23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (2022)

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23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (1)

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  • Several brands have introduced spiked seltzers at varying alcohol by volume (ABV) percentages.
  • Four Loko's seltzers have the highest alcohol content at 12% with Pabst Stronger Seltzer next at 8%.
  • Crook and Marker Spiked and Sparkling and Barefoot Hard Seltzer are both 4% ABV.

Crook and Marker Spiked and Sparkling drinks are made with organic alcohol.

23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (2)

Crook & Marker

ABV: 4%

Crook and Marker's Spiked and Sparkling drinks are made with organic alcohol that contains quinoa, amaranth, millet, and cassava.

The flavors currently include black cherry, tangerine, strawberry lemon, blackberry lime, grapefruit, mango, peach, and coconut pineapple (aka cocolada).

Barefoot Hard Seltzer is a mix of sparkling water and wine.

23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (3)

Barefoot

ABV:4%

Barefoot is known for its affordable wines, but it also has a line of hard seltzers, which come in 8-ounce cans.

The seltzers are a combination of sparkling water, grape wine, and natural flavors in six varieties: blueberry, watermelon, cherry, peach, pineapple, and strawberry.

Michelob Ultra has a line of organic hard seltzers.

23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (4)

Target

ABV:4%

Michelob Ultra is largely a light-beer brand, but it also has several flavors of spiked seltzer.

It comes in three different multipacks, one with watermelon strawberry, spicy pineapple, cucumber lime, and peach pear; one with black cherry, citrus, mixed berry, and mango apricot; and one with berry hibiscus, blueberry watermelon, kiwi lime, and strawberry guava.

Press has a variety of seltzers in sophisticated flavors.

23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (5)

Target

ABV:4%

Press is a woman-owned hard-seltzer brand with some unique blends.

It offers several flavors, including pineapple basil, lingonberry elderflower, blackberry hibiscus, pomegranate ginger, lime lemongrass, grapefruit cardamon, pear chamomile, and apple cinnamon.

Henry's Hard Sparkling Water comes in six fruity flavors.

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Amazon

ABV: 4.2%

Henry's Hard Sparkling Water comes in blueberry-lemon, pineapple, lemon-lime, strawberry-kiwi, passion-fruit, and peach-mango flavors.

Bon Viv Spiked Seltzer comes in botanical, fruity flavors.

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ABV: 4.5%

Bon Viv Spiked Seltzers come in a range of fruity flavors, including black cherry, grapefruit, mango, pear elderflower, cranberry, clementine hibiscus, lemon-lime, coconut pineapple, and raspberry dragon fruit.

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer comes in fruit- and rosé-themed flavors.

23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (8)

Meijer

ABV: 4.5%

You might think of Smirnoff for its vodka, but the brand also has a line of hard seltzers.

Some of the brand's flavor options include cranberry lime, blood orange, berry lemonade, raspberry rosé, piña colada, strawberry rosé, white-peach rosé, and pink-apple rosé.

Corona Hard Seltzer comes in eight tropical flavors.

23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (9)

Target

ABV:4.5%

Corona is a popular Mexican beer brand, and it now sells 12-ounce hard seltzers.

The seltzers come in several flavors, like citrus lime, spicy pineapple, watermelon lime, mandarin starfruit, pineapple piña, blackberry lime, raspberry, blueberry acai, and strawberry kiwi.

Jose Cuervo launched a line of Playamar tequila-based seltzers.

23 of the best hard seltzers, ranked by alcohol content (10)

Target

ABV:4.5%

Jose Cuervo is known for its tequila, but the brand also sells tequila-based seltzer drinks.

It currently comes in four flavors: lime, grapefruit, mango, and black cherry.

High Noon offers a vodka-based hard seltzer in a variety of flavors.

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Target

ABV:4.5%

High Noon sells vodka-based "Sun Sips" that are advertised as being made with real juice and no added sugar.

The brand offers lemon, kiwi, guava, passionfruit, mango, peach, lime, pineapple, watermelon, black cherry, and grapefruit.

Truly sells over a dozen different flavors.

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TRULY

ABV: 5%

Truly was one of the early seltzer brands on the market and is known for having a wide variety of flavors.

You can choose from wild berry, blueberry and acai, raspberry lime, black cherry, lime, raspberry lime, grapefruit, lemon, citrus squeeze, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, watermelon or kiwi.

The brand also launched Truly Extra with 8% ABV in berry blast and pineapple orange,alongside spiked lemonades, ice teas, and punches.

White Claw also comes in a bunch of flavors.

