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2mo 
Addinator, what's your opinion? Comment below:

High noon is probably tops for me - bud light has actually had some strong flavors lately especially more holiday flavored ones. The last thing I want when it's 0 degrees is a vaguely flavored mango seltzer. Blah.Β 

2mo 
kindheartedconsultant, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1) Decide that hard seltzer is disgusting

2) Pour it down the sink

Remember, always be kind-hearted.
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2mo 
Real Estate Fridays, what's your opinion? Comment below:

High noon is significantly better than the rest simply because it has vodka and not some sort of fermented malt mix like the others mentioned

2mo 
NonTargetFO, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is a little sloppy. Can we get a deeper dive? Would like a more inclusive list moving forward.

2mo 
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
NonTargetFO

This is a little sloppy. Can we get a deeper dive? Would like a more inclusive list moving forward.

Open to ideas - what is your pick?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

2mo 
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

NonTargetFO

This is a little sloppy. Can we get a deeper dive? Would like a more inclusive list moving forward.

We Tried All The Hard Seltzers-And Found One Favorite

From the mainstream picks to the new beverages on the block.

https://www.delish.com/kitchen-tools/cookware-reviews/g33263238/hard-seltzers/

1Flying Embers

flying embers seltzer

FLYING EMBERS

Flying Embers is well known for their hardΒ kombucha, but have you ever tried their hard seltzer? If you haven't, it should probably stay that way. The flavors we had were infused with botanical bitters, a concept we loved in theory, but all we could taste was the malt liquor and artificial fruit flavors competing with each other. TheΒ blood orangeΒ flavor smelled "like glue," and the cranberry raspberry gave us flashbacks from our college years.

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2Hornitos

hornitos seltzer

HORNITOS

We had high expectations for thisΒ tequilaΒ brand's line of hard seltzers because it uses real agave tequila. It thankfully lacked the malt liquor flavor that some hard seltzers have, but the additional flavorings are really off. They were all too sweet for our liking, with some of us comparing the taste to "melted cotton candy" and "bubble gum Amoxicillin." In the words of one of our testers, "It's a no from me."

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3Wild Basin

wild basin hard seltzer

WILD BASIN

Wild Basin's line of hard seltzers uses water from the St. Vrain River in the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, that water was tainted with some intensely artificial flavors. Wild Basin has the most exciting flavors we've seen in a hard seltzer, like lime and coconut, blue Hawaiian, and passionfruit orange guava. But without any natural juice, they tasted more like "sparklingΒ Jolly Ranchers," "hand soap," and "chemicals."

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4Two Robbers

two robbers seltzer

TWO ROBBERS

Two Robbers is a Philadelphia-based hard seltzer brand, and most of their offerings have no sugar or added sweeteners. Most of the varieties are fun variations on traditional seltzer flavors (think cherry lemon and watermelon cucumber). The one flavor we didn't like, however, was their mangoΒ punch. It actually made a few of us gag. As long as you skip that one, Two Robbers is worth a try.

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5Vizzy

vizzy seltzer

VIZZY

Vizzy distinguishes itself from the other brands by adding a boost of vitamin C to each can with the superfruit acerola. Each of the flavors we tried are a combination of different fruits, like strawberry and kiwi, mango and pineapple, and cherry and lime. While they seem like they should taste good together, we found that each one tastes "super artificial." One of our testers described the flavor in just one word: "ick!"

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6White Claw

white claw

WHITE CLAW

Hard seltzer is basically synonymous with White Claw. It's the OG hard seltzer brand, and each of our taste test participants came in with pre-existing perceptions about it. It's reliable, easy to find, and comes in tons of flavors. However, unless you've been living under a rock and haven't tried them before, you know that they taste very artificial. One of our testers says they taste like "TV static" and another called the brand "aggressively mid."

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7Truly

truly seltzer

TRULY

Truly is one of the most popular hard seltzer brands, and for good reason. The effervescence is perfectly balanced, and the wide variety of flavors means you can satisfy everyone's preferences. Our favorite Truly flavor was Citrus Squeeze from their Citrus Mix Pack. "It's perfect for when you're torn between grapefruit, orange, and lime," said one of our testers, "the Libra in me is very happy."

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8Press Premium

press hard seltzer

PRESS

Out of all the hard seltzer brands we tried, Press presented itself as the fanciest. This premium hard seltzer brand appeals to "discerning consumers" by pairing unique flavors like pear and chamomile, grapefruit and cardamom, and lime and lemongrass. We were drawn to the brand's exciting flavor lineup and low sugar content. Our favorite flavor is actually the first one they ever made: pomegranate ginger.

