What Kind Of Alcohol Is In Bud Light Hard Seltzer? Is it vodka?

The hard seltzer market is really taking of at the minute and right one of the most popular at the moment is Bud Light Hard Seltzer. Many will be new to the space so have a lot of questions about this new breed of alcoholic drink. Not least is just what goes into a Bud Light Hard Seltzer to make it alcoholic, what kind of alcohol is in Bud Light Hard Seltzer?

What kind of alcohol is in Bud Light Hard Seltzer?

The alcoholic base in Bud Light Hard Seltzer is a pure spirit which is distilled from sugar cane. Sugar cane is not an unusual base for a spirit, it is classically used in rum, but will initially make a pure and flavourless alcohol to mix with the seltzer flavours.

Is the alcohol in Bud Light Hard Seltzer vodka?

Vodka is basically a pure alcohol from a distilled grain with water added to reduce the alcohol by volume. It is usually colourless and odourless, so is the alcohol in Bud Light Hard Seltzer a vodka?

It is easy to think any drink can be made alcoholic by adding vodka and you probably can! Vodka is made from rye, wheat or even potatoes. The name vodka means “little water” meaning water in integral to the recipe.

The sugar cane based distilled spirit added to Bud Light Hard Seltzer is added neat, without water added but in a small quantity to keep the ABV to 5% meaning it would not be a vodka.

What other grains can be used to make alcohol?

All alcoholic spirits are made from something that can provide sugar to make alcohol that is then distilled to increase the alcohol by volume.

The main category is the cereals – barley malt, rye and wheat being the main ones but by no means the only.

Sugarcane is popular for a base for many spirits but famously it is used for rum.

All sorts of fruits can for the base of a spirit as the are full of sugar but the pick would be the grapes used in brandy and cognac.

Which alcoholic drinks are distilled from which grain?

Below is a list of some of the most popular alcoholic spirits and the sugar base used to make the alcohol.

DrinkBase for make alcohol
VodkaRye, wheat, potatoes
GinWheat, barley
Scotch WhiskyBarley malt
RumCane sugar
Drinks and base

How many Bud Light Hard Seltzer to get you 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 Bud Light Hard Seltzer. The 4 Bud Light Hard Seltzers have to be drank over 1-2 hours. If you are a female or lighter then it will take less Bud Light Hard Seltzer, if you are a significantly heavier male, it may take 5+ Bud Light Hard Seltzers to get drunk.

My full math can be found in this dedicated article.

Is the alcohol in Bud Light Hard Seltzer gluten free?

Bud Light Hard Seltzer is made from a sugar cane based alcohol meaning it is gluten free. 

Even is Bud Light Hard Seltzer was made from a grain containing gluten such as wheat, the distilling process would remove all the gluten. Distilled alcohol has no gluten

Is the alcohol in Bud Light Hard Seltzer vegan?

Bud Light Hard Seltzer is entirely vegan as per the company and Barnivore.com

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