Are White Claws Good For Beginners? What you need to know.

UK White Claws with 4.5% ABV

The brand new and hugely popular sector of the alcoholic drinks market is the “hard seltzers”. They are based of seltzer water with alcohol added (the “hard” bit in hard seltzer). They come in all sorts of flavours and are very low in carbs and calories. To be honest, you can barely taste the alcohol in them. Does this mean hard seltzers like the market leader, White Claw are good for new drinkers? Are White Claws good for beginners?

Are White Claws Good For Beginners?

White Claws can be both good and bad for beginner drinkers. The alcohol is barely tasted and the flavours are tasty so White Claws are easily drank by anyone. However this can mean you drink too much without any understanding of your alcohol tolerance or when you might have had enough alcohol.

To investigate this further we should see just exactly how much alcohol is in a White Claw, what that equals in comparison to other alcoholic drinks and then what all this means for a beginner drinker.

What type of alcohol is in a White Claw?

The alcoholic base in White Claw hard seltzers is a pure spirit which is five times distilled from corn. Corn is not an unusual base for a spirit but will initially make a pure and flavourless alcohol to mix with the seltzer flavours.

This makes White Claw somewhat unique in the hard seltzer world as nearly all of its rivals are based on a sugar cane distillation. Topo Chico is the only other difference product with a alcohol based on agave.

Full article here

How much alcohol is in a White Claw?

A White Claw has 5% alcohol by volume which means in a standard 12fl oz can, there will be 14g of pure alcohol.

To put this into more context, you need to know how this compares to various other alcoholic drinks so you can get a better understanding.

How many White Claws equals a beer?

In terms of alcohol and volume, White Claw is exactly the same as a standard beer. They both are 12fl oz in volume and 5% alcohol by volume. 

So drinking one White Claw is the same as drinking a Budweiser. You might not realise this when you are drinking one.

How many white claws equals a shot of vodka?

A 12fl oz 5% ABV White Claw has the same alcohol (14g of pure alcohol), as a 1.5fl oz shot of 40% vodka.

So the answer is 1 White Claw is equal to one shot of vodka or any spirit at 40% ABV. This might be surprising but you would probably drink a shot a vodka a bit faster than a White Claw.

How many White Claws equals a glass of wine?

As for the shots of spirits and beer above, there is a standard glass of wine.

Below is a list of the standard drinks, volumes and ABV that all give 14g of alcohol.

Drink and volumeAlcohol content
12fl oz Beer5%
5fl oz Wine12%
1.5fl oz Spirit40%
Standard drinks

This means that a White Claw is also the same in terms of alcohol as a glass of wine. The glass of wine would be 12% ABV and 5fl oz.

How many White Claws equals a bottle of wine?

5 White Claw Hard Seltzers equals one bottle of standard wine. A White Claw is 5% ABV and 12fl oz. A standard bottle of wine is 750ml or 25fl oz and 12% ABV. That means they both provide 70g of pure alcohol. 

I would guess most people would know or think they would be drunk after drinking a full bottle of wine but would they think the same after 5 White Claws? Even tho it is the same amount of alcohol? I dont think so.

How many White Claws to get drunk?

The CDC states it takes the average 160lb adult male, 4 standard beers to get drunk. A standard beer is 12fl oz and 5% ABV which is the same as a White Claw. The 4 White Claws have to be drank over 1-2 hours. If you are a female or lighter then it will take less White Claws, if you are a significantly heavier male, it may take 5+ White Claws to get drunk.

It doesn’t take many White Claws to get drunk and if you have ever drank them, you know that you could easily drink 5 of them in a sitting without realising the alcohol involved.

My full math can be found in this dedicated article.

Can you taste the alcohol in white claw?

At only 5% ABV, a White Claw isn’t really alcoholic enough to get you that alcohol kick in the back of your throat.

They come in a variety of flavours which are great tasting but also taste quite strongly of their flavour like lime or cherry. Consequently, you can barely taste the alcohol in a White Claw, if at all.

If you cant taste the alcohol in a White Claw, is that good for a beginner?

The answer to this, rather unhelpfully is…. it depends.

If you are a beginner drinker and what to sample something alcoholic or what to drink something alcoholic with friends then a hard seltzer like a White Claw is a great option. This certainly applies if you are only wanting a few drinks. The problems come if, as a beginner drinker, you drink 4 or more.

As White Claws don’t really taste alcoholic, you can drink them easily and pretty quick. As we have seen above, each White Claw is the same as a beer, a shot or a glass of wine and it only takes 4 White Claws to get drunk.

As a beginner, you may not know how to pace yourself, what starting to be drunk feels like or your alcohol tolerance. This means that there is a danger of getting too drunk or drunk quickly just because if seems like you are drinking a non alcoholic soft drink.

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