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Target

ABV: 5%

White Claw offers a variety of hard-seltzer flavors in 12-ounce cans.

The different variety and single-flavor packs include raspberry, mango, black cherry, natural lime, ruby grapefruit, watermelon, tangerine, lemon, strawberry, blackberry, passionfruit, and pineapple.

The brand also offers other flavors in its "surf" and "Refreshr lemonade" brands, as well as "seltzer surge" flavors with 8% ABV.

Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water comes in some unique flavors.

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MyBeerWine

ABV: 5%

Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water comes from the craft-brewery Oskar Blues.

You can choose from yuzu pineapple, mango mai tai, citrus spritz, fruity sangria, habanero piña colada, yumberry, strawberry coconut, melon basil, cucumber peach, tangerine lime, blueberry mango, and black raspberry.

It also has a line of spiked seltzer teas in four flavors.

Arctic Chill's spiked seltzers come in several flavors.

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Arctic Chill

ABV: 5%

Polar Seltzer is known for its non-alcoholic sparkling waters, but the brand entered the hard-seltzer market with Arctic Chill (formerly known as Arctic Summer).

It comes in variety packs of flavors like pink apple and lemon, blackberry mango, ginger lime, raspberry lime, fresh lime, strawberry watermelon, mandarin orange, and cranberry lime.

Bud Light is known for its beer, but its spiked seltzers come in several flavors.

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Target

ABV: 5%

Bud Light may be known for its beer, but the brand has also thrown its hat in the hard-seltzer ring.

Bud Light Seltzer currently comes in four classic flavors: black cherry, watermelon, tangerine, and mango.

The brand also had "platinum seltzer" with 8% ABV, seltzer hard soda, "retro tie-dye" seltzer flavors, and seltzer "cocktail hour" flavors.

Mystic Reef Hard Seltzer comes in four classic flavors.

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Target

ABV:5%

Sold at Target, Mystic Reef Hard Seltzer is available in 12-can variety packs or 12-can black-cherry packs.

In addition to black cherry, the other flavors are grapefruit, mango, and lime.

The brand also has four varieties of lemonade hard seltzers.

Vizzy Hard Seltzer comes in eight fruit-combining flavors.

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Target

ABV:5%

Vizzy advertises hard seltzers with antioxidants and vitamin C.

Its 12-ounce seltzer cans come in eight mash-up flavors: pineapple mango, black cherry lime, blueberry pomegranate, strawberry kiwi, watermelon strawberry, raspberry tangerine, papaya passion fruit, and blackberry lemon.

The brand also offers spiked raspberry lemonade, strawberry lemonade, peach lemonade, and watermelon lemonade.

Aldi's Vista Bay hard seltzers come in single and variety packs.

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Aldi

ABV:5%

Vista Bay is Aldi's hard-seltzer brand, and it comes in both single-flavor and variety packs.

One multipack comes with raspberry, ruby grapefruit, natural lime, and black cherry, and the other features lemon, mango, tangerine, and watermelon.

In past years, Aldi released a hard-seltzer advent calendar that had other specialty flavors, like green apple and blueberry.

Trader Joe's also has its own brand of spiked seltzers called Shell House.

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Trader Joe's

ABV:5%

Trader Joe's entered the hard-seltzer game with its Shell House brand.

It offers simple flavors like pomegranate, raspberry, lime, and Meyer lemon.

Mighty Swell is a Texas-based seltzer brand.

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Courtesy of Mighty Swell

ABV: 5%

Mighty Swell is a hard-seltzer brand that started in Austin, Texas.

The brand offers unique flavors, like rocket pop, tiger's blood, purple magic, pink colada, cherry lime,blackberry, watermelon mint, peach, grapefruit, pineapple, blood orange, and mango raspberry.

Natural Light Seltzer comes in four fruit flavors.

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Natural Light

ABV: 6%

When you think of Natural Light, you likely think of beer, but the brand also has Natural Light Seltzer.

It comes in four varieties so far: Catalina-Lime Mixer (cherry and lime), Aloha Beaches (mango and peach), House Rules (strawberry kiwi), and Zest I Ever Had (strawberry lemonade).

Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer comes in two different flavors.

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PBR

ABV: 8%

Pabst Stronger Seltzer boasts a higher ABV than most other hard seltzers and even many larger-production lagers — including the original PBR beer.

The seltzer is currently available in lime and wild-berry flavors.

Four Loko has two flavors of seltzer and they're stronger than some wines.

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Binny's

ABV: 12%

Four Loko, known for its high-alcohol malt beverages, entered the hard-seltzer game with its black-cherry and sour-mango flavored bubbly drinks.

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