Can You Freeze A White Claw? What happens?

Clod drinks are always better right? What about if you freeze one and drink it super cold, what could go wrong? Well, that is todays question. Can you freeze a White Claw? Will you still get the fizz, will it taste the same and can it even be done if there is alcohol in it? Read on for the answers.

Can you freeze a White Claw?

You can physically freeze a White Claw but there is a strong possibility the expanded frozen drink will crack the can. Additionally, the freezing process means you loose the carbonation and are left with a still drink which is not as pleasant.

Does White Claw actually freeze?

Yes it does! I put this Black Cherry version of White Claw into the freezer and it froze solid in the same time as you’d expect a bottle of water to.

Alcohol has a lower freezing point than water so if you put a strong spirit in the freezer it may well get more syrup like but it likely won’t freeze. Alcohol is like a natural antifreeze.

White Claw only has 4.5-5% alcohol by volume depending on the region. This isn’t enough to lower the freezing point sufficiently to stop it freezing in a domestic freezer.

What happened to the can of White Claw on freezing?

Examining the evidence shows that the can of White Claw has been damaged.

The top of the can as buckled up and when i go to squeeze it, there is no give, it is as hard as a rock.

Why has the can been damaged?

Did i drop it in the freezer or has something else fell on it? Nope, the liquid has expanded when it froze, which they do.

This expansion has meant the can has to buckle to cope with the increased volume of the now frozen White Claw. It is a nifty, if simple science experiment.

Does the White Claw unfreeze again?

Yes again, i left the can in the fridge for about 36hours and now you can squeeze the can and shake it about to show there is liquid in it.

Now it is unfrozen, is there any further damage to the can?

I really did not think there was until i gave it a really good going over.

The can is much more squeezy than it should be. That might be due to the extra volume from the top buckling up but the more i squeezed the more i heard i little wheezing sound. There is a leak!

As you can see from the picture, right at the point where the can buckled, there has been a tear of the can and now air can get in and out.

Can you open it?

It was very difficult, the ring pull mechanism was broken and i nearly cut my finger pushing it down.

How does it pour? What does it look like?

There was no fizz at all when i got it open, very disappointing.

It poured crystal clear but without any bubbles at all.

Did the freezing or the can damage make it go flat?

It is mostly likely that the freezing process made the White Claw loose its carbonation and go flat.

This is a known issue with any carbonated drink, be that a Coca Cola or a hard seltzer. However the leak certainly has not helped.

What did it taste like?

In a word? Weird! Flat cherry flavoured water is a hard sell but when it is alcoholic, it is a firm no from me.

It is a pity as objectively the black cherry flavour seems like it would be nice, but you really really need the carbonation.

Do you have to refrigerate White Claw?

You do not have to refrigerate White Claw. The ideal environment to store them is a cool dry area, out of the direct sunlight. The main purpose with refrigerating a White Claw is to make it even more thirst quenching but a room temperature will not make it go bad.

Can a hard seltzer go off?

White Claws can go off if it’s not stored properly. If you leave it out of the fridge for too long, or if it gets too warm, the alcohol can start to spoil and the flavor can change. So make sure to keep your White Claw cold and enjoy it fresh.

How do you know a White Claw is off?

Perhaps the easiest way to tell anything is off is to give it a sniff. Does it smell like you would expect? If you have ever smelt rancid meat, you know what i mean!

If it smells ok but tastes a little off, this is the next stage where you can avoid drinking any more. Perhaps there isn’t the amount of fizz you would expect there might have been a leak. If the colour is not clear or the flavours aren’t right then don’t drink any more and move on.

Can you drink an opened White Claw?

You can drink an opened can of White Claw if it has only been open for less than a few day and stored correctly. If you are unsure how long it has been opened for or has a leak then it is not safe to drink.

Your hard seltzer can go off as well as loose fizz and flavour, the longer it is opened.

How long do you have to drink an opened White Claw?

If you open a can of White Claw but don’t finish it, then put it back in the fridge. If you do this, you have about 2-3 days to drink it.

The carbonation (fizz) will remain, although diminish, over the 4 days. If it is in the fridge, this minimises any bugs getting in and spoiling the hard seltzer or the temperature affecting it.

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