Paste ranked it No. Don’t waste your time reading wordy think pieces about why hard seltzer is the biggest thing to hit the nation since prohibition ended because the answer is simple: we want to drink, but we don’t want to deal with the calories and carbs that come with sugary beverages or beer. The grapefruit is ... fine. Many hard seltzer companies turn toward sugar alternatives to keep the sugar and carb content low, but the drawback is that they end up compromising good flavor in return. A review by the Cider Says blog was even less positive, finding AO's Crisp Unfiltered to be low in both carbonation and complexity and objecting to the "weird chemical flavor [that] ruined it." Rating: 6.5/10. However, the seemingly endless list of companies trying to cash in on the product make it overwhelming when you have to choose a brand. They have the most variety (13 flavors!) RateBeer users gave Crisp Unfiltered 2.9 out of 5 stars, saying it was "[n]ot particularly crisp" and tasted of "overripe apples" with a "murky orange and brown" color. For those of us that shop exclusively at Whole Foods, Press is the best hard seltzer in the beer aisle. Corona’s Refresca hard seltzer is branded well, as its simple packaging looks Instagram friendly and its flavors are interesting enough to stick out among a sea of options. Watch #PostyStore and RT your favorite to help us decide. There is a reason that hot girl summer and hard seltzer summer both happened in the same year. Its flavors are eclectic—with names like pomegranate ginger, grapefruit cardamom, blackberry hibiscus, pear chamomile, and lemongrass lime. Drink it if you value the finer things in life like gold kitchen accents and millennial pink skincare products. AEW’s new video game might be the wrestling games fans have been asking for decades. Spiked Seltzer's cranberry flavor beats both of these, and Truly offers double the amount of flavor options. Much like Bud Light, Natural Light knows how to make a beverage that can be drank all day. They’re light, boozy, gluten free, and have less sugar (read: hangovers) than some of their alcoholic counterparts. #TrulyHardSeltzer. Because it’s so darn good, White Claw has a rabid following of fans who will defend their favorite flavors to the death. 17 out of 82 ciders rated for a 2016 article — and while two other Angry Orchard offerings came higher on the list (Apple Ginger was No. Don’t even waste your time with this one. Truly Lime Published in Brands, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Food, Health, Industry Commentary and Life, Julia Sachs is a Managing Editor at Grit Daily. Call me crazy for fighting the mainstream opinion, but I think there's more out there than the popular White Claw. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. It’s hard to imagine a world where Four Loko does not exist now that the box has been opened. Our latest mock draft is from those who know each team best. Fair? Super Bowl 2020: The official hard seltzer rankings, This giant alligator wants to be the next Tiger Woods, AEW’s new video game looks like pure nostalgia injected into your Xbox or PS5. The White Claw flavors we sampled included natural lime, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, and black cherry. Press’s nutritional information is also in the average range, clocking in at around 110 calories and 7g net carbs on average. First and foremost, White Claw was extremely fizzy—great for people looking for that effervescence. cans that can easily fit my coozie collection, they get a full miscellaneous score. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. It also had just a whisper of fruit flavor—great for folks who are used to beverages like LaCroix and Polar. It’s light enough (and no aftertaste) that it’s perfect for a tailgate or day on the lake. For this reason, we’ve ranked some of the heavy hitters of the hard seltzer world to bring you a list of which ones to grab, and which ones to avoid, next time you hit the seltzer aisle at your local grocer—ranked from best to worst: You truly cannot go wrong. Are you a Natural Lime or a Ruby Grapefruit kind of person? 