Hard seltzers have taken the libation world by storm. With low carbs, sugars and calorie counts, they are giving beer, cider and just about every other alcoholic refreshment a run for their money. Although these bubbly beverages have been gaining popularity for a few years now, this is officially the summer of the seltzer, with a seemingly endless selection available. Luckily for you, we taste tested 5 top brands to help narrow down your search for the perfect hard seltzer.
If you’ve heard of hard seltzers, you’ve heard of White Claw. Although this brand is undoubted the biggest name in the seltzer world right now, I have to admit, it’s definitely not my favorite. This beverage is extremely carbonated and has obvious artificial flavoring. Trust me: There are better seltzers out there.
As Truly gains popularity, it’s becoming White Claw’s No. 1 competitor. This brand’s bevies have a much more manageable carbonation level yet still satisfy all your bubble and flavor cravings. Truly offers 12 perfectly fruity flavors, including a new rosé option. These little low-carb treats are slightly dangerous since they’re so easy to drink, but they’re definitely worth every single one of the 100 calories they contain.
Press hard seltzer was a new one for me, but it quickly crept up to the top of my list. It boasts the perfect carbonation level and comes in a range of adventurous flavors — think blackberry hibiscus, pear chamomile and pomegranate ginger — that left my taste buds craving more. Note: These tasty beverages contain just 4% alcohol compared to the 5% found in the two previous options.
Fulton has mastered the craft beer industry, so when I heard that this Minnesota company had decided to tackle the seltzer world, I knew I needed to give it a try. While Fulton’s beer has been revelatory, I’m not sure I see the same happening with the brand’s hard seltzer. I tried both the berry and grapefruit varieties and was immediately turned off by a strange grainy flavor and smell. Maybe that was due to the beverage’s brewery beginnings or the bold flavor profiles, but honestly, I couldn’t finish a can of either.
If you consider yourself a carbonation queen, Bon & Viv is the seltzer for you. This beverage was the bubbliest of the bunch, plus at just 90 calories a pop, it doesn’t require a diet cheat day. This brand offers subtle yet solid flavors ranging from pear elderflower to clementine hibiscus — sweet and boozy treats I would definitely recommend.