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Stetson’s White Claw Hard Seltzer Taste Test – Is It Worth the Hype?

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With hard-seltzer fever sweeping the nation, you’ve probably seen this bubbly beverage at parties, picnics, and barbecues all summer long. Of all the spiked seltzers available, White Claw has quickly emerged as a fan favorite among everyone from fraternity brothers to southern grandmas.

For those new to the world of spiked seltzers, White Claw Hard Seltzer is a blend of seltzer water, a gluten-free alcohol base, and a hint of fruit flavor. With 100 calories, 2g of carbs, and all-natural flavors in every can, White Claw advertises itself as “pure refreshment for your balanced, active lifestyle.” No preservatives, dietary fiber, or crystalline fructose are added to this beverage, which contains 5% alcohol by volume.

Never, have I ever had a White Claw. I have been introduced to Truly (another spiked seltzer), and I really enjoy Truly’s Blueberry Açaí flavor, as a matter of fact. With that being said, I was excited to try out its rival White Claw. Everyone – I mean EVERYONE loves White Claw, and I had to see for myself why!

White Claw on display at store

We were eager to see if White Claw was as delicious as advertised, or if #whiteclawwednesday was nothing more than social media hype. We sent our self-proclaimed “truly man” Stetson out in search of the White Claw variety pack so he could give it a taste. Finding this popular beverage was no easy task, though!

I spent most of my day searching high and low at different stores and these things were completely wiped out. After all, college is back in session! I was fortunate to locate White Claw variety packs at a regional supermarket called Raley’s, where they were selling for $14.99. There was also a peel-off coupon for $2 off two cases, but I only bought the one case.


This variety pack includes four different varieties including Black Cherry, Natural Lime, Raspberry, and Ruby Grapefruit. I was excited, to say the least! At just 100 calories and 5% alcohol, this gluten-free beverage was not to be messed with, or so I was told. Here are my honest opinions of each flavor…

Stetson through the White Claw box

Natural Lime

Natrual Lime was the first flavor I tasted. Right off the bat, it threw me off a bit. I do like lime, however I just didn’t get enough of it from this drink. It’s not a bad drink at all, since you still get that citrus taste with a hint of lime. I don’t think this one is going to be one of my favorites, but I would still drink it, for sure.

Stetson reaching in fridge for White Claw

Ruby Grapefruit

I felt that the Ruby Grapefruit had a little bit more flavor compared to the Natural Lime. You can really taste the fruity flavor in this drink, and it was a bit easier to throw back. I enjoyed it as it it went down smooth and it left a good after taste.

White Claw in fridge door


This tasted really good in my opinion. I got a Kool-Aid vibe from it, and who doesn’t love Kool-Aid? Imagine having Kool-Aid mixed with spiked soda water, and you are feeling like a college kid all over again. This was my favorite out of the bunch.

Stetson drinking white claw on steps

Black Cherry

A lot of people raved about this flavor, and many claim it’s the best! Although it was very good, the fruity flavor did kind of remind me of cough syrup. It wasn’t strong by any means, but it did leave that taste lingering at the end. I still enjoyed it a lot!

White Claw comes in 5 all-natural fruit flavors, including the four that Stetson tried from the variety pack and an additional Mango flavor. It also comes in the flavorless “Pure,” variety, which is advertised as a limited-edition “refreshing alternative to vodka & soda.”

What’s the final White Claw verdict? Stetson is giving applause to the Claws! Each can contains the perfect combination of fruity flavor and fizz. They’re easy to enjoy, either straight out of the can or by adding your own flavor twist. Stetson says,

Honestly, I would recommend all four of these flavors for any occasion. They are fun and very trendy, and now I can see why – they’re good! When it’s all said and done, I’m still am a Truly fan, but you best believe that when I see one of these in a fridge I won’t be turning it down. Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws! 😉

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  2. patricialavenz-goff

    I am not a fan of seltzer water but I would love to try the mango. I love the mango ritas.

  3. Denise

    Love it!!!

  4. nita

    Love seltzer, will have to try.

  5. Mel

    White Claw doesn’t even compare to Truly drinks. Truly are much better!!

    • Katie D

      YES!! Truly is SO MUCH BETTER!!! It doesn’t even compare.

  6. Jasmyn

    Same! Truly is my favorite but I did like the white claws as well.

  7. msktmichelle

    At the Bucee’s White Claw sells one that has Watermelon, etc flavors with 70 cals, not the 100 cal ones. My cousin picked the last one up on their way to deer lease in Bastrop. I checked ours here in Katy and they only have the ones above. I love the Tropical Mix Truly’s they are the best but can only find at Walmart, HEB or Bucees!

  8. Michele Adkison

    Go try SeekOut by 2 Towns, all natural ingredients and tastes amazing!

  9. Amy

    I’m sorry, but these are so gross! But I guess to each their own! I would rather have a good beer and suck up the carbs.

    • TanyaM

      I agree. Weird aftertaste…

    • peretz12

      I’m with you Amy! I really don’t care for White Claws. I’d rather have a beer. Maybe the Truly ones are better..

  10. Wonderjules

    Yay I love this post! Stetson is the man! I have tried different hard seltzer’s and they all give me horrible headaches. I tried White Claw this summer at the suggestion of my teenage daughter (yes, smh) and I am hooked on the claw. No headaches, low carb, and delicious. Tell Stetson to mix the black cherry and lime together!! Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws!

    • Yikes

      Yup, just laws when your teenager is drinking 😂 lol

  11. Melissa

    White Claw Pure and a squeeze of lime is the way to go if you like lime!

  12. Olgraygirl

    Like or not like–I applaud Stetson and H2S for the taste testing–doin’ the dirty work, heh Stetson?? Appreciate the reviews so the rest of us can try the best of the best.

  13. Shelly Wybensinger

    I love them all mixed with a splash of different flavored Bai coconut waters!

  14. MamaBear

    He looks extra happy bc this time it’s alcoholic 🙂

  15. Joy

    I bought these last summer and I couldn’t even give them away. They are horrible. I think I still have a few cans sitting in my garage because no one will drink them. But I love Stetson’s expression in the photo.

  16. Jamie

    I like the Aldi hard seltzer water as well!

  17. Heather

    I love them!!

  18. kayti

    Ain’t no laws when your drinking claws!

  19. Kolette

    Mango White Claw is the best!!!

  20. desiree

    If you like the lime and grapefruit lacroix these aren’t much different. I didn’t like the non-citrus flavors and I drink seltzer waters almost all day long.

  21. Bobbi

    I love the lime flavor! That’s been my favorite hard seltzer so far.

  22. tiph

    Do you get a buzz from them?

  23. Jen

    Even though I can’t stand the taste of seltzer water, I gave these a try. I have tried Truly, Bon & Vic, White Claw and many other brands as well as many flavors. White Claw mango is simply the best! Delicious, refreshing, and delivers a good buzz 😆. Ain’t no laws while I savor my White Claws!

  24. Mitch

    Just a question….not sure why but the new app shows 31 posts (little red 31 on top right corner) on this topic. When I click it…it shows like 6-8 posts and that’s it…🤷🏼‍♂️. Is the red number the number of views or reply’s? If it’s reply’s something is wrong with the app and not allowing me to see all of them even when I scroll down. FYI

    • Chelsey (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there! The 31 shows the total number of comments, however when you open the comments you may only see a few as the rest are replies to original comments. You can click view replies to see the replies!

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