What Does Kombucha Taste Like?

A Different Experience

We know, kombucha has a strange name and looks a little curious, too. If you’ve wondered what kombucha tastes like, you’ve come to the right place. Kombucha is more than an interesting flavor, it’s a completely different experience than most anything you’ve likely ever tried.

It Has A Unique Smell

When you open a bottle of kombucha, one of the first things you may notice is the smell. Depending on the flavor you select, you may smell fruits or botanicals first. You may also notice a slightly vinegary smell. That’s totally normal. That vinegary smell isn’t as strong as a bottle of vinegar or dressing, for instance, but it is notable. 

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Kombucha

Keep in mind that kombucha is a fermented sweet tea. The vinegary smell you sense is a byproduct of the fermentation process. Interestingly, the longer the tea ferments, the stronger that vinegar smell becomes. In fact, if you were to leave kombucha in a warm spot, like a car, and then open it days or weeks later, it will smell much more vinegary than if you purchase it cold from a store and open it. Home-brewed kombucha typically has a stronger vinegar profile than commercially-made kombucha because the process is less controlled.

It’s Fizzy

Now, it’s time to taste your kombucha. When kombucha hits your tongue, you’ll notice a slight effervescence - a little tingle on your tongue. That fizzy sensation is yet another byproduct of fermentation. It’s the carbon dioxide that is released from the yeast and beneficial bacteria that is feeding on the sugar. Carbonation is a natural byproduct of the fermentation process.

It’s Zingy

That hint of vinegar adds a bit of zing to kombucha, but so does the natural carbonation. What results is a slightly tangy, tart finish that wakes up your tastebuds without making you pucker. Depending on the kombucha flavor you’re drinking, your kombucha may taste like a zingier version of tea or a milder version of lemonade. Try all kinds of kombucha flavors to find one you like best!

It’s Complex

Perhaps our favorite characteristic of kombucha is its complex flavor and experience. It’s difficult to put your finger on any one aspect that stands out more than another. The tanginess is often balanced by the sweetness of the fruits and the softness of the botanicals. It’s not flat like a juice, but slightly fizzy - just enough to let you know you’re drinking something entirely unique.

Kombuchas also come in dozens of flavors, giving you all kinds of options to fit your cravings. From rose petals and lavender to lemongrass and ginger, Brew Dr. Kombucha has a kombucha for every season, every mood and every appetite.

What Are You Craving Today?

We know trying new things can be scary. Trust us, you have nothing to fear with Brew Dr. Kombucha. All of our kombuchas are full of flavor and made only with the highest-quality teas. Our kombuchas are organic, 100% raw (meaning they aren’t pasteurized so they contain naturally-occurring, beneficial bacteria), non-GMO, gluten-free, and free of artificial probiotics or funny business.

Here are some of our most popular flavors you must try!

Clear Mind

Organic green tea with rosemary, organic peppermint, organic sage and organic dandelion root.


Organic jasmine green tea with organic lavender, organic chamomile, organic damania and organic rose.

Ginger Turmeric

Organic black tea with organic yerba mate, organic ginger and organic turmeric.

Strawberry Basil

Organic sencha green tea with organic dried strawberries, organic basil, holy basil and organic hibiscus.


Organic oolong tea with elderberries, currants, hibiscus, blueberries, goji berries, strawberries and raspberries.


Organic white tea and roses. Need we say more?

Ginger Lemon

Potent ginger combines with refreshing lemon in this dynamic and delicious brew, crafted with green tea. Be sure to swirl before sipping.

Flavor landscape