Why Cant You Taste Alcohol In White Claw? What is in there?

White Claw in UK

The hard seltzers are crushing the market at the minute and the best selling of the lot is White Claw. The marketing is simple. You get a great tasting, refreshing alcoholic drink but with limited carbs and only 100 calories or so.

If they are basically only flavoured water with some alcohol in them, can you detect the alcohol at all? I didn’t think it was easy to taste the alcohol so the question is… Why can’t you taste the alcohol in White Claw?

Why can’t you taste the alcohol in White Claw?

It can be difficult, if not impossible for some, to taste the alcohol in White Claw. At 5% alcohol by volume there is not enough to give a “kick” like a shot of spirit and the type of distilled corn spirit they use is tasteless and nearly odourless. You taste the flavour of the White Claw and not much else.

What alcohol is in 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.

For more information read my article here

Is the alcohol in White Claw 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 White Claw a vodka?

You could argue that it is a vodka used in White Claw but normally vodka is from rye, wheat or even potatoes. The name vodka means “little water” meaning water in integral to the recipe.

The corn based distilled spirit added to White Claw is added neat, without water added but in a small quantity

How much alcohol is in White Claw?

White Claw (in the USA) has 5% ABV. That means it has 5% alcohol by volume. To understand what this means we can look at how much alcohol is in other standard drinks.

The USDA have devised a list of “standard” alcoholic drinks. Each one contains precisely the same amount of alcohol – 14g of alcohol (0.6 ounces).

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

So as you can see, a standard beer is a 12fl oz and 5% alcohol by volume beer, which has the same alcohol as 5fl oz of 12% wine and a 1.5fl oz shot of 40% spirit.

Is White Claw the same as a Standard 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. 

You generally don’t taste the alcohol in a standard beer.

I have reviewed well over 100 non alcoholic beers and you often cant tell the difference. They main times you can is when they make a low carb and low calorie beer but that isn’t because you are not tasting the alcohol per say.

To see what the best non alcoholic beers in the world are, read my article here.

What does White Claw taste like?

Ive reviewed the “Natural Lime” version and this is what i thought of it.

“With any hard seltzer, you have to dial yourself in to exactly the amount of flavour you are going to be getting.

It is the nature of the beast or lack of a sugary carb beast, that the flavour might be mooted and slightly thin. A seltzer water is supposed to take like that not a hugely sugary lime soda.

This actually has a pretty decent amount of flavour and it is tasty too.

It certainly isn’t too sweet but you are looking for more sugar either.”

Why can’t you taste the alcohol in White Claw?

Ok, so perhaps you can a little bit. I could just about tell i was drinking an alcoholic drink but i do this for a living and sample many alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks all the time.

I can easily see why a lot of people can’t taste the alcohol. For starters you cant really taste the alcohol as the one they use is tasteless lol. So the perception of alcohol is that sharpness in your throat or a slightly altered taste sensation to what you think a seltzer water should be.

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.

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