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9Juneshine

juneshine ranch water

JUNESHINE

Hard kombucha brand Juneshine put their stake in the hard seltzer game by launching their version ofΒ ranch waterΒ in a can. While it's not made with Topo Chico, as is traditional, we think it's a great substitute for a margarita in a pinch. "It tastes better the more you drink it," said one of our testers. Another person commented, "This is a straight-upΒ margaritaΒ and I love it."

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10Straightaway

straightaway seltzer

STRAIGHTAWAY

Straightaway specializes in high-quality canned cocktails. They collaborated with Steven Smith Teamaker to produce a line of tea-infused hard seltzers. Each flavor includes a splash ofΒ vodkaΒ and hints of fruit to complement each tea variety. Our tasters thought Straightaway "nailed the tea flavor" and was "surprisingly tasty." This is the brand to pick when you want to drink hard seltzer but still want to look classy.

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11Volley

volley seltzer

VOLLEY

Volley is a relative newcomer, and the husband-and-wife team behind the brand wanted to shake up the hard seltzer status quo. While their flavors aren't particularly groundbreaking, they use 100 percent agave tequila and organic fruit juice unlike most other hard seltzers. We absolutely loved the packaging and their commitment to high-quality ingredients. The seltzer is definitely tequila-forward, and it tastes closer to a real cocktail than any of the others we tried.

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12Lunar

lunar hard seltzer

LUNAR

Lunar is the love child of two friends who wanted their hard seltzer to capture "Asian Americana in a can." After rounds of testing (including brewing in their own apartments!), the team launched their line of hard seltzers. The plum flavor divided our team: some thought it smelled like "Elmer's glue" while others said it reminded them of childhood and freeze pops. Almost all of us preferred the lychee flavor because of its "light, floral" taste and "delicate sweetness."

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13High Noon

high noon seltzer

HIGH NOON

When we think of major hard seltzer brands, High Noon is near the top of the list. Their recipe uses vodka in place of generic grain alcohol and they flavor each can with real juice-and you can taste it. Our tasters said each High Noon actually tasted like the flavor listed on the label. However, because of the real juice, the sugar content is a little higher than many other seltzers on the market. "I would probably get a bad hangover with these," said one of our testers, "but it'd be worth it."

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14Topo Chico

topo chico hard seltzer

TOPO CHICO

Our favorite sparkling water gets a splash of booze, and we're all for it. Each can has Topo Chico's signature effervescence with subtle fruit flavors. Our tasters loved that the brand used a light touch when it comes to flavor, versus the overwhelming sweetness found in some other hard seltzers. Our favorite Topo Chico flavor is pineapple because it "isn't too sweet" and is "perfectly crushable."

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15Spindrift Spiked

spindrift spiked

SPINDRIFT

Many of our tasters had already heard rave reviews about Spindrift Spiked, and this drink definitely didn't disappoint. Each flavor is made with real fruit juice and has a bright hue. Some of us initially thought the bright colors were "concerning," but the taste more than made up for it. We especially loved the Half Tea Half Lemon flavor, which "tastes like a realΒ Arnold Palmer." A close second is the Blood Orange Tangerine, with its "natural citrus flavor" that tastes "super refreshing."

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

2mo 
NonTargetFO, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Appreciate the extra diligence here.

Personally a high noon or white claw lime will do the trick. If I need to play catch-up I like to "man it up" by adding a shot or two of Tito's

2mo 
Mr_Agree_to_Disagree, what's your opinion? Comment below:

None, because seltzer is disgusting. Yeah, I said it. I'll stick to real drinks like Shiner or Warsteiner.

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2mo 
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Sir Desmond Glazebrook

laphroaig whiskey

I've never had this seltzer before. You mix the whiskey with what kind of seltzer? I've had vodka and seltzer before and it tastes pretty good, but you get messed up quick. I'll have to try this one.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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2mo 
Sir Desmond Glazebrook, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Generally, I take a classic seltzer which doesn't have too much bite or too strong a berry/citrus flavor and put 3/4ths into a glass. Take a second, highball glass and pour about two fingers of whisky. Add a fresh lemon to the seltzer along with an egg white, shake, and pour down the drain. Having disposed of the seltzer, drink the whisky - then drink another.

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2mo 
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Arroz con Pollo

Damn these are my least favorite

Bud Light seltzers are my least favorite. Horrible horrible taste and aftertaste.Β 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

2mo 
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
clutchmuffin

High Noon is not hard seltzer, it is a canned cocktail

High Noon still the best tho

It says Hard Seltzer on the box……

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