Bubbly, Tasty, Spiked: Tusk Taste Tests 5 Hard Seltzer Brands

By Maranda Gonzalez

With a low-calorie intake and a buzz that’s sure to hit, hard seltzers don’t seem to be going anywhere. In fact, more brands are jumping on the bandwagon before it fizzles out. So, Tusk ranked some of the top hard seltzer brands on taste, calorie content, price, and buzzworthiness. 

Warning: This was written while buzzed.

Truly Hard Seltzer

Truly is truly the superior hard seltzer out there. Low on the bubbles with the taste of a sugar-free juice that still has that 

enjoyable tang. It’s a straightforward seltzer you can recommend to even the most skeptical naysayers. 

 

Taste: 5 out of 5

Calorie Content: 100 calories per 12 oz. can

Buzzworthiness: 4 out of 5 with 5% ABV

Most Popular Flavors: Pomegranate, Wild Berry

 

Natural Light Hard Seltzer

A surprisingly enjoyable hard seltzer, this one defies its brand’s reputation of being cheap in price. It’s so unbelievably good, the first sip is pure joy and will shock you at the same time. It’ll get you buzzed quickly because of its high alcohol content. So prepare to get faced!

Taste: 4 out of 5

Calorie Content : 133 calories per 12 oz. can

Buzzworthiness: 5 out of 5 with 6% ABV

Most Popular Flavors: Catalina Lime Mixer (tastes like cherry limeade), Aloha Beaches (a fizzy pineapple mango)

 

Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer

Not terrible, but not incredible either, this brand falls flat in the middle. The satisfyingly strong flavor hits first, followed by the immediate aftertaste of alcohol. It’s bubbly like a soda which makes it drinkable, but if your taste buds aren’t attuned to alcohol, you might want to take a pass.

Taste: 3 out of 5

Calorie Content : 90 calories per 12 oz. can

Buzzworthiness: 3 out of 5 with 4.5% ABV

Most Popular Flavors: Classic (straight  spiked carbonated water), Indies Lime, Cape Cod Cranberry, Grapefruit

 

White Claw Hard Seltzer

The brand that started the hard seltzer trend falls behind due to its lack of flavor and over carbonation. You have to keep downing them to end up liking them. It’s mainly sparkling water with just a hint of the flavor at the end. Drinkable, but there are better brands on the market.

Taste: 3 out of 5

Calorie Content: 100 calories per 12 oz. can

Buzzworthiness: 4 out of 5 with 5% ABV

Most Popular Flavors: Mango, Black Cherry    

 

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

Despite Smirnoff having some of the sweetest and tastiest malt alcoholic beverages around, their seltzers suck and won’t get you buzzed. It tastes like straight sparkling water and leaves you waiting for a fruity flavor that never comes to fruition.

Taste: 1 out of 5

Calorie Content : 90 calories per 12 oz. can

Buzzworthiness: 2 out of 5 with 4.5% ABV

Most Popular Flavors: Raspberry Rosé, Cranberry Lime

 

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