carbonated water. If you order a blended Blue Rebel, it won't be carbonated as the blending itself removes the carbonation.

Can I add a soft top or whipped cream in Blue Rebel?

Yes, you can add a soft top, whipped cream, or any other topping you'd like to a Blue Rebel energy drink.

How long do the effects of Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink last?

How long the effects of Dutch Bros Blue Rebel last will vary per person. Some people will feel the effects for 3 to 5 hours, while some may feel the effects for longer.

Is Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink available in other countries?

No, it is not available in other countries - you can't even get it in every US state! Dutch Bros is largely found in the western United States; however, there are a few locations as far east as Tennessee.

Can you buy Blue Rebel Energy Drink at grocery stores?

Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drink can not be bought at grocery stores or online - only at Dutch Bros physical locations.

Final Thoughts

The Dutch Bros Blue Rebel Energy Drinks are legendary among students, as well as those looking to improve their focus or athletic performance.

They're also just delicious drinks with enough caffeine to help add a little pep in my step. Another win for Dutch Bros Coffee, in my opinion!

References:

1. https://www.dutchbros.com/menu/dutch-bros-rebel-energy-drink

2. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/spilling-beans-how-much-caffeine-too-much
3. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sugar/added-sugars

ShayAnne Weeks

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ShayAnne Weeks
Shay is a fun-loving content writer and DJ who enjoys traveling the world whenever, wherever possible. The lifeblood that makes it all attainable has always been a strong cup (or 3) of coffee.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... A Café Cubano con Leche

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