17 out of 82 ciders rated for a 2016 article — and while two other Angry Orchard offerings came higher on the list (Apple Ginger was No. We cracked open 50 cans of alcoholic hard seltzer — Truly, White Claw, Smirnoff Sparkling Seltzer, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer, and Henry's Hard Sparkling Water — … Dorktown: MLB’s lost treasure, the 1994 AL West, The most tragic part of a curtailed MLB season in 1994, NBA mock draft 2020: Our writers make picks for their favorite teams. Angry Orchard describes it as "an ode to traditional American cider," and it is made with bittersweet apples for a taste that is not quite as sweet as some of the other AO other ciders. That means you’re not even getting drunk as you suffer through it. Flavors like white peach rose and berry lemonade are light enough not to be sickening, and contain no sugar or artificial flavors while sitting at under 100 calories and only around 1 gram of carbs per can. However, in the past year and a half, the company hasn’t released any new ones other than the existing line-up of Black Cherry, Lime, Raspberry, Ruby Grapefruit, Mango, and Pure. This is also where Natural Light’s seltzer sticks out. Each one got two normal gulps to assess the beverage, and two lightly salted bagel chips were eaten between brands to cleanse the palate (it’s all I had at home). Thoughts: I love Bold Rock ciders, but this tasted a lot like a cider that was having an identity crisis. Everyone Has A White Claw Flavor That Matches Their Personality — What's Yours? Miscellaneous (1-5 scale): Does it have a cool can? Starbucks is Giving Out Free Festive Holiday Cups, Blue Ivy Carter is the Narrator for the ‘Hair Love’ Audiobook, Philadelphia Residents are Dancing In the Streets, What ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Got Right About Utah—and What It Got Wrong, The Weeknd Set to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show, BTS Reveal Teaser Photos and Tracklist for New Album, ‘BE’, Filmio might finally change the way movies are funded and produced forever, Saluting Our Nation’s Veterans in the Security Sector, Jennifer Mercer: Today’s Guest on Like a Boss, Monday Motivation: Working from Home with Daniel Hall. It is, however, rare, as Press is often only available in bougie markets and retailers (and Target). Its flavor profile is simple—offering variations such as blueberry lemon and strawberry, the flavor is nice without being syrupy. For that, and the fact they have the normal size 12 oz. Thoughts: I might ruffle some feathers, but I hated the movie Step Brothers. Plus, its packaging is cute! Thoughts: Bon & Viv is one of the first seltzers I had, and it’s ... fine! Angry Orchard has introduced a number of different varieties over the years, some of which have been extremely popular, others less so. I don’t really think the rosemary part is super necessary, but damn if that can isn’t the coolest of the bunch. You get the cherry right away and it’s a crisp flavor. It somehow manages to be an "absolutely amazing cider champagne" while at the same time "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike champagne [but] in a good way.". The seltzers were rated on several factors: In case anyone wants to question the validity and procedure of this very professional endeavor, I took several steps to ensure no seltzer got an advantage. users gave Crisp Unfiltered 2.9 out of 5 stars, saying it was "[n]ot particularly crisp" and tasted of "overripe apples" with a "murky orange and brown" color. Truly does this, plus its boring packaging and branding offers little visually. Thoughts: I like Truly! The company announced its venture into the hard seltzer world in the most Four Loko way—plus its flavors sound just as toxic as the original brand’s does. Hard seltzers really burst onto the scene in 2019 as beverages like White Claw and Truly started popping up. Only one can win. Are the ads awesome. White claw has also mastered nutritional value—finding the perfect balance between high flavor and low carb/sugar count. . Price: $15.99 (for 12-pack) Best Flavor: Natural Lime You can’t. Where Truly failed, Henry’s thrives. Can you have more than one? , which Angry Orchard describes as "a bubbly, effervescent cider," is made out of both culinary and bittersweet apples and aged in barrels made of French oak. I’m here to help you outfit your celebration with the best hard seltzer. Now crisper and more refreshing, with only 100 calories. How could we not mention this—uh, atrocity? @PostMalone pic.twitter.com/1ihbKMz0T0. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Hard seltzer is just—the answer. I’m not here for your trash “hard seltzer is bad” takes. All 8 White Claw Flavors, Ranked By A TRUE White Claw Aficionado Yes, some are much better than others. That, and we want to be able to get up and go back to work the next day without hating ourselves. Thoughts: Ahhh, the OG. I don’t like this at all. Though its flavors are fairly simple, its kitschy flavor names like “Catalina lime mixer” and “Aloha beaches” are worth picking up. 14, while The Old Fashioned was their top pick), neither are in the current Angry Orchard lineup. The Muse is also the highest-rated of all Angry Orchard ciders (past and present) on RateBeer, with 3.84 out of 5 stars. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram: @_thatssojulia, TikTok and Instagram Reels: the Rise of Short-Form Marketing, McDonald’s Vegan McPlant Burger to Debut Next Year, Need a Bit Of Cheer? We’ll probably update this when White Claw comes out with their autumn themed line.